Columbia River Knife and Tool M40-003 Review

June 2, 2020
Columbia River Knife and Tool M40-003
CRKT_M40-1
Columbia River Knife and Tool M40-003 CRKT_M40-1
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
85
Construction
6
Ease of Use
7
Steel and Edge
5
Durability
7

The Good

  • Size to shape ratio
  • Deadbolt lock
  • Flipper or thumb stud opening
  • Deep carry clip

The Bad

  • Needs lube
  • 1.4116 Steel blade
  • Thumb stud opening
THE VERDICT
If you’re looking for an everyday carry knife that you don’t mind beating up a little bit, the M40-003 from CRKT is a great knife for the price. Depending on how much you slice and dice, and what you slice and dice, you’ll be sharpening it more than you might like - but it’s durable, reliable, and was designed by a legend in the knife world.
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CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS

The CRKT M40-003 is built like a tank – and I’m not just talking about the beefy Deadbolt lock system. It features an ample steel frame wrapped with textured FRN handle scales and 6063 Aluminum bolsters, as well as a ball-bearing assisted flipper. The 1.4116 blade steel isn’t mindblowing, but the bead-blasted finish helps.

EASE OF USE

Out of the box, you’re going to want to lube up and adjust the pivot on the M40-003, as it’s a wee tight for efficient deployment. Otherwise, the size, shape, and overall balance of this big boy – aided by the spear point blade – make for an easy to use experience on any adventure out of water.

STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION

1.4116 is German kitchen cutlery steel which is similar to 440A, 440B, and AUS-6, but is more in line with 420HC, which – in my mind – leaves you wanting after a period of time. Just like most kitchen cutlery steels, 1.4116 can be considered a stainless steel, but it will require many trips to the sharpening stone for the heavy user. 

DURABILITY

The only thing you should really consider when buying a knife with a spear point blade is breaking said point off the blade – but that’s not specific to this knife; it’s the nature of the beast. Otherwise, the M40-003 is built like a tank.

 

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MSRP
$140.00
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