Of late I have been attracted to the smaller folding knives and fixed blades. I’ve purchased a couple in the last few weeks and have commissioned one to be built for my by Michael Eates at Primal Edge and Leatherworks. My most recent fixed blade purchase was the little guy to the left of this paragraph.
I also have ordered the CRKT M16 and the BUCK APEX pocket clip folders.
Both are good blades and seem to do what they were designed to do. Like any pocket knife. So whatever it is you do with your pocket knife these two will probably take care of it without issue. But lets look at them individually and together.
So let’s look at the obvious. The M16 is about 1/2 inch longer than the APEX. The length is made up in handle and blade length. The APEX’s blade is a bit taller than the M16.
One thing I like about the APEX is the carabiner hook on the bottom. You could hook a lanyard to this knife if you wanted to. This option is simply not available on the M16. I like lanyards.
The scales on the knives are distinctly different of course. The CRKT has full scales on both sides of the knife while the Buck has a minimalist scale on one side, presumably to protect the sharp edge of the blade. Or more accurately to protect your flesh from the sharp edge of the blade.
One of the first things that I noticed was the liner lock. On the Apex (Top) it does not fully slide over to block the blade and is substantially less robust that that of the M16 (bottom). While this is probably never going to be an issue with these small knives, I can’t help but think if you push it, the Apex may give way.
Some may call this a feature, some may call it a pain in the ass. I like it. There is a safety lock on the M16 that prevents you from actuating the liner lock accidentally. You have to pull this little lever back before you can push the liner lock out of the way and close the knife. It takes a little practice to be able to close the knife with one hand.
Overall, both of these knives are quality, well made products. I wouldn’t hesitate to carry either of them. I like the M16 a little better mostly based on aesthetics. The Apex is a bit more expensive though is still a great choice for a small pocket folder/EDC.