Kit Carson of Vine Grove, Kentucky, is a retired professional soldier, rising to the level of Sergeant Major. He has made knives for 28 years and has been a full time knifemaker since 1993. He is a voting member of the Knifemakers' Guild. Kit has been an avid hunter and fisherman for over 40 years, growing up enjoying the woods and trout streams in the mountains of north Georgia. About his philosophy of knife design, he says: "I strive to follow form and function in the knives I design and build. My reputation has been built around solid working knives, both fixed blade and folders. All the time spent outdoors as a young man and the time spent around the world with the Army has strongly influence the knives I create." Nothing reflects this approach more than the Carson Design of CRKT's M16 series, which is built for function, not to follow fads. This highly successful knife series, available withhandles of aluminum, Zytel, or carbon fiber, also features the "Carson Flipper" on many models.