Kershaw Concierge Knife Review

Kershaw Concierge
Kershaw Concierge

Kershaw’s fan base knows that there is nothing like a Kershaw. Kershaw says, “From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know you’re carrying the real thing.” So what is the real thing? Real thing is value and lots of value. You know that when you purchase a Kershaw knife, you are going to get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even their inexpensive and budget models are impressive and use high-quality materials. You know that with a Kershaw, each and every portion is going to be solid, crafted, and reliable. Kershaw knows how solid and reliable their knives are, so they back each of their knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime warranty.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and sue. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Kershaw says, “Whether it’s a hardworking pocket knives, a hunting knife, or a special collector’s edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship.” Because of their extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, which ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw also has a commitment to innovation. Kershaw pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. Kershaw says, “Our SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. We introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in our Blade Traders. Recently, our Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels into one blade, gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling us to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine.” Kershaw promises that they will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.

Kershaw Knives is a brand of Kai USA Ltd, a member of the Kai Group. For over 100 yeas, Kai has been Japan’s premier blade producer. Kai takes an innovative approach to product development based on the close coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions. While many of Kershaw’s quality products are made in their 55,000 sq. ft. facility in Tualatin, Oregon, but they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide the very best for the customer.

Today we will be discussing the Kershaw Concierge.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Kershaw knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese steel that is similar to AUS-8 steel. However, between the two steels, AUS-8 is the superior steel. 8Cr13MoV steel is an inexpensive steel that still demonstrates very worthy characteristics of cutting. This steel, and thus this blade, will easily cut through softer materials. With a good heat treatment, the steel will retain the sharpness for a long time. This steel also has very high corrosion resistance. Because it is a softer steel, this blade will be able to keep sharpening well, while also being easy to sharpen. For the cost of this steel, it is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. But, when it comes to blade steel, you do get what you pay for, so know that this steel is not going to stand up to the newer super steels on the block. The biggest advantage that this steel has is how inexpensive it is.

The blade has been coated with a titanium carbo-nitride coating. Kershaw uses this coating to produce an attractive grey blade coating that increases the blade’s hardness, helps maintain the edge, and increases the overall lifetime of the blade. One of the biggest benefits to having a coated blade is that it does increase the lifetime of the blade. This is because it creates a barrier in between the blade and the environment. This cuts down on corrosion and wear. The biggest disadvantage of having a coated blade is that the coating can and will scratch off after long periods of time or heavy use. Once the coating does scratch off, the blade will have to be recoated if you want it to keep the benefits.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a modified drop point blade shape. The drop point style is known as being one of the toughest and most versatile blade style on the market. This modified drop point blade still has the same toughness levels as well as being extremely versatile. The biggest modification on this blade is that instead of the spine having a slow curve from the handle to the point, it swoops downward before it swoops back upwards. The point is still lowered when in comparison with the beginning of the spine, so you still get the control that the drop point blade offers. And, the blade is still very broad, so you still have the signature strength of the drop point blade. This modified drop point blade also has a large belly, which means that this blade is going to excel at slicing; making it a great option for your everyday carry knife. The biggest disadvantage to this modified drop point blade is the same as the typical drop point blade—because the tip is broad, you will not have piercing capabilities like you would with a clip point blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on tis knife is made out of G10. This material is often use din handles because of its moisture imperviousness. This material is fiberglass based laminate made by layers of fiberglass cloth that are soaked in an epoxy resin, then compressed, and then baked The result is a material that is hard, lightweight, and strong. A unique property of the material is that the grip actually improves when wet. This material is difficult to break. It is also an ideal handle material because it does not shrink or swell in extreme hot or cold temperatures. G10 is considered the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates. The G10 is black and textured with small bumps, to give you a secure grip in most environments.

The spine of the handle is angled, first going straight towards the middle, then angling downwards. The angle that goes downwards is complete with thick jimping to give extra grip on this knife. The belly of the handle has as very shallow and elongated finger groove that makes this a comfortable handle to hold. There is a very small finger guard, but because of the flipper, which acts as an additional finger guard when the knife is opened, your fingers will be kept very safe when you are using this knife.

On the top of the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole carved out. Even though this is an everyday carry knife, the lanyard will come in handy. Even though there is a pocket clip, the lanyard can help you more smoothly pull your knife out of your pocket. Plus, having a lanyard on this knife can add a bit of your own personal style to the Concierge.

This handle is comfortable and will give you a secure grip to go about your daily tasks.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is a deep carry pocket clip. This will guarantee that it is safe and secure in your pocket throughout all of your tasks. The clip is long and skinny, with a little bit of texture right underneath the screws to more securely grip onto your pocket. The clip is kept in place by two silver screws that match all of the hardware on the knife. Unfortunately, the clip is a single positon recessed pocket clip. It can only be attached on the right side of the handle for tip up carry.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual opening knife that has no mechanical assist. What it does have is a flipper, the KVT ball-bearing opening, and a liner lock.

A flipper is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle. Some of the benefits to a flipper is that it is easy to operate, even if you only have one hand to use. Plus, it keeps your hands out of the blade’s path while it is being opened.

The KVT ball-bearing opening system makes manual opening as easy as assisted. The KVT relies on a ring of “caged” ball bearings that surround the knife’s pivot. Caged just means the ball bearings are secured within a ring that surrounds the pivot. It keeps the ball bearings in place, while allowing them to rotate freely. When the user pulls back on the built-in flipper, the blade rotates out of the handle as the ball bearings roll in place. KVT makes one-handed opening quick, easy, and smooth as butter. In knives with the KVT ball-bearing system, you will also notice that the knife has additional “detent.” This is a design feature that helps hold the blade safely in the handle when the knife is closed. When opening the knife, you may notice a little ‘stickiness’ just as you pull back on the flipper and before the blade rolls out of the handle on the KVT ball bearings. With just a little extra pressure on the flipper, it will overcome the detent and the knife will open with ease.

The liner lock is the most common of today’s blade locking systems. I knives with locking liners, the handle consists of two metal plates on either side of the blade. Handle scales cover the plates. When the knife is opened, one side of the knife’s liner, often called the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade and prevents the blade form closing. The lock bar is manufactured so that it angles toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias for the locked positon. To close the knife, the user applies manual force to move the lock bar to the side so that the blade is unblocked and can be folded back into the handle. The liner lock provides a secure and convenient way to make using this Kershaw folding knife even safer.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. The overall length of this knife measures in at 7.25 inches long. This is a lightweight knife, weighing in at only 4.3 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is talking about the Concierge, they say, “Like its namesake, known for discreetly and efficiently taking care of tasks for hotel guests, the new Kershaw Concierge will take care of all your pocket knife needs—discreetly and efficiently. Designed by Dmitry Sinkevich, the Concierge has a clean, refined look. The modified drop-point blade of 8Cr13MoV opens with a flipper and Kershaw’s manual KVT ball-bearing system, providing fast an easy one-handed opening. A custom pivot adds interest without detracting from the knife’s clean lines. Yet it’s the handle that really takes this exciting knife out of the ordinary. Built of machined g10, it offers a substantial grip and fills even larger hands comfortably. Yet thanks to the crowned finish on the G10 scales, the Concierge still feels slim enough to be an easy everyday carry. For secure grip, we added a black, glass-filled nylon back spacer with raised jimping. Turn the knife over and you’ll see Dmitry’s unique inset pocket clip. The custom clip rests in a machined-out hollow in the handle—so that its flush with the handle scale. This pocket clip treatment also contributes to the knife’s slimmer feel and easy carry. The blade, liners, and hardware are titanium carbo-nitride coated for a sophisticated look—and is just one more reasons why the Concierge will be at home no matter where your tasks may take you.” Pick up this brand new Kershaw today at BladeOps.

 

Kershaw CQC-11K Knife Review

Kershaw Knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form his own cutlery company based on his own designs. Early manufacturing was primarily done in Japan. In 1977, Kershaw became a wholly owned subsidiary of the KAI group. In 1997 the US production facility was opened in Wilsonville, Oregon. Due to an expanding market, the facilities were moved to a larger production site in 2003. Currently, KAI USA manufacturing facilities are located in Tualatin, Oregon with some goods coming from their Japanese and Chinese factories.

Kai USA Ltd. has three lines of products; Kershaw Knives brand of sporting and pocket knives, Shun Cutlery, hand crafted Japanese kitchen cutlery, and Zero Tolerance, a line of premium and professional knives.

Kershaw has collaborated with a number of custom knife makers over the years to produce ground breaking knives. Collaborations include working with Hall of Fame Knife Maker, Ken Onion on Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives, Ernest Emerson, Grand and Gavin hawk, Frank Centofante, Rick Hinderer, RJ Martin, and more.

In 2002, Kershaw released a Steven Seagal model featuring stingray leather on the handle. In 2004 Kershaw developed a multi tool for the National Geographic Society with National Geographic filmmaker Bryan Harvey. Kershaw has also released models in collaboration with Jeep, Orange County Choppers, the American Professional Rodeo Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Kai USA Ltd. and its Kershaw, Zero Tolerance, and Shun brands have a history of garnering industry awards. In May 2005, Kai USA Ltd. won four of the top awards at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the first time in the show’s history that one company won this number of awards in one year: 2005 Overall Knife of the Year, 2005 Most Innovative American Design, 2005 Kitchen Knife of the Year, and 2005 Knife Collaboration of the Year.

2009 brought a Kershaw win for the Speed form. In 2010, Kershaw won “American Made Knife of the Year” for the Tilt.

Kershaw had a founding mission to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This means that Kershaw builds each of their knives with the highest quality. They also have a commitment to innovation. In fact, Kershaw has pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. When you are carrying a Kershaw, you know that you are carrying the real deal—from solid sound of the blade lockup to award winning technologies and advanced materials.

Kershaw has earned a reputation of creating phenomenal knives that are exceptional—even their inexpensive knives are top quality. Today, we are going to be going over their CQC-11K model.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This type of steel comes from a Chinese series of steel. Out of the series, 9Cr steel is the highest quality, with 8Cr steel falling shortly behind. If you were going to compare this steel to another steel, the closest type is AUS 8 steel. However, AUS 8 steel is the higher quality one. 8Cr steel is a softer steel, so it will be an easy steel to sharpen, even if you are out in the field, and this steel can be repeatedly sharpened without losing its quality. As a total bonus, this steel does keep its fine edge for long periods of time. This is a stainless steel, so it does resist rusting and corroding fairly well. This is an average grade steel, so while it does stand up to most tasks, it does not excel at anything like a premium grade steel would. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is how budget friendly it is. This steel is jam packed full of value—it is a low cost steel that can stand up to the majority of things that you throw at it.

This steel has been finished with a stonewashed finish. A stonewashed finish refers to tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. There is a wide variety of stonewashed finishes based upon the abrasive shape, tumbling motion and the type of finish the blade has before it enters the tumbler. A very positive benefit of stonewashed blades is that they are low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime. The stonewashed finish hides the scratches and smudges that occur with use over time.

The blade has been carved into an upswept clip point style blade. If you are looking for a great all-purpose blade, then the clip point blade is a great option for you. This is also one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The most recognizable knife that features a clip point is the Bowie knife, but it is also popular on many pocket knives and fixed blade knives. The back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight form the handle and stops about halfway up the knife. Then, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This cut out area is a curved area and is referred to as the “clip”, which is how this shape got its name. Clip point knives look as if the part of the knife from the spine to the point has literally been clipped off. The area of the point is upswept but the actual point is still lowered, which does provide more control when you are using the knife. Because the tip is controllable, sharp, and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife lends itself to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. Clip point knives also feature a large belly area that is perfect for slicing. This CQC-11K has been designed as a hunting knife and the large belly is perfect for skinning any game that you are trying to dress. The large belly also offers superior slicing for a wide variety of tasks.

Because this knife has been designed as a hunting knife, the edge is a plain edge to help with skinning and slicing and providing you with clean cuts.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of a textured G10 front scale with a 410 bead blasted finish back scale. G10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. It has very similar properties to carbon fiber, yet it can be had for almost a fraction of the cost. While it is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, it still has to be cut and machined into shape which is not as economical as the injection molding process that is used in FRN handles. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The material that results is extremely tough, hard, very lightweight, and strong. In fact, G10 is considered the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta, although it is more brittle. Tactical folders and fixed blade knives benefit from the qualities of G10 because it is durable and lightweight, non-porous and available in a variety of colors. The fact that it is non-porous is what makes it an exceptional material for a hunting knife.

The back handle scale is made out of stainless steel. This material provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion but is not particularly lightweight. Stainless steel is a slippery material, so that is why the dual material handle scales make such a great combination. The G10 gives you all of the grip that you need and the stainless steel gives you the durability that you want.

The stainless steel handle scale has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created by using abrasive, glass or ceramic beads. The bead are blasted at a high pressure against the metal, resulting in an even, grey finish. A blasted finish reduces reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. Creating a blasted finish is a base level or user level finish on a knife blade. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. However, a blasted finish, even from stainless steel, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment.

Kershaw CQC-11K
Kershaw CQC-11K

The handle has a thick finger guard and a deep finger groove to protect your fingers from getting sliced as well as keeping your fingers comfortable. At the bottom of the handle, there is a row of jimping.

At the bottom of the handle, there is a lanyard hole carved into it. The lanyard is going to come in handy when you are processing a large animal. While field dressing a large game animal, there comes a time when you’ll reach inside the cavity to cut the esophagus so the intestines can be pulled out. This is a messy, bloody situation, which makes a knife handle slippery. You really don’t want your hand to slip down the handle onto the blade. Or suppose a lengthy fish-cleaning session is going on. As your knife dulls, the handle will probably get slippery from the slime, blood, and guts. All it takes is an inattentive instant to hurt yourself. A lanyard around your wrist or hand can prevent this from happening.

 

The Lanyard Hole:

The lanyard hole is black, in contrast with the bead blasted stainless steel. The knife has pre drilled holes in the handle that enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual knife that has no mechanical assist, such as SpeedSafe, used to open the folding knife. It opens the classic, old school way. This knife has a thumb disk, “wave shaped opening feature”. This is also called the remote pocket opener and is built into the back end of the blade, similar to the flipper. The unique wave shape is a hook that enables the user to open the knife as it is withdrawn from the pocket. Make sure closed knife is snugged up against the rear seam of your pants pocket, tip up. Reach into the pocket to hold the handle of the knife, keeping your fingers away from the blade. Pull toward the rear seam, withdraw the knife form your pocket quickly and steadily so that the wave shaped opening feature hooks on the rear seam of the pocket. This will open the blade. By the time its fully out of the pocket, the knife will be open and ready for sue. Pull back quickly and smoothly to ensure blade lock up.

The CQC-11K also features a frame lock. This is a portion of the handle that moves behind the blade to lock it into positon during use. This is the safety feature of the knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.5 inches long. The overall length of this knife is 8.5 inches long and it sports a closed length of 4.75 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.8 ounces. This knife was designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw.

 

The Conclusion:

This knife is part of Kershaw’s series of hunting knives—for the toughness, durability, and edge holding capabilities your next hunting trip demands. The popular Kershaw—Emerson series is growing. The newest entry, the CQC-11K, is based on the Emerson Rendezvous. Originally designed as a hunting knife, it’s equally adept for survival, camping, bush crafting, or for just about any outdoor activity.

The CQC-11K features a blade of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a stonewashed finish. It holds an edge well, and then resharpens easily when out in the field. The blade offers plenty of belly for skinning and other game processing, as well as superior slicing for a wide variety of tasks. For a secure-grip, the CQC-11K has a G-10 front scale with stainless steel back and a sturdy frame lock. Of course, it’s also equipped with the Emerson “wave shaped opening feature” so that the folder can be opened as it is withdrawn from the pocket. Or use the thumb disk for simple, manual opening. The CQC-11K’s handle is contoured for comfort and grip security while you work. A reversible pocket clip enables left- or right-handed carry.
This brand new hunting knife is going to make all of your buddies jealous while also meeting and excelling at any task that you throw at it.

 

Kershaw DuoJet Knife Review

 

Kershaw DuoJet
Kershaw DuoJet

Kershaw knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form his own cutlery company based on his own designs. Early manufacturing was primarily done in Japan. In 1977, Kershaw became a wholly owned subsidiary of the KAI Group. In 1997 the US production facility was opened in Wilsonville, Oregon. Due to an expanding market, the facilities were moved to a larger production site in 2003.

For over 100 years, Kai has been Japan’s premier blade producer. Kai takes an innovative approach to product development based on the close coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions.

Kershaw Knives designs and manufactures a wide range of knives, including pocket knives, sporting knives, and kitchen cutlery. Kershaw had a founding mission to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocket knife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw has collaborated with a number of custom knife makers over the years to produce ground-breaking knives. Collaborations include working with Hall of Fame Knife Maker Ken Onion on Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives, Ernest Emerson, Grant and Gavin Hawk, Frank Centofante, Rick Hinderer, RJ Martin, and more. Kershaw has a commitment to innovation and has actually pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are now the standard in the knife industry. They say, “And we will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.”

Today we will be discussing one of Kershaw’s brand new knives, their DuoJet.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This steel is a popular budget brand of knife steel that comes from China. One of the more similar steels to this one is AUS-8, although AUS-8 is the superior out of the steels. 8Cr13MoV steel is inexpensive but still is capable of cutting. When this steel goes through a good heat treatment, which Kershaw always does, the blade will retain its edge for long periods of time while also having a high corrosion resistance level. Because this is a softer steel, it will be easy to sharpen and keeps sharpening well. Overall, this steel has a good balance between strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. The biggest advantage that this steel does have is the low cost. While you do get a reliable steel, this steel won’t compare to the newer steels or the super steels that are in the industry.

The steel has been coated with a titanium carbo-nitride coating. Kershaw uses this coating to produce an attractive grey blade coating that increases the blade’s hardness, helps maintain the edge, and increases the overall lifetime of the blade. The coating is matte, which means that it will cut down on glares and reflections that may give your positon away if you are using this knife in the field. Plus, it increases the wear resistance because of the hardness of the coating.

This knife does have a slightly upswept blade shape. The spine of the knife is pretty straight from the handle to the tip but at the very tip of the blade, it does sweep upwards slightly. This is not an extreme upsweep like you would find on a filleting knife, so you don’t have to worry about the tip being as fragile as they usually are. But, the tip is still thinner and sharper, so this is not going to be a good knife for piercing or stabbing. One of the biggest advantages to a trailing point blade is that they provide the user with a large curved cutting area that is ideal for slicing. And, because the tip is sharp and thin, the user can perform fine and delicate work.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of stainless steel and just like the blade, it also sports the titanium carbo-nitride coating. The handle also has a carbon fiber insert on the front to increase the texture.

Stainless steel gives the knife high durability while also being very resistant to corrosion. Unfortunately, this material is extremely heavy, which is why the DuoJet is a heftier knife. Plus, stainless steel can be slippery if not textured properly or paired with a material that will give you the desired grip. On this knife, the carbon fiber insert provides enough grip that you can feel comfortable when you are using this knife.

The stainless steel has been coated with the same coating as the blade. Just like the blade, the coating prolongs the life of the blade by increasing the wear and corrosion resistance levels.

Carbon fiber is a material that has been made up of thin strands of carbon that are tightly woven together and then set in a resin. This material is very strong, but still lightweight. This is a perfect companion for a mainly stainless steel handle because the weights balance each other out. This material does require a lot of hand labor and time, so it is expensive. This does not affect the overall cost of the DuoJet too much, because it is just an inlay and not the entire handle. While this material is strong, it is not indestructible and does tend to be brittle. This is because all the carbon fibers are woven in the same direction, so while they are strong in that direction, if they get stressed in the other direction, the handle will start to break apart.

The spine of the handle is angled upwards toward the middle of the knife. Once it reaches the middle, it angles downward towards the tip. The belly of the knife has more curves, with a large finger groove that is equipped with jimping. This groove will give you a comfortable place to rest your fingers while also providing a more secure grip because of the jimping. There are two slight grooves following the main finger groove. The knife does have a slight finger guard, but because of the flipper mechanism, you don’t have to worry about injuring your fingers. Lastly, the handle does have a lanyard hole carved into the butt.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is only a single position pocket clip. The clip is attached for left tip down carry. However, it is a deep carry clip, which means that it is going to fit deeper in your pocket. This not only keeps your knife a little bit more secure inside your pocket, it also conceals the knife better on the outside of your pocket. These characteristics mean that you can go about your daily activities without worrying about your knife coming out of your pocket, but you also don’t have to worry about people knowing that you do have a knife.

The pocket clip is black, which contrasts against the dark grey matte handle. The clip is long, skinny, and does not taper. In the middle of the clip, Kershaw has stamped their logo. The clip is kept in place by two black screws, which do match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is an assisted opening knife that uses a flipper as well as being equipped with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe Assisted Opening Mechanism. The knife also boasts a frame lock locking mechanism.

An assisted opening knife is also often called a spring-assisted knife. This is a type of knife that springs open after the blade has been slightly pushed open with force. Because it is not a fully automatic knife, you don’t have to be concerned with the strict knife laws that surround automatic knives.

The flipper is a small protrusion that extends out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. The flipper is actually a piece of the blade, so when the user pulls back on this protrusion, the blade will flip open and lock into place. On the DuoJet, the flipper is a little more rectangular than your typical sharks-fin shaped flipper. It does have a little bit of jimping on the side that you will be pulling back on. Many people prefer the flipper because by its design, it is ambidextrous. Plus, it does not extend off of the blade, which means it cannot get in the way. Once the knife is opened, it acts as a finger guard. Lastly, while you are opening this knife, it keeps your fingers out of the path of the blade, so you don’t have to be worried about slicing your fingers like you do when you are using a thumb stud. However, unlike a thumb stud, the flipper does take a little bit of time to get used to.

The SpeedSafe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual push on the blade’s thumb stud or pull back on the flipper. Kershaw was actually the first to bring the SpeedSafe assisted opening knives to market, which in turn launched a revolution in opening systems. The SpeedSafe’s key component is the torsion bar. When the knife is closed, the torsion bar helps prevent he knife from being opened by gravity; while also creating a bias toward the closed positon. To open the knife, the user will pull back on the flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. Because of the SpeedSafe mechanism, the blade will open smoothly and lock into place.

The Kershaw DuoJet uses a frame lock. In a frame lock knife, frame is made up of the knife handle, which is most commonly made out of metal, like the handle on this knife is. When the knife is opened, one of the sides of the frame will push against the backend of the blade and prevent it from closing. To close this knife, the user just needs to push the blade to the side, which will unblock the blade, and then fold the blade back into the handle. Frame locks are known for being thick and strong, which means that this locking mechanism is going to be durable, reliable, and extremely strong.


The Specs:

The blade on the DuoJet measures in at 3.25 inches long while the handle measures in at 4.5 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.75 inches long. Weighing in at 4.9 ounces, the DuoJet makes for a great knife for keeping on you at all times.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is describing this new knife, they say, “The Kershaw DuoJet offers you the dual benefits of great style and a value price.

This eye-catching EDC has a wide clip-point blade of quality 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with gray titanium carbo-nitride coating. The durable coating provides an extra measure of corrosion protection. The steel handle has matching gray titanium carbo-nitride coating and dual carbon fiber inserts. The matte gray coating contrasts handsomely with the carbon fiber—especially when light is reflected in the two inserts. The DuoJet locks safely open during use thanks to a sturdy frame lock. The handle is contoured for comfort and secure grip.

The DuoJet opens quickly and easily with SpeedSafe® assisted opening using either the built-in flipper or the thumb stud. The knife’s hardware is black to match the carbon fiber, including the single-position deep-carry pocket clip. The DuoJet also includes a lanyard hole so you can customize it with your favorite paracord lanyard. With all this style, the DuoJet is easy to like—and comes in at a price that’s easy on the wallet, too.”

You can pick up this brand new knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder Knife Review

Everyone knows that there is nothing like a Kershaw. From award winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know that you are carrying the real thing. The real thing means value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even their most inexpensive models re impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, reliable. That’s why they can back each of their knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, it is definitely possible to own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime.

The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for everyday carrying knives that can take any cardboard box and liberate any purchase from its plastic packaging, sporting knives that make hunting, fishing watersports, and camping even better, work knives that won’t let you down, and tactical knives that ensure you’re ready for anything.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocketknife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high quality materials, and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state of the art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw has pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. Their SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. They also introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders. And, recently, their Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels into one blade, gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling them to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine. And they will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.

Kershaw Knives is a brand of Kai USA Ltd., a member of the Kai Group. For over 100 years, Kai has been Japan’s premier blade producer. Kai takes an innovative approach to product development based on the close coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions. While many of Kershaw’s quality products are made in their 55,000 sq. ft. facility in Tualatin, Oregon, they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide the very best of the customer.

Kershaw says, “If this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more. If it’s not your first Kershaw, welcome back. We’ve got some cool new blades to show you—along with a wide selection of your favorites. For design, innovation, quality, and genuine pride of ownership, Kershaw is the one.”

Today, we will be talking about eh Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder knife with a bead blast blade.

Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder Knife
Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder Knife

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel, which is made in China. In its composition this steel is close to the Japanese steel of AUS-8 grade. 8Cr13MoV steel at tis low cost demonstrates very worthy characteristics of cutting. At suitable heat treatment of steel, the products made of 8Cr13MoV steel retain for a long time the sharpness of the cutting edge and have a very good corrosion resistance. The range of steel hardness is 56-59 HRC. Knives made of 8Cr13MoV steel keep sharpening well and at the same time they are easy to sharpen, and have highly aggressive cuts on soft materials. This stainless steel is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. Many features made the 8Cr13MoV steel suitable for production of non-expensive tourist and urban knives with good average performance. As a key, don’t bother with anything less than 8Cr in this series—7Cr and less isn’t worth your time or money, because it lacks the carbon necessary to hold an edge even during mild use.

The blade on the Payload has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created by using abrasive glass or ceramic beads. These beads are blasted at the steel at a high pressure which results in an even grey finish. A blasted finish reduces reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. Creating a blasted finish is a base level or user level finish on a knife blade. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even form stainless steel, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment.

The knife on the Kershaw Payload has been carved into a beefy clip point blade shape. This is one of the thickest clip point blades that you are going to find because it has been specifically designed as a utility blade. This is a great all-purpose blade, that is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The blade shape is formed by the unsharpened edge of the knife running straight from the handle and stopping about halfway up the knife. Then, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This cut-out area can be straight or curved, and on the Payload, is a curved portion. This section is referred to as the “clip”, which is how this blade shape got its name. Clip point knives look as if the part of the knife form the spine to the point has literally been clipped off. This clipped out portion creates a lowered point, which gives you more control over your cuts when you are using the knife. Often times with a clip point blade shape, the tip suffers from being pretty brittle because it is so fine and thin. However, since this knife has been designed as a utility knife, the tip is not thin, it is sharp, but not thick. This means that you can take on some pretty tough utility tasks without having to worry about the point snapping. This blade shape is also very versatile because it sports such a large belly. This belly is what makes slicing such a breeze. And, if you are looking for a good every day or all-purpose blade, you should be looking for a knife that features a large belly. The majority of the cuts that you are going to be doing are with the belly of your knife.

This knife is also a plain edged knife, which lends it more capably to a variety of tasks. The plain edge also lets you perform some finer work and will give you very clean cuts.

 

The Handle:

The handle of this multi-tool and knife is made out of glass-filled nylon or GRN. This is a thermoplastic material that is super strong, resistant to bending, abrasion, and practically indestructible. Plus, this material is very cheap. This material is similarly to G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, except that it is a lot stronger and more indestructible than those other materials. In this material, the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions, as opposed to those other materials that have their fibers arranged in a single direction, meaning they are brittle. There are some drawbacks though, many knife enthusiasts di not warm up to this material because they claimed it felt cheap and somewhat hollow. It also is a little less grippy than G-10. This material is inexpensive because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. All this lends well to high volume manufacturing and hence low cost. The handle is pretty beefy and this is where a lot of the multi-tools are stored. While this handle is a beefier handle, there is a curve to it, which makes it a lot more comfortable to hold, especially during long periods of time. This curve also gives you the secure grip that you need when you are working with the tools.

Some of these parts are an out-the-back spring-loaded bit driver and five bits being stored in the handle. These bits are #1 & #2 slotted, and #1 & #2 Phillips, and a T-6 bit.

 

The Pocket Clip:

This knife has its own custom pocekt clip and it’s ready to go to work whenever you need. The pocket clip has a piece that you can attach all of your bits into. But, because of this, it is a single position pocket clip. The clip, along with the rest of the hardware in the knife are black.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a fully manual opening knife. It features thumb studs to help you open this knife. This is arguably the most common one-hand-opening feature, the thumb stud is employed by a lot of different knife manufacturers. A thumb stud essentially replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. The principle is pretty straightforward—you grasp the folded knife, place the tip of your flexed thumb on the stud and extend your thumb to swing the blade through its arc until the blade is fully open. Knives with a thumb stud usually incorporate a locking mechanism of some sort.

In the case of the Kershaw Payload, the locking mechanism is a liner lock. The liner locks are one of the more common mechanisms seen on folding knives. This mechanism’s characteristic component is a side spring bar located on the same side as sharp edge of the blade, “lining” the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring bar is held under tension. When the knife is fully opened, that tension slips the bar inward to make contact with the butt of the blade, keeping it firmly in place and preventing it from closing. To disengage a liner lock, you have to use your thumb to push the spring bar “down” so that it clears contact form the butt of the blade. This lets you use your index finger to push the blade just enough so that it keeps the bar pushed down so you can remove your thumb form the blade path, then continue to safely close the knife. Liner locks are beneficial in that they allow a knife to have two true handle sides, unlike a frame lock. You can close the knife with one hand without switching grip, ideal for when you need both hands on the job. You’ll find liner locks in both entry-level and high-end knives. If you’ll be using your knife for heavy duty tasks, you should know liner locks typically aren’t as robust as other locking systems. They are still plenty strong, but because they’re typically made from a thinner piece of metal, they’re more prone to wearing out compared to a beefy frame lock.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measure in at 3.3 inches long, with the closed length measuring in at 4.25 inches long and an open length measuring in at 7.5 inches long. This multi-tool weighs in at 6.3 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is describing this knife and multi tool, they say, “Get your hands on the Payload and you will soon appreciate its practicality. The Payload stores a 5-bit screwdriver set on board: a #1 slotted screwdriver, a #1 Phillips™, a #2 slotted, #2 Phillips™, and a T-6. Just remove the bit you want, then push the button at mid-handle to release the bit driver in the back of the handle. The spring-loaded bit driver slides out, ready to accept your chosen bit. When your job is done, replace the bit and slide the bit driver back into the handle. In addition to the handy on-board bit set, you also get a big, beefy utility blade. Open this manual knife one-handed using the convenient thumb stud. The blade is quality 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a no-nonsense bead-blasted finish. A secure locking liner holds this wide blade safely open during use. The Payload has its own custom pocket clip and it’s ready to go to work now.” Pick up your Kershaw Payload today at BladeOps.

 

Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Set, Spring Assist Knives Review

When you are carrying a Kershaw knife (or two of them) you can be sure that you are carrying the real thing, which means that you get value and plenty of it. Kershaw’s most inexpensive models are impressive, because everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. You can expect their award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup to always stand by your side and get the job done.

Kershaw is so confident in their products that they back each of their knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, it does seem crazy that people would own their knives for an entire lifetime, but they do. That’s how quality Kershaw’s tools are.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocket knife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always choses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

When Kershaw is talking about their commitment to innovation, they say, “Kershaw pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. Our SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. We introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in our Blade Traders. Recently, our Composite Blade technology, which combines tow steels into one blade, gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling us to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine. And we will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.”

Kershaw Knives is a brand of Kai USA Ltd, a member of the Kai Group. For over 100 years, Kai has been Japan’s premier blade producer. Kai takes an innovative approach to product development based on the close coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions. While many of Kershaw’s quality products are made in their 55,000 sq. ft. facility in Tualatin, Oregon, they also draw on Kai’s resources to pride the very best for the customer.

Kershaw says, “If this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more. If it’s not your first Kershaw, welcome back.”

Today we will be talking about the Kershaw 2-Piece starter set, which is a set of two spring assisted knives.

 

The Blades:

Both of the knives are made out of 4Cr13MoV steel. This is a value-priced steel that is extremely stain resistant. This steel is going to be very easy to sharpen, because of the softness of the steel. However, that also means that it is going to lose its edge more quickly than your typical blade steel. This steel is very corrosion resistant, but you will need to keep up on your maintenance to keep it in top shape, because it is a value priced steel. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is its low cost. You get a steel that is going to be able to perform for a very low cost. This steel will not compare to most of the newer steels that are around though, because many of those have been specifically made for knives.

The first blade has been coated with a black oxide coating. This is when a chemical bath converts the surface of the steel to magnetite. Kershaw uses this coating on some blades, mainly for appearance, though it does add some corrosion resistance.

The second blade has been finished with a black oxide coating and then a BlackWash Finish. This is a stonewashed finish that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes the stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. A very positive benefit of this finish is that it makes the blade low maintenance and preserves the original look of the blade overtimes. Plus, this finish hides the scratches and smudges that can occur with use overtime.

Both of the blades in this set have been ground into a drop point blade shape. This is the most popular blade shape that you are going to find in the market today. It is both versatile and very tough—capable of taking on almost any task: from hunting, to self-defense, to your basic everyday tasks, this blade shape is the ideal shape for all of them. The blade shape is formed by having the spine of the blade run straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curving form. This creates a lowered point, which is what makes this blade shape so easily controllable and perfect for hunting as well as fine tip work. The lowered tip is also broad, and it is the broadness of this knife blade shape that gives the blade the coveted strength of the drop point. This strength is what allows you to use this knife in almost any setting—tactical, survival, and again your everyday tasks. One of the reasons that this is such a versatile shape is because of the large belly, or cutting edge, that it boasts. This large edge is ideal for slicing, which is most likely going to be your typical tasks with either of these knives. One of the only drawbacks to this blade shape is that because the point is so broad, your ability to pierce or stab is reduced greatly.

Both of the knives feature plain edges which give cleaner cuts, are easier to sharpen, and are perfect for push cuts.


The Handles:

The handle on both knives are made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. Most stainless steels also have additional elements alloyed in it to enhance specific characteristics. Stainless steels contain chromium to enable them to withstand rust. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not particularly lightweight. Stainless steel handles can be rather slippery as well, so the manufacturer has to be sure to incorporate etching or ridges to provide the required friction. The pros of having a stainless steel knife handle is that they will be strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion. Some of the disadvantages of having a stainless steel handle is that they are heavy and they can be slippery, depending on how they are finished.

The first knife’s handle matches the blade with a black oxide coating. Just like on the blade, the finish is there to add to the aesthetic, although it does increase the corrosion resistance slightly. This handle is two-toned, with a silver middle streak and the edges are black. The ergonomics will fit comfortably in your hand—there is a shallow, elongated finger groove. The butt of the handle is squared off and does sport a lanyard hole.

The second knife’s handle has been finished just like the blade as well: it has a black oxide coating with a BlackWash finish. The BlackWash finish there for aesthetic—giving the handle a rugged, well-worn look. The coating finish on both of the handles will prolong the life of the blade as well. The handle on this second knife is more unique. The face of the handle has been honeycombed to add plenty of texture. This texture will give you fantastic grip in most environments. The spine of the handle curves slightly. The bottom of the handle also has a gentle curve. The butt of the handle is curved and also features a lanyard hole.

Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Set, Spring Assist Knives
Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Set, Spring Assist Knives

The Pocket Clips:

The pocket clip on the first knife is black with Kershaw stamped across the middle. The clip is held in place by two small black screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife. The clip will keep this first knife securely in your pocket throughout your day-to-day tasks.

The pocket clip on the second knife has also been BlackWashed. The clip is kept in place by two small screws that have also been BlackWashed, which matches all of the hardware on this knife. This is a deep carry pocket clip, which means that your knife will be more secure in your pocket no matter how much you move around. Plus, you will be able to better conceal this knife in your pocket.

 

The Mechanisms:

Both of the knives feature a frame lock mechanism as well as the SpeedSafe spring assist system. Both of the knives also feature a thumb stud as well as a flipper.

In a frame lock knife, the knife handle consists of two plates of material on either side of the blade. When the knife is opened, the metal side of the frame, the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade and prevents the blade from closing. To close a frame lock knife, the user pushes the frame to the side, unblocking the blade and folds the blade back into the handle. Like locking liner knives, frame locks are manufactured so that the locking side of the frame is angled toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias toward the locked position. Both the blade tang and the lock bar are precisely angled so they fit together for a secure, reliable lockup. The thickness of the frame material blocking the blade open makes the frame lock extremely sturdy.

The SpeedSafe is a patented system that assist eh user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual push on the blade’s thumb stud or pull back on the flipper. The heart of SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. Closed, the torsion bar helps prevent the knife from being opened by “gravity;” it creates a bias toward the closed position. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to the thumb stud or flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion ar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. The blade opens smoothly and locks into positon, ready for use.

Because this is not an automatic knife, it does not fall under the same strict laws as an automatic knife. However, laws are always changing, so still make sure that you are aware of your local knife laws.

The thumb stud assists your opening by pushing against the thumb stud and flipping the knife open and into place. The flipper on each knife is a small protrusion that you pull back on to flip the knife open and into place. The benefit of the flipper is that it turns into a finger guard when the knife is opened.

 

The Specs:

The first knife has a blade that measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.5 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.75 inches long.

The second knife has a blade that measures in at 2.75 inches long, with a handle that measure sin at 3.75 inches long. When the blade is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 6.5 inches long.

 

Conclusion:

This limited edition Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Set takes the guess work out of shopping with its all-inclusive package. The steels are budget steels, which means that they will be easy to sharpen although you will have to sharpen it quite often. The steel is extremely rust resistant on both of the knives. One of the knives has a coated finish, which is there for aesthetic. The other knife has a BlackWash finish that creates a rugged look. Both knives boast the SpeedSafe spring assist system for rapid deployment. Pick up this pack today at BladeOps and be ready to take on the world.

 

Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Series Pack: Spring Assisted Knife and Playing Cards Review

The Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Series Pack: Spring Assisted Knife and Playing Cards
The Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Series Pack: Spring Assisted Knife and Playing Cards

Kershaw Knives was founded in 1974 with the founding mission to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocket knife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

With Kershaw, you know that you are getting the real thing which means that even their inexpensive models are impressive. Everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, reliable. That’s why they can back each of their knives for the life of its original owner against nay defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, people do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime.

Kershaw has an active commitment to innovation. They pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. They say, “Our SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. We introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in our Blade Traders. Recently, our Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels into one blade, gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling us to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine. And we will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.”

Kershaw Knives is a brand of Kai USA Ltd, a member of the Kai Group. For over 100 years, Kai has been Japan’s premier blade producer. Kai takes an innovative approach to product development based on the closer coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions.

Kershaw says, “If this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more. If it’s not your first Kershaw, welcome back.”

Today we will be discussing the Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Series. This pack comes with a spring assisted knife and a pack of playing cards.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 4Cr13MoV steel. This steel is a value-priced steel that is extremely stain resistant. This is a softer steel, so it will be easy to sharpen. However, because it is such a soft steel, you are going to have to sharpen it much more often than some of your higher end steels. One of the biggest advantages to this steel is how well it can resist staining. That being said, because it is a budget steel, you will have to keep up on your maintenance. The biggest advantage is that it is a low cost steel that will get the job done. This knife will be able to perform when you need it to and it won’t cost an arm and a leg.

The blade has been finished with two finishes. The first one is a black oxide coating, which is when a chemical bath converts the surface of the steel to magnetite. Kershaw uses this coating on blades, mainly for appearance, though it does add some corrosion resistance. The second finish on this blade is a BlackWash finish, which is a black stonewash finish. A stonewash finish is created by tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. A BlackWash finish is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. A very positive benefit of stonewashed blades I that they are low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime; the stonewashed finish hides the scratches and smudges that can occur with use.

The blade on this knife is a drop point blade, which is the most versatile and popular blade shape that you are going to come across in modern cutlery times. This blade shape is formed by having the spine run straight from the handle to the point in a slow curved manner. This means that the blade will have a lowered point that provides excellent control over your cuts and slices. The tip on this blade style is also one of the broader tips that you are going to come across, which is what gives this blade style such high strength. The strength on this point is one of the reasons that this blade style is an all-purpose blade. One of the other main reasons that it is such a versatile knife is the large belly that it sports. The most common task that you are probably going to be performing is slicing—at least in your everyday life. The large belly on this blade shape is going to let you excel at slicing. One of the only drawbacks to this knife is that because it does have such a broad tip, you do lose out on the bulk of your stabbing capabilities. You need to remember that you do forgo those capabilities in return for the incredible strength of this knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of stainless steel that has been finished with a black oxide coating as well as a Blackwash finish to match the blade.

An alloy of iron and carbon, most steel also has additional elements alloyed in it to enhance specific characteristics. Stainless steels contain chromium to enable them to withstand rusting.

Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion but it is not a lightweight material. Also, stainless steel handles can be rather slippery so manufacturers have to incorporate ridges or grooves to provide the require friction for you to be able to safely use this knife. This does add cost, and you still won’t have the best grip that you’ve ever had on a knife. To give you safety, control, and grip, Kershaw has added a short row of thick imping on the spine of the handle. The spine of the handle is also more angles than curves. It starts out at a straight angle coming away from the open blade, but midway through the handle, it angles steeply towards the butt of the handle.

Instead of your typical finger groove, there is a straight section that has been carved out form the bottom of the handle. This section has also been finished with a row of jimping, that will give you extra grip and control over this knife.

On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole that has been carved out. Tying a lanyard through this hole allows you to easily have your knife close by without it getting in the way. You can also have a lanyard hang out of your pocket so that when it comes time to withdraw it, you can do so more quickly and efficiently. Also, you can add a touch of your personal style to this knife by choosing a lanyard that reflects your style.

Just like with the blade, the black oxide coating is mostly there for looks, although it does increase the handles’ corrosion resistance slightly. The Blackwash finish is there for looks, and to preserve the look of the knife overtime, while also being very low maintenance. The matching blade and handle give this knife a well-worn, rugged look that really can’t be beat.

Overall, this handle is going to lend itself well to you because of the stainless steel’s strength, durability, and ability to withstand corrosion.

 

The Mechanism:

This Kershaw knife is a spring assisted knife that uses a flipper to assist you in opening it.

A spring assisted knife needs an external force to engage the spring. When the knife is closed, the spring is engaged and kept in its “active” state by some sort of resistance. When opening with your thumb, you push the tension bar past the resistance, which allows the spring to continue to open the blade on its own.

The flipper is a small protrusion that juts out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. To open the knife, you hold the knife handle vertically in one hand and place your index finger on the top of the flipper. Gently apply downward pressure on the flipper, which will cause the blade to flip out and lock into place. The flipper is ambidextrous which means that it works equally as well for either left or right handed users. The flipper also guarantees that your opening will be fast and easy, even if you only have one hand to work with. Some of the other advantages to the flipper mechanism is that it keeps your fingers out of the way when you are opening the knife, which cuts down on hand cuts. And, once the knife is opened and locked into place, the flipper does act as a finger guard, adding an extra element of protection to this knife and your fingers.

The locking mechanism that this knife boasts is a frame lock. In a frame lock, the knife handle, or its frame, consists of two plates of metal on either side of the blade. When the knife is opened, the metal side of the frame, the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade and prevents the blade from closing. The close a frame lock knife, the user pushes the frame to the side, unblocking the blade, and folds the blade back into the handle. Like locking lien knives, frame locks are manufactured so that the locking side of the frame is angled toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias toward the locked position. Both the blade tang and the lock bar are precisely angled so they fit together for a secure, reliable lockup. The thickness of the frame material blocking the blade open makes the frame lock extremely sturdy.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.5 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at 7.75 inches long.

 

The Deck of Playing Cards:

The deck of playing cards that it comes with is your typical 52 card deck. However, on the front of the cards, it boasts a red Kershaw logo.

 

Conclusion:

This limited edition Kershaw 2-Piece Starter Series Pack takes the guess work out of shopping with its all-inclusive package. The set comes with a great knife and a pack of playing cards that sport the Kershaw logo. The knife is made out of a 4Cr13MoV steel which is a low cost steel that is crazy resistant to rust. This keeps maintenance down and looks good while doing it. The blade has been finished with a BlackWash finish, which also works to keep maintenance time down and gives you a rugged, well-worn look while it’s at it. The drop point style blade is going to let you take on one of the widest varieties of tasks—from every day to self-defense this blade has you covered. The handle has been made out of stainless steel, which gives you the heft you crave to take on your everyday tasks. This handle has been designed with ergonomics that make this knife comfortable to use—even for extended periods of time. And, the coating and Blackwash finishes make this a low maintenance, great looking knife. The flipper is the perfect opening mechanism for either left or right handed uses and the frame lock ensures that your knife is always secure, whether it is opened or closed. This set is perfect for the person looking for a great knife that will assist them throughout their days, but also the person who is looking to have a little bit of fun while they are at it. Pick up this pack today at BladeOps.

 

 

A Review of Five Killer Kershaw Knives.

Kershaw Knives began in Oregon when Pete Kershaw wanted to form his own company based on his own designs. Kershaw is a subsidiary of Kai USA Ltd. Throughout the years, Kershaw has collaborated with many custom knife makers which always result in excellent knives. Some collaborations have been with Ken Onion, Ernest Emerson, Grant and Gavin Hawk, and Rick Hinderer, along with many others. Kershaw knives are mainly focused on and designed to be pocket knives and sporting knives. They work to achieve knives for everyday use, camping, hunting, and fishing. And they have succeeded and excelled in each of these categories. Today I have compiled a list of the five best rated Kershaw knives.

 

The Ken Onion Blur:

Ken Onion Blur
Ken Onion Blur

To start out the list, I have chosen the Ken Onion Blur. This knife was born through one of Kershaw’s collaborations and the world is so glad that it was designed. The Blur part of the knife comes how the knife can open in a blur. The knife sports a thumb stud which is what allows the knife to be open single-handedly. Some people think it can be opened just as quickly and smoothly as a switchblade, but because it isn’t technically a switchblade, you don’t have to worry about the strict automatic knife laws. It can open so smoothly because of the Speed-Safe assisted opening mechanism.

The blade of the Blur is made out of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel blade that has a Diamond like Coating covering it. Because of the coating, the blade has increased corrosion resistant properties and is a harder blade than it would be originally. The blade of the blade is 3 3/8 inches and is a combo blade. The original blade is black and serrated with a slightly recurved blade. However, with the increasing popularity of the Blur, Kershaw has released a few different versions of this knife.

The handle of this knife is made out of anodized aluminum that has a Trac-Tec material over the handle, which helps to provide an excellent no-slip grip. Overall the knife is 7.9 inches long.

Pros of the Ken Onion Blur:

  • This knife can easily be opened one handed.
  • It can be opened as smoothly as an automatic blade, but because it isn’t an automatic, you don’t have to worry about strict laws.
  • The Diamond Like Coating makes the blade much tougher.
  • The Diamond Like Coating gives the blade higher corrosion resistant properties.
  • This knife can be purchased in multiple different versions.
  • The Trac-Tec adds great grip to the handle.

Cons of the Ken Onion Blur:

  • The knife is very light and some people like a heftier knife for your everyday carry knife.

 

The Ken Onion Leek:

Ken Onion Leek
Ken Onion Leek

Just like the Ken Onion Blur, the Ken Onion Leek is one of Kershaw’s most popular knives. This was designed to be the perfect everyday carry knife. It was designed to be able to stand up to almost any everyday task that you put it up to. Just like the Blur, this knife has been made into a variety of different versions, so you can get exactly what you are looking for, while retaining the Leek’s excellent design.

The blade is 3 inches long made out of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, which is an excellent steel for an everyday carry knife. The steel on this blade keeps its edge for very long periods of time, especially compared to knives that are similar in price and design. Plus, this blade is very easy to sharpen when it needs to be sharpened. This knife comes out of the package razor sharp, so you won’t need to be worried about sharpening it for a while.

The handle on this knife is made from 410 stainless steel that has a bead blasted finish. Unfortunately, the handle on this knife doesn’t give you the greatest grip, so it won’t stand up to your heavier duty tasks. With the handle is a reversible pocket clip, making this knife an ambidextrous option.

The knife also has Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening system. This SpeedSafe system guarantees you a full opening when you want it. The framelock on this knife secures the knife when in open position. These two characteristics are both great safety features to have on an everyday carry knife. The overall length of the open knife is 7 inches and the closed length is 4 inches. This is a great size for an everyday carry knife because it isn’t too big, but it isn’t too small. This Ken Onion Leek is made in the USA.

Pros of the Ken Onion Leek:

  • Designed to be an everyday carry knife.
  • Made in the USA.
  • The blade’s steel keeps its edge for long periods of time.
  • The blade comes extremely sharp.
  • Has a reversible pocket clip, making it ambidextrous.
  • Has the SpeedSafe opening system.
  • Has a framelock locking system.
  • Perfect size for an everyday carry knife.

Cons of the Ken Onion Leek:

  • The stainless steel handle tends to be slippery.
  • The blade isn’t the highest quality of steel choices.

 

The Cryo

The Cryo
The Cryo

The Cryo knife was designed by Rick Hinderer and he had a stroke of genius when he created this knife. The Cryo is definitely at the top of the list of most popular Kershaw knives and it even won the “Best Buy of the Year” at the 2012 Blade Show.

The blade on this knife is 2.75 inches long made out of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. This steel is from China, which tends to turn people away, but the steel does stand up to everyday tasks and is a good contender. The edge on this blade is held very well and is easy to sharpen. For the small size that it is, this knife is a tough little thing. It has a big belly, a hollow grind, and a small swedge that gives you quite a bit of heftiness behind it.

Just like the blade, the handle is also made out of stainless steel coated in titanium carbo-nitride. The handle does provide decent grip, but if you are used to a material like G10, this grip might disappoint you a little bit. When the knife is wet, you aren’t going to have good grip at all. But, the ergonomics on this handle are comfortable, making it an easy knife to use for long periods of time. On the handle there is a reversible pocket clip, but you can actually put the pocket clip in four different directions. You can change it for lefties or righties, and you can position it tip up or tip down. This is one of the most unique aspects of the knife, because it truly gives you whatever option is most comfortable. The handle and the pocket clip are both tarnish resistant because of the coating.

The knife boasts a lockbar stabilizer which helps the blade go exactly where it is supposed to go. Plus, there is a thumbstud which helps you control the opening. The overall length of this knife is 6.5 inches long, weighing in at 4.2 ounces. A big bonus of this knife is how cheap it is.

Pros of the Cryo:

  • This is a small, but beefy knife.
  • The handle is coated to resist tarnishing.
  • The pocket clip can be turned four different ways.
  • Super cheap option for your everyday carry knife.
  • Won “Best Buy of the Year” in 2012.
  • Holds an edge well and is easy to sharpen.

Cons of the Cryo:

  • The steel used for the blade isn’t the most quality steel.
  • The knife is good for people with bigger hands, so smaller hands might have problems with the grip.
  • The grip is sufficient, but does not excel. Especially when wet.

 

The Black Shallot:

The Black Shallot
The Black Shallot

The blade on this knife is 3.5 inches long made out of Sandvik 14C28N steel. This steel is resistant to corrosion and great for heavy duty use because it is very durable. This steel can also hold a crazy sharp edge. The steel is coated in a black tungsten Diamond Like Coating. The knife comes in a partially serrated blade, which makes it great for cutting or sawing through thicker materials. Or, if you would prefer a straight edge, it also comes in that option. The blade has a recurve, which adds a large belly to the forward end of the blade. This belly makes slicing and chopping a breeze. The recurve also helps with edge retention capacities because you generally need less edge to do the slicing or chopping. Because of all these characteristics of the blade, it makes it a fantastic option for your everyday carry knife.

The handle is also made out of a stainless steel with the same black coating. The handle features a frame lock mechanism that helps your blade stay in a locked position until it is released by the user. The handle also has a reversible pocket clip; you can keep it tip up or tip down.

The overall length of the knife is 7.9 inches while open and 4.4 inches while closed. This knife weighs 4.2 ounces. The knife features a SpeedSafe assisted opening with a thumbstud to make opening the knife one handed a breeze. This knife is made in the United States of America.

Pros of the Black Shallot:

  • The Diamond Like Coating on this knife makes the blade extremely durable.
  • Comes in either a straight edge or combo edge blade.
  • The recurve silhouette adds a belly to the knife that makes slicing and chopping a breeze.
  • This blade holds an edge for extremely long periods of time.
  • The handle is also stainless steel with the same DLC matching it to the blade.
  • Comes with a reversible pocket clip.
  • Made in the USA.

Cons of the Black Shallot:

  • The handle doesn’t provide the greatest grip that you can get.

 

The Amphibian:

The Amphibian
The Amphibian

This is the most unique knife that I have decided to put on this list. It isn’t an everyday carry knife; it is a dive knife. If you are a diver, you need to have a dive knife. It’s not a suggestion to have one, they aren’t for beginners, you need to have one. They have saved countless knives when getting into a sticky situation. And you shouldn’t just have any dive knife, you should have a great dive knife. The Amphibian is a great dive knife.

The knife is made out of a 420J2 stainless steel that is very corrosion resistant. This steel is the structure from the tip of the blade to the bottom of the pommel. If this were a solid knife, you would have to be worried about the weight of the knife, so Kershaw has designed this to be a skeleton handle. Inside of the handle is a co-polymer insert which will provide you with excellent grip. Something unique about the blade of this knife is that both edges are sharpened, one being a straight edge and the other being a partially serrated edge. This is to provide you with any edge you will need if getting into a sticky situation.

The knife comes with a sheath which is a durable Kydex. It sports a press-n-pull mechanism that secures the knife no matter how deep you are in the water. It also comes with an included depth-compensating leg straps that have adjustable quick-release buckles. Overall the knife is 7.75 inches with 3.75 inches being the blade. The weight of this knife is 3.2 ounces.

Pros of the Amphibian:

  • The steel is very resistant to corrosion.
  • Features a skeleton structure to keep the knife lighter.
  • The co-polymer insert provides you with excellent grip.
  • Comes with diver’s sheath and straps.
  • Sheath uses a press-n-pull mechanism to ensure a secure knife no matter your positon.
  • Double sided blade.

Cons of the Amphibian:

  • This is a reliable knife, but doesn’t have any special qualities to the knife.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw will provide you with an excellent, reliable knife no matter which one you pick. They have created many phenomenal, ground breaking knives. These five knives are some of the most popular Kershaw sellers and they haven’t been the best-selling knives for no reason. You would definitely benefit from checking them out.

Kershaw 7007 Natrix Knife Review

Kershaw knives was founded in 1974. Their purpose was to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. To make sure that their users were proud to carry their knives, they knew that they must make each and every knife with the highest quality materials and manufacturing tools.

Kershaw also has a commitment to innovation. Because of this, Kershaw has pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are the standard in today’s market. Some of their best innovations have been the SpeedSafe assisted opening knives. They also had the idea to create knives that can have interchangeable blades with their Blade Traders. One of their most recent innovations is their Composite Blade technology, which actually combines two steels into one blade. This gives the user the best of both worlds because they can have one steel by the sharpened edge that provides them with a fine edge and long lasting edge retention, but then still have a strong spine, because they can use a stronger steel on that portion of the blade. Because one of their major drives is to keep innovating bigger and better technologies, they will constantly have excellent knives in the market.

Kershaw Knives is actually a sub brand of Kai USA, Ltd. Kai has been Japan’s leading blade producer for over 100 years now. This larger company also vows to take an innovative approach to their products, product development, marketing, and distribution functions.

Kershaw says, “If this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more. If it’s not your first Kershaw, welcome back.”

Kershaw has just released a brand new knife, and it is going to be a showstopper. They named it the Natrix.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Natrix is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. There is actually a series of Cr stainless steels. The best in the series is the 9Cr steel, with 8 falling right behind it. This is a Chinese stainless steel that is comparable to AUS 8 stainless steel. However, 8Cr13MoV steel is a little bit softer than AUS 8 steel and has a shorter edge retention span that AUS 8 steel. 8Cr13MoV steel is more prone to corrosion than AUS 8 steel as well. Its biggest boast is how inexpensive it is. So while this steel will be able to get the job done, it is not going to excel at anything. With knife steels, you get what you pay for. So while this steel is a bargain and is going to keep the cost of the Natrix down considerably, you will have a lacking of quality. Another excellent feature about this steel is that it is extremely easy to sharpen. So while it does dull quickly, sharpening will be a breeze. With this type of steel, the better the heat treatment on it, the better the quality of the blade.

The blade on the Natrix has been finished with a Stonewash finish. This is when the steel is rolled around with an abrasive material, usually small pebbles. After that portion of the process, it is smoothed over. This finish gives a slightly textured look to the blade, so it hides scratches and fingerprints very well. Because of how well it hides scratches and fingerprints, the Natrix’s blade will have to be polished less.

The blade on the Natrix has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This blade shape is the most versatile out of all the blade shapes. The shape is formed because the back, or unsharpened, edge of the blade slowly curves to meet the sharpened edge of the blade at a lowered point. This lowered point allows you to have more control over your knife. This is one of the reasons why a drop point blade shape is so popular with hunters—they can easily skin their game without having to worry too much about nicking the inner organs or ruining the quality of their meat. The lowered tip also lets you perform precision work because of how much control you have over your blade. The lowered point also makes the tip broader than you would find on other knives. This gives the knife more strength and durability because the tip is less likely to snap or break. One of the only drawbacks to this shape of knife comes from this lowered tip: because it is more broad, you cannot pierce or stab with this shape of knife. Another reason that the drop point blade shape is so durable is because it has such a large belly. This belly allows you to perform many tasks and makes this blade perfect for everyday use. The drop point blade shape is perfect for any knife lover who wants to be prepared for any situation. Your knife is going to be able to take on almost anything.

 

The Handle:

Kershaw Natrix
Kershaw Natrix

The handle on the Natrix is made out of black G10. This is a laminate composite that has been made out of fiberglass. G10 is similar to carbon fiber in its properties, although carbon fiber is a slightly superior material. However, you can get a G10 handle for a fraction of the price that a carbon fiber handle would be. The tradeoff between a slightly less quality handle, but a big chunk of money is usually worth it for knife users. G10 is made by a manufacturer that takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin. This material is then compressed and baked under pressure. G10 is crazy hard, tough, strong, and lightweight. G10 is even considered to the be toughest out of all the fiberglass resin laminates. G10 is even stronger than the popular material Micarta. Because G10 does not provide the user with a super steady grip, the manufacturer will usually add checkering or a different pattern to give the user more texture. On the Natrix, Kershaw has added a small checkered pattern that will provide the user with a great grip. Unfortunately, G10 does have a tendency to be brittle, so it might crack if hit with a sharp or hard object. Another drawback to having a G10 handle is that it doesn’t have a ton of personality. Many people believe that it lacks elegance and looks pretty plastic-y. Because G10 is so strong, hard, and lightweight, this is a very common material found on tactical knives. The Natrix handle has been 3D machined and chamfered to fit comfortably in your hand, even with long periods of use.

On the front of the handle, there is an oversized pivot that adds a unique look and obvious focal point of the knife. When you look at the back of the handle, the Sub-Frame Lock secures the blade, while also created a dramatic, contrasting line on the back. All in all, this handle has a sleek, modern look to it.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip that comes with the Natrix is custom drilled. The handle has pre drilled holes so the user change which side the clip is on, depending on if you are left or right handed. However, you can only carry this knife tip-up, as it has not been drilled to reverse to tip down carry. This pocket clip is also a deep carry pocket clip, so you can be sure that your knife is safe and secure deep in your pocket. Another benefit that many people enjoy about the deep carry pocket clip is that it is easier to conceal your knife than with a regular pocket clip.

 

The Mechanism:

The Natrix is a manual flipper knife. This type of mechanism works because there is a small protrusion, on the Natrix this protrusion is triangular shaped, that comes out of the knife’s spine when it is in closed positon. To deploy the knife, you push down on this protrusion and it flips the blade open. This mechanism keeps your fingers out of harm’s way during the entire process, so you are in a safer position than with other manual mechanisms. And as a cherry on top, this flipper mechanism allows you to easily open the Natrix with only one hand.

This knife also features the SpeedSafe Assisted Opening. This mechanism allows you to open the knife quickly and easily.

The Natrix also sports a Sub-Frame Lock. One side of the lightweight handle, it is fitted with a steel plate integral to the frame; it is the part of the frame that moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. With the Sub-Frame Lock, the knife can be large, yet a lighter knife, with an even more secure lock than you would find on other knives. Because of this Sub-Frame Lock, Kershaw was able to keep the weight of the Natrix down while still providing you with a large blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.25 inches long. When the Natrix is in opened position, it measures in at 7.5 inches long, sporting a closed length of 4.25 inches long. This knife only weighs a mere 2.9 ounces.

 

Pros of the Kershaw Natrix:

  • The steel chosen for this knife is very inexpensive.
  • The steel chosen for this knife is easy to sharpen.
  • The stonewash finish on this blade easily hides scratches and finger prints.
  • The drop point blade shape has a very controllable tip.
  • The drop point blade shape has a very strong and durable tip.
  • The drop point blade shape is one of the most versatile blade shapes because it also sports a large belly.
  • The blade shape is perfect for everyday purposes.
  • The handle is strong, tough, and lightweight.
  • The handle has been 3D machined to fit comfortably in your hand.
  • The pocket clip is reversible, helping to make this knife ambidextrous,
  • The pocket clip is deep carry, so you can easily conceal your knife while keeping it safe and secure.
  • The flipper mechanism keeps fingers out of the way and safe.
  • The flipper mechanism opens quickly and efficiently.
  • The Natrix sports the Sub-Frame Lock which allows the weight of the knife to be reduced significantly while still providing you with a large, useable blade.
  • The flipper mechanism sports the SpeedSafe Assisted Opening.

 

Cons of the Kershaw Natrix:

  • The drop point blade shape does not allow you to easily pierce or stab.
  • The pocket clip cannot be reversed for tip down carry.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw Knives have been designing and producing exceptional, innovative knives for years. They have created many of the features that are now commonly found on knives. They have also helped to set the standard of what people expect from their pocket knives and other tools. Because of this, you know that when you purchase a Kershaw knife, you are getting the best tool for you and your needs. With one of their newest knives, the Natrix, you can expect that same level of quality and same amount of innovative technologies to complete your perfect knife.

To start off creating such a great knife, they gave it a good blade that also helps to keep the price of the entire blade down. This steel is easy to sharpen although it doesn’t excel in many other aspects. To ensure that this knife is versatile and can be used for almost any purpose, Kershaw ground it into the drop point shape. The steel was then finished with a stonewash finish, which does help cut down on maintenance. To complement the blade, Kershaw added a G10 handle which is tough, strong, durable, and still very lightweight. As the perfect bonus to this manual flipper, they added a deep carry, reversible pocket clip. This knife is going to be able to assist you in all of your everyday needs. This is a great budget option for your perfect every day knife–get yours here at BladeOps.

 

Kershaw Launch 7 Automatic Knife Review

Kershaw was founded in 1974. Since the very beginning, they have had one mission: to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to won, carry, and use. Inspired by this mission, Kershaw has built each of their knives with the highest quality. Kershaw chooses appropriate, high quality materials. When you pair the great materials with intensive craftsmanship, you get true masterpieces. Kershaw also has a commitment to innovation. They have actually pioneered many of the technologies that are today’s standard in the knife community. Some of their most popular innovations have been the SpeedSafe Assisted Opening Knives, knives with interchangeable blades thanks to the Blade Traders, and one of the more recent ones is the Composite Blade technology. This last technology allows Kershaw to combine two different types of steels into one blade. This lets the user experience the best of both worlds with their blade. Kershaw has combined two steels to create a knife with excellent edge retention, but the other steel is known for strength, so they put the second steel on the spine. Because of their commitment to innovation, they will also keep innovating and bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knives.

One aspect of Kershaw’s reputation is that people will own a Kershaw knife for a lifetime. This is a true story, because they do use such great materials. Kershaw has said that even their inexpensive models are impressive.

Kershaw is actually a sub brand of Kai USA Ltd. Kai has been the leading blade producer of Japan for over 100 years now. The whole Kai community has vowed to take an innovative approach to product development.

Once you purchase one Kershaw knife, you are going to want more. So be prepared. Whether this is your first Kershaw knife or your 50th, the brand new Launch 7 Automatic knife will be a game changer.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Launch 7 is made out of CPM 154 steel. The CPM means that it is made with Crucible’s Particle Metallurgy. CPM will result in a slightly superior steel that is tougher and has better edge retention than regular 154CM steel. Not only that, but because of the Powder Metallurgy, the steel has better toughness, while still being easier to sharpen than regular 154 CM steel. The last big benefit that the Powder Metallurgy is that the finished polished result will be better than the other kind of steel. CPM 154 steel is a pretty hard steel because the manufacturer has added Molybdenum. Although it has less Chromium content in the steel, the steel still sports excellent corrosion resistance. This steel has a good balance between being hard and being tough; you don’t really lose out on either side of the spectrum with CPM 154 steel. If you have the right equipment, this steel is not that hard to sharpen. This steel is often used in blades that are going to be used in heavier cutting or harder tasks, so you know that the Launch 7 will be able to stand up to what you throw at it. All in all, this is a high quality steel.

 

The coating on this steel is a Diamond Like Coating, or DLC. Coating finishes are good because they add corrosion and rust resistance while also preventing many reflections or glares. Because this specific DLC is black, you really won’t get any reflections or glares out of it. The only drawback to a coated finish is that it will eventually scratch off. There is not much you can do to stop it from scratching off over time or with heavy use. The harder the coating is, the longer it will take to scratch off. And the DLC is one of the absolute hardest coatings that you can find. Instead of just being “painted” on, it is actually chemically bonded to the steel itself. Because of this, you get a stronger and more durable blade.

 

The blade on the Launch 7 has been ground into a clip point shape. Clip points are a great blade shape option if you are hoping to be able to use your knife for any task. Clip points are a successful all-purpose blade shape. The blade shape is formed by having the unsharpened edge of the blade run straight from the handle until it stops about halfway up the blade. Once it stops, it actually drops and continues to the point of the knife. This drop almost looks like that portion of the blade has been cut out, or clipped off, which is where it this blade shape got its name. On the Launch 7, this cut out portion is straight. Because the point on this blade shape is lowered, you have more control over the blade and tip. This is a great benefit if you are hoping to perform detail work with the Launch 7. While this sounds very similar to the drop point blade style, this shape has a fine and sharp point, unlike the broad point of the drop point. This is an added benefit because you have a much better ability to stab with a clip point. However, it is also a drawback, because this thin tip is fairly weak and much more likely to break off. Another fantastic feature about the clip point shape is that it sports a large belly that is great for slicing.

Kershaw Launch 7 Auto
Kershaw Launch 7 Auto

The Handle:

The Launch 7 sports an anodized aluminum handle. The anodization process is the most common finish for an aluminum handle. While the aluminum handle is already extremely durable and hard, the anodization process does add a smidge of extra protection. However, even though the aluminum is very durable, it is prone to scratching or dinging. The anodization process helps to add a layer of protection against the scratches. Another, more obvious, benefit of having the aluminum on this handle anodized is that it creates a new color on the aluminum. This is not a coating, because it actually molecular draws out a different color. On this specific knife, the anodization process has turned the aluminum into a dark gray. A drawback to an aluminum handle that anodizing cannot fix is that aluminum is a very cold metal. If you are hoping to use the Launch 7 in a cold environment, just be prepared and either have gloves or be ready for the handle to feel like it is biting into your skin. One characteristic of aluminum that many knife lovers enjoy is that it has a very hefty feel to it. When you are using a knife with an aluminum handle, you feel like it has weight behind it and that it will be able to stand up to your hardest tasks. However, aluminum is a very low density metal, so it is very lightweight. Because of this, you will get the hefty feel that you crave, but the handle won’t end up weighing the knife down, like a stainless steel handle would. The last key aspect of having an aluminum handle that we will touch on is that aluminum is a slippery material. To provide you with a little bit extra grip, Kershaw has drilled four small arches into the bottom portion of the handle. This also provides the handle with an industrial look to it. Kershaw has also drilled a deep finger groove into the handle to provide you with extra grip while you are using this knife. Although the handle looks like all angles and edges, it actually fits comfortably in your hand and will stay comfortable even after long periods of use.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is black to match the blade and hardware. The Launch 7 has pre drilled holes in the handle that enables the user to rotate the pocket clip four different ways. You can either carry the knife tip up or down, or left or right handedly. That is a very convenient feature because it allows you to carry your knife as comfortably as possible. Plus, it is ambidextrous.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is an automatic knife. Because of this, make sure that you know your local knife laws before buying or carrying the Launch 7. Automatic knives, or switchblades, have strict laws surrounding them. An automatic knife has a spring taut spring inside of the handle. When the button is pushed, the spring releases and the knife opens. Switchblades can open very quickly and very efficiently. This knife also features the Push-button Lock. This mechanism locks the blade open during use, so that you don’t have to worry about the blade folding while in use. The Push-button Lock also releases with the push of a button for storage. When you are ready to close an automatic knife, you unlock the knife, push down the deploy button, and manually fold the knife closed.

 

The Specs:

This knife has a blade length of 3.75 inches long. When the Launch 7 is opened, the knife measures in at 8.6 inches long, with a closed length of 5 inches. This knife weighs in at 3.2 ounces.

 

The Extras:

The Launch 7 was made in the USA, which is a big bonus. Tim Galyean is the designer behind this knife. There is also an integrated back spacer on this knife.

 

The Pros of the Launch 7:

  • The steel is a high quality steel with a great balance of strength and toughness.
  • With the right equipment, this steel is very easy to sharpen.
  • The steel has great edge retention.
  • The DLC is the best coating that you can get and will stay on the longest.
  • The DLC helps to cut down on reflections and glares while also providing corrosion resistant properties.
  • The clip point shape offers a big belly that is great for slicing.
  • The clip point shape can stab easily.
  • The clip point shape is a great all-purpose blade shape that is going to get the job done.
  • The lowered tip is great for performing detail work.
  • The aluminum handle has been anodized helping to add strength and durability.
  • The anodized aluminum is less prone to scratches than plain aluminum.
  • The aluminum handle is strong, tough, and durable.
  • The aluminum handle gives a hefty feel without adding too much weight.
  • The pocket clip is four way reversible.
  • The automatic mechanism opens quickly and efficiently.
  • The knife sports the Push-button Lock.
  • Made in the United States of America.

 

Cons of the Launch 7:

  • The DLC will eventually scratch off, just like any other coating finish.
  • The clip point shape has a weak tip that is prone to breaking off.
  • The aluminum handle is prone to scratches and dings.
  • The aluminum handle is pretty slick.
  • The aluminum handle will feel super cold in your hand when using it in a colder environment.
  • Because it is an automatic knife, it will not be legal in all states or areas.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw has been around for a little over four decades now and since the very beginning they have been producing innovative and ground breaking new technology. Their knives have helped to set the new standard in the current knife market. Kershaw’s goal is that when you purchase a knife from them, you can own that knife for your lifetime. They also know that if it is your first knife, you will be coming back for more, and if it is a second, third, or maybe even tenth knife, that you already appreciate the quality that is Kershaw.

To create their newest in their knife collection, they started off with a high quality steel that is strong while still being tough, very durable, maintains an edge well, and is still relatively easy to sharpen. They threw on a Diamond Like Coating and ground the steel into a versatile clip point shape. To match the excellent blade, they added a durable aluminum handle in a dark gray color. The four-way reversible pocket clip is an excellent added bonus to this automatic knife. The Launch 7 will be the perfect addition to your knife collection.

Kershaw Own It Kuro Assist Knife Pack with Neck Knife Review

Kershaw Knives designs and manufactures a wide range of knives, including pocketknives, sporting knives, and kitchen cutlery. Kershaw is a brand of Kai USA Ltd., a member of the KAI Group, headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon.

Kershaw Knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form his own cutlery company based on his own designs. Early manufacturing was primarily done in Japan. In 1977, Kershaw became a wholly owned subsidiary of the KAI Group. In 1977 the U.S. production facility was opened in Wilsonville, Oregon. Due to an expanding market, the facilities were moved to a larger production site in 2003. Currently, Kai USA manufacturing facilities are located in Tualatin, Oregon with some goods coming from their Japanese and Chinese factories.

This company was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocketknife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. Their SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were the first-to-market. They also introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders. And recently, they introduced their Composite Blade technology. Kershaw says that they will keep on innovating, bring new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.

Today we will be discussing their Own It Kuro Assist Knife Pack that includes a neck knife.

 

 

The Kuro Assist:

The Blade:

The blade on this knife has been made out of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. This is a Chinese produced steel that is often compared to AUS-8. This steel is a little more corrosion-prone than AUS-8 and not quite as hard. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. For the cost, you get a good steel that is going to get the job done. Don’t be expecting a super steel though.

The blade has been finished with a black oxide, or a blackening, finish. This is a conversion coating for ferrous materials that is used to add mild corrosion resistance as well as an appealing black appearance. The coating puts a layer in between the environment and the steel, which prolongs the life of the blade. It also cuts down all glares and reflections. Unfortunately, coatings do scratch off, which can become a hassle to get them re-coated.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape, which is the most popular blade shape in use today. The back edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner. This blade shape is extremely versatile because it has a lowered tip, which gives the user better ability to control their cuts. It also has a large belly, which is what helps the user slice easily. Plus, because the tip is broad, instead of thin and sharp, this knife is extremely durable and can take on almost any task that you need it to. The only disadvantage to having a knife with this blade shape is that because of the broad tip, you do not have the best ability to pierce and stab.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this blade has been made out of glass filled nylon, or GFN. This is the same material as FRN and even the name brand Zytel. This material is a thermoplastic material that is crazy strong resistant to bending and abrasion, and is known for being almost indestructible. This is such a durable material because all of the nylon fibers in it have bene arranged haphazardly, which means that it is strong no matter which direction you stress it in. Plus, because this material is injection molded, it is definitely on the inexpensive side of things. The GFN on this handle is black.

Kershaw has added a ridge swirl pattern that goes across the entire face of the handle. This pattern allows the user to have the most secure grip in almost any environment—even a slippery one. There is a large finger guard that helps protect fingers as well as a deep finger groove which gives a comfortable grip. The butt of the handle is pointed as well as there being a lanyard hole carved into it.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is black, which blend sin with the all black knife—including all the hardware. This is a reversible pocket clip, which means that this knife is completely ambidextrous.

 

The Mechanism:

The Kuro is an assisted knife that features Kershaw SpeedSafe mechanism, a flipper, and a liner lock.

The SpeedSafe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual pull back on the flipper. The biggest characteristic of the SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. When the knife is closed, the torsion bar helps prevent the knife from being opened by “gravity;” it creates a bias toward the close position. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to the thumb stud or flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use. Plus, the SpeedSafe is very safe, because when the user overcomes the resistance of the torsion bar, SpeedSafe assists in opening the knife. Once opened, a locking system secures the blade in position so that it does not close accidentally. When releasing the lock, the blade won’t snap shut due to resistance provided by the torsion bar. Since the torsion bar provides a bias towards the closed position, it will normally hold the blade securely closed.

The flipper is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle. The flipper also enables fast and easy one-handed opening as well as it being completely ambidextrous.

The liner lock is the most common of today’s blade-locking systems. The handle consists of two metal plates on either side of the blade. Handle scales cover the plates. When the knife is opened, one side of the knife’s liner, often called the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade and prevents the blade form closing. The lock bar is manufactured so that it angles toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias for the locked position. To close the knife, the knife user applies manual force to move the lock bar to the side so that the blade is unblocked and can be folded back into the handle. The liner lock provides a secure and convenient way to make using this knife even safer.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.1 inches long, with a handle length of 4.1 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall 7.25 inches long.

 

The Neck Knife:

The Blade and Handle:

The blade and handle are made out of stainless steel that has been acid stonewashed. Stainless steel knife blades are tough, but not the hardest. Stainless steel blades do not rust, chip, or stain easily. Stainless steel provides the knife with excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not lightweight. Because this knife is so small, the weight won’t be an issue.

The handle and the blade are made from one piece of metal. The blade portion of this metal has been carved into a dagger point blade. This blade shape is also known as the needle point blade and is made up of two symmetrical blades. They come to a point directly in the middle axis of the knife. The point is sharp, and the shape has been specifically designed for piercing and self-defense.

The stonewash finish is created by tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches and smudges, which preserves the look of the blade overtime. An acid stonewash finish is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes the stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment.

Going down the handle, there are three small holes carved out in a line. After the blade there is a row of jimping on each side to help you control this knife. The bottom rounds and a large circle has been cut from the middle to give you a better hold on this knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 2 inches long, with an overall length of 4.5 inches long. The thickness of this knife is 0.12 inches. This neck knife weighs in at 1.3 ounces.

 

The Mechanism:

This neck knife is a fixed blade. And not only is it a fixed blade, but it is a full tang knife, which means that the blade and the handle are made with the same piece of metal. This is an advantage because it means that there are no weaker spots on this knife where the blade and handle have been molded together. Full tang knives are stronger and more durable. And, because there are no moving parts on a fixed knife, they aren’t going to break that way either. Fixed blades are easier to maintain because you don’t have to worry about the hinge as you do with a folding knife. And, cleaning is very simple—all you have to do is wipe down your knife and oil it when needed and you are good to go. The biggest advantage of this neck knife being a fixed blade is that it has superior tactical use. This is because it can be brought into play faster than a folding knife during tactical situations. All you have to do is draw the knife out of its sheath, and you are good to go.

 

The Sheath:

The neck knife comes with a molded plastic sheath with a neck chain, perfect for convenient all day carry. The plastic sheath is one of the cheapest sheaths that you are going to find on the market. You do get what you pay for, so while this sheath is going to work, it is not going to excel. Also, plastic can retain moisture inside, which leads to rusting and corrosion on the blades part. For such a simple knife, this sheath will work, just make sure you keep up on your maintenance.

 

Conclusion:

The Kershaw Kuro Pack is an excellent way to get two quality knives featuring a Kuro assist knife for larger tasks and an additional neck knife for easy discreet carry, this package deal is an excellent value on two quality knives. Each knife features stainless steel with black oxide Blackwash finish and plain edge blades. One is carved into a dagger shaped blade, which is perfect for all of your self-defense needs. The second is carved into a drop point blade shape, which is perfect for all your other needs. The handle on the assist knife is made out of GFN, which is extremely durable as well as being inexpensive. Both of the knives feature sleek, black finishes. The Kuro knife features assisted opening and a reversible pocket clip. And match the clip with the flipper, you have a fully ambidextrous knife. The double edge neck knife has a finger hole for secure grip. Pick up one of the Kershaw Kuro Gift Packs today at BladeOps to cover all your bases.