Kershaw Decimus Knife Review

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. Kershaw says that the real thing means value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even their inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, reliable.

Kershaw says, “You can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame any cardboard box and liberate any purchase from tis plastic packaging, sporting knives that make hunting, fishing, watersports, and camping even better, work knives that won’t let you down, and tactual 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 collector’s 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 a commitment to innovation and 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 introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders. Recently, their Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels in to one blade, gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling Kershaw to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine. And they promise to keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.

Kershaw 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.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel. This is a Chinese steel; if you were comparing it to another steel, the closest in composition is a Japanese AUS-8 steel. This steel demonstrates very worthy characteristics of cutting. With a suitable heat treatment of steel, the products made of 8Cr13MoV steel retain the sharpness for a long period of time. This steel also has a high corrosion resistance, which is surprising based on the quality of the steel. Because this is a softer steel, the blade will keep sharpening well and be easy to sharpen. Overall, this steel has a good balance of strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. The biggest advantage that this steel has to offer is how inexpensive it is. While this is a cheap steel, it can stand up to daily wear and tear. But, this steel is not going to compare to the newer super steels that are on the block.

The knife has been finished with a BlackWash, which is also known as an acid wash. 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. An acid stonewashing or black stonewash 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 blade is that they are low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime; the stonewashed finish hides the scratches that can occur with use overtime.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a spear point blade shape. This is a similar blade style to the needle-point blade because they are both meant for piercing and piercing well. However, the spear point blade is stronger and does contain a small belly that can be used for slicing. A spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center lien of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. In contrast to the needle point blade, which has a very sharp but weak point, a spear point knife has a strong point that is also sharp enough for piercing. Spear point blades contain a small belly which can be used for some cutting and slicing applications, but the belly is pretty small, especially when compared to drop point and clip point knives. The spear point knife is a really good hybrid knife, because it maintains a good balance between piercing and slicing ability. It combines the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, while still maintaining some of the belly that you can be used for slicing. This is a very functional design.

The Decimus blade is plain edged, which is ideal for this everyday carry knife. The plain edge allows you to take on a wider variety of tasks. It will also give you cleaner cuts, be easier to sharpen, and will take a finer edge.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is stonewashed stainless steel with a glass-filled nylon overlay.

Stainless steel gives this knife high durability while being resistant to corrosion, but it is extremely heavy. Stainless steel handles tend to be slippery, which is where the glass-filled nylon comes in.

Glass-filled nylon is a thermoplastic material that is super strong, practically indestructible, and resistant to bending and abrasion. Plus, this is a cheaper material to produce. This material is so near to being indestructible because the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions. This material is similar to G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, except that those materials have their fibers arranged in a single direction. This is why glass-filled nylon is so much stronger. This is such an inexpensive material to make because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. One of the issues that people find with glass-filled nylon is that it does not have a lot of character and feels cheap.

The handle is one of the more unique parts of the knife. Each side of the handle has a large flipper/finger guard that protects your knife from slipping, while also giving this knife a medieval look. Right after the finger guards, on each side, there are two shallow finer grooves. The butt of the handle tapers to a flat end. Near the butt, on the spine and the belly of the handle, there is a short row of thick jimping. This jimping will allow you to have a better hold on your blade while you are cutting.

The stainless steel portions of the handle are rugged and give the knife a well-worn look. The glass-filled nylon provides enough grip that you won’t have to worry about the knife slipping out of your hands in most environments.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is finished satin and slightly skeletonized. The clip is kept in place by two black screws that match the handle, and some of the hardware. The rest of the hardware is silver. The pocket clip is reversible with right and left handed carrying. However, the clip can only be attached for tip up carry.

 

Kershaw 1559 Decimus
Kershaw 1559 Decimus

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife that is equipped with SpeedSafe Assisted Opening mechanism, a flipper opening mechanism, and a frame lock locking mechanism.

Kershaw was the first to bring SpeedSafe assisted opening knives to market, launching a revolution in opening systems—and winning numerous industry awards along the way. Originally designed by hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion, Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives flew off the shelves. Today, almost all knife companies offer some sort of assisted opening knife, but none matches the popularity or proven durability of the original. SpeedSafe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual 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 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 positon, ready for use. The SpeedSafe makes the knife very safe to use. 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 positon, it will normally hold the blade securely closed.

To open this knife, you will hold the knife handle vertically in one hand. Place your index finger on the top of the flipper and gently apply downward pressure on it. The Decimus will open quickly and easily, and the blade locks into place. The flipper is a small protrusion that extends out of the spine of the handle when it is closed.

In a frame lock knife, the knife handle consists of two plates of material on either side of the blade. To ensure a secure lock up, one or both of these plates is usually metal. 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 form 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 he locking side of the frame is angled toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias toward the locked positon. 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 the Decimus measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at 7.5 inches long. The knife weighs in at 4.5 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Based on Rick Hinderer’s Maximus, the new Kershaw Decimus offers a heroic look—and makes for a very distinctive EDC. The 8Cr13MoV blade is a single edge bayonet grid with BlackWash finish for a handsomely dangerous look. It opens quickly and easily with SpeedSafe assisted opening. The flipper itself is mirrored by a symmetrical protrusion on the back side of the knife, providing a short cross guard to keep your fingers safe. The handle is steel with a stonewashed finish and black, glass-filled-nylon overlays that have zigzag texturing inspired by the custom texture on the original Maximus and designed for both secure grip and good looks. As an additional detail, the handle also has a Hinderer-style filler tab with stonewashed finish. This new design from Kershaw and Rick Hinderer is sure to draw admiring glances every time you use it. The Kershaw Decimus will be your best friend throughout each of your days; able to take on almost any task that you throw at it. Pick up the brand new Kershaw Decimus today at BladeOps.

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.

 

Kershaw Eris Spring Assist Knife Review

Kershaw was founded in 1974 with a founding mission to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to won, carry, and use. To do so, Kershaw knew that each and every one of their knives must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocketknife, a hunting knife, or a special collector’s 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 is actually a sub brand of Kai USA Ltd. For over 100 years now, 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.

Just like Kai, Kershaw also has 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. As some examples, Kershaw’s assisted opening knives were the first to market. The technology behind that is the Speed Safe. Next, Kershaw introduced the concept of knives that have interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders. Lastly, they released the Composite Blade technology, which works to give users the best of both worlds by combining two steels into one blade. This means that the user can get the longest lasting edge as well as a crazy strong spine.

Kershaw has award winning technologies and uses advanced materials, so when you are carrying a Kershaw, you know that you are carrying the real thing. This means that your blade has value and plenty of it. Even Kershaw’s more inexpensive models are impressive. This is because everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. You know that your Kershaw is going to last a lifetime.

Kershaw has recently released a brand new knife, and it is going to be a game changer. Kershaw named it the Eris. The Eris got its name because Eris was in the Greek pantheon and was always known as the troublemaker. Eris was always stirring up jealousy. Now, you can always stir up jealousy whenever you take the Eris out of your pocket.

 

The Blade:

To keep the overall cost of the Eris down, Kershaw chose to use 8Cr13Mov steel. They finished this blade with a stonewash finish that has satin flats. 8Cr steel comes from a Chinese steel series. Out of the series, 9Cr steel is the strongest, most durable, and long lasting. 8Cr is close behind it. The biggest advantage that 8Cr steel boasts is how inexpensive it actually is. This works really well to keep down the overall cost of the knife. This is considered an average that is going to get the job done, but it isn’t going to excel at anything it does. You can get a very fine edge on this steel, and it will last awhile. And, because of the softness of this steel, it is extremely easy to sharpen. This steel is also considered a stainless steel, so it does resist rust and corrosion well, just not as well as a premium steel would have. On the flip side, you do get what you pay for with blade steel, so like I said, this steel does not excel at anything.

Kershaw chose to finish the blade with a stonewash finish and satin flats. This means that the majority of the blade does have a stonewash finish. This finish is created by tumbling the steel around with an abrasive material, which is almost always small pebbles. This creates a very textured, well-worn look on your blade. The next step in the process is to smooth out and polish the steel. This steel does cut down on glares and reflections well, but the biggest advantage to a stonewash finish is how well it camouflages scratches and fingerprints that accumulate overtime. This finish definitely preserves the look of the blade overtime.

The flats of the Eris have been finished with a satin finish. This is one of the most common finishes, because it provides you with a very classic look. However, in terms of what this finish can accomplish, it seems to fall right in the middle. It does work to cut down on glares and reflections, and it isn’t as shiny as some. However, it isn’t completely matte either. This finish is reliable and classic. This finish works to show off the lines of the knife and is accomplished by sanding the steel in one direction with increasing levels of an abrasive material.

The steel has been carved into the favorite blade shape: a drop point blade shape. However, this particular blade boasts an attractive top swedge. The drop point shape is easily one of the most versatile blade shapes on the market. Almost all of its features work to accomplish a plethora of tasks. The unsharpened edge slowly curves down to meet the sharpened edge, creating a lowered point. The lowered point is the features of this blade shape that makes it so popular among hunters; it provides you with exceptional control over your cuts. Plus, the lowered point means that it is going to be thicker than a regular point, providing you with plenty of strength. This means that you won’t have to worry about the tasks that the Eris will be able to take on, because this blade shape is designed to take a beating. One of the last reasons that this blade shape is so useful is that the sharpened edge provides you with a large belly and plenty of length for slicing. This is the key feature that makes the Eris great for your everyday carry knife.

Kershaw 1881 Eris Knife
Kershaw 1881 Eris Knife

The Handle:

The handle is made out of stainless steel. This has a handful of advantages and a handful of disadvantages to it. Let’s start with the advantages. First of all, this is a very durable handle material that can easily take a beating and help you perform the harder tasks that you are presented with. Secondly, this type of handle material is very resistant to rust and corrosion which does work to cut down on maintenance time. On the flip side, this is a heavy material that is going to add a decent chunk of weight to the Eris. Secondly, this is a slippery material that does take some manufacturing to provide you with a great grip. However, you aren’t going to have a solid grip on this knife in some environments.

This handle has been finished with a Titanium CarboNitride coating. This is sometimes known as a TiCN coating. This is not one of the more common coatings, so we’ll go into depth about it. This type of a coating is a thin film coating that was developed from Titanium Nitride or TiNi. This type of finish offers a slightly higher hardness compared to TiN and can show a slightly lower friction coefficient in many applications. This type of finish really helps to increase the handles abrasive wear resistance and help make it last for years.

The finger groove on this handle is shallow and elongated, but to help protect your finger, Kershaw has added a finger guard. Another big benefit about this handle is that there has been a lanyard hole carved into the butt of the handle. There are so many benefits to tying a lanyard onto your pocket knife, and this hole will come in handy in a variety of different situations.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is long and silver, which does add a nice contrast against the dark gray handle. The pocket clip matches the rest of the hardware on this knife. It is held into place by two small screws. This is a reversible pocket knife. The handle has been drilled to carry this knife either left or right handedly. However, the handle has only been drilled to attach the pocket clip in a way that requires you to carry your knife tip up.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife that sports Kershaw’s Speed Safe assisted opening mechanism. Speed Safe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open your knife with a manual pull back on the flipper. This mechanism works by using a 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 closed positon. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to 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. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use. Because the Eris features the Speed Safe mechanism, you can easily open this knife one handedly. And no, this knife is not a switchblade, even though it will feel as smooth as one.

This knife uses a flipper mechanism to assist you in opening the knife. The flipper is a small protrusion that juts out of the spine of the handle when the blade is closed. You push down on the flipper, which puts enough pressure on the blade to flip it open. One of the benefits about the flipper is that it keeps your fingers out of the way and safe from harm when you are opening the knife.

The Eris also features a Frame Lock, which is a portion of the handle that moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3 inches long. When the Eris is opened, it measures in at 7.5 inches long, and when the Eris is closed, it measures in at 4.1 inches long. Because of the hefty handle, this is a much heftier knife—weighing in at 4.7 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw designs their knives to last a lifetime with you. They are designed to make you proud to carry them, so Kershaw uses appropriate high quality material on all of their knives. They have plenty of budget options, one of which is the Eris, but you can still be proud to carry it. Kershaw will still use the high quality materials that will help you get the job done and help this knife last.

Like I previously mentioned, the Eris was named after the troublemaker in the Greek Pantheon, the man that was always stirring up jealousy. This is because now you will be the one stirring up jealousy every time you pull out this knife to show it off. But, what I didn’t mention was that this knife actually has two namesakes. The other one is the celestial Eris, which is the most massive dwarf planet in our solar system. So while this knife looks large and gives you a solid and hefty feel, it won’t be one to weigh you down.

Kershaw believes that everyone should be able to afford a high quality pocket knife, so they work to give you appropriate high quality materials. To start out with one this knife, Kershaw used 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a steel that will be able to get the job done, while also reducing the overall cost of this knife. To finish off the blade, Kershaw chose to use a stonewash finish with satin flats. The stonewash finish provides this knife with a well-worn, texturized, rugged look. The satin flats work to provide a hint of elegance to this knife, because you need a hint of elegance when the knife gets its name from a God and a Celestial planet. The handle is durable and rust resistant, but does add a chunk of weight to the knife. The handle has been finished with a matte gray titanium carbo-nitride coating, which drastically improves the hardness of this handle. This knife actually has two cherries two top it off, one being the lanyard hole and the other is the reversible pocket clip.  Order your Eris today on our website here.

Kershaw 1220 Reverb Knife Review

The Kershaw Reverb

 

Kai USA, Ltd has been a premier blade producer for over 100 years now. Kai makes sure that they take an innovative approach to product development. They make sure that they take an innovative approach to coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions.

Kershaw is a sub brand of Kai USA, ltd and they also always take an innovative approach to every part of their production. In fact, Kershaw has pioneered many of the technologies and materials that are now the standard in the knife industry. For example, Kershaw’s Speed Safe technology were the first assisted opening knives in the market. Another example is their interchangeable blades in Kershaw’s Blade Traders. And one of their most recent groundbreaking innovations are Kershaw’s Composite Blade technology. This is when they combine two types of steel into one blade, which truly gives the user the best of both worlds. They can use a steel known for its edge retention on the edge of the blade and a steel known for its strength on the spine of the knife. Kershaw vows to keep innovating and bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife suing public.

In 1974, when Kershaw was founded, they mission was to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. To complete this mission, they know that all of their knives have to be made with the highest quality materials. They choose appropriate high quality materials and are dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Kershaw has extremely tight tolerances and state of the art manufacturing techniques to ensure that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw knows that their knives are excellent and has said, “if this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more. If it’s not your first Kershaw, welcome back.” One of Kershaw’s newest releases is called the Reverb, and it will sell you on Kershaw knives or just reinsure you about how great they are.

 

Kershaw 1220 Reverb
Kershaw 1220 Reverb

The Blade:

The steel that is used on the Reverb is 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese steel and actually comes from the Cr series of steels. The highest quality steel in this series is actually the 9Cr steel, with 8Cr steel falling close behind it. The biggest advantage about this type of steel is how inexpensive it is. When you are looking for a budget option that will get the job done, this is a great steel to go with. However, you do get what you pay for, so while the steel will be able to get the job done, it is considered one of the more average steels and won’t excel at anything. 8Cr steel is most commonly compared to AUS 8 steel; with AUS 8 steel being the superior out of the two kinds. 8Cr steel is a little softer than AUS 8 and doesn’t hold an edge as well. On the flip side, because it is a little softer, this steel is extremely easy to sharpen and a beginner would be able to excel at sharpening this type.

To make this steel harder and more durable, the finish that Kershaw chose is a PVD coating. This is a Physical Vapor Deposition coating, where the particles of coating are applied in a vacuum like environment. This type of coating is actually chemically bonded to the steel and vastly improves the hardness and durability of this steel. It has been said to make this steel scratch resistant. Because it is chemically bonded to the steel, it will not scratch off like any of the other coating finishes would. One of the last benefits about this type of coating is that there are no thicker deposits of the coating whereas a painted on coating could run or be applied unevenly. The PVD coating also provides you with protection against many of the elements which is perfect because this knife is designed for backpacking, camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The PVD coating on this knife is a dark gray color.

Kershaw used a different finish for the flats of the blade: a satin finish. A satin finish is used to enhance the lines of a steel and creates a slighter more matte look than if it had no finish on it. It does work to reduce the glares and reflections on the knife. This finish is created by sanding the steel with increasing levels of a fine abrasive. Because it takes time and work, it does add a little bit to the overall cost of the knife. The satin finish is a much lighter gray, almost silver, compared to the PVD coating, which creates a nice contrast.

The steel has been ground into a modified drop point blade shape. This blade shape is created by having the unsharpened edge of the blade slowly curve until it meets the sharpened edge creating a lowered point. The lowered point provides the user with more control over their cuts, which is why this is a popular blade shape among hunters. The lowered point also means that the point is going to be broader, and thus stronger than another point. Because of this, the drop point blade shape is able to take on a plethora of tasks that a different blade shape would not. The drop point style is one of the most versatile blade shapes that you are going to be able to buy, and one of the reasons for that is that it provides you with a large belly that has plenty of length of slicing or cutting. The belly is perfect for your everyday tasks. The drop point blade shape is going to help you be prepared for almost any situation, whether it is the common expected, everyday tasks or the completely unexpected or emergency situations.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of G 10 with a carbon fiber overlay front and a steel back. G 10 is laminate that is made of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fiber, except that it can be produced for a much lower cost. To make it, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and then soaks them in resin, compresses them, and lastly bakes them under pressure. The material is very hard, tough, lightweight, and strong. G 10 is actually considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates. However, it is brittle. G 10 is a popular material because it is durable, lightweight, non porous and you can purchase it in a variety of colors.

The front overlay is made out of carbon fiber. This material is made when thin strands of carbon have been tightly woven and then set in a resin. This is an extremely strong material that is also lightweight. However, it is one of the other expensive materials. Even though it is such a strong material, it is also pretty brittle. This is because all of the fibers of carbon have been woven in one direction, so they are strong in that direction, but when they get stressed in other directions they start to break apart. This has a heavily textured pattern that looks like a woven basket.

The back of the handle is made out of steel. This is an extremely durable material that is also very resistant to corrosion. However, it is not as lightweight as the other two materials. In fact, it is one of the heavier materials. Steel is one of the more slippery materials, but because it is just on the back, you will still have an excellent grip on your knife.

The finger groove in this handle is extremely shallow, but on the front of the knife, there is a cut out from the front overlay and the back, so you can place your finger in this groove. Because of this, you will have fantastic grip on the knife, no matter what the weather is. For an outdoors knife, you need the best grip that you can get.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is long and skinny. It is an extra deep carry pocket clip. This means that it will always be safe and secure inside of your pocket, plus, with a deep carry pocket clip, it is easier to conceal. However, it is also a single position pocket clip. The knife has only been drilled to carry your knife right handedly and with the tip of your knife up.

 

The Extras:

The Reverb actually functions as a multi tool. This knife has been designed to be an outdoors knife, and to be a great outdoors knife, you have to be able to use both of your hands in many of the situations. But, you also need to be able to have quick access to your knife while ensuring that it remains secure when you are not using it. To fulfill all of these needs, Kershaw has added a Carabiner Clip onto the handle of the knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fully manual opening knife. Kershaw says that it has no assist, even the Speed Safe assisting mechanism, and it opens the classic, old school way. In fact, this knife doesn’t even feature a flipper or a thumb stud mechanism. There is a slight thumb groove to get traction on the blade to be able to push it open. Other than that, it is fully manual.

This knife also features a frame lock mechanism. This is a portion of the handle (the knife feature) that moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife. Because of this frame lock, you won’t have to worry about it closing on you or fingers during the heavy duty use.

 

The Specs:

The bade on the Reverb is 2.5 inches long. When this knife is open, it has an overall length of 6.1 inches long, but when the blade is closed, it measures in at 3.25 inches long. Because of all the lightweight materials that were used on the blade and in the handle, and the slim and sleek design that the Reverb sports, this is a crazy light knife. It weighs in at 1.6 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The reputation that Kershaw has earned over the past few decades is completely true. Kershaw knives are reliable and durable. This knife is going to be able to last a lifetime with you, through all of your outdoors adventures.

This is a super lightweight knife that is ideal for backpacking, camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. With its lightweight design and no flipper or thumb stud to catch on anything, the Reverb is ready to go with you on your next outdoor adventure. The built in carabiner clip makes it easy to clip to backpack or harness.

To create such an excellent knife, Kershaw started out with steel that holds an edge for long periods of time and is a breeze to sharpen. Not only that, but the steel is extremely inexpensive and will keep the cost of this knife down considerably. To match the great blade, Kershaw had to design a perfect handle. They used G 10 to give you durability with a Carbon Fiber overlay. Both of these materials are durable and extremely light weight, which keeps the weight of the knife down considerably. This helps to make your knife light enough to take with you no matter where you go. The back scale of the handle is made out of durable, rust resistant steel. While this scale is much heavier than the other two handle materials, it doesn’t weigh the knife down because it is just the back scale.

The carabiner clip is the perfect edition to your new outdoors knife. The extra-long, extra deep carry pocket clip is just the cherry on top of a fantastic knife.

If you hike, camp, backpack, or spend much of your time in the outdoors, this is the perfect addition for your knife collection–find yours at BladeOps.

Kershaw 5520 Malt Assist Knife Review

Kershaw was established in 1974 and has been designing and creating fantastic knives ever since. When they founded the company, they had the drive to create and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. To satisfy their drive, Kershaw is sure to use appropriate, high quality materials and they are dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Something that Kershaw has accomplished is that when you purchase one of their knives or tools, you will be able to own that product for a lifetime, because Kershaw products last decades.

One of Kershaw’s goals is a commitment to innovation. Kershaw has actually pioneered many of the technologies and advanced materials that are now the standard in the knife community. Some of these innovative technologies include the SpeedSafe assisted opening knives, the knives that have interchangeable blades because of their Blade Traders, and one of their newer technologies is the Composite Blade Technology. This last one is where they combine two different steel types to give you the best of both worlds. Kershaw explains that they can use a steel known for edge retention on the edge, but then use a steel known for strength on the spine of the knife. This way, you don’t have to compromise with strength or with edge retention on your blade.

Kershaw is actually a sub brand of Kai USA Ltd. Kai is also strongly committed to innovation while designing, creating, and manufacturing their knives. For more than 100 years, Kai has even been Japan’s leading blade producer.

Kershaw knows that if this is the first of their knives that you have purchased, you will be back. And if this is not your first, you already understand how quality, durable, and innovative their knives are. One of Kershaw’s newest releases is called the Malt.

Kershaw Malt
Kershaw Malt

The Blade:

The blade on the Malt is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese produced steel that actually comes from a series of steels. All of the steels in this series are known as Cr steels. The best in the series is the 9Cr steel, with 8Cr falling close behind. There are Cr steels less than 8, but it would be a waste of money and your time. 8Cr steel is comparable to AUS 8 steel. However, it is more prone to rusting or corroding than AUS 8 steel is. The 8Cr steel is also softer than AUS 8 steel. Because it is a softer steel, this steel is easily sharpened. Almost any beginner sharpener would be excellent at sharpening the 8Cr steel. It is a good thing that this steel is easily sharpened, because 8Cr steel does not retain its edge as well as a high quality steel would. One of the biggest advantages to having your blade made out of 8Cr13MoV steel is that it is an extremely inexpensive steel, which helps to keep the cost of the overall knife lower. While this steel is not the best steel that you can find, it does make a great option if you are on a tight budget. And, the better that the steel is heat treated, the higher quality this type of steel will be.

The steel on this knife is finished with a PVD coating. This is a Physical Vapor Deposition. This process is done by introducing the steel to a material vapor that can be reacted with different gases to form a thin coating. This process is completed in a vacuum environment. Some of the advantages to this type of coating is that because of how it is applied, you won’t get a buildup of your coating around the corners or edges, like some of the other types of coatings. Because the coating provides a barrier between the steel and the environment and air, this type of finish with prolong the life of the blade by preventing corrosion and rust. The higher the quality of the coating (PVD is a high quality coating) the more expensive it will be. However, the higher the quality of the coating, the more corrosion resistant the blade will be and it will have a better chance at lowering reflection. Because of this coating, maintenance type will be significantly cut down. The coating on the Malt creates a dark grey color. The blade is actually two toned, with part of it being dark grey and another part looking much more reflective and silver. The two tone look creates a very distinctive look to the Malt.

The steel on this knife has been carved into a modified tanto blade shape. The tanto blade shape has no curves and is instead made up of straight lines and sharp angles. Tanto’s aren’t meant to be used for everyday knives, but this modified tanto is going to be able to get the job done. Because the tip is thicker and carries more steel towards the tip, the point is very strong. It can dig, pry, and hammer while also being able to cut. Tanto’s also excel at piercing, even through some of the hardest materials. There are a couple of drawbacks to the tanto shape, one is that the tip is hard to control, so you aren’t going to want to perform detail work with this blade. Another drawback is that there is a lack of belly, making slicing a little bit trickier. However, on this modified tanto, while there is no curved belly, the angle towards the tip starts further back and will allow you to slice enough. The Malt has been designed as a great everyday knife and the modified tanto blade shape will help you get all your daily tasks done.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Malt is made out of steel. This is a durable material that has great corrosion resistant properties. However, it is one of the heavier knife handle materials, and it will weigh the knife down considerably. A steel blade is also known for being pretty slick, so Kershaw had to get creative with how they added texture. The handle of this knife is also two toned, with the silver part being raised above the dark grey part. Because of this, you get more grip than you would have. The silver part also has grooves going down the length of the handle, which also work to add grip. There is light jimping on the bottom edge of the handle towards the butt. Kershaw has also added a deep finger groove into the handle, to provide you with a solid grip during harder tasks.

The handle has also been finished with a PVD coating. This is what has created the dark grey color to the handle. It also ensures that your handle will be a little more resistant to corroding or rusting, while also cutting down on the reflective properties that steel normally features.

Kershaw Malt, Back View
Kershaw Malt, Back View

The Pocket Clip:

The clip on the Malt is black, adding contrast against the two toned handle. There are pre-drilled holes in the handle that slows the user to reverse the pocket clip in four different directions. You can carry your knife tip up or tip down and also carry it left or right handed, helping to make this knife an ambidextrous option. This pocket clip is held in place by two small, black screws.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a flipper knife. The flipper is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, which then flips the blade out of the handle in a quick and easy manner. The Malt features Kershaw’s classic SpeedSafe Assisted Opening mechanism. This mechanism allows you to open your knife quickly and safely. One of the many benefits of a flipper knife is that it keeps your fingers safe and out of the way during the entire process.

The Malt also sports a Frame Lock, which is a portion of the handle that moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife, because with it, you won’t have to worry about your knife folding shut, onto your hand, in the middle of use.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Malt is 3 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures sin at 7.1 inches long, with a closed length of 4.3 inches long. This knife weighs 4.6 ounces. This knife was designed by one of the most sought after custom knife makers: Gustavo Cecchini. He is known for his innovative knife technologies as well as the striking lines of his custom designs, which you can clearly see in the unique look of the Malt. The Malt features Gustavo’s classic sculpted style, but does sport a little something extra.

 

The Extras:

This knife actually doubles as a bottle opener. The flipper protrusion on this knife isn’t the typical sharks fin shape. It actually looks just like any bottle opener would. Because of this unique bottle opener shape, the flipper is able to open any bottle. Kershaw has said that this knife, “also has an interesting feature that (we admit) just may have been inspired by the fine brew we were sharing with Gus at the time”.

 

The Pros of the Kershaw Malt:

  • The steel chosen for this blade is extremely inexpensive, helping to make this knife affordable.
  • The steel on the blade is a breeze to sharpen.
  • The PVD coating helps to prevent rusting and corrosion.
  • The PVD coating helps to cut down on reflections and glares.
  • The PVD coating won’t build up around the corners and edges of your blade and handle, because of the unique way that it is applied to the steel.
  • The modified tanto blade shape provides you with a very durable and strong tip, that can also dig, pry, and hammer.
  • The modified tanto blade shape also provides you with a partial belly that isn’t normally found on a tanto blade.
  • The steel handle is durable and strong.
  • The handle is also very resistant to rusting and corroding.
  • The pocket clip is reversible in four different directions, helping to make this knife ambidextrous friendly.
  • The flipper mechanism is efficient while keeping your hand safe during opening.
  • The flipper mechanism allows you to open your knife with just one hand.
  • The Malt sports Kershaw’s SpeedSafe Assisted Opening mechanism
  • The Malt features a Frame Lock, which is a great safety feature.
  • The flipper “fin” is actually a bottle opener, so this knife not only can complete all of your daily tasks, but also help you celebrate with a cold one.

 

The Cons to the Kershaw Malt:

  • The steel chosen for the blade is not a high quality steel.
  • The steel is very soft, so it does not hold an edge for long periods of time.
  • The steel chosen for the blade is not super resistant to corrosion.
  • Because the finish on the blade and handle is a coating finish, it will eventually scratch off.
  • The modified tanto blade shape will allow you to slice some, but it is not going to excel at slicing like a drop or clip point shape would.
  • The steel handle will add significant weight to the Malt.
  • The steel handle is not super grip-y.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw has been known to break the mold and think outside of the box. They have thought up plenty of innovative ideas that have since become the classic standard in the knife world. Because of this, you know that when you purchase a Kershaw knife, you are getting the most modern ideas and your knife will be able to last a lifetime.

The Malt has been designed as a great everyday knife, with a great blade coating to add corrosion and rust resistant properties. You can get your Malt here. The modified tanto blade shape will help you get almost any job done, and as an extremely strong tip. The steel handle is strong and durable, not likely to rust or corrode any time soon. But one of the best aspects of the Malt is that the flipper “fin” actually doubles as a bottle opener. This knife is truly going to help you with almost any task.

Kershaw Own It 4 Piece Set

Looking for a great deal–check out this 4 piece set from Kershaw.  Part of the Own It series, this Limited Edition offering includes four great items from Kershaw, all at an unbelievable price point.

In your set you get the 1304BW assist knife.  This knife opens smooth as silk with a tug on the flipper or a push on the dual thumb studs.  The tanto blade boasts a BlackWash finish that provides an extra layer of protection for the stainless steel blade as well as a fantastic look that doesn’t show wear and tear like many blade finishes.  The blade locks open with a sturdy framelock.  Comes with a tip down, deep carry pocket clip.

Kershaw Own It Set
Kershaw Own It Set

The kit also includes a fantastic LED flashlight that fits comfortable in your hand and can easily be attached to your go bag, your gear bag or anywhere else you want.  The kit has a handy pocket tool that can cut straps, open your favorite drink and even unscrew a stubborn flathead screw.  You also get a bead chain with a dog tag.

All in all, this is a fantastic set of tools for a deal of a price.

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