Kershaw Strobe Flipper 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, United States.

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 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.

They 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 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 also has a strong 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 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 going over the Kershaw Strobe Flipper knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. The easiest steel to compare this steel to is AUS8A. For everyday use, it is going to be complicated to tell the difference between a well-made 8Cr13MoV blade and a well-made AUS8A blade. Nevertheless, there are slight differences in the steel formula. While most other components are relatively equal, 8Cr13MoV has slightly more carbon for hardness and wear resistance and slightly less nickel. The key to blade performance for both of these steels is manufacturing quality. That’s where Kershaw’s expertise comes in. Kershaw precision heat-treats 8Cr13MoV steel to bring out its best high-performance characteristics: the ability to take and hold an edge, strength, and hardness. Kershaw says, “8Cr13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and, we believe, offers our customers an excellent value.” The steel on this knife has been hardened to a 57-59 HRC.

The blade on this knife has been finished with a stonewashed finish. A stonewashed finish is created by tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches, while also working to make a less reflective look than a brushed or satin finished blade. There are actually 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 major advantage of a stonewashed blade is that it is going to be low maintenance and keep its look through time.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This is a popular blade shape in the cutlery industry. It is created by having the spine of the knife go from the handle to about halfway up the blade before it turns and continues to the point of the blade. This section looks as if it is clipped out, and is named the clip, which is where the name of the knife shape came from. The clip can be either curved or straight, but on the strobe, it is straight. The clip creates a lowered point, which gives the user plenty of control over their cuts. The blade shape also has a very large belly, which makes slicing a piece of cake. One of the disadvantages of a clip point blade shape is that because the tip is fine, sharp, and narrow, it does have a tendency to break off or chip, especially when being used on hard targets. However, because of those same characteristics, the clip point is going to excel at stabbing.

 

Kershaw Strobe Flipper Knife
Kershaw Strobe Flipper Knife

The Handle:

             The handle on this knife is made out of 410 steel with K-Texture grip overlays. Steel is going to provide durability to the handle and knife as well as being incredibly resistant to corrosion. Unfortunately, it is not lightweight and is often slippery. The slipperiness of the steel is combatted on this knife with the K-Texture, which is an exclusive texture and pattern used on the handle of certain Kershaw knives. K-Texture provides an extremely secure grip. The overall benefits of a steel handle is that it is going to be strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. The overall cons of a steel handle is that it is going to be heavy and it can be slippery.

The handle on his knife is designed for a great grip. The spine curves slowly toward the butt of the handle. About 2/3rds of the way down, a row of extreme jimping starts. This jimping is going to provide the user with the ability to really have control when they are using this knife. The belly of the handle does have a finger guard that is enhanced significantly with the flipper when the knife is opened. There is a slight finger groove that also has jimping in it to give the user an even more secure grip. The belly of the knife bulges out before curving towards the butt of the handle. The handle is outlined in steel, because the K-Texture does take up the majority of the handle. The steel on this knife is satin while the K-Texture is black, which provides a very sleek looking contrast.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is a deep carry pocket clip that is reversible. The pocket clip is black, which matches the middle portion of the handle. The clip has been slightly skeletonized at the top, which will cut down on weight.

This is a deep carry clip, which means that it is going to fit as deep in your pocket as it can. This is nice because you can move about throughout your day without worrying about the knife falling out of it. This knife is reversible for either left or right handed carry, which helps to make the knife ambidextrous. That being said, it is not reversible for either tip up or tip down carry. This knife has only been drilled for tip up carry. Some people do not like tip up carry, because if the knife accidentally opens in their pocket and they reach in, it is likely that they would slice their hands. However, this is a manual knife, so that is not going to be an issue for the Kershaw Strobe.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a manual knife which means that there is no mechanical assist, such as SpeedSafe, used to open the folding knife. This knife is going to open the classic, old-school way. That being said, it is equipped with the KVT ball-bearing opening system. The Kershaw KVT ball-bearing system makes one-handed opening of your knife fast and easy—without the need for a mechanical assist. While SpeedSafe assisted opening uses a torsion bar to help move the knife blade out the handle, KVT relies on a ring of “caged” ball bearings that surround the knife’s pivot. (“Caged” 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.

This knife is also equipped with a flipper, which 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. A flipper helps to enable fast and easy one-handed opening as well as being ambidextrous. To open a Kershaw manual knife that has a flipper, Hold the knife handle in one hand with the butt end resting firmly in the palm of your hand. Place your index finger on the highest point of the flipper. Push down strongly and quickly on the flipper. The blade will move out of the handle and lock into place. (If you have trouble moving the blade fully out of the handle, add a slight flip of the wrist.)

This knife also has been equipped with a frame lock. In a frame lock knife, the knife handle—its “frame”—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 (the tang) 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 Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.3 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. The overall length of this knife measures in at 7.5 inches when it is opened. This knife weighs in at 4.6 ounces, which is a good weight for a knife that you can have with you at all times. This knife is not going to be too heavy to have with you, but it is going to give you the heft that will get you through your tasks.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is describing this knife, they say, “Knife users who love the look of Kershaw’s Diskin Hunter—but would love it even more in a manual folding knife—now have their wish.

The Strobe takes the sweeping lines of the Diskin Hunter and turns them into a smaller, folding pocketknife. The clip-point blade offers a deep belly and opens with a handy flipper.

Thanks to the Strobe’s KVT ball-bearing opening system, the blade opens smoothly and easily; just pull back on the flipper. A washer with caged ball bearings surrounds the pivot joint and the bearings rotate as the blade moves out of the handle to ensure quick, one-handed opening. A frame lock provides secure lockup.

The blade is heat treated to Kershaw’s demanding specifications to bring out the best qualities in the steel, then stonewashed. The slim handle is characteristic of a Diskin knife and fits the hand securely. K-Texture™ handle overlays in glass-filled nylon provide additional grip.

The pocket clip is reversible for left/right-handed carry. Even better? It’s a deep-carry pocket clip so that it rides comfortably down in the pocket.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

Kershaw Secret Agent Fixed Blade Knife Review

Kershaw knows that there is really 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 you’re 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 our inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. Kershaw says, “That’s why we can back each of our knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with our famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, people do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime. (Although, occasionally, a Kershaw has been known to get accidentally left at a campsite, lost in the garage, or permanently borrowed by a friend.) The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame 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 also has a commitment to innovation and has 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 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 (just south of Portland), they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide the very best for the customer.

Today we will be discussing the Kershaw Secret Agent.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. You may have heard that 8Cr13MoV stainless is basically the equivalent of AUS8A. And it’s true. For everyday use, even a serious “knife knut” would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a well-made 8Cr13MoV blade and a well-made AUS8A blade. Nevertheless, there are slight differences in the steel formula. While most other components are relatively equal, 8Cr13MoV has slightly more carbon for hardness and wear resistance and slightly less nickel. The key to blade performance for both of these steels is manufacturing quality. That’s where Kershaw’s expertise comes in. Kershaw precision heat-treats 8Cr13MoV steel to bring out its best high-performance characteristics: the ability to take and hold an edge, strength, and hardness. Kershaw says, “8Cr13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and, we believe, offers our customers an excellent value.” This blade steel has been hardened to a 57-59 HRC.

The blade on the Secret Agent has been finished with a black-oxide coating. Black oxide is a chemical bath that converts the surface of the steel to magnetite. Kershaw uses this coating on some blades and pocket clips, mainly for appearance, though it does add some corrosion resistance. Because it is a coating, it is going to work to prolong the life of the blade. This is because the coating creates a barrier in between the steel and the environment. This will increase the wear resistance of the blade as well as the corrosion resistance. It will also slightly help the blade cut a little more smoothly. The coating is also black, which creates a sleek look while also cutting down on glares and reflections which is crucial for someone in the field.

The blade on this knife is a spear point blade shape. A spear point blade is similar to the needle point blade because it is good for piercing. The difference between the two shapes is that the point on the spear point is stronger and it does contain a small belly that can be used for slicing. The spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center of the blade’s length. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. The spear point contrasts with the needle point because the needle point blade has a sharper but weaker point, while a spear point knife does have a strong point that is also sharp enough for piercing. One of the other advantages to a spear point knife is that they do contain a small belly that can be used for some slicing and cutting. However, if you were to compare the belly to that of a drop point or a clip point, the belly is much smaller. The spear point is known as a hybrid blade design because it has a good balance between piercing and slicing. It also has the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, while still keeping some of the belly that can be used for slicing.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of a rubberized co-molded handle. This is a textured rubber layer providing extra grip. The rubberized co-molded handle is black, making this an all-black look. Not only does this give your knife a very sleek look, it is also going to completely eliminate reflections and glares. Like I earlier mentioned, this is crucial in the field when you don’t want your positon to be given away.

The handle has two large finger guards, which will protect your fingers if you accidentally slip. The handle sides are symmetrical. After the finger guards there is a slight indent on both sides. This indent will provide you with a comfortable and secure grip for long term use. After the indent the handle bulges out, which will also work to give you a more solid grip.

The butt of the handle does have a lanyard section, which is wide enough for a variety of lanyards. This is especially important because you can keep your knife close to you without having to worry about it getting in the way. Plus, if you happen to need a little extra texture, you can easily wrap the lanyard around the handle before completing the task. This will provide the needed texture to get you through your chore safely. The lanyard can also be used so that if you happen to drop your knife, you can easily find it contrasting against the background. Plus, wrapping the lanyard around your wrist for safety can help in case of slippage, so that you will not lose or drop your knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade, which means that there is not a mechanism. The knife does not fold close and is stored in a sheath for protection. Some people like to use a folding knife more because folding knives are more discrete and easier to conceal. Pocket knives can also be easily transported in your pocket. There is also a belief that a well-constructed folding knife blade is as tough as a fixed blade.

There are plenty of advantages to a fixed blade. For starters, they are strong and big. You can really find a fixed blade in whatever size that you want, but no matter which size you choose, they are going to be equally strong—especially the blade. Plus, fixed blades are not prone to breaking. This is because there are no moving parts on a fixed blade that can rust out or wear down with time. And, you don’t have to worry about a hinge or the insides being clean and dry for your knife to keep its quality. With this knife, all there is to it is what you see, which means there is really nothing to break. Plus, the blade can be longer and thicker because it does not have to fit inside of a handle, so the blade is not going to break either. Because of this, the knife is going to be easier to maintain overall. Like earlier mentioned, you don’t have to worry about the insides of the handle wearing down, because there are no insides of the handle. And cleaning is going to be incredibly straightforward. All you have to do is wipe down the blade and the handle and oil the blade occasionally and you are good to go.

One of the other major benefits to the Secret Agent being a fixed blade is that fixed blades are the superior tactical tool. This is because fixed blade knives can be brought into play faster than a folding knife during tactical situations. All you have to do is pull the knife out of your sheath and you are ready to go. With a folding knife, you would have to pull the knife out, open it, and then you could finally use it. With many tactical situations, every single second counts, so why waste seconds on opening a knife when you could purchase the Secret Agent instead?

Lastly, this knife can be used for a broader spectrum of things because of the durability.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this knife is made out of molded dual-carry plastic. Plastic sheaths are some of the cheapest ones that you are going to find on the market. You do get what you pay for, so you shouldn’t be surprise that plastic sheaths are also the ones that are the cheapest quality. A plastic sheath is one of the more inhospitable home for your blade if it is going to be carried for an extended amount of time. This is because it locks in moisture which can cause rusting or corroding issues on your blade. The sheath that comes with the knife is MOLLE compatible, which is a major advantage.

 

Kershaw Secret Agent Fixed Blade Knife
Kershaw Secret Agent Fixed Blade Knife

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4.4 inches long while the overall length of the knife measures in at 8.7 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.1 ounces without the sheath and 4.7 ounces with the sheath.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is explaining this knife, they say, “This boot knife’s mission is to offer both performance and value. The model number of our Secret Agent boot knife could be none other than 4007.

This updated version of the boot knife features a single-edged blade with a non-reflective black-oxide finish. The blade is heat treated to Kershaw’s demanding specifications to bring out the very best qualities in the steel. The black-oxide coating provides additional blade protection.

For a secure grip, the handle is glass-filled nylon with a textured rubber over mold. The Secret Agent has a dual-carry molded sheath with a clip for convenient belt carry and slots to add your own leg carry straps. For additional versatility, the knife comes with a lanyard hole.

Discreet and concealable for tactical use and personal protection, the Secret Agent is also viable for a variety of utility purposes.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps and have a new favorite tactical knife.

 

 

 

 

Kershaw Fatback Folding Knife Review

Kershaw Fatback Folding Knife
Kershaw Fatback Folding Knife

Kershaw is known for a lot of things—all of which have to do with how innovative and quality their knives are. They were founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. his 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.

Plus, they have a serious commitment to innovation. Kershaw 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 close coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions. While many of Kershaw’s quality products are made in Kershaw’s 55,000 sq. ft. facility in Tualatin, Oregon (just south of Portland), they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide 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. 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 discussing the Kershaw Fatback folding knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. You may have heard that 8Cr13MoV stainless is basically the equivalent of AUS8A. And it’s true. For everyday use, even a serious “knife knut” would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a well-made 8Cr13MoV blade and a well-made AUS8A blade. Nevertheless, there are slight differences in the steel formula. While most other components are relatively equal, 8Cr13MoV has slightly more carbon for hardness and wear resistance and slightly less nickel. The key to blade performance for both of these steels is manufacturing quality. That’s where Kershaw’s expertise comes in. Kershaw precision heat-treats 8Cr13MoV steel to bring out its best high-performance characteristics: the ability to take and hold an edge, strength, and hardness. Kershaw says, “8Cr13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and, we believe, offers our customers an excellent value.” This steel is hardened to a 57-59 HRC.

The steel has been coated with a black-oxide coating. The black oxide coating is a chemical bath that converts the surface of the steel to magnetite. Kershaw sues this coating on some blades mainly for appearance, although it does add some corrosion resistance. Because this is a coating, it is going to prolong the life of the blade because it is a barrier in between the steel and the environment. That being said, because it is a coating, it is going to scratch off after time or even just after some heavy use. Once the coating has been scratched off, you aren’t going to get any of the good benefits that come with a coating. You win some, you lose some when it comes to the coating on a blade. Lastly, the coating is a deep black that cuts down on all glares and reflections, which is great if you are in the field.

The blade has been carved into a modified drop point shape that has some dagger blade shape inspiration. The drop point is an all-purpose blade shape that is also super tough. This is also one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today. The blade is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow, curving manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and also adds strength to the tips. Normally, drop points have a broad tip, but the Fatback has a finer point because of the dagger point inspiration that it does have. While a typical drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, this one is almost as sharp as a clip point, which means that you are going to be able to pierce much better. That begin said, because it is finer and sharper, it is not going to be as strong as a typical drop point would be. Lastly, a regular drop point has a very large belly, and while the Fatback does have a belly, it is not as large as your regular drop point blade.

This knife does have a plain edge, which is going to give you cleaner cuts. The plain edge is also going to be easier to sharpen, although it will need to be sharpened much more frequently. The plain edge also equips you to take on a wider variety of tasks than a serrated knife would.

 

The Handle:

             The handle on this knife is made out of Glass-Filled nylon, or GFN. This is a thermoplastic, synthetic material that is almost impossible to break. While GFN is similar in structure and characteristics to G-10, Micarta, and Carbon Fiber, it is much stronger and not prone to breaking. This is because in the other materials, all of the fibers are arranged in a single direction. This means that while the material is going to be strong in that direction, it is not going to be super strong in any other direction. This is where the brittleness comes in as well as the ability to bend the other materials. GFN has all of its fibers arranged haphazardly, which means that the handle is going to be strong in all directions instead of just one. This is why GFN is not brittle, and is resistant to bending and abrasion.

Plus, GFN is a cheaper material because it can be injection molded which means that the manufacturer can texturize the handles throughout the process and can produce a lot more all at once. This leads to a much cheaper material. That being said, some people do feel like it has a cheap plastic quality to it and it does not give as much texture as a G10 handle would.

To help with grip the belly of the handle has plenty of ridges. There is a large finger guard that is enhanced by the flipper which will create a safer grip on the knife.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is black, which matches the hardware, the handle, and the blade on this knife. It is kept in place by two small screws. This is a deep carry knife, which is a great option for you to keep your knife deep inside your pocket. It also helps you to conceal your knife better inside of your pocket if you don’t want anyone to know that you have one.

This is also a 4-position pocket clip, which means that the user may position the pocket clip for tip-up or tip-down carry as well as for left or right-handed carry. This is the ideal option when it comes to pocket clips because it allows the user to use this knife in the most comfortable position possible.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife that has been equipped with a flipper, a SpeedSafe Assisted Opening mechanism, and a liner lock.

The flipper is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the sur can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle. The flipper enables a fast and easy one-handed opening as well as being ambidextrous, which makes this knife the most comfortable and the easiest to use for its users. To open this knife, Hold the knife handle vertically in one hand. Place your index finger on the top of the flipper or thumb on the thumb stud. Gently apply downward pressure on the flipper or push outwards on the thumb stud. SpeedSafe opens the knife quickly and easily, and the blade locks into place. Keep fingers away from blade edge while closing.

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. SpeedSafe is built into many of Kershaw’s best-selling knives. 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 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. SpeedSafe® was specifically designed for sporting, work, or everyday situations where one-handed opening is preferable and safer. It’s safe, efficient opening has made it a popular choice for hunters, fishermen, and those who require the one-hand opening function on the job-site.

The liner lock is the most common of today’s blade-locking systems. In knives with locking liners, the handle consists of two metal (usually steel or titanium) plates (the “liner”) on either side of the blade. Handle scales, which can be made from a variety of materials, such as G10, aluminum, plastic, or natural materials like wood or bone 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 (the tang) and prevents the blade from 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 a Kershaw folding knife even safer.


The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When the Fatback is opened, it measures in at 7.75 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.6 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is talking about this knife, they say, “No, the Fatback does not have a fat back. In fact, it has a rather slim handle. But to ensure you always have an extra secure grip, it does have some extra fat texturing on its glass-filled nylon handle. Actually, we call it the Fatback because it’s one very tasty knife. Like bacon.

The handsome blade is a modified drop-point with a dagger-like shape. The 8Cr13MoV blade steel, with Kershaw’s precision heat treatment, provides long-lasting edge retention, as well as strength and hardness. Black-oxide coating offers an additional measure of blade protection and non-reflectivity.

The Fatback opens with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening for smooth, one-handed opening. The pivot is oversized and decorative. The handle is drilled to support our four-position pocket clip—so you can carry tip-up/down, left/right, whatever your preferred carry position. And finally, the Fatback’s deep-carry pocket clip lets the knife ride securely and comfortably low in the pocket.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

 

Kershaw Buck Commander Green Antelope Hunter II Knife and Zip It Combo Pack Review

When it comes to quality knives, you know that you can rely on Kershaw. This is because they have award-winning technologies and advanced materials as well as solid sounding blade lockups. You know that when you have a Kershaw in hand, it is not going to let you down.

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 also has a commitment to innovation and has pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are now the 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. 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 Kershaw’s 55,000 sq. ft. facility in Tualatin, Oregon (just south of Portland), they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide the very best for the customer.

Today we will be discussing the Kershaw Buck Commander Green Antelope Hunting knife as well as the Zip It.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this hunting knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. You may have heard that 8Cr13MoV stainless is basically the equivalent of AUS8A. And it’s true. For everyday use, even a serious “knife knut” would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a well-made 8Cr13MoV blade and a well-made AUS8A blade. Nevertheless, there are slight differences in the steel formula. While most other components are relatively equal, 8Cr13MoV has slightly more carbon for hardness and wear resistance and slightly less nickel. The key to blade performance for both of these steels is manufacturing quality. That’s where Kershaw’s expertise comes in. Kershaw precision heat-treats 8Cr13MoV steel to bring out its best high-performance characteristics: the ability to take and hold an edge, strength, and hardness. Kershaw says, “8Cr13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and, we believe, offers our customers an excellent value.” This steel has been hardened to a HRC level of 57–59.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive. The fine abrasive that is most often used is a sandpaper. The satin finish is used to show off the bevels of the blade, while also showcasing the liens of the knife and reducing its reflective glare. As a key, the finer the abrasive and the more even the lines; the cleaner the satin finish blade is going to look. While the satin finish is going to look classy on this knife, it is a lower quality knife, so it is not going to give you the cleanest satin finish that you have ever found. The satin finish is one of the most common and most traditional blade finishes that you are going to find on the market. This is a perfect blade finish for a classy hunting knife such as this one.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape, which is the perfect blade shape for a hunting knife. This is an all-purpose knife that can stand up to almost anything. The shape of the knife is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. It is this lowered point that provides more control and adds strength to the tip. It is also because the point on a drop point blade is easily controlled that makes it such a popular shape on a hunting knife. This helps you avoid accidentally nicking internal organs or ruining the meat. Drop point blades also sport a very large belly, which makes slicing a breeze. This large belly is going to help you skin your game with ease. The drop point blade does have one major disadvantage: because of its broad tip it is going to be less suitable for piercing than the clip point blade shape would be. You do need to remember that it is that same broad tip that gives the drop point blades their characteristic strength.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of a molded co-polymer which is a rubber like plastic. This is not the highest quality handle material that you are going to come across, because the rubber is going to break down after a while. That being said, it is going to offer you much more texture than any other material is going to offer you. This comes in handy with a hunting knife because you know that the job is going to get messy and you are going to want a material that can get wet without losing its grip. This material is also not going to corrode, which is a benefit that many hunters can enjoy. Lastly, the material is easy to maintain and clean because it is not going to absorb any of the fluids that it comes in contact with.

The handle is built for a secure grip. The spine has a slow slope towards the butt of the handle. The belly features a very large finger guard in case of slippage. Then there are four deep finger grooves to provide a secure and comfortable grip on this knife. Down the length of the handle are thin grooves to provide the needed texture.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade knife. Many people like having a folding knife because it is more discrete, easier to conceal, and easier to have with you at all times. However, there are so many big benefits to having a fixed blade knife. For starts, they are going to be bigger and stronger than a folding knife is. You can really find a fixed blade in any size, but you know that no matter which size it is, it is going to be incredibly strong. The 3.6-inch blade is large enough to get your hunting job done on most average hunting tasks.

Because they don’t have to fit inside of a handle, the blade is going to be bigger and longer. This means that you are going to be able to perform easier with this knife than you would of a smaller blade. This also means that the knife is not going to break. The blade can be thicker than it would be on a folding knife, which helps protect it against snapping if you are ever using it a little tougher.

Fixed blades are also less likely to break because there are no moving parts on a fixed blade. This means that there is no spring that can wear down or rust, no hinge that needs oiling, and no inner pieces that might break down over time. This characteristic also helps make the knife easier to maintain. The knife is going to be easier to clean because you don’t have to really get into the knife to clean it. All you have to do is wipe down the blade and handle and oil the blade occasionally.

Also, fixed blades are going to make for a superior survival tool. This means that if you are ever on a hunting trip, you will be able to use this knife for more than just hunting. Some of the tasks that you can perform are prying, digging, splitting wood, cutting things, using it as a first aid tool, using it to prepare food, as well as using the butt of the knife to hammer. Although, the butt on this knife is not going to be the best butt you’ve ever come across.

Overall, when it comes to a hunting knife, your best bet is going to be a fixed blade. It will allow you to take on more tasks and will be able to perform duties other than just hunting.

 

The Sheath:

             This knife comes with a leather sheath for storage and carrying. Leather is one of the more traditional materials that is still used to make a knife sheath. Many people view a leather sheath as rugged, tough, and strong. This material is not going to break like plastic is known to do and if the stitches happen to come loose, it is an easy fix. Not only is leather a quality material, it also looks and feels good. The older your leather sheath gets, the better it is going to look (when you properly care for it.) Also, once a leather sheath is broken in, it is going to provide a custom fit for your knife. One of the biggest advantages for a leather sheath for a hunting knife is that leather is going to be completely silent. You will be able to pull the knife out and put it back in without making a sound. This is one of the more unique characteristics that is mostly found in only leather.

Of course, leather also does have its disadvantages. Leather is not a waterproof material so if it gets wet often it can dry out the oils of the leather and crack. This cracking can also be caused by being exposed to extreme heat. You can prevent cracking if you oil your sheath from time to time. Just know that to get so many great benefits, you do have to take care of your sheath.

 

Kershaw Buck Commander Green Antelope Hunter II Knife and Zip It Combo Pack
Kershaw Buck Commander Green Antelope Hunter II Knife and Zip It Combo Pack

The Specs:

The knife has a blade that measures in at 3.6 inches long. The overall length of this hunting knife measures in at 8 inches even. This is one of Kershaw’s hunting knives, which means that it has been designed for the toughness, durability, and edge holding capabilities that your next hunting drip demands.

 

The Zip It:

             The Zip It gut hook is compact and lightweight. It is perfect or “unzipping” the skin without puncturing the gut sack. The Zip It handle is made out of steel with a non-slip insert. The blade on the Zip It measures in at .5 inches. The overall length of the Zip It hook is 3.75 inches long.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is discussing this knife, they say, “This fixed-blade knife is just the right size for field dressing most game and makes an especially excellent deer knife—which is why the Buck Commander® Buckmen chose it as one of their go-to tools. The quality steel is designed to hold an edge longer, providing extended use without re-sharpening—even under heavy field use. You’ll also like how the Antelope Hunter II fits your hand. The finger-contoured handle let’s your hand lock into place for a solid, yet extremely comfortable grip. The co-polymer handle is grippy enough to be secure, even when wet, yet cleans up easily. This set also includes the Zipit gut hook. Compact and lightweight, the Zipit makes it easy to “unzip” the skin without danger of puncturing the gut sack and ruining the meat. Includes nylon sheath for the knife.” You can pick up this combo pack today at BladeOps.

 

 

Kershaw PUB Knife Review

People of all walks alike believe that there is nothing like a Kershaw. When you are carrying a Kershaw knife, you are carrying the real deal. This means that everything from the solid sound of the blade lockup to the award winning technologies and advanced materials—all of it is going to be the highest quality.

No matter which model that you buy, you are getting the best bang for your buck. No matter which knife of Kershaw’s you are choosing to use, you are getting value and plenty of it. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, reliable. Because of their high quality knives, Kershaw backs each of their knives with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. This warranty backs each of their knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction.  And yes, it is very possible to own a Kershaw knife for your lifetime. Kershaw knows that occasionally a Kershaw has been known to get accidentally left at a campsite, lost in the garage, or permanently borrowed by a friend.

No matter what situation you are choosing to face, you can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives, sporting knives, work knives, and tactical knives. These knives can take on tasks from destroying a cardboard box, to fishing or watersports, and then on to preparing you to take on truly nay task that a knife could be used for.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 with a mission to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. From hardworking pocket knives, to hunting knife and even 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 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. From being the first to market with SpeedSafe assisted opening knives to the concept of knives that sport interchangeable blades, and lastly their Composite Blade technology, which truly gives knife users the best of both worlds. Kershaw is committed to 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.

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 some cool new blades to show you—right along with a wide selection of your favorites. “For design, innovation, quality, and genuine pride of ownership, Kershaw is the one.”

Kershaw PUB
Kershaw PUB

The Blade:

The blade on the PUB has been 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 its low cost demonstrates very worthy characteristics of cutting. With the great heat treatment that Kershaw uses, the steel will retain its sharpness of the cutting edge and have a very good corrosion resistance for long periods of time. The range of hardness on this steel is 56-59HRC. Knives made out of this formula of steel will keep sharpening well and at the same time they are easy to sharpen, and have highly aggressive cuts on soft materials. This steel is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. Many features made this a suitable steel for production of non-expensive tourist and urban knives with good average performance. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is its inexpensive cost.

The blade has been finished with a stonewashed finish. With this type of finish, the steel is literally rolled with pebbles and then smoothed. Many people like this type of finish because it hides scratches better than other finishes. A stonewash finish also hides fingerprints pretty well, so the blade might not need to be polished as often as others with different finishes. The finish preserves the look of the blade easily overtime.

The blade is a modified sheepsfoot with a straight edge and clipped rather than rounded tip. In some cases, you want a knife that is perfect for slicing or cutting without worrying about controlling the point. You can easily avoid an accidental stabbing by using a sheepsfoot blade. The main purpose of a sheepsfoot blade is for cutting and slicing while minimizing the chances of anything accidentally being pierced by the point. The design of a sheepsfoot knife includes a straight edged blade and a dull back spine that goes straight down to meet the straight edge. The two blades meet at the tip to form a “false point”. The distinctive flat cutting edge is well suited to giving you a supremely clean cut, especially on flat cutting surfaces. Sheepsfoot knives are popular amount emergency responders who use them to cut seatbelts and other restraints without injuring the victim with a sharp point. They are also popular among sailors who use them to safely cut rigging without the danger of piercing the sails. The only disadvantage of a sheepsfoot blade is its lack of a sharp point which also happens to be one of its advantages.

This blade sports a plain edge, which is perfect for giving you clean cuts. The plain edge is the more traditional edge option that you have, especially when compared to a combo or serrated edge. The plain edge is the easiest edge to sharpen as well as getting a finer edge on it.

On the back of the blade, there is a row of thick jimping to help you have a secure grip and to give you better traction while you are using the Kershaw PUB.

 

The Handle:

There are a couple of different options for your PUB handle. The first option is a Carbon Fiber front handle scale with a steel back scale. Carbon fiber is a somewhat generic term referring to thin strands of carbon being tightly woven then set in resin. Carbon fiber reinforced polymer is wheat you get when you buy a knife marketed with a carbon fiber handle. The result is a tremendously strong yet lightweight material that is also rather expensive. While strong, it is far from indestructible and suffers from being brittle. This is because all of the fibers are arranged in a single direction so when they are stressed in that direction it is super strong. However, it starts to break apart when stressed in other directions. Because its brittle, it can crack I subjected to sharp impacts. Due to the way in which the carbon “weave” reflects light, you can achieve some nice looking results in a knife handle. Production of carbon fiber handles is a labor intensive process, though, so it tends to be found only on the higher end knives. The back handle scale on this knife is stainless steel, so it provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion but is not particularly lightweight. The carbon fiber is black.

The other two options are made with an anodized aluminum front scale with a steel back. Aluminum is usually anodized for color, hardness, and protection. One of the options has been anodized blue and the other version has been anodized black. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. It is a low density metal that provides for a nice, hefty feel to the knife without weighing the knife down. When properly texturized an aluminum handle can provide a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable and easy for extended use. On the downside, if you use your knife quite a bit during colder winter months, you might find the handle uncomfortably cold given its conductive properties. Aluminum is generally considered inferior to its stronger, yet more expensive brother titanium which tends to be found on the more premium knives.

The handle is a rectangular shape with a bottle opener on the butt of the handle. This handle also features a screwdriver tip, a pry bar, and a key chain attachment. The PUB is considered a multifunctional knife because of all these extra features.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a purely manual opening knife. There is no mechanical assist, such as SpeedSafe, used to open the folding knife. It opens the classic, old school way. Closed, you would never know that there was a handy blade inside—although you would definitely see the equally handy bottle opener. And if you were exceptionally sharp eyed, you might notice the slotted screwdriver tip right next to the bottle opener. To reveal the blade, just push down on what looks like the key ring attachment. You’ll see the blade move out of the compact handle. Keep pushing and the blade will swing all the way out, ready for use.

 

The Specs:

This is a miniature knife. The blade on the PUB measures in at 1.6 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at 4.5 inches long. When the knife is closed, it measures in at 3.1 inches long. This knife weighs in at only 1.9 ounces.

 

The Pros of the PUB:

  • Kershaw has earned their reputation of having quality, durable knives that you can rely on.
  • The blade is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel which is an easy steel to sharpen and continue re-sharpening over the years.
  • The blade has been finished with a stonewash finish, which easily hides scratches and fingerprints.
  • The 8Cr13MoV steel holds an edge for a long period of time.
  • The stainless steel has good corrosion and rust resistance.
  • The modified sheepsfoot blade shape makes it easy to avoid an accidental stabbing.
  • The flat bottom will provide you with an extremely clean cut.
  • The plain edge is easier to sharpen and easier to get a finer edge on it.
  • The carbon fiber handle is crazy strong.
  • The carbon fiber handle is extremely lightweight.
  • The aluminum handle is extremely durable and resistant to rust and corrosion.
  • Aluminum has a dense feel to it, to provide the strength behind the knife, while still being very lightweight.
  • The manual mechanism makes this a legal knife in any area.
  • Sports a bottle opener.
  • Sports a screwdriver tip.
  • Boasts a pry bar.
  • Features a key chain attachment.

 

The Cons of the PUB:

  • 8Cr13MoV steel is a softer steel.
  • The blade only has a false point, which means that you won’t be able to stab with it, when needed.
  • Carbon fiber is a brittle material.
  • Aluminum is a cold material.
  • The manual mechanism is going to be less swift than an automatic or spring assisted mechanism.

 

Conclusion:

The Pub is one of many new folding models released by Kershaw this year. Designed by acclaimed knife maker Dmitry Sinkevich, each model boasts a stainless steel blade that can be opened manually just by pulling down on the carabiner-like key ring attachment. When in the closed position, the tools of this knife are highlighted–including a bottle opener, screwdriver tip and pry bar. Every Pub is classified as a friction folder which by definition is a folding knife that does not use a lock or springs and uses the handle’s friction against the tang to stay open and the strong detent keeps everything at bay until needed. The handle features either a black aluminum front handle scale or a carbon fiber front handle scale, a stainless steel back handle scale, a modified sheepsfoot style blade in a stonewash finish and there is no included pocket clip option. This is the perfect multi functioning knife to have with you on at all times. The gadgets that are included with the PUB are sure to come in handy more than once.

 

Kershaw Dividend and Gray Dividend Knife Review

There is really nothing like a Kershaw. From award winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you are carrying Kershaw, you know that you are carrying the real deal. The real deal 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. 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, people do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime. The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame any cardboard box and liberate any purchase from its plastic packaging, sporting knives that make hunting, finishing, watersports, and camping even better, work knives that won’t let you down, and tactical knives that ensure you are 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 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 that had interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders. Recently, they released 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 committed to 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 square foot facility in Tualatin, Oregon, they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide the very best for their customers.

Kershaw 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. For design, innovation, quality, and genuine pride of ownership, Kershaw is the one.”

Today we will be talking about the Kershaw Dividend and the Gray Dividend.

 

Kershaw Gray Dividend
Kershaw Gray Dividend

 

The Blades:

The steel on both versions of this knife has been made out of 420HC steel. This is considered the king of the 420 steels, 420HC is similar to 420 steel but with increased levels of carbon. The “HC” in the name refers to the High Carbon, which makes the steel harder.

Kershaw Dividend
Kershaw Dividend

This steel is actually considered a lower mid-range steel but the more competent manufactures can really bring out the best in this affordable steel using quality heat treatments. The heat treatments results in better edge retention and resistance to corrosion. In fact, this is one of the most corrosion resistant steels out there, despite its low cost.

Both versions of the steel also feature a stonewash 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 they type of finish the blade has before it enters the tumbler. One of the biggest benefits of a stonewash blade is that they are extremely low maintenance and how they preserve the look of the blade overtime. The stonewash finish hides the scratches that can occur with use over time.

The steel on the Dividends have been carved into a drop point shape. The drop point shape is perfect if you are looking for a great all-purpose knife that can stand up to anything. A drop point is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The most recognizable knife that features a drop point is the hunting knife, although it is used on many other types of knives as well, including the larger blades in Swiss army knives. The back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, creating a lowered point. It is this lowered point that provides more control and adds strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. Because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are popular on tactical and survival knives. Because the point on a drop point blade is easily controllable, they are a popular choice on hunting knives. The lowered, controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. One of the other reasons that the drop point style blade is so versatile is because of the large belly area that they sport that is perfect for slicing. There are so many advantages to having a knife with the drop point style, but there is a drawback—its relatively broad tip, which makes it less suitable for piercing than the lip point. However, it is this broad tip that provides point strength that you are not going to find on clip point knives. By choosing a knife that features a drop point style blade, you are choosing a knife that is going to help you in any situation.

These knives both sport plain edges. The plain edge is definitely the more traditional style edge when being compared to a serrated or combo edge. The plain edge is more equipped to take on a wider variety of tasks. These tasks that it excels at include push cuts, slicing, skinning, and peeling. One of the disadvantages is that plain edges are not as well equipped to saw through the thicker materials. To get through the thicker or tougher materials, you are going to want the teeth that the serrated edge gives you.

 

The Handles:

The original version of the Dividend has a handle that is made out of glass filled nylon, or GFN. This is the same material as FRN. It is a thermoplastic material that is super strong, resistant to bending, abrasion, and is practically indestructible. And as a bonus, it is a cheap material. With the GFN, the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions as opposed to G 10, carbon fiber, and Micarta which have the fiberglass strands aligned in a single direction. Many knife enthusiasts did not warm up to this material because they felt like it was cheap and felt somewhat hollow. Another drawback is that it tends to be a little less “grippy” than G 10. GFN 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 Gray Dividend is made out of aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. It is a low density metal that provides for a nice, hefty feel to the knife without weighing the knife down. When the handle is properly texturized, an aluminum handle can provide a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable and easy for extended use. On the downside, if you use your knife a lot during colder winter months, you might find the handle uncomfortably cold given its conductive properties. Aluminum is generally considered inferior to its stronger, yet more expensive brother Titanium which tends to be found on the more premium knives. The aluminum has been anodized for color, hardness, and protection. In this case, the anodization has given the handle a gray color. One of the other drawbacks is that aluminum is susceptible to scratches and dings.

There is an elongated finger groove to give you a comfortable grip while you are using this knife. There is a finger guard to protect your hand from slipping and getting cut. On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved in. The lanyard hole has a variety of benefits, one of the best being that it keeps your knife out of the way when you don’t need it, but gives you quick access when you do need to use your knife.

 

The Pocket Clip:

Both knives have deep carry pocket clips that are black. This pocket clip is kept in place by two small screws. All of the other hardware is black to match the pocket clip. These are four positon pocket clips. This means that you can attach it for left or right hand carry and you can keep your knife tip up or down.

 

The Mechanism:

These knives are assisted opening knives. They sport a flipper mechanism, a liner lock, and the SpeedSafe mechanism. The flipper is a shark’s fin shaped protrusion that extends out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. The flipper actually employs an index finger, and the features in naturally ambidextrous. One of the benefits to using a flipper mechanism is that it keeps your fingers out of the way while you are opening your knife.

Line locks are one of the more common mechanism seen on folding knives. This mechanism’ characteristic component is a side spring located on the same side as the 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 sue 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 from the blade path, then continue to safely close the knife.

The SpeedSafe Assisted Opening assists you to open your knife quickly and easily with a manual push on the thumb stud or pull back on the flipper.

 

The Specs:

The length of the blade is 3 inches long. The overall length of this knife is 7.25 inches long with a closed length of 4.25 inches long. The GFN version of the knife weighs in at 2.6 ounces. The anodized aluminum handle weighs in at 2.8 ounces. These knives are made in the United States of America by skilled Kershaw knife makers.

 

Conclusion:

The success of Kershaw’s made in the USA link series has yielded a Dividend. It’s a slimmer, sleeker pocket carry—proudly made in the USA in our Tualatin, Oregon factory, yet still built at a very affordable price. While the original Link is a larger and stouter knife, some of you prefer a slimmer blade. The Dividend is made for you. Not too big, not too small, the Kershaw Dividend is a just the right sized pocket knife. Its elegant drop point blade is a perfect 3 inches long and offers enough belly to be an efficient slicer. The knife is easy to open, even one handed, with SpeedSafe assisted opening and the flipper. The anodized aluminum handles in matte grey curves gently to fit the hand comfortably. A decorative molded back spacer and left/right reversible pocket clip make the Dividend both handsome and handy. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

Kershaw Flitch 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. This company was started with the vision to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. Early manufacturing was primarily done in Japan.

In 1977, Kershaw became a wholly owned subsidiary 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.   In 1997 the US production facility was opened in Wilsonville, Oregon. Due to an expanding market, the facilities were moved to a large production site in 2003. Currently, Kai USA manufacturing facilities are located in Tualatin Oregon with some good coming from their Japanese and Chinese factories.

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.

With Kershaw, you get fantastic bang for your buck because even their inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and 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. Because yes, people do own their Kershaw for a lifetime.

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 first to market. They 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 have a commitment to keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies, and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife using public.

 

The Blade:

8Cr13MoV steel is what the blade on the Flitch is made out of. This steel is a popular budget brand of knife steel, which is made in China. In its formula, this steel is close to the Japanese steel AUS 8. Because the blade has been made out of this steel, it will keep sharpening well and will easy to sharpen. Plus, the Flitch will be able to have highly aggressive cuts n softer materials. This steel is well balanced in regards to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. In the Cr series of steel, 9Cr steel is the top end of the series and is really good. Next up is 8Cr, which is the more common formula that you are going to find. If the manufacturer gives this type of steel a good heat treatment, they will bring out all of the best qualities that this steel has. And lucky for us, because Kershaw has taken this steel thorough a heat treatment to bring out the best in this top value steel. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is its inexpensive cost. However, you do need to keep in mind that this is still considered an average grade steel. So while it will get most jobs done, this blade is not going to excel at anything.

This blade has a stonewashed finish. This finish is created by tumbling the steel around with small pebbles to create a textured look. After the steel has been tumbled around, it is removed, smoothed out, and polished. This style of finish gives you a very rugged, well-worn look. This style of finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. There is actually wide variety of stonewashed finishes because the look is based upon the abrasive shape, tumbling motion, and the type of finish the blade started with. The biggest benefit to a stonewashed finish is that they are low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime. The stonewashed finish also easily ides the scratches and fingerprints that can occur with use over time.

The blade has been carved into a modified drop point style blade. A regular drop point blade shape has the back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife running straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. On this modified drop point blade shape, the back does not move towards the point in a slow curve. It starts off with an upward slant and has jimping on it to provide you with more control over your cuts. Then the blade does have a slow curve down for about a third of the blade. At this point, it almost resembles a clip point lade shape, because the curve meets an angel, which then slopes downward towards the tip. It is this lowered tip that provides more control and adds strength to the tip. And while the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. Because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy sue, drop point blades are a popular option on tactical and survival knives. And because the point is so easily controllable, a drop point style blade is also a popular choice on hunting knives. One of the other reasons that a drop point blade is so versatile is because it sports such a large belly area that makes slicing a breeze. The Flitch even has a bigger belly than you would normally find, so slices are not going to be easier than when you are attempting them with your Flitch. Because of the large belly, this knife makes for the perfect everyday carry option.

Because this is a great everyday knife, the Flitch sports a plain edge. This style of edge is the more traditional edge that you are going to find and it is more equipped to take on a wider variety of tasks. The plain edge is going to give you cleaner cuts while excelling at push cuts, slicing, skinning, and peeling. Some people worry that because the plain edge does not sport teeth, it is not going to be able to cut through thicker and tougher materials. While serrations definitely help to saw through the thicker and tougher materials, when your plain edged blade is sharp enough, it will be able to manage.

Kershaw Flitch
Kershaw Flitch

The Handle:

The handle has been made out of Glass Filled Nylon, or GFN. This material is basically the off brand of Zytel. GFN is a thermoplastic material which is super strong while being resistant to bending, abrasion, and it is practically indestructible. As a total bonus, it is a cheap material to purchase. This is an inexpensive material 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. This material is practically indestructible because the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions. Similar materials such as G10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta have their fiberglass strands aligned in a single direction. This means that when the strands are being stressed in the direction they go, the material is going to be extremely strong. But, when the strands are stressed in other directions, the material is going to start to breakdown. That is why those other materials are brittle. Because GFN’s fibers are arranged so haphazardly, it doesn’t matter which way the fibers are stressed, they aren’t going to break down. The Flitch has been designed to take a beating.

To give you a comfortable grip on the Flitch, even after periods of heavy use, there is a deep finger groove and then two more shallow finger grooves that follow suit. This gives your fingers a comfortable place to rest. To keep your fingers safe, there is a thick finger guard so that your fingers can’t slip and get cut. While the top of the handle is slightly curved, the butt of the handle is all angels.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The clip on this knife is a deep carry pocket clip. This means that it will be easier to conceal your knife snugly in your pocket. You also won’t have to worry about your knife falling out during all of your daily tasks. The knife has only been designed to be carried tip up, but the clip is reversible on the left and right sides, helping to make this knife more ambidextrous.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife. It is Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening 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. This mechanism was originally designed by Hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion, and the knives with this mechanism 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 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. And while it performs as smoothly as a switchblade, a SpeedSafe knife is not a switchblade. There are many unique features of SpeedSafe knives that make them quite different than knives that are considered switchblades. Unlike a switchblade, SpeedSafe blades do not deploy with the push of a button in the handle or by gravity alone. Instead, the user must overcome the torsion bar’s resistance in order to engage the SpeedSafe system. Because of this SpeedSafe knives fall fully outside the Federal definition of a switchblade.

The Flitch features a flipper. To use a flipper, you hold the knife handle in one hand with the butt end resting firmly in the palm of your hand. You place your index finger on the highest point of the flipper. You push down strongly and quickly on the flipper and the blade will move out of the handle and lock into place.

The locking mechanism on this knife is a liner lock. This locks the blade open during use; one side of the knife’s steel “liner”, the steel plate to which the handle scales are attached, moves into position behind the blade to securely lock it open.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.25 inches long with an overall knife length of 7.75 inches and a closed length of 4.6 inches. The Flitch weighs in at 4.7 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

A bold blade and contoured grip could make the Flitch your new favorite EDC. With a modified drop point blade, top swedge, and strong finger contouring the Flitch offers a tactical look at a value price. The eye catching blade is made out of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which can take and hold a sharp edge, yet resharpens easily. Then Kershaw’s heat treatment brings out the best in this top value steel. The blade is stonewashed to help hid hard use scratches. The result is a very distinctive looking blade that performs well, too. The handle is glass filled nylon, textured, and chamfered for a solid, comfortable grip. Pair that with the deep finger grooves on the underside of the handle and the Flitch offers an exceptionally secure grip. A sturdy liner lock keeps the blade in place during use, then releases easily when you’re ready to EDC it. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

Kershaw Flourish Knife Review

Kershaw Flourish
Kershaw Flourish

There is truly 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 you’re 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 inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and 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, many people do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime. The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame nay 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 introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders. Recently, their Composite Blade Technology, which combines two steels into 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 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 the 55,000 square foot facility in Tualatin, Oregon, they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide the very best for their customer.

Kershaw 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. 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.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Flourish has been made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This steel is a Chinese produced steel that has recently started showing up in Chinese made knives, Out of the series, 9Cr steel is the top end of the series and is quite good, as good, and even can be better than AUS-8 steel. The formula for 8Cr, the more common formulation, is worse than AUS 8, a little more corrosion prone, and not quite as hard. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. It is a popular budget brand of knife steel. This steel at its low cost, demonstrates very worthy characteristics of cutting. With a good heat treatment, which Kershaw provides, the steel can retain the sharpness for long periods of time and will even have a very good corrosion resistance. Blades made out of this steel keep sharpening well and at the same time they are easy to sharpen. They also have highly aggressive cuts on soft materials. This steel formula is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties.

The steel has been finished with a black oxide BlackWash. This finish is a special type of 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 finished based upon the abrasive shape, tumbling motion, and the type of finish eh blade has before it enters the tumbler. A 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 blades is that they are low maintenance and preserve the look of the blade overtime. This finish also hides scratches and fingerprints that occur with use over time while giving the blade a very rugged, well-worn look.

The flats on this blade have been finished with a satin finish. This finish is created by sanding the blade in one direction with increasing degrees of a fine abrasive. The satin finish will show the bevels of the blade, showcase the liens of the knife, all while reducing its reflective glare. The finer the abrasive and the more even the liners, the cleaner the satin finish blade will appear.

The knife has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This is a great all-purpose blade. The clip point blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that is 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 from 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 straight on the Flourish knife. This area is referred to as the “clip”, which is how the 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. The point that is created by this clip is lowered, which provides more control when using the knife. Because the tip is controllable, sharper, and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife lends itself to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. In some cases, the back edge of the clip point is sharpened to make a second edge, which improves the function of the tip even more. Clip point knives also feature a large belly area that is perfect for slicing. The only real disadvantage of the clip point blade is its relatively narrow tip. Because it is so sharp and narrow, it has a tendency to be weak and can break fairly easily. By choosing a clip point, you are choosing to own a great all-purpose blade that can be used in many different situations. This knife features a plain edged blade.

 

The Handles:

The handle on these knife has been made out of G10 with a carbon fiber overlay. G10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. It has very similar properties to carbon fiber, except that you can get it for a fraction of the cos. 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. And 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 used in FRN handles. Tactical folders and fixed blade knives both benefit from the qualities of G10, because it is durable and lightweight, non-porous and available in a variety of colors.

Carbon fiber is a somewhat generic term referring to thin strands of carbon being tightly woven and then set in a resin. This material is crazy strong, yet still lightweight. However, it is pretty expensive. And while it is strong, it is far from indestructible and does suffer from being brittle. Because it is so brittle, it can crack if subjected to sharp impacts.

The handle has a shallow, elongated finger groove to give you a comfortable grip. The texture will provide a secure enough hold to get the job done. There is a finger guard to protect your hand from being sliced. And, as a total bonus, the handle does feature a lanyard hole which will come in handy in many different situations.

The pocket clip that comes with this knife is reversible from the left or right hand, but it can only be attached tip up.

 

The Mechanism:

The Flourish does sport Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assist opening mechanism. They were the first to bring this to market. It was originally designed by Hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion, but today, almost all knife companies offer some sort of assisted opening knife. 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 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 positon. 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 positon ready for use.

The Flourish also sports a liner lock, which locks the blade open during use. One side of the knife’s steel “liner”, the steel plate which the handle scales are attached, moves into position behind the blade to securely lock it open.

The assisted mechanism is a flipper, which 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 Specs:

The length of the blade on the Flourish is 3.5 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at 8.5 inches long with a closed length of 5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.3 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw described this knife, they said, “This is your next must-have knife. Of course you’ll like the size and how it feels in your hand. You’ll appreciate the useful modified clip-point blade. But it’s the little flourishes that take the Flourish over the top. The big 3.5-inch blade has a top swedge and a hollow grind. But there’s also a machined recess in the upper part of the blade to add visual interest. Combined, the swedge and the recess also slightly lighten the weight of this larger knife. But we’re not done yet. Next, Kershaw BlackWashes the blade grinds giving the Flourish an attractive finish that also hides scratches. Finally, we put a satin finish on the blade flats. The result is a two-tone blade with an abundance of style and cutting performance. Access the blade with Kershaw’s quick and snappy SpeedSafe assisted opening. The handle offers additional details. The scales, both front and back are machined G-10 with a carbon fiber overlay that gives the Flourish a classy, even high-tech look. Chamfering on the handle ensures that it fits securely and comfortably in the hand. A sturdy liner lock secures the blade open during use. There’s a built in lanyard tie-off that’s actually large enough to get your paracord through. The final flourish on the Flourish is a reversible pocket clip for left- or right-handed carry.” Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

 

Kershaw Dunbar Assisted Knife Review

Kershaw, and their fans, know that there really is not much else that is like a Kershaw. They have award-winning technologies and advanced materials that make it so when you are carrying a Kershaw, you know that you’re carrying the real thing.

So what exactly is the real thing? Well, Kershaw describes it as value and lots of it. They make sure that even with their inexpensive models, you get a lot of bang for your buck. This is because everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. They say, “That’s why we can back each of our knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with our famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, people do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime. (Although, occasionally, a Kershaw has been known to get accidentally left at a campsite, lost in the garage, or permanently borrowed by a friend.) The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame 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 with a 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 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 also has a commitment to innovation and has pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today the standard in the knife industry. So you know that when you get a Kershaw, you are getting the highest quality and newest technologies of each part.

Today we will be discussing the Kershaw Duck Commander Dunbar.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 3Cr13 steel. This is a value-priced high-chromium stainless steel. This steel is not going to do much more than get the job done. It is going to resist corrosion enough, but you will want to clean and dry it ASAP after each use. It will hold an edge enough, but you are going to need to sharpen this more than you would need to sharpen other knives. This is a drawback, because when you are on a hunting trip, you want the sharpness to last as long as possible. This is not going to be the case, so you should be prepared to sharpen it in the field. This steel has been hardened to a 54-56HRC.

The blade has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created by having glass or ceramic beads blasted at the steel at a high pressure. This results in an even grey finish. A bead blasted finish reduces reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. The blasting also creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions, which both make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment. This is a drawback for a hunting knife, because the knife is going to get messy often. You will just need to be prepared to wipe it down often, make sure it is completely dry before putting it away, and oil it often as well.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This is one of the more popular blade shapes that is used on the market today. This is a great all-purpose blade shape. While it is most commonly found on the Bowie knife, you are also going to find it on plenty of pocket knives. The blade shape is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight from the handle and then stop. At this point, it will turn and continue to the point of the knife. This area looks as if it has been “cut-out” and can be either straight or curved, but on the Dunbar, it is straight. This section of the blade is also referred to as the “clip” which is where the blade shape got its name. Because of the clip, the point is lowered, which means that you are going to have more control when you are using this knife. This means that you will be less likely to nick an organ or ruin the meat when you are dressing your game. The clip point is built to excel at piercing, which means that it is going to have less drag and quicker stabbing. Clip point blades have a very large belly area that makes slicing a piece of cake; a crucial characteristic for a hunting knife. Clip points really only have one big disadvantage, which is its relatively narrow tip. This does cause it to be weaker and can break more easily, especially when used on harder targets.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of green glass-filled nylon. Glass-filled nylon, or GFN, is a nylon synthetic polymer is reinforced with glass threads for increased strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability combined with excellent wear resistance.

GFN is practically indestructible because the nylon fibers have been arranged haphazardly throughout the material. This means that no matter which way the material is stressed, it is going to remain strong and not begin to break apart. This means that GFN is resistant to bending and abrasion as well as not being brittle, which is a harder characteristic to find in a modern handle material.

GFN is also incredibly cheap, which keeps the overall cost of the knife down. This is because the material is injection molded which means there is not a lot of labor and the manufacturer can create many handles all at once.

The handle is simple, but efficient. The spine angles towards the butt, with a small groove at the very beginning to create a more comfortable handle. The belly of the handle is similar, with a squared off finger groove. There is a finger guard that is significantly enhanced by the flipper to prevent the user from accidentally getting sliced. As a cherry on top of the handle, there is a large lanyard hole.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is black, which matches the handle on the knife. This is a deep carry pocket clip, which means that this knife is going to sit as low as possible in your pocket. This is a big advantage for a hunting knife, because you can really move through the field however you like without worrying about if the knife is going to stay secure: it is going to stay secure.

The pocket clip is also reversible for either left or right handed carry, which helps to make this knife more fully ambidextrous. This is a big advantage for a hunting knife because you will be able to hold this knife as comfortably as possible, which will help you better field dress your game.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife that has been equipped with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe Assisted opening system as well as a secure liner lock and a flipper.

The SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism uses a torsion bar to help move the blade out of the handle. It also enables smooth and easy one-handed opening. It helps the blade perform as efficiently as a switchblade without actually being a switchblade. Kershaw says, “No, SpeedSafe knives are not switchblades. There are many unique features of SpeedSafe knives that make them quite different than knives that are considered switchblades. Unlike a switchblade, SpeedSafe blades DO NOT deploy with the push of a button in the handle or by gravity alone. Instead, the user must overcome the torsion bar’s resistance in order to engage the SpeedSafe system. Because of this, SpeedSafe knives fall fully outside the Federal definition of a switchblade. However, due to the complexity and constantly changing nature of these laws and regulations, it is impossible for Kershaw Knives to be aware of every restriction in every location in which our knives are sold or carried. It is the responsibility of the buyer to investigate and comply with the laws and regulations that apply in his or her specific area.” They also explain that SpeedSafe was specifically designed for sporting, work, or everyday situations where one-handed opening is preferable and safer. Its safe, efficient opening has made it a popular choice for hunters, fishermen, and those who require the one-hand opening function on the job site.

The liner lock is going to prevent folding blades from closing during use. The liner lock is the most common of today’s blade-locking systems. In knives with locking liners, the handle consists of two metal (usually steel or titanium) plates (the “liner”) on either side of the blade. Handle scales, which can be made from a variety of materials, such as G10, aluminum, plastic, or natural materials like wood or bone 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 (the tang) and prevents the blade from 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 Kershaw folding knife even safer.

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 enables fast and easy one-handed opening. It is also ambidextrous, which means it is going to work like a charm for either left or right handers. The flipper is also safer than a thumb stud because it keeps your fingers out of the path of the blade during the opening process. The flipper will take a couple of tries to really get the hang of, so be careful when you first start using this hunting knife.

 

Kershaw Dunbar Assisted Knife
Kershaw Dunbar Assisted Knife

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4 ounces, which is perfect for getting the job done with the right amount of weight, but not weighing the knife down with excess weight.

This knife is a hunting knife. It is part of Kershaw’s series of hunting knives that have been built for toughness, durability, and edge-holding capabilities that your next hunting trip is going to demand of you.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is discussing this knife, they say, “As a nod to Duck Commander’s southern heritage, the Dunbar is named for the famed Louisiana civil servant—and designed to provide you with many years of reliable service. It’s a classic drop-point pocketknife with a modern look and feel.

The Dunbar is equipped with SpeedSafe® assisted to make one-handed opening easy. Once the blade is open, a locking liner secures it safely open during use. The stainless-steel blade resists chipping and corrosion and is easy to resharpen. The bead-blasted blade features the Duck Commander logo. Glass-filled nylon handles reduce the Dunbar’s weight in your pocket.

The deep-carry clip is reversible for left- or right-handed carry. Add your favorite lanyard in the Dunbar’s extra-wide lanyard hole.” You can pick up this knife from BladeOps today for a fantastic price.

 

Kershaw Deadline Knife Review

Kershaw is a sub brand of Kai USA Ltd. Kai produces many items in Japan, some of the items being razor blades and premier blades. For over 100 years now, Kai has been the leading producer of the premier blades in Japan. Kai takes an innovative approach to product development, including their research, development, production, marketing, and distribution functions.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 and wanted to designed and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. To do this, Kershaw knew that they must offer the highest quality knives and materials. Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high quality materials, and their dedication to intensive craftsmanship shows. Because of their tight tolerances and state of the art manufacturing techniques, Kershaw knives will truly last a lifetime.

Along with Kai, Kershaw also has a commitment to innovation. In fact, Kershaw has pioneered the user of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today’s standard in the knife industry. Some of these technologies include their Speed Safe assisted opening knives. They recently released a new technology called the Composite Blade technology, which is when they actually combine two steels into one blade. This works to give the user the best of both worlds because they can use one steel that is known for its edge retention on the edge portion of the blade, while using a steel known for its strength on the spine portion.

Kershaw produces knives that you can be proud to carry, form every day carry knives to pocket knives and hunting knives, and even special collector’s knives. Kershaw 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.” Kershaw has just released a brand new knife called the Deadline, and it will be a game changer.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Deadline is carved out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese steel that comes from the Cr series of steels. The highest quality Cr steel is 9Cr, but the series ranges down to a much lower scale. 8Cr is one of the more commonly found in the series and it can be compared to AUS-8 steel. However, AUS-8 steel is the more superior out of the two. 8Cr13MoV steel is a little more prone to rusting and corroding and isn’t as hard as AUS-8. The biggest feature that attracts people to using this steel is that it is so inexpensive. When the steel goes through a proper heat treatment, it can stand up to most basic knife needs. This steel is easy to sharpen and don’t lose the ability to get a good edge over time. This steel also resists rust well. Because of the low cost, this is a very attractive steel. And, it can stand up to most tasks. I would describe this steel as being average, because it does have enough properties to stand up to things, but it does not excel at anything either.

The steel is finished with a PVD coating, but the flat portions of the blade have been finished with a satin finish. A PVD coating is a Physical Vapor Deposition, and is sometimes known as a Thin Film Deposition. This process is environmentally friendly and provides the steel with a durable finish. The end result is a hard, ceramic-like layer on the surface of the steel. This layer is actually chemically bonded to the metal surface, which makes it last longer than most coating finishes. Because this type of coating is so hard, your blade becomes virtually scratch resistant. One of the other big benefits to having a PVD coating is that there are no thick portions where the coating all ended up resting, such as in the grooves or around the edges. When a coating is painted on, like many are, the coating can run and then dry unevenly. With a PVD coating, you won’t get that result. The PVD coating on the Deadline is a deep gray that is very matte.

The satin finish on the flats of the blade is created by sanding the blade in one direction using increasing levels of a fine abrasive. The satin finish shows off the lines of the steel, which gives the steel a very modern or industrial look. The satin finish also cuts down on glares and reflections.

The Deadline has a blade shape of a modified Wharncliffe with a swedge top. The Wharncliffe blade shape is a lot like a standard blade shape, except that it is turned upside down. The sharpened edge of the Wharncliffe is completely flat. And it is the spine of the blade that drops gradually until the tip forms a point. With the modified version of the Wharncliffe shape, the top is less of a curve and has a few more angles to it.  This blade shape has a shrouded history, because no one is entirely sure how it came to be. However, one of the most popular stories of the Wharncliffe’s history is that the pattern originated many years ago from some of the patterns used for the Scandinavian Seax Knives. This blade shape is a very useful one and is perfect if you work in an office environment—you can easily cut open boxes and envelopes. However, this blade shape does not excel at preparing food or skinning anything, because of the lack of belly. A Wharncliffe blade is a sailor’s dream, because they are much less likely to do accidental damage with it, such as piercing through the sails or their own hands. This is because the point is a “false point”. Although the majority of you probably aren’t sailors, this is also a great knife to have around in an emergency. You can easily cut someone out of a tight spot or out of their safety restraints without having to worry about cutting the victim. However, this “false point” is also a drawback to the blade though, because you have no stabbing or piercing capabilities, even if you need them.

Kershaw Deadline
Kershaw Deadline

The Handle:

The handle is the Deadline’s most unique characteristic. The handle is carved out of a stainless steel. This material will provide you with excellent durability and resistance to corrosion. However, this is also not a lightweight material, so you will be able to feel it in your pocket. One of the other drawbacks to this type of steel is that it is pretty slippery and it takes a lot of work to carve enough texture to provide you with a solid grip. Because of this, the cost of the knife is going to be increased. The finishes on this handle are the same as the blade: PVD coating and a satin finish on the flats.

When the blade is opened, the satin finish from the blade blends perfectly into the satin finish on the handle. It makes the knife look seamless and smooth. The satin finish on the handle then extends down the center of the handle. On this center part, there are a couple of etchings near the palm area which will help provide you with a secure grip on this knife. The PVD coating is on the edges of the handle, and the dark gray color contrast elegantly against the satin finish.

To help provide you with a comfortable grip, even when you are using this knife for long periods of time, Kershaw has carved a deep finger groove into the handle. There are three shallower finger grooves that go past the deep finger groove for your other fingers to rest comfortably.

On the spine of the handle, there is a row of wide, shallow jimping. With all of the extras that Kershaw has added, you won’t have to worry about your grip on your blade for a second.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip matches the dark gray of the PVD coating. This is a deep carry pocket clip, which helps to keep your knife secure and snug inside of your pocket all day. It is also a reversible pocket clip, helping to make this knife an ambidextrous friendly knife. Although you can switch up which side you carry this knife on, you can only carry it tip up.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual opening knife that sports a flipper mechanism. This knife also features Kershaw’s KVT manual opening system and a frame lock. The flipper is a triangular protrusion that comes out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. When you push down on this protrusion, it puts enough pressure on the blade and it flips the blade out of the handle. The frame lock is a portion of the handle that moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature on the knife, because you won’t have to worry about the knife collapsing in the middle of using it. This is truly a manual opening knife, and does not use any mechanical assist, even the Speed Safe mechanism. Kershaw says that this knife “opens the classic, old school way.”

The Kershaw KVT Ball Bearing opening system is on manual knives to make the deployment feel as easy as if it were assisted. The KVT system helps you to open your knife quickly, efficiently, and even with only one hand. Because of this, this is a truly ambidextrous friendly knife. When Kershaw explains this mechanism, they say, “While Speed Safe assisted opening uses a torsion bar to help move the knife blade out of the handle, KVT relies on a ring of ‘caged’ ball bearings that surround the knife’s pivot. 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.”

The Deadline also features a tuned detent system. This is a feature that comes with the KVT Ball Bearing system. The feature helps hold the blade safely in the handle when the knife is closed. When you open 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 KVT ball bearings. With just a little extra pressure on the flipper overcomes the detent and the knife will open with ease.

 

The Specs:

This blade on this knife is 3.8 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 7.6 inches long with a closed length of 4.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.3 ounces. Matt Diskin helped to design this knife.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw has been around since 1974 and has earned a fantastic reputation during the last few decades. They are dedicated to innovation, and have actually pioneered many of the current standards in the knife industry. They believe that everyone should be able to afford a high quality knife, so they set out to achieve that goal. They use high quality and appropriate materials for all of their knives. Kershaw carries anything from everyday carry knives to hunting knives and they even have a few special editions collectors’ knives. When you purchase a Kershaw knife, they know that you will be back for a second, then a third, and on and on.

Kershaw has recently released the Deadline, which is a high quality knife that will be the perfect addition to your knife collection. The steel they chose for the blade is inexpensive and will get the job done. They use a PVD coating to add strength and durability, bringing hardness to the blade and essentially making it scratch resistant. The modified Wharncliffe blade shape is useful in an office setting as well as when you need to use a knife in a cramped setting without worrying about piercing the victim. The unique handle adds a touch of character with its two toned finishes and unique etchings. This is a manual opening knife.