Kershaw Barstow Knife Review

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 that you are carrying the real thing. The real thing means value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for your hard earned buck. Even their inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, reliable. That’s why Kershaw 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 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 collector’s edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state of the art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw has a commitment to innovation and 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 us to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine. And they will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife using public.

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

They have 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.”

Today, we are going to be discussing the Kershaw Barstow which is model 3960 through Kershaw.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Kershaw Barstow is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This formula of steel is a Chinese series of steels. In the series of steel, 9Cr is the highest quality, with the 8Cr formula falling shortly behind. If you were going to compare this steel to another steel type, it would most closely match AUS 8 steel. However, 8Cr steel is the lesser steel between the two. 8Cr is a softer steel, so it is extremely easy to sharpen. It can be repeatedly sharpened without the quality of the steel wearing out. One of the major benefits about 8Cr steel is that it does keep its fine edge for long periods of time, so you can go longer between sharpening’s. While this steel is capable of taking on a wide variety of tasks, it still is an average steel, so keep that in mind while you have this blade take things on. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. You get plenty of bang for your buck with this steel.

The Barstow blade has a black-oxide BlackWash finish, which is a style of 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 the type of finish the blade has before it enters the tumbler. An “acid stonewashed” or “BlackWash” finish is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes stonewashing. The aid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. A very positive benefit of a stonewashed blade is that they are low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime; the stonewashed finish hides the scratches that can occur with use over time.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a spear point blade style. A spear point blade is similar to the needle point blade in that they are both good for piercing. However, its point is stronger and it contains a small belly that can be used for slicing.  A spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. In contrast to the needle point blade, which has a very sharp but weak point, a spear point knife has a strong point that is also sharp enough for piercing. The lowered point is easily controllable and is useful or fine tip work. Spear point blades contain a small belly which can be used for some cutting and slicing applications. However, the belly is relatively small when compared to drop point and clip point knives. This style of blade is the perfect choice for a knife lover who is looking for a good balance between piercing and slicing ability. It has the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, while also maintaining some of the belly that is used for slicing. This blade shape is considered a hybrid blade shape that has plenty of function.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of Glass Filled Nylon, or GFN. This is a nylon based plastic that is reinforced with Glass Fiber and injection molded of ruse in knife handles. GFN handles are one of the cheapest and toughest handle materials to produce in large scale production knives. Even though GFN is perceived as a cheaper material, which it is, it makes for a very tough knife handle material and can take some serious abuse. It is quite a bit more flexible than G10 and other Resin Laminates, so it does not have the rigidity associated with them, however it makes up for this in its impact toughness. And, as a guideline, the higher the glass content, the more rigid the nylon. Additionally, nearly any texture can be created on the surface of this handle because it is injection molded, which makes it an extremely versatile material to work with.

The GFN on the Barstow handle is black. In the center of the handle is a series of grooves in an arrow pattern and intense texturing to provide you with a secure grip in almost any situation. The handle is all angles, instead of the traditional curves, with a flared butt.

The liners in the handle of the Barstow are made out of stainless steel, that also have a non-reflective Blackwash to provide an equally stout liner lock to secure the blade open during use.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The handle has been pre-drilled with holes in the handle to enable the user to change either the tip positon or the side on which the knife carries.

Kershaw Barstow
Kershaw Barstow

The Mechanism:

The Barstow sports a SpeedSafe Assisted Opening mechanism. Kershaw Knives has long been known for innovation. They were the first to adopt the use of many of the advanced steels, high tech materials, and superior coatings that are now used industry wide. They were the first to introduce groundbreaking new technologies that have revolutionized the industry. One of these innovations is the SpeedSafe mechanism. Kershaw was the first to bring SpeedSafe assisted knives to market, launching a revolution in opening systems—and winning numerous industry awards along the way. This 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.

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 position. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to the flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. The blade opens smoothly and locks into 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, fisherman, and those who require the one hand opening function on the job site.

SpeedSafe is a very safe mechanism. When the user overcomes the resistance of the torsion bar, SpeedSafe assists in opening the knife. Once opened, a locking system secures the blade in positon so that it does not close accidentally. When releasing the lock, the blade won’t snap shut due to resistance provided by the torsion bar. Since the torsion bar provides a bias towards the closed positon, it will normally hold the blade securely closed.

The Barstow also sports the flipper mechanism. This 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 blade.

This knife also features a liner lock. This mechanism characteristic component is a side spring bar that is located on the same side as sharp edge of the blade, “lining” the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring bar is held under tension. When 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 place to use your thumb to push the spring “down” so that it clears contact form the butt of the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Barstow is 3 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 7 inches long with a closed positon of 4 inches. This knife weighs in at 3.4 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw describes this knife, “The Barstow is a little wicked and a lot of value. It’s a folding dagger and everything about this slim, sleek blade is simple, direct, and ready. The straight spear-point blade, sharpened on a single side, is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with Kershaw’s BlackWash coating for a non-reflective, “already-broken-in” look. The coating not only helps protect the blade, but also hides use scratches. The handle has glass-filled nylon scales with heavy arrow-patterned texturing to enhance grip. A stout steel liner, also with non-reflective BlackWash, provides an equally stout liner lock to secure the blade open during use. Even better, the Barstow opens quickly and easily with SpeedSafe assisted opening and the built-in flipper. All the hardware is black—with the notable exception of the Barstow’s tube spacers, which are anodized in blue for a touch of subtle color and eye-catching interest. For convenient and discreet carry, the deep-carry pocket clip enables the knife to ride low in the pocket and is left/right reversible.” This will change the way that you view everyday carry knives.

 

 

Kershaw Bareknuckle Knife Review

Kershaw knows that there is nothing like a Kershaw. From the award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know you’re carrying the real thing. So what does the real thing mean? It means that your knife is going to be full of value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you are going to get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even their inexpensive models are impressive. Everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, reliable.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocket knife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always 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 provides a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw has a 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 users the best of both worlds by enabling us to use steel know for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine.” Kershaw promises to keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.

Kershaw is a brand of Kai USA Ltd, a member of the Kai Group. For over 100 years, Kia 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.

Today we will be discussing one of Kershaw’s newest knives, their Bareknuckle.

Kershaw Bareknuckle Knife
Kershaw Bareknuckle Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 14C28N steel. This steel allows for the highest attainable hardness without destroying the micro-structure integrity. This steel is often found on high end knives as well as custom knives. This steel allows for easy re-sharpening, although the steel has such high edge retention that you won’t have to sharpen this knife too often. The steel is also near resistant to micro chipping, rolling, or folding on the edge. This steel can be hardened to a 55-62 HRC and is extremely corrosion resistant, which does cut down on maintenance time.

The blade has been stonewash finished. 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. A very large benefit to the stonewashed blade is that it is going to be low maintenance while also preserving the original look overtime, because it can hide the scratches and smudges that are going to occur with time and use.

The blade is a modified drop point. The drop point blade is going to give this knife the strength and versatility that you crave out of a knife. The point on a drop point is lowered so that you have more control over you cuts and slices, allowing you to perform some fine detail work. The tip is also very broad, which is where the bulk of the strength comes from. The drop point blade style also features a very large belly which is ideal for slicing. The large belly makes this blade versatile and easy to use even for an everyday carry knife. The only drawback to the drop point blade shape is that because the tip is border, you do lose out on the bulk of your piercing capacities.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of 6061-T6 anodized aluminum. Aluminum is a very low-density metal that is often used in knife making. This material is very corrosion resistant as well, which cuts down on maintenance time considerably, because you don’t have to worry about rusting and corrosion. Most knives use a type of aluminum alloy called 6061-T6, which means the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. 6061-T6 Aluminum has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys. This type of aluminum alloy is often used in aircraft, so it is sometimes referred to as aircraft aluminum. This is often a selling point on knives with this handle material, but be aware that it is more of a gimmick than actual advantages. Aluminum alloy is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium and is lighter, weaker, and less resistant to wear. For the most part, Aluminum is an inferior metal to Titanium aside from its lightness. However, when producing complex knives, such as the Kershaw Bareknuckle, aluminum is much cheaper to produce and the material costs less, which keeps the cost down considerably on this knife. Overall, aluminum is going to be strong, light, durable, and resistant to corrosion. However, it is also going to be colder to hold use to the high conductive abilities.

The handle on this knife has been anodized to a dark grey. Anodizing is a method of increasing the corrosion resistance of a metal part by forming a layer of oxide on its surface. The part that is being treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear, while also giving the handle a sleek look. And because it actually changes the metal, instead of being painted onto the metal, the anodized color is not going to scratch off easily at all, like a coated finish would. While aluminum is normally very susceptible to scratches and dings, the anodized layer helps to decrease the likelihood of scratches occurring.

The handle has a deep finger groove that makes this knife comfortable to hold while also providing a more secure grip. There is a finger guard, but there is also a flipper that extends off the finger guard when the knife is opened and gives you a safer handle. After the finger groove, the belly of the blade has a slight curve until it meets the butt of the knife. The spine of the handle has an inward curve until about halfway up the handle, where it angles sharply towards the butt of the knife. The butt of the knife is triangular. Across the face of the handle are etchings and ridges to add enough texture that this knife is not going to slip out of your hand while you are using it.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The handle has only been drilled to attach the pocket clip tip up. However, it has been pre-drilled for reversible attachment on either the right or left side of the blade. This helps to make the knife more ambidextrous and allows you to attach the knife for the most comfortable attachment. This is not a deep carry clip, but it is arrow shaped, with the butt of the clip lifting up a little bit, to better clip onto your pocket. This allows for a more secure hold, so you don’t have to worry about it falling out. The clip is kept in place by two small screws, that match the rest of the hardware on the blade.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife features the KVT ball-bearing opening system, a flipper, and a sub frame lock.

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.

In knives with the KVT ball-bearing system, you will also notice that the knife has additional “detent.” This is a design feature that helps hold the blade safely in the handle when the knife is closed. When opening the knife, you may notice a little ‘stickiness’ just as you pull back on the flipper and before the blade rolls out of the handle on the KVT ball bearings. Just a little extra pressure on the flipper overcomes the detent and the knife opens with ease.

The flipper is a triangular piece of the blade that extends out of the handle when the knife is closed. The flipper helps the user have fast and easy one-handed opening while also being ambidextrous in design. To open this knife, 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.)

The Kershaw Sub-Frame Lock is a variation on the traditional frame lock. In this case, a piece of the lighter weight frame, usually G10, glass-filled nylon, or aluminum, is machined out and a piece of steel is riveted into its place. This piece of steel acts just like a standard frame lock. It’s angled inward and biased toward the locked position. When the blade is open, it moves into position behind the blade tang, blocking it open. As with other frame locks, the user moves it to the side and out of the way in order to close the knife. The Sub-Frame Lock is Kershaw patented technology and enables us to make a knife with a slimmer profile, while still providing the strength and security of a frame lock. The Kershaw Sub-Frame Lock is covered under US Patent 9,120,234.

 

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.7 inches long. The overall length of this Kershaw knife measures in at 8.2 inches long. Weighing in at 3.4 ounces, this is an extremely lightweight blade—perfect for your everyday tasks. This knife is made in the United States of America, which means that the knife was made in their Tualatin, Oregon manufacturing facility by skilled Kershaw knife makers.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is talking about this knife, they say, “If you already like the Kershaw Natrix, but would like it even more if it were built in the USA, your wish is granted. Like the other knives inspired by the original Zero Tolerance 0777, the new Bareknuckle, model 7777, is based on the style of our original award-winning design, but this one offers a slimmed down profile and upgraded materials. The blade is Sandvik 14C28N, a blade steel that was originally created through a Kershaw-Sandvik partnership to produce this high-performance steel. Increased nitrogen in the formula enables 14C28N to provide excellent corrosion resistance and the ability to be hardened to 58-60 Rockwell. Sandvik calls 14C28N the overall highest performing knife steel in the world that still maintains the productivity benefit of being fine-blankable. The Bareknuckle comes with handsome, anodized-aluminum handles in matte gray. And like our popular Knockout, the Bareknuckle features Kershaw’s patented Sub-Frame Lock to lighten in-pocket weight and to ensure safe blade lock up while in use. The blade opens manually with Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing system and a flipper. For an additional touch of style, the blade rotates out of the handle on an oversized pivot. We complete the Bareknuckle with a reversible, deep-carry pocket clip for convenient carry on the left or right.” You can pick up this brand new knife today at BladeOps.

 

Kershaw Barge Multi-Tool Knife Review

There really is nothing like a Kershaw. From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know you’re carrying the real thing. Kershaw says, “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, reliable. 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.”

They were founded in 1974 with the 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.

They also have a commitment to innovation. They say, “Kershaw pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. Our SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. We introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in our Blade Traders. Recently, our Composite Blade technology, which combines 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.

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 Barge, which is a multi-tool.

 

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 enthusiast 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. 8Cr13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and, Kershaw believes, offers their customers an excellent value. The steel has been hardened to a 57-59 HRC level.

The blade on this knife is stonewashed, which is created when the steel is placed in an abrasive material (usually pebbles) and tossed around. Once this step is completed, the steel is removed, smoothed out, and polished. This finish creates a very well-worn look to the blade, which also comes off as rugged. This finish works to easily hide the scratches on the blade as well as smudges, which means that it is a low maintenance finish. The stonewashed finish also works to prolong the original look of the knife overtime.

The blade has been carved into a modified Wharncliffe blade shape with a fairly straight edge. This is a perfect shape for a general utility knife. The back of the knife has jimping in two sections so that you can have a solid grip when you are trying to use this knife. The back angels sharply down towards the tip before stopping about a quarter of the ways away from the tip. At this point, it drops steeply down to meet the tip. The belly is not much of a bely at all, but rather a straight, flat line that curves up slightly at the end when it is about to meet the tip. This belly is miniscule when being compared to a drop point or a clip point, but will allow you to get the basics done when it comes to slicing. True to the Wharncliffe style, this blade has more of a false tip, which prevents accidental stabbings or injuries.

 

Kershaw Barge Multi-Tool Knife
Kershaw Barge Multi-Tool Knife

The Handle:

The handle has two different handle scales. The front one is made out of GFN and the back one is made out of stonewashed steel.

GFN is a thermoplastic material that is very strong, resistant to bending and abrasion, and is almost impossible to break. Plus, this is a cheap material. It is such a durable material because the fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout it, which means that it is going to be strong in all directions instead of just a single direction like G-10 or Carbon Fiber is. However, many knife lovers did not warm up to this material because they felt like it was hollow and felt cheap. It also offers less grip than G-10 does. 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. These characteristics lead well to high volume manufacturing, which is where the low price comes in.

The other handle scale is made out of steel which is incredibly durable as well as being very resistant to corrosion. Unfortunately, steel is not a lightweight material. This will add a little bit of heft to the knife, but because it is paired with GFN, it won’t weigh the knife down as much as a fully steel knife handle would. The overall benefits to a stainless steel handle is that it is strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion. The overall cons to a steel handle is that it is going to be heavy and it can be slippery. But because you have the other GFN handle scale, it shouldn’t be too heavy.

The handle on this knife is pretty simple. There are some angles in the front handle scale that offer good texture so that you can use this knife for a general utility knife. The spine of the handle curves slowly towards the butt. The belly of the handle is relatively straight. But does angle towards the blade on the knife, creating a thick finger guard. The butt of the knife (where the pry bar is) is also steel that has been stonewashed.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is not a deep carry clip, which is a drawback of this knife. That being said, it is reversible for either left or right handed carry, which helps to make this knife more ambidextrous. It can only be attached for tip down carry. Most people do prefer tip down carry because there is no danger of it accidentally opening in your pocket and then you reaching into your pocket and slicing yourself.

The pocket clip is black, which contrasts against the stonewashed handle scale. However, it does match the front handle scale as well as the hardware. The clip is tapered and is slightly skeletonized.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual knife, which means that there is no true mechanism such as SpeedSafe to open it. You are going to open this knife the old school way. That being said, it has been equipped with a thumb stud as well as a frame lock mechanism.

The thumb stud is one of the most common one-hand-opening features and is used by almost all knife manufacturers. The thumb stud essentially replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. You hold the folded knife, place the tip of your thumb on the stud, and extend your thumb to swing the blade through its arc until the blade is fully open.

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 2.6 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.7 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened measures in at 7.3 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.4 ounces.

The multi-function of this tool is that it has a pry bar on the butt of the knife. This means that you don’t have to do what most people are guilty of doing and using the blade of your knife as a pry. All you have to do is flip the knife over and there you go—a pry bar tool ready to go.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is talking about this knife, they say, “You know you do it. And you know you shouldn’t. You should never use the blade of your knife—especially the blade of your folding knife—as a pry bar.

However, if you’re pry-prone anyway, we now have the right knife for you. The Barge features an integral pry bar that extends from the back spacer of the knife.  Now there’s no need to even think about wrenching on something with your blade. Finally, you’ve got the right tool for the job—an actual pry bar built into the back of the knife.

That said, the Barge’s other end is pretty handy, too. The shorter blade is a modified Wharncliffe with a fairly straight edge, which is a great shape for a general utility knife. That edge is extra handy for when you might need to bear down on something you’re cutting. The stonewashed finish hides scratches easily.

The handle has a textured glass-filled nylon front scale for grip and a stonewashed steel back with sturdy frame lock. The pocket clip is designed for tip-down carry and is left/right reversible. Next time you need to pry; you know what to do. Grab the Barge.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

 

Kershaw Outright Knife Review

Kershaw Outright
Kershaw Outright

Kershaw knows that there is nothing like a Kershaw. From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know 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, 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.

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 pocket knife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw has a 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.” They promise 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 r100 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, 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.”

Today we will be discussing their brand new knife, the Kershaw Outright.

 

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. 8CR13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and, we believe, offers our customers an excellent value.

The blade has been coated with a blue PVD coating. A PVD coating is a physical vapor deposition. Specialized materials are vaporized via a vacuum process. Then the vaporized material is deposited as a thin layer on selected objects. In our case, it enables us to finish our blades and/or handles with a thin coating that adds color and offers excellent wear and corrosion resistance.

The outright blade has been carved into a trailing point blade. This is a lightweight blade shape that has a spine that curves upward, instead of the typical downward slope. This blade shape got its name because the point trials higher than the middle axis of the spine of the knife. Some of the benefits to a trialing point blade shape is that they provide a large belly. They also give the user the sharpest point for detail and precision work. However, it does have a weak point that may be easy to bend or break if use don tougher materials. This trialing point is much thicker than your typical trailing point, so it is not going to be as fragile. However, you will want to still be careful with it.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made with a G10 front and a blue PVD back. G10 is similar to carbon fiber in that it is tough, hard, lightweight, and strong. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in a resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. This is a tough, light, and durable material. But some people complain that it is brittle and it can lack elegance. The black G10 contrasts nicely against the electric blue color. IT also gives the user the needed grip that they wouldn’t get if it was an all steel handle.

The stainless steel portions of the handle are going to give this knife plenty of durability and corrosion resistance. The stainless steel portions are also coated with a blue PVD coating, which extends the life of the handle as well. Because of the high quality coating, the user is not going to have to worry too much about maintenance, other than making sure that the blade is dry before you put it away. The stainless steel portion of this handle make the knife much stronger.

For more security and grip abilities, there are rows of jimping scattered across the handle. There is a long row that extends form the back of the blade onto the spine of the handle that will allow you to have more control when you are cutting. Then, on the spine of the handle near the butt, there is another row of thicker jimping that will help give you a solid grip. Lastly, near the finger guard, there is a row of jimping that will also help to guarantee that your fingers don’t slip and get sliced.

The handle is more angles that curves. The spine of the knife goes about 1/3 of the way slanting upwards, before reaching a point and slanting downwards towards the butt. The butt is flat. The belly of the handle is mostly flat, but there is a slight curve where your fingers can rest more comfortably.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a single positon pocket clip, which means that the pocket clip is in a fixed positon on the knife handle. On the Outright, it is attached for left hand carry and tip down positon. The clip is a deep carry pocket clip, which does help to keep the knife a little bit more secure in your pocket. This means that you can move about freely throughout your day and not have to worry about your knife sliding out.  It also means that this knife is going to be a little bit more concealed in your pocket, so if you don’t want everyone knowing that you have a knife, they don’t need to know. The clip is skinny and coated with the same PVD coating that the blade and handle have been. Two blue screws hold the clip in place that match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife which is a type of folding knife which uses an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it using a flipper or thumb stud attached to the blade. Because it is not a fully automatic knife, you do not have to worry about the strict laws surrounding it. But, you still get a knife that opens quickly and efficiently.

This knife has been 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. On this knife, it is triangular to match the finger guard that is already there. When the knife is opened, the flipper acts as an extra-long finger guard to add an element of safety to this knife. The flipper is ambidextrous by design and doesn’t extend out of the blade and get in the way. This is also a simple feature to use. One of the last benefits to a flipper instead of a thumb stud is that the flipper keeps your fingers out of the blades path during the opening and closing of the knife.

This knife also has 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. Originally designed by Hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion, Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives flew off the shelves. Today, almost all knife companies offer some sort of assisted opening knife, but none matches the popularity or proven durability of the original. The heart of SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. Closed, the torsion bar helps prevent the knife from being opened by “gravity;” it creates a bias toward the closed position. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to the flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. The blade opens smoothly and locks into 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.

Lastly, the Kershaw Outright has been equipped with a frame locking mechanism. 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 inches long with a closed length of 4.4 inches long. The overall length of this knife measures in at 7.1 inches long and weighs in at 4 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is talking bout this knife, they say, “Kershaw decided to go blue sky on this one. Literally. The durable and scratch-resistant PVD coating on the Outright is bright blue—and the color is definitely the first thing that you will notice about this attractive pocketknife.

But there’s a lot more to the Outright. Its upswept blade makes it an excellent slicer, while the 8Cr13MoV blade steel ensures good edge retention, strength, and hardness. The Outrights handle is matching blue PVD-coated steel with a sturdy frame lock. For additional style and enhanced grip, the handle has an overlay of black G10.

This medium-sized knife opens with SpeedSafe assisted opening with flipper or thumb stud. Hardware (except handle standoffs) and the single-position pocket clip are PVD coated in blue to maintain the knife’s colorful aesthetic. The Outright comes in at an outright affordable price, too.”

You can pick up this new knife today at BladeOps.

 

Kershaw 6031 Brown Emerson CQc-11K Folder Knife Review

Kershaw 6031 Brown Emerson CQc-11K Folder Knife
Kershaw 6031 Brown Emerson CQc-11K Folder Knife

There really is nothing like a Kershaw. From the award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you choose to carry a Kershaw, you know that you chose to carry the real thing. So what is the real thing? The real thing means value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for the money that you work hard for. Even their inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. That’s why Kershaw chooses to back each of their knives for the life of its original owner against nay defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. I think sometimes when people hear that, they think, “Well, yeah, because no one owns a knife for a lifetime.” But that’s not true. People do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime all the time. That’s how quality they are.

If you are searching for an everyday carry knife, you know that you can look directly to Kershaw. But not only that, you can look to them for sporting knives, hunting knives, fishing knives, watersports, and even just an outdoors knife. When you look to a Kershaw, you are looking to a knife that won’t let you down—whether that is an EDC knife, an adventure knife, a work knife, or even a tactical knife.

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 their extremely tight tolerances and state of the art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

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

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

In traditional confident Kershaw manner, they say, “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 factories. For design, innovation, quality, and genuine pride of ownership, Kershaw is the one.”

Today, we will be going over the Kershaw Brown Emerson CQC-11K folder knife with a stonewashed blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel. This steel is a Chinese produced steel that has recently started showing up in many knives. In the series of steel, 9Cr steel is the top end of the series and is considered better than AUS-8. Type 8Cr, which is the more common formulation, is worse than AUS-8, a little more corrosion-prone, and not quite as hard. This steel is very cheap though, which is one of the best attributes of it. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel, and at its low cost it does demonstrate very worthy characteristics of cutting. With a suitable heat treatment of steel, the products made of this steel do retain their edge sharpness for a long time. This steel is hardened to 56-59 HRC. Knives that have been made out of this steel do keep sharpening well and at the same time they are very easy to sharpen. This steel is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties.

This hunting and survival knife has been finished with a stonewash finish. The stonewash finish gives you a rugged look, which is perfect for what this knife can do and what it represents. This finish is manly and tough. The stonewash finish is created by rolling the steel around with pebbles and then smoothed and polished. This finish hides scratches, smudges, and fingerprints very well, which preserves the look of the knife. This is a low maintenance blade finish because of how it looks textured and how it does hide those flaws in the steel that are earned through use.

The blade has been carved into an upswept clip point style blade. The clip point, along with a drop point style blade, are the two most popular blade shapes that are in use today. The clip point blade shape is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight from the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. At this point, because it is an upset clip point, it turns up and continues to the point of the knife. One of the reasons that this upswept blade shape is going to make such a good hunting and survival knife, when a normal clip point blade wouldn’t, is because the tip is broad, like a drop point blade. This tip is still sharp and will easily be able to stab, but is not thin, so it won’t be as prone to snapping off. And, because this is an upswept blade instead of the usual lowered point, the belly on this blade is massive. It is this belly that is going to help you excel at your slices. And you need a tool that is going to excel at slicing when you are out in the field, dressing your game. And because the tip is still sharp enough to stab, but not so thin as to being prone to snapping, you are going to be able to use this blade for some of the tougher survival tasks. This broad blade is going to be your new favorite hunting buddy, because it will not fail you when you need it most.

 

The Handle:

The handle has been made out of two different handle scales. The front handle scale is made out of G-10, and the back handle scale is made out of stainless steel.

G-10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite that has been made out of fiberglass. This material does have similar characteristics to carbon fiber, except that because it is slightly inferior it can be made for a lot cheaper. And although it is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, it still has to be cut and machined into shape which is not as economical as the injection molding process that is used when making FRN handles—which is definitely cheaper. To make G-10, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then the layers are compressed and baked under pressure. The material that comes out of this process is very tough, hard, strong, but still lightweight. This material is actually so tough that it is considered the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and it is even stronger than Micarta, although because it is stronger, it is also more brittle.  One of the benefits about G-10 is that checkering and other patterns add at texture to the handle, which makes for a solid, comfortable grip. Tactical folders and survival knives alike benefit from the qualities of G-10 because it is so durable and lightweight, yet still very non-porous. Because it is non-porous, it makes for a phenomenal hunting knife handle, because you do not want the handle to be soaking in all of the blood and guts. A small checkering pattern has bene added to this entire handle blade, which helps you keep your grip, even when you are in the messiest of situations.

The back handle scale has been made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel does help provide excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not lightweight. Because this Kershaw knife only has one of the handle scales made out of stainless steel, it will add enough weight to your knife that you feel like you have the proper amount of heftiness behind it, but it still won’t weigh you down too much. You won’t have to feel like you are lugging it around. This back handle scale has also been stonewashed to match the blade.

To help with control, there is jimping on the spine of the handle, near the butt of the handle, and even in the deep finger groove. All of these sections of jimping will significantly boost your control on this knife no matter what situation you are using it in.

On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved into it. This lanyard hole lets you keep this knife close by, without the knife getting in the way.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip has been designed only for tip up carry, but it is a reversible pocket clip, meaning that you can carry it for lefties or righties. The pocket clip is black, and held in place by three black screws, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that can be opened by the double-sided thumb disk or the Emerson Wave opening feature. The thumb disk allows you to open this knife simply, and with a manual opening. This knife was designed by Emerson, but produced by Kershaw, which is why it sports the wave shaped opening feature. With this feature, you can actually open the knife while it is being withdrawn from the pocket. You hook the hook over your pocket and pull up, which simultaneously draws your knife out of the pocket and flips the blade open before locking it into place.

This knife does sport a frame lock, which is where a portion of the handle (the knife frame) moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this rugged knife measures in at 3.5 inches long. The handle on this knife measures in at 5 inches long, with the overall length of the knife being 8.5 inches long when it is opened. This knife does weigh in at 5.8 ounces, which is slightly heavier than you are probably used to, but it is also more durable and strong than your typical knife.

 

Conclusion:

The Kershaw and Emerson family introduces 2 new models this year–this one based upon the Emerson Rendezvous that was originally designed as a hunting knife but is also capable of survival, camping and bush crafting activities. Each frame lock designed model features a belly-heavy blade style that is ideal for skinning and slicing and can be opened with the double-sided thumb disk or the Emerson Wave opening feature. This patented mechanism allows you to fully open the blade by catching the “hook” on a pocket as you draw the knife out. This model, the CQC-11K, features a brown G-10 front handle scale, a stainless steel back handle scale, an upswept clip point style blade in a stonewash finish and the pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. Pick up this hunting knife today at BladeOps.

Kershaw Atmos Knife Review

Kershaw’s fans know that there is nothing like a Kershaw. From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know you’re carrying the real thing. So what is the real thing? Well it means that you get value and plenty of it. With any Kershaw knife, you get a high ROI. Even their more inexpensive models are quality and last a lifetime.

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 a commitment to innovation. They have pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are the standard in today’s industry. Their SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. They introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades I n their Blade Traders. And most recently, they introduced a Composite Blade technology, which uses two types of steel in one blade. Kershaw says, “And we will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife using public.”

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

Today we will be talking about one of Kershaw’s newest knives, the Atmos.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife has been made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This steel comes from a series of Chinese steel that is more and more common in budget knives. This type, 8Cr is the most common formula out of the series. It is worse than AUS-8 steel, because it is a little more prone to corrosion and not quite as hard. Although it does tend to be well balanced in regards to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. It is a softer steel, with a hardness level of 56-59 HRC. Surprisingly, it does keep its edge for longer periods of time. And when you do need to sharpen it, it is easy to sharpen and get a fine edge on it. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is, keeping the overall cost of the knife down considerably.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish, which is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive. The abrasive that is used is most commonly a very fine sandpaper. The stain finish is done to show off the bevels of the blade while also showcasing the fine lines of the steel. This is a very traditional blade finish, which gives the knife a very classic look.

This blade is a modified drop point blade. The modified drop point gives the same strength and versatility that a typical drop point would. The difference between this drop point and your regular drop point is that this one has a different spine. Instead of one long curve from the handle to the point, it angles a little more sharply and then drops right as it is about to reach the point, giving it the typical dropped point. This lowered tip is where you are going to get the control over your cuts. And because it is a broad tip, the blade will still provide you with plenty of strength to take on most of your tasks without worrying about the knife breaking. The Atmos makes such a versatile knife because of the large belly that the blade has. The belly is the cutting edge; the larger the belly, the easier it is to slice. With this new Kershaw knife, you know that you are going to slice with ease. There is one disadvantage to the blade shape though, which is the broad tip. Because of the broadness, you do lose out on plenty of your piercing and stabbing capabilities. You do need to keep in mind that it is this broad tip that gives you the characteristic strength. You just have to decide which you would rather have.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of G10 with a carbon fiber overlay. G10 is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. This material has similar properties to carbon fiber, but it is slightly inferior and can be made for a much smaller cost. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. This creates a tough, hard, lightweight, and strong material. Out of all the fiberglass resin laminates, G-10 is thought to be the strongest, although it can be brittle. This is a quality handle material because it does not absorb liquids, it is very durable, and it is lightweight. This means that maintenance I slow and you don’t have to worry about what you are up against. The last drawback to this handle material is that it does lack elegance.

Carbon fiber is a generic term referring to strands of carbon that have been tightly woven before being set in a resin. This material is crazy strong and extremely lightweight. However, it does tend to be pretty expensive. While this material is so strong, it does start to break apart when it is stressed in directions other than the single direction that the carbon fibers are facing.

The handle is black and just like the blade, it has more angles than curves. The spine of the knife is angled straight until about midway, where it angles steeply towards the butt. This portion of the handle features thick jimping to give you more control when you are using this knife. The belly of the handle has one extremely shallow and elongated finger groove that extends to about the midway point as well. At this point, it evens out and goes directly towards the butt. Because this knife uses a flipper, you do end up with a pretty significant finger guard.

The G-10 has been slightly textured, but the carbon fiber overlay has been extremely textured, in a basket-like weave pattern. These two textures give you plenty of grip and control when you are cutting with this knife—almost no matter which environment you are using it in.

On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole, which comes in handy throughout your days. You can use a lanyard to more easily withdraw your knife form your pocket, to add a touch of style, or to keep it out of your way while still keeping it close.

 

The Pocket Clip:

Kershaw Atmos
Kershaw Atmos

The pocket clip is black, to blend in with the handle. It is a deep carry clip, which will keep it snug in your pocket while you go about your day. The deep carry clip also helps conceal your knife more efficiently, in case you don’t want people noticing that you have a knife with you. This is a reversible pocket clip, allowing you to choose between carrying it on your left or right side. This helps make the knife ambidextrous friendly. However, the handle has only been drilled for tip-up carry.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual knife that uses no mechanical assist. It has been equipped with a flipper, the KVT ball-bearing opening system and an inset liner lock. Because it is a manual knife, you won’t have to worry about the strict knife laws that surround automatic knives in many areas of the United States. Of course, always know your local knife laws before purchasing a knife, as you are responsible for happens.

The flipper is a small rectangular protrusion that extends form the back of the blade out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. The user pulls back on this, or flips it, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle where it can lock into place. The flipper is out of the way, because it doesn’t protrude directly form the blade, like a thumb stud would. The flipper also adds an element of safety by turning into a finger guard when the knife is opened. Lastly, the flipper keeps your fingers out of the path of the blade while opening and closing the knife.

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 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. In knives with the KVT ball-bearing system, such as this one, you will notice that the knife as additional “detent.” This is a designed feature that helps hold the blade safely in the handle when the knife is closed. With a little extra pressure on the flipper, you can overcome the detent and open the knife with ease.

The Inset Liner Lock is a Kershaw variant on the liner lock that enables them to provide the security of a locking liner in a knife that’s slimmer and lighter. Kershaw insets a sturdy steel plate on the inside of the knife’ handle, usually in handle made of G1- or glass-filled nylon. It’s a partial liner that is riveted into place in a custom-machined cutout on the interior of the handle. This means Kershaw doesn’t need a complete steel liner on both sides of the handle, which in turn means the knife won’t be as heavy or as thick as a fully liner knife. In setting the lock in this way enables them to make a knife with a slimmer profile that won’t weigh your pocket down, while still providing the strength and security of a locking liner.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Atmos measures in at 3 inches long, with a handle that measure sin at 4 inches. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 6.9 inches long. It weighs in at 1.9 ounces, which is extremely light weight.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw says, “The blade is a slim, modified drop point with top swedge, machining satin finished on the grind and satin sanded on the flats. The handle is lightweight G10 with a secure—and weight-reducing—inset liner lock. The handle has a layer of carbon fiber, yet. But it is unlike others you may have seen. To ensure your experience with the Atmos is cloud-smooth and blue-sky easy, Kershaw chamfered—smoothed and angled—the edges of the carbon fiber to make sure it feels comfortable when you hold it in your hand and that it glides into and out of your pocket smoothly and easily, too. Designed by Dmitry Sinkevich, the Atmos features Sinkevich’s characteristic clean and practical design—but enhanced with extra detailing. In addition to the chamfered carbon-fiber it has also a custom oversized pivot, a back spacer with wide lanyard attachment, and a reversible, deep-carry pocket clip. This manual knife opens quickly and easily with Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing opening system. Extra detailing like this gives the Atmos a refined style that easily bridges the gap from workday to night on the town.” You can pick up this brand new Kershaw knife today at BladeOps.

Kershaw Thermite Assist Knife Review

 

Kershaw Thermite Assist Knife
Kershaw Thermite Assist Knife

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

Kershaw knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form his own cutlery company based on his own designs. Early manufacturing was primarily done in Japan. In 1977, Kershaw became a wholly owned subsidiary of the KAI Group. In 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.

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

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

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

Kai USA Ltd and its Kershaw brand have a history of garnering industry awards. In May 2005, Kai USA Ltd. won four of the top awards at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the first time in the show’s history that one company won this number of awards in one year: 2005 Overall Knife of the Year, 2005 Most Innovative American Design, 2005 Kitchen Knife of the Year, and 2005 Knife Collaboration of the Year. 2009 brought a Kershaw win for the Speedform. In 2010 Kershaw won “American Made Knife of the Year” for the Tilt.

Kershaw knives have been featured in a few different entertainment scenarios. Steven Seagal and his Kershaw collaboration knife appear in the movie, Driven to Kill. Their knives have also made appearances in numerous other television shows and movies, including Lost and Supernatural.

Today we will be talking about the Kershaw Thermite Spring Assist knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Kershaw Thermite is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel that is made in China. This steel is often compared to the Japanese steel of AUS-8 steel in terms of composition. Knives made of this steel 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. This steel is a good steel overall, but you do get what you pay for, so you need to remember that it isn’t a super steel. The biggest advantage that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is.

This blade has been finished with a stonewash finish. To create the stonewashed finish, the blade is tumbled with small pebbles. This finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. One of the biggest advantages of this blade finish is that it preserves the look of the blade overtime and hides scratches and smudges, which keeps maintenance very low key. The stonewashed finish creates a darker, rugged, well-worn look.

Kershaw calls the blade shape on this knife a “spanto”, which is a tanto and spear point blade mixed together. This is mostly a tanto in terms of shape. The blade has a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back edge at an angle, instead of the usual curve. This means that the blade does not have a belly, and instead you get a stronger tip. But, it does sport the sharp point of the spear point. In terms of what the spear point ads, the Thermite has a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. The spear point part of this blade has a strong point that is still sharp enough for piercing. And the spear point portion allows you to complete some of the finer detail work that you wouldn’t have been able to with purely a tanto blade shape. The combination of both of these blade shapes mean that you will be able to easily pierce through tough materials without worrying if your blade can handle it.

This blade sports a plain edged blade. The plain edge will give you cleaner cuts than a serrated blade. The blade is able to take on a wider variety of tasks, while also being easier to sharpen. Because there are no teeth, you will also be able to get a finer and sharper edge on this blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife has two different handle scales. The front one is made out of black G-10 and the back one is made out of 410 steel.

G-10 is the common term for a grade of fiberglass composite laminate that is used in a number of knife handles. This material is very similar to carbon fiber when it comes to properties, but not in terms of how it is made. This handle material is completely immune to corrosion and rust. Unfortunately, this material is brittle and if subjected to hard or sharp impacts, it will crack.

The back handle is made out of 410 stainless steel. This material is not going to be as light as aluminum, but it does offer greater resistance to dents and scratching. This metal is also pretty resistant to corrosion as long as you are maintaining it after each use. This metal is also one of the heaviest of common handle materials. While it will add a lot of heft, because it is just one handle scale and not both, the knife won’t weigh too much.

Aside from the two different handle scales, this is a pretty typical handle. It has more angles than curves, but will still be comfortable to use because of the shallow finger groove. This knife for your fingers, because the flipper turns into a finger guard. There is thick jimping across the spine of the handle which helps with your grip on the knife and adds an element of control when you are slicing with this knife. The butt of the knife does have a lanyard hole carved into it.

 

The Pocket Clip:

This knife features a steel pocket clip that matches the back handle scale. This is a four position pocket clip, which means that the user may position the pocket clip for tip up or tip down, and left or right handed carry. This is a deep carry pocket clip which means that it is going to stay in your pocket more securely, even if you are doing a lot of active things.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife features a thumb stud as well as a flipper. It also sports a SpeedSafe Assisted Opening mechanism and a frame locking mechanism.

The flipper opening mechanism is there to help with fast and easy one-handed opening. It is ambidextrous my nature and works with the SpeedSafe opening mechanism. To open this Kershaw knife using the flipper, you hold the knife handle vertically in one hand. Place your index finger on top of the flipper and gently apply downward pressure on the flipper. SpeedSafe opens the knife quickly and easily, and the blade locks into place. You should remember to keep your fingers away from the blade edge while closing.

The thumb stud is one of the more common one-handed opening feature and essentially replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. You would open the knife the same way as if you were using the flipper.

Kershaw was the first to bring SpeedSafe assisted opening knives to market, launching a revolution in opening system and winning numerous industry awards along the way. This opening mechanism was originally designed by Hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion. 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. The heart of SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. When the knife is closed, the torsion bar helps prevent the knife from being opened by “gravity;” it creates a bias toward the closed position. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure on 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. One of the biggest benefits of the SpeedSafe is how safe it is. When the user overcomes the resistance of the torsion bar, SpeedSafe assists in opening the knife. Once opened, a locking system secures the blade in position so that it does not close accidentally. When releasing the lock, the blade won’t snap shut due to resistance provided by the torsion bar. Since the torsion bar provides a bias towards the closed position, it will normally hold the blade securely closed.

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

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4 7/8 inches long. When the Thermite is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 8 3/8 inches long. This Kershaw knife weighs in at 4.9 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is describing this knife, they say, “A thermite is a mixture that, when ignited, produces a huge amount of heat. And we think you’ll agree, the new Thermite is hot.
With tactical styling and practical performance, the Thermite, designed by Rick Hinderer, has a great look and great features. The Thermite offers Rick’s no-nonsense functionality, but with enough style that co-workers will look on with a satisfying touch of envy when you take the Thermite out of your pocket.
The 3.5-in. stonewashed blade is hollow-ground for excellent slicing capabilities with a flat-ground “spanto” tip for strong piercing. A machined G-10 front scale and a heavily textured back spacer add to the Thermite’s good looks. On the practical side, the back handle is stainless steel with a frame lock and lock bar stabilizer.
For easy opening, the Thermite is SpeedSafe-equipped and can be accessed with the ambidextrous flipper or thumb stud. It comes equipped with Kershaw’s four-position deep-r pocket clip.” Pick up this perfect everyday carry knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

Kershaw Vedder Knife Review

In 1974, Kershaw, a sub brand of Kai USA Ltd., was founded along with their founding mission. They wanted to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. They knew that this meant that each and every one of their knives must be of the highest quality. So 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 sate of the art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

 

Kershaw also has a strong commitment to innovation. From award winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, everything they make and design is innovative and effective. Kershaw has even been the company that has pioneered many of the technologies and advanced materials that are the standard in today’s knife industry. For some examples, Kershaw introduced the first assisted opening knives to the knife market, they called it the Speed Safe assisted opening mechanism. They also introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their knives that they call their Blade Traders. And one of their more recent technologies that they have introduced is their Composite Blade technology. This technology works to combine two different types of steels into one blade, which effectively gives the user the best of both worlds. For example, the user can enjoy a blade that has extreme edge retention because of the steel chosen for that edge, while also having a very strong spine on their knife, because the steel on the spine is different than the steel on the edge.

 

You know that when you are carrying a Kershaw, you are carrying the real thing. And what does that mean? It means that your knife has value and plenty of it. You get incredible bang for your buck, because even their inexpensive models are impressive. You know that any of their models are going to be reliable. And one of their newest releases is the Vedder.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Vedder is made out of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. This is a Chinese steel that comes from the Cr series. The best out of the series is the 9Cr steel, but the 8Cr steel falls closely behind. This steel is most commonly compared to AUS 8 steel, however, AUS 8 is actually the better steel out of the two. 8Cr is a little bit softer, a little more prone to rusting or corroding, and a little less durable. However, 8Cr steel does hold an edge for a while and you can get a crazy fine edge on it. And, because it is a softer steel, when you do need to sharpen it, sharpening will be a breeze. This steel can also resist rust and corrosion well, with the proper maintenance. The biggest advantage that 8Cr steel boasts is the inexpensive price tag. This is a steel that is able to get the job done without adding a hefty cost to the overall price of the knife. On the flip side, you do get what you pay for when it comes to blade steels, so this will be an average steel that can get the job done. However, this type of steel does not excel at anything.

 

The steel has a titanium carbo-nitride coating. This coating was developed from Titanium Nitride and is a thin film coating. This coating is also known as TiCN. This coating helps to increase the hardness on the blade considerably, which helps limit the wear and tear that this blade will accumulate. This is one of the harder coatings that is going to last longer than some of the other coatings on the market. The color of this TiCN is a dark, matte gray. Because it is such a dark color and is matte, it does completely reduce glares and reflections on your blade.

 

This blade has been carved into a modified drop point blade shape. This is one of the most popular blade shapes on the market and for good reason. This blade shape is strong, durable, can take a beating, and is extremely versatile. The shape is created because the back, or the unsharpened, edge of the lade slowly curves until it meets the sharpened edge of the blade. This creates a lowered point, or a dropped point, which is where this blade shape got its name. The lowered point has plenty of benefits, one is that it gives the user much more control over their cuts and slices. This is the reason that it is so popular among hunters; they don’t have to worry about piercing any of the organs or damaging the meat of their game. Another one of the benefits that comes with a dropped point is that it creates a much broader point than you would commonly find on a blade. This gives the blade extra strength behind the tip, which means that you will be able to take on most tasks without having to worry about your blade snapping or breaking. However, the broader tip is also one of the only drawbacks to this blade shape. Because it is so broad, it drastically cuts down on any stabbing capabilities that you would have had. Many people consider this more of an advantage, because the benefits certainly outweigh the cons, however, in certain situations, it can be a major drawback. One of the other reasons that this blade shape is so popular and so versatile is because of the large belly that it sports. The belly is large and provides you with plenty of length for slicing. And since slicing is one of the most common things that you will have to do with your everyday tasks, this is a huge characteristic that you should be searching for. Drop points are one of the few blade shapes that prepare you for all of your daily tasks while also preparing you for the unexpected tasks that you might happen across.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is what really sets the Vedder apart aesthetically. It is made out of a stainless steel but also sports a 3D machined G10 overlay. The stainless steel is a great material to have on your knife handle because of how durable it is. It sports plenty of strength and has the weight behind it to get the harder tasks done. Plus, a stainless steel handle is extremely resistant to rusting or corroding. There are two major drawbacks to having a stainless steel knife handle. The first one is that it is a very heavy material. It has enough weight that you’re going to notice it when it is in your pocket. I wouldn’t say that it is going to weigh you down, but it does have a very hefty feel to it. The second major drawback to having a stainless steel handle is that it can be extremely slippery.

Kershaw decided to coat the stainless steel handle in the same coating as the knife’s blade. The titanium carbo-nitride coating helps add hardness to the stainless steel, giving you an extremely durable handle.

 

While there isn’t much that Kershaw could do about the weight that stainless steel has, they could do something about how slippery it is. And they did. They decided to overlay the stainless steel with 3D machined G10. G10 is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. This material is very similar to carbon fiber, but it can be made at a fraction of the cost, so it does help to keep the overall cost of the knife down. To build or manufacturer G10, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The resulting material is tough, hard, lightweight, and strong. In fact, G10 is the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates. To add texture to the G10, Kershaw carved out dimples to provide you with a very comfortable and secure grip. You will have a solid grip on this knife in any environment.

 

The finger groove on this handle is extremely elongated and extremely shallow. However, to protect your fingers, Kershaw did add a finger guard. This finger guard helps to stop your fingers if you slip, so that you don’t end up slicing them. Kershaw also added a lanyard hold into the top of the butt of the Vedder. I could go on about the benefits of having a lanyard tied onto your knife, but the biggest advantage of tying one on is convenience. You can easily tie the lanyard onto this knife and then attach it to either your belt or your pack strap. This keeps your hands free and you won’t have to worry about losing it while you don’t need it. But, it steel keeps it close enough that you can swiftly grab it whenever the need arises. A knife that sports a lanyard hole is a big bonus in my eyes.

Kershaw Vedder
Kershaw Vedder

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is black to match the rest of the hardware on this knife. The clip is kept in place by two small screws. This is a reversible pocket clip, which helps to make this knife ambidextrous friendly. You can switch which side you carry it on, however, the handle has only been drilled to attach this pocket clip tip up.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife sports a flipper opening mechanism as well as Kershaw’s Speed Safe assisted opening mechanism. The flipper on the Vedder is skeletonized and features an angular sharks fin shape. To deploy the blade, you push down on the flipper, which puts enough pressure on the blade to flip it out. The Speed Safe system is a patented system that assist the user to open the knife with a manual pull back on the flipper. This system works because of the Speed Safe’s torsion bar. When the knife is closed, the torsion bar helps to prevent the knife from being opened by gravity, it creates a bias toward the closed position. To open the knife, the user will apply manual pressure to the flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use. This mechanism also allows you to open the knife with only one hand, which is another reason that this blade is ambidextrous friendly. And while this mechanism helps your knife feel like a switchblade, it isn’t a switchblade, so you won’t have any of the strict laws surrounding the Vedder.

This knife also features a frame lock. This is a portion of the handle, in the knife frame, that moves behind the blade to lock it into positon during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Vedder is 3.25 inches long. When the Vedder is opened, it measures in at 7.5 inches long, but when this knife is closed, it measures in at 4.25 inches long. Because of the handle material, this is on the heavier side of things, weighing in at 4.1 ounces.

 

The Conclusion:

The Vedder provides the user with a distinctive look as well as top function. On the style side of things, the Vedder features an attention getting handle. The steel handle is titanium carbo-nitride coated in soft matte gray. But to add a little more depth and character, Kershaw has added two 3D machined G10 overlays that not only look great, but also provide you with a secure grip. On the function side of things, Kershaw started out with a steel that is going to get the job done and can get a crazy sharp edge. Plus, sharpening it is a breeze. The Speed Safe mechanism means that opening the blade will always be fast and easy, and as a bonus, you only need one hand. The deep carry pocket clip is just the cherry on top of this exceptional knife.

Kershaw Duck Commander Rayne Knife Review

Kershaw knows that there is nothing like a Kershaw. From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know 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, reliable. That’s why they can back each of our knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and 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 a commitment to innovation and says, “Kershaw pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. Our SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. We introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in our Blade Traders. Recently, our Composite Blade technology, which combines 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.

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 Duck Commander Rayne.

Kershaw Duck Commander Rayne
Kershaw Duck Commander Rayne

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. 8Cr13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and, Kershaw believes, offers our customers an excellent value. This steel has been hardened to a HRC: 57–59

The blade has been finished satin, which is one of the more common blade finishes. It is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive, usually a sandpaper. The satin finish shows off the bevels of the blade, while also showcasing the fine lines of the steel, cutting down on glares and reflections, and even increasing the corrosion resistance of this blade slightly.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. The clip point blade shape is a great all-purpose blade shape that is going to excel at stabbing. The back of the blade runs straight from the handle and then stops about halfway up the knife. At this point, in turns and continues to the point of the knife. This area looks as if it is “cut-out” and is where the blade shape got its name from. This area is referred to as the clip and on the Rayne, it is straight, although on some knives, it can be curved. The clip creates a lowered point, which is going to give the user more control when they are using the knife. And because the tip is so controllable, as well as being sharper and thinner at the spine, a clip point is going to excel at stabbing. This is because it has less drag during insertion as well as having a faster withdrawal. One of the other reasons that a clip point blade is so versatile is because of the large belly that they sport. The large belly makes slicing an absolute breeze, which is ideal for this hunting knife. Of course, every blade shape is going to have its disadvantages. This blade shapes biggest disadvantage is that because the tip is relatively narrow, it is prone to breaking, especially when used on harder targets.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of G10 with a 420HC bolster. G10 is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. The manufacturer makes this material by taking layers of fiberglass cloth and soaking them in resin, then compressing them and baking them under pressure. The result of this process is a meatal that is very tough, very hard, very strong, and still lightweight. This material is also inexpensive to create, although it is not going to be as inexpensive as FRN. One of the bigger advantages to having a G10 handle on your hunting knife is that it is a non-porous material, which means it is not going to absorb any of the fluids that this knife comes in contact with during your hunting process. This makes maintenance a lot easier, because you don’t have to worry about deep down cleaning it. A few of the other advantages for the Rayne having a G10 handle is that it is so durable and lightweight, so it is capable of taking on those harder tasks, but it isn’t going to weigh you down in the field.

The handle is a dark brown and pretty simple. There is a medium sized finger groove, which creates a more comfortable grip. Other than that, the belly is pretty straight. The spine of the handle angels up on the bolster, but then angles sharply down toward the butt once the G10 starts. The handle also sports the Duck Commander Medallion.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is reversible for either left or right handed carry, which helps to make this knife a little bit ambidextrous. The clip is silver and finished satin, which contrasts nicely with the bulk of the handle. The clip is kept in place by two small silver screws, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife. The clip is slightly hourglass shaped, with a rounded butt and head, but a cinched middle.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife, which means that it is not fully automatic, but it does have an internal mechanism that helps the user fully open the knife once they have opened it slightly using the flipper. The assisted opening mechanism is a good balance between automatic and manual because you get the efficiency of an automatic knife, but you get the legality of a manual knife.

This knife has been 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. The flipper on the Rayne is thicker than your typical flipper, which means that you are going to have a wider finger guard. Once the knife is opened, the flipper is going to stand in place of the finger guard and protect your fingers. While the flipper does take a few tries to really get the hang of it, it does keep your fingers safer than a thumb stud would. This is because a thumb stud puts your fingers in the path of the blade, while a flipper keeps them out of the blade’s path during opening.

The knife has been equipped with 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. Originally designed by Hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion, Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives flew off the shelves. 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.

The knife has also been equipped with a liner lock. 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 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.1 inches long. When the Rayne is open, it measures in at an overall length of 7.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.9 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

             When Kershaw is explaining this knife, they say, “As a tip of the hat to Duck Commander’s southern heritage, the Rayne is named for the Louisiana city of Rayne and features classic good looks and a solid feel. The clip-point blade is sharpened to a razor edge and satin finished. The blade is quality stainless steel, heat treated to Kershaw’s demanding specifications to bring out the very best qualities in the steel. The handle features a stainless steel bolster with textured G10 handle scales inlaid with the Duck Commander logo medallion. The handle curves slightly to fit the palm for a secure grip. The Rayne opens quickly and easily with SpeedSafe® assisted opening and the built-in flipper makes it a breeze to open the knife one-handed. Once open, a locking liner secures the blade for safe use. The Rayne’s pocket clip is reversible for left- or right-handed carry. For a quality knife that’s perfect for outdoor use or every day carry, the Rayne reigns supreme.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kershaw Frame Lock Scallion Assist Knife Review

There really is nothing like a Kershaw, which is what many knife lovers will come to realize. From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you are carrying a Kershaw, you know that you are carrying the real deal.

This means that you get value and you get plenty of it. No matter which Kershaw knife you choose to purchase, including their inexpensive modes, you are going to get incredible bang for your buck. Everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. That is why they choose to 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 really do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime.

You can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame any cardboard box; sporting knives that work to make your hunting and fishing trips more enjoyable; sporting knives that help to make all your watersports and camping even better than they currently are; work knives that are never going to let you down; and tactical knives that ensure that you are ready for anything life throws at you.

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 means that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Kershaw doesn’t care if it’s an EDC pocket knife, a hunting knife, or even one of their special edition’s, they are going to choose the appropriate, high quality materials, and are always dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Kershaw also follows extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques that will ensure your Kershaw knife can perform a lifetime.

Kershaw actually pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are toady’s standard in the knife industry. They introduced their SpeedSafe assisted opening knives first on the market. They also introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their Blade Trades. And more recently, they have introduced their Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels in to one blade, giving the knife user the best of both worlds by combining phenomenal edge retention with crazy strength. Kershaw is committed to keep on innovating, and bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry.

Kershaw knives is a brand of Kai USA Ltd, and 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.

Kershaw warns, “If this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more.”

Today we will be going over the classic Kershaw Scallion with a frame locking mechanism.

Kershaw Frame Lock Scallion Assist Knife
Kershaw Frame Lock Scallion Assist Knife

The Blade:

This steel holds a higher carbon production ate than stainless steel. The content is much softer than the higher number steel count 440, yet it is more rugged than other similar products. This steel material has a greater carbon base and is mixed to a harder content than 420 stainless steel. Knives made form 420HC steel are easy to sharpen and are durable even when inconstant use. This steel will make for a really durable knife. A knife made from this level of steel is one of the best products available when on any expedition. Blades made from this steel are less prone to corroding. While rusting is always an issue, you can easily avoid it if you rinse, dry, and oil your knife after use. This steel makes for a high quality outdoor knife, which means that it will also be a really good option for your go to EDC knife also.

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 an abrasive. It is the most popular blade finish that is in use today and in terms of luster, it is a pretty medium level on the spectrum. This finish shows off the fine lines in the steel as well as showing off the bevels of the blade, giving the knife a very traditional look that will never go out of style.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. The drop point blade shape is the most commonly found blade style on pocket knives today, mostly because of how all-purpose it proves to be. To form the shape of this blade style, the back edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. Blades with lowered points prove more control and do add strength to the tip. It is the strength of this lowered tip that makes this blade shape such a good option for your tactical and survival knives. It is this strong point that also sets apart the drop point blade shape and the clip point blade shape, which are sometimes confused. While the clip point blade shape does have a lowered point, its point is much finer and sharper. The clip point does give you the control from the lowered tip, but it also lets you pierce and stab because of how fine the tip is. The clip point can pierce and stab much better than the drop point can. But because it is such a fine tip, it is prone to breaking, whereas the drop point is not going to break. Drop points are so versatile because of their strength, their controllability, and the large belly that the blade style sports. It is this large belly that makes slicing such an easy task with a drop point blade, thus with the Kershaw Scallion. With Kershaw choosing a drop point blade shape for the Scallion, they have created the perfect everyday carry knife that is going to be able to assist you with virtually any task that comes your way.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this Scallion has been carved out of 410 stainless steel. This alloy of stainless steel is the basic, general purpose martensitic stainless steel that is used for highly stressed parts and provide good corrosion resistance plus high strength and hardness. This type of stainless steel contains a minimum of 11.5% chromium which is just sufficient enough to demonstrate corrosion resistance properties in mild atmospheres, steam, and many mild chemical environments. It is a general purpose grade that is often supplied in the hardened but still machine able condition for applications where high strength and moderate heat and corrosion resistance are required. Stainless steel provides fantastic durability and resistance to corrosion, but it isn’t super lightweight. Stainless steel handles are also known to be rather slippery.

To help with your grip on this slippery knife, Kershaw has created great ergonomics. The knife handle curves perfectly to fit in your hand comfortably. ON the spine of the handle, there is a short row of jimping to give you a little more control when slicing. There is an elongated finger groove and a small finger guard to give you a comfortable place to rest your fingers while also protecting them from getting sliced.

This Scallion does feature a lanyard hole carved into the butt of the handle. This is the perfect addition for your new favorite EDC knife, because it allows you to keep it with you at all times. A lanyard not only adds a little bit of personality to this full silver knife, but it will help you draw your blade out of your pocket a little bit quicker.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is also silver, creating a completely silver blade. This is a single position pocket clip, which is a drawback to some people. This pocket clip is fixed for tip-down, right-handed carry. But this pocket clip is going to be sturdy and keep your knife safely in your pocket. It is held in place by two small silver screws, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife has a flipper opening mechanism that is enhanced with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism. It also features two separate locks: the frame lock and the tip-lock slider.

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 where it will lock into place with the two locks on this Scallion.

The SpeedSafe mechanism assists you to open this knife quickly and easily with a pull back on the flipper. It is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open this knife by using a torsion bar. When the knife is closed, the torsion bar helps prevent the knife form being opened by “gravity;” it creates a bias toward the closed positon. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to the flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife.

The frame lock is portion of the handle (the knife frame) that moves behind the blade to lock it into positon during use. This is a safety feature of this Kershaw knife.

The Tip Lock is found on all of the Scallion versions that also feature the SpeedSafe. The Tip Lock prevents the blade form opening when you don’t want it to. To lock your blade closed, all you do is move the slider to the closed positon. You can find the Tip Lock near the bottom of the handle.

 

 

The Specs:

The blade on this Kershaw knife measures in at 2.4 inches long. This Scallion has a closed length of 3.5 inches long, with an open length of 5.75 inches long. This knife weighs in at a measly 2.9 ounces. This knife is the perfect size to be your go-to EDC knife.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is talking about this knife, they say, “The Scallion is one of our most popular knives—and no wonder. With its 2 1/4-inch blade, the Scallion is the perfect size for lightweight and convenient pocket carry. But just because it’s smaller doesn’t mean it isn’t mighty. From breaking down a cardboard box to cutting twine to opening packages, the Scallion is perfect for just about any cutting task you’d care to ask it to do. One of the Scallion’s cool features is SpeedSafe assisted opening. With SpeedSafe, you can open the blade one-handed. Just pull back on the ambidextrous flipper and the blade moves out of the handle, ready for use. The high-carbon blade steel offers good edge retention and excellent corrosion resistance. The bead-blasted finish makes it easy to maintain. This Scallion’s handle is pure stainless steel, which enables us to build-in a frame lock. When the blade is opened, a part of the handle, or frame, moves into place behind the blade, locking it open and ensuring that it can’t accidentally close during use. The frame lock is an exceptionally strong blade lock. The second lock is the Tip-Lock. It’s a slider that locks the tip of the blade inside the handle until you release it, which ensures the knife won’t accidentally open during transport. A great all-stainless-steel look, blade security, and assisted opening…it all adds up to one great little knife.”
Kershaw’s Ken Onion Scallion offers high-performance styling and all the convenience of the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system in a slightly larger knife. It’s ideal for everyday carrying. The blade is built of high-carbon 420HC stainless steel for good edge retention and excellent corrosion resistance. This model, the 1620FL, features a 410 stainless steel handle.  This special model is a framelock.  It also has a plain edge blade.  Pick up your new go-to EDC knife today at BladeOps.