Kershaw Flourish Knife Review

Kershaw Flourish
Kershaw Flourish

There is truly nothing like a Kershaw. From award winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know you’re carrying the real thing. The real thing means value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for your hard earned buck. Even their inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. That’s why they can back each of their knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, many people do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime. The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame nay cardboard box and liberate any purchase from its plastic packaging, sporting knives that make hunting, fishing, watersports, and camping even better, work knives that won’t let you down, and tactical knives that ensure you’re ready for anything.

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

The steel has been finished with a black oxide BlackWash. This finish is a special type of Stonewashed finish. A stonewashed finish refers to tumbling the blade in an abrasive material This finish easily hides scratches while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. There is a wide variety of stonewashed finished based upon the abrasive shape, tumbling motion, and the type of finish eh blade has before it enters the tumbler. A black stonewash finish is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. A very positive benefit of stonewashed blades is that they are low maintenance and preserve the look of the blade overtime. This finish also hides scratches and fingerprints that occur with use over time while giving the blade a very rugged, well-worn look.

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

The knife has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This is a great all-purpose blade. The clip point blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today. The most recognizable knife that features a clip point is the Bowie knife, but it is also popular on many pocket knives and fixed blade knives. The back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight from the handle and stops about halfway up the knife. Then, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This “cut-out” area is straight on the Flourish knife. This area is referred to as the “clip”, which is how the shape got its name. Clip point knives look as if the part of the knife form the spine to the point has literally been clipped off. The point that is created by this clip is lowered, which provides more control when using the knife. Because the tip is controllable, sharper, and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife lends itself to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. In some cases, the back edge of the clip point is sharpened to make a second edge, which improves the function of the tip even more. Clip point knives also feature a large belly area that is perfect for slicing. The only real disadvantage of the clip point blade is its relatively narrow tip. Because it is so sharp and narrow, it has a tendency to be weak and can break fairly easily. By choosing a clip point, you are choosing to own a great all-purpose blade that can be used in many different situations. This knife features a plain edged blade.

 

The Handles:

The handle on these knife has been made out of G10 with a carbon fiber overlay. G10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. It has very similar properties to carbon fiber, except that you can get it for a fraction of the cos. The manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The material that results is extremely tough, hard, very lightweight, and strong. In fact, G10 is considered the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta, although it is more brittle. And while it is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, it still has to be cut and machined into shape, which is not as economical as the injection molding process used in FRN handles. Tactical folders and fixed blade knives both benefit from the qualities of G10, because it is durable and lightweight, non-porous and available in a variety of colors.

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

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

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

 

The Mechanism:

The Flourish does sport Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assist opening mechanism. They were the first to bring this to market. It was originally designed by Hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion, but today, almost all knife companies offer some sort of assisted opening knife. The SpeedSafe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual pull back on the flipper. The heart of SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. Closed, the torsion bar helps prevent the knife from being opened by “gravity”, it creates a bias toward the closed positon. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to the thumb stud or flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. The blade opens smoothly and locks into positon ready for use.

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

The assisted mechanism is a flipper, which is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.

 

The Specs:

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

 

Conclusion:

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

 

Kershaw Dunbar Assisted Knife Review

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

So what exactly is the real thing? Well, Kershaw describes it as value and lots of it. They make sure that even with their inexpensive models, you get a lot of bang for your buck. This is because everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable. They say, “That’s why we can back each of our knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with our famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, people do own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime. (Although, occasionally, a Kershaw has been known to get accidentally left at a campsite, lost in the garage, or permanently borrowed by a friend.) The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for every day carrying knives that can tame any cardboard box and liberate any purchase from its plastic packaging, sporting knives that make hunting, fishing, watersports, and camping even better, work knives that won’t let you down, and tactical knives that ensure you’re ready for anything.”

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

Kershaw also has a commitment to innovation and has pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today the standard in the knife industry. So you know that when you get a Kershaw, you are getting the highest quality and newest technologies of each part.

Today we will be discussing the Kershaw Duck Commander Dunbar.

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

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

The liner lock is going to prevent folding blades from closing during use. The liner lock is the most common of today’s blade-locking systems. In knives with locking liners, the handle consists of two metal (usually steel or titanium) plates (the “liner”) on either side of the blade. Handle scales, which can be made from a variety of materials, such as G10, aluminum, plastic, or natural materials like wood or bone cover the plates. When the knife is opened, one side of the knife’s liner, often called the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade (the tang) and prevents the blade from closing. The lock bar is manufactured so that it angles toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias for the locked position. To close the knife, the knife user applies manual force to move the lock bar to the side so that the blade is unblocked and can be folded back into the handle. The liner lock provides a secure and convenient way to make using this Kershaw folding knife even safer.

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

 

Kershaw Dunbar Assisted Knife
Kershaw Dunbar Assisted Knife

The Specs:

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

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

 

Conclusion:

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

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

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

 

Kershaw Deadline Knife Review

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

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

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

Kershaw produces knives that you can be proud to carry, form every day carry knives to pocket knives and hunting knives, and even special collector’s knives. Kershaw has said, “If this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more. If it’s not your first Kershaw, welcome back.” Kershaw has just released a brand new knife called the Deadline, and it will be a game changer.

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

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

Kershaw Deadline
Kershaw Deadline

The Handle:

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

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

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

The Deadline also features a tuned detent system. This is a feature that comes with the KVT Ball Bearing system. The feature helps hold the blade safely in the handle when the knife is closed. When you open the knife, you may notice a little “stickiness” just as you pull back on the flipper and before the blade rolls out of the handle on KVT ball bearings. With just a little extra pressure on the flipper overcomes the detent and the knife will open with ease.

 

The Specs:

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

 

Conclusion:

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

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

 

 

Kershaw Leek Carbon Fiber Knife Review

Kershaw Leek Carbon Fiber
Kershaw Leek Carbon Fiber

Kershaw Knife Company was founded in 1974. There is really nothing else like a Kershaw knife. They have award winning technologies and use advanced materials, so when you are carrying a Kershaw knife, you are carrying a lifetime companion.

When they founded their company, they had a founding mission: to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This is one of the reasons that they use their award winning technologies and the appropriate, high quality materials. Kershaw is also dedicated to intensive craftsmanship, which guarantees that the high quality materials are put together in a good way and stay together.

Kershaw also has a commitment to innovation. Something unique about Kershaw is that they have pioneered many of the technologies and advanced materials that are now the standard in the knife industry. Some of their finest innovative technological advances have been their SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism, knives that have interchangeable blades because of Kershaw’s Blade Trader technology, and one of their newest is the Composite Blade technology. This last technology is where they can actually use two different steels to give the knife the best of both worlds. For example, Kershaw can choose a steel that is known for having excellent edge retention and use it on the bottom portion of the blade, and then choose another steel that has been known for strength and use it on the spine of the blade. That way, you don’t have to compromise or give up either characteristic. This Composite Blade technology is truly groundbreaking.

Kershaw is actually a sub brand of Kai USA Ltd. Kai has now been Japan’s leading blade producer for over 100 years. Kai as a whole also has a commitment to innovation and uses an innovative approach for product development, research, production, marketing, and even distribution functions.

Kershaw has said, “If this is your first Kershaw, be prepared. You just may be back for more. If it’s not your first Kershaw, welcome back.” One of Kershaw’s newest releases is a new version of their famous Leek knife. This time, it is made with Carbon Fiber. So whether this is your first, or you are a returning customer, this new knife will be a great option for you.

 

The Blade:

The steel that Kershaw chose for this version of the Leek is CPM 154. This is a high end steel. The CPM stands for Crucible Particle Metallurgy. This Particle Metallurgy allows the steel to have finer carbide particles, which results in a slightly superior steel compared to just plain 154 CM steel. This superior version of the steel is easier to sharpen and has better results when polished. This superior steel is a little bit tougher and has better edge retention. For how tough this steel is, it is also relatively hard, because of the added Molybdenum. This steel has fantastic levels of corrosion resistance, which is surprising if you know your blade chemistry because it actually has less Chromium. When you have the correct equipment, this steel is pretty simple to sharpen, although it might take a couple of trial runs to get used to this particular style of steel.

 

The steel on this knife has been finished with a classic stonewash finish. A stonewash finish is when the steel is tumbled around with an abrasive material, usually small pebbles. After this process is completed, the steel is polished and smoothed over. The resulting look is a matte gray, with a textured look to it. Because the finish is an even, matte, the stonewash will help cut down on reflections and glares with the metal. The textured look of the finish also helps to conceal scratches and fingerprints, which allows you to go longer in between polishes. The stonewash finish on this Leek adds a rugged look while also cutting down on maintenance.

 

The steel on this Leek has been carved into a modified drop point shape. The drop point shape is the most versatile blade shape that you are going to be able to find. The shape is created by having the unsharpened edge slowly curve until it meets the sharpened edge at the point. This point is actually lowered, which gives you better control over the knife. The control aspect of the drop point blade shape is the reason why so many hunters or carvers love this shape. The hunters don’t have to worry about nicking the inner organs or damaging the meat while they are skinning their game. And carvers can go about doing their precision work without too much effort, because the knife is on their team. The difference between a drop point shape and this modified drop point shape is the point. On a regular drop point, the tip is relatively broad, which adds strength, but does not allow you to pierce or stab. The blade on this Leek is actually slimmer, which allows you to pierce, while also performing more intricate work. The only drawback to having this blade be the modified version of the drop point is that the tip is not going to have as much strength behind it and will be slightly weaker. One of the other reasons that a drop point is so versatile is that it sports a large belly with plenty of length for cutting or slicing. The ability to slice is one of the main features that you should be looking for on an everyday knife. So, the Leek is going to be a very comfortable everyday carry blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Leek is made out of black Carbon Fiber. Carbon fiber is a reinforced polymer, and is considered a generic term for a material that has thin strands of carbon that have been tightly woven together and then set in resin. This material is a crazy strong material that also happens to be very lightweight. Although it is such strong material, it is not indestructible in any way. In fact, because of how strong this material is, it ends up being extremely brittle. If you happen to drop a knife with this handle material, or knock it against something sharp or hard, it is likely to crack. This is because all of the carbon fibers are woven together in a single direction, so while the material is extremely strong going in that direction, it is not strong when the fibers are stressed in any other way. Unfortunately, because it is a labor intensive process to create this material, it ends up being fairly expensive. Because of the cost, carbon fiber is usually only found on high end knives. One unique characteristic about a carbon fiber handle is the look of it. Because of the way that the carbon is woven, and the ways that the light reflects off of the carbon strands, you can get a variety of patterns jut by weaving the carbon in a different way. On the Leek, Kershaw has woven the carbon fibers in a diagonal checkered pattern. The ergonomics on this handle are fantastic. Kershaw elongated the finger groove, which helps to give you more control over the knife and your cuts. The handle fits perfectly in your palm, providing you with comfort, even when you have been using the knife for long periods of time.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on the Leek is black to match the rest of the handle. Kershaw has pre-drilled holes in the handle, which allow you to reverse the pocket clip in four different directions. You can carry your knife tip up or tip down, and also on the left or right hand side. This helps to make the Leek ambidextrous friendly.

 

The Mechanism:

The Leek is a flipper knife. This mechanism works by having a protrusion form the blade, on the Leek, this protrusion is triangular. This triangle is part of the blade, but sticks out of the back of the handle when the knife is closed. When you want to deploy your blade, you push down on this protrusion which will then flip your blade into the open position. One of the biggest advantages in my opinion about the flipper mechanism is that it keeps your fingers and hands out of the way of the sharpened edge of the blade during the entire process, keeping your fingers safe. Another huge benefit to this mechanism is that you can actually open your knife with just one hand.

Since it is a Kershaw flipper, it features the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism, which just helps you to flip your knife open quickly, efficiently, and safely.

This knife also features a Liner Lock. This mechanism locks the blade open during use. On one side of the knife’s steel liner, which is the steel plate where the handles scales are attached, moves into position behind the blade to securely lock it open. When you want to close your knife, you unlock this and manually push your blade back into the handle.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the leek is 3 inches long. When the Leek is opened, it is exactly 7 inches long, with a closed length of 4 inches. This is a light knife, weighing in at 2.3 ounces. This Leek has been made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Kershaw Leek:

  • The steel is a high end steel with an excellent balance between strength and toughness.
  • The steel has fantastic levels of corrosion resistance, while maintaining an edge for long periods of time.
  • This steel is relatively easy to sharpen, when you have the correct equipment.
  • The stonewash finish adds a rugged look to the blade.
  • The stonewash finish helps to hide scratches and fingerprints, effectively cutting down on maintenance time.
  • The stonewash finish creates an even, matte look, so glares and reflections are cut down significantly.
  • The modified drop point shape gives you the control of the regular drop point, while offering a finer tip, so you do have stabbing capabilities.
  • The drop point shape provides you with a large belly, allowing for easy slicing, and making this knife a fantastic option for your everyday carry knife.
  • The carbon fiber handle is crazy strong and lightweight.
  • The pocket clip can be reversed in four different directions, giving you the most comfortable carry options.
  • The flipper mechanism allows you to open your knife one handedly, all while keeping your hand out of the way of the sharpened edge.
  • Sports the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism.
  • Sports a Liner Lock.
  • Made in the USA.

 

The Cons of the Kershaw Leek:

  • The modified drop point shape has a finer tip, therefore, it has a weaker tip that is not going to be able to stand up to what a regular drop point would.
  • Carbon fiber is a very brittle material, prone to cracking or breaking when impacted with a sharp or hard object.
  • Carbon fiber is an expensive material.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw is a well-known and trusted knife company. Since the beginning, they have been creating innovative and ground breaking new technology that has since become the standard in the knife world. Kershaw uses some of the highest quality materials to create the highest quality of knives. These are knives that will last a lifetime and will be able to last through all of your adventures.

The Leek is one of Kershaw’s most popular knife designs. For this version of the Leek, Kershaw decided to upscale it. To create a higher quality design, they switched out the handle material and gave it what they call, “a handsome new suit of carbon fiber.” This new handle material is light weight, which in return cuts down on the weight of the whole knife. This makes it an extremely comfortable everyday carry knife. The combination of a high quality steel, a versatile blade shape, and an easy going blade finish creates a one of a kind blade. If you have loved the Leek in the past, you are going to want to purchase this brand new Leek.

Kershaw Leek Spring Assist Knife Review

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, and is 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 US production facility was opened in Wilsonville, Oregon. Due to an expanding market, the facilities were moved to a larger production site in 2003. Currently, Kai USA manufacturing facilities are located in Tualatin, Oregon with some goods coming from their Japanese and Chinese factories.

Kai USA Ltd. has three lines of products; Kershaw Knives brand of sporting and pocket knives, Shun Cutlery, which are 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. Collaborations include working with Hall of Fame Knife Maker, Ken Onion on Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives, Ernest Emerson, Grand and Gavin hawk, Frank Centofante, Rick Hinderer, RJ Martin, and more.

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

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 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.

If this is your first Kershaw, you should prepare yourself, because even though it will last you a lifetime, you’re going to want a lot more Kershaw’s.

Today, we will be going over the Kershaw Leek. This version of the Leek is equipped with Carbon Fiber handle scales, a CPM 154 stonewashed blade, and is spring assisted. Get ready for it to rock your world.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM 154 stainless steel. This is a relatively hard steel which is considered an upgraded version of 440C through the addition of Molybdenum. This achieves superior edge holding compared to 440C while retaining similar excellent levels of corrosion resistance despite having less Chromium. IT has decent toughness good enough for most uses and holds an edge well. This steel is not too difficult to sharpen when you have the right equipment. This is a powder steel that has used Crucible Particle Metallurgy. The Particle Metallurgy process makes finer carbide particles resulting in a slightly superior steel that’s tougher and with better edge retention.

This blade has been finished with a stonewash finish. This finish is created by literally rolling the steel with pebbles. After the blade has been tumbled with the pebbles, it is removed, smoothed out, and polished. This creates a very rugged, well-worn look to your knife. There are a variety of benefits that come with it because the stonewash finish preserves the look of the blade overtime. The stonewash finish hides scratches and smudges, which takes maintenance time down significantly, especially when compared to other knife finishes.

This blade has been carved into a Wharncliffe style blade. The Wharncliffe blade is very similar to the sheepsfoot blade shape, but should not be confused with each other. The Wharncliffe is very much like a standard blade shape that has been turned upside down. This type of blade has a totally flat cutting edge and the spine of the blade drops gradually until the tip forms a point. There are a couple of stories as to how the name Wharncliffe came to be, with some people claiming that the pattern originated many years ago with some of the patterns used for Scandinavian Seax Knives and others claiming that it came from a British Lord who commissioned the knife to be made. There were several Lord Wharncliffe that the blade shape could have been named after, but the actual name Wharncliffe did not exist prior to 1822, which means it was named after that point in history. Regardless of history, the Wharncliffe is a very useful blade shape. It is fantastic for people who work in the office for opening boxes and envelopes, and definitely excels in box cutter type chores. This blade shape is not very good for preparing food and skinning as the lack of a belly makes it difficult of cutting soft tissue and using on a cutting board. As a general guideline to differentiate a Sheepsfoot and a Wharncliffe is that a Sheepsfoot blade has an abruptly curving spine at the tip of the knife, creative very little point. The Wharncliffe has a more gradually tapering spine creating a pointier tip, and is consequently more fragile.

The Kershaw Leek sports a plain edge. The plain edge is better than the serrated when the application involves push cuts. Also, the plain edge is superior when extreme control accuracy, and clean cuts are necessary, regardless of whether or not the job is push cuts or slices. The plain edges will also give you much cleaner cuts, which are excellent for your everyday tasks.

Kershaw Leek Spring Assist Knife
Kershaw Leek Spring Assist Knife

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of Carbon fiber and features stainless steel liners. Carbon fiber is a generic term for any material that is made by weaving together strands of carbon which are then set into a resin. As such, the material is going to be as good as it’s made. Kershaw makes great carbon fiber, so this shouldn’t be a worry for you. Carbon fiber is going to be very lightweight and completely resistant to rust and corrosion because it is a nonmetallic material. This material is also going to be stronger than a stainless steel. Unfortunately, this material does have the tendency to be rather brittle, and because the strands of carbon are woven in a single direction the material is rather brittle. This means that if it gets hit with a hard or sharp object, it will probably crack. This material is also on the more expensive side of the spectrum. Because the fibers are woven together, the weave reflects light in different ways. You can achieve some nice looking results in the handle. In this Kershaw knife, the handle looks as if a basket was woven together. Carbon Fiber handles are strong, lightweight, and eye-catching. Unfortunately, do the labor intensive process, it is not cheap.

The handle features stainless steel liners. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion but it is pretty heavy. This weight is perfect for giving your knife a little bit of extra heft to get the tougher tasks done. Stainless steel is very durable as well, which makes it the perfect option for a knife liner.

This is a pretty simple handle shape. There is a shallow, elongated finger guard on the bottom of the handle. The spine of the handle has a slight curve to it to give you a more comfortable grip when you are working with this knife.

The butt of the handle is rounded and there is a lanyard hole carved into it. Many people who have an EDC like the convenience of having a knife with them everywhere they go, however, they don’t always love using the pocket clip. Some people feel like the pocket clip tears up their pockets on their pants, and others are more worried about the clip giving away that they are carrying a knife with them. If you attach a lanyard to your knife, you can easily hide your knife deeper in your pocket, the clip won’t give you away, and you still have it on hand so that you have access to it at all times. Plus, when you are using the pocket clip, it will take you a little longer to pull your knife out than if you were using a lanyard instead.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a reversible pocket clip, but you can only attach it on the traditional side of the handle. The pocket clip shapes mimic the shape of the handle. This pocket clip and the two screws that attach it to the knife are black, just like the rest of the hardware.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a spring assisted knife. These knives differ from automatic knives in that you use your hand to partially open the blade rather than a button or lever. Anything with a button on the handle is considered an automatic switchblade and is subject to stricter regulations. The mechanisms inside the knife is what makes a spring assisted knife a spring assisted knife and not an automatic knife. Despite the difference in the mechanism, the overall deployment of a spring assist knife is very similar to that of an automatic knife. There are many different variations on the mechanism that makes a spring assist knife work. But, they will have a spring or tension bar that is designed to spring open the blade into locked positon. What makes them different from an automatic knife is that there is resistance after the blade is closed that will keep it closed until the resistance is overcome. Once the resistance is overcome, the spring engages and does the rest of the work opening the knife for you. But, because they have a different opening mechanism a spring assisted knife is not subjected to the same strict laws as an automatic knife.

This Kershaw knife features two opening mechanisms—it has the flipper and the thumb stud. The thumb stud acts similarly to the nail nick—you grasp the folded knife, place the tip of your flexed thumb on the stud and extend your thumb to swing the blade through its arc until the blade is fully open. The flipper is a shark’s fin shape that protrudes from the handle. You pull back on this protrusion and it flips the blade open. Many people like the flipper because it is naturally ambidextrous and it keeps your fingers out of the way during the entire opening process—keeping your phalanges safe.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4 inches long. The overall length of this knife is 7 inches long. Because of the lightweight handle material, this knife weighs in at a measly 2.2 ounces. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

The Conclusion:

The Kershaw Leek series has remained as one of Kershaw’s most popular spring assist knives thanks in part to its ultra-slim profile and versatile blade design. This liner lock designed model features Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe™ system, which quickly deploys the blade via the ambidextrous spine flipper function or the built-in dual thumb stud feature. The Leek also includes a small slide safety located on lower-rear of the back handle scale to help keep the blade at bay until you are ready to use it. This model, the 1660CF, features a smooth carbon fiber handle, stainless steel liners, a Wharncliffe style blade in a stonewash finish and a reversible pocket clip designed for tip up or tip down carry on the traditional side of the handle. The maintenance on this knife will be light because of the stonewash finish that extends the look of the blade. The 154 stainless steel has great edge retention. The handle is durable, but still aesthetically pleasing. Pick up your Kershaw Leek with a carbon fiber handle today at BladeOps.

Kershaw Volt II Knife Review

There is really nothing like a Kershaw. From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’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, and 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 everyday 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 a mission to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocketknife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

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

Kershaw Volt II
Kershaw Volt II

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. It is commonly said that 8Cr13MoV steel is the equivalent of an AUS8A steel. This is mostly true. When it comes to an EDC, you aren’t going to be able to tell the difference between the two. But when it comes to your wallet, 8Cr13MoV steel is the way to go. 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. This is a top-of-the-line Chinese steel that is going to offer a great value. The thing with this steel is that it is going to get the job done for a very low price, and what more could you ask for?

The knife has been coated with a black-oxide coating. The black oxide coating is created with a chemical bath that converts the surface of the steel to magnetite. Kershaw uses this coating on some blades, mainly for appearance, although it also does add some corrosion resistance to the blade. The coating itself, although more for appearance, is going to prolong the life of the blade, purely because the blade is coated. Unfortunately, just like other coatings, if it does get scratched off, it will need to be re-coated to maintain the same benefits.

The blade on this knife is a classic drop point. The shape is formed by a slowly sloping spine that creates a lowered point which is going to lead to more control over your cuts. What really sets the drop point apart is the broad tip which means that you are going to be capable of taking on those tougher tasks. However, this broad tip does mean that you are not going to be as capable of piercing, which usually isn’t too big of an issue because of the strength that you get in exchange.

The blade does have 2-Step Serrations, which Kershaw describes by saying, “Serrations assist in cutting through particularly tough or fibrous material, such as rope or cord.” In essence, the Kershaw 2-step serration is a more aggressive style of serration. This is a combo edge, so only the bottom third is serrated. The upper two thirds are plain, so that you can get fine work done. On the top of the blade, there is a short row of jimping to provide you with more control.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of glass-filled nylon, or GFN. This is a nylon synthetic polymer that has been reinforced with glass threads for increased strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability combined with excellent wear resistance. One of the most unique parts about GFN is that the fibers are arranged completely haphazardly, which means that the handle is going to be strong in all directions instead of just one, like G10. This material is also going to be cheap because it can be injection molded which means that plenty can be produced at one time. One of the last major benefits is that there is zero maintenance. This is the perfect handle material for those people who want a great knife but don’t want to have to work with a finicky material.

The handle shape is pretty simple. The spine has a slight bulge toward the butt of the handle as it angles downward. This bulge is going to give a little bit of a more solid grip. There is the flipper that is going to work as a finger guar. Then there are four finger grooves on the belly, which will give a comfortable and secure grip. The first finger groove is the deepest and the shortest, with each one getting progressively more elongated and shallower. The first finger groove does sport some jimping to give you an even better ability to work with this Volt II.

The handle is solid black, which creates a very sleek look to it. The face of the handle has been aggressively textured with small diamonds to give you a great grip in almost any environment.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife contrasts with the black handle, being a sleek silver. The clip itself is unique, curving around the hardware on the back. The screws that keep it in place are black, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife. It has been slightly skeletonized, with four small holes carved out of the tip in a row, each getting progressively smaller the closer it gets to the tip of the clip. The clip is reversible, with pre-drilled holes in the handle which allow the user to change the tip position as well as the side on which the knife is carried. The Volt II allows the clip to be attached on the left side in tip-down position as well as on the right side in tip-up positon.

 

The Mechanism:

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

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. This flipper is a rounded rectangular and is much smaller than your typical flipper. One of the benefits about a flipper is that it is going to act as a finger guard when the knife is opened. Plus, when you are opening this knife, it will keep your fingers out of the blade’s path, which is not a benefit of a thumb stud.

The SpeedSafe mechanism 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. Overall, the benefits of the SpeedSafe is that it is going to use a torsion bar to help move the handle out of the blade which will enable smooth and easy one-handed opening. Plus, this is not a switchblade, so it is not going to fall in the same strict category as automatic knives do.

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 Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.25 inches long with a handle that measures in at 3.9 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 7.1 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.3 ounces, which is an ideal weight for a knife that you are going to keep with you at all times.

 

Conclusion:

             When Kershaw is talking about this knife, they say, “High-voltage looks in basic black. You get the same versatile blade and handle style as the original Volt, but with a non-reflective black oxide blade coating, black handle scales, and black pocket clip. In fact, the only things that aren’t black on this new iteration of the Volt II are the wicked gleam of the Kershaw-sharp edge and the secure locking liner.

The Volt II opens one-handed and with an authoritative “twack” thanks to Kershaw’s SpeedSafe® assisted opening system. A simple pull back on the flipper and the Volt II opens smoothly and easily. We think you’ll appreciate the versatility of the Volt II’s slightly dropped point blade. This classic shape is just about perfect for any task you’ll want to ask it to do. Partial blade serration just extends the Volt II’s capabilities and makes it easy to whip through materials like cord, webbing, or rope.

For a secure grip and a solid, satisfying feel in the hand, the Volt II has finger contours on the handle, diamond-patterned, glass-filled nylon handles, and heavy jimping on the back of the blade. With its great look and versatility, the black Volt II is destined to become a permanent partner for your pocket. You may wonder how you ever did without it.” You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

Kershaw Flythrough Knife Review

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 from 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.

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

Kershaw was founded in1974 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 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.

Like earlier mentioned, 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 Tualatin, Oregon, they also draw on Kai’s resources to provide the very best for their customers.

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 brand new Kershaw Flythrough.

Kershaw Flythrough
Kershaw Flythrough

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese produced steel that belongs to the Cr series. Compared to another steel, it is similar to AUS-8. At its low cost, it is a good cutter. Especially when the steel has undergone a suitable heat treatment, the steel can maintain the sharpness of the edge for long periods of time as well as having extremely high corrosion resistance. This steel hardens to a level of 56-59HRC steel. Because of this is a softer steel, knives made out of these steel will always keep sharpening well as well as being easy to sharpen. This steel has a good balance in regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. The biggest characteristic that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. It is extremely inexpensive but still has a good balance of all the best characteristics. That being said, you do get what you pay for, so this steel will not compare to the other super steels on the block.

The blade has been finished with a black-oxide coating. This is created when a chemical bath converts the surface of the steel to magnetite. Kershaw uses this coating on some blade and pocket clips, mainly for appearance, though it does add some corrosion resistance. The pros of a coating is that it is going to prolong the life of the blade because it does cut does on corrosion and wear. However, a coating can and will scratch off after long periods of time or heavy use. Once the coating does scratch off, you lose out on all the coating benefits.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. The drop point blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that you are going to find in the cutlery industry. This is because the shape is tough and still all-purpose. The blade is formed by having the unsharpened edge of the knife run straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow, curving manner, which creates a lowered point. When a knife has a lowered point, the user is going to have more control when they are cutting. This is a great everyday carry knife, so having control over what you do is important. The lowered point is also a very broad point, which gives the knife shape its character strength. One of the reasons that this blade shape is so versatile and makes for a great everyday carry blade is the large belly area that is perfect for making slicing easy. The majority of tasks that you are going to be completing throughout your day are going to involve slicing, so the large belly is especially important to this knife. The drop point blade shape does have one significant drawback, which is that because of the broad point, this knife is not going to excel at piercing or stabbing.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of stainless steel and has the same black-oxide coating that the blade does.

Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion. Unfortunately, it is not a particularly lightweight material, in fact, it is going to be one of hte heavier knife handles that you are going to have. Plus, stainless steel handles can be slippery, so manufacturers have to put in the extra work to add etchings or ridges so that there is enough texture that you can have a secure hold on the knife. The overall advantages to having a stainless steel handle is that it is going to be strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. However, it is also going to be heavy and it can be slippery.

The coating is going to give the same advantages to the handle that it gave to the blade, meaning the life is going to be prolonged.

The handle is one of the unique aspects of this knife, because there are more angles than curves which gives this knife a futuristic edgy look. There is a finger guard, but because of the flipper, which turns into extra finger guard, the finger guard is quite large on this knife. This just means that you won’t have to worry about cutting yourself if you do slip. There is also a very deep finger groove, which helps to make this straight handle comfortable to hold. The spine and the bottom of the handle are completely straight, both angling towards the butt, which is tapered. The butt is also flat. To add texture, the middle of this knife handle comes outwards in a straight line down the middle of the handle. This creates enough texture that you do not have to worry about your grip when it comes to this knife.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a reversible deep-carry pocket clip.

The clip is reversible in the sense that you can attach it to either side of the handle, making this knife a fantastic option for left or right handed people alike. However, the clip can only be attached to carry the knife tip-up.

This is a deep carry clip, so you can easily conceal the blade in your pocket while also keeping the Flythrough more snug in your pocket. This means that if you are using this knife as an everyday carry knife, you don’t have to worry about the knife sliding out while you go about your daily business.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual knife that uses a flipper for assisting you. This knife is equipped with the KVT ball-bearing opening system as well as a frame lock.

The flipper is a small rectangular sharks-fin shaped piece of the blade that extends through the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. The flipper enables fast and easy one-handed opening. It is also completely ambidextrous. To open a manual knife that uses a flipper, you are going to 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. At this point, the blade is going to move out of the handle and lock into place because of the frame lock.

In a frame lock, the knife handle consists of two plates of material on either side of the blade. When the knife is opened, the metal side of the frame, the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade and prevents the blade form closing. To close a frame lock knife, the user pushes the frame to the side, unblocking the blade, and folds the blade back into the handle. Like locking liner knives, frame locks are manufactured so that 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 Kershaw KVT ball-bearing system makes one-handed opening of this 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. Caged just means the ball bearings are secured within a ring that surrounds the pivot. It keeps the ball bearings in place, while still 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 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 will open with ease.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 3.9 inches long. The overall length of the blade measures in at 6.9 inches long. It weighs in at 3.7 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

When Kershaw is talking about this new knife of theirs, they say, “Designed by RJ Martin, the new Flythrough features his unique ‘See-Through Pivot.’ This oversized pivot is hollow in the center, letting you ‘see through’ it. What’s more, the Flythrough also has a handle cutout behind the pivot that lets you see the end of the blade tang when the blade is open. Both of these features add interest to this striking knife. The Flythrough’s drop-point blade has a sculpted top swedge and is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with black-oxide coating for a monochrome look and additional corrosion protection. A concave thumb-ramp on the top of the blade provides a secure place to rest a thumb or forefinger for controlled cuts. The steel handle features sweeping, sculpted lines that add to the dynamic look of the Flythrough. Lockup is secure thanks to a sturdy frame lock and a reversible deep-carry pocket clip lets the Flythrough ride comfortably low in your pocket.” Come pick up this brand new Kershaw knife today at BladeOps.

Kershaw Camp 10 Knife Review

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.

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

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

Today we will be discussing the Kershaw Camp 10.

Kershaw Camp 10
Kershaw Camp 10

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 65Mn steel. This is a readily-available Chinese steel that has been specifically designed to provide good wear resistance as well as high hardness. This steel has a medium-high carbon content which means that it is going to have a high degree of toughness and resilience. The steel also has manganese, which in addition to also improving the toughness and resilience, it also improves the hot-working characteristics of the steel. What does this mean? It means that it makes for a great steel for machetes such as the Camp 10.

The blade has been finished with a black powder-coat. There are a few very good reasons for having a coated blade, for starters, it increases the life expectancy of the blade. This is because it forms a barrier between the steel and the environment, so that the steel cannot rust or corrode as easily as it once could have. The coating will also cut down on all glares and reflections, which is key if you are trying to remain hidden. A machete such as this one implies that you are in stealth mode when you use it, so the coated finish was a good option. The coating also makes this knife sleek and can reduce the drag, making it easier to stab with this knife. The biggest drawback to a coated finish is that the coating is going to scratch off eventually. Whether that is caused because of time or heavy use, it will scratch off. At this point, you have to recoat the blade if you want the same benefits.

This is a large drop point blade, characterized by the slow slope from the handle to the lowered tip. This is a tough blade shape as well as a versatile one. The tip is lowered, which does add an element of control. With such a large knife, you are going to want all the control that you can get. The tip is also very broad, which adds strength to the blade. In the case of the Camp 10, it adds so much strength. You are going to want all of the strength you can get when it comes to a machete, because you are going to be taking on all sorts of the natural elements, which we all know are the toughest elements. The drop point blade also has a massive belly, which will allow you to slice with the knife. Because of the strength, size, and thickness of this knife, you will be able to slice through even the thickest of branches.

Like all good machetes, the blade is plain. This means that you will be able to sharpen it in the field if needed, because all you really will need is a couple good stones. The plain edge allows you to take on a wider variety of tasks, so you won’t be limited to just sawing through materials.

 

The Handle:

This is a full tang knife, so the handle is made out of 65Mn steel, but it does have a rubber over mold. The full tang makes the knife stronger and more durable. The full tang just means that the entire knife is made out of one piece of carved metal. There are no weak spots where the handle and the blade have been welded together. This means that the knife is less likely to break. When you are in the field or out on a mission, if the handle happens to break off or break down, you will still have the entire knife, just without the grip of the rubber over mold. With a full tang knife, you don’t have to worry about what material you are trying to cut through. Plus, you are going to use this knife for more than just cutting because of the strength, but we will get back to that in the mechanism section.

The rubber over mold is tan, which pairs perfectly with the black portions of the rest of the knife. The rubber over mold makes this knife more comfortable to hold, because it adds a little bit of width and softness. The over mold is also intensely checkered so that you don’t have to worry about your grip slipping when you are in the heat of things. When you are using a machete, chances are you are in a strange or extreme environment. The grip of the over mold ensures that no matter what your environment is, you will have a strong and secure grip on this huge knife.

The handle has two large finger guards on each side of the handle, to ensure that you don’t cut yourself. The spine of the handle bulges out slightly to give you a more comfortable grip. The belly of the handle also bulges out slightly to give you a comfortable grip so that you can hold on to this knife for long periods of time if needed.

In the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved in. This is crucial because a lanyard will help secure tis knife against loss. If you need to field dress any animals, the lanyard will give you a little bit more safety during that task. You can also wrap the lanyard around the handle to give more texture no matter what you are trying to accomplish. Lastly, if you are worried about visibility or losing your knife, you can tie on a brightly colored lanyard, or a bright piece of flagging onto your lanyard.

 

The Mechanism:

The Camp 10 is a fixed blade, which has plenty of benefits. For starters, they are stronger than other knives and also bigger than other knives. You can find a fixed blade in almost any size, from small, to ginormous just like this one. All of them are going to have extremely strong blades. Next, fixed blades don’t break because there are no moving parts on a fixed lade to break. Fixed blades are also easier to maintain, because you do not have to worry about the hinge like with a folding knife. Plus, cleaning is very straightforward and very simple. All you have to do is wipe down the blade and handle and oil the blade occasionally. This makes it a great option if you are going to be in nature for long periods of time—nothing can get in the handle, rusting and breaking down the mechanisms. Then, the biggest advantage to this fixed blade is that it is a superior survival tool. Because of the strength and versatility, you can use this knife for a wide variety of tasks such as cutting, digging, splitting wood, using it as a first aid tool, using it to prepare food, using it as a hunting weapon, hammering, or even a prying tool. The thickness of this knife will come in especially handy when it comes to hammering and prying. All in all, though, you can’t really go wrong with the Camp 10.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this Kershaw knife is made out of Glass-Filled Nylon, or GFN. This is the same material as Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon. They are both a thermoplastic material which is very strong, resistant to bending, resistant to abrasion, and is practically indestructible. Plus, it is super cheap to make and thus purchase. This is an inexpensive material because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. All of these characteristics lend well to high volume manufacturing and hence the lower cost.

One of the reasons that it is so strong is because the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions. This is different than G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, which are all similar materials, but have the fiberglass strands aligned in a single direction. Some of the benefits are that it is strong, tough, inexpensive, and requires zero maintenance—perfect for this low maintenance machete. The cons of the knife are that it has a cheap plastic feel to it and it has less grip than G-10 does.

The sheath also includes a belt loop, making this knife very easy to always have on you and out of the way. The sheath is tan, which matches the handle, with black loops, which match the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 10 inches long, with an overall length of 16 inches long. This knife weighs in at a hefty one pound and 2.3 ounces, which gives you the heft to take on virtually anything. When the knife is in the sheath, it weighs in at 1 pound and 8 ounces.

 

The Conclusion:

Kershaw says, “The popular Kershaw Camp 10 machete has been widely praised for both value and durability. And while its original black-and-gray color scheme looks great in the filed or in the backyard, we thought we’d try this favorite in a new color, too. This new black-and-tan color scheme was inspired by a Camp 10 that was put to work and got all dusty in the process. Turns out, it looked pretty good doing it. The new ‘Camp Tan’ as the designer likes to call it, has all the features of the regular Camp 10, but with a tan handle and sheath. From clearing brush to making kindling, the Camp 10 Tan is the ideal outdoor and survival tool. Cut, slash, hack, split, scrape—just about any task you ask of it, the Camp 10 Tan can handle. The full-tang Camp 10 Tan is made of 65Mn carbon tool steel for toughness and wear resistance. A black powder coat protects the steel and makes maintenance easier. With its rubber over mold, the Camp 10’s handle is super-grippy and provides and extra-secure, contoured grip. The handle has a built-in hand guard and is drilled in both front and rear so you can attach a lanyard either place—or both—for carrying versatility. The new Camp 10 Tan comes with a matching tan molded sheath with handy lash points and nylon straps. It attaches to pack, belt, ATV trial box, or saddle bags with ease.” Pick up this brand new Kershaw machete today at BladeOps.

Kershaw Ember Assist Knife Review

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

Kershaw Knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to from 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 brand of sporting and pocketknives; Shun Cutlery, handcrafted Japanese kitchen cutlery; and Zero Tolerance, a lien of premium and professional knives.

Kershaw has collaborated with a number of custom knife makers over the years to produce ground-breaking knives. Collaborations include working with Hall of Fame knife maker, Ken Onion on Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives. Working with Ernest Emerson, Grant and Gavin Hawk, Frank Centofante, Rick Hinderer, RJ Martin, and many 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.

With Kershaw, you know that you are going to get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even their inexpensive models are impressive and durable, because everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, and reliable.

Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be product to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. From pocket knives, to hunting knives, to a special edition run, Kershaw has always chosen appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship.

Today, we will be discussing the Kershaw Ember Assist knife with a CarboNitride finished clip blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Kershaw knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel that is made in china. Its composition is close to the Japanese steel AUS-8. When this steel has the correct heat treatment, it will retain the edge sharpness for a long time while also maintaining its good corrosion resistance levels. Knives made with this steel are easy to sharpen and keep sharpening well. Overall, this steel is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. However, the best characteristic that it boasts is how inexpensive it is. For the cost, you get a good steel. However, you do need to remember that you do get what you pay for, so when compared to some of the more premium steels, this blade is not going to measure up.

The blade has been coated with a titanium carbo-nitride coating. This is an abrasion resistant ceramic coating that is formed by adding a small amount of carbon to the TiN coating during the deposition process. The carbon makes the coating harder and gives it a lower friction coefficient. This coating does produce an attractive gray blade coating that increased the blades hardness, helps maintain the edge, and increases the overall lifetime of the blade.

The blade has been carved into a modified clip point blade shape. Clip points blades are one of the two most popular blade shapes that is in use today. The blade is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight from the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. It ten turns and continues to the point of the knife; this cut-out area is referred to as the clip and is curved. The clip was named because it looks like the knife got that specific portion of the blade clipped off, and the blade style was named because of this portion. Clip point blades are very versatile because of the large belly that it sports, which is ideal for slicing. This blade shape is really designed for piercing, because it does feature a thin, sharp point. While this thin sharp point does allow you to pierce effortlessly, it is also one of the only drawbacks to this blade style. Because it is thinner, it will have more of a tendency to break or snap. The clip point blade does not have the strength that a drop point blade boasts.

The spine of the blade has an ergonomic top groove for your index finger when you are making close cuts.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 410 stainless steel. This steel is a 12% chromium martensitic stainless steel and when heated it hardens to achieve optimum strength and edge retention. Because of these qualities, it is commonly used in manufacturing cutlery. This steel is proven to withstand the effects of environment conditions, water, mild chemicals, and the acids that you will find in food. This steel also exhibits good heat and oxidation resistance. Sandmeyer Steel says, “The everyday rigors placed on cutlery demand a material that exhibits excellent strength, lasting durability, and resistance to mildly corrosive environments. For this reason, 410 stainless steel has become a staple in the manufacturing of knives and flatware. It is also utilized in cutting applications in industrial food processing. The alloy’s chromium composition protects surfaces from the acidity of food and the corrosive properties of water, while the material’s high strength and hardness make it an ideal substance suitable for a variety of mechanical applications.”

The handle has been finished with the same titanium carbon-nitride coating, which means that the color of the handle and blade are exactly the same. This also means that the life time of the handle will be extended because of how well protected the steel of the handle is.

Kershaw Ember Assist Knife
Kershaw Ember Assist Knife

The handle has an elongated finger groove, which helps give you a comfortable grip on this knife. Right after that, there is an extremely shallow and slightly more elongated groove that gives your fingers a comfortable place to rest, even if you are using this knife for long periods of time throughout your day. Near the butt of the handle, opposite the spine, there is a row of jimping that allows you to have a better grip on this knife. This jimping is needed because the handle is smaller than your typical knife handle, since is this knife is such a compact knife. The angles and contours of the Ember’s handle give it an edgy, tactical look.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a three position clip, which means that the user may position the clip for tip-up or tip-own carry on one side and one-position carry on the other. The clip and the rest of the hardware on this knife is black, which contrasts nicely with the blade and the handle. The clip is a deep carry clip, which means that your knife will be easier to conceal. The only disadvantage that some people find with a deep carry clip is that it takes a fraction of a second longer to remove from your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an assisted opening knife that is equipped with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism as well as a flipper. The Ember is also equipped with a frame lock mechanism.

Kershaw was the first to bring SpeedSafe assisted opening knives to market, launching a revolution in opening systems—and winning numerous industry awards along the way. This was originally designed by Hall of Fame knife maker Ken Onion, Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives flew off the shelves. Today, most major knife companies offer some sort of assisted opening knife, but none can match the popularity or proven durabily of Kershaw’s original. The heart of a 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 to the thumb stud or flipper to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. This enables the torsion bar to move along a track in the handle and assist you to open the knife. The blade opens smoothly and locks into positon ready for use.

The 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. On the Ember, the flipper is very triangular. When the knife is opened, the flipper actually acts as a finger guard, adding an extra element of safety to this Kershaw knife.

In a frame lock knife, the knife handle, or its frame, consists of two pates 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, or 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 positon. Both the blade tang and the lock bar are precisely angled so they fit together for a secure, reliable lockup. The thickness of the frame material blocking the blade open makes the frame lock extremely sturdy.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this Kershaw knife measures in at 2 inches long, with a handle of 2.8 inches long. When the knife is opened, its overall length is 4.8 inches long. The Ember assist weighs in at 2.2 ounces. This is a smaller knife, which is perfect for your new favorite EDC—its big enough to take on almost anything and small enough that it isn’t going to be a hassle to have with you at all times.

 

Conclusion:

This stylish assist knife is big on looks and just the right size for a pocket, briefcase, backpack, or purse.
When Kershaw is talking about this knife, they say: “Kershaw and Rick Hinderer have teamed up to bring you a smaller pocketknife with plenty of style, the Kershaw Ember.
The first thing you’ll notice, of course, is the Ember’s size. The blade is just two inches long and, when closed, the knife is a compact 2.8 inches. But the next thing you’ll notice is the Ember’s striking looks. Angles, contours, matte-grey coating, and black hardware give it a tactical look-and-feel that we think knife users will really warm up to.
For easy opening, the Ember features SpeedSafe® assisted opening and a handy, built-in flipper. The modified clip-point blade has an ergonomic top curve, which gives the user a convenient place to position an index finger when guiding the knife’s edge in a close-cutting situation. A sturdy frame lock secures the blade in position for safe use.
The blade is heat treated to Kershaw’s demanding specifications to bring out the very best qualities in the steel. Titanium carbo-nitride coating on both blade and handle give the Ember a matte grey finish. Black hardware, including the three-position pocket clip, enhances this little knife’s look.
Easy to carry in pocket, briefcase, or backpack, the new Ember from Kershaw and Rick Hinderer packs a lot of style into a small package.” The Ember is long on style and class. Once you get it in your pocket you’ll see why it just may become your favorite every day carry pocket knife. So come on over to BladeOps and pick up your new favorite EDC today.

 

Kershaw Foliage Camo Blur Spring Assist Knife Review

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 and is headquartered in Oregon.

Kershaw Knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form is own cutlery company based on his own designs. Early manufacturing was primarily done in Japan. IN 1977, Kershaw became a wholly owned subsidiary of the KAI Group. In 1977 the U.S. production facility was opened in in Wilsonville, Oregon. Due to an expanding market, the facilities were moved to a large production site in 2003. Currently, Kai USA manufacturing facilities are located in Tualatin Oregon with some 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 a 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. Collaborations include working with Hall of Fame Knife Maker Ken Onion on Kershaw’s SpeedSafe knives, Ernest Emerson, Grant and Gavin hawk, Frank Centofante, Rick Hinderer, RJ Martin, and more.

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 Country Choppers, the American Professional Rodeo Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Some fun facts are that Steven Seagal and his Kershaw collaboration knife paper in the movie Driven to Kill. Kershaw Knives have appeared in numerous other television shows and movies including Lost and Supernatural. In the television show Person of Interest, the character John Reece is frequently seen using a Kershaw Blur.

Today we will be talking about a version of the Blur. This specific knife is Kershaw’s 1670CAMO Foliage Camo Blur Spring Assisted knife with a black Sandvik blade and an aluminum handle.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this version of Kershaw’s Blue is made out of Sandvik 14C28N Stainless Steel. This steel is a great option for knife blades, because the steel grade allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of microstructure integrity. The steel is often used in high end knives as well as custom knives.  This steel makes re-sharpening a breeze. The steel also has a high resistance to micro chipping, rolling, or folding of the edge. The steel can be hardened to a 55-62HRC, which is a fantastic hardness for folding or pocket knives. Sandvik 14C28N also has a high corrosion resistance which leads to a particular appeal if you are going to be working in a wet or humid environment, such as in the kitchen or if you are hoping to use this knife in the outdoors.

The blade has been coated with a black Diamond Like Coating. A coating does have several purposes on a knife blade. For starters, the coating finish prevents corrosion because it puts a layer between the steel and the environment. A coating also eliminates a shiny surface, which is ideal with a tactical field blade. You do not want the reflections off of a blade to give your position away. The Diamond Like Coating, or DLC, is a type of PVD coating which stands for physical vapor deposition. The process is to deposit a hard, ceramic like layer onto the steel surface. This ceramic like layer is composed of the combination of various nitrides and carbides and is chemically bonded to the metal surface and is much harder than any tool steel could ever be. This type of coating is usually so hard that it will actually make the blade scratch resistant, plus, because they are also chemically inert, they do protect against rust. A DLC is pitch black, but that’s not why it is sought after: it is by far the hardest coating that can be put on a surface. It is so hard that when metal is cut with a DLC coated knife, the blade will get marked—by the metal that has been spread on the DLC coating. Plus, DLC has low friction, so it is supposed to make the cut easier. Unfortunately, this does add a significant cost to your knife blade.

The blade has been carved into a slightly recurved drop point style blade. The drop point blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today, probably owing to the fact that it is basically an all-purpose blade shape. The most common place that you are going to come across this blade shape is on a hunting knife, because the point on a drop point blade is easily controllable. Because the tip is lowered on a drop point blade, it is easily controlled, which does make it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. But, a hunting knife is not the only place that you are going to come across this blade shape: it is also very popular on tactical and survival knives. This is because of the way the style is formed: the back edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds strength to the tip. And while the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is so much stronger. It is because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use that makes the drop point blade such a popular shape for tactical and survival knives. This blade shape is also extremely versatile because it features a large belly area that is perfect for slicing, which is most likely going to be the majority of what you are doing with your knife. Really the drop point blade shape only has one disadvantage and that is its broad tip, because it does make it less able to pierce than the clip point. But, you do have to keep in mind that it is this broad tip that allows the drop point blade shape to have so much strength behind it. This drop point blade on the Camo Blur does have all of those regular benefits, but the shape is slightly different. When it comes to the tip and belly, there is a slight curve that you don’t normally get with a drop point blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum with Trac-Tec inserts on both of the handle scales. The aluminum metal is commonly used in a knife handle and there a few really great reasons as to why it is such a common knife handle material. For starters, aluminum can be anodized into just about any color that you can think of, which always adds an aesthetically pleasing feature to the knife. Plus, the anodization process does add a touch of durability and hardness to the handle. Aluminum is also a very low-density metal, so while it is a very tough material, it is also lightweight and is not going to weigh you down. Unfortunately, aluminum does have a limited resistance to impact, which just means that it is going to be prone to dents and scratches. The most commonly used aluminum alloy is 6061, because it does have the highest tensile strength out of all the aluminum alloys. The aluminum on this version of the Blur has been finished with a unique foliage camo print.

A common problem on an aluminum handle is that there is not enough grip to allow the knife to be an outdoors or even a go-to knife. To combat that, Kershaw has added inserts of Trac-Tec to both of the handle scales. These inserts give you plenty of grip that will allow you to use this knife in almost any environment without having to worry about your grip on the handle.

To help with control when slicing, there is a small amount of jimping on the spine of the handle, with a larger portion of jimping that rests in the elongated finger groove. The butt of the handle does have a lanyard hole carved into it.

 

Kershaw Foliage Camo Blur Spring Assist Knife
Kershaw Foliage Camo Blur Spring Assist Knife

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is black, just like the blade and has been statically designed for tip up or tip down carry, but only on the traditional side of the handle. The clip is kept in place by two black screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

The Foliage Camo Blur is a spring assisted knife that boasts Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe system as well as a liner lock.

The speed safe assists the user to smoothly open this knife with a manual push on the blade’s thumb stud. 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 to the thumb stud 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 SpeedSafe system was specifically designed for sporting, work, or everyday situations where one-handed opening is preferable and safer. It’s safe, efficient opening has made it a popular choice for hunters, fishermen, and those who require the one-hand opening function on the job-site. The SpeedSafe mechanism is very safe. When the user overcome the resistance of the torsion bar, SpeedSafe assists in opening the knife. Once opened, the liner locking system will secure the blade in positon so that it does not close accidentally. When releasing the lock, the blade won’t snap shut due to resistance provide by the torsion bar. Since the torsion bar provides a bias towards the closed position, it will normally hold the blade securely closed.

The liner lock is one of the most commonly found form of lock on modern folding knives—for ease of use, ease of assembly, and cost, it’s hard to beat a liner lock. The basic design uses one of the blade’s liners, cut out and bent to create a spring effect, to engage the back of the blade tang when the blade is opened. The pros of a liner lock sit hat they are simple to use, inexpensive to make, and very familiar to most people. But, the user’s fingers are in the path of the blade when closing, and this locking system is not normally suited for heavy-duty use due to the thin nature of the liner.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.75 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.5 inches long. The overall length of the Blur when it is opened is 7.875 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.9 ounces. This knife was made in the United States.

 

Conclusion:

The Kershaw Blur series has remained as one of Kershaw’s more popular spring assist knives thanks in part to its slightly recurved blade design which is ideal for multi-tasking and promotes excellent slicing and piercing capabilities. This liner lock designed model features Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe™ system, which quickly deploys the blade via the built-in angled dual thumb stud feature. The Blur also includes Trac-Tec inserts in both handle scales which provides increased security while holding it as well as staying in a pocket. This model, the 1670CAMO, features an aluminum handle with a unique foliage camo finish, grip-promoting black Trac-Tec inserts, a slightly recurved drop point style blade in a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) black finish, stainless steel liners and a pocket clip designed for tip up or tip down carry on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up your Kershaw 1670CAMO Foliage Camo Blur spring assisted knife today at BladeOps.