Kershaw Knockout Assist Knife Review

Kershaw Knockout Assist
Kershaw Knockout Assist Knife with Olive Green Handle Scales

The Kershaw Knockout has been around for a while.  This year, Kershaw released their newest variation which includes an Olive Green anodized handle and a black DLC coated plain blade.  The new look is fantastic.

What is the Knockout?  Quite simply, it is a smooth operating assist knife that will satisfy your demands for a high quality, every day carry knife.  The anodized aluminum handle scales have an inset stainless steel plate that creates a frame lock that Kershaw has called the Sub-Frame Lock.  An ingenious design, it creates a solid framelock that will last for a very long time since the pressure of locking the blade is on the stainless steel plate instead of softer aluminum.

The Knockout uses the classic Kershaw SpeedSafe assist system.  Just push down the flipper and the blade gets going in a hurry.  It snaps out and then locks up via the sub-frame lock.  You can also use the generously sized thumb studs to open the knife–but I prefer the flipper.

My favorite part about this USA made knife is the size.  It is amazingly thin.  If you have ever held one of the old Kershaw Breakout Automatic knives–it is thin like that.  Which makes it nice for pocket carry–it doesn’t take up a bunch of real estate in your pocket.  So if you have been looking to upgrade from that Pocket Garbage™ you are currently carrying, think about picking up the new Olive Green Kershaw Knockout Assist Knife.  And let me know what you think of yours down below.


  • SpeedSafe Assisted Opening
  • Made in the USA
  • 4 Position Deep Carry Pocket Clip
  • Steel: Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, DLC Coating
  • Handle: 6061 T6 Aluminum, Olive Green Anodized
  • Blade Length: 3 1/4-in.
  • Closed Length: 4 5/8 in.
  • Overall Length: 7 7/8 in.
  • Weight: 3.4 oz.

4 thoughts on “Kershaw Knockout Assist Knife Review”

    1. Tony, the biggest difference is the weight, size and thickness. The Cryo II has a bit larger blade .15″ and a bit smaller handle–shorter by .2″. The Cryo II also weighs 2.1 ounces more. Which means you have a much lighter knife with the Knockout. There is also the difference in the width of the handle and blade. The Cryo II blade is 1 1/8″ wide and the Knockout is 1 1/4″ wide. The handle is also a bit different–the Cryo II has jimping and the Knockout has a shallow finger groove. The Cryo II has a plain finished handle while the Knockout has several shallow grooves that add texture to the handle. The two are somewhat similar. But in my mind, when you add up all the small difference, you have very different knives. The short answer to your question is the weight–due to the different materials in the handles. The Knockout is nearly half as heavy as the Cryo II.

      1. I’ve only been carrying the Cryo ll for about a month so it hasn’t been heavily used. To this point I like it a lot. Thanks for getting back so quickly.

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