Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder Knife Review

Everyone knows that there is nothing like a Kershaw. From award winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know that you are carrying the real thing. The real thing means value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even their most inexpensive models re impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted, reliable. That’s why they can back each of their knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty. And yes, it is definitely possible to own their Kershaw knives for a lifetime.

The point is, you can always look to Kershaw for everyday carrying knives that can take any cardboard box and liberate any purchase from its plastic packaging, sporting knives that make hunting, fishing watersports, and camping even better, work knives that won’t let you down, and tactical knives that ensure you’re ready for anything.

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

Kershaw 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 also introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in their Blade Traders. And, recently, their Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels into one blade, gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling them to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine. And they will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knife making industry and knife-using public.

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

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

Today, we will be talking about eh Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder knife with a bead blast blade.

Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder Knife
Kershaw 1925 Payload Multi-Tool Folder Knife


The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel, which is made in China. In its composition this steel is close to the Japanese steel of AUS-8 grade. 8Cr13MoV steel at tis low cost demonstrates very worthy characteristics of cutting. At suitable heat treatment of steel, the products made of 8Cr13MoV steel retain for a long time the sharpness of the cutting edge and have a very good corrosion resistance. The range of steel hardness is 56-59 HRC. Knives made of 8Cr13MoV steel keep sharpening well and at the same time they are easy to sharpen, and have highly aggressive cuts on soft materials. This stainless steel is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. Many features made the 8Cr13MoV steel suitable for production of non-expensive tourist and urban knives with good average performance. As a key, don’t bother with anything less than 8Cr in this series—7Cr and less isn’t worth your time or money, because it lacks the carbon necessary to hold an edge even during mild use.

The blade on the Payload has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created by using abrasive glass or ceramic beads. These beads are blasted at the steel at a high pressure which results in an even grey finish. A blasted finish reduces reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. Creating a blasted finish is a base level or user level finish on a knife blade. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even form stainless steel, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment.

The knife on the Kershaw Payload has been carved into a beefy clip point blade shape. This is one of the thickest clip point blades that you are going to find because it has been specifically designed as a utility blade. This is a great all-purpose blade, that is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The blade shape is formed by the unsharpened edge of the knife running straight from the handle and stopping about halfway up the knife. Then, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This cut-out area can be straight or curved, and on the Payload, is a curved portion. This section is referred to as the “clip”, which is how this blade 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. This clipped out portion creates a lowered point, which gives you more control over your cuts when you are using the knife. Often times with a clip point blade shape, the tip suffers from being pretty brittle because it is so fine and thin. However, since this knife has been designed as a utility knife, the tip is not thin, it is sharp, but not thick. This means that you can take on some pretty tough utility tasks without having to worry about the point snapping. This blade shape is also very versatile because it sports such a large belly. This belly is what makes slicing such a breeze. And, if you are looking for a good every day or all-purpose blade, you should be looking for a knife that features a large belly. The majority of the cuts that you are going to be doing are with the belly of your knife.

This knife is also a plain edged knife, which lends it more capably to a variety of tasks. The plain edge also lets you perform some finer work and will give you very clean cuts.


The Handle:

The handle of this multi-tool and knife is made out of glass-filled nylon or GRN. This is a thermoplastic material that is super strong, resistant to bending, abrasion, and practically indestructible. Plus, this material is very cheap. This material is similarly to G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, except that it is a lot stronger and more indestructible than those other materials. In this material, the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions, as opposed to those other materials that have their fibers arranged in a single direction, meaning they are brittle. There are some drawbacks though, many knife enthusiasts di not warm up to this material because they claimed it felt cheap and somewhat hollow. It also is a little less grippy than G-10. This material is inexpensive because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. All this lends well to high volume manufacturing and hence low cost. The handle is pretty beefy and this is where a lot of the multi-tools are stored. While this handle is a beefier handle, there is a curve to it, which makes it a lot more comfortable to hold, especially during long periods of time. This curve also gives you the secure grip that you need when you are working with the tools.

Some of these parts are an out-the-back spring-loaded bit driver and five bits being stored in the handle. These bits are #1 & #2 slotted, and #1 & #2 Phillips, and a T-6 bit.


The Pocket Clip:

This knife has its own custom pocekt clip and it’s ready to go to work whenever you need. The pocket clip has a piece that you can attach all of your bits into. But, because of this, it is a single position pocket clip. The clip, along with the rest of the hardware in the knife are black.


The Mechanism:

This knife is a fully manual opening knife. It features thumb studs to help you open this knife. This is arguably the most common one-hand-opening feature, the thumb stud is employed by a lot of different knife manufacturers. A thumb stud essentially replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. The principle is pretty straightforward—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. Knives with a thumb stud usually incorporate a locking mechanism of some sort.

In the case of the Kershaw Payload, the locking mechanism is a liner lock. The liner locks are one of the more common mechanisms seen on folding knives. This mechanism’s characteristic component is a side spring bar located on the same side as sharp edge of the blade, “lining” the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring bar is held under tension. When the knife is fully opened, that tension slips the bar inward to make contact with the butt of the blade, keeping it firmly in place and preventing it from closing. To disengage a liner lock, you have to use your thumb to push the spring bar “down” so that it clears contact form the butt of the blade. This lets you use your index finger to push the blade just enough so that it keeps the bar pushed down so you can remove your thumb form the blade path, then continue to safely close the knife. Liner locks are beneficial in that they allow a knife to have two true handle sides, unlike a frame lock. You can close the knife with one hand without switching grip, ideal for when you need both hands on the job. You’ll find liner locks in both entry-level and high-end knives. If you’ll be using your knife for heavy duty tasks, you should know liner locks typically aren’t as robust as other locking systems. They are still plenty strong, but because they’re typically made from a thinner piece of metal, they’re more prone to wearing out compared to a beefy frame lock.


The Specs:

The blade on this knife measure in at 3.3 inches long, with the closed length measuring in at 4.25 inches long and an open length measuring in at 7.5 inches long. This multi-tool weighs in at 6.3 ounces.



When Kershaw is describing this knife and multi tool, they say, “Get your hands on the Payload and you will soon appreciate its practicality. The Payload stores a 5-bit screwdriver set on board: a #1 slotted screwdriver, a #1 Phillips™, a #2 slotted, #2 Phillips™, and a T-6. Just remove the bit you want, then push the button at mid-handle to release the bit driver in the back of the handle. The spring-loaded bit driver slides out, ready to accept your chosen bit. When your job is done, replace the bit and slide the bit driver back into the handle. In addition to the handy on-board bit set, you also get a big, beefy utility blade. Open this manual knife one-handed using the convenient thumb stud. The blade is quality 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a no-nonsense bead-blasted finish. A secure locking liner holds this wide blade safely open during use. The Payload has its own custom pocket clip and it’s ready to go to work now.” Pick up your Kershaw Payload today at BladeOps.


CRKT 6491 Large Pazoda Folder Knife

Columbia River Knife and Tool, Inc., or CRKT, is an American Knife company that was established in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of the individuals had formerly worked for Kershaw Knives. The company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) knife was introduced. The small folder, designed by Ed Halligan was a success. Within the opening days of the show the years’ worth of the product was sold out. They sold at 4-5 times original production numbers resulting in a tripling of production efforts.

Only three years later, the company would encounter a massive problem. On October 3 of 2000 US Customs seized a shipment of 80,000 CRKT folding knives worth more than $4.3 million. All 50 models seized had always passed every Customs test in prior situations. The shipment had cleared Customs on September 29 but on October 3 an inspector decided that the knives acted like switchblades despite the fact that none of them fit within the definition set forth by the U.S. Switch Blade Knife Act of 1958. On October 17 a letter was co-signed by Oregon U.S. Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and Senator Gordon Smith that petitioned the head of Customs to aid CRKT. Because of their action there was a Federal inquiry of the US Customs actions that had to be answered within thirty days. On October 20 the company was once again allowed to move their product. However, this was not before losing over $1 million in sales and spending over $30,000 on legal fees.

This company has since bounced back and is now producing a wide range of fixed lades and folding knives, multi-tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT has also collaborated with many custom knife makers. At this point, CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending.

Today we will be discussing the CRKT 6491 Large Pazoda.

CRKT Large Pazoda 6491
CRKT Large Pazoda 6491


The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel that has been hardened to a 56-59 HRC. This steel belongs to the Chinese Cr series of steel. These blade formulas are very common in Chinese made knives. 8Cr is the most common formulation out of the entire series and is most easily compared to AUS-8 steel. However, it is a little bit worse than AUS-8 steel being a little more prone to corrosion as well as not being quite as hard. This steel is extremely cheap though, which is one of its biggest benefits. While it is not going to stand up next to a super steel or a premium steel, when you look at what you pay for the steel versus what you get out of it, you are getting a very high Return on Investment. This steel is going to resist corrosion well, keep an edge well, and get the job done. However, it is not going to do anything extra or excel at anything that it is doing.

The blade has been coated with a titanium nitride coating. This coating is often known as a TiNi coating. It is an extremely hard ceramic material that is often used as a coating on blades. It is designed to improve the substrate’s surface properties. It is applied as a thin coating and then is hardened to protect cutting and sliding surfaces and even for a decorative purpose. It is a very thin material, adding less than 5 micrometers to the steel when it is applied. This coating is going to prolong the life of the blade, just like any other coating would. It is going to increase the wear resistance, the corrosion resistance, and even allow you to cut a little more smoothly. However, like all coatings, it can and will scratch off with time or hard use. At this point, it would have to be re-coated to give you any of the good benefits.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a drop point style blade. The drop point is extremely versatile as well as being capable of standing up to almost anything. This is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The back edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point proved more control and adds strength to the tip. Even though the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. It because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use that makes the drop point blade shape a great option on tactical and survival knives. Drop point knives also feature a large belly area that makes slicing a breeze. This belly is going to allow the knife to be used for a very large variety of things. This belly will let you use this knife as an everyday carry knife as well as being a great outdoors knife. The bigger the belly, the better the knife. The only real disadvantage that the drop point blade has is that its relatively broad tip does make it less suitable for piercing than the clip point blade. Overall though, you will be preparing yourself for almost any situation with this knife.

The blade on this knife is a combination edge, which means that the bottom half is serrated and the top half is plain. This is designed to give you the best of both worlds because you can use the plain edge for fine tip work and the serrated edge for sawing through thicker materials. One of the complaints when it comes to a combo edge is that neither portion is actually big enough to fully utilize.


The Handle:

            The handle on this knife is made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is an incredibly durable material, especially when it comes to knife handles. It is going to be very resistant to corrosion, although it is not going to be very lightweight. One of the issues is that stainless steel is a pretty slippery material, so manufacturers do have to add in etchings or ridges for the user to have the required texture. The overall pros to a stainless steel handle is that it is going to be strong, durable, and very corrosion resistant. The overall cons to this knife handle material is that it is heavy and it can be slippery.

The handle on this knife has a pretty simple design. The spine of the handle curves from the blade to the butt of the knife. The belly of the knife has a slight finger guard that will help to protect your fingers if you do slip, but it is not going to do as much as some could. After that, there is a shallow and elongated finger groove, which helps to provide a comfortable grip on the knife as well as helping you have a more secure grip on the knife. The belly bulges out to help you have a solid grip on the knife.

The butt of the handle does have a lanyard hole, which is a bonus. Especially if you are using this knife as an outdoors or adventure knife.

The face of the handle does have a unique design on it. For the most part, the front handle scale is a bright silver, but there is a dark grey wave that goes through it on the bottom portion. This gives an elegant look without being too over the top. The back handle scale is a dark grey handle scale.


The Pocket Clip:

            The pocket clip on this knife is a deep carry pocket clip. This means that it is going to be more secure and more concealed in your pocket. You won’t have to worry about jostling it out of your pocket, as it is going to be very snug inside. The clip is a matte grey which matches the rest of the knife. It is extremely skinny and the same width from the tip to the bottom. On the middle of the clip “CRKT” is stamped in white. The clip is kept in place by two grey screws, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife. The pocket clip is not reversible—it has been attached to the handle for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle.


The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that has been equipped with a thumb hole, a frame lock, and Veff Flat Top serrations.

The thumb hole is a wide hole that replaces the nail nick or thumb stud. The hole is just as easy to use as either of the other options would be. Of course, this does mean that it is still going to put your fingers directly into the blade’s path when you are opening this knife. But, it is considered a little better than the thumb stud, because it doesn’t extend out of the blade. This means that it is not going to catch or snag on anything, and it is also not going to get in the way when you are trying to use this knife.

The frame lock has been described as the beefed up version of the liner lock. This is a very similar mechanism to the liner lock, except that instead of an internal spring bar that moves into place, the lock is part of the handle itself. Frame locks are known to be stronger than liner locks, because the piece of metal that slips into place is more substantial that than in a liner. Because they are so similar to liner locks though, closing a frame lock is pretty much the exact same. All you have to do is push down on the spring bar so that it no longer blocks the butt of the blade, then remove your thumb from the path, then fold the knife closed. This type of locking mechanism does put a large portion of metal against het blade, which ensures a strong lockup that is perfect for piercing, cutting, slicing, and other heavy-duty tasks. Frame locks are often found on mid to upper range knives.

Tom Veff knows a thing or two about edges. As the world’s finest and only “Edgeologist” he specializes in serrations that improve cutting efficiency. So you can go through fibrous materials like a torched straight edge does through cold butter.


The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.08 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.11 inches. The handle on this knife measures in at 4.24 inches long. When the Pazoda is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.31 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.8 ounce, which is one the heftier side, but it still won’t weigh you down when you are on your adventures.



When CRKT is discussing this knife, they say, “You almost don’t want to get it dirty. Almost. With its stylish frame and clean lines, it almost feels wrong to use the Pazoda™. But once you’ve got this blade in hand, that feeling goes away real quick.

The Pazoda™ family of pocket knives are subtly stylish and expertly efficient. The Pazoda™ Large is the bigger version of the original Pazoda™ and the smaller Pazoda™ 2. It features an oval thumb hole for easy ambidextrous opening and a stainless steel frame lock for safety. This folding knife has a deep carry pocket clip for tip down carry and it rides low and inconspicuous in your pocket. The smooth stainless steel handles of the Large Pazoda are ideal for personalized laser etching or simple engraving.

The Pazoda™: a stylish knife that isn’t afraid to get run through the mud.” This knife has since been discontinued by CRKT, but BladeOps does have a few of them left. You can hurry on over to and pick up this fantastic knife before its gone.




LionSteel Daghetta Folding Knife Review — Snapshot Review

LionSteel 8701AL Daghetta
LionSteel 8701AL Daghetta

The LionSteel Daghetta knife features all the charm and class of an “old school” Italian folder along with the quality construction and materials you would expect from a modern knife.  Available in either a satin finish (the 8700 series) or a PTFE black finish (the 8701 series), the Daghetta boasts a D2 blade that opens with ambidextrous thumb studs.

The Daghetta comes from the historical “Dagha” knife that was often used by the military. Originally a dagger or a dirk, the Daghetta has been created as a folding alternative to the classic fixed blade knife.  The handle is available in carbon fiber, black anodized aluminum as well as G10.  Machined with CNC precision, these handles provide a comfortable, secure grip for serious knife work.  The blade, once open, locks into place with the LionSteel TOL (Tactical Operation Lock System) which keeps the blade securely open so that the knife blade doesn’t close up on your hand during heavy cuts.

The pocket clip is easily reversible right/left so that the knife is perfect for right or left hand users.  It is a tip up clip.

I love the style and grace of this knife.  It has classic Italian lines combined with the quality machining and precision you expect from a LionSteel knife.  If you are looking for a great every day carry knife that is built with you in mind, check out the Daghetta series.


  • Overall Length: 7.5″
  • Blade Length: 3.25″
  • Blade Finish: Satin or Black
  • Handle Material: Black Aluminum Scales, Carbon Fiber plus G10 scales, or G10 scales
  • Handle Length: 4.25″
  • Blade Steel: D2
  • Blade Style: Spear Point, Plain Edge
  • Weight: 3.83 oz.

Ontario RAT Model 1 Knife

Ontario RAT Model 1
Ontario RAT Model 1 Folder knife

If you’ve never had the chance to check out the Ontario RAT 1 folder knives, you are missing out.  Available with the standard 4 blade variations (satin or black finish, standard or combo edge), the knife has a stainless steel drop point blade that is perfect size (3.5″) for nearly any cutting that needs to be done.  The flat ground blade gives you a maximally sharp edge for serious slicing and cutting.  The handle is an open frame with textured black nylon scales.  The linerlock is solid.  And the RAT Model 1 comes with a true 4 way clip so the knife is equally good for whichever way you want to carry it (right/left, tip up/tip down).

The knife is a Randall’s Adventure and Training design that is built by Ontario Knives.  It is a workhorse of a knife that is durable, strong, and light on the wallet.  Check them out on our site here.

Schrade SCH104LS Folding Knife

The Schrade 104LS large framelock knife sports a black finished drop point blade.  The blade is designed for dependable everyday use, the 104LS boasts black G-10 handle scales that are comfortable in your hand and give you plenty of traction for a solid grip. Like each Schrade knife, it carries a limited lifetime warranty.  Check out this video about this knife, and then head over to our site and pick yourself up one.  At only $27.95 this is a steal of a deal.

Boker Kalashnikov 73 Liner Lock Knife

Boker Kalashnikov 73 Liner Lock
Boker Kalashnikov 73 Liner Lock

You already know you can pick up the Boker Kalashnikov automatic knife in the new, smaller size. This 73 series has been extremely popular.  Well now you can get the 73 in a manual folder liner lock edition.  Built with a thumb stud to slide the blade open, this knife is the perfect pocket knife for someone who wants a well built knife that will stand up to heavy abuse.  With an AUS8 blade and an aluminum handle that is built for comfort, the Boker Kalashnikov folder knives are perfect.  And now they come in the smaller size.