A pocket knife is something that many people do not leave the house without. In our opinion, not everyone needs to have one in their pocket at all times but you should at least have one in your house, in your tool kit or with your camping gear. They have so many uses the list is endless, but let me put it this way. When was the last time you used a sharp knife? Exactly.
Pocket knives are so popular these days that even grooms are giving engraved knives to their groomsmen as a wedding thank you gift. Now that’s a practical present. Pocket knives also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Kershaw have been making knives for over forty years and are celebrated for not only the workmanship that goes into them but also their practicality and good looks.
Headquartered in Oregon, Kershaw have an outstanding reputation and many high profile Hollywood fans. Kershaw knives have been featured in movies such as Driven and Quentin Tarantino’s classic, Kill Bill. This, of course, should not be the only reason to own one but highlights why these knives are so popular in the US and around the world.
Different types of Kershaw knives
In addition to pocket knives, Kershaw produce sports knives for hunting and fishing, and tactical knives for self defense and combat. They also make a range of accessories, which feature the same attention to detail and high manufacturing standards as their knife range.
But today we will be looking at a few examples of their signature product, which is the pocket knife. We will look at how they work, the features they possess and find out which one would be perfect for you, a lucky friend or significant other.
Kershaw Pocket Knives
1555BW Cryo Folding Knife
Voted Blade Magazine’s Best Buy of the Year in 2012, the Kershaw 1555BW Cryo Folding Knife with Blackwash Speed Safe is a great place to start. It features the signature thumb-opening stud, which allows the knife to be opened with one hand. It also has a built in flipper for opening in the traditional fashion. This is a knife which is sturdy enough to be used as an everyday carry knife and yet small enough to slip into the front pocket of your jeans.
It is high quality but reasonably priced and is a great entry-level blade from the Kershaw range. The extremely durable coating will not chip or get damaged just by rubbing against change in your pocket. And it was designed by ex-firefighter and EMT Rick Hinderer, so you know much thought and a lot of experience went into this seemingly simple design.
Black Shallot Knife
The next blade on our list is the Kershaw Black Shallot Knife with Tungsten DLC black coating on the blade and handle. This model features a partially serrated stainless steel blade with a slight re-curve so it’s an ideal temporary kitchen knife when camping. The Speed Safe manually-assisted-opening is suitable for both right and left handed opening and the 14C28N steel stands up well to heavy use while being highly corrosion resistant. The stainless steel handle also features a frame lock as a safety precaution that will not allow the blade to retract until you release it manually.
Many people like to keep a blade solely for cooking as this will ensure it stays keen and there are few better knives for this exact purpose. Keep it with your cooking gear and you will never be caught out.
Ken Onion Blur Folding Knife
The collaboration with renowned knife designer Ken Onion has resulted in many fine blades. One of such collaborations is the Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Folding Knife with Speed Safe. The name comes from the fact that it can be opened as fast as a switch blade with the thumb stud, but without the bother of having to explain yourself to law enforcement.
Unlike its infamous cousin the switch blade, it is perfectly legal because it’s not an automatic, it just opens ‘in a blur’. Still, this is no one trick pony and features Trac-Tec inserts in its aluminum handle to stop it slipping from your hand at an inopportune moment. It is also has a 3 ⅜ tanto steel blade that is partially serrated at the handle to allow for a bit more aggression in your cutting stroke when you need it. You can feel safe in thrusting, poking and levering without the worry of damaging the knife or more importantly hurting yourself.
So if you didn’t know about Kershaw before we hope we have give you a little insight into these great knives. So why wait until Christmas? Get one for yourself now, try it out and then you can gift one to someone to cherish as much as you.
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