Kershaw Pocket Knife

The Kershaw Pocket Knife combines in itself all the characteristics that any knife worth its salt must have. Elegant and innovative designs, quality materials, excellent craftsmanship and finish, and in most of them a really cool assisted opening device: the SpeedSafe system. There is no wonder why the Kershaw's are some of the most popular pocket knives on the market nowadays.

One of the principal achievements of Kershaw was the creation of a whole new category of folder knives between manual and auto on the industry, the assisted opening knives. The SpeedSafe technology designed by Ken Onion filled a gap for those who were searching for a folder that was easier to manipulate than what was available at the time, but not a switchblade. And truly the SpeedSafe mechanism is one of the highlights of these knives. It is simply addictive! The knives can be opened by pulling back on a blade protrusion with the index finger or by manual pushing on the blade’s thumb stud. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use, really an asset in these knives.

Kershaw Baby Boa
Kershaw Baby Boa

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is a custom knife maker, who designed many of the most popular Kershaw's models. He designed the SpeedSafe technology that made Kershaw's knives so famous. Since his union with Kershaw in 1998, he and Kershaw have produced some of the best pocket knives on the market, pocket knives which have won several awards on the industry. The Boa, the Chive, the Scallion, the Leek, and the Blur to name only a few. He is also the creator of an excellent line of kitchen knives: the Shun Ken Onion knives. These knives have the distinct curve geometry, proper of all Ken Onion knives, and they are one of the best on the market to use in the kitchen, a little expensive for my taste though.



Check Some of the Best Kershaw's Knives at Amazon

Kershaw 1550ST Blackout Partially Serrated Folding Knife
Kershaw 1550ST Blackout Partially Serrated Folding Knife

The Kershaw BlackOut Serrated pocket knife features a 13C26 stainless steel blade for strength and corrosion resistance. A classic!

Blade Length: 3-1/4 inches (8.4 cm)

Closed Length: 4-1/2 inches (11.3 cm)

Weight: 3.5 ounces

Steel: Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel

Handle: Polyimide

 
Kershaw Black Shallot Knife with Tungsten DLC Black coating on Blade & Handle
Kershaw Black Shallot Knife with Tungsten DLC Black coating on Blade & Handle

Equipped with SpeedSafe ambidextrous manually assisted opening. Blade: Sandvik 14C28N stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC black coating; Handle: 410 stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC black coating; Lock: Frame; Blade: 3-1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Weight: 4.2 oz.

 
Kershaw Ken Onion Boa Folding Knife with Speed Safe
Kershaw Ken Onion Boa Folding Knife with Speed Safe

Excellent pocket knife for general uses. Length: 3 3/8". Blade: Tungsten DLC coated S60V Stainless Steel. Handle: T6061-T6 anodized aluminum.

 
Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Folding Knife with Speed Safe (Black Blade)
Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Folding Knife with Speed Safe (Black Blade)

The Blur, a serious and robust blade. Length: 3 3/8. Blade: 440A Stainless Steel with Tungsten DLC black coating. Handle: Anodized aluminum handle with Trac-Tec inserts.

 
Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek Folding Knife with SpeedSafe
Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek Folding Knife with SpeedSafe

Perhaps the most popular Kerhaw Pocket Knife on the market. Beautiful, lightweight, slim and useful make this knife a Kershaw's best-selling. Steel: Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel. Handle: 410 stainless-steel. Blade. Length: 3 in. (7.5 cm)

Weight: 3.0 oz.

 
Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife (Stainless Steel)
Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife (Stainless Steel)

The Kershaw's Skyline is a slim and lightweight Flipper knife that's ideal for pocket carrying.

Steel: Sandvik 14C28N stainless-steel with stone-washed finish. Handle: Textured black G-10. Lock: Locking liner. Blade: 3-1/8 in. (7.9 cm). Weight: 2.3 oz.

 

Kershaw Black Out Demostration

Conclusion

The Kershaw Pocket Knives are without doubt some of the best on the market. And the best part is that there are so many models with different materials, blade geometry and coatings to choose from that it is almost guaranteed there is one of them to suit your taste.

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

My husband just asked for a Kershaw knife for Christmas!


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David Ventura 6 years ago Author

My timing for writing this hub was perfect then :=)

Thanks for your comment!


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classicknifeguy 6 years ago from Georgia

This is some great information on Kershaw. Very good description of the assisted opening mechanism. I am looking for something similar and will need to check them out. Great Hub.

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