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Kershaw Ken Onion Baby Boa 1585BR Pocket Knife Review

Updated on August 26, 2011

Review of Baby Boa 1585BR Folding Knife

Definitely, the selling point of the Baby Boa is its incredible design and finish. Cute is the word that comes to my mind when I look this knife. However, there is more in the Baby boa that its looks. The blade is strong and sharp with an S-shape design that it is great for light duty. The knife opens smoothly and fast and locks open safely. The size is small, just 2 ¾ in. closed, perfect to carry in your pocket. And Kershaw back it up with a limited lifetime warranty. On the whole, another nice looking, but functional folding knife by Kershaw.

Features & Specifications

Blade: the blade is made of Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel a quality steel that is a good compromise between edge retention, easy of sharpen and rust resistance. The blade is razor-sharp out of the box and its S-shaped design is great to cut cardboard, ropes or anything that is hanging. The downside of this S-shape design, called recurve, is that these blades are a little difficult to sharpen. Besides, the blade comes with a nice looking polished finish that helps to prevent corrosion.

Handle: The grip of the Baby Boa is surprisingly good considering the tiny size of the knife. The handle material is anodized aluminium with a smoked finish. This means that it is mainly red with some black mixed in. This anodizing process yields random results, so there are not two knives alike.

Speedsafe: It is the assisted opening system. It is called Speedsafe because the torsion bar helps to maintain the blade closed preventing it from being opened by accident.

Lock liner: A safety measure to lock the blade open when the blade is deployed.

Pocket clip: In this knife the pocket clip is removable.


Steel: Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel

Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum with smoked finish

Blade Length: 2 in. (5.2 cm)

Closed Length: 2 3/4 in. (7.0 cm)

Weight: 1.7 oz.

Pros & Cons of the Kershaw Baby Boa


* Excellent design and finish

* The knife is made in the USA and come with a limited lifetime warranty

* The assisted opening feature helps to open the knife smooth and fast.

* In spite of being small the grip of the baby boa is excellent.

* With a blade length of 2in, nobody can consider it a weapon.


* The recurve blade it is a little hard to sharpen.

* The thumb stud is too small almost ineffective.


Despite of being cute, the Baby Boa is a handy folding knife for anyone who wishes a small knife for utility purposes. A great choice!


To see more of my favorites knives visit: Best Pocket Knives for Camping and Everyday Use and Best Kershaw Ken Onion Knives

I also have a page about the best backpacking stoves

Kershaw Baby Boa Demonstration Video

Opening the knife with the index opening system

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