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Kershaw Pocket Knife

Updated on October 18, 2014

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 Blackout (1550); 3.25” DLCBlack Stainless Sandvik Steel Blade; Glass Filled Nylon Handle with SpeedSafe Assisted Opening, Flipper, Thumbstud, Liner Lock and Single-Position Pocketclip; 3.5 oz.
Kershaw Blackout (1550); 3.25” DLCBlack Stainless Sandvik Steel Blade; Glass Filled Nylon Handle with SpeedSafe Assisted Opening, Flipper, Thumbstud, Liner Lock and Single-Position Pocketclip; 3.5 oz.

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 Out Demostration


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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  • classicknifeguy profile image


    8 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.

  • David Ventura profile imageAUTHOR

    David Ventura 

    9 years ago

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

    Thanks for your comment!

  • Dolores Monet profile image

    Dolores Monet 

    9 years ago from East Coast, United States

    My husband just asked for a Kershaw knife for Christmas!


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