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Reviews of the Best Kershaw Knives

Kershaw Leek Knife Silver

We recently reviewed the top 4 survival EDC knives that we recommend for people on prowl to find what they need. Now we are going to step into the world of one of the finer companies to bring you hand held blades as one of the first manufacturers to introduce many industry standards of today. Kershaw built a name as a top award-winning brand. They introduced the idea of an interchangeable blade with their Blade Traders and were also the pioneer on many advanced materials which every other manufacturer uses today. These knives are the real deal, you can feel it from the very first time you pick it up. From the solid grip of the handle to the weight of the blade, you can’t ignore just how well-crafted Kershaw blades are. Not to mention the overall price point for which they sell, they are a real bargain penny for penny.

Kershaw has made it their goal to produce top quality knives that would make any enthusiast proud to own since they opened their doors in 1974. Not only is it stated in their overall goal, but it can be seen in each and every blade they manufacture. All varieties of product beginning from the perfect kitchen knife to their precision pocket knife are made using their state of the art craftsmanship from the world’s best materials.

Kershaw Diskin Hunter

Kershaw 1085 Diskin Hunter Knife

  • Blade

  • Handle

  • Value

  • Quality

Summary

Pros: Great balance, blade, size and sheath.

Cons: Nothing really to complain about, the handle could be improved upon but doesn’t take away from the overall quality of this product as a whole.

>> Buy for $49 From Amazon

4.8







As a Kershaw owner myself, I’ve found that even the inexpensive models have a lot to offer along with being able to perform under pressure. My Kershaw Diskin Hunter may not be the most elegant of hunting knives, it is in my opinion, undeniably graceful and at the same time, functional as well. At first one might be amazed at the compact length it bears with a blade just over 4 ½ inches in length, the whole knife only reaches 9 ½ inches from tip to base. Most fixed blades are larger and it definitely makes this blade seem small at first however I was amazed at just how sharp this came out of the box. The simple hair on the arm test proved my inclination that it is sharper than most knives have shipped.

The stock of the Sandvick Steel blade runs quite wide. This thick build makes the durability during use stand stronger than many other options in the same class. You don’t run as much of a risk of crack or break especially down into the handle. Can it handle batoning? Yup. Some users have even mentioned working plenty with bamboo and no problems at all. The unique shape of the handle fills the your grip quite well. It provides a sturdy hold and made chopping smooth. The weight of the knife felt good with a few swings and the blade provides enough surface to make contact solid and clean.

I have to say, for the price this is an amazing buy. You get a sturdy, reliable fixed blade that can maintain an edge like no other. If you buy a Kershaw you’ll get your money’s worth and a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw Blade Black Shallot

Kershaw Black Shallot Knife

  • Blade

  • Handle

  • Locking Mechanism

  • Value

  • Quality

Summary

Pros: Great EDC folder at an excellent price. Solid blade and quality. Highly recommend.

Cons: The locking mechanism would have to be the weakest point of this knife but don’t let it steer you away.

>> Buy for $53 From Amazon

4.7







Many modern knives look as though they have been designed for only aesthetics and looks, but that is something that cannot be said for the Kershaw Black Shallot Knife. That is not to say it isn’t a cool looking knife, but it is essentially stripped bare and set free from many of the adornments that often seem unnecessary on other knives. What you are left with is a basic black design that looks as though it’s telling you that it’s ready for business. The big question becomes whether or not it is able to deliver on that, so let’s take a look and see.

You may not instantly recognize that this knife is stainless steel, and that is down to the tungsten coating that has been applied to both the handle and the blade. At first glance, it can appear that the blade is dull, simply because it doesn’t have that shine that you come to expect when the blade is pulled out. Any such thoughts are immediately put to rest the moment that it goes to work. This is a keen edged blade that is able to withstand all manner of different tasks, no matter how rugged or detailed.

The Shallot comes with your choice of blades: totally smooth or partially serrated. The blade itself is 3 and ½ inches in length, taking the overall length of the knife when opened to over 7 inches. It weighs in at 4.2 ounces, making it small enough to be an everyday carry. Don’t let the size fool you, though, this little guy is up to the big jobs. The choice of steel used on this recurve blade means that it offers excellent protection against corrosion and all kinds of wear and tear. This is a knife that has been designed to work, not put on display.

What makes the Kershaw Blade Black Shallot such a versatile knife is the introduction of the Speed Safe system, an ambidextrous flipper that allows you to extract the blade from the handle single handed. This can save you an incredible amount of time when you are working on a task that requires you to open and close the blade several different times. The blade stays locked in when you have it out to work, as well as when you have it tucked away. A drilled hole in the handle is the perfect place for a lanyard that will help prevent you from losing your knife.

It would be easy to look at the Black Shallot and think of it as a no-frills type of knife, but looks can be deceiving. Yes, it’s not the shiny model that will draw looks of appreciation from other knife lovers, but where it will impress is when you put it to work and show what it can do. And after all, isn’t that what you really want from an everyday carry knife?

Kershaw Leek Folding Knife

Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek Folding KnifeThere are a number of different elements that are required to make a knife great, but many would argue that versatility sit at or near the top of the list. This is especially true with smaller knives, as they need to be able to perform a number of different functions if it’s going to be worth your while to carry it around with you. One of the most popular knives in the small category is the Kershaw Leek Folding Knife, which comes in at a mere 4 inches long when the blade is closed. Let’s take a look and see what it is about this particular knife that makes it such a hot ticket.

  • Blade

  • Handle

  • Locking Mechanism

  • Value

  • Quality

Summary

Pros: A classic, tough, high quality blade. Value is unbeatable.

Cons: The Leek is an excellent EDC folder, but the lack of texture or grip resistance on the handle makes is tough to use under adverse conditions.

>> Buy for $37 From Amazon

4.7







The most obvious benefit is its size. At just 4 inches long, this is a knife that can basically be placed in your pocket and taken where you need to go. The 3-inch steel blade is razor sharp out of the box and has been designed to maintain that edge no matter how much you put it through. Weighing in at just 2.4 ounces, this is not a knife that is going to weight you down when you are out and about, but one that should most definitely be slipped into your pocket before you leave.

We spoke of versatility at the start of this piece, and that is exactly what you get with the Kershaw Leek Folding Knife. The drop point blade makes this a great little cutting knife, but you are also able to perform piercing and detailing tasks thanks to the slim tip. What makes this such a great working knife, though, is the Speed Safe assisted opening system that allows you to get the blade out quickly using just a single hand, which can be either left or right. Simply push put on the ambidextrous flipper and the blade is out and ready to go in an instant.

Kershaw Leek BlackA frame lock is in place to keep the blade in place once it is put, while a Tip-Lock slider ensures that the blade stays safely locked away when it isn’t in use. There are sure to be many folks that are concerned about losing the knife given its small size and stature, but that too has been taken care of thanks to a hole drilled in near the bottom of the handle. This allows you to use a lanyard that will help you keep the knife where it belongs.

The overall look of the knife is one that is aesthetically pleasing. A stonewashed finish has been used on the handle to effectively hide the nicks and dings that will come when using a working knife. It truly is a great looking little knife that delivers on a number of different levels, and which looks great while doing so. It’s easy to understand why the Leek always seems to draw rave reviews, with the affordability being just one more thing to love about it.


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