This week our steal is a folding knife that needs no introduction, the Ken Onion Blur from Kershaw Knives. The stout, tactical Blur has been a Kershaw best-seller for years and somehow we’ve never done an overview on it, which it’s high time we remedied.
Right off the bat, what you notice first about the Blur are the Trac-Tec grip-tape inserts that adorn the aircraft aluminum handles. These areas provide a heavily textured soft grip that enables a ridiculously assured hold, even in wet conditions. The flared handle shape nests nicely in the palm, making this one of the more comfortable tactical knives you’re going to get your hands on. There’s a small patch of jimping here on the back to give your thumb the grip it needs, too. The open spine reduces weight and makes the handle much easier to clean out.
The Blur features a reversible pocket clip that allows for a right hand, tip-up or tip-down carry. Given the tightness of the clip and the extreme texture on the handle it can be a little tricky to slide this one into the pocket, but the hold is super secure and it still manages to draw quickly and easily.
Blade is deployed via the ambidextrous thumb studs, which feature an ergonomic slanted shape that ensures great traction. These are some of, if not the best in the business and it’s a wonder why more companies aren’t using this design. Sometimes with assisted -opening thumb stud folders it can be hard to know whether to push up or push out, but in this case it’s quite simple because you just follow the angle on the studs and push straight up. The Speedsafe assisted action is as snappy and swift as you’ve come to expect, with the responsive thumb studs requiring little exertion on the user’s part.
Across all Blur models you get the same 3.38″ blade length in the same basic modified drop point shape with slight recurve. There’s still some solid variation throughout the line though, as you can get the blade with scallop serrations, a plain edge, or with a tanto tip, each of which is available with either a stonewash or black DLC finish.
All-in-all, the Blur is another top-notch Ken Onion design with a capable Kershaw USA-made build making it a great pick for a hard-use EDC folder. It’s also one of the most collectible Kershaw models ever made. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com