This time on Steal of the Week we’re going to take a look at a couple of Kershaw’s Own It Blackwash Series kits. These two affordable kits are wildly different, so let’s dive right in and take a look at what’s inside.
First up is the lower cost of the two kits, the Kuro pack, which rather unsurprisingly features the Kuro assisted opening flipper, as well as an arrowhead neck knife. The Kuro is a stout mid-size flipper with a comfortable Zytel handle. The Zytel is textured with an eye-catching pattern that not only looks cool but provides quite a solid grip.
The Speedsafe assisted action deploys the blade very quickly and easily. Blade is a 3″ Americanized tanto with drop point, sporting a slick Black Oxide finish. It’s held in place with a solid liner lock. Rounding out this model’s features is a three-way pocket clip, which can be positioned for left or right-side tip-up or right-side tip-down carry.
The neck knife featured in this kit has a solid two inch arrowhead style blade with double edges. The handle isn’t the most ergonomic neck knife I’ve ever held, but it feels reasonably comfortable and sports a lot of jimping to enable safe handling. Included is the requisite plastic sheath with bead chain for a convenient all-day carry.
Next up is the Starter Series Pack, which contains two really rugged flippers with full stainless steel construction. This of course makes them a little on the heavy side, but also makes them durable beaters for abusing in your day-to-day life. The larger of the two has a really comfortable hand feel, while the smaller one is going to get lost a bit in bigger hands.
These two are also outfitted with the Speedsafe assisted opening mechanism, and while neither open as quickly as the Kuro, it’s still a very swift action. You have your choice of flippers or thumb studs with this duo, but in my opinion opening with the studs is a little awkward, especially on the smaller knife. Both blades are drop points, in 3.5″ and 3″, each held in place with some seriously sturdy frame locks. The pocket clip on the larger knife is removable but cannot be repositioned, allowing for only right side, tip-down carry. The smaller knife’s clip allows for left or right side tip-up carry.
Overall, these two kits offer up some great variety at really affordable prices, making them perfect gifts for knife newcomers and enthusiasts alike. To learn more about these products, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com