From famous pocket knife designs like the Leek to revolutionary assisted opening technologies, Kershaw is known for delivering some of the most groundbreaking innovations in the knife industry. Incredible knives like the Tyrade, Speedform, Tilt, and Cryo have earned Kershaw recognition with awards like Overall Knife of the Year and Best Buy of the Year. It’s not a stretch to say that Kershaw offers up some of the best pocket knives and sporting knives on the market (especially for the price!) but we want to help narrow that scope a little bit. We’ve picked the top five Kershaw knives for you so that you can spend less time shopping and more time cutting.
The Kershaw Leek is one of the company’s most enduring and popular pocketknife series. Designed by famous knife designer Ken Onion, this classic folding knife features the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism Ken Onion, himself, invented. The Kershaw Leek’s small profile allows this top pocketknife to be carried comfortably, and it comes in a variety of colors so you’ll have options depending on your taste. Despite all the iterations within this series of classic pocketknives that we’ve seen over the years, our favorite is undoubtedly the original model Kershaw Leek with stainless steel handles and Sandvik blade steel.
Since this great knife boasts the Onion-designed assisted opening mechanism, both lefties and righties can work this into their EDC rotation. The Kershaw Leek also offers secure lockup when the blade is folded thanks to its Tip-Lock slider. The lanyard hole in the knife handle is seamlessly integrated to look like a fourth rivet, which is a pretty cool touch that drives home the level of detail that went into the overall design of a truly great knife.
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The Kershaw Blur is a favorite among knife enthusiasts for it’s speed and ergonomic design. It’s a great general purpose knife that is as good a choice for an everyday carry as it is for a tactical tool. Equipped with Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, it provides the Blur with the corrosion resistance you need, and excellent edge-holding ability. Designed by Ken Onion. Get one today at www.knifecenter.com.
Three new colors are added this year to the family of the Shuffle, an awesome compact folder from Kershaw. But it’s not just looks that are important, this design is one of our favorite small folders at any price point. It sports a wide drop-point style blade, a back spacer that doubles as a bottle-opener, and a lanyard hole that is also an emergency screwdriver. And the ergonomics are out of this world. Pick out one in your color at www.knifecenter.com.
The Kershaw Knockout definitely earns its name. The SpeedSafe assisted opening system, invented by Ken Onion, makes this knife fly open and it’s a joy to play with. The blade is made from the awesome Elmax stainless steel, and a piece of the lightweight aluminum handle has been knocked out and inset with a stainless steel plate to create a frame lock. Dubbed the sub-frame lock, it’s just as strong and functions exactly the same, but allows Kershaw to keep the price of this USA made item in check. Limited production of only 500 pieces for this stonewashed model, and 500 for the blackwashed one, get one before they’re gone at www.knifecenter.com.
The new 2014 assisted opening knife from Kershaw, the 1678 Camber, with an S30V steel blade and 6061-T6 aluminum handle with Trac-Tec inserts, is one sweet blade. Great opening action and a liner lock that keeps the blade securely in place makes this knife one I want for my everyday carry. If you’re a fan of the Blur model but like a flipper opening style, the Camber is for you. Great made in the USA Kershaw quality, get yours today at www.knifecenter.com.