Kershaw were one of the first to bring assisted opening knives to a broader market with their SpeedSafe mechanism, which was designed by Hall of Fame knife maker Ken Onion. This mechanism ushered in a sea change in the knife industry and the Leek is one of the knives that has endured since those early days, not just because of its snappy action but because it’s a fantastic design. With slim handles and a narrow blade, it makes a highly refined EDC. It’s perfect as a gentleman’s pocket knife and it also makes a fantastic example of what we like to call an executive knife. As with any knife that has endured for as long as the Leek, you expect to see some variants and you won’t be disappointed by what the Leek series has to offer.
Modern steel technology has grown leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades and it’s changed the way we experience our knives. Today we can achieve long-lasting edge retention that was unheard of just a generation ago. Remember your grandfather’s old pocket knife that was sharpened down to just a sliver of a blade? Well, if his old knife was made with one of these steels there would still be a lot of usable blade left because he wouldn’t have needed to sharpen it so often. The best part of this new crop of steels is that a lot of the best options have been coming down in price, making high-performance even more attainable. We’ve rounded up eight knives with eight supersteels and all of them can be had for less than 150 bucks. Sometimes even far less! Continue Reading
The Bareknuckle, like the Kershaw Natrix, was inspired by the original Zero Tolerance 0777. The Natrix, a well-rounded EDC knife that can tackle just about any everyday task, has been a best-seller here at the KnifeCenter since its introduction. If you liked the Natrix but wished it could be made in America, then the Bareknuckle should be right up your alley. The Bareknuckle takes its cues from that award-winning design and provides a slim profile, excellent materials, and American-made quality.
For starters, the blade uses Sandvik 14C28N steel, a fine-grained stainless alloy that was originally developed for Kershaw, giving the knife excellent performance. Thanks to the modified Wharncliffe blade with its sweeping profile, it is versatile enough to handle almost any cutting task.
The handles on the Bareknuckle can fit a wide range of hand sizes and are made from gray anodized aluminum that gives the knife a very industrial look. It also features Kershaw’s patented Sub-Frame Lock, which gives the security of a frame lock but has the added benefit of cutting down on weight.
This pairs well with the deep-carry pocket clip, making it feel like the knife is barely even there.
Our favorite feature on the knife is the use of the KVT Ball Bearing System. Just a press on the flipper tab and the blade swiftly glides into place, making it ready to rock n’ roll at a moment’s notice. The non-assisted feeling of this buttery smooth flipping action is worth the price of admission.
We love how Kershaw has packed in so many of their innovative features into an American-made package, and this is a great candidate to make part of your EDC rotation. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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.
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.