Kershaw Knives-The Full Story
Kershaw knives-The Full Story- Top Choices
By Sam Ammouri/ 11/24/2013
Kershaw produces some of the most reliable and sought-after knives available on the market. From every day carrying knives to sporting knives and tactical knives, you can look to Kershaw with utter confidence. The knives are manufactured with the most advanced technology and are known to be “shave sharp”. And trusted brand name all around the world for their design, innovation, quality, and genuine pride of ownership. All that and made in the USA.
Kershaw was started by knife salesman Pete Kershaw back in 1973 and many of Kershaw’s products are made right here in their 55,000 sq. ft. facility near Portland, OR. In 1977, the KAI Group of Japan acquired Kershaw knives. KAI are innovators when it comes to coordinating research with the development, production, marketing and distribution arms of the business and since they have come onboard the company has received a number of awards including the following…
- Overall Knife of the Year,
- Knife Collaboration of the Year
- Most Innovative American Design
- And Kitchen Knife of the Year
In case you wonder why? Here are a few reasons…
|Tips safety looks|
|Removable and reversable pocket clips|
|The ambedextrous opening|
|Glass breaker tips|
|Full tang construction|
Since they were founded in 1974, the company have pioneered many of the standards and technologies used in the knife-making industry today.
The Speed-safe-assisted opening knives enable a user to open a knife by simply pushing the thumb stud on the blade or pulling the blade protrusion. With the Blade-Trader line, Kershaw introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades.
By Using Composite Blade technology, combining two steels into one blade, Kershaw gives knife users the assurance that the steel used for edge retention and the steels used for strength on the spine are use-specific and therefore more reliable.
Kershaw knives has many models to choose from. Some models, such as the Kershaw Tilt, were limited production and are now only available from collectors and at a much higher price than when originally sold, a tribute to the design, quality and craftsmanship of these unique blades.
The speed-safe-assist models are the most fun, designed by knife designer Ken Onion who has created many award-winning knives for the company. With this system it is possible to open the blade with one finger by pushing a thumb stud or blade protrusion.
These blades are a blast to use and every time you open the blade, you feel and hear a solid click as the blade locks. Some popular speed-safe-assist models include
- The Kershaw Leek
- Kershaw Blur
- The Kershaw Scallion
- The Kershaw Chive
- The Kershaw Shallot
- Kershaw Blackout
Kershaw strongly supports the American Knife and Tool Institute which is a non-profit organization that represents the many facets of the knife industry here in the US.
What is your favorite Kershaw knife?