Don’t get me wrong, I like the milled design, and the aluminum looks pretty sleek. The handle is fat and grippy, there’s a lot of edge to work with, and the steel is tough. - Classic black, glass-filled nylon handle includes SpeedSafe assisted opening system, and a secure dual blade locking system I’m not sure those hand guards built into the blade would actually do much to protect the hand, but it’s a nice gesture, and the spear-point blade with a false edge does a lot for that point.
Always keep your knife clean. The tip lock doesn't feel very strong, although is adequate. I’d never heard of 1.4116 SS before looking at this knife. Required fields are marked *. All the descriptions of the Helical say it has a “twisted” handle, but it doesn’t look all that twisted.
The Prowess is a little more of a typical EDC design. It would make great skinning though. It has a big belly and a flat grind with a soft steel that you could easily sharpen in the field. This folding knife is very lightweight at 1.7 oz. I think Ken Onion was trying to communicate that through the overall shape of the knife, but I’m not sure he quite got there. I’ve had a little trouble finding out if it’s full tang or not. Far as I can tell he’s only made them for CRKT, but I’ll be adding to this list occasionally as I come across more. Primarily that tension clip looping out at the bottom of the handle. That being said, there’s something alluring in the subtle waves of this knife.
But that was quickly overcome and it's not really that bad. Outside that, this is a really good option if you like larger folding knives and are a fan of Aus-8 like me. You can also get it serrated, which seems like a neat idea, but for me kind of ruins the look and flow of the blade’s slicing. 2. To comply with the new e-Privacy directive, we need to ask for your consent to set the cookies. Edge retention isn't great with the 420HC blade steel. I just don’t find myself reaching for that size very often. It was hailed as a masterpiece of ergonomics and cutting and durability. It’s just about the same size but with a GFN handle (which also makes it a little cheaper), and a straighter edge. I’ve personally hacked through a few non-recommended materials with it, and while the edge does role, I have yet to chip it. The only thing I don’t really like about the Chive is the 2 inch blade. I don’t like it as much for carrying around town and using with my bare hands because it has a few irritating hotspots, and I have more comfortable and better looking knives. Okay, forget what I said about the new urban aesthetic for a minute. Sign up for our email updates. For instance, you can get this with a liner lock instead of a frame lock. Short of a catastrophic handle failure this type of lock is rock solid and isn't going to fail easily. Like all Kershaw branded knives, the knife's design was produced by the company's in-house team. It's one of my … Smooth, sturdy, and versatile, the new Static brings a work-worthy edge to everything. This serrated version of the Kershaw Scallion Frame Lock has been a favorite since its relase in early 2008. I like the look, I like the 420HC steel, I even like that odd little attempt at jimping. You can get either knife with an FRN handle or a stainless steel handle. Much of the variations happen to the handle colors and knife finishes. However, the Chive can be your choice if you prefer a small, easily concealable knife.
My suspicion, just from looking at pictures, is that it’s no more than three-quarters, but if we’ve learned anything from knives like the Morakniv stuff, it’s that three-quarters tang is plenty. If you're looking for the 'ultimate tactical pocket knife,' the Kershaw Chive isn't likely your best bet. As I've said earlier, several version of the Chive exist. You only need to start opening the knife with its thumb stud and the knife easily slides open. It weighs only about 2.3 oz, so you can pocket it comfortably. A new entry in the Kershaw Starter Series, right-sized in the hand or in the pocket. It’s a good, simple way to give a slippery handle material a little more grippiness.
They look stylish, and they are suitable for various daily activities. There’s a sort-of-110-type flipper with a lanyard hole out there with a size that fits everyone. If the Blur isn’t quite your style, the Blackout is a good alternative.