Kershaw

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  1. FireRescue911

    FireRescue911 New Member

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    How is everyones experience with Kershaw Knives
  2. FTK87

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    love em
  3. Jay

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    I've carried a large one, and a little one for years, and they've done the job nicely.
  4. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    They make excellent knives, including their SHUN kitchen knives. Extremely sharp right out of the box, so be careful.
  5. CampingJosh

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    I've carried one daily for over 2.5 years. It's been great.
    If I were to lose or break this one, I'd buy another just like it right away. I wouldn't even shop around (and I research everything before I buy).
  6. Tom Militano

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    Good knives.
  7. Big ugly

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    Excelent knives. I have several and I order a new one every year. Have close to 15 now.I have used every one of em too. Excelent quality.
  8. artabr

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    I have several, I carry one everyday and wouldn't be without it.

    Great knives for the price.



    Art
  9. delta13soultaker

    delta13soultaker New Member

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    So far, absolutely outstanding.
  10. Upstate gun man

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    great knives. just ordered the Deluxe Blade Trader..
  11. Monkey Hollow

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    Have a few Kershaws. My current everyday carry knife is the Kershaw Groove. They hold up very well.
  12. confederedneck

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    Have a couple of em, one I carry everyday. I love em, always sharp and flips open with ease! Would definitely recommend them!
  13. Mike U.

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    Great knives for the money. I'm a recovering knife collector and Kershaw was my third favorite company right behind Spyderco and Benchmade, in that order. At one time had about a dozen of their knives. Had to sell off much of my collection but still have several Kershaws. I carry and use them frequently.
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    My cousin works for Kershaw. He sent me a flyer via email last week saying that they are having a factory seconds warehouse sale next month. I'm going to try getting over there and check it out.
  15. infantry556

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    Awsome I've carried one every time I've deployed
  16. delta13soultaker

    delta13soultaker New Member

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    The 1670TBLKST that I bought in January has finally bit the dirt. (The Gerber it replaced was bought in 1997'ish. Since those are Made In China now, Gerber is off my list. Such irony.) It's a spring assisted model and the spring assist is no longer assisting.

    Over 8 months, the little Kershaw pulled some tough duty. The only external damage was 1. the very tip chipped when I used it to force a door by stabbing directly into the jam/wall crevice and prying the deadlatch out of the strike plate... 2. a itty bitty chip in the edge from popping a cheap latch lock off an exterior circuit breaker box.... and 3. coating chipped off the back from whacking nails into pine trees for trip flares and booby trap simulators.

    No rust anywhere on the knife, even though this summer I swam with it in a cargo pocket several times in salt water and brackish water.

    Still has a good edge because it sharpens back up real quick with a diamond rod; much faster than some other US knives.

    I've checked out the Kershaw warranty and it looks too easy to send in for fixing. They say they pay the return shipping.


    I won't judge a company off one glitch, so in the meantime, today I picked up a 1660ST. Very sweet little knife. It's spring assisted too. I like that there's a little trigger on the back; you just run your finger over it and it's open. Good fit, good ergonomics, less aggressive looking than the 1670. It has no coating though. I'll put it to the test and see how it holds up.


    I also picked up a CRKT M16-12z just because I've never had one of their folders.

    Some things I found:

    It pops open with a trigger or thumb stud. To close, in addition to moving the little spring retainer in the handle with your thumb, you must also flip a little trigger on the back of the handle with a finger.

    It's made in Taiwan and I can already tell the blade will likely rust. For $70, I should have looked closer.

    The paper with it advertised it as strong as a fixed blade, which is bullcrap; no folder is going to hold up to what a good fixed blade will.

    It also said, "features requested by military procurement specialists" and "are special knives, designed by the military for special forces use". It makes me wonder by what stretch they lumped their product into the 5 S's of MIL-STD built gear. I'm not calling them liars, but my radar switched on. If it is a tough built knife at a good price, I'll be finding out.

    PS. For clarification, CRKT is a totally different company than Kershaw.
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  17. artabr

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    Oop's 3 AM double post. :eek: :rolleyes: :D

    Art
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    Delta, send your old one in. They'll replace the blade and spring, if not the whole knive.
    I've never had to have any repairs done and I've carried a Kershaw for years, but I've had friends break blade tips and the folks at Kershaw did them right. ;) :)

    The finishes on their knives are great also. I carried a rainbow Leek for about 4 years. The finish never wore in all that time, keys, lose change and all. I lost it in a Wally-World parking lot and replaced it with a 1660CKT since March of '08, and it's the same way. The pocket clip is worn on the edges and thats about it.

    Art
  19. delta13soultaker

    delta13soultaker New Member

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    I'm definitely going to send it in. It's a good little knife.

    I'd take it apart to check it, but there is one 3mm thick pin that I don't want to drift out because I would 1. mess it up based on my history and 2. the warranty would be thrown away if I don't reassemble correctly.

    Wondering if exposure to salt water messed up the guts. I'm going to put a note in the box for the shop guy that gets it. Just explaining the conditions it was used in and asking if that was the cause, or what. Only other thing I can think of is shock. Knife was used pretty hard for a folder. I've reverted back to abusing my k-bar or using the "big f*****g rock technique".

    Any company can make a lemon, so I'm not thinking it's any indication of that company's quality slacking.


    Those 1660 are nice in the hand aren't they? Mine is the stainless version with about 1" of serration. Since it's slimmer, I'll probably make it my blue jeans knife and when I get the 1670 back it'll go back to work. The 1670 is a bit more robust.

    I retired my Gerber combat folder a while ago when I realized that Gerber was starting to make knives in China. I learned that from losing my EZ-Out, which like I said, had been working fine since about '97.

    Looks like Kershaw is my new brand.
  20. artabr

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    Delta, I think that pin is just a stop for the blade, I'm guessing. I haven't checked one out in person.
    On the 1660 series, you'd be amazed at how simple a knive it is on the inside. The hardest part is finding a fricking #8 torx tip. :rolleyes:

    Side track. The only places I've found #8 torx tips.

    http://www.chapmanmfg.com/

    http://www.wihatools.com/indexes/indxtorx.htm

    I have to call them tomorrow to get a couple of replacements. :rolleyes: :eek:


    Anyway, Yeah, the 1660 is a really comfortable knive in the hand and in the pocket. I use to and sometime (rarely, inless I know I need a H/D knife) still do carry a Kershaw Boa, and the Leek is like carring air in comparison.
    That's how I lost my first one. It fell out of my pocket and I never missed it. :mad: :D


    Art
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