4 Stars By Eric Albert on 2016-01-25
Fantastic, if you are careful and don't snag that clip....
This is a fantastic knife in all but one way...
The Pro's: It is a quality spring assisted knife. I liked it enough I bought some for my first responder friends to use on the job. It has a nice thick blade that when pushed from the rear springs open very quickly and locks into place. Fit is solid, no play. It has several features usually reserved for swiss army knifes, but manages to squeeze them in perfect fashion. It contains a locking combination bottle opener, cord cutter, flat head screwdriver, and oxygen wrench hex on one attachment and a locking spring loaded clip for hooking to a bag or belt loop on the other. The way they integrate the clip is awesome! It also contains a small glass breaking nub toward the top. I doubt it would do much on a windshield, but it will definitely take out a window easy enough. It also has a pocket clip to make it easy to reach. Finally, the aesthetics of this knife are very creative.
The Con: The pocket clip design is not the best. My Smith and Wesson and Gerber knives have better clips. I snag it on things all the time. The clip on mine bent really badly and when I tried to bend it back it broke. I felt it was mostly my fault, so I tried to contact Kershaw via email and had no response. I was not happy, as I offered to pay for a new one if they would simply sell one to me.
Then out of the blue about 5 weeks later I got a small pouch from Kershaw. Inside was a new clip! That definitely made me happy again and restored my faith in this company. Still, a reply would have been nice.
Overall, I recommend highly. I rate 4.5 stars. The clip is touchy, but not enough to make me regret buying this. I will warn folks to be careful as this knife has a powerful spring. Bumping it just right can deploy the blade. Also, the end of the clip and steering wheels, consoles, and furniture don't get along. Be aware when you have this clipped in your pockets.
4 Stars By Charles C. on 2017-09-12
Solid 'disposable' work horse knife.
As someone who works in public safety I learned a valuable lesson many years ago...buy good dependable quality equipment/gear that you won't be upset if it gets damaged or more likely lost. I have REALLY nice knives but those are my personal EDC and would NEVER keep in my gear for that exact reason. I've lost more knives, small tools, etc. on working incidents that I would like to admit. This knife like practically all other Kershaw knives is a good entry level workhorse tool. I carry two knives on my gear and this is sort of my back up but it can definitely serve as a primary choice given the situation. It's definitely not going to break the bank. It's going to do what it's supposed to due if you know how to use the different tools properly. Yes, its not made with the absolute top of the line materials/metal but that's the reason for having a 'disposable' tool such as this. I've used this tool to cut rope, seat belts, clothing, thin gauge wiring, and punch out windows. The blade holds a decent edge for what it is and if you have a knife sharpening set then it shouldn't be a problem to hone it back to a solid cutting edge. Overall, a great multi-tool knife that serves many practical purposes without breaking the bank making it a great on duty EDC. This is my second one I purchased...(lost the last one on a good fire) and would gladly buy again if and when I lose this one...again...
2 Stars By Oliver on 2017-04-16
Not the quality I expect from Kershaw
This is a decent knife, but I expect more from Kershaw:
1) Carabiner looks pretty big but it barely closes around a 1/4" cord. It can't clip to the gear loops on a climbing harness.
2) Pocket clip is tiny - half the size of other Kershaw knives I've owned - I'm expecting it to get bent pretty quickly. That also makes it harder to get in and out of your pocket.
3) Knife is thick in the pocket, including the clip it's over 3/4" thick! That's probably because the knife has a plastic body that has to be thick to be strong. As a comparison the Blur is a little over 1/2" thick including the pocket clip - the Blur has a metal handle.
4) Not much grip on the handle. The plastic body gets slippery when wet or oily.
5 Stars By Ant on 1969-12-31
It is affordable for the quality from a good company. There are a few other EMT style ...
This is a single handed opening knife but two hands for all the other options. Just keep that in mind when comparing to other EMT style blades. The big thing is the price. It is affordable for the quality from a good company. There are a few other EMT style blades on the market that are great, they just are nearly twice the price, more in some cases. The blade works pretty decent and the strap cutter works very well. The glass breaker seems pretty sturdy and holds up to hitting a few test rocks. The carabiner option is a great little function of the knife, let's you clip it to just about anything. The thing I did notice compared to my other EMT blade is that the clip is very strong and it sits fairly deep in the pocket. That makes it a little bit slow on the taking out of the pocket. Other than that wonderful knife for the price.
4 Stars By John D. Lewis on 2018-03-10
Good knife but not a good fit for right-handers
Good solid construction but this is not a right-handed knife. Based on the guidelines in the included booklet, this knife should be worn in the left front pocket or right back pocket. Because of the glass break tip, wearing it in the right rear pocket isn’t feasible (assuming you will sit down one time anyway...), so has to be kept in the left front pocket. So if you’re right handed, you will have to switch hands. And the pocket clip can Not be moved.
Also the spring is so tight that the thumb posts aren’t usable. I have to open it with the flip tip. Which works fine...
The knife is fairly heavy and came centered. The locks are rock-solid and the support tools seem well made (though I haven’t used them yet).
5 Stars By Bryant Arnold on 2017-07-12
Awesome EDC Assisted Opening Knife.
By far, one of my all-time favorite EDC ( every day carry ) knives. Kershaw is a great brand and they really hit the mark with this model. I bought this one to replace the same knife, but with a different finish, rubberized grip and metal handle.
After months of everyday use, including automotive, yardwork, etc, the blade is still razor sharp, and has kept all of its black powdercoating. It still opens in a flash with slight pressure to the opening stud and locks with a very satisfying "click". One of my favorite features is the flip out bottle opener and seatbelt cutter. The bottle opener saves time searching for one you've lost and the cutter safely cuts many more things than a seatbelt ( rope, opening packages, etc.) At the end of the cutter is a flathead screwdriver I've used many many times.
Everything about this model Kershaw is nearly perfect. I've even ordered another as backup in case I ever lose this and can't wait a day to replace it. Very satisfied buyer.
4 Stars By Andrew on 2015-06-22
Good knife, one design flaw
I was using the belt loop clip to put the spline back into my screen door because I was too lazy to find the spline tool in the shed. There's this really nifty locking feature that is a metal bar that comes across in front of the blade when you have the belt clip out. AWESOME safety feature so you can't open the knife when it's clipped onto your belt. Unfortunately, that metal bar broke off when I was misusing my knife. Maybe Kershaw will honor my warranty, but it's just annoying that with only minor pressure applied a certain way that the bar broke. Design flaw I guess, plus I skinned my knuckle raw when the clip broke off and my hand hit the door. Ouch!
The blade itself is nice and I love the bottle opener and secondary blade. It's great to hand to others who need help opening a package but you're afraid they're too stupid to use a real knife. I use the knife every day and it's perfect except the design flaw. The blade doesn't seem to hold an edge too well but it's sharp enough and the serrated edge does wonders on anything in the way.
3 Stars By ScottB on 2015-02-20
Slippery when held
Three stars for one reason. This knife is hard to hold onto. It is greasy slick and will slip right out of your hand. Very little checkering on this knife. Bad flaw to have on a knife. Other than that I like it. I took a file and blade to the plastic and made it where you can grip the thing.
Solid and all the "tools" work well. If they fix the checkering issue it would be a great knife.
5 Stars By cwglindn on 2015-11-01
Great Rescue or Firefighter type knife with good manufacturer support
Excellent service on an excellent knife. This knife is sharp, has thumb and speed openers. Comes with a carbine clip on the end, with a seatbelt cut tool with a bottle opener, flat screwdriver, and a one size wrench (scuba?) Both the carbine and the seatbelt tool fold back into the end of the knife which has a window break tool on the same end. The knife is solid with firm plastic sides, no scratches yet.
The only issue I had was the belt clip got caught once on a chair when I sat down and it was in my back pocket so that the clip broke at the top. I emailed Kershaw and a new clip was sent immediately (although I never got a email response). Apparently you can also send the knife back with to be sharpened anytime. It has a lifetime warranty.
2 Stars By Customer on 2016-01-02
Coming from a big kershaw fan this knife is quite the disappointment. The scales are thick and slippery. Do not underestimate this. The k texture is useless and very slick even in dry hands. In wet I cannot imagine. I stippled the grip and it helped some but most will not want to do this and shouldnt have to. The DIY knives has much better grip. Also the carabiner does not lay flush with the rest of the knife and sticks up about 1/8 of an inch. Fairly sloppy.
The blade is ok. Not great. Not super sharp but sharper than most knives out of the box.
The knive overall is pretty bulky. and takes up alot of real estate.
The individual tools work fine thus far.