What Is a Kershaw Knife? And What Types of Knives Are Available?

Kershaw is a brand of high-performance knives that has been in business since 1974. Their knives have a solid blade lockup and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Types of knives they make include automatic, assisted, manual, fixed blade, and multi-function.

An automatic Kershaw knife opens via a pushbutton lock with a torsion spring assisting in holding the blade in place when it’s closed. Common materials used for making these knives are 6061-T6 aluminum, carbon fiber, and CPM 154. One of the benefits of an automatic knife is you don’t need to touch the blade, which reduces your chance of cutting yourself.

Assisted knives have a thumb stud or flipper that you use to partially open the knife. A torsion bar takes over to finish opening the knife for you. Kershaw has used many materials in their assisted selection, including stainless steel, 6061-T6 aluminum, glass-filled nylon, carbon fiber, Sandvik 14C28N, and CPM 154.

As the name suggests, manual knives need to be opened by you. Kershaw manual knives have a thumb stud, hollower, or flipper to assist you in pulling the blade out. It’s possible to open a manual knife with one hand, but you may need to practice the skill to get the hang of it. With every new knife you get, you should practice opening it to be able to access it quickly and smoothly. Some Kershaw manual knives are built with KVT ball bearings to make opening them easier. Glass-filled nylon, stainless steel, and high-carbon steel are some of the materials used in Kershaw manual knives.

You can find a Kershaw knife for just about any purpose, including rescue, tactical, work, hunting, fishing, outdoor and everyday. Contact Viper Tec at vipertecknives.com.

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