If you want a mid-level tactical-style working knife for a good price, Kershaw Knives is a great choice! Kershaw and Buck Knives are the workingman’s knife manufacturers – a number of the other companies make great knives, but if you are going to beat on them, they can get a bit expensive! With Kershaw, you are basically limited to tactical-style folders – they do make a few traditional pocket knives, but their bread and butter comes from their tactical models. This is not a company that manufactures exclusively or even primarily in the United States. They make quite a few knives here in the USA and many others in Asia. All their knives, though, have excellent reputations and are backed up by some of the best customer service in the business.
Kershaw has a line of assisted opening pocket knives in the Chive, Scallion, and Leek. These are great knives, but are limited to normal pocket knife use – the lock mechanism, while good quality, just is not strong enough to beat on. The Blur and Blackout are both excellent choices for a hard-use knife that also has assisted-opening. If you would like an assisted-opening Kershaw that you don’t have to be afraid to use at work or in the outdoors, consider one of these models.
Kershaw has a huge number of great non-assisted tactical working knives, of which the Skyline, Junkyard Dog II (JYD II), Needs Work, and Shallot are excellent examples. There are a wide assortment of similar general tactical-style knives to fit any style or preference in the Kershaw catalog and these are usually a much better deal than the assisted-opening knives. If you can find a Kershaw Tyrade, get it! It is one of the best recent large tactical knives at any price and they were sold for less than $100. Kershaw even has a line of rainbow and colored Chive and Leek models! If you want a decent knife at very little money, check out my post on Kershaw’s value line – they are excellent deals for the money! I really like the Kershaw Nerve, and the Tremor is a very popular inexpensive model, if you like a larger folder. If you need a really stout, strong tactical folder, check out the Zero Tolerance (ZT) line – you can pretty much beat them with a hammer and they will keep on going (I don’t recommend that you try it, though!
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