Kershaw has a wide range of blades to suit your everyday carry needs. Selections from folders to fixed blades, from push daggers to kitchen sets and tomahawks will suit every occasion. I will be focusing on Kershaw folding knives today, but you can be sure I’ll have other articles on the Kershaw line in the near future.
The following is taken from the Kershaw website:
Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a hardworking pocketknife, a hunting knife, or a special collectors’ edition, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.
Kershaw pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. Our SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. We introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades in our Blade Traders. Recently, our Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels into one blade, gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling us to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine. And we will keep on innovating, bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knifemaking industry and knife-using public.
The first of these Kershaw folding knives is the Rove, which sports detailed jimping on the built-in flipper, a large lanyard hole and a reversible deep-carry pocket clip while still maintaining a lightweight design. It is the perfect pocket knife for every task from household chores to outdoor adventures. The Kershaw Rove features a drop-point blade of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, offering excellent hardness, wear resistance and edge retention while its stonewashed finish hides scratches. The blade opens quickly and easily with SpeedSafe® assisted opening and the extra-heavy jimping on the flipper provides security even in wet or slippery conditions. The handle is glass-filled nylon with heavy texturing for extra secure grip. The Rove’s secure liner lock provides for safe blade lockup and releases easily when the job is done. An over-sized, starburst pivot finishes the Rove’s sleek aesthetic.
The Kershaw® Swerve® Assisted Opening Folding Knife carries deeply and deploys instantly to provide you with a razor-sharp blade at a moment’s notice. Utilizing Kershaw’s SpeedSafe® Assisted Opening system, the Swerve opens with a manual push on the blade’s thumb stud or with a pull on the blade’s flipper. Once open, the blade locks into position with a liner lock to keep it from folding in the user’s hand during use. Thumb serrations and the finger flipper, which also serves as a finger guard, keep your hand from slipping when cutting. The wide, drop-point blade is constructed of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a mild stonewash finish. The Swerve Assisted Opening Folding Knife features an exclusive K-Texture® handle to enhance your grip. A reversible pocket clip carries the knife well concealed.
The Serrated Volt II, designed by custom knifemaker RJ Martin, is a hard-working EDC with sleek style and excellent performance. The Volt II classic drop-point blade is perfect for just about any general utility task and the partial 2-step blade serration allows the blade to whip through tough and fibrous materials such as rope, webbing, and cord. The 3.25” blade is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel and heat-treated to bring out the steel’s high-performance characteristics of hardness, strength, and edge retention. The Volt II’s glass-filled nylon handle is contoured for comfort and features a diamond pattern grip for a strong hold. Heavy jimping along the blade’s spine provides a sturdy thumb rest. Equipped with Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe assisted opening system, the serrated Volt II can be opened with one hand for lightning fast blade access. A secure liner lock in the handle ensures safe, confident blade lockup, preventing the Volt II from accidentally closing during use.
Kershaw’s Brawler is an excellent utility knife, designed to perform at the top of its game every time. The Brawler’s 3-inch modified tanto blade is designed for excellent piercing capability, punching through tough materials when required. The blade is made of high-performance 8Cr13MoV steel, featuring excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance. The top of the Brawler’s blade features a swedge grind, narrowing the blade and adding to its piercing power. The Kershaw Brawler’s straight belling offers excellent cutting capacity and is perfect for bearing down on a task. The blade is opened quickly and easily with one hand, thanks to SpeedSafe assisted opening and a simple pull back on the built-in flipper. The angled handle curves easily into the palm, and jimping along the back of the blade offers additional traction. Completing the premium design are sturdy glass-filled nylon handle scales, a secure locking liner and a 4-position pocket-clip.
The Kershaw® Shuffle® II Lockback Folding Knife takes multi-function versatility to the razor-sharp edge of premium utility tools. Following the popularity of the original Kershaw Shuffle Knife, The Shuffle II boasts an impressive 2.6″ 8Cr13MoV stainless steel tanto-style blade with BlackWash® finish, onboard bottle opener, screwdriver, and lanyard hole. An ergonomic glass-filled handle and liner lock safety ensure safe, reliable, slip-resistant operation. With pre-drilled holes, the Kershaw Shuffle II Lockback Folding Knife stands ready for reversible carry.
One of the more popular models of Kershaw folding knives is the Cryo II, which gets a sleek update with a full body BlackWash finish. This provides the knife with a cool broken in look and also provides extra protection for the metal while helping to hide scratches and scuffs. Similar to the original, the Cryo II BlackWash is designed by custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer and precision engineered by Kershaw. A razor-sharp 3.25” blade is made of precision heat treated 8Cr13MoV stainless steel offering toughness, edge retention and corrosion resistance. SpeedSafe assisted opening enables quick and smooth blade operation using the built-in flipper or thumbstud, safely keeping fingers out of the way. The stainless steel handle with a sturdy frame lock securely locks the blade open during use and a Hinderer lockbar stabilizer ensures the lock doesn’t over-extend. For maximum carry flexibility and discretion, the BlackWash Cryo II includes a four-position deep-carry pocketclip and a pre-drilled attachment point for lanyards or key chains.
The slim, sleek Dividend ™ Assisted Opening Folding Knife from Kershaw® is a pleasure to carry and quick to deploy. Utilizing the Speedsafe® system, the Dividend opens instantly with a pull on the finger flipper. Once open, a sturdy liner lock keeps the blade from folding during use. The 420HC drop point blade with a full belly and a thin, sharp point both slices and pierces with ease. The flipper doubles as a finger guard to keep your hand off the blade. The handle is lightweight glass-filled nylon. The Dividend Assisted Opening Folding Knife comes with a reversible, tip-up, deep carry pocket clip.
The Kershaw Knockout surpasses its immediate competition on a number of counts. With this new color combination, the tactical use and military grade functionality only becomes more apparent. As an extreme tactical multi-use blade, the ‘knocked out’ portion of its handle section provides better grip in wet, muddy, or bloody conditions, while also giving it a slimmer fighting weight. The deep carry pocket-clip enhances its military grade use for discreet and concealed carry when necessary. For its killer camouflage look and function, this affordable general-purpose stout knife is an instant classic for newcomers and collectors alike.
The Blur Tanto Tactical Knife has a strong 3.4″ 14C28N Sandvik stainless steel blade featuring an aggressive, 2-step serrated edge. This tough blade also features Kershaw’s black Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating for enhanced corrosion resistance and low reflectivity. A SpeedSafe assisted opening design, the Blur Tanto delivers fast and easy one-handed opening in demanding situations. This tough tactical blade also features Kershaw’s Inset liner lock to give you the strength of a standard liner lock system from a thinner and lighter knife. Reversible pocket-clip. Strong, 6061-T6 anodized aluminum handles sport Trac-Tec inserts for dependable grip and control.
The last, but certainly not least, of these Kershaw folding knives is the Knockout Damascus. With an Olive Drab green handle and a Damascus blade, it looks great. The aluminum handle has been “knocked out” and inset with a stainless-steel plate to create the Sub-Frame Lock. You get the lightweight benefits of aluminum handles and the strength of a steel frame lock with integral lockbar stabilization. The Kershaw Damascus Knockout also features SpeedSafe assisted opening. It’s equipped with the new deep-carry clip and is drilled for quad-carry: tip-up, tip-down, left- or right-handed.
While there are many models of Kershaw folding knives available to you, these models should provide you with some ideas of where to start. If you are new to knife buying, you can’t go wrong with a Kershaw, and it may just be the beginning of your collection!
Backpacks, sling bags, bug out bags, trekking packs, day packs…so many choices for carrying your stuff! At least one of these everyday carry day packs will suit your work or lifestyle needs. These three packs are intended to provide you with some options depending on what you are getting up to and how much gear you need to haul for the day.
This is a great rover sling pack with the MOLLE system for attaching additional pouches or cases. The smallest of these three everyday carry day packs, it is perfect for when you don’t need a whole lot of gear. If you are just heading out for a short trip, this is the perfect pack for you.
The Reebow Tactical Sling Bag is made of durable 600D polyster, so is water repellent to a great degree. Measuring out at 12 x 9.5 x 6 inch (HxWxD), it is the right size for carrying a 9.7″ iPad, first aid kit, small notepad, keys, wallet, cell phone, flashlight, gloves, bottle of water, chargers etc. on a daily basis.
It also contains a large Velcro pad in the concealed main compartment and the back compartment. It is awesome as a pistol range bag for 1-2 handguns and a few boxes of ammo, or as a tactical assault pack. The sling bag also has an adjustable shoulder strap, and two smaller straps to help reduce the sway of the bag. The Reebow Gear sling bag is a great tactical travel bag to take on small trips. Or perhaps you’d like to go hammocking for a little bit and need to carry some snacks or other relatively small items.
Whether hiking or commuting to school, the SOG Ninja Daypack keeps you organized for any adventure with a variety of compartments. MOLLE webbing lets you attach accessories or additional storage. This 24.2-liter tactical backpack features a large main compartment, front accessory pocket with organizer, a small accessory pocket for flat item storage, and a soft-lined pocket at the top for eyeglasses and electronic devices.
You’ll be able to quench your thirst wherever you roam with a hydration bladder pocket featuring a tubing port for easy access to water, and a stretchy side pouch that fits most water bottles.
When you need to carry more gear, the SOG Ninja Daypack has you covered with side compression straps, bottom lashing loops, and heavy-duty MOLLE webbing for attaching a variety of optional pouches, accessories, and modular tactical gear.
The military-style Ninja Daypack sits comfortably on your shoulders thanks to the yoke-style adjustable, padded shoulder straps, which feature an adjustable sternum slider for added security and comfort. The breathable padded mesh back keeps you comfortable over long hauls.
Other features include durable water repellent construction, a hook-and-loop patch on the front for added customization, top carry handle, durable plastic buckles and zippers, four points for attaching a sleeping bag or roll, and dual bottom grommet drainage holes to help keep water from pooling around your gear.
SOG backpacks, hydration packs, and other bags match the uncompromising style and performance of its celebrated folding knives and multi-tools. SOG gear has become prized by military, law enforcement, and everyday users looking for outdoor gear of the highest quality, distinction, and value.
Our third pack is the largest of the everyday carry day packs at 35 liters. This is a sleek tactical backpack made of water-resistant 600D polyester, complete with a hydration compartment. It can hold a 2.5 liter bladder, and the tube is fed through the top of the bag near the grab handle. It is also capable of holding a 17 inch laptop.
The MOLLE webbing allows you to hang small items, like additional pouches or gear to the backpack. There are also adjustable straps underneath to strap a bedroll, tent or anything else.
The waist belt of this bug out bag is stitched in and tucks into the middle space behind the back padding support. It’s a pretty snug fit and won’t slide back out on its own.
The Mardington tactical backpack is constructed with a chest strap to cope with the weight so that it’s useful as a three day assault pack, bug out bag, survival backpack, army backpack, or trekking backpack. Yet it is compact enough to work well as a day pack. Suitable for hiking, camping, trekking, traveling, school or daily use. And it comes with a 90 day limited warranty!
There is nothing worse than being stuck in a situation where you need a light, but when you reach for your everyday carry flashlight, all you get is a feeble flicker that dies within moments. When I worked security, I always carried a Streamlight, because I knew I could count on it to work. Being able to see in the dark may make a life saving difference, so make sure that you have a light source you can trust. This is where the Streamlight ProTac 2L-X Tactical Flashlight comes in to save the day.
The Streamlight 88063 ProTac 2L-X is a 500-lumen EDC tactical light and incorporates the versatility to use two battery types; two CR123A batteries or one Streamlight Rechargeable Li Ion cell. Multi battery versatility means the user can always use primary disposable cells to power the light if the rechargeable cell is out of power and a charging source is not available.
Designed for use in all markets, this everyday carry flashlight features a tactical tail cap switch for momentary or “constant on” operation, three different user selectable programs and a pocket clip for convenience. The aluminum housing with Type II Military Spec anodizing helps make the light extremely durable and abrasion resistant. Packaged with a removable pocket clip and holster.
Durable, anodized machined aircraft aluminum construction. Dust tight and IPX7 waterproof to 1-meter for 30 minutes; 2-meter impact resistance tested. Gasket-sealed glass lens. Anti-roll head prevents the light from rolling away when placed on a flat surface.
Dual fuel: uses two 3-volt CR123A lithium batteries (included); also accepts one Streamlight 3.7-volt 2600-mAh rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery with its own cradle charging system.
C4 LED Technology for extreme brightness, impervious to shock with a 50,000-hour lifetime. LED Solid State power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life. TEN-TAP Programming features three user selectable programs: High/Strobe/Low; High only; Low/High.
The ProTac 2L-X operates using Streamlight’s trademarked Ten-Tap programmable switch. Simply depress the tailcap to turn the light on high. To keep the light in its 500-lumen setting, depress the tailcap until it clicks. To reach the strobe setting, depress the tailcap slightly twice within 0.4 seconds. Depressing the tailcap fully after reaching strobe will allow the strobe mode to remain on without depressing the tailcap. The same procedure is followed for the low mode, except that the tailcap must be depressed slightly 3 times within 0.4 seconds to reach the low setting.
It all comes down to performance. Period. People who depend on their everyday carry flashlights, often for their lives, need to be able to count on that flashlight to work. Every time. When it’s freezing cold, scorching hot, desert dry, or rain forest humid. When it’s been beat up, abused, dropped in water, or left in icy snow. They need to know that their flashlight will deliver the light they need for the task at hand. When size and run time are also part of the performance, people know they can trust Streamlight . . . to shine brighter, work better, and last longer.
Gone are the days of your basic plastic pen that explodes in your pocket, or can’t write in dusty or rainy or upside down positions. If you work in high stress situations, like military, law enforcement, medical services, or rescue services, you want a pen that will work as hard as you do. You can count on the quality of this everyday carry pen, and it will perform when you need it to perform.
Danger has a way of presenting itself when you least expect it. That’s why Gerber, in collaboration with law enforcement professionals, developed the Impromptu Tactical Pen. Sure, it’s a pen and it’ll serve to take notes like a good pen should, but it’s not your average writing implement.
The Impromptu Tactical Pen combines Gerber’s decades of experience crafting tools with valuable input from police officers to offer a utilitarian tool that could quite literally be your ticket to safety. During interviews, officers agreed that the most important tool you can carry is the item that happens to be in your hand. More often than not, that turns out to be a pen. So Gerber designed a pen that can write in all conditions and is rugged enough to handle the unexpected.
Sure it’s stout, but this everyday carry pen fits easily into your pocket like an ordinary pen and will become part of your daily routine, on the job and off. Whether you’re in your vehicle or responding to a call in the field, it’s easy to make the Tactical Pen part of your routine equipment. But unlike an ordinary ballpoint pen, this one will be there when you need more than just a writing implement.
Made from machined steel with a tempered window-shattering tip design, the Impromptu Tactical Pen can be used to break a windshield or defend yourself from an unexpected attack.
This USA-made, push-button pen features a “Rite in the Rain” ballpoint pen cartridge that is effective in wet and dry conditions, and the tool’s machined steel body is stout enough to rise to the unexpected call of duty.
The Impromptu is designed from rugged American steel and coated with Cerakote to provide a confident grip in any situation. This everyday carry pen will stand up to the call of duty.
Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade.
Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers and tradesmen, Gerber’s heritage runs deep. And we are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.
All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, OR where many are produced. We also create a wide range of activity specific gear for a wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by our famous lifetime warranty.
Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.
I have carried CRKT knives for years, so I can attest to the quality of their knives. I am pretty hard on equipment, and their knives have stood up exceptionally well to the beating I give them. This is why I am happy to present to you this rock solid everyday carry knife from CRKT. This is a real workhorse knife. It isn’t overly large, so it is perfect for a wide range of tasks. And with its all metal construction, you won’t have to worry about parts failing. They have already beat it up with rocks to get the amazing finish, so it will stand up to whatever you dish out!
I love the strength and the simplicity of the design. This is definitely not a show knife, and that is exactly what I like about it. It will do whatever job you need it to do, any day of the week. And at roughly $16 on Amazon, you can’t get much more of a deal for your money!
Go ahead and read up on the specifications and learn a bit more about the Squid, and then come back here and grab your own!
|Blade Length||2.14″ (54.36 mm)|
|Blade Steel||8Cr13MoV, 58-60 HRC|
|Blade Thickness||0.11″ (2.79 mm)|
|Closed Length||4.490″ (114.05 mm)|
|Handle||Stainless Steel w/Stonewash|
|Style||Folding Knife w/Frame Lock|
|Overall Length||5.71″ (145.03 mm)|
When you ask Lucas what drew him to the knife world as a teenager he’ll tell you it was stories of survival, off path adventures with his father and a healthy dose of action movies. Over the years, he has experimented with a broad range of styles to artfully combine classical examples with modern materials and techniques such as with his Obake knife. Lucas believes knives are a personal expression of independence.
It’s a pistol of a knife: it obliterates tasks.
This Lucas Burnley-designed everyday carry knife is compact in stature but packs some heat in the features department. It comes with a frame lock for safety, and friction grooves on the drop-point blade for a secure grip. Be careful where you point it.
The Squid is an everyday carry folding knife from designer Lucas Burnley in Orleans, Massachusetts. Based on the concept of a compact pistol, it’s small in size and big on ability. Don’t let the 2.14 inch blade fool you; this is a full-on, tactically inspired knife that’s ready to take on your largest cutting challenges. By keeping it wide at nearly one inch and using the drop-point style, Burnley was able to give the blade a good balance of tip strength and point geometry for utility tasks, packing all the functionality of a full-size tactical folder, into an easy to carry, compact design.
Just like any good gun, you want something that’ll keep you safe. That’s why the Squid comes with an internal frame lock and deep pocket clip for a secure carry. When you’re ready for this knife to see some action, use the thumb stud to deploy the blade.
So go ahead and bring this sidearm with you wherever you go. Just remember, it’s loaded.
CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) offers a broad line of knives and tools for sport, work, professional, and lifestyle activities. All CRKT knives and tools are built incorporating the most advanced equipment and production systems. Founded in 1994, CRKT is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design.