produces some of the most reliable and sought-after knives available on the market. From every
day carrying knives to sporting knives and tactical knives, you
can look to Kershaw with total confidence. Its knives are manufactured with the most advanced technology and are
known to be "shave sharp". And they are a trusted brand name all around the world for their design,
innovation, quality, and genuine pride of ownership. All that and made in the USA to boot.
Kershaw Knives was started by knife salesman Pete
Kershaw back in 1974 and many of Kershaw’s products are made right here in their
55,000 sq. ft. facility near Portland, OR. In 1977, the KAI Group of Japan
acquired Kershaw knives. KAI are innovators when it comes to coordinating research with the development,
production, marketing and distribution arms of the business and since they have come onboard the company has
received a number of awards including the Overall Knife ofthe Year,
Knife Collaboration of the Year, Most Innovative AmericanDesign, and Kitchen Knife of the Year.
Know why? Here are just a few reasons:
Removable and reverseable pocket
Tip safety locks
The ambedextrous opening
Full tang construction
Glass breaker tips
But more than all that sales pitch talk, Kershaw Knives are solid. The
crafting is detailed and the blade is reliable. They make every-day knives that
will break into any annoying plastic packaging, sporting knives that make your hunting, fishing and camping
experiences totally more enjoyable, they have a line of excellent military and law enforcement blades
and even world class kitchen knives. Kershaw is proud of its award-winning technologies and the advanced
materials it uses to create the solid blade lockup. And when Kershaw says a life-time
guarantee, they mean a lifetime. No holding back, no small print.
Life-time. Not that you'll need it!
You want to be proud of your tools when you’re out so Kershaw always
chooses the highest quality of materials and are dedicated to
precisioncraftsmanship. They require state-of-the-art
manufacturing with extremely high tolerances from their manufacturers so there will be no mistaking
Kershaws for any cheap imitations. Convenience of use and versatility are
two of Kershaws goals but so are better functionality and safety.
Since they were founded in 1974, the company have pioneered many of the standards
and technologies used in the knife-making industry today.
Speedsafe-assisted opening knives enable a user to
open a knife by simply pushing the thumb stud on the blade or pulling the blade
With the Blade-Trader line, Kershaw introduced the
concept of knives with interchangeable blades.
Using Composite Blade technology, combining two
steels into one blade, Kershaw gives knife users the assurance that the steel used for edgeretention and the steels used for strength on the spine are use-specific and therefore more
This is not to say that Kershaw is finished designing and is now in the
mass production stage of their marketing. No way! They are committed to bringing
new and bettertechnologies and materials to the drawing table.
You can count on Kershaw to stick to the innovative edge (pardonthe pun) of knife
Kershaw has many models to choose from. Some models, such as the
Kershaw Tilt, were limited production and are now only available from
collectors and at a much higher price than when originally sold, a tribute to the design,
quality and craftsmanship of these knives.
The speedsafe-assist models are the most fun to use in
my opinion, designed by reknowned knife designer Ken Onion who has created many award-winning knives for the
company. With this system it is possible to open the blade with one finger by pushing a thumb
stud or bladeprotrusion. These knives are a blast to use and every time you open the blade,
you feel and hear a solid click as the blade locks and you can imagine yourself a spy in a dark
foreign country. Some popular speedsafe-assist models include theKershaw Leek, Kershaw
Blur, Kershaw Scallion, Kershaw Chive, Kershaw Shallot and Kershaw
A unique trait of Pete Kershaw’s knife company is the practice of
namingeach knife as well as giving them a model number. I think the way this has been
done gives them a personality and sets them apart from the competition. For instance, there’s the
Officer Ranch Series named after an actual cattle ranch in the mountains of Oregon where Pete
Kershaw often spent time with friends hunting elk and mule deer. Some models in the Officer Ranch
Series are the Black Horse, Elk Spring, Outlaw Bill,
Whiskey Gap, Wildcat Ridge and Corral Creek.
It would be remiss not to mention as well that Kershaw strongly supports
the American Knife and Tool Institute which is a non-profit organization that represents the many
facets of the knife industry here in the US. For knife-owners, you can rest assured that as part of
AKTI, Kershaw supports their mission “Keeping Knives in American Lives.” The
AKTI is a reliable source of information about the industry and are involved in
legislations affecting the industry and you as a knife-owner. So if this purchase is
yourfirst Kershaw, make like a Boy Scout and be prepared. If
you’re like me and it’s not your first, I salute your wisdom and impeccable taste.