[KNIFE REVIEW] We Take A Look At 5 Popular Options From Kershaw

Not far behind carrying a firearm, I enjoy carrying a good pocket knife. I’ve been doing so since I was around 14 years old, back in a time when you could even carry one to school and no one would think twice.

For years, I’ve wanted to kick off knife reviews, but it never really got a start.

Until now, that is.

To help us kick things off, Kershaw sent over 5 knives, and that’s plenty to get the ball rolling.

Let’s get right into this, and be sure to check out the video below as well.

If you’re not in the mood to watch the above video, check out the photos and details of each knife below.

Launch 7 (USA Made)
https://kershaw.kaiusa.com/launch-7.html

The Launch 7 is a tactical push-button automatic with a 3.75-inch blade and premium CPM 154 blade steel. It’s the big buy in this lineup, but still fits comfortably in the pocket.

Details & Specs

  • Edition: Dealer Only
  • Use: Everyday, Work, Tactical
  • Type: Automatic, Folder
  • Style: Pocketknife
  • Designer: Tim Galyean
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Opening Action: Automatic
  • Opens With: Push button
  • Lock Type: Push-button lock
  • Pocketclip: Reversible (right/left, tip-up)
  • Handle Color: Gray
  • Made in USA: Yes
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Blade Length: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm)
  • Blade Steel: CPM 154
  • Blade Finish/Coating: DLC coating
  • Blade Thickness: 0.121 in. (3 mm)
  • Closed Length: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Handle Material: 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Handle Finish/Coating: Gray anodized
  • Handle Thickness: 0.47 in. (12 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8.6 in. (21.8 cm)
  • Weight: 3.2 oz. (91 g)

Launch 10 (USA Made)
https://kershaw.kaiusa.com/launch-10.html

The Launch 10 is a California legal push-button automatic. It also features premium CPM 154 blade steel and a unique hawkbill blade shape. It’s little, but aggressive in both looks and power. I can see many uses for this little guy, and it’s easily one of my favorites.

Details & Specs

  • Edition: Dealer Only
  • Use: Everyday, Work, Tactical
  • Type: Automatic, Folder
  • Style: Pocketknife
  • Designer: Kershaw Originals
  • Blade Style: Hawkbill
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Opening: Action Automatic
  • Opens With: Push button
  • Lock Type: Push-button lock
  • Pocketclip: Reversible deep-carry (right/left, tip-up)
  • Handle Color: Gray
  • Made in USA: Yes
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Blade Length: 1.9 in. (4.8 cm)
  • Blade Steel: CPM 154
  • Blade Finish/Coating: Stonewashed finish
  • Blade Thickness: 0.121 in. (3 mm)
  • Closed Length: 3.2 in. (8.1 cm)
  • Handle Material: 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Handle Finish/Coating: Gray anodized
  • Handle Thickness: 0.47 in. (12 mm)
  • Overall Length: 5.2 in. (13.2 cm)
  • Weight: 1.8 oz. (52 g)

Leek, Carbon Fiber (USA Made)
https://kershaw.kaiusa.com/leek-cpm154-carbon-fiber-stonewash.html

The Leek is a classic Kershaw – slim, lightweight, and SpeedSafe assisted opening. The Carbon Fiber variation features carbon fiber handles and premium CPM 154 blade steel. This one is hands down my favorite of this group of 5. I love the look, the functionality, and have been carrying it since the day it came in. I’m not against the autos, just not used to them. Yet.

Details & Specs

  • Use: Everyday, Work
  • Type: Assisted, Folder
  • Style: Pocketknife
  • Designer: Ken Onion
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Opening Action: Assisted SpeedSafe®
  • Opens With: Flipper
  • Lock Type: Liner lock
  • Pocketclip: Reversible (right, tip-up/down)
  • Handle Color: Gray & Black
  • Made in USA: Yes
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Blade Length: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
  • Blade Steel: CPM 154
  • Blade Finish/Coating: Stonewashed finish
  • Blade Thickness: 0.09 in. (2.29 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
  • Handle Material: Carbon fiber
  • Handle Thickness: 0.04 in. (10.17 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7 in. (17.9 cm)
  • Weight: 2.4 oz. (69 g)

RJ Tactical 3.0 (Budget-Friendly Import)
https://kershaw.kaiusa.com/rj-tactical-3-0.html

Tactical style, SpeedSafe assisted opening, and strategically priced. This guy is going to get the job done while being easy on your wallet.

Details & Specs

  • Use: Everyday, Tactical
  • Type: Assisted, Folder
  • Style: Pocketknife
  • Designer: RJ Martin
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Opening Action: Assisted SpeedSafe®
  • Opens With: Flipper
  • Lock Type: Liner lock
  • Pocketclip: 3-position (right/left, tip-up; right, tip-down)
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Hardware: Glass-filled nylon backspacer, steel screws
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Blade Length: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Finish/Coating: Black-oxide coating
  • Blade Thickness: 0.108 in. (2.75 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
  • Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon
  • Handle Thickness: 0.53 in. (13.5 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.9 in. (17.5 m)
  • Weight: 2.8 oz. (79.4 g)

Method (Budget-Friendly Import)
https://kershaw.kaiusa.com/method.html

Tactical style, KVT ball-bearing open system, and strategically priced. It’s light, has an interesting and unique design, and will be a great sidekick to come along with you throughout the day.

Details & Specs

  • Use: Everyday
  • Type: Folder, Manual
  • Style: Pocketknife
  • Designer: Jens Ansø
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Opening Action: Manual KVT ball bearings
  • Opens With: Flipper
  • Lock Type: Inset liner lock
  • Pocketclip: Single-position (right, tip-up)
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Hardware: Glass-filled nylon backspacer
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Blade Length: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Finish/Coating: Black-oxide BlackWash™ coating
  • Blade Thickness: 0.11 in. (2.9 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Thickness: 0.425 in. (10.8 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.25 in. (18.4 cm)
  • Weight: 2.2 oz. (63 g)

In the future, expect to see in-depth reviews for each of these knives above, as well as reviews of knives from other companies. It’s a new day, and Concealed Nation is coming closer to completing reviews for the entire edc package.

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About the Author

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP, with a Shield Sights RMSC Red Dot, that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a Vedder Holsters ComfortTuck IWB holster.

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