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Succinct 08-06-2009 01:34 AM

Which Kershaw knife to get?
Regarding my other Walmart knives post, which no one is responding to, Walmart no longer carries the Spyderco Native, which was previously recommended. However, they have an array of nice-looking Kershaw knives.

SO, please help: Which Kershaw to get for general all-purpose carry?

CA357 08-06-2009 01:44 AM

What does it need to do?

Dillinger 08-06-2009 01:50 AM

Wal*mart and knives is always a death sentence for a thread. :confused:

What are you looking for a knife?

What blade steel?

What kind of edge retention?

What handle/bolster material?

Why Kershaw? Is it the name? The reputation? What?


cpttango30 08-06-2009 03:04 AM

I like the Leek and the OS Sweet from Kershaw. They are both Ken Onion knife designs. both are assested opening and don't go to wal mart go to ebay or amazon and get them cheaper and most of the time with free shipping.

stalkingbear 08-06-2009 06:11 PM

I have a couple Leeks and will carry nothing else for a all purpose pocket knife. I like the "plain" unserrated blade. You can get them for about 38$ when you order them from places like or other online company.

Succinct 08-07-2009 01:22 AM


Originally Posted by Dillinger (Post 140119)
Wal*mart and knives is always a death sentence for a thread. :confused:

What are you looking for a knife?

What blade steel?

What kind of edge retention?

What handle/bolster material?

Why Kershaw? Is it the name? The reputation? What?


Well, on my last thread about the catalog of knives at my local Wal-mart, I got two firm recommendations: Spyderco Native & Kershaw. But no one said WHICH Kershaw and can't get the Native there any more.

To answer the questions you asked me:
- I want an ALL purpose carry-everywhere knife good for everything from peeling fruit to prying my XD's slide loose if it gets stuck, to skinning animals, to cleaning fish, to shoving it into the body of an attacker if need be. I won't cover all of these, just trying to hit the most.

- Apparently the Native was made of the very best knife steel (forget what designation it was), but I'd like to get a Kershaw equivalent.

- Kershaw is made in the U.S. of A., unlike my XD, which I wish was.

- Just looking at/handling the Kershaw knives at my local Walmart, they seemed superior to the Gerbers & other brands

- I'd rather buy where I can see the product if possible, before buying it. I live in a small tourist town and Wallyworld is about all I got for a brick-and-mortar gun supply source, other than gun shows which for me have been horribly timed lately and which don't seem to offer any great deals any more.

- I love Walmart because the prices are low on a lot of stuff and the liberals hate Walmart. I had a female boss who would constantly complain about Walmart selling guns but not porn. In fact, the very best thing to piss off a lib would be to drive a Hummer to Walmart. Parking it next to a Prius (if you could find one there) would be funny IMHO...

- I am 47 and don't know jack-squat about knives, which is the main reason I posted the question in the first place.

- Hopefully that answered most of the Q's. I'll stay away from referring to Walmart in the future, altho that indicates to me maybe I am not on the right forum for me after all.

Mark F 08-07-2009 01:44 PM

**** BENCHMADE **** n'uff said.

bleak23 08-07-2009 10:10 PM

Ask yourself plain blade or partially serrated? Black or stainless? Then get one that looks appealing to you.

I prefer non black blades for EDC because the black wears.

Don't know if you are partial to buying online, but bladehq has some nice Kershaws including this one...

1760DAM Kershaw Black Skyline Manual Knife (Damascus) - Blade HQ

You can't beat the price for a damascus steel blade. Maybe too nice for EDC though.

cpttango30 08-08-2009 01:31 AM

Just bought my 2nd Kershaw OSO Sweet.

Succinct 08-10-2009 12:31 AM

So how about the Kershaw Barrage? That seems to be my favorite. Only, $35, combo straight/serrated edge, nice rubber inserts in handle. Here is the rest of the story - comments?
Big and bold, the made-in-the-USA Kershaw Barrage knife offers a super-smooth feel and a grip that just won't quit. A built-in thumb stud offers smooth and easy one handed opening for left- and right-handers. The Sandvik 14C28N blade is partially serrated for versatility and bead-blasted for good looks. For a secure grip, the handle features Trac-Tec inserts.

Thumb stud for one-handed opening, left- or right-handed
Blade: Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel for corrosion resistance; hones to sharp edge
Handle: Bead-blasted 410 stainless steel with Trac-Tec inserts for secure grip
Frame lock
Blade: 3-1/4" (9.5 cm)
Closed: 4-3/8" (11.1 cm)
Weight: 5.0-oz.
Made in the USA
Model: 2445ST

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