Review: Kershaw Blur

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by knfxda, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. knfxda

    knfxda New Member

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    Based on another thread, I went ahead an purchased the knife through Amazon for ~$50/shipped.

    Admittedly, the "regular" (non-coated blade) Blur can be had for ~$30/shipped, but I liked the look of the black blade more and wanted the Tungsten coating.

    The Blur weighs in at 4.2 oz and is a Ken Onion design with a 3-3/8" drop-point blade (which I prefer over the Tanto model) coated in Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon).

    The Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel blade has a thumbstud on it for fast one-handed opening and uses a locking liner to keep it open. I think they nailed the design of their SpeedSafe(R) system. It just opens beautifully.

    The 4-1/2" aluminum frame with reversible pocket clip has rubberized inserts - one of this knife's selling points for me. The inserts are not overly rough; they're not going to tear/wear clothing. It isn't skate deck material. The inserts are also not tacky or gummy. They just feel good in hand and give you a good positive grip. The knife doesn't have a finger groove, which some may not like, however, I feel that the shape of the handle will do a good job of keeping your hand off of the blade.

    The blade comes über-sharp from the factory. Trust me on this. Yes, I am one of those tools that cuts himself within minutes of sitting down with his knife! And I didn't so much cut myself as I did shave some skin off. I simply brushed the tip of the blade with the back of my thumb and was surprised to see the thinnest curl of skin sitting on the knife. It literally shaved a sliver of the top layer of my skin off. We're talking razor thin.

    Bottom Line:
    • Relatively light weight
    • Super sharp blade
    • Flicks open wonderfully
    • Nice positive grip
    • Great EDC knife
    • Well priced, high quality, and Made in the USA!
    And now for the gratuitous pics!

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    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011
  2. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    I also bought one (the cheaper one) and it is great but felt a bit too big and heavy in my pocket so I purchased Kershaw Leek (Sandvik 14c28n) for $31.28. IMHO, the Leek is a much better EDC. YMMV.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I like the looks of it. Thanks for the report.
     
  4. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Thanks, knfxda. I like Kershaw and Ken Onion designs in particular. It's a matter of time before I get one of these...it's just getting more difficult to justify buying ANOTHER folder.

    Meh. Screw justifying it. My wife is in Dallas this week. I'm goin' shopping.
     
  5. Wambli

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    LOVE the Blur!!!! I have the Tanto and it's actually my third. I ended up giving the first two to friends that wouldn't give them back after I let them handle mine.

    I never leave the house without one!
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  6. knfxda

    knfxda New Member

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    I'd have to agree on the YMMV. :D I don't even notice the Blur.

    Leek:
    Handle: 410 stainless-steel
    Blade Length: 3 in.
    Closed Length: 4 in.
    Weight: 3.0 oz.
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    Blur:
    Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum with Trac-Tec inserts
    Blade Length: 3 3/8 in.
    Closed Length: 4 1/2 in.
    Weight: 4.2 oz
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    You're only talking about 1.2 oz difference (that's equivalent to 12 pennies) and a 1/2" when closed. Not to mention, the benefit of the textured handle over a "slicker" stainless steel handle. I also find the drop-point to be more utilitarian than the clip-point.

    Don't get me wrong. I like them both. I just like the Blur better. As you said, YMMV!

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    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  7. Poink88

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    Honestly, I didn't like the looks of the Leek as well...until I got it.

    The thing that I miss about the Blur most is the handle texture. I think it is the combination of size and thickness that made it feel so much bulkier in my pocket. One thing I will admit too is that I would rather have the Blur in my hand than the Leek come "business" time if I had a choice but as they say...it is better to have a small one you will carry, than a big one you will leave at home. ;)

    I do keep my Blur in my BOB and my wife also have a Blur in her purse. :D

    Please don't get me wrong, both are great knife IMHO...Leek just suits me (my pocket) better.
     
  8. Ploofy

    Ploofy New Member

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    If this is the one I'm thinking of (can't tell without it being closed) it has a little bump on the back when it's closed so when it's clipped in your pocket you can make it open as you pull it out, and even if it's not the one I'm thinking of, it's got to be a great knife (I have yet to see a Ken Onion design that isn't)
     
  9. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    The Leek can be deployed by the stud or even faster by the "bump" on the pivoting end (when closed).
     
  10. knfxda

    knfxda New Member

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    Just checked out this vid. The Leek is pretty tight if you're looking for something smaller:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNCKVpIEtuE"]Kershaw Leek Knife Review[/ame]
     
  11. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I have the Tanto as well. It really is a well made knife!
     
  12. XR750

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    I have to agree I really like the Black Blur I bought the Tanto with serrated Blade at wally world.
    I'm talking myself into a drop point Black Blur now.
    Joe-R
     
  13. flbandit

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    I kike Kershaw knifes and almost bought the Blur awhile back. I ended up getting the Needs Work at that time, but I still intend to get a Blur at some point. I also have a Kershaw Scallion and the Chill. I'm very happy with all of them.
     
  14. Poink88

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    Just an update...

    The 420HC steel of the cheaper Blur is surely not as good as the Sandvik 14c28n. The 420HC is softer that the sharp edges tend to "fold" on mine (can be easily seen if you look at the edge w/ proper light due to reflection).

    Still a great knife and offers excellent value but IMHO, spend a little more and get the 14c28n version if you can.
     
  15. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    That is 100% true. You have to watch out because some sites do not specify what they are selling you.
     
  16. knfxda

    knfxda New Member

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    Agreed. The Amazon seller lists it as the 440A, but mine is definately a 14c28 based on info that I found on a blade forum. My blade doesn't have a Born On Date (BOD) which Kershaw stopped putting on these blades after July/09. The switch from 13c26 to 14c28 was march/09. So, despite the vedor not updating their description, they appear to be selling the latest and greatest blades (steel).

    Also, the older knives had a old red, white, and blue box design. The newer ones have a dark red on red design (not sure when this occured).
     
  17. aandabooks

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    What are the Kershaw knives that open like the Leek with just your index finger? I EDC a Leek and would like to get another Kershaw. Really love that lightning fast opening. The Blur looks like a great knife. Love the textured handle and that would probably make it a little handier than the Leek. I carry the Leek because I teach school and it is so slim that you can't even tell I have a knife in my pocket.