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Best Kershaw Knives of All-Time

Kershaw is among top pocket knife brands, and their reputation isn’t just based on the hype, but rather on high-quality knives that they've produced over the years. Founded in 1974, Kershaw has been making knives for 45+ years now. Most of the their knives are constructed in the USA, but they do have a few of their knives being constructed in the Asia. They have been in the market for years and always impressed their new and loyal customers(including me).

Some of the famous Kershaw knives include Cryo, Leek, and Shallot (all designed for everyday use.)

In the tactical and professional category, their Blur and CQC lines are the most selling. If you’re looking for something more military or law enforcement style, then check out their sister brand Zero Tolerance.

Since I have got a respectable collection of Kershaw knives, I thought of publishing my opinion about what are the best Kershaw knives in the world. 

4 Best Kershaw Knives of All Time:

ImageModelOverall LengthSteelAvailability
best-folding-knifeKershaw Cryo6.5 inches8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Check Price
folding pocket knifeKershaw Leek7 inches14C28N stainless steel Check Price
kershaw-ken-onionKershaw Ken Onion Blur7.88 inches14C28N stainless steel Check Price
folding pocket knifeZero Tolerance7.75 inchesS30V Stainless Steel Check Price
folding knifeSinkevich9.3 inchesS35VN Stainless Steel Check Price

1. Kershaw Cryo

Cryo was voted best water of the year (2012) in Blade Magazine. If you're looking for the best Kershaw knife under $30, then Cryo would be a great option.

Blade: The blade length is 2.75 inches, and overall length is 6.5 inches. The blade is constructed of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The "Speed Assist" provides effortless experience. Though the steel 8Cr13MoV is manufactured in China, it has performed reasonably well. It retains the edge nicely and can be easily & quickly be sharpened.

Handle & Ergonomics: The handle is built out of titanium carbo-nitride coated stainless steel; provides good grip. But it can't be compared to the G10 & other high-quality material handles. It's slightly tougher to make the grip when handle gets damp, but otherwise it's very reliable. 

Ergonomically, the knife feels comfortable. The assisted opening mechanism works effortlessly to open or close the knife. The jimping on the handle provides an extra grip which helps when you're performing everyday tasks. The knife's handle is proper steel with no added scales.

Verdict: If you're looking for a budget-friendly Kershaw knife then Cryo would be best choice. You can use this knife for light to medium duty everyday tasks. It's a decent knife for people with a minimal budget; yet want good quality.

2. Kershaw leek

The Leek series includes some of Kershaw's most popular knives, and the Leek is no exception. This particular knife features a distinctive design by celebrated knife maker "Ken Onion" who invented the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system.

Blade: The blade length is about 3 inches which is decent for performing light-duty and medium-duty tasks. The blade is made up of Sandvik 14C28N steel with the bead-blasted finish.

The blade is sharp and very easy tos harp when gets dull. The quality of the blade is good but don't expect to use it for heavy-duty tasks or piercing related jobs because blade's tip is fragile. Read my review of Kershaw Leek Knife, I have shared everything there in detail.

Handle & Ergonomics: The handle on the Kershaw Leek is made up of 410 stainless steel with a bead-blasted finish. The slim handle gives it a very sleek profile. It's slightly hard to make a tight grip on the handle for some unknown reason.Though the grip is an issue, I don't think a knife of this size really needs any substantial grip.

Verdict: It's easy to open. The blade stays sharp, the blade is reversible, and it is made in the USA. The overall size is EDC friendly, and its design is very pleasing. Yes, it's not for heavy duty tasks, but other than that, it's great knife to have.

3. Kershaw Ken Onion Blur

The Blur series offers power and performance and ideal for extreme everyday situations. Kershaw leek is a mid-range pocket knife which performs exceptionally good.

Blade: The blade's length is exactly 3.4 inches; and the blade is constructed of 13C26 stainless steel. 13C26 offers substantial hardness, and it is corrosion resistance. It comes sharp, stays sharp, and cuts through stuff easily.

The blade is durable and is perfect for heavy-duty tasks. This model is available in two blade types: Plain edge and serrated. I personally prefer plain edge but serrated could be better depending on your requirement.

Handle & Ergonomics: The handle is manufactured with 6061-T6 anodized aluminum, which makes the handle rough, almost like Line-x. There is no way that it would slip from your hand because of the rubber on handle and its design. Its handle comes in a variety of colors so if you're color oriented person, then it's a good thing to have.

The knife has a clip to keep it safe and intact in your pocket. The pre-drilled holes in the handle allow you to switch the pocket clip. Though the handle is good, I found out that when worn often enough, it can wear through jeans.

Verdict: Blade is sharp, looks premium, Speedsafe opening is excellent, and the handle is ergonomic. The pocket clip is tight, which makes it tough to pull out the knife from the pocket.


4. Zero Tolerance ZT0350TS 

Zero tolerance is one of the popular editions in the knife industry. The 0350 is equipped with SpeedSafe for one-handed assisted opening. Even in combat gloves, you can quickly deploy the blade using the large, ambidextrous thumb stud or blade protrusion.

Note: The owner of Kershaw Knives, Kai USA Ltd. is headquartered in Oregon and also owns Shun Knives and Zero Tolerance Knives.

Blade: The blade is constructed of S30V stainless-steel and assembled with SpeedSafe opening mechanism. Deploying the blade is lightning fast, but still very safe to work with. The cutting performance of the blade is amazing. To put it together, the blade is tough and sharp which helps perform heavy duty tasks in the wilderness.

Handle & Ergonomics: The blade protrusion & grippy G10 handles make this knife very comfortable to hold, feels very natural in your hand, even with gloves on. This knife absolutely refuses to let go of your hand. The spring clip holds well to thin nylon jacket pockets and has reasonable clamping force. It Includes a quad mounting system for tip-up, tip-down, left- or right-handed clip carry.

Verdict: Great steel,  Great Ergonomics, Best speed-safe assisted opening mechanism knife, Performs heavy duty tasks. No doubt, it is the best Kershaw knife of all.

Wrapping it up!

Kershaw is a well reputed knife company, and creates one of the best pocket knives. The knives I listed above are my personal favourite and these knives are great in their price segment. Depending on your requirements, you can get one of them or maybe two. If you've any model you want me to review, then comment down below. Also, if you've any questions then don't hesistate to ask.

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3 thoughts on “Best Kershaw Knives of All-Time”

  1. Great knives all around, but… I am a bit mystified how the Knockout was left off the list, even as an honorable mention.

  2. You said Kershaw but that was to difficult. You had to show off you ZT.(not a Kershaw) Waspknife your description of these knives didn’t sound that knowledgeable you couldn’t hold the Leek in your hand. That should have been the #1 knife there are over 119 different versions of that one knife. You started with the cryo. Sad how many versions does it have?.

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