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Chive 1600

by Kershaw
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  • Features Ken Onion's Speed Safe assisted opening design
  • Blade is made of 420HC stainless steel for good edge retention and toughness
  • Blade measures 1-15/16 inches (4.9 cm); knife measures 2-7/8 inches when closed
  • Handle is made of 410 stainless steel
  • This item is not for sale in some specific zip codes includes NY
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Product Description

Product Description

Nab this Kershaw Chive Knife designed by Ken Onion. The Chive Clip Point Blade is made of 420 stainless steel with a hollow grind; Stock thickness is 0.090"; The index trigger serves both as an ambidextrous opening aid and as a finger guard when the knife is open. With a simple push on the index trigger, the closed knife quickly springs open using an open and locked position; The dual thumb studs serve only as the positive stop for the blade, as they are too small for use as one-hand openers; The notched thumb ramp of the blade provides a secure placement for the index finger or the thumb to rest on during use; Features Ken Onion's patent pending "Speed Safe" mechanism incorporating torsion bar technology for assisted opening. Order ONLINE Today! Kershaw Ken Onion Chive Knife: Model - KS1600; 2 7/8" Closed Length; 1 15/16" Blade Length; 1.9 Wt. (Ozs.). WARNING: You must be 18 or older to purchase Cutlery. Cutlery cannot be shipped to CA; CT; DE; HI; IL; KS; LA; ME; MI; MO; NJ; NV; PA; D.C.; MA; Canada or Puerto Rico. Please check your State, County and City laws for restrictions before ordering Cutlery. Kershaw Ken Onion Chive Knife


The Chive series of knives features Kershaw's Speed Safe ambidextrous opening system for smooth, easy opening by both right and left-handed users. When closed, the Chive measures less than three inches long and weighs just 1.9 ounces, making it perfect for carrying around in a pocket. The blade is made of high-carbon 420HC stainless steel and allows for good edge retention, easy resharpening, and excellent toughness. This knife also features a 410 stainless steel handle, a safety tip lock to ensure the blade stays securely inside the handle until the user releases it, and a removable pocket clip for easy carrying. The smallest member of the Onion family, this knife has all the advanced features you need in an all-purpose pocket knife.


  • Steel: 420HC stainless steel
  • Handle: 410 stainless steel
  • Blade Length: 1-15/16 inches (4.9 cm)
  • Closed Length: 2-7/8 inches (7.3 cm)
  • Weight: 1.9 ounces

About Kershaw Knives
Since the company's founding in 1974, Kershaw Knives has been dedicated to quality that has led to a worldwide reputation for performance and innovation in tools and knives. From state-of-the-art manufacturing to advanced materials, customers rely on Kershaw for products that provide "technology with an edge." Today, Kershaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kai Corporation--for over 90 years. Japan's premier blade producer. Kai's innovative approach to product development has resulted in over 10,000 superior products.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009VC9RW
  • Item model number: 1600
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

Perfect size knife for my pocket.
Dwayne Elmore
The knife opens quickly and effortlessly like other Kershaw blades that use the speed safe assisted system.
GChicago (International Man of Intrigue)
Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great, straight forward good pocket knife.
Karlos Ortiz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By RG VINE VOICE on December 20, 2007
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I like to carry a small knife around with me most of the time. And the Chive is an ideal knife for that purpose. With a 2 inch blade, it's not very big so you're not going to be able to use it for heavy-duty jobs. But the construction is solid, and the speed-assist mechanism means you can open it easily with just one hand. It is also very light so you will hardly notice it in your pocket. It has a frame-lock which I prefer to a liner-lock because in general frame-locks tend to be more secure. And it does have a clip so you can clip it to your pocket (you can also remove the clip with a Torx screwdriver size T-6). The steel used for the blade (420 HC) is not a super-high quality steel, but it's plenty good for most common everyday tasks. It does have a safety tip lock, although I found mine to be a bit loose and it has sometimes slipped into the "off" position. But the blade itself has never popped open accidentally even when the safety was off. Being that it is so small, it's not quite as comfortable to hold as a bigger knife, but for its size it is relatively comfortable. When I hold it, my pinky hangs off the edge, unlike a larger knife like the Kershaw Vapor that I can grip will all four fingers on the handle.

Update 9/24/2009
The torsion bar broke recently and I had to get it replaced. I'm a little bit disappointed it broke already because I didn't think I used the knife that heavily. However Kershaw has top-notch customer service. They'll either send you a replacement torsion bar for free or you can ship them the knife and they'll fix it and ship it back to you (you pay to ship them the knife but they'll replace the torsion bar and ship it back for free). I had them ship me the torsion bar and I replaced it myself, and I'm not that handy so it must not be too difficult. Props to Kershaw for standing behind their product and backing it up with great service!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Perry on December 26, 2005
I generally _always_ carry some kind of pocketknife or multi-tool with me, and ever since my father gave me this Ken Onion Chive- it's become the ONLY knife I carry 90% of the time. (the other 10%, I feel the need for the tools in my Gerber multi-plier) It's the perfect size for most tasks, and holds an edge seemingly forever. But that's not the best part. This knife has almost perfect ergonomics. Using the torsion-bar speed open, the knife flips open with just a small amount of pressure, and locks open positively. It can also be easily unlocked and closed with one hand, and there's a safety which keeps the knife closed. In fact, my only gripe with this knife is the safety- it's a tiny zytel plastic part held in place with a stainless screw- I've never been able to get it tight enough that it consistently stays in place, yet loose enough that it can still be easily slid off with one finger. Otherwise, I love it! It clips perfectly in the change pocket of my jeans, and I carry it everywhere (well, at least as long as I'm not flying).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mbrennan on April 3, 2008
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It's really small, great for every day carry when a larger knife might not be appropriate. This thing is too small for self-defense, unless you are being attacked by a hamster or something. But for every day utility.. cutting open boxes, bags and so on, it's hard to beat for the price.

Flicks open with the slightest touch, yet stays closed in the pocket. Don't ask me how they do it, but it works.

My only complaint is that the safety switch is a little loose, from the factory. It has a tendency to move back and forth in the pocket by itself. This can be annoying if you want to slash open a bag of charcoal and you pull out the knife and it won't open, so you have to set down the charcoal, unlatch the safety and pick it back up before you can commence the slashing.

HOWEVER, this can be easily rectified if you have access to a set of small allen wrenches (I don't know the size offhand). All you have to do is turn the safety off and tighten it down and it will remain off. Conversely, if you are traveling or something, you may want to lock the safety in the on position. It should come with an allen wrench, but it's not a big enough deal to warrant only 4/5 starts. It is still an amazing little blade.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dudical517 on April 2, 2012
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I had been looking for a smaller every day carry (EDC) pocket knife that had some nice modern features (Kershaw's "flipper" assisted open)and this fits the bill. I wanted something that wasn't large and I could carry to the office everyday with out getting looks from non-knife folks. I did search You Tube knife reviews for months before deciding on this one. I weighed it against comparable SOGs, Bucks, Spydercos, ... It is razor sharp out of the box and opens extremely fast. My only complaint is that the clip doesn't sit as deep in the pocket as I would like. This is my first Kershaw knife, but it won't be my last. Plus, it is made in the USA.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By EnricoMaynardo on January 5, 2007
I like this knife very much; it's size, shape, fit in the hand, and pocket clip are all just what I wanted. It has a nice edge and the Speed Safe assisted opening feature is fantastic. My only complaint is that the safety is placed in such a way that makes one-handed opening difficult with the safety engaged. I want the safety engaged because the assisted opening is so easy to activate and I don't want the knife springing open in my pocket. This is only a minor quibble, though. I do enjoy the knife very much; it is a good size to wear with jeans for light duty day-to-day use, which is what most people need a pocket knife for anyway. I use a different, larger knife for heavier duty use.
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