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Kershaw Piston Speedsafe Knive

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  • Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, Stonewashed finish
  • Handle: Textured G-10
  • Blade Length: 3 1/2 inches; Closed Length: 5 inches
  • Quad carry pocket clip; Made in the USA
  • Speed safe and flipper opening systems; Liner lock locking system
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Product Description

Unique cuts on the handle and blade give the Kershaw Piston (#1860) a great look. For easy opening, it features SpeedSafe® assisted opening and a convenient flipper. While the Piston is a larger knife, its G-10 handles make it light enough for everyday carry. An Inset Liner Lock secures the blade when open. The Piston offers our quad-carry options and even has a lanyard attachment. Don’t see a hole in the handle? Exactly. There’s a hidden lanyard loop in the interior of the handle so nothing interrupts the Piston’s cool good looks. Made in the USA. Since the company's founding in 1974, Kershaw Knives has been dedicated to quality. This 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, which has been in business for more than 90 years. Kai Corporation is Japan's premier blade producer. Their innovative approach to product development has resulted in more than 10,000 superior products. Kershaw products are guaranteed for the lifetime of the original owner to be free of defects when received from the factory. Any product we find to be defective in its original material, construction, or workmanship will be repaired or replaced with the same item or one of equal value at no charge. Normal wear, abuse, or neglect are excluded from this non-transferable warranty. For warranty service, please return product via UPS or insured mail. Include your name, address, telephone number, proof of purchase (sales slip) and a short explanation of the warranty service requested to Kai USA Ltd. 18600 SW Teton Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0059BLJ32
  • Item model number: 1860
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,207 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By JNieporte TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2013
*All measurements are from my measure, not a website description.

The Kershaw Piston, model 1860, is a great knife. It's almost perfect. Here's my review, with specifications...

The Piston is 5" closed, and weighs only 3.9 ounces. The handle scales are textured black G-10, and there's a sunburst pattern machined into each handle side. The texture of the G-10 is nice; not too slick and not too rough. I was worried at first that the swell toward the rear of the handle would abrade my hand, but it never did. The Piston uses an inset linerlock, like the Kershaw Blur. This means that there are no real liners, and that reduces weight. There's no jimping on the linerlock. Lock-up is solid. The blade stop pin could be a little larger, but it works just fine. The pocket clip is brushed stainless steel, and is held in with two Torx (T-6) screws. It can be positioned in any of the four corners: tip up or down, left or right hand carry. The knife carries the same depth in your pocket whether it's tip up or down, and the pocket clip tightness is ideal. Without liners, the pocket clip screws into steel inserts in the G-10. The lanyard loop is a stainless steel post inside the butt of the knife. It's held in the G-10 handles with small holes, and is friction-fitted. I think this is a clever idea, but using it as a lanyard hole is tricky. Unless you take the handle scale off, you have to carefully thread your lanyard (in most cases, doubled-over gutted 550 cord) through the groove in the butt, around the lanyard post, and out the other side. Also, being a small post instead of an actual lanyard hole through the handles, your lanyard will be significantly longer since it takes up less space. The backspacer on the Piston is machined Zytel, and is nicely done with a jimping pattern.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Sweny on June 24, 2013
I have carried one of these knives for over a year now and have found it to be of very good quality. It opens quickly and the blade holds a good edge. Mine was a little stiff in the beginning but did loosen up some over time. There is near zero play as far as side to side blade play, even after a lot of use there is still no play. My knife is as good as the day I got it and Kershaw does warrant these knives for the life of the original owner. I did send mine back to Kershaw for a good cleanup recondition and sharpen. When returned in about 8 days using USPS regular mail it was razor sharp and cleaned and lubricated like new. I highly recommend this knife.
(Kershaw Does Not Warrant Abuse),like using it for a hammer or screwdriver.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm S on June 25, 2013
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An excellent knife in every way. Slightly large for an EDC, but no more so than a Cold Steel Voyager, or Recon 1. It is superbly made, with every detail taken care of. It is lightweight for it's size, with excellent materials used in it's construction. The steel is creamy and tough, and the G-10 scales grippy , but not too much. The Speedsafe assisted opening is slightly sluggish, but my experience with the Kershaw Knockout tells me that this is very temporary, as it is a new knife. No jimping on the spine, but the ergonomics of the handle amply compensate for that. This is a classic knife, ideal for camping, or tactical back up. A must buy, along with it's brother, the Knockout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cerulean38 on March 21, 2014
This is a well designed, larger, modern EDC knife with a versatile blade shape. The blade steel is Sandvik's 14C28N, a superbly balanced all-around stainless that is a real selling point for Kershaw's US made knives.

The only thing that falls short is the thumbstuds, which are the sloped design used on the Kershaw Blur. I don't know how well they work on the Blur, but they are very hard to use to deploy the Piston. When I push hard enough on the studs to finally dislodge the blade, I worry I'll slice my thumb. Worse, the sharp ridges of the thumbstuds rise up close to the blade's spine -- they abrade my thumb whenever I choke up on the knife. This messes up what would otherwise be a very comfortable grip.

So, a poor choice of thumbstuds. KAI should replace them. The simple, more rounded thumbstuds on the stablemate Kershaw Knockout would work better here. Compared to the Piston, it is much easier to deploy the Knockout with thumbstuds if that's your thing. (Both knives do best when deployed with their excellent flippers.)

Overall this fault causes the Piston to come in second place to the Knockout, which I would encourage you to purchase instead -- brilliant design! But the Piston is still a quality entry with many good features.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason U on January 12, 2014
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This is a great quality made in the US knife. Nice steel which should be comparable to VG-10 which is used in other slightly "higher end" knives like spyderco for example.

Only issue is one that has been brought up before which is the lack of jimping on the back of the knife (spine) of the blade when opened. Other then that great value knife.

On a side note, Some people I showed it to thought it was razor sharp out of the box, A friend of mine and myself were the minority in believing it did not come optimaly sharp from the factory, but that can be easily fixed on a sharpening stone.

Some people mentioned this knife is rather "large". It is substantial in the hand, but in no ways too large and fits in my jeans pocket just fine.

I would 100% buy again.
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