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Kershaw Echelon Knife

by Kershaw

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  • Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, Satin finish
  • Handle: Machined translucent G-10
  • Blade Length: 3 1/4 inches; Closed Length: 4 inches
  • Tri-carry pocket clip; Made in the USA
  • Speed safe opening system; Inset liner lock locking system
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Product Description

Blade Length: 3 1/4-in. (8.3 cm) Closed Length: 4 in. (10.2 cm) Overall Length: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm) Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel Handle Material: Machined G-10 Reversible Pocket Clip: Yes Type of Lock: Inset Liner Lock Assisted Opening: Yes (SpeedSafe®) Weight: 2.6 oz Country of Origin: Made in the USA Manufacture Warranty: Limited Lifetime Kershaw Item Number: 1880

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007S3MP0U
  • Item model number: 1880
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,353 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Very happy with this knife.
Charles Horton
The natural (dye free) G-10 handle fits perfectly in the palm, and the shape of the blade is boisterous and great for utility use, on the worksite or in the backyard.
BiloxiKnifeGuy
You almost have to push straight up on the thumb stud to flick it open and can be quite difficult.
Rob

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B-man on April 6, 2013
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The stock images for this knife do not reflect the latest design. Be sure to look through the customer-uploaded images to see the latest version, currently being sold at Amazon. It appears as though Kershaw decided to simplify the design by only machining out the oval at the thumbstud and no longer includes the edge-indentations that gave the original eschelon its amazing look. I'm sending mine back and I'll try to pick up one of the earlier models while they're still available elsewhere.

Very disappointing, Kershaw.

Update: 04-18-2012

The earlier version is now almost impossible to find. All new stock, to my knowledge, lacks the indentation at the thumbstud - just the simpler oval. Oh well... It's still a very sweet knife at a very affordable price. I decided to keep mine after all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johnny H. on November 29, 2012
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This knife was far better quality than I expected. I bought this knife and an 06 FAST by Gerber at the same time. The Kershaw put the 06 to shame. The made in USA Kershaw is by far and hands down a better feeling and higher quality knife in materials and function IMO. I bought the 06 FAST to go with my 06 auto (I don't like carrying the auto all the time) seemed like a no-brainer. I bought the Echelon for a friend that was wanting an EDC knife and I wanted to get it as a gift for him. I unboxed them both and got to play with both knives. The Echelon is on par with a knife I paid 3 times as much for (Gerber 06 Auto) that is also made in the USA, go figure. Made in the USA is meaning more and more to me after operating the Kershaw Echelon, it opens fast, locks up tight, has a nice sharp blade, a clip that can be mounted for a left or right hand user and the clear/natural G10 grips are cool.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on October 8, 2013
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This is probably my fifth or sixth Kershaw. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to the others.

Firstly, the looks of this knife are AWESOME. The natural G-10 is sexy and the blade shape is nice too. The jade color of the scales and the black hardware blend together very nicely. Along with the stone-washed blade, this is a nice looking knife. Tri-position deep carry pocket clip can be oriented left side tip up or right side tip up or tip down, it's finished black.

More on the handles, the G-10 is grippy but not overly so. Your pockets will survive. It is also milled through enough on the left side that you can see the Speedsafe functioning. Pretty cool. This knife distinctively lacks ansort of jimping, on the blade or liner lock. What's the deal with that? Don't use this to stab or you'll likely lose fingers. The handle has what Kershaw calls an 'inset liner lock'. That means there are not full steel liners, rather about 60% of the right side scale has a slab of steel where the lock is located. I don't have many concerns about the strength of the knife, but the lack of liners provides weight saving. The left side has a thin metal cover over the Speedsafe mechanism that is only there to retain the spring.

The Speedsafe on this knife works as well as can be expected. However the spring is thick and requires quite a bit of effort to actuate. I see that as good and bad. Good since it keeps the knife closed in your pocket. Bad since it requires more force to open. That's not to say you have to be Mr. Universe to open it, but the design of the 'floating' thumbstuds can lead to difficulty.

The thumbstuds are smooth as a baby's ass. There is nothing there to aid in purchase. No jimping at all. This could lead to problems when opening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Eller on April 18, 2013
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1. The assisted opening is Tricky - the knife blade is deployed only via the thumbstud (I second other comments that a flipper on the back of this knife would make it a five star knife at a sub 40/45/50 price point. The key is to press with upper left direction thumb pressure and the knife blade just flies open - use your finger nail and it's fine. (I actually use both my middle finger on the backside thumbstud as well as the thumb) - if you have big thumbs, I am not sure how you would wedge your thumb in between the handle and the thumbstud to get the blade out - The thumbstud is pretty close to the handle.

If you are looking for a very light release, that you can just gently touch with your thumbpad, this is not the knife for you - it needs a little pressure - I like that because I like my knife blade to stay secure - personal preference. Try one at a knife show before you buy! If you try to push the thumbstud directly up - nothing will happen, it needs thumb pressure to the upper left/left and it snaps open with a solid thunk - no bladeplay or wiggle at all in mine. Lockup is fine.

*** The new design run of this model by kershaw does NOT have the groove around the thumbstud hole The change may have been because of standards issues with constantly perfectly even grooving - so the new model just has a oval hole around the thumbstud. Still a nice blade and look, but it just lacks that something extra IMO (personal preference!)

2. The Blade itself - I like the steel quality, nice and sharp out of the box and it is easy to resharpen. At this price point, it is just fine for my needs.

3. The design of the Blade is the seller - with the sweet open grooved 'eye' design around the 'floating' thumbstud.
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