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Kershaw Ken Onion Black-Out Folding Knife - Choose Style

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4.7 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

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  • Ken Onion has created some of the most innovative designs yet seen at Kershaw or anywhere else for that matter
  • A master custom knife-maker Kershaw is proud to display the Speed Safe knives of The Onion
  • Blackout: Dark as night this Speed Safe fast-opener is a covert must have
  • Great for work, outdoors or everyday carrying
  • Steel: Partially serrated, Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel with DLC coating, Handle: Glass-filled nylon
  • SpeedSafe: Kershaw's patented manual assisted-opening system, Thumb stud
  • Liner lock to prevent knife from closing accidentally, Single position pocket clip, Made in the USA
  • Blade Length: 3 1/4-Inch, Closed Length: 4 1/2-Inch, Overall Length: 7 3/4-Inch, Weight: 3.5-Ounce
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Product Description

The Kershaw Ken Onion Black Out folding knife showcases a sleek and compact design with a 440A steel, 3 1/4-in blade and a rugged, injection-molded polyamide handle. It offers easy, 1-handed opening and includes a removable pocket clip.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00F5FUA8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,540 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Size: Serrated Edge Verified Purchase
I highly recommend the Ken Onion Kershaw Black Out to anybody looking for their first pocket folding knife, or to somebody looking to step up from a folding utility knife seeking a few more features and higher quality materials/craftmanship.

While I consider this knife to be an entry-level model, given it's price point, the craftsmanship and performance exceed expectations. Those who are accustomed to (or expect the quality of) excellent folding knives from manufacturers such as Emerson, Cold Steel, or Benchmade might not fully appreciate the value of this knife at under $60.

Handle: Polyimide, not G10 or Kydex. I have rather large hands, so it feels a bit small but not so much that it gets lost in my hand. There is little if any flex in the handle which has a metal liner. The knurling is fairly deep and sharp enough to provide very good traction when dry, adequate when wet/greasy. Great with gloves. Includes a lanyard hole which is big points from me. Held in the hand with blade retracted, the backstrap is smooth and rounded making for an excellent loaded fist. Likewise it is just long enough to protrude either side to be used as a tactical impact device in a hammer-fist or modified ridgehand. Probably not intended, but good to know if the chips are down.

Clip: Knife rides tip-down only, which I don't mind. Clip only attaches to one side. What I do like, is 1) the clip is very firm but well contoured and 2) the knife rides very low in the pocket. About as low as it can. That to me is a deal-breaker for a knife. There is some checkering under where the clip meets the handle, which does accelerate wear on your clothing or belt, but it's acceptable and could be modified.
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I carry this knife as my daily use knife. I wear it with dress pants and with jeans, and it does not draw attention to itself. I work in a professional environment where carrying a knife would be looked at askance- but this slips into my pocket and is unobtrusive in a way that a knife with more tools on it would not. It is sleek, black, and subtle. Until I take it out to pop open a box or something like that, no one even notices it.

The speed stub is reversible, which is good for me as a left hander. What is not reversible is the clip- so when I take it out of my pocket, I still have to flip the knife over. That's the only real draw back of this knife. That would move it from four to five stars if they had just drilled holes on the reverse for me to move the clip.

The blade holds a edge, and sharpens up well. The tooth edge I haven't had much use for, but I am glad it is there.
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This is my second Kershaw Ken Onion knife. I also own the tactical blur. I love the blur and wanted a marginally smaller knife of a similar design. Have to say I'm really disapppointed with the black out. The blade is great, just like my other Kershaw but the handle feels like cheap plastic. The blur feels so much better in my hand that there is no comparison. The pocket clip is reversible on the blur, not so on the black out. The blur also has a thumb stud for opening on both sides of the blade so you can open it with either hand. The black out allows you to place the single thumb stud on either side but then you can only open it with your strong hand. The thumb stud itself has a different feel. The blur has a flat side that allows the thumb maximum leverage. The black out thumb stud is round and is harder to push open.
Do yourself a favor and pass on this knife. Get a tactical blur. Much nicer and I actually paid less for it.
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This is a great knife. The blade deployment action is smooth and lightening fast. A solid pocket knife.
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Size: Serrated Edge
Best non automatic knife on the market, Kershaw manufactures an EXCELLENT blade. Its the only knife I carry except for my Boker Auto. (For dress up occasions :) ) I have several Kershaws.
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This is one of my all time favorite knives. It has a very lightweight (but quite strong) plastic handle, so you can easily carry it in your pocket all day. The assisted opening is very reliable. The shape feels good in your hand. And the serrations make short work of cutting tasks.

Joseph M. Vottis
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By Shaneyeend on October 8, 2008
Size: Serrated Edge
i've had this knife for 4 years now, use it everyday, its a great knife, takes an edge well, doesn't dull to fast, good metal. My spring did break for the assisted opening but not really a downer cuz it does have a life time warrenty and i'm just to lazy and don't care enough to get it fixed. But yeah overall amazing knife great for everyone!!
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The reviews seemed good for this knife, so I ordered it. The blade is excellent. But, unfortunately the knife has a poorly designed handle. It's too light of a plastic; I can squeeze the plastic with my hands and it gives sightly. The plastic handle needs to be much thicker to make it quality. If all you intend to do it open boxes, the knife is fine. If you work on a farm or go on adventure hikes or camping; I suggest another knife. I think if the knife was stepped on with work boots the handle would crack. I returned the knife.
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