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Excellent for light daily use
on December 20, 2007
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.
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!