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Great Knife Came W/ Dull Blade *IMPORTANT UPDATE*
on September 21, 2010
I bought this knife for hunting, fishing, and just everyday usage. In the past i've had smaller pocket knives that don't lock open, or the knife of my multi-tool. My multi-tool is big so it's a pain to carry around just for the sake of the knife, and the smaller pocket knife just isn't tough enough and doesn't lock open. With both of those knives it took two hands to open the blade, which meant if i was holding something i wanted to cut i'd have to let it go.
With this knife i got exactly what i was looking for. Opening the knife is easy, even with the safety on. I use my ring finger to open and close the safety and my pointer to hit the easy open, and i can put it away just as easily with the safety turned back on. The knife feels strong, the grip is good, and the balance is fantastic! It basically fits everything i was looking for.
However, all that said, this knife came out of the package DULL. Not as dull as a butter knife, but dull. There is absolutely no excuse for selling someone a dull knife out of the package, no excuse whatsoever! I've always been taught that a dull knife is a dangerous knife, and i believe that. Luckily i had just bought a new sharpener at the time and took of that problem quickly. Still, i should not have to do that. Normally good knife companies take pride in the way their knives come out of the package, that's why i bought this knife in the first place. I read a lot about Kenshaw and Ken Onion and i figured i was getting something out of the package that was going to be a solid product.
Well, it is a solid product so far. I just think it's a shame they gave me at least, a dull knife. So basically the one star missing is soley for the dull blade, otherwise i'd give it 5 out of 5 so far.
There is a known problem with the safety of the knife. The actual plastic part of the safety that keeps the knife secure, broke at some random time. Luckily it didn't go off in my pocket. Kershaw will send you extra safeties free of charge. However, they just come in a plastic bag with absolutely no instructions. You need an uncommon Allen Wrench to take it off, and the fact that they sent me mutliple safeties(and from what i've read on the internet) tells me this is going to be a reoccurring problem. Knife is still great, but that is a pretty big flaw.