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Kershaw 1830 OSO Sweet Pocket Knife
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- SpeedSafe assisted opening; Liner lock
- Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip; Steel: 8Cr13MoV, satin finish
- Handle: Glass-filled nylon; Blade length: 3.1 in. (7.9 cm)
- Closed length: 4.1 in. (10.5 cm); Overall length: 7.25 in. (18.4 cm)
- Weight: 3.2 oz. (90.7 g)
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This is indeed one sweet little pocketknife. The Oso Sweet features a classic drop-point blade that gives you maximum workaday utility, at the same time, this knife has plenty of style and features that will get it—and you—noticed. First of all, the Oso Sweet opens one-handed with SpeedSafe assisted opening. Just pull back on the ambidextrous flipper and the blade moves out of the handle ready for use. Whether you’re a left-hander or right-hander, your blade is easy to access and ready to go when you are. Kershaw heat-treats the 8Cr13MoV blade steel to bring out its high-performance characteristics like good edge retention, strength, hardness, and wear resistance. The handle is glass-filled nylon for excellent durability and incorporates a textured “scale” pattern that gives the Oso Sweet a unique look. A locking liner secures the blade during use and recloses easily for pocket carry or storage. The pocketclip can be reversed for tip-up or tip-down carry. The Oso Sweet is one of our most popular knives. Once you get your hands on one and start using it, we think it will be pretty popular with you, too.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm a lefty, and wish you could switch the pocket clip to the other side like I can on my Piston, but for a $20 blade this nice I won't complain too much. It also deploys with more of a snap than my Piston. I think this will replace my Skyline for now as my EDC. I purchased the Skyline thinking it was an assisted opening blade. I like it but it has never felt very sturdy. I have to leave the blade pretty loose in order to be able to flip it, and that just makes it feel a little flimsy. This knife feels much more sturdy.
With that said I tried this little Kershaw OSO sweet since I was looking for an assisted opening blade EDC. I really didn't expect much at this price but now that I've carried this every day for several months - WOW!!! I can't believe this knife has no major weaknesses. It's small enough to disappear until I need it (so important in an EDC), perfect length blade, great blade shape, holds it's sharpness well, and opens so quick with great lockup.
This knife embarrasses my knives costing 4X as much. My Aegis is sloppy in comparison. Even though it is much smaller I carry this in the wilderness in place of my Aegis. Not that I recommend this knife (or any folder) for serious outdoor outings since fixed blades are much better for building shelter, fires, etc.
Some people think the handle scales are too aggressive but I think they are just fine. If they stuck out less the knife wouldn't feel as secure in the hand and I don't notice extra damage to my pants (I clip to the front). IMHO, Kershaw hit a grand slam with this knife.
These were gifts for friends I am trying to get started on knives. If I was to buy one for myself, I cant say which I would choose. I do like the aesthetic on the Brawler, but the OSO Sweet seems more functional because of the blade and handle shape. Keep in mind this knife will probably break on you eventually, as most cheaper assisted openers do. For less than $20, that is acceptable, just keep in mind you will have to replace this one day.
When I was first getting into knives, I got one similar to these and while I had it I was looking into other knives. When mine broke, I knew exactly what I wanted. For me, that was the Spyderco Endura Wave. Now I am looking into even higher end knives, particularly Benchmade's 940 Osborne and MCUSTA's tactility series.