Kershaw 1770 OD-2 Knife
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- The glass-filled nylon handle provides stability, rigidity, and a non-slip grip
- OD offers a twist on the basic flipper
- Once the blade is open, the blade protrusion folds into a recess in the liner to give the OD-2 a sleek, smooth line all the way down
- Weight: 1.4 oz
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Kershaw’s new OverDrive-2 was created to give you the “OverDrive” style you want at a value price. Designed by Lee Williams, this larger OD-2 has a blade of 8CR13MOV stainless steel to take and hold its edge well. The glass-filled nylon handle provides stability, rigidity, and a non-slip grip. Of course, the OD-2 is one of our Flipper knives. Just pull back on the blade protrusion and flick your wrist forward slightly and knife will open smoothly and lock in place. But the OD offers a twist on the basic Flipper. Once the blade is open, the blade protrusion folds into a recess in the liner to give the OD-2 a sleek, smooth line all the way down.
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Enter the Kershaw OD-2. It is extremely light, even though it is a lock liner, thanks to the lightweight materials used. The flip mechanism is also brilliant, extremely fast, and smooth. I don't care much about out of the box sharpness since I always sharpen my knives, but this one came quite sharp. If there is any weakness to this folder, it's that the blade is narrow, make it suited for more delicate tasks and not heavy cutting. I was, however, able to use it to cut cardboard easily. As expected from 8Cr13MoV material, the blade is hard and keeps an edge well despite being inexpensive.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this knife, and recommend it to anyone who wants a small knife or EDC but doesn't plan on doing heavy duty cutting.
The opening mechanism is really unique. It uses no springs and instead uses a lever to open the blade (which then disappears into the handle). It's a little hard to get the lever in motion, but once it's moving the blade opens lickety-split. Mine was quite stiff when I got it, but now that it's broken in it feels very smooth and slick to open.
Unfortunately, while I LOVE the opening mechanism, the knife is so small that it's actually difficult to get a grip that will actually let you deploy the blade. Yes, it's doable, but it's neither comfortable nor easy. I think this is a case where the knife's small size works against it (it's about the size of my index finger). I think it would have been amazing scaled up by 20%, but as it is, I think it's merely a cool curiosity.
Don't get me wrong, I like this knife quite a bit. It's just that it would be so much cooler in a slightly bigger size.
Warning: There is a chance that the knife will open slightly if it's caught on something else in a pocket and will pull open a bit. If dropped at a certain angle, if may open a bit from impact force.
For this Kershaw 1770 OD-2, the sharpened part of the blade is actually 2 1/8 inches, measured in a straight line, but listed as 2 1/4 when measured from the handle to the tip of the blade. It is 3 1/8 inches closed and 5 1/4 inches overall opened. (Personal pet peeve- On-line sellers who fail to mention pocket knife lengths or pocket flashlight battery requirements! Two criteria that should be in the posting headline in large font and repeated in several places in ad! Hopefully Amazon reads these reviews.)
This knife comes with a small, clumsy pocket clip, which most find useless on small knives, it add bulk, is not comfortable to carry in a pocket, often in the way using the knife, so I always remove them. I consider the pocket clip on this knife actually dangerous because the opening protrusion stub often scratches my hand if clipped to my pocket and I reach in to get something else. Everyone that I know with this knife removes the clip, unfortunately this requires a real small torque drive tool, not a star bit many larger knives use. If Kershaw must include a pocket clip with this knife, they should also include a tool for users to remove the clip, which is worthless for 95%+ of us!
I suggest searching the web for addition pictures of this model 1770 OD-2 in the closed position, to see the protrusion used to open the knife. Currently there is only one picture of the knife in Amazon’s ad, in the open position. Folks seem to love it or hate it, so understand what you are getting before ordering. For small knives WITHOUT a pocket-clip, I like this opening design.
I tend to lose small knives like this frequently, either at the airport when I forget about it or in use. It also makes a nice gift for small occasions, so I often buy several at a time. With that said, next time I will try to find something made in the USA, without a clip and fully sharpened when manufactured.