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Kershaw 1550 Blackout Folding Knife with SpeedSafe
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- Features:-SpeedSafe-Thumb stud-Pocket clip
- Locking liner-Durable coating
- Color: Black
- Great for work, outdoors or everyday carrying
- Steel: 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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The spring assist opening makes it really quick and sure to get the blade out. It opens all the way - every time. The spring in mine broke a couple years ago but I think it might have had something to do with that whole "dropped in acid" dealio. Even then, though, it opens very easily and locks open every time. Just a flick of the wrist and a nudge on the thumb peg and it is ready to go. I know I can have this knife open and cutting before a cheesy little switchblade is even halfway open.
The liner lock is sure and consistent. In the last couple of months mine has become worn to the point it doesn't hold as well any more but considering what the knife has been through, it has far out lived any reasonable expectations anyone could have had for it.
The outer casing is some kind of super plastic. I have worked in plastics for 20 years and this stuff is the bomb-diggity (as the kids today like to say). I think they call it Zytel or something but it takes a beating and doesn't show wear as much as the steel bolt heads holding it together. I etched my initials in the handle years ago and just about couldn't get it to etch in. The stuff isn't so much hard, as tough. It also has a good knurled grip pattern in it that has yet to wear down and compromise the "gripability" of the knife. Good stuff, that Zytel or whatever.Read more ›
The Black Out is a great pocket knife, albeit a bit large to carry on a daily basis. It takes and holds an edge well, and the blade coating is more durable than most. It has an ambidextrous thumb stud and a liner-style lock. The handle is lightweight and fits well in the hand. The grip isn't as non-slip as the Trac-Tec models, but then again it doesn't feel like 80 grit sandpaper either. A half-serrated model is also available.
The Speed Safe feature, for those that have never seen it, is awesome. It keeps the blade securely closed until you're ready to use it, but once the knife is opened about a half-inch it snaps open with the slightest pressure on the thumb stud. Closing the knife is accomplished by a similar maneuver once the liner lock has been disengaged. It is by far the easiest one handed operation I have ever used.
The speedsafe mechanism is truly amazing. Many of the so-called "assisted opening" knives have a spring that practically launches the knife out of your hand when opening. I had my son open this one and that is what he was expecting...but he was very surprised at the "controlled launch" of this knife. It is very smooth but still very fast!
The steel in these knives be it the Japan steel or the Sandvik steel as in the Blackout is top quality. The black coating on the Blackout is very tough and just wipes clean. Also, one important note...this knife is made in the good 'ol USA...not just another CHINA import that is normally junk...thanks Kershaw!
This is now my everyday carry knife and will certainly handle any chore...from slicing edibles to self-defense.
The best part of all is the Amazon had THE BEST price anywhere for this knife.
Thank you for continuing to stock great products like this one. Keep the Made in USA brands coming!!!
I chose the Blackout line because it looked cool.
From the first moment you click one of these things out you know you're holding a quality tool that you can depend on to perform any job you put it to. It's solidly constructed with an ergonomic grip that can give you a little bit of leverage when you need it. I've had mine for about five years now and it's stood up to multiple instances of what can only be called abuse and it still performs magnificently.
The spring, or torsion bar as I believe it's called, is very dependable. Yes, it will wear out in time, but even when it does it still functions well if you adapt to the change.
I can't really comment on the self-defense applications of this knife as I've never used a knife on another living thing before, but I expect it would serve as well as any other blade.
Just two words of warning: 1. It's designed for easy one-handed closing, but you have to know when to move your thumb because the lock is directly in the path of the blade and can hit your thumbnail if you're not careful. It's rather unforgiving in that respect. This is extra important to bear in mind because warning number 2 is that these things come from the factory razor-sharp.
With a little practice, though, it will be second nature and will quickly become the most useful tool in your inventory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned this particular model three times and lost all of them and I will never buy a different one if I can still buy these. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Pen Name
Just received it today it's so sharp you can shave with it. Had one about 8 years ago and lost it at the Gray Hound termanal in Nashville I've missed it ever since. I didn't. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve
I love Kershaw knives I have used and carried them for about 12 years now I have used count less knives over the years and always come back to Kershaw because of durability and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good solid knife. I would recommend. This is actually my 3rd 1550 kershaw. It has become my knife of choice by far.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
as long as I can find a blackout knife its the only knife i'll carry. I do a lot of fishing and find myself with only one hand to get and open my knife to cut fishing line and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer