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Kershaw Oso Sweet (1830) Folding Pocketknife with Satin-Finished 3.1-Inch 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Blade, Glass-Filled Nylon Handle, SpeedSafe Assisted Open, Liner Lock, Reversible Pocketclip; 3.2 OZ
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- 3.1-inch, easy to maintain 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade with a non-reflective, satin appearance
- Black Glass-filled nylon handle with comfortable Contour and textured "scale" pattern, for a unique look and sturdy grip
- Great for maintenance professionals, anglers, backpackers, hikers, landscapers, inventory clerks, campers and more
- Feature rich handle includes SpeedSafe assisted opening, a secure locking liner, convenient reversible pocketclip and predrilled lanyard hole
- Classic drop-point blade is perfect for a number of tasks like opening packages, cutting cordage, slicing fruit, aggressive animal defense, removing zip-ties and more
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Kershaw’s Oso Sweet is one sweet little pocketknife. Featuring a classic drop-point blade, the Oso Sweet offers maximum utility paired with plenty of unique style. The Oso Sweet’s 3.1-inch blade is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel and coated with an easy to clean satin finish. 8Cr13MoV is precision heat treated and known for its excellent strength, corrosion resistance, and ability to hold a sharp edge. Equipped with fast-acting SpeedSafe assisted opening, the Oso Sweet opens quickly and easily with one hand. Whether left or right-handed, the blade is easily accessed and ready to go whenever needed. The handle is made of a durable glass-filled nylon for excellent durability and incorporates a textured “scale” pattern for standout good looks. A locking liner secures the blade during use and re-closes easily for pocket carry or storage. The pocketclip can be reversed for tip-up or tip-down carry. The Oso Sweet is one of Kershaw’s most popular and stylish knives, ready for any task.
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The 1.2 oz additional weight of the Oso Sweet (about 2oz vs 3.2 oz) is noticeable. The Oso Sweet is definitely heavier in the hand and in the pocket.
The grip and comfort is good for each knife, each had a sure grip when dry, but the Oso Sweet grip was a bit better as it is wider, more contoured, and more textured. that said, the Oso Sweet's glass-filled nylon scales (handle parts) have a plasticy/hollow feel and sound that I didn't care for. Finally, the Oso Sweet's liner (2 metal sections on either part of the blade in the handle) was a bit sharp for some reason. The Chill, on the other hand, is nicely textured but not very contoured. Grip is good, but I found the thumb rise a bit uncomfortable when applying force when cutting food. The Sweet has a thinner profile and looks closer to a "gentleman's knife" whereas the Oso Sweet is clearly in the realm of utility.
Both 8Cr13MoV steel blades had minimal movement when open. The Oso Sweet has a thicker, more substantial blade although the Chill was not flexy under tasks such as cutting cardboard and vegetables and whittling. Both blades kept firmly locked. I have not yet put them through a considerable workout, although the Chill performed consistently and well on a 4-day camping trip.
Each have different mechanisms, both good. I liked the smaller size of the Chill clip, and the knife fit great in my pocket. The Oso Sweet fit well too, and the clip might do better under a wider range of conditions.
Flipper and Closing:
First up, neither blade accidentally opened in my pocket or hand. From kershaw's promo video, I was worried that it could not be opened with one hand without a "flip" move (as shown in the video) that I find extraneous and potentially dangerous. However, I had no difficulty opening the blade fully into the lock position with my index finger. Nice. The Oso Sweet has kershaw's SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism. The blade requires a bit more force to get it started, but once the spring-loaded assist kicks in, the blade opens quickly. I found closing the Oso Sweet a bit laborious with one hand: once releasing the lock and pushing it closed a bit with one finger, the spring gave resistance starting just out of reach of my thumb. So I needed to twist my wrist a bit to get my thumb on the back of the blade. Not a huge problem, but annoying. It does have a perk: it makes it near impossible to accidentally close the blade on a finger or thumb. In contrast, the Sweet closes smoothly and consistently, but requires some focused attention to avoid catching a digit under the blade. If the blade starts to flop around when unlocked once the knife is broken in a bit more, it will likely result in a couple accidental cuts on the knuckles. That is to-be-determined! One clear advantage for the Oso Sweet is that it has jimping (grooves) on the lock release tab that makes it much easier to actuate compared to the smooth lock release tab on the Chill.
In the end, I prefer the Chill for an everyday carry for camping due to it's performance despite the lower weight. If weight wasn't a significant consideration for me, I would choose the Oso Sweet for the thicker blade and more assured grip. Both are great!
I have read many reviews on the "8Cr13MoV ... holding an edge," but I suspect the manufacturer decide to sneak through some with crappy steel and I got one of those. I need to sharpen this at least once a week, the Russell was around once a month.
I am not all that hard on knives, I don't use it as a lever or screwdriver, just opening boxes etc, so my expectations for sharpness do not push the boundaries of what is reasonable. I use the tip a lot to cut shallow outlines around labels and that's where this 8Cr13MoV is falling down. The main cutting edge holds up a little better, but then it gets a lot less use.
I decided to get a friend to check the Hardness and this is coming in at 43 Rockwell-C. That's barely above mild steel, so little surprise it is poor at holding an edge. I know I could get a higher priced speedsafe with different steel, but this steel should be up in the 55+ range and it is not. Given that the steel is probably not the steel it is claimed, I am reluctant to spend money with Kershaw again. I am sure if it were then I would be writing a 4 or 65 star review. Damn it, have I mentioned I love the speedsafe?
I can not put up with the constant sharpening and will wish it a fond farewell as it makes it's way to the trash.
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.
If your new to knives, buy 2 knives, This one and the Mora Companion, both are inexpensive and awesome deals that you will spend the rest of your collecting "Career" trying to find this level of simplicity and perfection.
The sole drawback is the edge it came with -- or rather, the lack thereof. I haven't put it to my stones yet, as I haven't had time. I hope it takes an edge -- the reputation Kershaw has leads me to be optimistic. :-)
EDITED REVIEW -
The knife takes a great edge. I totally dig that.
Now my issue is the clip -- so cheap. It bends all the time. I've taken it off three times now to fix it. Photo attached.