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Kershaw Ripcord Knife Featuring OTF (Out The Front) Deployment System

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  • The ripcord's unique, patented design provides the strength and stability of a fixed blade knife
  • The blade slides out the front of the handle into a secure, fixed-blade position
  • The blade is sandvik 13C26 stainless steel for strength and superior edge retention
  • The ripcord's handle is lightweight anodized aluminum with trac-tec inserts for a secure grip
  • Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel with Tungsten dlc coating
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The Ripcord's unique, patented design provides the strength and stability of a fixed blade knife, yet stores as compactly as a folding knife. The key is Kershaw's "Out the Front" (OTF) design. With OTF, the blade slides out the front of the handle into a secure, fixed-blade position. A convenient belt clip sheath doubles as the OTF deployment system to engage or disengage the locking function. Simply pull out on the back of the handle and lift the knife off of the locking button. To put the knife away, insert the tip back into the sheath, while simultaneously setting the back of the handle slot onto the release button, then slide it in all the way. It takes a little practice, but soon it will become a very easy to operate, one-hand procedure when clipped to your belt or webbing. Right or left hand carry. The blade is Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel for strength and superior edge retention, while the Tungsten DLC coating enhances performance and looks good doing it. The Ripcord's handle is lightweight anodized aluminum with Trac-Tec inserts for a secure grip.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0013LKHWG
  • Item model number: 3200
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,830 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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This might as well be a sheath knife, it stores in the handle, but the blade is deployed by a clip in the holder that pulls the knife blade out as you remove from the holder. I like the visual effect of a spring assisted Knife where the blade shoots out the front. This Knife may be a quality Kershaw, but no excitement here, I sent mine back and and got the spring assisted types that offer that psychological effect. Go for "Schrade Viper 4034" or Out the Front, Black Zytel Handle, Black Blade smith and Wesson branded. Very affordable.
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This is a typical Kershaw product- well-made, beautifully finished and razor-sharp. I don't know if this is ever going to be a knife I use a lot, but it sure is cool. And here's the thing- all these folks saying you have to do this and that to draw the knife, and it's not all that fast, etc. etc, are wrong, wrong, WRONG!

All you do is grab the part of the knife that sticks out of the sheath(actually the bottom of the handle but it's oriented upwards)with your thumb and forefinger and yank and, voilà! The knife's drawn. You can do it fast or slow, up, down, or sideways- doesn't matter. You feel a small kind of hitch as you draw it from the sheath, and that's all. Yes, you are actually pulling it up and out, but the mechanism basically lines itself up- you just snatch it out. Yes, when you draw it you'll only be holding it with your thumb and forefinger- so what? Anyone who has ever held a knife can shift to a better grip instantly. Sheathing the knife is a no-brainer as well. As you insert the knife in the sheath the stud on the sheath automatically catches in the hole in the handle of the knife- you just push in a little bit towards as you're pushing down and the blade goes into the handle and the knife's secure. I can't imagine that it would be very easy to cut one's self drawing or sheathing the knife- your fingers aren't near the blade at all. Certainly it's a lot safer than closing some folding knives, such as those with a torsion bar, which have a lot of resistance as you close them.

I doubt this knife is much, if any, faster to deploy than a good folding knife carried clipped inside the pocket- but it IS very fast. It's not ever going to be my first choice for an every day carry(EDC)blade, but it's well worth having if you like gadgets or are a knife collector.
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i carried this as a pack knife for 2 years, until i gave it away to a friend. i repurchased it because i loved how quick you could rip it out and have the deployed package from a relatively concealed box looking thing (noone assumes it's a knife). this latest iteration tho had a problem with deployment, kept getting hooked up on the metal pillar that ejects the blade. wound up trying to grind it down, and now the blade doesnt close properly. this is a great product...if you can get a good and functioning emergency knife
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By RSR on June 9, 2013
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This is a cool knife! The only problem is the holster comes up too high. You have to pluck-out the knife with your index finger and thumb. I had a friend make a better holster with Kydex, and I'm happy now. I would also suggest adding a pull cord to the end. There's an eyelet where you can add a braided paracord or something similar. Otherwise, you can't just grab it with your palm.
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Its an excellent knife. Very sharp(STAYS SHARP), light but durable. Its become my primary carry "pocket knife". My S&W's , Gerber's , CRKT's and Schrade's are all gathering dust and despite the other reviews you can get this knife out VERY FAST(you have to practice). But the belt clip needs to be replaced with a Tec Loc and you need to make a lanyard for the hole in the handle. I did mine with a leather bootlace(Walmart)and a simple hangman's knot through the hole and cinched all the way down. I carry mine weak side and angled up and to the right(that way you can utilize both screws in the Tec Loc and draw with either hands). I also carry my CCW licence in my wallet in my right pocket. I live in Florida and although its under 4in a L.E.O IS NOT GOING TO CONSIDER THIS A COMMON POCKET KNIFE trust me I've asked.

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Never had OTF knife and many others I saw were sub $30 and I assume not very well made. This "system" requires the use of the special holder to deploy the blade, otherwise it does not open! After working with "system" I can understand the function of the post that mates with knife to extract blade upon draw and then retract blade as it is put back into holder. Very quick to present in the right circumstances. Not what I thought and for the price, it may not be for me. But don't count this one out in the right circumstance.
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You will be unsatisfied with this knife if you intend on using it as a everyday carry knife. It's big, bulky and very noticeable and can only be used on a belt. This is not and cannot be used as a pocket knife because of the deployment system. If your going to use this in the field as a service piece it's pretty cool and deadly. Just know this is in no way a pocket knife or a everyday carry knife, the whole world will see it on your belt and you don't want that attention.
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I thought this was going to have a thumb stud for quick opening. However, it is tied to a case that has the stud for opening. It is not exactly what I was looking for, however, this is a quality product and with a little practice, it does open quickly and easily. The case is a little on the plastic side, but the knife and handle are all metal with a rubbery grip and of a superior quality. Just for that, it is worth purchasing. I really don't have any use for a belt clipped knife. I just don't have any applications where I could wear it or use it, but this would certainly make an excellent gift for someone who might have a use for it. So if you are looking for a knife with a belt clip, this is the one for you.
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