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.
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Top Customer Reviews
1) The action of getting the knife out and back in is cumbersome. There is a button on the sheath that has to be engaged into a hole in the knife blade and even with practice I could not get the action to be smooth. I have to hold the sheath with my left hand and pull the knife with my right hand. The sheath can be attached to your belt in either the horizontal or vertical position. I preferred the horizontal position.
2) When drawing the knife out of the sheath, it can only be gripped with the finger tips, so one has to re grip after the knife clears the sheath
These two factors keep one from quickly withdrawing the knife for use in an emergency.
Hands down, this is my favorite knife. It's something we learn as knife users and collectors that knives generally are either fixed blades, or folders. OTF (out the front) knives are excellent for lovers of the folder, because they are faster than flicking out a blade horizontally, because in theory you would be able to turn potential energy (in the form of a spring) into kinetic energy (by releasing the spring as the blade shoots out) with the push of a button. THIS IS NOT THAT TYPE OF KNIFE. Yes, it "features OUT (out-the-front) technology,) BUT the ONLY reason and the only time you'll ever be able to appreciate this technology is when your knife is working in concord with it's sheath.
The sheath is terrific. It fits on your belt (if you are creative it can fit in other places, but why bother), and it not only looks very small (not bulky at all) when your knife is in it, but it also doesn't give the appearance of being a holstered knife. In this way, even if you wear this knife without concealing it, it can still be concealed in plain sight, mistaken at a glance for perhaps a tiny cellphone, beeper, or something so unidentifiable that no one will really even consider that it is a knife.
And when you pull the knife from the sheath, it IS fast, but not as fast as the name "Ripcord" would make you believe. The blade is very sharp, and as a knife I rank it 5-stars. The problem is YOU CANNOT INSERT OR WITHDRAW THIS KNIFE FROM THE HOLSTER IN ONE SMOOTH MOVEMENT, YOU MUST FIRST PULL THE KNIFE HALFWAY OUT OF THE HOLSTER, TILT THE KNIFE, THEN PULL THE REST OF THE WAY OUT. THIS IS NOT A KNIFE YOU CAN RELY ON FOR SPEEDY DEPLOYMENT. BEFORE YOU USE THIS KNIFE YOU NEED TO HAVE IT ALREADY DRAWN. YOU CANNOT RELY ON BEING ABLE TO "RIPCORD" THIS BLADE INTO ACTION IN A SPLIT SECOND.