Right now, this knife has over 3,500+ ratings on Amazon. It was first released by Kershaw way back in 2004. By my estimates, no less than 17 different models have been produced. This knife has been nothing but an utter success for Kershaw as it has appealed to a massive amount of consumers and, today, after 8 years of ownership, I bring you my humble opinion on this knife.
Per usual, I will start by talking about the blade. The Kershaw Blur has a sexy 3.3″ drop-point, recurve, hollow-ground, plain-edged blade that is made of 14C28N steel which is produced by Sandvik, a Swedish company. There are several different models available including one with an S30V blade and several ones with partially serrated blades, plus, tanto blades, too. You can get these knives with traditional serrations or with Kershaw’s special scalloped serrations. The thumb studs on the knife are fantastic and whoever designed them is a smart man. They aren’t like regular thumb studs, as these thumb studs have a concave face with serrations for traction. This cool little feature is ergonomically solid. The finish on my blade is a black and silver tigerstripe in a D.L.C (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating. D.L.C. is a very durable finish and it adheres very closely to the surface of the host material. Kershaw has produced these knives in many different finishes including various D.L.C coatings, stonewashed, and BlackWash™ finishes.
The Blur has Kershaw’s assisted opening mechanism known as SpeedSafe®. The short of it is that the user will only encounter resistance from the opening mechanism for the last 50% of the closing motion. This means it will be safer to close because the knife won’t be wanting to open the whole time you are trying to close it. You can de-assist this knife and it will leave you with a very smooth manual action. The blade detent will be light so be mindful of accidental openings. Word to the wise, if you de-assist your Blur, you will want to carry it tip up to ensure that the blade stays closed. I am not a giant fan of assisted knives so I like the de-assisted Blur and the torsion spring in my Blur has broke once. Though, this parts breakage doesn’t disable the knife. It just means it will open slower. Another point on SpeedSafe®; my Blur was super fast when I first got it but as time went on, I could tell that it dropped in speed. Not a big issue, but I think you should be aware of it. The liner lock is fantastic on this knife. It is easily operated and is very ergonomic for several reasons that I will not get in to.
Now for my comments on the handle. It is made out of machined aluminum that is anodized and outfitted with a grippy rubber material called Trac-Tec. I couldn’t be more pleased with these aspects of the handle. You really get a feeling of handling a high quality item. The aluminum handle’s edges are all filleted and the handle geometry itself is both pleasing to the eye, as well as to the hand. The Trac-Tec does a good job of providing grip and blends well aesthetically with the knife.
That brings us to the pocket clip. I say they could have came up with something better. The clip doesn’t allow the knife to be carried very deeply. In the tip-up configuration, you will have about a inch of knife sticking out. Not a big deal but, I’d rather have a deep carry clip just to keep the butt of the handle from rubbing on the brass rivet of my jean pockets. Furthermore, this clip is a little too close to the handle to be able to clip onto thicker pocket material or onto the waste bands of sweats pants/gym shorts that don’t have pockets. From the factory, your knife will be set up for tip-down carry but I switched mine to tip-up. The clip can’t be switched to left-hand carry, only right-hand. Kershaw used the same clip on the Blur as they did on the Kershaw Leek and Kershaw Shallot. Oh and FYI, there are aftermarket deep carry pocket clips available on online. I have handled a knife with one on before and I liked it.
All I can say is that this knife is great. It is way better than a lot of other mid-sized $40-$60 everyday carry folding knifes. When you get one in hand, you will probably be impressed by the ergonomics, solid construction, and the overall sense of quality. Plus, it de-assists okay. I just wish the detent was a little stronger for peace of mind. Still gonna keep it de-assisted though!
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