Here is the second iteration of the Kershaw Shuffle simply known as the Shuffle II. Both are liner lock, manual opening, small, multi-function folding knives and both are inexpensive and smaller than your normal E.D.C. knife, though the Shuffle II is slightly more expensive and larger than it’s predecessor. This knife isn’t exactly a massively improved product even though its, more or less, the next generation.
The knife’s stubby tanto profile blade is 2.1″ (5.3cm) long when measured from the end of the ricasso (the typically concave, unsharpened part of the blade that is positioned right before the sharpened edge) to the tip of the blade. Given that this guy has a finger choil, the entire blade is a half an inch longer. I’m not going to count that but keep in mind that some government’s may count this, which could put it over a legal limit depending on your area. You know, they’re just “keeping people safe”. It’s immoral to carry big knives anyways. Shocking to no one, this blade is made with 8Cr13MoV steel. It has a cool black stone-wash finish which should aid in rust prevention since it is a nitride finish. Don’t take my word on that though.
The handle was enlarged enough on the Shuffle II to accommodate my large hands. I can securely get all my fingers on the handle unlike with the original Kershaw Shuffle which left the pointer finger right up against the start of the blade’s edge. Given the handle geometry, finger groves/choil and handle size I can get a rock solid grip on this thing. I mean, I could really get some force behind this knife if I had to. The handle scales are pretty ganky. They are just injection molded plastic that is made to resemble machined G10. When I grasp the handle I can feel a little bit of play between the scales and the frame of the knife.
The pocket clip has 2 positions. Either tip-down left side or tip-down right side. This is not what I want in my E.D.C. knives. They took a step back with the pocket clip position since the first Shuffle was made for tip up carry. Speaking of pocket clip position, when you go to put this knife in your pocket, the thumb stud will catch on your pocket material and this will open the knife about 20° from the closed position. This is a massive oversight on Kershaw’s part. Its not too hard to stab your own hand with this knife. Imagine you just used your Shuffle II then you go to close it and put it in your pocket. After you quickly put the knife back into your pocket, later on you reach back into your pocket to grab your keys or phone or something and when you go to take whatever item out of your pocket, the inside of your palm gets stabbed be the sharp tanto tip of your knife. Now everyone thinks your crazy and stupid because you carry a “weapon” around and you just hurt yourself with it. This is not good, dudes!
Now, because of the self stabbing situation presented while in the pocket and tip down clip issue of this knife I would relegate this guy to the car or backpack where its downsides will not be encountered. It is more of a back up tool anyways. I could see this knife being handy for camping related tasks or “craft activities” because it has slotted screw driver built into the handle and because the blade is a tanto one. Tanto blades make for good utility-esque tool. Also, the back screwdriver could make for a small pry bar. The straight edge geometry makes for a great scraping implement and the sharp point works well for stabbing resilient materials like rubber.
If you are a person who finds themselves doing a lot of makeshift crafting, then this knife is really a good choice. Losing it or breaking it won’t be as painful as losing or breaking something more expensive and well-made. As long as you understand the flaws with this folding knife, then it isn’t a bad tool.
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