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Kershaw 1301BW Starter Assisted Folding 3.4" Plain Blackwash Blade, Stainless Steel Handles

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Part Number: KS1301BW
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
Retail Price: $29.99
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KS1301BW: 1301BW Starter
Kershaw Knives

The new Starter's design is machined and complex — yet smoothly functional.

The BlackWash finish gives it a rough-and-tumble look, yet the finish isn’t just for looks. The coating provides an extra measure of protection for the metal, and the BlackWash helps hide any additional scratches you put on the knife during normal use.

The Starter is equipped with SpeedSafe® assisted opening for fast and easy one-handed opening. It opens neatly with the built-in flipper or thumbstud. A sturdy frame lock safely secures the blade open during use, and then closes easily for storage or carry. The all-steel design really shows off the BlackWash finish.

The Starter includes a deep-carry pocketclip so the knife rides comfortably low in the pocket for discreet carry.
  • Flipper - May be used on either manual or assisted opening knives. The “flipper” is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.
  • SpeedSafe® - Assists you to open any SpeedSafe® knife quickly and easily with a manual push on the thumbstud or pull back on the flipper; built into many Kershaw best sellers.
  • Liner Lock - Locks the blade open during use; one side of the knife’s steel “liner,” the steel plate to which the handle scales are attached, moves into position behind the blade to securely lock it open.
  • Flipper, thumbstud
  • SpeedSafe® assisted opening
  • Linerlock
  • Reversible deep-carry pocketclip
  • Blade Steel: 3Cr13 Stainless steel, black-oxide BlackWash™ finish
  • Handle Material: Stainless steel, black-oxide BlackWash™ finish
  • Blade Length: 3.4" (8.6 cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
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Joey V
Santa Clarita, CA, USA
Jul 22, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, Overall Quality, None
My new favorite Kershaw
Love this knife. Minor negatives/heads up: • It's a little heavy so if that's not your thing, I'd recommend my 2nd favorite Kershaw, the Volt SS (they make a nice pair, with the Volt SS being more of a gentleman's knife/dressy/clean/thin... that one has a 3-way clip but no thumbstuds). The heavy steel handle is a plus in my book, but it also is a bit heavier than the blade so it's not completely balanced. Feels great, just fyi. • The pocket clip is right, tip-down only. My preferred position so I'm ok with it, but fyi if that's a deal breaker for you. • For the money, the quality is flat out amazing and can't be beat, but just keep in mind it's still a $30 Kershaw, not a Zero Tolerance. The tang is a bit small and the blade might benefit from blade stop style thumbstuds to give it a little more side-to-side strength. It's also made in China and has cheaper stainless steel. Other than that, everything is amazing: Positives: •  SpeedSafe assisted opening • Flipper opening • Thumbstud opening. Rounded thumbstuds as well as slight indents on the handle to help get your thumb in make this method just as easy as the flipper. Ambidextrous too for you lefties but keep in mind that pocket clip will be in the way a bit (still doable). •  Strong, heavy steel handle. •  Blackwash finish all over (even the pocket clip, and the screws/studs/spacers all match too) • Good looks (blade shape, the handle, pivot screw, deep-carry clip) • Nice grip • Some jimping on spine • Easy-to-close liner lock My current favorite sub-$30 knife, or even sub-$50 or $60.
4 out of 5
Jul 01, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight
Not a bad knife
Ive been a fan of Kershaw knives for many years now but havent purchased one for a while. Right out of the box the first thing you notice is the predigous weight. It feels like a lump of steel in your hand and pockett. The scales, while durable, are a little cheesey looking, almost appearing cheap and do not seem to fit the beautiful "blackwash" blade. The flipper and thumb studs are equally suited for engaging the assisted open feature and neither are cumbersome or misplaced. The scales fit well in a large hand but lack a textured grip feature for the thumb. All in all its a great knife for $20 and constructed well enough to be used for laborous tasks, though the weight means I wont use it for my EDC, it will work great on the job.
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