5 Star, Price Considered
As the title says, 5 stars, price considered.The Blade - Solid EDC Steel8CR13MoV is a high value EDC steel. It keeps an edge well enough for all my EDC uses so I'm not constantly resharpening, but when I put it to the cardboard it's in my best interest to touch it up. Cardboard doesn't destroy the edge, but if my edge is hair-shaving sharp before, it will struggle with paper after cutting up something like a refrigerator box. The recurve shape, while adding a noticeable degree of cutting ability over a standard curve (as compared against my CRKT Fire Spark which utilizes the same blade steel, also a great knife.) it also makes sharpening difficult. I bought the Edge Pro Apex because I love recurves but I can't stand sharpening them on a stone.Blade Centering - I was thoroughly impressed. Mine was perfect but don't expect that with yours. I got lucky. It's a production knife from China. That being said, Kershaw's quality control has never failed me yet. In all their knives I own, particularly the ones from china, some, indeed, were slightly off center but I've never received one that contacted the liner or came close enough to concern me.Deployment - ExcellentKershaw's Speedsafe is an awesome deployment method. The blade just flies out and slaps into place, but on the Clash I did notice that the flipper is a little sharp. It requires a little more force than, say, the Leek to deploy, and with that sharp edge on it, it makes my finger raw when I play with the knife. It has since loosened up but there are certainly smoother deploying blades out there. I use a little wrist action to assist the opening which makes it much easier on the finger with repeated opening.The Handle - Iron GripI love the handle. Indeed, the Zytel handles aren't a home-run for that quality feel but they get the job done. The handle shape is awesome. It fits so nicely into my grip with the finger choil and the slight thumb ramp (lacking jimping but the knife fits so solidly in my hand I never thought twice about it.) as well as the gentle arc of the handle from tip to tail. No problems with the handle, but if I could pay 38$ and get this in a G10 version I would buy that in a heart beat.Lock Up - Can't ComplainThis is where "Price Considered" really comes in. There is a very small degree of side to side blade play but has never become a problem, nor been noticeable unless I specifically tried to wiggle the blade around. No up-down play at all. It is also a Liner Lock which is pretty standard. I think it'd be pretty hard to mess that locking system up and Kershaw certainly aren't the guys to do it. But, I'm sure we'd all have an axis lock on there if we could, wouldn't we?Overall - Zero Concerns EDCThe result is a very high value knife that can be hard-used without concern for damage or loss (and by hard-use I mean everyday hard-use, so box cutting type stuff, not chopping down trees)I don't think you can go wrong with this blade, nor have I found any options I'd rather have for the price . . . the Cryo maybe but that's Kershaw again.