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Kershaw 1678 Camber Assisted 3.125" S30V Stonewashed Plain Blade, Aluminum Handles

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Part Number: KS1678
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS1678: 1678 Camber
Kershaw Knives

A camber is a slightly arched surface, for instance, a road, a ship's deck, an airfoil, or a snow ski. But in the case of this knife, it's an ergonomic handle curve that gives this new Kershaw knife its name.

But the star attraction is a blade of S30V powdered stainless steel in a classic drop-point. Powdered steel is more dense and fine-grained, enabling it to take and hold an extremely fine edge for a longer period of time. It was specifically designed by Crucible as a blade steel and exhibits excellent toughness, wear resistance and hardness. Kershaw has given the S30V blade a stonewashed finish for a non-reflective look.

SpeedSafe® assisted opening makes the Camber smooth and easy to open one-handed. Just pull back on the flipper and the knife is ready to go to work.

Yet with all its cutting power, the Camber is a lightweight knife thanks to its aluminum handle. The curved handle provides additional cutting leverage as well as offering an extremely comfortable grip on the knife. To enhance grip further, the Camber’s handle features Kershaw’s Trac-Tec inserts for extra grip traction—even when cutting in cold or wet environmental conditions.

The Camber features a secure liner lock and includes a reversible pocketclip for convenient pocket 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.
  • Reversible - Pre-drilled holes in the handle enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.
  • Made In The USA - When you see this on one of the knives, it means this knife was made in eir Tualatin, Oregon manufacturing facility by skilled Kershaw knifemakers.
  • Blade length: 3 in.
  • Closed length: 4.2 in.
  • Flipper
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening
  • Liner lock
  • Reversible pocket clip (left/right)
  • Steel: S30V, stonewashed finish
  • Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum, Trac-Tec inserts
  • Weight: 3.8 oz. (107.7 g)
  • Made in the USA
S30V Stainless Steel
S30V Stainless Steel
A hardened wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed in collaboration with Chris Reeve. It is known for its improved sharpness and toughness. This is a premium grade steel only used in high end knives. Composition: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
4.750 (4 reviews)
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5 out of 5
Jun 01, 2015
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening
Cons: None
Perfect EDC - even for an office setting
Was set to buy a Spyderco PM2, but I ended up getting this. Everyone's office is different but I found this to be the perfect edc blade for me and I work in a law firm. I have medium sized hands and I didn't want to go any smaller than this (tried a few and not enough purchase on the handle). Love the opening mechanism and the blade. Love that the clip is deep carry and small (and black) as the black blends in with any dark slacks that I wear. Took it camping this weekend and the blade does excellent at whittling tree branches. I'm not a big knife guy (yet - I've heard it can be addicting) overall this knife fits my needs well.
5 out of 5
Feb 08, 2015
Pros: Handle Material, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Perfect EDC
4 out of 5
Albany, NY
Jan 04, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, Lock Type
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Fixes my criticisms of the 1670S30V Blur. Still a too big for my EDC
I need to give you a little history for this review to be of any value. A couple of years ago, before I knew any better, I bought a Kershaw Cryo 1551Ti. I liked the size and the flipper, but disliked the frame-lock. Reading up on the subject I created a shortlist for a better knife and bought a 1670S30V Blur. This is a beautiful knife to hold and use, but I missed the flipper, the clip is too long and finishes on a piece if trak-tek insert (which makes it very difficult to put back in your pocket). I came to love the thumb-stud but the knife is too big for an EDC in an office environment. I bought a Doug Ritter Mini-Griptilian for everyday use, but dislike the plastic handles. Then Kershaw introduced the 1678S30V Whirlwind which has a smaller blade, a flipper, a smaller clip and better positioned trak-tek inserts. I thought it might be a replacement for the Mini-Griptilian however the back of the blade is narrower than the Blur, and the closed knife is only a 1/4 inch smaller than the Blur, so it is still too intimidating for an EDC in an office. What I was really hoping for was a 4/5 scale Blur with curved metal handles with a machined diamond finish.
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