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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.
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5 out of 5
May 05, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
One of my favorite EDC folders
This is a very nice rugged reliable edc folder, that I use often in my rotation, bought it to have a great steel blade for harder use (be nicer to my expensive knives)I use it to cut zip ties, feed bags, whittle some wood, boxes, packages, vinyl, plastics, scribe kydex, decap cigars ect. Lock up is solid with no play in any direction, mine does NOT unlock with any grip unless I purposely manipulate my hand to do so while gripping. Takes a wicked edge with some patience, (seems harder then BM s30v to me) and holds it as it should for s30v. I have no chipping of edge thus far in my use. And has joined my buck vantage pro for rough edc use. The rubber inset on handle is perfect for me, one draw back is it is really for right hand users due to rubber on handle(pocket clip sits on the rubber if switched to leafy hand use)But I'm right handed so take it into account. It is a tad small for real big hands imo, but handle is broad enough to help make up for it, the speed safe has been reliable for a year now, I like it enough I bought a second one, and proudly rests in the safe with my "much" better err cost more anyways blades and the best part made in the USA, for me at least.
5 out of 5
Aug 02, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
kershaw 1678 Camber knife
I recently purchased a Kershaw 1678 Camber assisted opening knife. I have made fixed blade knives for nearly 60 years, so, I know my way around knives. The features of this knife are excellent. It is suited to someone with medium or small hands, as the handle is 41/4" long. The blade deploys easily with the flipper, and locks up solidly with no side play. The pocket clip is deep carry, and holds securely. The cutting edge was not particularly sharp from the factory, but a good whetstone easily solves that problem, so, I will not list that as a con. S30V is premium grade steel.
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.
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