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Kershaw 1086 Strobe Folding Knife 3.3" Stonewash Plain Blade, FRN Handles

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Part Number: KS1086
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS1086: 1086 Strobe
Kershaw Knives

This is a great mid-priced folder from Kershaw, filling a perfect price point at just under forty bucks. It features the KVT ball-bearing opening system and a slim handled beefy blade design from knifemaker Matt Diskin.
Knife users who love the look of Kershaw’s Diskin Hunter—but would love it even more in a folding knife—now have their wish.

The Strobe takes the sweeping lines of the Diskin Hunter and turns them into a smaller, folding pocketknife. The clip-point blade offers a deep belly and opens with a handy flipper.

Thanks to the Strobe’s KVT ball-bearing opening system, the blade opens smoothly and easily; just pull back on the flipper. A washer with caged ball bearings surrounds the pivot joint and the bearings rotate as the blade moves out of the handle to ensure quick, one-handed opening. A frame lock provides secure lockup.

The blade is heat treated to Kershaw’s demanding specifications to bring out the best qualities in the steel, then stonewashed. The slim handle is characteristic of a Diskin knife and fits the hand securely. K-Texture™ handle overlays in glass-filled nylon provide additional grip.

The pocketclip is reversible for left/right-handed carry. Even better? It’s a deep-carry pocketclip so that it rides comfortably down in the pocket,
  • 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.
  • Manual - There is no mechanical assist, such as SpeedSafe, used to open the folding knife. It opens the classic, old-school way. Frame Lock - A portion of the handle (the knife frame) moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.
  • Reversible - Pre-drilled holes in the handle enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.
  • Blade length: 3.3"
  • Closed length: 4.25"
  • Open length: 7.5 "
  • Handle: 410, K-Texture grip overlays
  • Flipper
  • KVT ball-bearing opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible deep-carry pocketclip
  • Steel: Stainless steel, stonewashed finish
  • Weight: 4.6 oz.
  • Made in China
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
8Cr13MoV Steel
8Cr13MoV Steel
An affordable medium carbon stainless steel with a good balance of edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
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North Dakota
Feb 25, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Weight, Handle Material
It's okay to
This is a heavy beast of a knife, I would have carried it, and might have gotten a better review but the pocket clip makes it almost impossible to carry clipped to the pocket. There isn't enough room between the clip and handle to clip to anything thicker than 2mm. The ergos are great and blade action is also great.
4 out of 5
Matth S
France /Andorra
Jan 01, 2015
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
Nice edc
I received this one for Christmas, i use it for every day tasks, it came really sharp the opening is smooth and the lock is strong with no blade play even though the steel is not the very best it's sufficient and at this price point it's really good Pocket clip though is not lefty friendly
4 out of 5
Dec 09, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Handle Material, Pocket Clip
Worth the money, simply for the action and blade
The value of the knife is in the blade and the opening mechanics. The blade shape is excellent, has a large belly and a pointy tip, and a great stone wash finish. Mine came sharp enough to roughly push cut paper. After touching it up with my sharpmaker fine stones it was hair shaving sharp. The shape of the handle is very ergonomic and the deployment is buttery smooth. Real comfortable in pocket and hand. I like that the scale covers the framelock lockbar. This prevents my thumb (as a lefty) from applying positive pressure on the lockbar when i'm trying to deploy the blade. The weak points of the knife are the plastic material of the K scales. They're just cheap feeling and ugly, but function alright. Luckily if you are inclined to do so these can be removed entirely without changing the function of the knife, or they can be replaced rather easily and inexpensively by 3rd party scale makers. Search online and you should come up with some options. My biggest peeve is the clip. The end of the clip flairs our pretty far and is easily snagged. Also, if you're a lefty like me, you may have a hard time swapping the clip from one side to the other. The clip itself and the opposite spacer shim were hard to remove from the frame. They're just seated real tight. Then trying to reinsert them back into the frame was just as hard. One thing to note, the clip on mine came black and not stonewashed like shown in the picture here. After adding carbon fiber scales to mine I really like this knife. I carry it more often than my delica 4. The steel is not as good, but the action is better and it feels a little more sleek in pocket.
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