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Kershaw 1920 Select Fire Multi-Function Folding Knife 3-3/8" Bead Blast Plain Blade, GRN Handles

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Part Number: KS1920
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS1920: 1920 Select Fire
Kershaw Knives
Most multi-tools include a plethora of "tools," many of which are not actually very useful. Even worse, in many of these tools, the important knife blade is an afterthought--and barely useful at all. Not the Select Fire.

The Select Fire was built to be a knife-focused multi-tool. It's built around a knife blade, a knife blade that works and works well. For strength and edge-holding capability, the Select Fire's blade is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel and bead-blasted for an easy care, matte look. What's more, the Select Fire offers a surprisingly comfortable grip, so it's actually easy to hold as you use that big, useful blade--something most multi-tools can't say.

Designed by Grant & Gavin Hawk, the Select Fire is also a handy multi-tool. There's a 4-piece bit set, plus the bit driver. The bits, two flathead and two crosshead, are in on-board carriers that swings out to let you choose your bit, then swings back to snap into place. Black liners give it a sleek, finished look. The contoured glass-filled nylon handle is equally comfortable whether you're using the blade or the bits. The Select Fire makes a great addition to every tool and truck box. In fact, it's so handy you might want to get two.
  • Blade length: 3-3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
  • Closed length: 4-1/2 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Overall length: 7-5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
  • 1/4-in. hex drive, 2 flathead, 2 crosshead bits
  • Ruler on bit drive shaft
  • Linerlock
  • Thumbstud
  • Single-position pocketclip
  • Steel: 8CR13MOV, bead-blasted finish
  • Handle: Glass-filled nylon (GRN)
  • Weight: 5 oz. (141.7 g)
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 087171030319

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
8CR13 Stainless Steel
8CR13 Stainless Steel
Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.
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Albuquerque NM
Dec 22, 2016
Pros: Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Sheath, Handle Feel, None
For years, this has been my EDC
While the Select Fire isn't perfect in design or execution, this knife/tool has been my EDC for the last couple of years because it's closer to what I actually need than any other multifunction knife I've ever owned. What I especially like about it is the fact it has holders for up to four bits -- which don't necessarily need to be the ones which came with the knife itself. I've even used the hex-bit holder a few times when it happened to be just the right size for a nut I was trying to drive. The blade is pretty good quality, and I've broken in mine enough so that a push on the thumb stud and a flick of the wrist is enough to open it fully and engage the liner-lock -- entirely one handed. When the bit-driver is opened, the place where it sits is also a bottle-opener, which is handy, too. An early iteration of this knife had serrations at the base of the blade, which I'm kind of sorry they removed. On the other hand, that earlier version -- one of which I do own but don't use much -- doesn't open as smoothly because its liner appears to be aluminum metal (vs nylon plastic) and it's noticeably heavier. My main complaints about this knife, such as they are, is the bits will likely rust for most folks who carry it around a lot and the holders are somewhat problematic. Supposedly Kershaw has been working on an updated version of this knife, the 1925 Payload which has integrated non-hinged holders in the handle itself, but despite being announced as coming in 2016, I'm not seeing any sign of it being released anytime soon. So the Select Fire one will remain my EDC for the foreseeable future. I use it for cutting open boxes, cutting ropes, just about anything a pocket knife is good for. Once when I was traveling, I even used it to cut slices of cheese. I've used the large flat screw bit in the bit driver for prying stuff open, including the really sticky and finger-pinching metal levers for changing our furnace filter, and of course the other bits for actual screws -- including working on computer PCs, where the extended reach of the bit-driver helps a lot to get inside cases. The blade steel itself is pretty decent and seems to hold an edge rather well. Downsides? A sheath might help, but then it might interfere with my commonly one-handed use. Like I said, I'm not crazy about the spring-loaded flip-out bit holders. And the handle itself is only barely ergonomic and not the kind of knife I'd want to have to use for hours on end. Put simply, in the absence of finding a better knife/tool someday or the release of the Kershaw Payload, if I lost the knife I carry now, I'd buy another almost immediately.
4 out of 5
Vestal, Ny
Jul 22, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: None
After some really poor judgement on my part with my last order, this tool was the shining gem that made my day. I have problems with most multi-tools being too gadget centric and not being enough of a functional knife. This one fixes that. It may not have all the fancy saws and pliers but it is a great solid knife with an innovative drive set up that folds into a good knife handle. I have one on the bailout bag and now keep one in the car. The bit holder in the handle has two sizes of flat blade and phillips bits but the secret is that these can be swapped out with other standard short hex bits that will fit the drive handle. In my case I keep a special star bit instead of the large flat blade with the bailout bag one. It is heavy for the pocket but I never carry it there.
5 out of 5
So Cal.
Apr 13, 2016
Pros: None
Cons: None
Buying my third one
Just lost my second one hiking between Pyramid Lake, and Lake Piru(gave my first to a friend as a gift..he always asked to use it while camping/backpacking)..Good blade, light weight, and better drivers, and bits then Leatherman type I've tried..For the price buy 2 or 3..
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