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Part Number: KS7300BLK
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS7300BLK: Launch 3 AUTO
Kershaw Knives
Got an automatic attraction? Then look into Kershaw's Launch 3. This automatic knife features CPM154 blade steel, a strong opening kick, and is made-in-the-USA at Kershaw’s Tualatin, Oregon manufacturing facility.

The CPM154 powdered metallurgy blade steel has more uniform distribution of carbides—so it takes and holds an excellent edge. It also provides good corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and toughness. The blade is black-oxide coated for an additional measure of blade protection and dark good looks. Then to lighten the Launch 3's weight, we made the handle of durable anodized aluminum and slimmed it toward the back end to neatly fit your hand. Carry left- or right-handed with the Launch 3's reversible pocketclip.

The Launch 3 opens with a push button, which is recessed so that it is level with the flat of the handle. This is a safety feature and makes it harder for the knives to accidentally deploy. Nevertheless, automatic knives are dangerous and should be handled with extreme caution in all circumstances.
  • Push-Button Lock - Found on the Kershaw Folding Saw, It locks the saw blade open during use, then releases with the push of a button.
  • Made In The USA - When you see this on one of our knives, it means the knife was made in our Tualatin, Oregon manufacturing facility by skilled Kershaw knifemakers.
  • 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: 3.4" (8.6 cm)
  • Handle Length: 4.4" (11.2 cm)
  • Overall Length: 7.8" (19.8 cm)
  • Blade Steel: CPM-154, Black Oxide Coating
  • Handle Material: Anodized Aluminum
  • Weight: 3.4 oz.
  • Made in USA
154CM Stainless Steel
154CM Stainless Steel
A premium American stainless steel with great all around characteristics of toughness and corrosion resistance.
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
Mar 10, 2017
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
Sleek feels of quality
Bought as a multipurpose everyday carry and I am satisfied. I would say top tier quality at half the price. Good spring tension when button is depressed, blade locks firmly in place. I reviewed cpm154 before purchase: good edge retention but able to easily sharpen, good corrosion resistance, and good strength. Each category I would I use a scale of; poor, good, and great. In my oppion a good all around auto knife that feels worth the money in hand. Not a bad knife but also not in same class as most $350+ Competitors quality blades. blade sharpness out the box is good, but when sharpen your own you always get a better edge than mass prodution. Took little effort to get razor edge with great finish. Conclusion would compare against any 200$ class auto that gets more points for a good price.
2 out of 5
Houston Tx.
Dec 08, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Dont think its QUITE right....design needs revision.
I have had MANY 'AUTO' knives and EDC'd a 1994 bought Benchmade 2500 mini-Reflex for 20 years and LOVED that knife. Found a good deal on this Kershaw 7300 Launch 3 and bought it. The dimensions are fair, its a bit 'wide' at the pivot end which leads to one of its worst shortcomings. If you grip the knife tightly when you deploy the blade, the knife flexes under compression and the blade deploys much more slowly(and sometimes wont even lock) than if you limp grip it and just poke the button. This isnt acceptable, The knife is NOT rigid enough under compression at the pivot end. In a situation where you NEED to NOT DROP the bloody knife and you push the button and it fails to deploy properly THAT is a bad day. This is the ONLY 'AUTO' knife I have ever had that I noticed this design flaw. You could chuck the Benchmade 2500 up in a vise and it would function properly.
5 out of 5
Nov 02, 2016
Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Material, None
Love it!
Very good quality, now my favorite auto! The only drawback is one of the advantages, the lightweight aluminum handle will let it get away from you while opening if your not holding on, due to the excellent spring tension. I planned to remove the clip before I got it because they annoy me when i'm trying to get things out of my pocket. This clip is shorter and has less of a barb on the end and is now my favorite pocket clip knife.
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