Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
KERSHAW KEN ONION DESIGNED MODEL 1600 CHIVE
This is an early review of the Kershaw Chive by Dexter Ewing- writer for Blade magazine Presenting a sneak peek at the new Kershaw Chive model 1600. This knife is another offering from the dynamic collaboration team of custom maker Ken Onion and Wilsonville, Oregon’s Kershaw Knives. The Chive is a stylish little folder, only about 4.90" overall length. It’s an ideal gentleman’s knife and small and compact enough to function as a money clip. Weighing in at 1.9 ounces, the Chive rides comfortably clipped to the pocket or sitting at the bottom of the pocket as would a traditional pocket knife. The ergonomic handle is machined out of 410 stainless steel, with an integral bar lock. The handle’s surfaces are bead blasted for slight texture. There is a cut out above the pivot to allow the index trigger to sit lower and not protrude too much, yet remain within easy reach to fire the blade. The handle is held together by three Torx® head screws (including the pivot). A steel pocket clip is fastened to the opposite side of the handle to permit ease of carry in the tip down position (please note, the clip on actual production models will be a little different than the one pictured on the prototype). Width of handle minus clip is 0.295" thick. The Chive’s clip point blade is of 420HC stainless-steel with a hollow grind. Stock thickness is 0.090". The index trigger serves both as an ambidextrous opening aid and as a finger guard when the knife is open. With a simple push on the index trigger, the closed knife quickly springs open using Ken’s own Speed Safe torsion bar technology to propel the blade to an open and locked position. The dual thumb studs serve only as the blade’s positive stop, as they are too small for use as one-hand openers. The notched thumb ramp of the blade provides a secure placement for the index finger or thumb to rest on during use. Overall, this is a neat little folder. The blade’s action is so crisp that you will be tempted to flick the knife over and over! Fit and finish is very good, blade grinds are even, and there is no blade play whatsoever in any direction. ...