Kershaw 1087 Diskin Deadline Flipper 3.4" Two-Tone Wharncliffe Blade and Stainless Steel Handles


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KS1087: 1087 Deadline Folding Knife
Kershaw Knives
This one is getting in under the wire — and you'll be glad it did. Meet the Deadline, from Kershaw and Matt Diskin.

It's got a lot of special features between its two-toned stainless steel handles. First, there's the opening system. The Deadline opens with Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing system. But a manual system like that has to have detent — often strong detent—to keep the blade in the handle until the user opens it. When the blade is fully closed, a depression in the blade is engaged by a ball partially embedded in the liner or handle. The interaction of ball and depression keeps the blade closed. The problem with that is that sometimes the detent is too strong to make opening the knife comfortable. The answer is the Tuned Detent System (TDS).

TDS puts the detent ball on the front scale of the knife in an inset steel plate. This plate enables you to "fine tune" the detent so that it’s perfect — not too heavy, not too light. With TDS, opening a manual flipper knife like this is as easy as opening any other flipper.

Both blade and handle feature a two-toned finish. In this case, Kershaw used gray PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating in the grinds and hollows and a satin finish on the flats. The result is a knife with a very distinctive look that walks the line between classy and tactical.

The 8Cr13MoV blade is a modified Wharncliffe with a top swedge. The handles are two-tone-finished steel with cold-forged handle texture for a solid grip. A strong frame lock secures the blade open during use. Kershaw also added a decorative glass filled nylon backspacer in matte black and a moveable steel filler tab so the look is nicely detailed and neatly finished. The pocket clip is Kershaw’s deep-carry pocket clip so that the knife rides comfortably low in your pocket.
  • Flipper - May be used with manual or assisted opening knives. Tee "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: 3.40" (8.6 cm)
  • Handle Length: 4.25" (10.8 cm)
  • Overall Length: 7.60" (19.4 cm)
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Shape: Wharncliffe
  • Blade Finish: Two-Tone Satin/PVD
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: KVT Ball Bearing System
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right/Left Deep Carry
  • Weight: 4.3 oz. (124.0 g)
  • Designer: Matt Diskin
  • 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.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
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.
4.667 (3 reviews)
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5 out of 5
Mar 07, 2018
Pros: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Excellent service
Beautiful knife! The style is beautiful and it's size convenient.
5 out of 5
Feb 09, 2018
Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Handle Material, Ease of Opening
What I Expected
I gave it a 5 because honestly, there isn't much of anything wrong with it in my eyes. With that said, I don't have experience with 100's of knives and I am sure there are much more refined and comfortable knives. The spring-ball detent holding it closed is somewhat strong, others I have let look at it had a hard time opening it. It IS somewhat hard to open from a relaxed hand grip. You have to sort of deliberately position your hand properly to more easily flip the blade out, but I think that in itself helps with control and proper hand posture. It forces you to get good. Overall the blade is exactly as expected in terms of design, size, appearance. The metal frame is cold which I am not used to as I have always had a blade with some type of composite handle. Anyway, for the price it's perfect for me.
4 out of 5
Bruce J.
Nov 10, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Pocket Clip, Lock Type
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
finally here
Not sure why it took a year from the time I ordered it 'till the time I received it but Kershaw finally came through.Really well made piece - Sharp as a razor.Since I'm a lefty I appreciate that I can carry it tip up in my LH front pocket - Nice and convenient.Takes a bit extra pull to get the blade to start to pop open compared to a spring assist - Which I'd love to see - but that's how the blade gets the inertia to open up all the way quickly.What's a bit more difficult for me, again as a lefty, is closing the knife - As I hold it in my left hand I have to reach my thumb around the liner lock and pull it back rather than push it back compared to a RH user. OK, I'm used to that, but being that the liner lock is flush w/the frame, I have to push down with my thumb to keep it enguaged w/the lock as well as pull back.I'd like to see the liner lock stick up above the frame a 16th or so to make it easier to close.Other than that - Well worth the price of admission.
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