KERSHAW KNIVES

Kershaw began its foray into the knife business sometime during 1974. The company was originally based in Portland Oregon, but most early knives were manufactured in Japan. The first US manufacturing plant was opened in 1997 & the company currently offers knives made in the U.S., Japan, & China. Pete Kershaw (an ex Gerber salesman) started the business.
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Post by junebug » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:00 pm

hey guys....
thought we could use a spot to talk KERSHAW topics and questions and general info on KERSHAW...

found this info while doin a lil research a while back......PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD...
especially PIX ::super_happy::
and NEW RELEASE INFO ........ZERO TOLERANCE ...........etc.........

In 1977, three years after launching the Portland, Oregon, company, Kershaw Knives was purchased by Kai Cutlery Corporation of Japan. Production of Kershaw designs took place at Kai facilities in Japan until 1998, when Kai USA opened a new manufacturing plant in Wilsonville, Oregon. Pete Kershaw, as president of the Kershaw Knives division, directed American operations. Expanding again in 2003, Kershaw opened new production facilities in Tualatin, Oregon, where the Kershaw branch is now headquartered.

By 1983, Kershaw's guaranteed-for-life knives included fixed blades, pocket knives and fishermen's fillet knives and with Kai's marketing assistance had become well known in both American and European markets. In 1990, Kershaw began production of dress knives and handcrafted American Stag knives. A limited edition series of scrimshaw-handled knives by artist William Alexander expanded in 1991. Technical innovations such as a patented liner blade locking system and a lever action one-handed opening feature generated two new product series in 1995.

New concepts led to many of Kershaw's most popular products, such as the Alaskan Blade Trader, a patented gut-hook skinning knife introduced in 1996. In 1997, a new Kershaw multi-tool included one-handed blade opening and was the first to offer adjustable built-in pliers. Knife maker Ken Onion joined the company in 1998. The Ken Onion Random Task knife, with a patented assisted opening feature called SpeedSafe, won the American Knife of the Year award from "Blade Magazine" in both 1998 and 1999.

The remarkably different Kershaw E-T, or external toggle knife, another patented Kershaw concept from 2005, combined safe blade locking with easy ambidextrous one-handed opening. Metal injection-molding processes contributed to the distinctive blade design, and advanced machining methods were used in the creation of the knife's 3-D textured grip. Kershaw designers contributed to the new Kai division ZT (Zero Tolerance) begun in 2006. ZT continues the traditions of Kai and Kershaw Knives in the development of advanced tactical knives for policemen and military personnel.
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Post by junebug » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:03 pm

hey JERRYD .....can ya post a pic here of your LEEKS we were talkin bout else where???
one of a "liner-lock" and one of a "frame-lock"

and any new info on the whole "ZING several patterns" ,deal???????? :mrgreen:
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Post by jerryd6818 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:51 pm

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Post by jerryd6818 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:15 pm

To properly initiate this thread dedicated to Kershaws (there are actually two more) I think it only appropriate I post my latest Kershaw.

It's a Japanese made DWO 3000. I have a Chinese mfg, no name clone that was sent to me in a POS roundtable and the knife infatuates me. I decided I wanted the real thing and since this model is discontinued, I ended up with pink.

http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/kni ... 27&t=13909
http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/kni ... =2&t=25584
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Post by big monk » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:31 pm

I will be watching and learning from you guys as you explore the Kershaws !!!!!!! ::nod:: _____found a few really nice photos,with mfg. information ,so thought I would contribute,to my own education :) ::tu::
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Post by 313 Mike » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:01 am

Alright, another thread dedicated to Kershaws! I'm in! ::tu::
I've already posted these elsewhere, but if we're startin' up a new Kershaw thread, that gives me an excuse to post them again, right? All three of these are made right here in the USA....

First up is my most recent pick-up which hasn't left my pocket since I got it 3 weeks ago...the Knockout. This one has what I think Kershaw is calling a "sub frame lock", the handles themselves are machined aluminum for light weight, but the section of the frame that functions as the frame lock is stainless steel for strength. Awesome knife, love it!
Kershaw USA Knockout 1870 004.jpg
Kershaw USA Knockout 1870 002.jpg
Next up is the Storm II...this one is a straight up frame lock, real heavy duty workhorse of a knife
Kershaw Storm II 001.jpg
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Kershaw Storm II 002.jpg
Last but not least is the Whirlwind, a time tested model by Kershaw, similar to the Blackout. It has the hole cut outs in the blade similar to the older version of the Scallion. This one utilizes a liner lock.
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Post by junebug » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:12 am

NICE JERRY 8) ....COOL LIL KNIFE

MONK,i just got the ZING(bottom pic)...have not carried it yet....still stuck on my new ECHELON 8)
the R.J. MARTIN designs are pretty cool.......

WISH THE ZING WAS SPEEDSAFE.... ::nod::


AND WISH THE ECHELON HAD A FLIPPER ::facepalm::
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Post by jerryd6818 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:10 am

Josh, I have those same two wishes but as they say, if wishes were horses, beggers would ride.
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Post by big monk » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:06 am

Here are the ones ,I have so far !!!! :)________________a little bit of this & that ::tu::
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Post by Cutty » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:17 am

Here's a few that I have random pics of.

The baby boa is no longer in my possession.

The others need to be photographed
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Post by junebug » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:13 pm

awesome pix fellas....... 8) 8) 8)

here are a few of mine
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Post by Cutty » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:28 pm

:D
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Post by jerryd6818 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:50 am

Josh -- That's a nice pile ya got goin' there.

Cutty -- That ZT's a brute.

I've targeted these three for the near or semi-near future. It's difficult to be patient.

The Chubby looks like the Half-Ton, except for the shape of the black part on the handle. Also the Chubby is made in Japan instead of the land which shall not be named and it's discontinued.

Seller's pictures.
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Post by jmh58 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:42 pm

KOOL Kershaw show!! ::tu:: Way to go Gents!! ::nod:: John :D
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Post by junebug » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:37 pm

new addition to my KERSHAW family :mrgreen:
got this from fellow member MR.RICK (THANKS BRO ::tu:: )

KERSHAW 1950 TREMOR.....................the "BEAST"

closed 5 3/8" :shock:
open 9 1/8" 8)

SPEEDSAFE ASSIST & A FLIPPER ::ds:: ::ds:: 8) 8)
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