Pet peeve!

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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Pet peeve!

Postby Gobbleandgrunt » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:31 am

I really hate when a knife maker makes a knife with a colored scale, but only half of it is colored. Is it just me? Drives me nuts.

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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby kootenay joe » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:30 pm

I agree. It started a few years ago with handles of nice wood but with micarta for the front third. Since then i have seen all kinds of combination handles. It messes up the visual flow of the knife and adds nothing to make it a better knife.
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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:27 pm

I read somewhere that some knife makers sometimes do this for cost, not for artistic design. They will use a small piece of higher priced material so that they can say that it has an "abalone" or "mother of pearl" handle in the description. Or, they may use several smaller pieces joined together instead of a single piece. I suspect this is an example of that: http://www.roughriderknives.com/custom- ... rl-handle/ I think that knife would have looked better without the center stripe.
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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby QTCut5 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:45 pm

Since this is posted in the Kershaw Knife Forum, I'm curious if anyone has any examples of a Kershaw knife exhibiting this particularity (other than a customized model like a Yellowhorse or Santa Fe Stone Works mod)?

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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:58 pm

That's what I get for using the "New Posts" and not looking at the subforum area... :oops:

To make up for it, here's a pic of my latest acquisition, a Kershaw Indian Ford. I'm not saying this is a an example of the above - it's not - I just like it! I had previously purchased it's little brother, the Squaw Creek. The Indian Ford is considerably bigger!

I think Kershaw has discontinued these folders, and I think that is a shame. In my humble opinion, they are a perfect blend of traditional and modern. The lockback operates perfectly and the stainless/carbon fiber combo is modern yet elegant.

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And, you can find these knives brand new in the packaging for ~$10 + shipping. An amazing deal.
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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby Gobbleandgrunt » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:41 pm

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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby QTCut5 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:32 pm

If you want a knife like that to have colored handle scales on both sides, you should get the liner lock version, not the frame lock. Kershaw does make both styles of some patterns (such as the Leek).

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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby Gobbleandgrunt » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:00 am

Oh I have several. I think that’s why the skyline is one of my favorites. I have a handful of leeks as well.

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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby QTCut5 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:14 am

I've never been a big fan of the one-side-covered scale knives, either. It looks unbalanced to me...offends my classical sense of proportion and balance or something. Just doesn't look right. Although, to be honest, I prefer a frame lock over a liner lock...which is why all my Leeks are plain, un-scaled models.

I dig your Skylines, though...that orange one really pops.

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Re: Pet peeve!

Postby eveled » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:39 am

I can't resist a good pet peeves thread. Funny to see what irks others. On a folder the only time I like multi material handles is if one of the materials is something that would be unusual in a large piece. Turquoise comes to mind.

On a fixed blade knife. It can be ok if it is a stacked handle on a hidden tang. Like a Randall with the stacked leather washers, but the red white and blue accent washers. Or the "trench art" knives with lucite and aluminum, (salvaged from a kamakazi before it was pushed into the ocean.)


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