Neat Kershaw liner lock

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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Neat Kershaw liner lock

Postby tallguy606 » Sun May 26, 2019 10:20 pm

Looking into the knife case at the pawnshop, saw a knife I couldn't identify. Turned out to be a Kershaw 4380 2-blade linerlock marked KAI Japan. Guess this model is discontinued but I had never seen one. Very well made, everything fits with precision, blade lockup rock solid. Uses one liner lock spring between the two blades - a clip and a wharncliffe - where each end of the liner bar locks a different blade. Visible steel pivot pins like a Camillus or German Eye. About the size and weight of a Case medium stockman. Best part - I got it for $15, tax and all, in almost (thumb studs on blades missing) new condition. Looks like the original price on these was considerably higher. A new EDC for sure.

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Re: Neat Kershaw liner lock

Postby Doc B » Sun May 26, 2019 10:25 pm

Got any pictures?
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Re: Neat Kershaw liner lock

Postby cody6268 » Sun May 26, 2019 11:29 pm

That's a Double Cross; I don't think they made that model too long. It's pretty rare, and at $15 I think you stole it! I've been looking for one for quite some time; as it's a great mix of traditional and modern. Especially with the OHO.

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Re: Neat Kershaw liner lock

Postby orvet » Mon May 27, 2019 12:02 am

I'm traveling for the holiday so I don't have all of my resources available to me on my phone, but I believe the Double Cross and the Double Duty were only made for about 3-4 years. I really I like both of them. The blade selection was different and the size was different in the two patterns but they were similar design and outstanding knives.
You got an incredible deal on that for $15. In new condition they typically sell for $75+.
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Re: Neat Kershaw liner lock

Postby tallguy606 » Mon May 27, 2019 12:21 am

Here's a picture. Blades are perfect, I had just sliced a lemon when I took this picture.
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Re: Neat Kershaw liner lock

Postby Doc B » Mon May 27, 2019 12:25 am

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Re: Neat Kershaw liner lock

Postby Mr. Chips » Mon May 27, 2019 7:14 pm

I sold quite a few of these and the Double Duty. I used to modify the larger one so that it had a Wharncliffe secondary blade too, and I shortened the thumb studs too.
They made great whittlin' knives!
I still have both of mine and use them from time to time.
I guess I just don't think like knife manufacturers, because I cannot imagine why Kershaw didn't keep making these knives.

Buck had a couple of knives that were similar in concept though not in appearance. Also great knives for whittlin'.


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