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Kershaw Knockout Damascus A/O Knife

Kershaw Knockout Damascus A/O Knife

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I'm in... I love my m390 version... I can use one and the other can be my safe queen...
I’m glad to see these Kershaw knives again on Massdrop. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them here. The Knockout form factor is a good knife. Solid choice for EDC. There are two things that keep it from being a great knife for me, however. One is that while the scales are patterned, enhancing gripability, they are very flat. This flatness doesn’t give the handle a very hand filling feel. The second is that countour of the back of the knife, and the finger groove, kind of locks your grip into a specific position. It basically locks your hand into a fist type grip. This, combined with the flat and high handle, makes it difficult to manipulate the knife with the fingers. It feels like you’re locked into a certain vertical cutting grip, and that it’s hard to twist the knife on axis to do more intricate angled cuts. So not a perfect handle, IMO, but still a very good knife. The version I have is the limited production Elmax version that dropped here several years ago. What is this Damascus steel, by the way? Is it real Damascus, with the benefits of the multi-layered folding? Or is it just a gimmick to make you think that’s what you’re getting? It seems like whatever benefits genuine Damascus steel conferred in the past would be matched or superceded by today’s modern steels. But I don’t know.
I always wanted a Blur with a Damascus blade and this is close enough for me so I Think i'm gonna get me one
Is the damascus on this done by Alabama Damascus?
I have a Kershaw Skyline with their damascus and it's pretty nice.
If I didn’t already own this knife, I’d join this drop. Don‘t hesitate, this is a great knife - the best version of the knockout for sure.
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No problem man! Glad my tip got someone the knife they wanted!
Yes it is a great knife for the price. I am currently carrying one with the black blade. I also bought another black blade and a plain stonewash to put away. I really like the blue color on the handles with the black. A friend of mine was coveting the Elmax Knockout I picked up a few years ago so may gift one to him. Also picked up the Dividend in M390 for $80. These are great deals on great knives. If you like the Leek, you can get the very similar Dividend with a great steel. The Dividend is about a quarter inch larger and does not have that dumb safety lock they put on the Leek. Also missing the thumb stud though.