A bold, but basic knife that will get the job done is what you’ll find in the Blackout knife from Kershaw and Ken Onion. You’ll really enjoy using this knife. It was designed to work well and last a long time without unnecessary weight. It’s a barely there 3.5 ounces in the hand and when its fully opened the knife is a decent size at about 7 inches.
The Blackout is solid black in color, making it an excellent knife to use under cover of darkness or just to keep on display in the home. It also comes with a removable stainless steel pocket clip. The blade on the knife is made of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel and coated in tungsten DLC. The handle is polyimide for its durability and light weight.
For safety Kershaw had added the Locking Liner and the SpeedSafe patented assisted opening system. The Locking Liner will securely hold your knife blade in place after opening, while the SpeedSafe system will allow the user to open the blade with a simple press on the thumb stud.
Locks the blade into position after the blade is deployed. To release the lock simply press the spring loaded frame and the blade will easily fold back into the handle.
- Model Number: 1550
- Country Of Origin: United States
- Steel......Sandvik 14C28N stainless-steel tungsten DLC coated
- Blade.....3 1/4 in. (8.4 cm)
- Closed...4 1/2 in. (11.3 cm)
- Weight...3.5 oz.
- Lock...Locking Liner
- Includes a Pocket Clip
from Kershaw Knives revolutionized the knife industry when it was first
introduced on the Ken Onion Chive. First off a knife that features
SpeedSafe technology is not considered and automatic knife. The correct
classification is an “Assisted Opening Knife. There are two variations
of SpeedSafe. One being a “Flipper” where the user uses their index
finger to deploy the blade, and the other the user uses the thumb stud
found on the blade for deployment. Both variations require the user to
apply manual pressure to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar.
This is why a SpeedSafe does not meet the definition of being classified
as a switchblade. A SpeedSafe will not deploy with the push of a button
or by gravity alone. Once open, the blade locks safely into position
until the user releases it. A key advantage of a SpeedSafe knife is that
many of the models are ambidextrous, and can be opened just as easy by
either a right or left handed person.