The Kershaw design engineers have knocked it right out of the park with the distinctive Echelon. Of course, the first thing you'll notice is the handle. It's G-10, but G-10 like you've never seen before. It's in its "natural," uncolored state.
The pale green G-10 almost looks like it will glow in the dark (but it won't). What the translucent G-10 does is enable you to see the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism as it works. You get an inside look at the SpeedSafe torsion bar—without having to disassemble the knife. The Echelon's SpeedSafe is accessed via the large, hollow thumbstud, which also adds to the knife's exceptional looks. The modified drop-point blade is made of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, the high-performance steel developed in a partnership between Kershaw and Sandvik. The blade has a satin finish and need we say that it's razor-sharp right out of the box?
The Echelon also features Kershaw's Inset Liner Lock. This variation on the standard liner lock enables us to make knives that are thinner and lighter, so there's less weight in your pocket, while still providing a secure blade lock up. To create the Inset Liner Lock, we attach a metal plate to the interior of one handle scale. When the knife is opened, this plate acts in the same way a liner lock does to move into place behind the blade to lock it securely open until you release it. The Echelon also features our Tri-Carry three-position, deep-carry pocketclip.
About the Inset Liner Lock:
To build an Inset Liner Lock, Kershaw insets a strip of steel inside a knife’s handle—most commonly when the handle is G-10. Insetting the lock in this way enables us to create a slimmer knife, while still providing the strength and security of a locking liner.
- Model Number: 1880
- Country Of Origin: United States
- Steel: Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel
- Handle: Machined G-10
- Blade Length: 3 1/4-in. (8.3 cm)
- Closed Length: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
- Overall Length: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
- Weight: TBD
- Lock...Locking Liner
- Includes a reversible deep-carry 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.