This Whirlwind Knife from Kershaw and Ken Onion is an excellent knife for heavy duty projects. Its larger handle is uniquely shaped to fit more easily in the hand and the blade is wider to help it cut through most of the obstacles in your way. Plus it's also designed to be as lightweight as possible without sacrificing usability.
Whirlwind's blade is made of Sandvik 14C28N stainless-steel for added strength and rust resistance. The handle is made of molded polyimide for a comfortable and secure grip. Plus the dark blue with black inserts makes this and understated yet attractive knife to own. It comes with a removable stainless steel pocket clip.
The Whirlwind has two excellent safety features for users. The Locking Liner locks the knife blade into position when the blade is fully deployed. You can easily release the locking liner by pressing a spring loaded release. The SpeedSafe assisted opening system makes this knife easy to open so you can take full advantage of the knife's capabilities.
Locks the blade into position after the blade is deployed. To release the locking liner simply press the spring loaded lock and the blade will easily fold back into the handle.
- Model Number: 1560
- Country Of Origin: United States
- Steel......Sandvik 14C28N stainless-steel
- 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.