Kershaw Ken Onion Avalanche Pocket Knife Review

These of you who’ve learn my opinions might understand that I’m a little bit of a knife nut. I’m. And this knife is without doubt one of the higher customers to come back out of the Kershaw manufacturing facility in the previous couple of years.

One other design by Customized Maker Ken Onion from Hawaii, this one is the Avalanche and was launched about the identical time because the Boa. The final sample of this knife is just like the Blackout and Whirlwind knives that are decrease finish fashions with cheaper supplies and metal.


Blade Metal – CPM-440V Black Ti Coated

Deal with – G-10

Blade – 3-1/8″

Closed – 4-1/2″

Weight – 4.5 Oz.

The CPM-440V (now renamed to CPM-S60V) was a scorching metal on the time, and has now misplaced in reputation to CPM-S30V, which was developed by Crucible Metal as a Cutlery metal. It’s the first metal made completely for Cutlery. CPM440V continues to be a beautiful metal, and has a really excessive stage of damage resistance, nevertheless it takes eternally to sharpen and with a handbook sharpener meaning cramped fingers when you wait too lengthy between periods.

The Avalanche options tough textured G-10 handles which have phenomenal grip, but additionally grip very tightly to your pants when clipped, to the purpose the place if carried each day for a month or 2, you should have shredded pockets! I do know this from expertise, sure! I solved this by sanding down the a part of the G-10 handles that’s beneath the pocket clip space.

This knife, like most from Kershaw and Ken Onion today additionally has the Velocity Protected Assisted opener mechanism, which fires the blade out mechanically when you push it open about 1/8″. Many of the newer Kershaws have a “set off” which protrudes from the again of the knife and is a part of the blade.. it facilitates simpler utilization of the Velocity Protected expertise. Nevertheless this knife being older, doesn’t have that, and the thumbstuds should be used. That’s unlucky since that is such an excellent easy design that might profit a lot from the “set off”. New knives just like the Kershaw Bump are very dear ($180US+) and demand a premium when new… whereas older knives like this Avalanche will be bought for a mere $60US.

The standard of the knife is superb. There are just a few imperfections such because the machining marks on the perimeters of the Titanium liners, however the liner lock engages positively on the blade tang and there’s no blade wobble.

Total I’d say this knife is an excellent worth for the cash, and with a bit sanding will be made for wonderful day-to-day carry instrument.

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