Kershaw Question

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    Kershaw Question

    Is there any particular advantage of the Kershaw Ken Onion Blur over the Shallot, or vice versa?

    Kershaw Blur Black 1670BLK

    Kershaw Shallot Black 1840CKT

    Both are essentially the same size, weight and blade length. The physical differences seem to be blade shape, handle shape and handle material.

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    The Shallot is a frame lock, which is inherently stronger than the Blur's liner lock.

    I'm not particularly fond of them, but I've never had a liner lock fail on me. FWIW, a lot of people think the liner lock is severely inferior.

    ETA: If I were trying to decide between the two, I'd have to think about it pretty hard. I would much prefer the grippy scales of the Blur over the smooth steel of the Shallot, but then there's the lock issue to consider...
    Last edited by unloved; October 5th, 2009 at 08:53 PM. Reason: Added some stuff.

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    The Shallot has a reversable pocket clip, but other that than, both are about the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unloved View Post
    The Shallot is a frame lock, which is inherently stronger than the Blur's liner lock.
    Thanks, I missed that difference.
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    I have had a frame lock fail on me, and I just plain don't trust the liner locks. For the price, I'd say look at a Spyderco Endura or Delica. I've had Kershaw's, and while nice knifes, they don't hold an edge to Spyderco.
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    I've had a 1670 in my pocket every day for the last 3 years or so. It's been used pretty hard and it's ugly as sin now. Lock has held up during use. Blade tip is a little too thin and somewhat weak and that's my only real complaint. The spring broke last year and Kershaw sent me a new spring. The blade takes an edge easy and holds it ok. It's thin with a nice grip, comfortable in the pocket. Overall, it's a decent knife.
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    I have liner locks on both of my Leeks which touch nothing but flesh and my Storm which is a working blade never a failure. I am a Kershaw fan and IMHO you can't go wrong with either.

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