This is a discussion on Spyderco better than Kershaw?? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Balog Every Kershaw I've handled felt cheap, like a small step up from the no-name $5 folders at Walmart or Big 5. ...
Buckles: the great thing about these products is almost everyone can easily lay hands on both products and compare for themselves. "It feels cheap" is so subjective that there's no real way I can argue with you. I'd just encourage everyone considering between the two to try for themselves.
I much prefer Spyderco over Kershaw. One big plus for Spyderco is that they make trainers. You can't train to use a knife as a defensive weapon with a live blade. Deployment of folders, learning how to get your tool into the fight, requires lots of training.
Needed a new carry knife for various reasons, and bought a Spyderco. :)
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I've had both Spyderco and Kershaw folders, and definitely prefer the Spyderco. The Kershaw I bought mainly because it was an assisted opener, and it turned out that I didn't care for that at all. The Endura I carry is flatter overall and the handle is more comfortable in my hand. That being said, I gave the aforementioned Kershaw to my brother and he carries it all the time. It's his favorite knife.
On the bright side, neither brand is so expensive that you can't afford to check both out and see for yourself. (Unless you spend all your spare money on ammo and range time...)
I've carried a Kershaw 1550 ST for years, paid around $55 for it and have been very pleased with it. The blade stays sharp, handle isn't slippery when wet and it always opens quickly. The only complaint that I have is, if I drop it, the blade will pop open, which is not desirable. I've never tried a Spiderco though.
Kershaw, Spyderco, Benchmade, Columbia River are very competetive manufacturing companies in the marketplace. As such, they market across a wide spectrum of that marketplace in an attempt to secure maximum sales. Each company has a variety of knives that range from very high quality to not so high quality. They all make some very good knives and they all make some less high quality knives. Caveat Emptor!
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I own a large quantity of Benchmade, Spyderco, and Kershaw knives. The Spyderco and Benchmade knives beat the socks off of Kershaw's. I feel that Spyderco and Benchmade are in one class of knives while Kershaw, CRKT, and Gerber are in another class. Out of the hundreds of quality knives I own I always turn to my Spyderco Endura 4's for EDC.
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I currently have a Kershaw Tanto Blur and I love it, it is very solid, has no wiggle room when locked open, is sharp as all heck, and I think looks great.
I've been looking at getting a Kershaw Tanto Groove because it looks easier to grip.
What Spiders could I look at in comparison?