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Kershaw RJ Tactical 3.0 A/0 Knife

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Original price $34.00 - Original price $34.00
Original price
$34.00 - $34.00
Current price $34.00

The RJ Tactical 3.0 is a classic collaboration between custom knifemaker RJ Martin and Kershaw's blade engineers. It offers tactical RJ style—versatile drop-point blade, top and bottom grind, and comfortably contoured handle—at a very affordable price.

The compact 3-inch blade folds closed into a 4-inch handle, making this a right-sized tactical knife that’s at home taking on tasks in the out of doors, on the jobsite, or in the office.The blade is made of quality 8Cr13MoV steel, which Kershaw heat treats to bring out its very best high-performance characteristics—the ability to take and hold an edge, strength, and hardness. The handle is durable glass-filled nylon with comfortable finger contours and a matte look. The handle also offers heavy back jimping for an extra-secure grip. The RJ Tactical 3.0 opens with SpeedSafe assisted opening and the built-in flipper. A locking liner secures the blade open during use. We added a reversible pocketclip for left- or right-handed carry in this good-looking tactical knife.

  • SpeedSafe® open, built in Flipper
  • Reversible pocketclip, (left/right)
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black oxide finish
  • Handle: Glass-filled nylon
  • Blade length: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
  • Closed length: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
  • Overall length: 6.9 in. (17.5 m)
  • Weight: 2.8 oz. (82 g)



  • Flipper - May be used on either manual or assisted opening knives. The “flipper” is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.
  • SpeedSafe® - Assists you to open any SpeedSafe® knife quickly and easily with a manual push on the thumbstud or pull back on the flipper; built into many Kershaw best sellers.
  • Liner Lock - Locks the blade open during use; one side of the knife’s steel “liner,” the steel plate to which the handle scales are attached, moves into position behind the blade to securely lock it open.
  • Reversible - Pre-drilled holes in the handle enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Initial impression of surprising quality & value for the price

Initial inspection showed the blade to be adjusted properly. Opens fine and no wiggle or side-to-side play. The liner consistently (thus far) fully engages the back of the blade when opening.

The edge is evenly ground and decently sharp, especially for a budget knife in this price range. Mostly "hair-popping" when checked, and it cuts cleanly when tested against medium paper stock and newsprint, meaning there's no obvious burrs. The "grind" lines on the sides of the blade are smooth, instead of "crisp & sharp edged", but that's fine for what I was expecting. They're evenly done, even at the point.

I like how the spine is partly filled by an insert, offering some protection to the blade edge. The jimping is nicely done, and I like how the protruding tip at the butt is smooth, and not sharp, making it less likely to wear & damage a pocket (if not clipped to a pocket mouth).

The ability to position the clip at 3 locations seems like it may become handy. Tip-up option on each side (mine arrived positioned for tip-up, spine forward/RH carry), and tip-down option on one side (as shown in website pic).

Decently thin compared to some other Kershaw speedsafe models.

I like 3" folders for use when I'm either wearing pants with tighter pockets, or made of lighter material, and for times when I'm traveling and local ordinances may preclude carrying a blade longer than 3". Long enough to be useful, but small enough to be practical.

Solid Pocket Knife

Some positives:
- the safe speed open is pretty nice. It took a little getting used to, but it's effective.
- definitely sharp out of the box. can't comment yet on how well it holds an edge.
- I got this in part because it is one of the lighter/smaller options, and it delivers on that.
- clip easily removes with a T8 Torx driver
- feels pretty good in the hand. could be more comfortable in grip feel, but not bad at all.

- releasing the lock on this one is kind of difficult. I'm not a huge fan of these mechanisms, but they are effective at locking the blade, so I can't complain too much.

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