Kershaw 3470 Pico Assisted Flipper 2.9"
Sometimes you can tell that a tool is going to be useful just by looking at it. This is one of those times. The Kershaw 3470 Pico Assisted Flipper 2.9" is a perfect Every Day Carry Knife.
Like all the knives designed by custom knifemaker Les George, the Pico benefits from Les’ practical approach to knifemaking, informed by his years as a custom knifemaker as well as his stint in the US Marines. The result is a knife that’s designed to be used in the real world of work and every day tasks.
The Pico’s 8Cr13MoV blade steel, precision heat-treated by Kershaw, is strong, hard, and takes and holds an edge well. It opens quickly and easily with a flipper and Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening. The handle is pure steel, bead-blasted to a matte finish. A frame lock ensures solid blade lock up during use and closes easily when you’re ready to return it to your pocket.
While the Pico isn’t a fussy knife, it does have some touches that take it out of the ordinary. For instance, the blade features two different finishes: satin on the flats and stonewashed on the grinds. And the pivot is oversized and polished to stand out against the soft grey of the handle steel. A deep-carry, left/right reversible pocketclip ensures carrying convenience.
- SpeedSafe® assisted opening
- Frame lock
- Reversible deep-carry pocketclip (left/right tip-up)
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV, stonewashed & satin finish
- Handle: Steel, bead-blasted finish
- Blade Length: 2.9 in. (7.4 cm)
- Closed Length: 3.9 in. (9.9 cm)
- Open Length: 6.8 in. (17.3 cm)
- Weight: 4.2 oz. (119 g)
Sure it's not completely perfect, but for the price it's a great option for everyday carry. If your looking for something with more features the take a look at the Les George designed Zt 909 which is beefier and made with premium materials. As a user tool, it has a decent edge and not hard to touch up. Even with the cheaper 8Cr13Mov steel, the Pico is great. Feels good in the hand and carries well. The price is so good that if I were to loose this knife (as I have done with more expensive knives) it won't hurt as much to loose it. Great product.
In my quest to find the perfect Every Day Carry (EDC) knife I have purchased Kershaws, CRKT, Spydercos, Boker and even a couple custom made knifes. I've bought some knives as low as $20 and some as high as $250. What I want from an EDC knife is a blade that stands up to everyday tasks without chipping or having to be sharpened every other day, a small footprint that doesn't take up your entire pocket since I am not a mall ninja and don't wear tactical cargo pants everywhere, and a price that doesn't require me to take out a second mortgage because I intend to use and abuse this knife. So far, in my limited time with this knife I feel like it has the last two points down pat (footprint and price) and I just wish they would have used better knife steel than 8Cr13MoV. I gladly would have paid more for CPM 154 (for example) because I like the other features of this knife that much.