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Kershaw Knockout A/O Knife 1870

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Original price $79.98 - Original price $79.98
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$79.98 - $79.98
Current price $79.98


Sure, the Knockout offers knockout-good looks. But look beyond its awesome exterior to see what’s really special.

The Knockout features Kershaw’s Sub-Frame Lock. What that means is that we’ve “knocked out” a piece of the machined aluminum frame and attached a stainless-steel plate in its place. It’s this steel plate that moves behind the knife blade to lock it open safely and very securely. Yet because only part of the knife handle or frame is steel, the Knockout can maintain its fighting weight and still provide a strong frame lock. You get a knife that’s big, yet lightweight enough to carry every day.

Then there’s the blade itself. It’s a modified drop point in high-performance Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel with a stonewashed finish. It offers excellent corrosion resistance and hardenability. The finish provides extra protection against rust, too. The Knockout is equipped with SpeedSafe® assisted opening for smooth and easy one-handed opening. Pull back on the built-in flipper or push on the thumbstud and the blade moves out of the handle quickly and easily.

The Knockout also comes with our deep-carry pocketclip so the knife can sit all the way down in your pocket. Even better, the handle is drilled for 4-position carry. Lightweight and versatile, the Knockout is destined to be your new favorite every day carrying knife.

  • Made in the USA
  • SpeedSafe® assisted opening
  • Sub-frame Lock
  • Flipper and thumbstud
  • 4-position (tip-up/tip-down; left/right) pocketclip; deep-carry
  • Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, stonewashed finish
  • Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum
  • Blade length: 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.6 in. (11.7 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.9 in. (20 cm)
  • Weight: 3.4 oz. (96.4 g)

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Beautiful EDC That Won't Break the Bank

Very light for its size, opens fast for an assisted blade (I find well made manual flippers faster and make less noise when deployed). The dark olive green, sculpted aluminum scales are very nice indeed! The contrasting black frame lock with a stylized, elongated hole in it looks nice and I suppose saves weight. Of course the big feature style wise is the Damascus style knife. It certainly adds class.

My only nit-picks are that there is no jimping on the top of the scales or top of the blade where your thumb would naturally rest. I recently purchased a Brous knife that had jimping the follows from the top of the scales to the blade. I really like that feature. Finally and probably easily fixed is that the pocket clip has a good sized "Kershaw" printed on it. I'd prefer no advertising peering out of my pocket. There is a plenty big "Kershaw" on the blade. Though the "Made in USA" is a most welcome etching on the other side of the blade.

The price is right, in fact it is a bargain for this well made and good handling knife

WHOA! Beast of a Blade; Slippery Handle

WHOA! This is a beast of a blade that deploys quickly! It's sharp out of the box and I easily made it sharper in a few minutes. The blade rides tip-up when in your pocket and is adjustable for right-hand or left-hand carry; tip-up or tip-down. It's made of Sandvik 14C28N steel which is a good mid grade product that resists corrosion. Of note, the pocket clip is sturdy, yet a little thin for my tastes.

The knife itself is slim and has a deep carry clip which makes it perfect for hiding in a suit pocket. I'd love to rate this knife five out of five stars and sadly cannot because there isn't jimping on the top of the blade. My thumb easily slips down the blade when performing food prep. The handle grip includes an index finger ergonomics and is outstanding until it gets wet. It's slippery with just a little minor perspiration or water from preparing food. I'm not sure why Kershaw eliminated the G10 handles after the first production run other than to make the knife lighter? G10 on the handles would be far less slippery than the second run (current) aluminum handles. I'd prefer the extra weight as a tradeoff for grip.

The hole next to the blade tip is a little small to snake standard 550 paracord through. I had to use a thinner paracord which defeats the purpose of using it at all.

If the blade had jimping and the handle were less slippery, this would be the knife to beat. I could live with the thin clip and small paracord hole.

I'd love to see Kershaw bring back the G10 handles and add jimping. If they did, I'd most likely never purchase another knife again. Until then, I have the knife bug (people like me - you know who you are) and will continue the search for the perfect EDC.

I recommend purchase if you want a conspicuous-carry large knife that deploys quickly. I wouldn't recommend this knife at all in a situation where it may get wet.

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