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Kershaw Knives

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Kershaw Knives

Driven by innovation and a vision to design tools that knife users proudly own, carry, and use, Kershaw Knives was found in 1974. Started by Pete Kershaw in Portland, Oregon, the knife manufacturing company offers a plethora of pocket knives, hunting knives, and special collector’s edition. Kershaw always chooses the best-in-quality and appropriate materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship.


The Oregon-based company is recognized to use newfangled technologies and advanced materials that set standards in knife making industry. It introduced new concept of knives like interchangeable blades and SpeedSafe assisted opening knives. The brand constantly innovates to offer the knife users the best knives in the game. Composite Blade technology, which combines two steels in one blade, gives the users the best of both worlds— using the steel known for edge retention on the edge and the other steel known for strength on the spine of the Kershaw knives.


Kershaw Knives as a Brand of KAI USA Ltd.

Kai USA Ltd. has three lines of products— Kershaw Knives (brand of sporting and pocket knives), Shun Cutlery (handcrafted Japanese cutlery), and Zero Tolerance (line of premium and professional knives). As a part of Kai Group, Kershaw Knives were earlier produced in Japan. Kai takes an innovative approach to develop a product and closely coordinates the research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions.   


The knives from Kershaw are ideal everyday carry knives and sporting knives that make hunting, fishing, watersports, and camping enhanced experiences. The manufacturer has spent over 40 years to create award-winning knives and has built a reputation as the gold standard for quality design.


Timeline History of Kershaw Knives


The early years: Pete Kershaw started a Portland based organization, Kershaw Knives. His knives were a result of excessive research and included six fixed blade knives- Field & Stream (1029), Camp & Field (1030), Camp & Stream (1031), Skinner (1032), Field (1034), and Heavy Duty Field (1035). In January 1075, Kershaw offered four folders including Rogue (2000), Rustler (2010), Dude (2020), and Rancher (2050).


The Expansion in 1980s: Early 1980s brought a drastic change in the company. The brand expanded its line of folders and field knives. In mid-80s, Kershaw expanded in Europe. In 1985, Kai Cutlery changed its base in Wilsonville, Oregon.

The Ken Onion Era: Ken Onion, a custom knife maker invented one of the first assisted-opening mechanisms and called it SpeedSafe Assisted Opening. In 1998, Ken Onion designed Random Task knives for Kershaw.


Exploring Kershaw Knives through It Series


Kershaw All Assisted Opening Knives: The series includes a wide range of folding pocket knives that are designed to offer maximum performance during outdoor activities include trekking, mountaineering, camping, and hunting. Lightweight and durable, the knives have an internal mechanism that allows you to open the locked blade knives with minor pressure from the thumb. Most of the assisted opening knives have liner lock and frame lock system. What make these knives special are their stainless-steel blades, non-slip grip handles and four-way reversible pocket clip.


Kershaw Leek Knife Series: The series includes medium-sized everyday pocket knives that are integrated with a razor-sharp blade to perform the cutting tasks. Constructed using stainless steel blade, the knives are corrosion and abrasion resistant. Most of the knives have superior locking system— line lock or frame lock. The locking system keeps the knives open and prevents accidental closures. These knives have SpeedSafe torsion bar mechanism for assisted opening. The knives have non-slip handles and reversible stainless pocket clips.


Kershaw Cryo Knife Series: The Cryo knives are recognized for their unique blades. The series features strong knives that have complete titanium carbo-nitride coating. The knives have hefty belly, hollow grind, and small wedge integrated with the blade make the knife easy to handle.  


Kershaw Skyline Knife Series: the knives under this series combine the innovative design and high-efficiency in the folding pocket knives. Outfitted with liner lock mechanism, the knives remain securely open. The stainless drop point blade with a strong tip ensures precision and performance. The series includes extra-thin knives that are comfortable and easy to carry. The G-10 handles ensure a non-slip grip.


Kershaw Link Knife Series: The Link Knife Series includes high-performance knives with solid flipper and SpeedSafe assisted opening system that ensures easy deployment of the blade. The folding knives feature drop point stainless steel blades with chromium and carbon making the blades corrosion resistant. The knives have lightweight and textured handles that ensure secure grip. Easy to carry, these pocket knives are suitable survival tools for adventurers, travelers, and campers.


Kershaw Emerson CQC Knife Series: Kershaw offers a wide variety of Emerson design knives that feature wave opener mechanism (a protrusion from the spine of the blade that when drawn opens the blade). The blade is long, sleek clip point with a deep swedge and a half-height flat grind. The blade steel has dual surface finish-stonewash on the primary bevel and satin-finished on the flats.


Kershaw Knockout Knife Series: Knockout Knife Series includes a wide range of folding pocket knives that use SpeedSafe mechanism for quick opening of the blade. These knives feature sub-frame lock to prevent accidental closures. A portion of the aluminum handle frame is ‘knocked out’ and is replaced with stainless steel plate. The stainless-steel blade is resistant to corrosion and abrasion.


Kershaw Shuffle Knife Series: The series covers a wide range of linerlock folding pocket knives. The locking mechanism ensures easy opening of blade. Most of the knives are compact and can easily fit in the hand. There are some knives that are designed for aggressive usage and have larger blade and a longer handle. These knives are designed to handle tough and precise cutting tasks.



The knives by Kershaw Knives are free from manufacturing defects. The manufacturer replaces or repairs the product with a new item in case of any such defect. However, Kershaw Knives does not warrant against the products subjected to misuse or normal wear. It is to be noted that the knives and tools need to be used for the intended purpose only. In case of damage due to misuse, the repair department will analyze the damage and charge a reasonable repair fee.


Browse through Knife Country USA for a Wide Variety of Knives

Knife Country USA is an online store that offers a wide range of cutlery and survival tools. The store has a never-ending inventory of over 30,000 knives including fixed blade knives, folding pocket knives, tactical knives, and survival knives. Explore the space for all the outdoor gear including camping tents, flashlights, backpacks, camo suits, and binoculars. The online portal offers a wide range of knives and outdoor cutlery from various brands including Kershaw Knives, Gerber Knives, and Bear & Son Cutlery. The online store works to offer maximum customer satisfaction. 

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