Kershaw Knockout Review

There are a lot of knives out there that are pure strength and there are those that are aesthetically pleasing but there are not too many that both look good and is a great performer as well. Many knife makers make that claim but very few actually can back it up. Some boasts of the most modern materials while try to sell the “old and timeless” cliché of their classically designed knife, very few can successfully merge the two elements of knife making.

Enter the Kershaw Knockout. And yes, it is a knockout in all ways possible. It has a blade design that has been proven to be not only effective but useful in any scenario possible, a handle with an ergonomic design that provides not only comfort but control, both of which are important for long term use. And finally, it has enough technology packed in it that you would think it was designed for the military. To make the deal that much sweeter, the Kershaw Knockout, priced around $55 – $65, will not burn a hole in your pocket. And like an icing to a cake, it is all made in the USA.


The blade of the Kershaw Knockout is a drop point plain edged made from Sandvik 14C28N. It is just over 3 inches long which makes it perfect for most of everyday tasks and even the weekend camping trip. The Sandvik 14C28N is well-known for its excellent edge retention as well as supreme resistance against corrosion. This makes the Kershaw Knockout a great choice for EDC and hunting applications.


The Knockout handle is made from aluminum which makes it strong and light at the same time. The design and construction of the handle is simple yet dependable that you can expect a firm and secure grip whatever you are trying to slice or pierce through. There are a few arcs that are carved into the sides to further improve grip even in wet conditions and the fact that they look cool is just a great extra for the Knockout. The handle has a fairly solid construction and, even with the absence of any jimping, you can expect a firm handle on things. It is not too thick which makes it ideal for concealment and everyday use. Here are more of the specs for the Knockout.



Overall Length: 7.87″
Blade Length: 3.25 “
Blade Thickness: 0.12″
Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N
Blade Style: Drop Point
Blade Grind: Hollow
Finish: Satin
Edge Type: Plain
Handle Length: 4.62″
Closed Length: 4.62″
Handle Thickness: 0.40″
Handle Material: Aluminum
Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
Weight: 3.8 oz.


The Kershaw Knockout has earned its name and this is why it is one of the very top choices in its price range. If you are looking for something that is significantly better than the Knockout, you may be able to find one but be ready to fork out some serious dough for it.

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