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    The Kershaw Shuffle (not a new dance)


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    A quick little review of the Kershaw Shuffle:

    I picked one up at a big box store yesterday. <$15, so why not?
    First the negative:
    Opening and closing was tight and gritty, though after taking it apart and cleaning it, it's much better. I would not describe the action as smooth, though.
    Late lock up.
    Placement of the bottle opener digs into my palm when gripping the knife tightly. If you like to take the clip off smaller folders and drop in your pocket, between the bottle opener and the screwdriver on the butt of the handle, I think it would be an uncomfortable carry.

    The Positive:
    Sharp out of the box (steel is the same 8cr13mov as the rest of Kershaw budget line)
    I like the choil.
    Screwdriver is more useful than a fold out multitool type, since you wouldn't be stressing the pivot when turning, it's part of the handle, so it can take more force.

    If you want an inexpensive knife to take with you to a neighborhood barbeque, it would be great. You have a bottle opener for your beers, and the blade is big enough to cut your meat if all they give you is plastic knives.

    Anyone else have one?

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    I picked one up few days ago and feel ur feedback is dead on.....But i dont have issue with bottle opener and my palm. Mine wasnt smooth out of the big but wasnt that bad and it got even better after cleaning like u said. For the money i like the little knife and plan on using it as my truck knife

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    I definitely plan on buying one. More folding knives should have some form of bottle opener built in, since going to a party you cannot be without one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r8shell View Post
    A quick little review of the Kershaw Shuffle:

    I picked one up at a big box store yesterday. <$15, so why not?
    First the negative:
    Opening and closing was tight and gritty, though after taking it apart and cleaning it, it's much better. I would not describe the action as smooth, though.
    Late lock up.
    Placement of the bottle opener digs into my palm when gripping the knife tightly. If you like to take the clip off smaller folders and drop in your pocket, between the bottle opener and the screwdriver on the butt of the handle, I think it would be an uncomfortable carry.

    The Positive:
    Sharp out of the box (steel is the same 8cr13mov as the rest of Kershaw budget line)
    I like the choil.
    Screwdriver is more useful than a fold out multitool type, since you wouldn't be stressing the pivot when turning, it's part of the handle, so it can take more force.

    If you want an inexpensive knife to take with you to a neighborhood barbeque, it would be great. You have a bottle opener for your beers, and the blade is big enough to cut your meat if all they give you is plastic knives.

    Anyone else have one?
    Picked up one also, it is exactly as you described. I already removed (ground off) the screwdriver and dulled the bottle opener. BTW, the packaging said 8cr, but the blade is marked 3cr and the web site says 3cr, so.......? Forgot to add, knife does have late lock-up, but switched out the .020 plastic washers with .015 PBs and that seems to have "fixed" the late lock-up with no apparent blade play.
    Last edited by wwells20; 07-29-2013 at 07:30 AM. Reason: add info about washers

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwells20 View Post
    Picked up one also, it is exactly as you described. I already removed (ground off) the screwdriver and dulled the bottle opener. BTW, the packaging said 8cr, but the blade is marked 3cr and the web site says 3cr, so.......? Forgot to add, knife does have late lock-up, but switched out the .020 plastic washers with .015 PBs and that seems to have "fixed" the late lock-up with no apparent blade play.
    What do you know, it does say 3cr.... I wonder how soft it is? Oh well, like I said, fine for a cookout or party.
    Thanks for the tip on the washers, maybe I'll try that.

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    I should say that the lock-up was 'late for Kershaw" but was about mid way of the tang. now is about what we expect to see from them. I'm going to cut some stuff and see how the 3cr holds up. Like you said, for a beer drinking knife it will be fine. Glad I picked one up.

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    Just got mine today from WM. It does not say 3cr on it anywhere. Mine was stiff so I just started playing with it and it flicks out fine after a while. I thought they were supposed to be 8cr, thats what I saw on video's from Shot and Blade show.
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    I threw a quick lanyard on mine and it is great to just drop in the pocket. The lanyard covers the points on the screwdriver so it doesn't jab you in the leg. I was going to take the clip off but it actually makes this little knife easier to hold so I am leaving it on. I am very happy with it, especially considering the price.


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    Looks good with the lanyard ^^

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    Got mine this morning. Been playing around with it all day.


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    Big, big kudos to Kershaw for the attention it gives to the "low end" of the knife market. The Kershaw knives in this segment are actually not low end at all, but are well designed, good looking, highly functional knives that sport some seriously decent blade steel. I buy knives like this not only because they are great knives, but to support in my small way a company that realizes its possible to offer a solid knife without jacking up the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powernoodle View Post
    Big, big kudos to Kershaw for the attention it gives to the "low end" of the knife market. The Kershaw knives in this segment are actually not low end at all, but are well designed, good looking, highly functional knives that sport some seriously decent blade steel. I buy knives like this not only because they are great knives, but to support in my small way a company that realizes its possible to offer a solid knife without jacking up the price.
    Here, here

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    Quote Originally Posted by powernoodle View Post
    Big, big kudos to Kershaw for the attention it gives to the "low end" of the knife market. The Kershaw knives in this segment are actually not low end at all, but are well designed, good looking, highly functional knives that sport some seriously decent blade steel. I buy knives like this not only because they are great knives, but to support in my small way a company that realizes its possible to offer a solid knife without jacking up the price.
    What would you expect from KAI? Farmed out Chinese manufacturers? HA! The factories in China used by KAI are owned by KAI and staffed with KAI employees.

    On another note, these Shuffles look like they would be great car/truck knives. I'll be getting three.

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    Too bad I already have a bottle opener on my keys (gerber dime)
    I might get one, but I don't know. I'll definitely be getting some of the newer kershaws though.

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