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    Blue Mountain


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    hello Kershawians, i'm dropping in from Schrade for a little help. a couple of days ago i purchased (ebay) a Kershaw Blue Mountain 3130; 4 1/8" LB, 2 blades, clip and sheepsfoot. looks like a good knife and a bit unusual to have 2 blades on a LB. i've searched here and at Kershaw website, but can find no mention of this knife. i am not at all familiar with Kershaw knives, so would like to know: app. years of production; upper/lower end of Kershaw products; v. common/rare; steel type ? as well as any other info or experience with this model. thanks, roland

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    Hi roland, thanks for dropping in.

    The 3130 Blue Mountain was part of the Kershaw Officer Ranch series of knives. It made its debut in 1987 and was discontinued in 2003/04. They were produce in Japan and incorporated AUS-6 blade steel. MSRP at the time it was discontinued was $74.95.

    Hope that this helps a little, others may chime in as well.

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    Thanks Thomas, there's a range of opinions about AUS-6, much of it negative. in your opinion (experience), does the way Kershaw do it's heat treatment of this steel result in a good hard working edge ?
    and a totally separate question: if i wanted to get myself a top end Kershaw folder suitable for outdoor, around farm use, any suggestions as to models i should look for ? roland

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    Quote Originally Posted by rprocter View Post
    Thanks Thomas, there's a range of opinions about AUS-6, much of it negative. in your opinion (experience), does the way Kershaw do it's heat treatment of this steel result in a good hard working edge ?
    and a totally separate question: if i wanted to get myself a top end Kershaw folder suitable for outdoor, around farm use, any suggestions as to models i should look for ? roland
    If you are looking for a high end hard use folder you should look into the ZT line of kershaws. http://kershawknives.com/products.php?brand=zt

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    Quote Originally Posted by rprocter View Post
    and a totally separate question: if i wanted to get myself a top end Kershaw folder suitable for outdoor, around farm use, any suggestions as to models i should look for ? roland
    ZT0200 is a good knife for hard work, but it is LARGE! The Junkyard Dog 2 is a tough knife and fits most hands comfortably, even with work gloves on. Another good tough knife is the Spec Bump, which is comfortable with or without gloves.

    ZT0200 in hand:




    Spec Bump below the 0200 for scale:


    JYD2 in hand:





    If the knife will get a lot of abuse/hard work, I would go with the ZT0200. Retail $150 is a STEAL for that knife!!!

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    pretty nice looking dog you have there! really like the blade design!

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    Yeah. What's under the clip is even better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPXTrader View Post
    Yeah. What's under the clip is even better!

    I dunno why he always ops out on what's under the clip.
    It's the best shot of the knife.

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    wow, it's great to get such good advice. those pics really help, thanks Mr. Giant.
    my hands aren't that big and i have a Hinderer XM-18 for tough stuff(although i find the handle on it uncomfortable if i have to apply pressure), so i think i'll go looking for the dog (JYD2).
    i don't actually need another knife (like 500+ isn't enough ?), but Kershaw is sadly under represented as i only have 1, a Scallion, which i used to EDC for town trips.
    so thanks, 'cause a little direction on what to look for is a BIG help. roland

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