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First Look - Kershaw Echelon

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Thomas W, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. aadhtbb


    Jul 24, 2010
    woh!THats CraZy!
  2. MoreToasties


    Jan 13, 2010
    I LOVE it. Home run, brother. Killer grinds.

    The translucent and green versions are by far my favorites.

    Please make sure there is a ball detent on this one for those of us who like removing the assist mechanism. :)
  3. glocktenman

    glocktenman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    That is a good looking knife. I like the AO idea on this, the wide leaf shaped blade and the long swedge/false edge on the blade. It also looks like you can move the clip to either carry mode. I'm down for one when they hit the streets...........
  4. Cotherion


    Aug 7, 2007
    Nice :)
  5. LoneWolf X

    LoneWolf X Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2007
    I like it! Keep it just the way it is and I'll buy one in every color.
  6. Cobra281


    Sep 9, 2010
    First, thanks for valuing our opinions and taking the time to get some "grassroots" input.

    Like the others, the thumbstud is a concern. Sometimes it's tough to get proportions in photos. Will it get in the way during hand sharpening ? Is the elongated hole for adjustability ?

    Those translucent handles ... not so much. With all due respect, to me it makes it look cheap or chincy or like a toy (sorry) But, you asked for opinions.
    Not sure what demographic you're going for there, but Black - much better.

    Price point - with that steel, could it be competitive ?

    Just some thoughts. Would I buy it ? No. (again sorry) but at that price point,
    From Kershaw I would get a S30V Blur. I just got a Cyclone for $35. (GREAT knife by the way - why was it discontinued ?)

    Anyway good luck with it. Seems like enough folks here like it. And thanks again for asking.
  7. barrabas74

    barrabas74 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    I like it alot, I dig the thumbstud and the shape of the whole which it is in. I REALLY love the blade shape and grind on it. With that slot and the thumbstud it almost looks like a bird. I would definatley buy one if made available. It almost reminds me of a Leafstorm in some ways but very different. The leafstorm has translusent scales and I dont find it looks like a toy.
  8. Gator33324


    Aug 26, 2010
    Like it.
  9. presz


    Nov 12, 2005
    The S30V Blur lists for $139. Got mine for around $55.
    Cyclone listed for $59 if I recall right. Bought one for $16 on close out. First one I bought cost me about $45 when they first hit the streets.
    So a list price of $90 should in time yield a street price of about $40.
    The 1st ones should sell for about 70 to 80% of MSRP, or around $65 to $70.
    40% to 45% of MSRP is usually what I try to hit on ebay. Leeks list for $70 and can be had for $25 or less, 35%.

    I love the knife and the price point! :cool:
    Pictures with a Blur or Leek would be nice. Hard to judge size by its self.;)
  10. Cobra281


    Sep 9, 2010
    Good points.

    But, I'm just not liking it so much. (more with the black handles though - will admit) . Guess that's why there's chocolate and vanilla eh?

    No worries. Seems like more like it than not though.

    $16 for a Cyclone ? Nice buy. Where ? Looking to get few more (myself and friends)
  11. Nifelheim


    Jan 11, 2008
    To be honest, I do really like the knife. Although I'd like to share a couple if ideas. First of all, wouldn't the hole in the stud and the cutout in the blade be some sort of a lint gathering fest? I know that cleaning would be quite easy, but would be kind of a chore if the knife gets carried a lot. Second, is the clip on the translucent and green G10 going to be black in the actual knife. I see why it's coated on the black G10 version, but the actual looks on the other colours are kinda wrong with that clip. Of course this is pure aesthetics so it's not that big of a deal. And would the tip up carry options be also on the final product? I see there's no tip down option for leftys so I guess that the carry options are still not decided yet.
  12. spiralarchitect


    Apr 29, 2007
    Prez nailed it.... the price point on this one will be darned affordable. Another point is that this is a departure knife. Kershaw's focus on in-house disigns lately have led to more of a something for everyone sorta thing. Will this knife be for those with more traditional sensibilities, not likely.... However, it does fill a nice for a very stylish, slightly extroverted, something you ain't seen before kinda knife. I think this one will find a many a home in the pockets of the 18-30 set. The brash new design language should catch some eyes and lure in lifers ;)... the Ken Onion designs did that to me 10 years ago.... If you recall, it was pretty radical too. This should be a hit and I would love to see some variation on it in the future..... also for you forzen mucus haters....I paid extra for this...No accounting for taste, I guess LOL ;)

  13. verhartet


    Dec 26, 2010
    I really like it, especially with the black scales. What is the length closed?
  14. ichibansf


    Dec 7, 2010
    Thumbs up for the blade and translucent G10! I'd really have to try the thumbstud in person before I can say anything about it. Function > Form in my book.
  15. Bet That Hurt

    Bet That Hurt

    Jan 30, 2007
    I really like the scales and the shape of the blade - the thumbstud is fine but the hole around it doesen't work for me. I'm not 100% on the steel but I trust & respect Kershaw's choice.
  16. bkduckworth


    Mar 6, 2008
    I like the looks of that one. I'll have to handle one first, but I could see that going in the EDC rotation.

  17. Thomas W

    Thomas W Banned by Moderators Banned

    Oct 11, 2005
    Had a bit more time for some better images:





  18. Thomas W

    Thomas W Banned by Moderators Banned

    Oct 11, 2005
    Group shots:





  19. EricV


    Nov 19, 2008
    Very nice pics
  20. mogmz


    Sep 1, 2002
    I always hear great things about Kershaw/ZT but have yet to own any. This will most likely be my first.

    What really caught my eye was the blade shape and grind, love it. If available with the translucent green g10 I would pick that option as well :thumbup:

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