Is the Blur Built to Last?

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I'll answer my own question, HECK YES IT IS! Here is my experience. I found a Tanto Blur that was my brothers. My brother is far from a knife nut. He is just a knife user. He bought this at a local department store when he was still in highschool (don't know if I can name drop them but it should be easy enough to figure out) and used and abused the crap out of it. He cut any and everything. Used it for fishing and I think he may of even field dressed with it. He did not take care of it at all. He stripped off the coating as well for some reason.

He ended up losing it outside for quite some time. When we were back home I ended up finding it. There was rust on the blade, lock bar was stuck and over-traveled to about 100%, blade off center and it was full of mud and dirt. I should have taken a picture at this point. I decided to take it home and see what I could do. To my surprise the rust was easily removed with a automotive rust remover. I took the knife apart and cleaned out the mud and dirt. The grip inserts cleaned up easily. Bent back the liner lock, and cleaned up the washers. He did manage to break the speed safe but they don't last forever anyway, and it works fine de-asisted. Then I sharpened the blade and its good to go. So in the end after about an hour of work I have a workable blur that had been used and abused and has been outside for like 5 years. So if you were on the fence about this knife and how it will hold up rest assured, it will do fine. Now I just need to get a blur to use. I have a purple one but I don't carry it.


Here are the after pics. I didn't take any before pics because I wasn't thinking about the forums at the time.







 
Fill out the parts form on the Kershaw website and request some new hardware for that blur. Pocket clip, torsion bar, screws...get whatever you need to give that blur a facelift
 
Nice! People always seem to under estimate these, and this is a fine example of why you shouldn't. I say use her until she won't work anymore!

That looks to be an older one there with the skate tape inserts as compared to the newer trac-teks.
 
Great story. Like JuJu said, just use it. It definitely has some character now.
 
My brother wasn't easy on it, who knows there may of been a spine whack in its life. I agree it has character now. I thought about getting new hardware but it's back together, the de-assist isn't bad and I kinda like the beat up look to it.
 
That looks to be an older one there with the skate tape inserts as compared to the newer trac-teks.

Yes sir the blade said may 06 you can barley see it, the rust remover might if taken it off. And you are correct with the skateboard tape. A little of topic nice pic it's always nice to see a brother firefighter on here!
 
Yes sir the blade said may 06 you can barley see it, the rust remover might if taken it off. And you are correct with the skateboard tape. A little of topic nice pic it's always nice to see a brother firefighter on here!

I believe that was right around when they switched them over. If you were so inclined, you could send it in to them to have the skate tape replaced with
trac-tek. Check it out and see if there is any side to side or up and down play. If there is up and down watch the lock bar to see if it moves across the blade at all. If it does then it might be time to call Kershaw and see what your options are.

Hey it's your thread you're allowed to be off topic! Yes sir, same! Where you located, what kind of company do you run with?
 
Screw spine whacks. This is all the proof anyone really needs...

Leaving a knife outside tests corrosion resistance. Hitting the spine is a test to see if the blade will close from a force applied on the lockbar. Obviously those are different tests. What this thread shows is that the steel didn't rust away and that It's ok to use knives for cutting things. It's nice to see a used knife once in a while.
 
Leaving a knife outside tests corrosion resistance. Hitting the spine is a test to see if the blade will close from a force applied on the lockbar. Obviously those are different tests. What this thread shows is that the steel didn't rust away and that It's ok to use knives for cutting things. It's nice to see a used knife once in a while.

Spine whacking is a test not condoned by Kershaw, and can and will screw with the lockface. It is not recommended. I agree with it not rusting away. And we all know knives are FOR cutting things. Agreed, nice to see a used knife.
 
Is there lock rock? If you simply bent back the lock bar then there probably is. I think Kershaw may sell you a new blade for $10 and that might take care of the lock rock. I'm not sure what kind of steel they used back then so it would probably be replaced with Sandvik, which is better.
 
Leaving a knife outside tests corrosion resistance. Hitting the spine is a test to see if the blade will close from a force applied on the lockbar. Obviously those are different tests. What this thread shows is that the steel didn't rust away and that It's ok to use knives for cutting things. It's nice to see a used knife once in a while.

Spine whacking is a test not condoned by Kershaw, and can and will screw with the lockface. It is not recommended. I agree with it not rusting away. And we all know knives are FOR cutting things. Agreed, nice to see a used knife.

Haha yeah fellas, I know. It was said in jest. I was only being a little over-enthusiastic regarding one of my favorite Kershaw knives. :D I've never actually spine-whacked anything.
 
There is no blade play or rock lock that I have found yet. The lock interface appears to be in good shape. As far As spine whacks go, I'm not a spine whacker and I haven't done that to this knife. I was just sayin it was possible seeing how my brother treated this thing.
 
Hey it's your thread you're allowed to be off topic! Yes sir, same! Where you located, what kind of company do you run with?

I work on a full time dept in central Illinois. I am assigned to an ILS truck company.
 
Fellow truckie! Nice! Glad to have you in the kershaw, Zt subforum!
 
What does a spine whack even prove , I'm pretty sure you use the sharp part of the knife , not pound on the back like a caveman , If you actually use a knife right and it's actually good qaulity any knife should last
 
What does a spine whack even prove , I'm pretty sure you use the sharp part of the knife , not pound on the back like a caveman , If you actually use a knife right and it's actually good qaulity any knife should last


Again I never spine whacked the knife, grownstar said it in playful banter. Lets not get off on a spine whack tangent.
 
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