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Kershaw/Kai Question

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TexasNativeDRJH, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. TexasNativeDRJH

    TexasNativeDRJH

    Dec 4, 2005
    Hello fellow knife knuts-
    I found an old gentleman's folder type knife laying around and I was wondering if anybody knew anything about this knife. I don't have the means to take or post a picture of it so I will try my best to describe it. One side of the blade says "Kershaw Oregon USA" and the other side says"by Kai Japan 2105" This knife has an odd "glorified lockback" locking system using a round wheel at the pivot which is gold colored. Opening and closing the knife is done without touching the mirror polished blade and definately involves both hands. It has narrow wood inserts in the metal handle with no visible fasteners. Blade length is about 2". Is this worth anything or is it junk? Thanks for your time
     
  2. Andrew Taylor

    Andrew Taylor

    Jul 17, 2005
    Kai are the Japanese holding company and Kershaw are their manufacturing and sales company in the US. Very good quality IMHO. Have a read of this thread where the sales manager of Kershaw gives a description of manufacturing techniques.

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=379888
     
  3. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    I did a quick web search for "Kershaw 2105" and this is what I found: http://www.jaysknives.com/kershaw_3.htm (second knife down)

    Not a bad looking knife. They want $100 for it. Wow. For a knife with that steel and size, I don't know if it went for that much originally. But condition counts for a lot. You never know what a dedicated collector will pay for a discontinued or rare item.
     
  4. TexasNativeDRJH

    TexasNativeDRJH

    Dec 4, 2005
    Thanks for the info guys, I was unable to have the web search luck as Esav Benyamin had, but that is definately the knife in question. The handle steel around the wood inlay doesnt look as nice as the one pictured but maybe a good polishing will fix that. I would have been surprised if it was even worth half that!
     

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