Kershaw Lee Williams black Ener-G flipper

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I recently picked up a pair of the new Lee Williams-designed black Ener-G flippers for my wife and myself, and I'm happy to report that they are everything that I was hoping for when I bought them. The original Ener-G was already arguably my favorite production knife design ever, and the black ones have a couple of minor but noticeable improvements over the original.

First and foremost, the pocket shredding Trac-Tec inserts are gone, and the handle scales are just solid black G-10 with a checkered texture now. The knife feels just as good and in the hand without the inserts, but it goes in and out of the pocket much more easily now. Second, the black coating on the blade looks a little bit classier and more even than the type of satin finish that was on the original.

The Kick Stop flipper mechanism works just as well as ever, as you can see in the video here. It is certainly still my favorite opening mechanism ever designed on a knife. For more details on exactly how the Kick Stop works, check out my review of the original Ener-G here.

With an MSRP of $84.95, and a street price of a little over $50, the black Ener-G is one of the best values around in production knives.

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knarfeng

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Thanks for the review.

2nd link did not work for me.

Thanks for the video of opening the knife using the flipper.
What mechanism holds the blade in the closed position? Anything asside from friction?
How much effort is needed to overcome it?
If the knife falls on a carpeted floor, would you guess that it would stay closed?
 
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knarfeng, 1- stays closed with ball detent and hole in blade like other knives.
2- very little, much like other knives with ball detents.
3- falling knife would stay closed
 

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Cool. Figured it was like that, but I don't like to assume.
 
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knarfeng, 1- stays closed with ball detent and hole in blade like other knives.
2- very little, much like other knives with ball detents.
3- falling knife would stay closed

One thing I wanted to add is that the Ener-G has a stronger detent than the average production folder, so it is less likely to accidentally open.
 
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