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Kershaw Random Task-Latest Revision

Gary W. Graley

“Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
Mar 2, 1999
Just got a Random Task today from the great state of Texas, Top of Texas that is, very good people to deal with.

The blade has changed slightly and the thumb ramp is now above the handle so it is more accessible and usable, the opening is much more snappy and I didn't even have to get an Onion skin thumb trying to open it

Very sharp out of the box, Cut some wood rope and boxes and still shaving sharp. If you haven't got your hands on one yet, do so, it is habit forming to open these knives, be careful not to follow the thumb stud out, you could get cut pretty easy if not careful!

Thanks Chris!

When a fellow says, "it ain't the money but the principle of the thing,"
it's the money.
F. McKinney Hubbard


Hi G2,
I know you love the 'Task....how is the liner lock on this newer model? Any blade play at all? I have been thinking about this knife but there were a bunch of people reporting problems. Please let us know.

Isn't Chris & Marti the greatest to do business with? I just got a package from them today, too.

I agree the new version is all the old one should of been. I sent Kershaw my first one for failing the linerlock test. It hardly engaged and then it failed with very little force. Rather than fix it they sent the new version. The liner has been revamped and engages well. The thumb stud redesign is better. The action is stronger.

The blade cuts well and came sharp. I like it.

If anyone hears anything regarding the legality of these things please post. I have been advised that my state Louisiana would likely regard these as switchblades.
I have a mini and a random.How do I know if they are thenew or old model?

One change is that the thumb stud is no longer sloped. Its flat. The liner is also bent more and has more spring to it.
See Kershaw was listening to you. In the begining we were trying to be politicaly correct and it didn't work, plus we rushed to market to soon and failed to de bug them properly. We will do our best not to repeat these mistakes in the future.

Nice looking knives.

Are these knives ( Whirlwind, Blizzard, Black Out) "440A", if so why? Cost?

I want to get a Random Task, but I want a NEW one! Does the new one have the slanted and grooved thumb stud or the normal checkered thumb stud? Thanx!
The new ones have the flat thumb stud, black T-5 torx screws for the handle and bronze washers in the blade pivot. Kershaw has also tightened the pocket clip so it grabs better.
yeeehaaaa...I just picked up a new one and I love it. Great knife. -AR

- Intelligent men, unfortunately, learn from fools, more often than fools learn from intelligent men.

Is the handle material micarta or polished G10??? Kershaw claims it's polished G10. Sure looks like micarta to me. -AR

- Intelligent men, unfortunately, learn from fools, more often than fools learn from intelligent men.

It does look like Micarta, but they say it is G10, the pores seem larger than what you'd see on Micarta. either way, I like the new look and opening is much better! Thanks Ken Onion, glad to see you on the forums! Neat design on the Task model! love the drop down point, more of a working type knife verses hunting.