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Kershaw Speed/Spec vs. Spec Bump

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I really like this design. Can someone elaborate on the pros and cons of the steel choices? I need to know if the S30V is worth $50 more than the Sandvick.
 
S30V isn't worth the 50 bucks to me, but the G10 is. There is a spec bump handle with speed bump blade that used to be sold for 70, which would be a real winner.
 
Yeah, that is the Speed/Spec that I mentioned. Sandvick blade, G10 handles.
 
In the bump line, there are only two. Speed/spec and speed are Sandvik 13C26, which is a fine steel, and then the spec bump and ti bumps are S30V. The original first run of the spec bumps was cpm 154 though.

I don't have any problems with 13c26, although my preference is s30v.
 
not to steal the thread, but is there any difference in blade geometry between spec, speed and regular bump?
 
not to steal the thread, but is there any difference in blade geometry between spec, speed and regular bump?

No. Though according to my wife, I've been wrong before.

I love the geometry and have a hard time deciding which knife to EDC: Spec bump, Grey Ti Bump, or my Boron Leek. Great Decision to have to make!:D
 
I could be mistaken, never held them next to each other, but I'm pretty sure the Ti Bumps are less curvy than their Spec and speed counterparts.

For a user, the spec/speed is probably ideal. For a very nice user, the Ti Bump. None of them are too expensive or rare (yet) to be EDCed.
 
No. Though according to my wife, I've been wrong before.

I love the geometry and have a hard time deciding which knife to EDC: Spec bump, Grey Ti Bump, or my Boron Leek. Great Decision to have to make!:D

that is no decision at all - rotate, of course
 
I could be mistaken, never held them next to each other, but I'm pretty sure the Ti Bumps are less curvy than their Spec and speed counterparts.

For a user, the spec/speed is probably ideal. For a very nice user, the Ti Bump. None of them are too expensive or rare (yet) to be EDCed.

I have my beautiful blue bump - I was just wondering whether i should supplement it with a spec bump or is it too redundunt
 
not to steal the thread, but is there any difference in blade geometry between spec, speed and regular bump?

The Ti Bump is a little smaller overall, and does have less pronounced curves. The basic geometry is the same, but the Ti Bump is more Sheeple friendly because of the uncoated blade and smaller size. Just my opinion of course.
 
I would say it depends on how hard you use it. If you're really going to take advantage of the knife, and want to keep the blue bump pretty (I sure did, to a fault it seems) I'd go with the infinitely more replaceable spec bump. And you'll get some new fun thrills out of it too, with the G10 and stud lock switch. Actually, all things considered, as a pure user, I'd probably give a very slight advantage to the spec bump.

I was plagued with the same question myself. My best advice would be to wait and see what new Kershaw models are coming up. Thomas said we'd be seeing more anodized titanium framelocks coming up this year, and this might be a better choice, since it'll probably get away from the Bump's design (wonderful though it is).

Also, consider the Kershaw/Spyderco Spyker, which to my eyes has always seemed a Bump. But, like a spyderco, non ao and has a finger choil. This might be a good way to mix it up. A bit pricy though, at 150, you've got to wonder if that silver twill detail is worth an extra 30. But, next to the blue/green bumps, I think it's probably the best (provided no liner lock distaste). The finger choil took awhile to get comfortable with me, but now I rather like the feel, and I prefer manual to AO myself. It's just a good switch up to a design I really like.
 
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