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The Kershaw Shuffle (not a new dance)

Discussion in 'Kershaw Knives / Zero Tolerance' started by r8shell, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    A quick little review of the Kershaw Shuffle:

    I picked one up at a big box store yesterday. <$15, so why not?
    First the negative:
    Opening and closing was tight and gritty, though after taking it apart and cleaning it, it's much better. I would not describe the action as smooth, though.
    Late lock up.
    Placement of the bottle opener digs into my palm when gripping the knife tightly. If you like to take the clip off smaller folders and drop in your pocket, between the bottle opener and the screwdriver on the butt of the handle, I think it would be an uncomfortable carry.

    The Positive:
    Sharp out of the box (steel is the same 8cr13mov as the rest of Kershaw budget line)
    I like the choil.
    Screwdriver is more useful than a fold out multitool type, since you wouldn't be stressing the pivot when turning, it's part of the handle, so it can take more force.

    If you want an inexpensive knife to take with you to a neighborhood barbeque, it would be great. You have a bottle opener for your beers, and the blade is big enough to cut your meat if all they give you is plastic knives.

    Anyone else have one?
  2. northend816


    Aug 25, 2012
    I picked one up few days ago and feel ur feedback is dead on.....But i dont have issue with bottle opener and my palm. Mine wasnt smooth out of the big but wasnt that bad and it got even better after cleaning like u said. For the money i like the little knife and plan on using it as my truck knife
  3. jeffsenpai

    jeffsenpai Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    I definitely plan on buying one. More folding knives should have some form of bottle opener built in, since going to a party you cannot be without one!
  4. wwells20

    wwells20 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 31, 2004
    Picked up one also, it is exactly as you described. I already removed (ground off) the screwdriver and dulled the bottle opener. BTW, the packaging said 8cr, but the blade is marked 3cr and the web site says 3cr, so.......? Forgot to add, knife does have late lock-up, but switched out the .020 plastic washers with .015 PBs and that seems to have "fixed" the late lock-up with no apparent blade play.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2013
  5. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    What do you know, it does say 3cr.... I wonder how soft it is? Oh well, like I said, fine for a cookout or party.
    Thanks for the tip on the washers, maybe I'll try that.
  6. wwells20

    wwells20 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 31, 2004
    I should say that the lock-up was 'late for Kershaw" but was about mid way of the tang. now is about what we expect to see from them. I'm going to cut some stuff and see how the 3cr holds up. Like you said, for a beer drinking knife it will be fine. Glad I picked one up.
  7. tbow

    tbow Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Just got mine today from WM. It does not say 3cr on it anywhere. Mine was stiff so I just started playing with it and it flicks out fine after a while. I thought they were supposed to be 8cr, thats what I saw on video's from Shot and Blade show.
  8. CGSshorty


    Apr 26, 2013
    I threw a quick lanyard on mine and it is great to just drop in the pocket. The lanyard covers the points on the screwdriver so it doesn't jab you in the leg. I was going to take the clip off but it actually makes this little knife easier to hold so I am leaving it on. I am very happy with it, especially considering the price.

  9. grownstar

    grownstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    Looks good with the lanyard ^^
  10. grownstar

    grownstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    Got mine this morning. Been playing around with it all day.

  11. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Big, big kudos to Kershaw for the attention it gives to the "low end" of the knife market. The Kershaw knives in this segment are actually not low end at all, but are well designed, good looking, highly functional knives that sport some seriously decent blade steel. I buy knives like this not only because they are great knives, but to support in my small way a company that realizes its possible to offer a solid knife without jacking up the price.
  12. grownstar

    grownstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    Here, here
  13. SPXTrader


    Dec 26, 2006
    What would you expect from KAI? Farmed out Chinese manufacturers? HA! The factories in China used by KAI are owned by KAI and staffed with KAI employees. :thumbup:

    On another note, these Shuffles look like they would be great car/truck knives. I'll be getting three.
  14. TotalDbag

    TotalDbag Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    Too bad I already have a bottle opener on my keys (gerber dime)
    I might get one, but I don't know. I'll definitely be getting some of the newer kershaws though.

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