Vapor or Vapor II ?

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I managed to find a seller who has both Kershaw Vapor I and Vapor II in stock, charges reasonable shipping fee and is flexible with regards to customs. Vapor II costs roughly 50% more than Vapor I does - is it worth the extra 50% or are changes between the two models just cosmetic and II isn't such a good bang for the buck as I is ? IThe onlyvisible difference i can notice is that holes in handle are drilled in different pattern - blade seems the same shape, same length, same handle outline and same materials used in construction (so i'm leaning towards I for EDC but wouldn't hesitate to pay 50% more if II is worth it). Your opinion will be greatly appreciated !!!
 
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If I recall the difference is in the size. One of them is larger than the other. When I bought one I chose the smaller because they only had the larger one in a partially serrated blade which I dont particularly care for.
 
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faramir said:
blade seems the same shape, same length, same handle outline and same materials used in construction (so i'm leaning towards I for EDC but wouldn't hesitate to pay 50% more if II is worth it). Your opinion will be greatly appreciated !!!

The Vapor II is a larger version of the Vapor -

here are the measurements from a Kershaw catalog

Vapor - blade 3" (7.5cm); closed 4" (10.3cm)
Vapor II - blade 3 1/2" (9cm); closed 4 1/2" (11.5cm)

They both are available in plain or partially serrated blades.

In the USA the Vapor sells for under $20 from WalMart - where the larger - but partially serrated version of the Vapor II sells for under $25.

There are now also black versions of the Vapors (about $6-7 more).
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Thanks guys - unfortunately i don't have access to a Wallmart store or know anybody who'd buy one of these for me and ship it over so i think i'll settle for Vapor I. The II would be nice @ $25 but at 50% more it doesn't sound that appealing anymore :) I don't like serrated blades anyway, i want a black plain edged one band this eBay sellers has both I and II in stock and only overcharges a bit on the I.

Does anybody have any positive/negative experisnce to share with either model ? (in terms of blade play and so on)
 
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i have the vapor II. it is an great knife. it is great for a budget too. has good lockup, good weight, and a nice apprearance too.

i got the vapor II because i have a large hand.

only thing i do not like is the cheaper steel used for the blades, as with most of kershaw's cheaper models. mine was made in china or taiwan, can't remember exactly.

thanks,

iubigred007
 
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I carried a Vapor II for years, it's an outstanding value. NGK may be able to take care of you overseas.
 
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You almost sold me on Vapor II now ... decisions, decisions, the big one or the smaller one :)

NGK are nice folks but alas customs restrictions here are something they cannot work around.
 
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