Cheap knives are rarely a bargain, but the inexpensive folders from Kershaw are impressing me. Â I previously reviewed the Compound, which I still carry daily, and now take a look at the Kershaw Asset.
The Asset is a medium-sized folding knife that I found to be of good quality at a very reasonable price.
The Kershaw Asset is available with a plain edge blade and with a partially serrated blade. Â The model I have is the one with a partial serration. Â In theory, this gives the user the benefits of both types of blades. Â Ultimately, I think it just comes down to what you like and your specific needs. Â I have knives of all types and each has a use.
The plain edge was reasonably sharp, but nothing to get excited about. Â The serrations were very sharp and easy cut through any material I tried.
The blade has a trailing point that curves upward similar to what is found on many fillet knives. Â While this gives the blade additional belly, I found it also gave the knife a very sharp point.
The blade does not have any jimping along the spine of the knife blade.
The blade is made of a Chinese stainless steel calledÂ 8Cr13MoV. Â This is the same steel used by Spyderco and other companies on less expensive lines of knives. Â Kershaw states that this steel is similar to the AUS-8A steel. Â I don’t claim to be an expert on steel, but many of the authorities I have spoken with say thatÂ 8Cr13MoV steel is very good for the money. Â Feel free to check out this thread over at BladeForums.com.
The Asset uses an assisted opening device called SpeedSafe. Â Essentially, a small part of the blade protrudes from the back of the knife when closed. Â Using a finger, you press down on the protrusion, which starts the opening process. Â The internal mechanics then take over, locking the blade open.
I’ve used the SpeedSafe on other Kershaw knives, so I was familiar with the device. Â I like the SpeedSafe opening technique and have been very pleased with it in the past. Â On the Kershaw Asset, the SpeedSafe worked exactly as I expected.
The blade locks into place with a liner lock. Â The lock seems very strong and I could not get it to fail with moderately abusive behavior.
The handle is made of a black synthetic material. Â According to the packaging, the grip panels are made of G-10. Â The Kershaw website, however, generically states they are a glass-filled nylon.
Kershaw Asset Features
|blade type||trailing point, flat grind|
|blade length||3 1/4"|
|overall length||7 7/8"|
The Asset feels good in the hand and worked well for me. Â As I mentioned earlier in this review, I also have a Kershaw Compound. Â I like the Compound slightly more than the Asset, but I would not feel poorly equipped if my Compound was replaced by the Asset. Â Both knives perform well – it is just a matter of subjective look and feel.
The real downside to the Asset is that the knife has been discontinued by Kershaw. Â But, just because it has been discontinued doesn’t mean you can’t still find it. Â A number of the big box sporting goods stores are likely to have an ample supply of these knives on hand for a while.
Additionally, online retailer Amazon has these quality knives for less than $18 each. Â Considering the very good build quality of the Kershaw Asset, that is an amazing price.
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