Kershaw Knives: Bareknuckle - Aluminum Flipper - KVT Bearings - 7777
Like the other knives inspired by the original Zero Tolerance 0777, the new Bareknuckle, model 7777, is based on the style of our original award-winning design, but this one offers a slimmed down profile and upgraded materials. The blade is Sandvik 14C28N, a blade steel that was originally created through a Kershaw-Sandvik partnership to produce this high-performance steel. Increased nitrogen in the formula enables 14C28N to provide excellent corrosion resistance and the ability to be hardened to 58-60 Rockwell. Sandvik calls 14C28N the overall highest performing knife steel in the world that still maintains the productivity benefit of being fine-blankable.
The Bareknuckle comes with handsome, anodized-aluminum handles in matte gray. And like our popular Knockout, the Bareknuckle features Kershaw's patented Sub-Frame Lock to lighten in-pocket weight and to ensure safe blade lock up while in use. The blade opens manually with Kershaw's KVT ball-bearing system and a flipper. For an additional touch of style, the blade rotates out of the handle on an oversized pivot. We complete the Bareknuckle with a reversible, deep-carry pocketclip for convenient carry on the left or right.
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I read reviews on other dealers' sites before purchasing the Bareknuckle from KnivesShipFree. There are a lot of complaints about the detent requiring too much effort to open the knife, the sub-frame lock inhibiting opening except when gripping the handle just right, the action being stiff for a long time, and I even saw one review in which the customer claimed this should be a $40 knife. Maybe I just got a particularly good specimen, but I had no trouble opening this knife on the first try using the flipper tab. The action is impressively smooth right out of the box, and the blade will fall shut with little effort. I have to try to grip the knife hard against the lock for deployment to fail. The blade rockets out. Centering is great, and there is no blade play. My only disappointment is that the blade was pretty poorly sharpened at the factory, but I sharpened it myself and now have a knife with which I am 100% satisfied. The Bareknuckle presents an extraordinary value. Also - you won't find a better price out the door than you will here, and the knife arrived in my mail box three days after I ordered it.
Country of Origin: USA