Kershaw Knives: Bareknuckle - OD Green Aluminum Flipper - Blackwash - KVT Bearings - 7777OLBW
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.
This Bareknuckle comes with handsome anodized-aluminum handles in OD Green. 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 had the itch to get a new folder and wasn't wanting to spend a paycheck on it. After looking a bit chose this Kershaw Bareknuckle flipper. I just received it today so I can't say anything about durability yet but Kershaw isn't known for junk so I'm gonna say by the feel of it that it will hold up to edc. However the reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is because the liner lock is smooth and almost flush with the front side scale of the knife leaving very little room for my thumb to catch it and no jimping to aid in snagging it. It is indexed slightly for your thumb but it doesn't stick out far enough to be comfortable or easy to snag and press in my opinion. I had high hopes of making this my main edc flipper but I'm not sure it will get that spot. That is really my only gripe at this point. Fit and finish is on point and the action is smooth, crisp, and fast. Kershaw could have nailed it with a better designed lock release lever. I will carry it awhile and see if it grows on me and I may get used to it but as of now I prefer my Civivi Shredder or my CKRT Ruger Windage flipper for the simple reason of function and comfort.