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My EDC Pocket Knife



My EDC Pocket Knife | Feature

I received this knife as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago.  At first I was a little hesitant to replace my old CaseXX pocketknife that my father passed down to me, but after only a few months, I fell in love with this blade.

The Kershaw has a sleek design that can be incorporated into just about any clothing style while still having the same brute strength of a fixed blade knife.  This knife has a medium price point of around $50.00 so it is not terribly expensive and the Kershaw name has a great brand history behind it.

The high carbon steel blade balances the ability to hold an edge with the ability to easily sharpen a dull knife quickly.

Speedsafe opening technology allows for quick opening using only one hand.

Frame lock design:  the blade will only be unlocked by pressing the frame lock button, holding the knife will tighten the lock and keep it from accidentally closing while in use.

Stainless steel design: All stainless steel is easy to clean and highly rust resistant.

Large 4 5/8” long handle allows for good grip with larger hands.

Kershaw offers free lifetime repair and sharpening (you only need to pay the shipping to their Oregon facility and they will send it back to you good as new and razor sharp).


All stainless steel frames are slick with wet hands and transfer temperature easily. This can be a problem in cold weather.

Speedsafe design has an exceptionally strong spring and holding the knife too loose may cause it to flip out of your hand.  Also, if it is hit the wrong way the knife may pop open inside your pocket.

Torx bit tightening screws are not something that most people have on hand and should the knife become loose (which hasn’t happened in over 2 years of daily use) it will be difficult to tighten without the correct bits.

The knife rides high in your pocket (sticks out about an inch high in my pocket). This isn’t a big deal, but it can be caught easily or scratch your car or other things you may lean up against.

After coupling the other user reviews with my own, I can safely say that aside from a few minor negative aspects, the Kershaw Shallot is a great knife to have on hand at all times.

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  1. Robert Young

    October 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Very nice article. I will check on this knife. I had given my wife some Kershaw kitchen knives and they quickly became he favorites.

  2. Al Eisen

    October 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I have been carrying this knife for over 6 months, since I lost my Damascus blade. Its not Damascus but it is a great carry knife. I’d like to crosshatch the scales but haven’t yet. Kershaw should do this anyway.

  3. Jay F.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    I have been carrying this knife for sometime and with my SAK mini-champ have most bases covered. Its the right size that you always have it with you.

    • Joe

      October 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Hi Jay,
      I actually have a Vicorinox knife that I carried for a couple of years, along with my CaseXX, it was one of my EDC knives, it now spends most of its days in my wallet caddy at my bedside. However I do take it with me on occasion. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the non-locking blade it slipped on me a couple of times and actually put a decent gash across one of my fingers. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Philip Casazza

    October 11, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    That’s one good-looking knife. I’m still on the search for that perfect EDC pocket knife. I’m thinking of getting that one also.

    • Joe

      October 11, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Hello Phillip. I love my knife! I would definitely suggest just about any of the “onion” knives from kershaw. Check out these other models and see if any of them fit your style a little better. If I were to choose a new one, I would probably go with one that has a bit better grip, maybe a rubberized pads on the handle and a bit more grip on the thumb notch.

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