Kershaw’s Knockout folding knife design (1870) isn’t exactly new, but it’s a model I haven’t really looked at in the past. Their upcoming new Knockout knife, model 1870OLBLK, caught my attention with its olive handle scales and blacked-out blade, and drew me in for a closer look.
Like the original Knockout, the new olive-black Knockout knife is made in the USA. It also features a SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism, Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel blade, black DLC blade coating, and olive-green anodized aluminum handle.
- Made in USA
- SpeedSafe assisted opening spring mechanism
- Sub-frame lock (stainless steel lock component)
- Flipper blade deployment and thumb stud
- 4-position deep-carry pocket clip
- 3.25″ Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel blade
- 4.6″ overall length
Street Price: under $75
My experiences with Kershaw knives and their SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism have been quite positive. The Kershaw Leek knives I reviewed a while back remain favorites in my EDC knife rotation.
In the past year and a half of so, I have become very fond of flipper-style knives. Flipper-style folding pocket knives tend to deploy quickly and easily, and with greater fluidity than other manual folders.
The Knockout seems like it could be a very work-friendly knife. Its blade composition (Sandvik 14C28N) is marketed as being a top-grade knife steel with a unique combination of excellent edge performance, high hardness, and good corrosion resistance, and its 3.15″ blade length should be suitable for a lot of general jobsite and workshop cutting tasks.
If you are interested in the Kershaw Knockout knife but want to spend a little less, the original version (model 1870), with black anodized handle scales and a satin stonewashed blade, is still available and for a few dollars less. The tradeoff is that the original lacks the wear-resistant DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating that is featured on the 1870OLBLK Knockout knife blade.
And if you want to spend even less than the $65-70 for the original Knockout, Kershaw’s Cryo II ($40 via Amazon) is a decent flipper knife for the money. I recently began using and testing one that I purchased during the holiday season, and my experience has been quite positive thus far.