I have a problem. I collect pocket knives and can't stop buying them! Hey, most everyone has something that they enjoy and collect. Mine just happens to be knives and fishing. All kinds of knives, fixed blade, tactical, EDC, traditional, basically if it has a cutting edge I probably have one or have it on the want list!! Because of this, I rotate my EDC pretty often. My wife has noticed that despite owning hundreds of knives (I know,, remember, I told you I have a problem) I usually wind up carrying one of about 4 most of the time. Those include my Spyderco Pacific Salt, Spyderco Paramilitary, Benchmade 710 and my trusty Kershaw Blur.
Which brings me to this review. The Kershaw Blur. The knife that I should not like but absolutely love!
I have never been a fan of assisted opening knives. They are cool and I get why folks like them but they are just not for me. I prefer the smooth opening of a Benchmade or Spyderco. In fact, I've deassisted nearly all my Zero Tolerance knives just because I prefer them as manual flippers. With that said, the Blur completely gets the assisted opening thing right. Hard to explain but the AO on the Blur is not only not annoying to this old manual guy but it is down right fun and appealing! Well done Kershaw!!
I also don't care for recurve blades. Again, leave it to Kershaw to make me eat my words. They got the recurve right on this blade. Great ergos and it cuts like a demon. Now sharpening a recurve is not for the faint of heart. I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker which makes recurves a breeze to keep hair popping sharp.
Lastly, I just do not like aluminum handled knives. I have quite a few and some that are quite pricey and that have a loyal following like the Benchmade 940. That is a great knife and I like mine but don't carry it much because of the aluminum handle. Well,,, you guessed it,,, Kershaw got this one right as well. They included tac tape in the handles that make it more than ok,,, it's a joy to hold and use. Very grippy with a shape that fits my hand perfectly. I do wish it has more aggressive jimping but hey no knife is perfect.
Overall I really enjoy this knife and recommend it highly as a daily carry knife. Not too big, not too small and with a street price anywhere from 50 to 85 dollars it's a steal for a USA made knife. Well done Kershaw. I'm a Blur fan for life.