Like its namesake, the Kershaw Junkyard Dog II Pocket Knife isn’t pretty, but it’s tough. The Junkyard Dog II is a little lighter than its predecessor, the all-stainless-steel Junkyard Dog I. With textured handle slabs of G-10, it’s also a lot friendlier to the hands.
This is another innovative example of a one-handed opening system which seems like a good idea — but could provide some interesting quirks as well. Instead of a thumb stud to rotate the blade out of the stainless steel frame handle, finger pressure on the “flipper” section of the blade back has to build up high enough to force the blade out of the friction lock. A handy feature that keeps the knife from opening in the pocket, the friction lock releases suddenly, allowing the blade to swing fully open on momentum alone.
Locked into place, the knife’s wide blade is sturdy and impressive. Handle design is slightly offset, allowing the plain edge to be used for any ordinary purpose but also providing some of the instinctive fighting aspects of pistol grip designs. The stainless steel pocket clip secures it in easy reach without the need for a belt sheath.
The new handle build cuts the weight to only 5.2 ounces, and the Sandvik 14C28N high stainless steel blade is built for heavy work. Give the Junkyard Dog a regular and thorough cleaning and oiling if you expect all features to work properly.
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