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Kershaw Whirlwind Folder Knife by Ken Onion

Sandvik Combo Edge Blade

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Kershaw Whirlwind Folder Knife by KenThis plain and simple folder from Kershaw Ken Onion doesn't have any gimmicks or flash but works reliably. The Whirlwind's 3.5-inch Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel blade has a partially serrated edge for quick emergency cutting of rope, belts, or rigging. Textured injection-molded handle slabs are warm to the touch and non-slip.

Speed-safe opening, a patented Ken Onion feature, allows easy one-handed opening. This isn't one of Kershaw's ambidextrous designs, however, and won't be as convenient for the left-handed user. In the fully open position, the knife's liner lock fixes the blade steady for piercing work without danger of folding. Closure requires pressure on the lock release tab.

The Whirlwind also comes in a plain edge model, easier to sharpen than the serrated blade. Kershaw offers free sharpening of the knife whenever owners pay the shipping cost to and from the Oregon factory. A lifetime warranty covers defects in workmanship but not damage due to abuse.

The Whirlwind is a well-made and handy knife, small enough for easy carry with the stainless steel pocket clip for convenient security. It makes good sense as a utility knife or emergency knife, and at 3.5 ounces is light enough for backpackers interested in shaving a few ounces from the pack. There's a lot you don't get with the Whirlwind -- like a can opener, lanyard hole or screwdriver bit. Without all of that extra stuff, you get a better knife.

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