Designed by Lee Williams and manufactured by Kershaw Knives, the Ener-G Knife with black G10 handle opens with a surprisingly easy and fast action. The “pseunetic” flipper system invented by Williams qualifies the Ener-G as a manual opening knife and streamlines the opening process without crossing the line into the assisted-opening category.
Proper action will depend on keeping the mechanism clean. Thumb pressure on the knife’s tang flips the blade past the resistance of the liner lock. Momentum should carry the blade into the open and locked position. Side pressure on the recessed liner lock tab releases the blade again for storage. A drop of oil on the bearing now and then and a regular cleaning should keep the knife working efficiently. Textured black G10 handle slabs guarantee a good handhold on the knife, and the shape of the handle includes both finger choil and dropped bolster. The design is sleek and convenient for the pocket.
Three-and-three-quarters inches long when closed, the Ener-G isn’t a large knife and only packs a 2-13/16-inch blade. That’s still enough for the usual assortment of everyday chores most people confront, as well as an occasional emergency. The hollow ground blade sharpens easily with ordinary whetstones or diamond hones — the Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel takes a razor edge but will need a regular touch-up.
The 2.2-ounce Ener-G includes a strong stainless steel pocket clip for convenient carrying, and there’s a lanyard hole in the handle in case you want to add a wrist loop. The Ener-G’s conveniences make it a great knife for many tricky situations.