Kershaw’s Double Duty Knife offers the same advanced features and traditional design as the smaller Double Cross. This 4-1/8-inch pocket folder also gives buyers a different combination of AUS-8 stainless steel blades. The extra size makes this stouter model of Kershaw’s unique one-handed opening pocket knife work even better.
If you like the classic pocketknife build but want one-handed opening added to that, your choices are fairly limited today. Many of the classic styles do come with lockback blades, but most one-handed opening knives are modern in design and include the sometimes -appreciated pocket clip. If you use a pocketknife more than occasionally, the clip gets in the way quickly. Kershaw makes this knife in the familiar old pattern — designed to lie quietly at the bottom of the pocket — but adds thumb studs and lockback to those classic good looks.
The 2-3/4-inch clip point blade and the 2-5/8-inch spey blade unfold from nickel bolsters at either end of the hardwood slab handle. Inside the liner of the knife lies an ingenious liner lock spring, which secures either or both blades in the open position. Using one spring to lock both blades cuts down on size and weight. This double lockback knife weighs only 3.1 ounces.
In use, the larger handle offers a much more comfortable grip than the usual pocket clip folder. Closed, the knife has the same smooth contours of the classic polished pocket style that sits in your pants pocket without wearing holes. Safer to work with than the old slip joint blades that could fold back on your fingers, the Kershaw Double Duty takes an important step up in practical quality without losing the good points of the old knives.