The Kershaw Indian Ford combines useful modern features with a look that reminds us a little of the classic barlow pocket knife. The traditional look isn’t all there is to the Indian Ford — this modern gentleman’s pocket knife has some of the quality of larger and more dangerous blades.
Not too many years ago, lockback knives were looked upon with suspicion, but it didn’t take long for that idea to become standard on every knife large enough to mimic a fixed blade. Gentlemen’s pocket knives like the Indian Ford didn’t adopt the new idea until much later. The blade of the Indian Ford opens with the familiar thumb notch — still one of the best opener concepts for the civilian pocket — and locks into place with a strong frame lock. Press the notch at the base of the handle to release the blade. In design, the Kershaw Indian Ford still seems ahead of the trends with a look taken from the best new tactical builds. The appearance is clean and modern with satin-finished stainless steel handle components and inserts of traditional South American rosewood.
The Indian Ford’s spear point blade of AUS 6A high carbon stainless steel doesn’t match the quality of larger tactical blades, but the steel is certainly good enough for the light-duty work the 2-5/8 inch blade was designed to do. The blade style handles nearly every ordinary task well.
With no pocket clip, the 3-1/2 inch Indian Ford lays at the bottom of the pocket like a knife from a generation ago. It’s comfortable to use and won’t wear a hole in your pants, as some other modern knives are apt to do. The weight of 2.7 ounces isn’t ultra-lite, but it’s weight well spent on a well-built tool.