The Scallion, a modern design created by Ken Onion and now produced and marketed by Kershaw, is a gentleman’s pocket knife built to modern standards. That approach provides several advantages over the classic gentleman’s knife, which evolved to be too small to be generally useful.
Modern knife makers like Ken Onion rebelled against the old trend, producing knifes that had handles and blades of practical size, wider than the usual pocket knives but still within legal length limits. Modern materials and clever engineering made them even better.
The Scallion’s 2 1/4″ stainless steel blade opens with a flick of the thumb and locks securely in place once fully open. The sculpted blade design also serves as a practical finger guard, giving the user a finger notch for greater safety and leverage. The Green model’s handle is anodized aluminum, slick and pretty; other models offer textured polymide for a better and warmer grip.
A secure pocket clip completes the list of modern perks that people are coming to think of as expected features on a good pocket knife. Hook the Scallion to the lip of your pocket and you’ll hardly know it’s there, until you need it.
About thirty years ago I watched one of my older neighbors carefully file a deep rounded notch in the handle of his new pocket Buck, and after some hours of work and a lot of tinkering he had a pocketknife he could open with one hand and the flick of a thumb. Most of us thought he was a little strange. Now we know he was just ahead of his time.
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