I’ve used my fare share of Kershaw Knives over the years and tend to carry their products over some of the bigger name companies . Price wise, they run fairly cheap, somewhere between $40 and $80 for a good quality Everyday Carry folding knife. Recently I was given the opportunity to try out the Kershaw Flitch. The Flitch is categorized as a spring assisted folder that gives you the option of opening the blade with one hand or two. It is equipped with a SpeedSafe assisted opening and a built-in flipper which allows the Flitch to open quickly and easily with just one hand. I had to break this feature in over the first couple days, but now it works like a charm. So far, I like the feel of the handle which made from glass-filled nylon, and chamfered for a solid and comfortable grip.
Aesthetic wise, I prefer the darker stonewashed blades over the shiny stainless steel blades because it helps hide scratches after hard use. These are definitely not “tissue knives” where you use it for a few times and throw it away. A sturdy liner lock keeps the blade in place during use, and then releases easily when you’re ready to carry it in your pocket. For convenient carry, it also features a reversible deep-carry pocket clip that enables the knife to ride further down in your pocket neatly and securely. My only regret is that I wish the pocket clip was a little bigger and more substantial.
As far as first assessments go, I like the comfortable feel and I may even use the Flitch as my new favorite EDC folder. I will put this blade through several tests and see how it holds up. If it is anything like the Kershaw Blur, that I also carry, this should be a great knife that I can’t wait to tell everyone about.
Author – Chandler Brookins is a former US Navy Veteran with multiple deployments to SE Asia and The Middle East, while attached to many Tier 1 Special Operation Groups. Chandler has also served as a Dallas Police Officer for 3 years, before focusing his efforts on civilian SERE training and security assessments.