Kershaw Reverb Pocket Knife

Small, sharp, and sweet makes this a perfect everyday folding pocket knife.

Kershaw Reverb Pocket Knife

Kershaw Reverb Pocket Knife



The Reverb is a small size everyday pocket knife that weighs in at just over 1-1/2 ounces and is only 3-5/8" long (closed). Slipped into a pocket or clipped to a belt you'll hardly notice it's there. And it's unobtrusive enough that no one else will notice it either. It's a nice size for everything from whittling and carving to opening letters and peeling fruit.

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The photo above shows the Reverb (top, both photos) in comparison to the Kershaw Westin, model #3460 (bottom). The Westin, what I would consider a medium-size pocket knife, is over twice the weight of the Reverb and 20 percent longer (closed). Obviously, the Reverb's blade doesn't have the tensile strength of the Westin, but it is made of the same 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which means it will hold up reasonably well for day-to-day use, and be quite easy to sharpen on a diamond stone. With green honing compound you'll be able to get close to a razor sharp edge.

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The belly of the blade has a gentle curve, and the tip features what looks to me like a modified drop point design. The blade spine is 3/32" thick and the blade has a very slight hollow grind. It's super sharp out of the box so there really is no need to hone it. 

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The body has a G10 laminate scale with a carbon fiber overlay on one side and matte stainless steel on the other, which I feel makes for a stellar look. Plus, it feels great in the hand. You have three options for carrying the knife – loose in a pocket, or using the carabiner clip on the end of the handle for attaching to a backpack or rucksack, or using the pocktclip to attach it to a belt or pants pocket.

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In place of a nail nick on the the top side of the blade is a narrow raised shoulder, about 1-1/4" long, that enables you to flick the blade open with your thumb nail. I find that it works superbly.

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The Reverb uses a frame lock system to keep the blade firmly locked in the open position. The right side handle is partially split, creating a loose piece called the lockbar. When the blade is opened, the lockbar moves towards the blade, and butts up against the end of the blade, preventing it from closing. Once locked, these is no danger the blade will inadvertently close. To release the blade you simply depress the lockbar with your thumb and push the blade downward with your index finger. The whole process takes 2 to 3 seconds.

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With the Reverb you get a lot of knife for under $50 – light weight and compact so that it's easy to carry in pocket or on belt, quick opening and closing, and a decent blade steel that holds up reasonably well for day-to-day use and it's easy to sharpen. Treat it with care and this baby will last a lifetime.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Overall length: 6-1/8"
  • Closed length: 3-5/8"
  • Blade length: 2-1/2"
  • Blade thickness: 3/32"
  • Handle thickness: 11/32"
  • Weight: 1.6 oz.
  • Handle: G-10 with carbon fiber overlay front, steel back
  • Blade: 8Cr13MoV, PVD coating with satin flats
  • Manual opening
  • Frame lock
  • Carabiner clip
  • Extra-deep-carry pocketclip
  • Limited lifetime warranty
 
COMPANY:Kershaw
MODEL:1220
PRICE:$48.99
MADE IN:China
SOURCE:Store Locator

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Author: 
Carl Duguay
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