The chief complaint I get when I publish knife reviews on GunsAmerica is, “That’s too expensive. I’d never pay that much for a knife.”
I understand that not everyone wants to drop $200-plus on a production knife. Probably most of you don’t or wouldn’t. You’re happy with your Walmart special. Nothing wrong with that.
But what if I were to tell you that for just a little bit more moola you’d be able to get a real, quality- made-in-the-USofA knife from Kershaw? Interested? Meet Kershaw Bareknuckle 7777.
- Blade Length: 3.5″ (8.9 cm)
- Closed Length: 4.7″ (11.8 cm)
- Overall Length: 8.2″ (20.7 cm)
- Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
- Blade Shape: Drop Point
- Handle Material: 6061-T6 Anodized Aluminum
- Blade Finish: Stonewash
- Locking Mechanism: Sub-Frame
- Pivot Assembly: KVT Ball Bearing System
- Pocket Clip: Deep Carry Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry
- Weight: 3.4 oz. (96.4 g)
- Made in the USA
The look of this knife is that of a no-nonsense industrial tool. That appearance is created by the anodized-aluminum, matte gray handles and the stonewashed-finished, 14C28N-steel blade.
From what I know of 14C28N, it’s a mid-level grade steel. Not as great as S35VN, but it’ll get the job done. It’s corrosion resistant and easy to sharpen.
What’s really impressive is the action of the knife. The flipper. It has a nice smooth release thanks to Kershaw’s KVT ball-bearing system and an oversized pivot. It is a joy to deploy.
With an overall length of 8.2 inches, this is a full-sized carry knife. Yet, it’s relatively light. Only 3.4 ounces. I’d have to carry it for a few weeks before I could truly assess its performance in terms of how well it carries. Who knows, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get one in for review. Stay tuned.
This is the best part. The MSRP on this bad Johnson is $109.99. But street prices have it retailing for $69.99. That seems like a pretty solid steal for a US-made flipper knife, especially one of this quality and build.
For more information, check out Kershaw’s website.