//Kershaw Knockout LE
//Features & specifications
//Taking the features we look for in traditional framelock knives: low weight & simple construction but improving upon them by using modern technology & engineering, the Kershaw Knockout has a durable steel lock bar in place of titanium but the handle is still aluminum to save weight. Not meant for heavy tactical use but acceptable for EDC or normal utility.
//I am concerned that since the locking bar is not one piece but instead srewed into the frame that under extreme pressure it could disconnect. That is a concern but not founded on any testing & suffice to say the knife has a solid feel & for general utility a.k.a. medium- light cutting tasks the knife will most definitely hold up. In many ways the lock is as strong as the two screws holding it in place.
//Well made USA folder giving you modern features that enhance the carrying experience. Functional blade shape & ergonomic design make the Knockout a contender for best EDC knife. Other comparable options are the Sage 2 by Spyderco or the Cold Steel Mini AK47. Definitely a shock when you first handle the knife because of how little it weighs. A quality design and for those looking for a folder with a very slim profile but beefy blade should research the Knockout.
//CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN
//The knife is incredibly light weight in hand. It is astounding the speed that it deploys, the size of the blade & yet how minimal it feels. This is the perfect knife for someone wanting a lightweight EDC. Another comparable option is the Mini AK47 by Cold Steel the difference being this knife has a larger blade & is a framelock & made in the USA.
//ROLE & APPLICATIONS
//I would not suggest this knife as a self defense blade because it is a framelock. A person can easily disengage the knife with their own hand. Secondly since the lock bar is screwed into the aluminum not actually one piece with the frame there's the possibility of it separating. That being said it is definitely still capable in a civilian type environment to serve as a last option tool for defense. In everyday utility the knife is a great cutting tool with it's very high and lean blade. The Elmax steel is quite rust resistant & holds an edge for a long time.