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Quick Knife Review - Kershaw 'Link' 1776GRYBW
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:54:34 PM »
The Link series is relatively new from Kershaw. They're assisted openers, made in the USA, and aimed at being affordable.

The assisted opening and liner lock mechanisms are basically identical to the Blur series which generally run about twice the price. Rather than the Blur's thumb stud though, the Link uses a flipper. I think I'm a little more partial to the stud since it lets you open the knife with something closer to the grip you use for working once it's open, but the difference is minor.

The blade is made from 420HC steel, a high-carbon stainless that seems to take an excellent edge (yeah, I shaved with it). I haven't had it long enough to test how well the edge holds but I generally like a knife that takes an edge easily over one that's difficult to sharpen but holds it forever.

The pocket clip is set up for tip-up carry and is reversible to work in a left-hand pocket. Nice to see com consideration for lefties and those righties who want to keep their knife on their weak side.

The scales on this model are anodized aluminum though there are other variants with some sort of plastic for about $10 less.

MSRP is $69.99 on the 1776GRYBW but it's available elsewhere under $40.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the purchase and impressed with how much knife this is for the money. Also, the stone washed blade finish looks cool as hell.  :cool
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    Re: Quick Knife Review - Kershaw 'Link' 1776GRYBW
    « Reply #1 on: April 05, 2016, 06:18:21 PM »
    Nice looking blade.  I like that.
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    Re: Quick Knife Review - Kershaw 'Link' 1776GRYBW
    « Reply #2 on: April 05, 2016, 09:35:59 PM »
    I've got a Kershaw Brawler that's become my EDC - tanto. Great blade.

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    Re: Quick Knife Review - Kershaw 'Link' 1776GRYBW
    « Reply #3 on: April 06, 2016, 12:57:07 AM »
     :thumbup1  Hope it works out well for you.  The 420 HC is decent steel if care is taken with the heat treating.  Generally not brittle and fairly easy to sharpen with standard equipment.  The downside is that it doesn't really hold an edge as well as some of the newer crucible steels.
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    Re: Quick Knife Review - Kershaw 'Link' 1776GRYBW
    « Reply #4 on: April 06, 2016, 01:14:41 AM »
      The downside is that it doesn't really hold an edge as well as some of the newer crucible steels.
    Which, conversely, are harder to sharpen. There's always that trade-off. Such is life.

    Anyhow, I'm very interested in this Kershaw and others. Looks like a poor man's ZT (which if you didn't know is Kershaw's Cadillac line). While I like ZT's, I have to wonder how much better it is than a "regular" Kershaw.
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    Re: Quick Knife Review - Kershaw 'Link' 1776GRYBW
    « Reply #5 on: April 06, 2016, 02:03:13 AM »
    Dunno'.  Never owned one.  I'm currently making do with a $25.00, made in Taiwan "Ka-Bar"( AUS-8 ) with a conventional center lock and a Victorinox "Super Tinker".   I own a couple of custom folders but they are not currently in the carry rotation.  I have found a correlation between the cost of any particular knife and the chances that it will be lost, stolen, dropped twelve feet onto a concrete slab, eventually found in the bottom of a pail of grouting compound or located while tilling up the garden plot next spring.   :facepalm
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    Re: Quick Knife Review - Kershaw 'Link' 1776GRYBW
    « Reply #6 on: April 06, 2016, 05:29:04 AM »
    Hmm. Not a fan of tip up carry with assisted opening flippers. That is the only kind I have had pop open in my pocket and cut me.
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    « Reply #7 on: April 07, 2016, 12:52:19 AM »
    Kershaw is always good. Its one of my favorite knife makers
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