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Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Review

Kershaw Ken Onion Blur ReviewThe Kershaw Knives Ken Onion Blur is a mid-size EDC (every day carry) knife that’s useful to carry in the wild for hunting purposes. It comes in many colors such as black, desert sand, olive drab, red and tactical black hence will definitely appeal to different types of people.


  • Blade Finish: Tungsten DLC
  • Blade Length: 3-3/8?
  • Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N Stainless Steel
  • Closed Length: 4-1/2?
  • Handle: 6061-T6 Anodized Aluminum
  • Overall Length: 7-7/8?
  • Weight: 4.2 oz


The “standard” blade is made of Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel for good corrosion resistance, very good wear resistance and very high hardness. It comes with a hollow ground drop point blade with a slight recurve on the edge which makes it easy to sharpen. There is a swedge running along the top to keep the tip strong.

Other versions are made of 154CM, 420HC, 440A and S30V steel blades designed for different functions. Other versions include a blunted “rescue” blade and a tanto point blade. The blade also comes with partially serrated or plain edges.

The blade is finished with black DLC (diamond like coating) for durability to last for a long time and to look cool when using it.


The beautiful, ergonomic large handle is made of anodized 6061 aluminum to make it light and features a flow through (pillar construction) design for strength. It incorporates Trac-Tec (sandpaper looking) inserts, a rubberized material that offers good traction without causing too much friction on the palm. It fits nicely and securely in the hand.

** There is a barely noticeable thumb ramp on the handle thus, although there is some jumping there, there’s little traction for the thumb. There is also a barely noticeable single choil on the handle, As such, both thumb and fingers will tend to slide forward under hard forward thrust if the handle is not gripped hard, causing unnecessary accident.

Pocket Clip

The pocket clip, in matte black finish, is well-made and designed to ride pretty low in the pocket hence carrying this pocket knife in the pants will be comfortable every time. It also allows for both tip up or tip down carry. There are no Trac-Tec inserts where the clip touches the handle hence making it easy to remove the knife from the pocket.

** Unfortunately, it is not ambidextrous hence not suitable for left-handed users.


The knife comes with ambidextrous thumb studs that are cut at an angle (or “stair case”) to really dig into the thumb. It takes little effort to get the blade to come out and from there, the SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism takes over. The knife deploys super fast and in a safe manner (that’s where it gets its name).


The knife comes with a thick liner lock locking system to lock the blade securely when it is fully deployed. It engages early and the lockup is strong with zero movement.

Final Thoughts

The Kershaw Ken Onion Blur is solid and well-constructed. The fit and finish is outstanding; clip, pivot and screws are blackened as well. The comfortable handle, fast deployment, large razor-sharp blade and strong lock-up all combine to make it an excellent survival knife in the wild. To top it off, it’s also made in the USA.

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