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Review - Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" (pics and movie)

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by bruner, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. bruner

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    I've previously posted this on candlepowerforums and bladeforums, but wanted to repost it here so that I might reach more people that are interested.

    I found this lovely little knife at Walmart for about $35.

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    It's a Kershaw knife designed by Ken Onion called the "Scallion". It has an assisted open feature which Kershaw calls "Speed Safe". Speed safe works like this. Once you take the safety off, you simply begin to open the knife from the back side with your index finger pushing on the back of the blade. Once it is a few degrees open, the tortion bar kicks in and throws the knife into the fully open position.

    Here's a movie:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=MuO-SGKtZ5o

    The knife remains locked in the open position until you push the locking liner aside and close it. Once closed, you can slide the little safety button (located on the back or clip side of the knife at the bottom) in and it won't accidently open when in your pocket.

    Here are some pics:

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    Thanks for looking,
    Dan
     
  2. Lunal_Tic

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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    The movie is a nice touch. Have you ever had problems with the safety disengaging when you tried to open it?

    -LT
     
  3. bruner

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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    Thanks,

    Gotta love youtube...

    To answer your question. The safety looks a bit dodgey, but seems to work perfectly fine. It's only a small piece of plastic which slides back and forth on a slot, held in place by what appears to be a small torx screw. I keep wondering if it will eventually need tightened or adjusted, but so far, no adjustments have been necessary.

    I like it.

    Dan
     
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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    I have a kershaw ken onion chive and blackout. this one appears to be inbetween in size but the same shape. i love the chive and blackout, love that auto assist.
     
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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    I had a Centofantane (sp) version that would disengage no matter the position of the safety. My other Kershaws didn't have this problem.

    -LT
     
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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    You do a great review. I appreciate the video. Very clear and all about business. I actually wish that Kershaw made more of thier Ken Onion designs without AO. But that's just me.
     
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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    My Scallion is my EDC right now. I have the one with a grippy handle and a serrated, polished blade. I love it.

    I'm a really big fan of the Speed Safe system. I see no need for an auto knife when the speed safe is both A) legal and B) just as fast.
     
  8. bruner

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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    It's funny how many people have asked me if this is a "leagle" knife (not in this forum, but others). Assisted open seams difficult for some people to understand... I just can't figure out why auto knifes are still under prohabiton. Silly to me, just don't get it... Way back in the 50's, switchblades were associated with trouble-makers... It's way out-dated in today's world.

    Dan
     
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    Re: Kershaw Knife - "Scallion" mini-review with pics and movie.

    yeah.. it seems that whenever I whip it out people ask me if it's legal to have a switchblade and then I have to explain to them what it is. It gets kind of annoying.