Monday, September 20, 2010

Welcome To Knives Blog - Kershaw Scallion Review

Welcome to Knives Blog! This is a blog dedicated to cutlery, whether they be Everyday Carry (EDC) blades, Kitchen Knives, Camping Knives, or any other type of cutlery, you will find it reviewed and updated here. I hope that you learn something and that you enjoy your stay.

Well, I wanted to start this blog off with an informative review. I was really wondering as to which knife I could review. Should I review the excellent folding knife, the Byrd Cara Cara? Maybe I should review a fixed blade like the Gerber Big Rock? Maybe I should review a tactical blade like the CRKT Ultima? Then the answer became obvious and really should have been all along.

This is the actual Kershaw Scallion that I have carried for 3 years.
Today, I will be reviewing the knife that really got me interested in knives. I've always used knives as tools, but I've never really been interested in them until I got this knife. It is a small, functional, light-weight, assisted-opening folding knife. It is the Kershaw Scallion.

The Kershaw Scallion is a knife that I've carried for about 3 years now, and it's still just as functional and useful as the day that I had bought it. It's been my companion through my everyday tasks, mostly opening boxes and envelopes, although I've used it as a hammer at one time (it held up well due to its aluminum scales). It has an elegant black clip, so I've even carried it when wearing a suit or other formal wear.

The back of my well-used Kershaw Scallion.
Designed by Ken Onion, the scallion that I have weighs in at 2.6 oz., light enough to forget about but still has a solid feel in the hand. The blade steel is 420HC, which is a good steel. It is soft enough to sharpen easily but also hard enough to hold a hair-popping edge. The edge on my Scallion, when I had purchased it, was hair-shaving sharp, although the blade has dulled since then, as all blades do, and I have had to resharpen it on multiple occasions.

Damascus Steel Blade on a Kershaw Scallion
The scales on my Scallion are made of aluminum, with steel liners, making the blade a liner-locking design. The lockup is superb with no wobble of any kind. I really can't complain about it, besides, I think that the Kershaw logo on the side looks pretty neat. Kershaw makes a whole series of Scallions, some with a stainless steel framelock design, different colored aluminum scales, polymer scales and even Damascus Steel blades.

One of the coolest parts, at least for me, is the assisted-opening feature of the Scallion. Kershaw calls it "Speed-Safe" assisted opening. The way that it works is when the blade is partially opening, an internals spring pushes the blade open the rest of the way. When closed. the tab that forms a sort of finger guard at the base of the blade is used to push the blade open with your index finger. The knife can also be opening by using the metal thumbstud. Using the thumbstud to open the knife is just as easy as using the finger tab. The thought that went into designing this blade is clearly evident. Ken Onion did a great job with the Scallion.

When I had first seen this knife, I had not even known that assisted-opening existed. I was amazing at how quickly the blade could be deployed so I had to have it. After taking the knife home, I would flip the blade open, and close the blade hundreds, if not thousands, of times over the next year.

The Warranty Repair:
What happened after opening and closing the blade thousands of times is that eventually the internal spring got weaker and eventually cracked. The knife was still functional, but the assisted opening feature was broken. I guess I got too carried away, but opening and closing the knife was just so much fun!

I gave Kershaw a call and they told me to send the knife in for repair. Within about a month or so, I had received the knife back with a new internal spring and a professionally re-profiled blade (I had dropped the blade once before, leaving a nick in the edge. The edge was perfect when receiving the blade back from Kershaw). Kershaw customer support, like their knives, is awesome.

Overall, I am very pleased with the the Kershaw Scallion. It has been a great EDC companion with me throughout the years and, for what I needed, still cannot think of a better knife design. It is small and compact, but sturdy and quick to deploy. The blade holds an edge and cuts very well. What's not to like? If you're in need of a small, functional folding knife, take a look at the Scallion. You won't be disappointed.