Friday, October 1, 2010

Review - Kershaw Nerve AKA The Blitz

Today, I'm going to be reviewing a newly acquired folding knife. Granted I haven't had much time to use this knife, my first impressions of it have been very good. It makes a great every day carry (EDC) knife, especially for those who want a larger/stronger knife design.

The Kershaw Nerve features a 3.4" blade and weighs only 3.9 oz.
Ok, enough with the suspense. Today, I will be reviewing the Kershaw Nerve, also known as the Blitz. From my research, this knife was originally called the Kershaw Blitz until Kershaw realized that there already was a knife on the market called the Blitz. The name was then changed to the Nerve. When searching for this knife, it can be found under both names. The version that I actually have was marked as the Blitz on the box.

So why don't you get to the review already?

Alright, I apologize. Let's start this review with the dimensions. The Nerve is a medium/large folding knife. It has a 3.4" blade made out of 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel, which is similar to AUS-8A steel.  8Cr13MoV is a quality Chinese-made steel common in knives made overseas. It holds an edge well and comes hair-shaving sharp out of the box. The wide, drop point shape of the blade makes the Nerve excellent for slicing, while the sharp tip is great for intricate, detailed tasks. The Nerve could even function as a defensive/tactical blade if need be. The open length of the knife is 7.6" and the closed length is 4.4", not too big to carry every day, but not super-small either.

The Nerve's handle has jimping in three key locations.
A good rule of thumb for an every day carry (EDC) blade is that lighter is better, unless you are getting something substantial for the weight. The Nerve offers great cutting power, but it makes the knife weight more. Not very much more, but slightly more than a smaller, less robust knife would weigh. The Nerve weighs in at 3.9 oz, which is a good weight for the size blade that you are getting. The handles are made out of CNC-machined G-10. For strength, the handles are reinforced with stainless steel scales that are skeletonized to decrease weight. The handle has ample jimping (textured grooves) at three important contact points: by the top of the handle, next to the blade; by the "finger guard" area, next to the bottom of the blade; and by the end of the handle. Jimping at these contact points greatly adds to the grip of the knife in the hand. The Nerve's handle is very functional and elegant.

The Nerve is a manual opening knife with an ambidextrous thumb plate. The thumb plate is attached to the blade by a screw and provides a good enough purchase to easily open the blade with either hand. On top of that, the blade also deploys very quickly. The knife blade stays open with a liner lock that locks the blade very tightly, with no forward/back or side to side blade play.

The Nerve's pocket clips allows for tip up/down, right handed carry.
An every day carry (EDC) blade needs a good pocket clip so that it can be accessed quickly and easily. If in an emergency, you may only have a split second to access your knife. The Nerve delivers just that. It has a good quality stainless steel pocket clip that allows for tip up/down, right handed carry. The knife stays secure in the pocket, but not so secure that it would damage the fabric of the pocket when removed. On some knives, the handle texturing is so sharp that it wears through clothing. This is not the case with the Nerve. The pocket clip also sits high on the handle, not leaving much of the handle exposed when carried in the pocket. In my opinion, this is a good thing, since it is less likely to bump against other object and less likely to be seen. While this often doesn't happen, there are always a few people that are intimidated by a person carrying a knife. If you can conceal it better, while still retaining functionality, why not?

Kershaw scored a home-run with the Nerve. The design is excellent. The fit, finish, and quality is excellent. What's best, the price is right, often found at under $25. The Nerve, as mentioned before, would make a great every day carry (EDC) folding knife for those wanting a little more cutting performance. In a pinch, it could even double as a defensive/tactical blade. If you're looking to be impressed like I was, be sure to check out the Nerve!


  1. Well written,I couldn't agree with you more.I love this knife.I switched the pocket clip so it rides tip up and it's still very low profile in the pocket.Also I removed the back strap,making it a flow through design.Makes it easier to clean.

  2. The Blitz, One of the best! Really nicely written.... Thanks sir, I am also a big fan in collection of knives and having a website of my own. Link is:-