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Kershaw 1086 Strobe Folding 3.3" Stonewashed Plain Blade, FRN Handles

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Part Number: KS1086
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
Retail Price: $59.99
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KS1086: 1086 Strobe
Kershaw Knives

This is a great mid-priced folder from Kershaw, filling a perfect price point at just under forty bucks. It features the KVT ball-bearing opening system and a slim handled beefy blade design from knifemaker Matt Diskin.
Knife users who love the look of Kershaw’s Diskin Hunter—but would love it even more in a folding knife—now have their wish.

The Strobe takes the sweeping lines of the Diskin Hunter and turns them into a smaller, folding pocketknife. The clip-point blade offers a deep belly and opens with a handy flipper.

Thanks to the Strobe’s KVT ball-bearing opening system, the blade opens smoothly and easily; just pull back on the flipper. A washer with caged ball bearings surrounds the pivot joint and the bearings rotate as the blade moves out of the handle to ensure quick, one-handed opening. A frame lock provides secure lockup.

The blade is heat treated to Kershaw’s demanding specifications to bring out the best qualities in the steel, then stonewashed. The slim handle is characteristic of a Diskin knife and fits the hand securely. K-Texture™ handle overlays in glass-filled nylon provide additional grip.

The pocketclip is reversible for left/right-handed carry. Even better? It’s a deep-carry pocketclip so that it rides comfortably down in the pocket,
  • Flipper - May be used on either manual or assisted opening knives. The “flipper” is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.
  • Manual - There is no mechanical assist, such as SpeedSafe, used to open the folding knife. It opens the classic, old-school way. Frame Lock - A portion of the handle (the knife frame) moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.
  • Reversible - Pre-drilled holes in the handle enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.
  • Flipper
  • KVT ball-bearing opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible deep-carry pocketclip
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless steel, stonewash finish
  • Handle Material: 410 Stainless steel, K-texture™ FRN overlays
  • Blade Length: 3.3" (8.4 cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.25" (10.8 cm)
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
3.800 (5 reviews)
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3 out of 5
Oct 31, 2014
Pros: None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
You get what you pay for
I need to sharpen this knife. Quite disappointed with the factory edge since this is intended for edc, opening boxes ,and cutting warehouse stuffs. Other features are alright considering the price.
1 out of 5
Great White North
Sep 18, 2014
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Pocket Clip
Nice looking shape in the picture, but.......
I am afraid that I must refer to this as a dog of a knife. Knowing full well that you get what you pay for, and this is not an expensive knife- but this is one unimpressive beast. Heavy and lumbering- something that you might reach for when wanting to punch open a can of beans in an emergency. Movement is acceptable, but uninspiring. The finish on the knife, which looked good in the image, is dull and boring. And I would have to work hard to cut myself with the factory edge- it is almost non existent. I'd suggest you stay away from this one.
5 out of 5
Sep 18, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great quality for such a small knife. I was surprised I had to sharpen it. Now it cuts perfectly. and the blade shape is just marvellous. Too bad they didn't keep the G10 handle which was on the "prototype" version. Go for it!
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