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Kershaw 1600DAM Chive Assisted 1-15/16" Damascus Blade, Stainless Steel Handles

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Part Number: KS1600DAM
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS1600DAM: 1600DAM Chive
Kershaw Knives

The Chive series features Kershaw's SpeedSafe ambidextrous opening system for smooth, easy opening by both right and left-handed users. Closed, the Chive is less than three inches long, perfect for pocket carry. This Chive has a handsome Damascus layered steel blade. This material is formed by taking several different steels and hammering them together, folding them over and repeating the process until there is a multitude of layers and the effect is extraordinary. The black and silver alternating layers are strikingly beautiful and many believe that Damascus steel blades get sharper than other steels.

All Chives also feature the Safety Tip Lock to ensure the blade stays securely inside the handle until the user releases it, and a removable pocket clip for easy carrying. The Chive may be the smallest member of the "Onion" family, but it's got all the advanced features knife users demand.
  • SpeedSafe
  • Frame Lock
  • Thumb Stud
  • Pocket Clip
  • Steel: Layered Damascus Blade
  • Handle: 410 stainless-steel
  • Blade Length: 1-15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
  • Closed Length: 2-7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
  • Weight: 1.9 oz.
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 087171160290

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.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Damascus Steel
Damascus Steel
A layered steel that can be either carbon or stainless. The finished blade is acid etched to give it a unique design, toughness, and edge holding capabilities.
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Dame Droiture
Aug 26, 2009
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
This knife is small and very, very sharp -- perfect for an every-day carry, but definitely not a workhorse. A previous reviewer complained about the etching on the blade getting destroyed through minimal use, but I have to ask: WHAT, exactly, was he using this knife to DO?? I've had mine for a few weeks now, use it almost every day for silly things like cutting boxes and sharpening pencils, and it's absolutely fine. The one thing I really don't like is that the asst. opening mechanism doesn't work that well. Unlike my other Ken Onion knife, this one requires a slight flick of the wrist to fully extend the blade and lock it into place. To make matters worse, the knife body is really too small to have to do this: I feel like it's going to fly out of my hand every time I press the back lever. It essentially makes the knife's one-handed opening abilities a moot point.
5 out of 5
Jan 01, 2009
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Guess what? ALL Damascus steel is etched. If your finish gets messed up all you need to do is hit your closest Radio shack for a cheap bottle of PCB etching fluid. This is enough to last the rest of you life unless you begin to patten weld or actually make your own circuit boards!
2 out of 5
Mr. Smith
Jun 30, 2008
Pros: None
Cons: Blade Material, Overall Quality
Cheap Damascus
Kershaw Damascus blades though dramatic looking are cheap Damascus. The pattern is etched in the 'surface' of this blade steel and can be ruined and disappear very easily with barely any use or simple exposure to soap and water. This is not top quality Damascus though it is pretty. Be careful when using or cleaning because the pattern is really make-up on carbon steel and WILL NOT LAST. If you purchase a Kershaw DAM blade it is best that your heart is not attached to the look of the blade when you remove it from the box. The dramatic look is quickly ruined with 'silly gentle' use. Know what you are getting then you will be happy because your expectations are realistic regarding this Damascus blade.
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