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Kershaw 1980ST RJ II Assisted Flipper 3.1" Gray Combo Tanto Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: KS1980ST
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS1980ST: 1980ST RJ II
Kershaw Knives
RJ Martin's blade design and grind gives you the piercing power of a tanto with just enough curve to the belly for slicing aptitude as well. The tanto point is even stronger than comparable tantos because Kershaw makes the tip thicker and gives it a tough flat grind. The result is an uber-strong tip that takes on the toughest piercing tasks with no fear. But the RJ II isn't done yet.

This knife offers a full range of cutting edges. The plain edge is ever so slightly curved, giving the RJ II slicing capability—something not all tanto blades offer. In addition, the blade is partially serrated to make cutting through tough or fibrous materials a breeze. The blade is made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel that's tough, wear-resistant and takes a keen edge. For a distinctive look and enhanced performance, the blade is coated with titanium carbo-nitride.

The RJ II also features 3D machined G10 handle scales and a secure stainless steel locking liner. It opens with one-handed ease thanks to the SpeedSafe assisted opening system. Access it with the built-in flipper or thumbstud. The pocketclip is reversible for tip-up or tip-down carry. Tactical looks and a multifunctional blade combine in the RJ II.
  • Blade length: 3.1 in. (7.9 cm)
  • Closed length: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.1 in. (18 cm)
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening
  • Liner lock
  • Flipper and thumbstud
  • Reversible pocketclip
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, titanium carbo-nitride coating
  • Handle: Machined G10
  • Weight: 3.4 oz. (96.4 g)
  • China

UPC Code: 087171032979

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
8CR13 Stainless Steel
8CR13 Stainless Steel
Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Richmond, Texas
Sep 29, 2016
Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Type, None
Love It
This is my general use knife, i love the size and ease of opening it. The sharpest knife I have ever owned.
5 out of 5
David E
Jul 27, 2016
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: None
Aggressive design, rock solid construction.
I don't use a knife everyday, but I carry one every day, without fail, because when I do need one, I like to have one. This one has become one of the few favorite edc knives in my rotation. This knife can do just about anything you may encounter, and it is built industrial strength tough. Perfect one finger opening, very fast, and extremely solid lockup. Wickedly sharp right out of the box, very high quality; substantial feel overall. I had previously bought an RJ1 from KnifeCenter about 3 yrs. ago, and was similarly impressed with it, but it is maybe just a little bit bigger than I personally need for edc. This one is just about the perfect size, pretty much unnoticeable clipped to my pocket. And its impressive shape and appearance may score some points, if that is a factor for you. If I were ever to lose this one, I would immediately replace it, before it becomes unavailable. And I gotta say, KnifeCenter service is impeccable, as always. I am, and will continue to be, a steady repeat customer.
4 out of 5
Todd P
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Dec 04, 2015
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
First assisted EDC = great knife!
The RJ II was my EDC for well over a year. It was my first assisted-opener and as such, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a razor-sharp knife out of the box, stylish, felt great in my (about average-sized) hand. SpeedSafe opening was wicked fast, a very satisfying "snick" when opening. Locking mechanism is solid. The RJ II seemed a bit heavy (heavier than I expected) but very solidly made. Honestly, I don't know much about the quality of steel and have very little experience with different knife steel, but what I can comment on is the steel on this knife kept an edge for the entire year and a half that I had it without sharpening. I said this "was" my EDC. This is only because I ended up losing the knife while out hunting this fall. I was devastated. In looking around on the internet, I found KnifeCenter carried this knife for even less than I paid for it, so I'm ordering one for myself, as well as one for my brother for a Christmas present. This will be my first purchase from KnifeCenter, so I can't speak to the experience of ordering, shipping to Canada, or service - yet. The RJ II is a great value at MSRP and KnifeCenter's price is significantly less, resulting in a great value EDC. I'm buying two for myself in my order so that if I lose this one, I will not be without for long.
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