So it’s been about a week now since I have carried and put the Kershaw Flitch folding knife through a few every day tests. The Kershaw Knives Flitch may take over as my EDC folder, relieving the Kershaw Blur which I have carried for several years up until now. I’m used to the SpeedSafe assisted opening offered on both Kershaw knives. This action accommodates effortless one-hand opening and deployment, rather than spending the extra time using two hands to open the knife. The one thing I have to keep in mind with the Flitch, is that it is operated by the index finger working the flipper as to the thumb that I as used to on the Blur. This has still taken sometime to get used to. I constantly want to flick open the blade using my thumb which you can still do on the Flitch using the thumb indentation, but it is much easier to revert to the index finger to flip open the blade. It is just as easy as opening your favorite canned adult beverage. Another option on the Flitch is the ability to be used as a right hand or left-handed knife. The side pocket clip can be mounted on either side for whatever feels more comfortable to you.
As far as the weight and feel of the blade, it is very similar to other smaller folding knives as it weighs 4.70 ounces. The length of the blade alone is 3.25 inches and 7.75 inches fully opened. So it’s not a large jungle blade or anything like that, as some users maybe looking for, but rather a good go to EDC folder that will hold up with continuous use. My favorite feature on this knife is the drop point stonewashed blade. I’ve said before on the first assessment of the Flitch that I prefer the darker stonewashed over the shiny stainless steel for several reasons. Overall just the look of the blade to me is much nicer, and this also helps to hide deep scratches in the blade as well.
As for the tests that I put this knife through, I ran it through your basic everyday carry protocol. I cut open cardboard boxes, I cut plastic tags off of clothing, used it as a pry bar at work opening a painted-on window and I cut window sash cord to certain lengths. Keep in mind the blade is very sharp, keeps it’s edge and can even be resharpened if you need it. All in all this is a great EDC blade. I think I will have to retire the Kershaw Blur and start using the Flitch as my primary folder from now on.
Author – Chandler Brookins is a former US Navy Veteran with multiple deployments to SE Asia and The Middle East, while attached to many Tier 1 Special Operation Groups. Chandler has also served as a Dallas Police Officer for 3 years, before focusing his efforts on civilian SERE training and security assessments.