The 2024 new product blitz has well and truly begun, as Kershaw joins the fray with its first product reveal of the year. Among the stuff on tap is the company’s first US-made DuraLock knife and another expansion to their huge Launch automatic series.
Kershaw seem to be targeting the enthusiast sector with the US-made Bel Air, a full-on premium knife. The blade, a 3-inch modified wharncliffe, screams EDC, and it’s made from what many would consider the most desirable powder metallurgy steel on the market today, CPM MagnaCut. The Cerakote’d aluminum handle houses Kershaw’s ambidextrous DuraLock mechanism as well as a reversible deep carry pocket clip; the Bel Air weighs 2.9 oz.
A two-piece, aluminum/G-10 handle gives the Launch 19 some serious panache – but it’s not just a looker, with a 3.3-inch modern clip blade on hand for chores of all shapes and sizes. Blade steel here is CPM-154, de facto choice for the Launch family and deliverer of solid performance across the board.
A simple, affordable working knife, the Layup brings a sizable 3.4-inch D2 drop point blade to bear on daily cutting chores. It’s an assisted opening flipper, with a DuraLock mechanism in place underneath its textured black GFN handle scales.
It’s not all DuraLock in this product reveal, however. The Helitack is one of several new models equipped with a good old fashioned stainless steel frame lock. A budget design, the Helitack’s 3.26-inch blade is made from 8Cr13MoV; it too is an assisted opening flipper.
The Sanctum has a lot in common with the Helitack: same handle and blade materials, same locking mechanism, same assisted opening deployment method. But its canted wharnie blade is smaller, coming in just under the 3-inch mark, making it a bit more accessible for those in areas with stricter knife laws.
Despite the nautically inflected name, the Wharf seems made for EDCing landlubbers. Its cleaver blade is broad and stout but, at 2.8 inches in length, well within reason for just about any kind of daily carry. Like the two knives above (and the one below) it is made from 8Cr13MoV blade steel.
How about one more assisted flipper frame lock? The Scour is another worker bee, with a comfy, expansive handle beneath the stylized drop point blade, which measures 3.3 inches long and, as alluded to above, made from 8Cr13MoV steel.
There are also a trio of additional options for existing models. Two of these are being graced on the Livewire OTF: a model with carbon fiber handle, and a dagger-ground flavor with two edges; both are made from MagnaCut steel. There’s also a new variant of Kershaw’s DuraLock debut platform, the Iridium, with a new and nifty reverse tanto blade shape.
Knife in Featured Image: Kershaw Bel Air
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