Kershaw sells a lot of budget-priced EDC knives, usually from Chinese 8Cr13MoV steel, that quietly get their jobs done. They don’t carry much in the way of supersteel bragging rights, but they’re dependable and extremely affordable. Kershaw has a pretty good batting average in the Cheap EDC World Series, and the new Shuffle looks like it could be another base hit.
It sells for less than $20, which is pushing the lower price limit for a clever knife design with a decent steel blade and acceptable QC. This one’s got Kershaw’s almost-mandatory 8Cr13MoV blade, liner lock and glass-filled nylon grips. (I always assume that ‘glass-filed nylon’ is the same as FRN; one of these days I’ll know for sure.)
It’s also got a lanyard ring/glass breaker/slot screwdriver in the pommel, and you know Kershaw is based in Portland because there’s a bottle opener on the heel of the grip. That 2 3/8″ blade doesn’t seem aimed at the street-tactical market: bad guys might scoff (unwisely) at a small blade, but artisanal craft beers will soil their six-packs at the sight of that bottle opener.