Todd Rexford is a custom knifemaker with his own line of very modernist knives. He’s keen to use premium handle materials like G10, niobium and titanium, as well as blades of super-premium S35VN and Stellite 6K. If a Rexford knife has a 154CM blade, it’s probably considered ‘boring.’ Rexford’s knives also feature price tags in the “If You Have To Ask…” category, which make the $500 Chris Reeve Sebenza look positively disposable in comparison.
Rexford recently collaborated with Kershaw and lent his design skills to the Injection 3.0 and 3.5. These manual thumb-stud flippers put Rexford style into the collections and pants pockets of ordinary guys with real-world budgets. It’s not a full custom, but you don’t see many full customs for $30.
The specs are simple on paper: it’s got a 3-inch drop point blade, dual thumbstud opening, a 4-inch grip, reversible/ambi pocket clips, and weighs 3.3 ounces. The Injection 3.5 is (obviously) slightly larger.
The Injection’s modernist design fits right in with the Rexford repertoire, and so do the G10 scales. The not-exactly-premium-but-utterly-practical 8Cr13MoV blade is about what you’d expect in this price range, and so is its Chinese origin.
If it holds up as well as my old $20 Kershaw Beacon (another Chinese 8Cr13, but far less handsome) this could be a fine EDC for CCW blade that won’t break your heart or budget if you lose it. The fully reversible/ambidextrous pocket clip is a nice touch for southpaws who prefer tip-down carry, or CCW holders who like to keep their backup weapon on the weak side.