Expanding on its recent line of blackwash-finish knives, Kershaw is set to release the new ‘Lifter’ model, possibly even before the Blade Show in June. The all-steel folder features both flipper and thumbstud opening, with Kershaw’s patented Speedsafe assisted opening mechanism and a sturdy liner lock. Unusual for a Kershaw, it’s got a deep-carry pocket clip.
Although the knife hasn’t been released yet, that pocket clip has already drawn one call for an early redesign. Many users prefer to carry their flippers in a tip-up configuration, but the Lifter permits only right-side/tip-down carry.
The 3.5″ recurved Tanto blade hasn’t been spec’d yet on the KAI-USA website, but considering the Lifter’s $29.99 MSRP I’m predicting that it will be Chinese-made 8Cr13MoV. Kershaw has a huge selection of Chinese-made knives at this price point, so I assume their manufacturing costs are low enough that they don’t mind competing primarily with themselves in this market segment.
Entry-level materials aside, this knife has a unique appearance that sets it well apart from most EDC cutlery in this price range. It may not carry many bragging rights, but with a likely street price of about twenty-five bucks, you won’t be heartbroken if you lose it.