When I saw the Kershaw Blur on sale for $34 at Amazon (it was the Deal of the Day last week), I couldn’t pass it up, even if I didn’t have a specific niche need for the knife. It arrived yesterday afternoon and I figured a bit of a mini-review is in order.
Chris did a full review of the S30V version. I am not going to put it through that detailed of a process, as Chris was extremely thorough. I will confirm a number of his points, and make a few of my own. I will also discuss the pocket clip and the changes I made.
My first impression is that this is a pretty solid knife. It is on the medium-large size for EDC. Not an Extrema Ratio, but not a Leek either. Ken Onion designed the Blur, and its dimensions are almost exactly identical to the Ken Onion designed CRKT Hootenanny. They both have 4.5″ handles with 3.4″ hollow-ground blades. This combination must suit Ken’s hand well, it certainly does mine. The Reubenesque-lines of both show Ken’s eye for aesthetics. The Blur is unmistakably a Ken Onion knife.
The factory edge is fair, but nothing to write home about. The Sharpmaker fixed that quickly.
Fit an finish are excellent, the blade is as square and well centered as I have seen on any production knife. There is no wobble whatsoever. The Blur’s blade deploys as quickly as any assisted-opener I have seen in this size range. The spring feels strong and through several hundred cycles performed flawlessly.
The scales are aluminum, and feel quite robust, and the rubber inserts feel are of a denser and more durable polymer than many I have experienced. Just an impression at this point.
I am really digging the beveled thumb studs. I have never been a fan of thumb studs. I don’t feel like my thumb gets good purchase. I almost never use them on my Mini-Grip, preferring a centripetal flip of the wrist.
The jimped and beveled studs on the Blur catch my thumb every time. I even tried it with freshly-lotioned hands. Not a problem at all.
My only beef is with the pocket clip. It is functional, but rides really high in the pocket. It turns out it is exactly the same clip that is bolted to the Leek. The Blur comes set up for tip-down carry, but I prefer tip-up on all knives except for the Leek. Easily resolved for right-handers, as the clip is reversible, though there are no holes for left-hand carry.
I have mentioned I had bought an extra Pop’s Custom clip for my Leek, since I was unhappy with the wider one he had sent me (gratis). This one works great on the larger Blur, and the knife is completely concealed in the pocket.
I haven’t performance tested this knife yet, but given Chris’s approval and my favorable first impression, I am looking forward to using the Blur as my primary EDC for a while.
For what it is worth, I think the street price of $66 on Amazon is still pretty good. At $34, it was an absolute steal.