Kershaw Factory Sale Swag!

Image: Chris Dumm

Here’s a peek at the four knives I scored at the Kershaw Factory Sale, clockwise from top left: a 14C28N/D2 Kershaw Junkyard Dog, a 14C28N Kershaw Skyline, an S30V  Zero Tolerance 0350TSST, and an S30V Kershaw Ken Onion Blur. Their street prices are (in order) $95, $50, $140 and $90.

How did Kershaw price them for the  Factory Sale?

Image: Chris Dumm

Fair disclosure: these knives are factory seconds, with “XXXX” etched into their blades. They don’t have much resale value, and they have no factory warranty. They didn’t pass KAI’s tough quality standards, but I played with and cherry-picked each of them. For more than 50% off their typical street price, I’m willing to bet that they’ll never need warranty repairs.

The Skyline’s only blemish is that the Zytel spacer isn’t perfectly flush with the unlined G10 scale on one side. The Junkyard Dog has a bit of wavy milling on the back of one liner, and the spacer isn’t quite flush on either side. The Blur has a single scratch on the inside of one of its aluminum scales. For the life of me I can’t find a single imperfection on the Zero Tolerance at all.

After these Adventures In Shopping, I hope Farago will send me to Ventura for the next Cold Steel Parking Lot Sale. Even if it’s crowded, it won’t have a wind chill factor of twelve degrees F, and there’s always an In-N-Out Burger nearby.


  1. Mike L says:

    Wondering if you know the typical rate of rejection in production knives?

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      I wish I knew. Even the AKTI keeps mum about information like that, as far as I know.

  2. Nathan says:

    Dammit. You just had to mention In n Out, didn’t you? After moving away from CA, the closest one to me is 6 hours in Salt Lake City

  3. duroSIG556R says:

    I’ve seen other pictures of the sale, including the boxes of blems. Not trying to cause any trouble, but how is this cost effective? There has to be a severe mark up on the knives, or they would surely be out of business by now.

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      Manufacturers don’t try to make big profits at scratch-and-dent sales, but they do try to minimize their losses from production mistakes. I have no idea how much profit Kershaw made on the $70 Zero Tolerance 0350, but I would be frankly surprised if they take an actual loss on anything they sold last weekend.

      Knife manufacturers are known for some really optimistic MSRPs, and it’s easy to compare Kershaw’s (or Benchmade’s, or Spyderco’s) MSRP against the real street price at Knife Center or Blade HQ or elsewhere. This indicates that the markup is pretty high.

      1. knightofbob says:

        A few years ago, I had a connection that allowed me to buy Benchmade products at wholesale. The difference between paid price and MSRP, especially on autos, was a revelation to say the least.

  4. Sam L. says:

    Lived in the LA region 4 years, don’t recall ever seeing an In-N-Out. Saw the bumper stickers, some modified by removing the B and the R.

  5. Phydeaux says:

    These are excellent knives for pimping as the acid/stone wash or hand rub often obscures the unsightly “xxxx” mark, and blemished parts can be fixed or replaced as part of the pimp job.

    The photos online I’ve seen of Junk Yard Dog’s pimped were most impressive.

    The only time I’ve seen Kershaw knives with the “xxxx” for resale is at gun shows at the Portland convention center.

  6. Oregunman says:

    After comparing factory sale prices to Amazon.


    The factory sale prices have doubled over the last 3 years. The lines now take 2.5 hours to get into the building and 45 minutes to check out. After fighting the crowds for every year for 14 years now, I WILL NOT BE GOING BACK. TOO many east coast and Californians moving to Oregon. It’s just not the same state anymore.

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