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?
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.