Kershaw Brawler

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Kershaw Brawler

Postby SnakeAssault » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:54 pm

So, I'm not exactly content with my current knife, so I think I'd like to get a new one. Saw this on Amazon, I thought it was pretty decent, but I am by no means a knife expert. The things I'm wanting are:
Flipper/blade protrusion on back side of knife when closed
Assisted opening
Smooth blade, not serrated

No good at sharpening knives, I just have a cheap Walmart blade sharpener thing... Yellow plastic, ceramic on one side, metal on the other.
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Re: Kershaw Brawler

Postby Age » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:44 pm

The Kershaw Brawler has all the things you mentioned, flipper, assisted opening, smooth blade. The thumb studs for opening don't protrude very far from the handle, so it's tricky using those. Just stick to using the flipper on the back. Kershaw says the handle is made from glass fiber and they try to make it seem fancy so it can compete with higher end knives, but to me the handle feels more like a cheaper plastic and doesn't always provide the best possible grip. Its still an excellent knife for the money and I would recommend the knife.

Have you heard of the Spyderco Tenacious? That is one of my top picks for a low budget but high quality knife. While it lacks assisted opening, the action is amazingly smooth (I can actually open it faster then the Kershaw Brawler). It has a nice G10 handle which is more durable then the handle on the Brawler and it provides a more positive grip. As far as cutting is concerned, the blade on the Tenacious is a little thinner and has a better shape which allows cleaner and larger cuts where the Brawler might stop in the middle of a cut and get stuck.

If you have your heart set on the Kershaw Brawler, go for it. But personally I would recommend the Spyderco Tenacious over the Kershaw Brawler.
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Re: Kershaw Brawler

Postby SnakeAssault » Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:37 pm

Alright, that cheapy knife is now toast. Blade is still fine, but the liner lock and assisted opening are FUBAR.
Ordered the knife, I'll be getting it soon.

New question though: Is there anything I can do with the old blade? I've got a CNC machine to cut something out, but I don't know how well it would work in a new handle. If I do this, It would be a fixed blade, as I'm not designing any little mechanisms on this thing. Material for handle would likely be wood, but if I can get a chunk of plastic I can cut that also. Not up for aluminum machining.
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Re: Kershaw Brawler

Postby SnakeAssault » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:31 pm

Many moons passed, but then:

The knife was nice while it worked. Just today, the torsion bar broke, so now it isn't assisted. Can still flip it out one handed though. Not mad that I bought the knife, but I wish it would've lasted a bit longer. Although I didn't think I've owned this knife for so long.. Interesting.
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