Launch 6 Knife

Launch 6

Kershaw recently introduced a new automatic opening knife called the Launch 6. This is the newest addition to the company’s Launch line of automatic knives. It has a 3.75″ blade, and the knife measures 5.1″ when open.¬†According to the company, the opening button was recessed slightly to reduce the possibility of the blade opening unintentionally.

The company uses CPM154 steel for the blade and adds a DLC coating. For those not familiar, DLC stands for diamond-like carbon and the coating is said to decrease friction, increase hardness and improve corrosion resistance.

The handle is made of anodized aluminum. It has an integrated backspacer and a reversible pocket clip. The knife is designed to be carried tip up. At the rear of the handle is a lanyard tie off hole.

The Launch 6 knife is made in the company’s Oregon facility located in the United States. It has a suggested retail price of $169.99 US. The knife carries a MSRP of $220.99 Canadian.

I’ve had good luck with the company’s more moderately priced folding knives as general purpose tools. The Launch 6 is obviously a more specialized knife and comes in at a significantly higher price point. I would be interested to see how it stacks up against some of the other automatic opening knifes on the market.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Andrew

    Great knife for someone who loves Batman and hates ergonomics.

  • Edeco

    Kershaw’s going HAM: automatic, large size, premium steel, intimidating hammer-beam styling.

  • Looks like it’s out of the BUD-K Catalog.

    • Edeco

      Oh, that’s brutal :S

    • John

      HEY! A Bud-K knife is the coolest wall-art you can buy!

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    I currently carry a Zero Tolerance 350S, a monster in its own right, and before that its behemoth brother the 301. ZT makes high-quality tanks that fit in your pocket, and I’ve had good luck with Kershaw as well. I’d be hard-pressed to abandon the 350S, but if I was this sexy beast would more than likely replace it.

    • Mickey R

      Kershaw and ZT are owned by the same company, KAI…

      • TheSmellofNapalm

        I’m aware

    • john huscio

      ZT0452cf makes me drool

  • kipy

    For that much moolah I’m looking at either Benchmade or Spyderco.

  • Mickey R

    The design of the Launch 6 doesn’t do much for me, but I have to say I’m impressed with the quality of Kershaw’s new autos. I had a Launch 3, but wound up giving it to my brother-in-law for helping me out of a jam involving two dogs and a skunk at 1:00am. Now I’m looking to replace it with a blue anodized one.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    With a 3.75″ blade, how can the OAL be 5.1″? Does the blade fold into itself before folding into the 2″ handle?

    • John

      You see, THAT’S what makes this a “stealth” knife, part of it disappears when you close it!

  • Nocternus

    Not sure why they made the back of the handle pointy. Seems like it would negatively affect the ergonomics of actually using the thing. For around $100 you can a HK auto and they are made by Benchmade.

  • Paladin

    Why does this have a Canadian MSRP? Doesn’t seem like it would be legal here, since switchblades are prohibited.

    • Southpaw89

      Doesn’t appear to be a switch blade, but rather a spring assisted folding knife. Its a popular option in the US as several states have banned switch blades as well.

      • Paladin

        It has no thumbstuds on the blade, and is marketed as an auto, opened via a button on the handle, this makes it a switchblade according to Canadian law.

        • Jsim

          Yea its an auto not an assisted open its illegal in a bunch of states in the US too

        • DropGun25

          It has a automatic button deployment device, so definitely illegal in Canada.

          • Paladin

            Indeed, it’s kind stupid, considering that this knife is no more dangerous than the assisted opening knife I carry every day, but then when has politics ever been rational.

  • John

    I’ve really liked every Kershaw I have owned and most were under $50.

    This one is a little pricey but hey, the 3.75″ blade folds into a 1.3″ handle for OAL of 5.1″….now THAT’S cool! JK

  • avconsumer2

    After some research… these are illegal in my state. I really… reeeeally hate stupid laws. Like… ALMOST enough to run for office. ALMOST.

  • Urker

    Kershaw has lost all my business. I bought a $250 offset and it never was very sharp.Over the course of 3 yrs I sent it back for Sharpening, the last time it returned to me more dull then when it left. After begging they said they would give me a discount on a new knife if I sent them the offset back. Back to Spyderco or Benchmade.