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