For 2016, KAI USA LTD announced a number of new Kershaw knives. Among the new folding blades are a pair of SpeedSafe opening knives: the Grid and the Identity.
The Grid is a modified drop point knife that is said to offer great piercing ability while not sacrificing its ability to slice. The 3.7″ blade is made of 8CrMoV steel and has a black oxide, non reflecting coating for improved corrosion resistance.
As with many Kershaw knives, the Grid uses the company’s SpeedSafe assisted opening device that allows the user to lock the blade open quickly and easily with one finger pulling back on the flipper bar. A frame lock holds the blade securely open.
The handle is made of steel, and it is finished in a grey titanium carbo-nitride coating. The suggested retail price of this knife is $49.99.
Another SpeedSafe opening knife, the Identity has a broad drop point blade made of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. It is also finished in a black oxide coating for low reflection and increased corrosion resistance. The blade length is 3.5″.
The handle is made of steel with glass filled nylon inserts. The clip is reversible and is designed to carry the knife deep in the pocket, tip up.
The MSRP of this knife is $39.99 and it should be shipping soon.