18 models added to Kershaw’s stacked lineup
SHOT Show is always an exciting time for Kershaw fans. The brand has been working on new models all year, unveiled for the first time at the world’s leading firearms tradeshow.
The team introduced new products to many attendees. From left to right: Nori Sawamura, Executive Vice President of Kai USA; Koji Endo, President and CEO of Kai Corporation; Phil Martin, President of Blue Ridge Knives; Jack Igarashi, COO of Kai USA; Thomas Welk, Director of Sales/Marketing/Product Development at Kai USA Sporting Division
For the first time, attendees got up close and personal with Kershaw’s new 2019 products.
Launch 10 (7150)
Launch 9 (7250)
Launch 10 (7350)
Fans of the Launch series will be pleased that three new automatics are being added to this exciting lineup. The Launch 8 is Kershaw’s take on classic Italian stilettos. A sleek and aggressive design, this Launch knife makes a statement.
Two smaller Launches were added for something a little subtler. The Launch 9 takes inspiration from the Launch 2, featuring an attractive profile and precision cutting. Its sibling, the Launch 10, sports a hawkbill blade shape that’s tailored for effective piercing cuts. Because of their short blade length, both knives are legal to carry in California, allowing more Kershaw fans to enjoy the Launch series.
On the import side, Kershaw is adding six new SpeedSafe knives to the lineup. Two of them are collaborations with custom knifemaker Les Geroge. George and Kershaw teamed up to create the Boilermaker and the Seguin. Both knives feature George’s distinct lines and practical design elements. And both will serve as effective working knives in the field.
Other new SpeedSafe knives come from Kershaw’s in-house design team, who consistently deliver innovative Kershaw Originals designs. 2019 is no exception. Notably, the SLT hidden flipper tab is making its way to the Kershaw lineup. Previously seen on the 0055, a collaboration between Zero Tolerance and Gus T. Cecchini, this opening method is effective and discreet. It stays hidden in the closed and open position, allowing the design to flow uninterrupted throughout the entire profile. You can find this feature on the Collateral and its smaller sibling, the Turismo.
The Collateral, in particular, left a big impression on show attendees. Everyday Carry named it SHOT Show’s Best Knife Design.
Rounding out the SpeedSafe offerings, the Oblivion offers an attractive, two-piece front handle scale and a blade that’s ready for the job. Finally, the Misdirect is the latest entry into Kershaw’s popular Starter Series, which offers affordable, quality knives to entry-level users. This new model is a modern take on a Starter knife, providing sleek looks and a reverse tanto blade.
Manual knives also shined at the Kershaw SHOT Show booth. From big to small, there’s something for everyone. Two additional Les George Kershaws stood out: the XCOM, a folding trench knife, and the Innuendo, a stylish, car-inspired flipper.
Other EDC friendly knives include the Decibel, the Mixtape, and the Epistle. Each of these designs offers a modern look and feel. Whichever one speaks to you, it will be an effective, lightweight addition to your gear.
A new entry to the Kershaw Shuffle family was also announced: the Antic. This knife includes an oversized ring to the back, allowing a karambit-style grip. However, unlike most karambits, the Antic features a friendly design, ready for everyday, casual use. Plus, it includes a bottle opener and screwdriver for added multi-functionality.
Rounding out the knife lineup, Kershaw introduced fresh updates to already-popular knives. Rick Hinderer’s keychain-friendly Cinder now has copper scales in a brand-new model. The Reverb also received a fresh makeover. Kershaw supersized the outdoor knife and gave it a new, upswept blade shape.
Kickflip Skate Tool
A new piece of gear was also announced at SHOT Show. Skateboarders will enjoy the new Kickflip skate tool, a collaboration between Kershaw and professional skateboarder Chris Cole. Its slim design fits conveniently in the pocket and includes five different tools to adjust your skateboard.
All of the new Kershaw products will be available within the first quarter of the year. What items catch your interest? Drop a comment below and let us know.