The Knockout's drop-point blade allowed it to cut anything Blade Magazine put it up against. In fact, it performed well compared to each assisted opener in the article. Speaking of assisted opening, Kershaw’s SpeedSafe® technology has several unique features.
This mechanism uses a torsion bar to help open the blade. Because the torsion bar is hidden within the front handle, it’s almost like a magic trick every time you open the knife. Just pull the flipper, and the blade will snap into position — ready for work. When you want to close it, SpeedSafe acts a lot like a bicycle kickstand. You’ll face resistance at first, but soon enough, the blade will want to close by itself. This makes it extremely easy to open and close the Kershaw, especially compared to other opening systems on the market.