Time for a quick little knife review. For a long time, my obsession with outdoor gear led me to procure knife after knife after knife, alongside a multitude of watches. I came to amass quite a collection of folders, assisted folders, and fixed blades. Last year, I decided to aggressively slim down my collection of “stuff”. Ten or so knives did not make the cut. The few that did are worth reviewing. Cue the Kershaw Scallion.
The Kershaw Scallion is a small assisted folder that uses Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opener technology. The 420HC blade measures in at 2.4 inches and the entire package weighs just under 3 oz.
While not the most durable, high end, or state of the art knife, the Kershaw Scallion is simple, well-designed (as you would expect from knifemaker Ken Onion), solidly constructed, and fits the bill for an every day carry knife. The full steel handle gives the knife a solid heft. The SpeedSafe opening system is fluid and has yet to fail. The slight recurve on the blade makes easy work of rope or any small task. Kershaw also added a minimal blade lock to the butt of the knife, preventing it from opening up in your pocket and slice your leg open. The beautiful thing about this blade lock is that it is simple and easy to manipulate. Many assisted openers do not have this feature or have a very complex and cumbersome version, so Kershaw aced this one. Keeping your customers alive and happy is always a smart play.
This is a great knife for every day tasks. It should not replace your fixed-blade in your bush crafting kit, but it’ll serve you well for most of your urban and semi-urban jobs.
Made in America.
The Bare Bones
Name: Kershaw Scallion
Materials: All-metal construction
Opening Style: Assisted w/ flipper
Blade Steel: 420HC Steel
Blade Length: 2.7 inches
Weight: 2.9 oz