Kershaw VaporII Folding Knife's


Texas Gunman
February 1, 2003, 10:12 PM

NEW PRODUCT - The Ken Onion "Vapor" and "Vapor II"

WILSONVILLE, OR - Kershaw Knives has introduced two new Ken Onion knives designed to compete in the value-priced knife market.

The new knives are the Vapor (Model 1640) and the Vapor II (Model 1650). Both have a sleek, high-tech look and a super-smooth feel. The Vapor is retail priced at $34.95 and the larger Vapor II retails for $39.95.

While the new knives do not feature the Speed-Safe assisted-opening mechanism, they are sure to please customers with their butter-smooth, one-handed opening ability. The blade glides easily out of the handle as the user pushes on the unique, conical-stepped thumbstud and rotates the blade into position. When the blade is open a portion of the bottom handle slips behind the blade to lock it in place.

The new Kershaw Ken Onion Vapor models feature quality 410 steel handles, decoratively drilled for an industrial-tech look. The Vapor's unusual open handle construction enhances its strong, yet airy, design. The blade is made of premium AUS 6A stainless steel. For extra strength and durability, the blade is flat ground to Kershaw's famous, "shaving sharp" edge.

"With these new Kershaw Ken Onion models, we are answering the needs of our market for a Kershaw-quality knife with a value price," said Doug Flagg, Sales & Marketing Manager of Kershaw Knives, Ltd. "The knife's handsome Ken Onion design should make it very attractive to our customers as an everyday carrying knife with flair."

The two Vapor models boast top-quality construction. They are manufactured in China under the strict management of Kershaw's parent company, the Japan-based KAI Group-one of the world's leading blade manufacturers. As with all Kershaw products, the two new models are built to maintain Kershaw's worldwide reputation for quality and innovation. The company prides itself on using the highest quality materials and state-of-the-art techniques to produce knives and other cutting tools that are prized throughout the world.

Kershaw's NEW Vapor and Vapor II are available now. Both models will come complete with a matching belt clip and are attractively packaged.

I'd just purchased one of these Kershaw's 1650ST,but it has a blade like the 2nd gif picture.

I couldnt make up my mind at first, between Gerber & Kershaw, but after doing side by side evaluation, I had to go with the one that seem to be more impressive in fit and function.

Anyone here owns a Kershaw?


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February 2, 2003, 03:12 PM
I have a few Kershaws, and the Vapor II may be my favorite. A Ken Onion design, it's elegant, slim, has no rough edges in the hand, and is one of the best deals in the knife market right now...

February 2, 2003, 03:22 PM
Like em better if they werent made in China, never had a knife made there that was worth a hoot in the long run..


February 2, 2003, 03:24 PM
In the last weeks, I've become a pretty big Kershaw fan. Recommend them highly!

February 2, 2003, 03:38 PM
My Vapor II exhibits better fit & finish for a lower price than many of my American-made knives.

TamWhendidwildalaskagetalljingoisticara ;)

Texas Gunman
February 2, 2003, 04:16 PM
Wildalaska, normally I'd say the same thing reguarding China, but this Kershaw is ran by Americans, but their factory is located in China, its also related to KAI.
Gerber is made in Taiwon, it a nicely made knife too, but after doing a side by side comparesion, Kershaw won me over. :)


George Hill
February 3, 2003, 06:34 PM
I loved mine...
Great knife. But I was spoiled with the Speed-Safe knives and sold it off.
I now carry a BOA constantly. It's perhaps the best folder I've ever carried.
But if it wasn't for the lack of torsion bar assisted opening... I'd probably still have and be using it. I liked the way it was so slim and smooth in the pocket, allowing you to still put your hand in the pocket for something else and not scrape skin off that hand. Shaving razor sharp. Smooth action. Solid lock-up.
For what? Only 40 bucks? BEST DEAL GOING.

February 3, 2003, 07:24 PM

Not Jingoistic, my sneakers are made in China....

The Kershaws are OK, just got one in, not an Emerson or a benchmade, but OK...

But how well do they stand up? I dont know, my Emerson is going on 7 years of hard use..

Im not a Gerber fan except for their fixed blade knives....


February 3, 2003, 09:44 PM
I'll check that out... just got my first knife this weekend, a Benchmade Mini-Griptillian 556...

Texas Gunman
February 3, 2003, 10:12 PM
Found a picture of the Keshaw that I just got, their is two that has the same modle number, but have differnt blades.


February 3, 2003, 11:35 PM
I have the smaller of the Kershaw Vapors with the combo blade and I love it! I bought it mail order for $25. My local Walmart has the Vapor (straight blade) for $19.97. I see another Vapor in my future. Quadcab

February 3, 2003, 11:57 PM
But how well do they stand up? I dont know, my Emerson is going on 7 years of hard use..

Considering you can buy five or six Vapors for the price of one Emerson... ;)

February 4, 2003, 01:36 AM
Considering you can buy five or six Vapors for the price of one Emerson...

I can buy 5 cases of Pabst for the price of a bottle of Moet and it doesnt make it tastier....


February 4, 2003, 08:20 AM
Considering your question was "how well will they hold up over time?" I think my pointing out the price differential was relevant. They could wear out four times as fast as an Emerson (speaking of overhyped knives... ;) ) and still be a better value.

Heck, sometimes I even take the Commander out of my pocket and carry my Vapor II instead, just 'cause I like the way it handles. :cool:

February 4, 2003, 08:28 AM
Tamara: You like the way the Vapor II handles? I thought it had too much torque steer and body roll. :p

February 4, 2003, 09:04 AM
Mine has the sport suspension: thicker front anti-roll bar, stiffer springs and the manual transaxle has equal length halfshafts to cut down on torque steer. ;)

Texas Gunman
February 4, 2003, 09:45 AM
Im also fond of my ak-47, it isnt american made, but it will out last american made AR's.
Not to mention more dependable.:p

And it didnt cost me as much $$ :neener:


February 5, 2003, 09:25 PM
Texas Gunman - I went to check out the Vapor today. Nice knife, but I like the Kershaws w/ the spring Blackout & Chive. The closest one they had in the store like the Vapor w/ this feature is the Leek. Check it out, it's niiiiiice! ;)

February 9, 2003, 03:54 AM
So does anyone besides me think the rainbow finish has a really cool pimp vib?

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