Kershaw Scallion?....


Dave McCracken
June 27, 2008, 05:06 PM
I'm not really a knife guy, though I have a few more than needed and admire good tools.

I found this one at the range last year or so in the dirt. It's a model 1620, black synthetic handle and pocket clip. About 2.5" of blade, and looks quite Tacticool.

The edge was kinda roached, but I've managed to get most of the nicks out. Seems to be good steel, and the whole thing is made to cut well and with precision.

What's the word on these? It may become an alternate EDC with my little Puma and Bucklite. Haven't tried it yet, but it looks like it'll travel in the watch pocket on my Lees.

BTW, this is the second proof that pocket clips can get too loose. The first knife I found at PGC was a Benchmade tactical style that now graces the waist of a friend. She needed a good knife and I had an extra.


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June 27, 2008, 06:00 PM

Kershaw are known for having great out of the box edges. The 1620 has 420HC steel. This should sharpen easily, but will not retain an edge as long as newer "super steels". It does have good impact resistance and good rust resistance.

The Scallion should be a perfectly good daily user that you're not afraid to use or bugger up.


Fred Fuller
June 27, 2008, 06:05 PM
Nice finds, both of them. You must be livin' right, Dave.


Dave McCracken
June 27, 2008, 06:49 PM
Thanks, folks.

John, this wasn't out of the box, it was semi buried when first seen by me. In fact, I rinsed it off under the faucet and left it in the sun until it dried.

It does feel like a using knife, and cuts nicely.

Lee, that almost balances out the couple 110s and a nice Gerber I've left here and there.

IMO, it's a keeper and I count my cutlery blessings......

June 27, 2008, 06:59 PM
Oh, I got that part, Dave. I guess by that I meant that Kershaw does a good heat treat and edge geometry, as opposed to some knife makers who may use steel, but treat it bad, or whose knives have poor angles of attack. :D

As you probably know, a good part of how well a steel works for an application is how well it's treated. Buck's Bos-treated 420HC knives cut just fine, for example. ;)


Dave McCracken
June 27, 2008, 09:10 PM
Got it, John. I've reset the bevels on a couple knives because they were off, and did at least one to alleviate the fact that the grind ended before the steel did.

There's a little non US made Gerber here like that. Nice design, decent materials, but the grind's a bit steep for fine knife work. I use it to open boxes and such.

Brian Dale
June 28, 2008, 12:20 AM
I used mine as an EDC knife for three or four years. It's a useful size, I like the blade geometry and the handle fits my hand well. I'm currently trying out a couple of older style pocket knives with carbon steel blades, but I still carry the Scallion occasionally.

Good find.

Dave McCracken
June 28, 2008, 09:07 AM
Thanks, Brian. It fits my hand also.

John G
June 28, 2008, 12:50 PM
Since 2003 I've carried a green Scallion right on my keychain. The pocket clip ensures that not only is the knife readily available, but my keys are never buried in my pocket either. With the blade deployed, the keyring serves as a sort of inprovised grip extention.

Also, I can walk around with the closed knife in my hand, ready for instant deployment, without it seeming strange. Most untrained eyes would only see a handful of keys (and some sort of green keychain weight. :cool:)

June 28, 2008, 03:28 PM
I collect knifes. I have several Kershaws. They are fine knives, and have a "lifetime warranty." If you contact Kershaw, they will send you a new clip alow with screws. They have done this for me on several of my knives. They even sent me a small screwdriver with different size screw adaptors to remove the screws and put them back. Kershaw HIGHLY backs their product and their customer service is excellent.

Dave McCracken
June 28, 2008, 05:22 PM

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