Review of Kershaw "Outcast".


Al Thompson
April 10, 2009, 08:49 PM
Folks, I like big knives and short rifles. Recently, I purchased a Kershaw Outcast from for 69 bucks (+ 8.00 for shipping) and am very pleased with the knife.

This is a bolo, pure and simple. The powder coated blade is about 1/5 inch thick, has enough weight to chop nicely without being too heavy. The D2 steel blade both holds a good edge and is reasonably easy to resharpen. The blade is pretty deep, about 2 1/2 inches at the maximum and is roughly 9 4/5 inch long. The handle is rubber, sort of like the grip on a Taurus revolver and very comfortable. OAL is abot 16 inches.

The sheath is a well designed Kydex unit with numerous lashing holes (hollow rivits) around the edge and a interesting belt clip on the back. It appears (I have not done it) that you can adjust the belt clip to several different positions if you wish. The clip is held to the scabbard by two Chicago screws.

I've had to clear lots of brush around the house and chopped some pine up for kindling. Easy stuff for the Outcast. Splitting some logs was pretty simple - wack the back of the blade with a hardwood billet - sort of like using a wedge and sledge hammer. After all that, no blisters on the hand (love that grip), some wear on the powder coat (no big deal to me) and slightly dulled. A few passes with a ceramic rod and we're right back to sharp enough. :)

I liked this knife enough that I purchased another one from

Things I didn't like - mainly think the edge bevel was too steep. I played with the angles a bit when I resharpened it and reduced the bevel somewhat. I haven't finished that yet, but my thought now is that I would like to get a very sharp edge on this thing and see how it does field dressing and butchering a deer.



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April 10, 2009, 10:36 PM
I have one also but never have used it much - nice review!

April 11, 2009, 12:43 AM
I have one also but never have used it much - nice review!

I don't know why, but it struck me as strange that you would have any knives other than your own. Turning off my moron switch, it makes sense that if you make knives, you obviously like knives, and therefore likely own more than a few knives not of your own creation.

Al, I liked the review.

April 11, 2009, 06:35 AM
Thanks, Al. 1/3"? Really. That's huge.


Dark Skies
April 11, 2009, 06:45 AM
It's just too bad that increasingly these days one sets out to buy American or English brand goods believing them to be tough as old boots only to find out it's got Made in China on the box.

April 11, 2009, 07:43 AM
Major review there. Thanks Al.

Pitty Ken Onion and Kershaw parted ways, but it does free him up to produce designs for other companies.

Al Thompson
April 11, 2009, 08:22 AM
Thanks all for the kind remarks.

Valkman, do you guys have trees in Nevada? :D

John - oppsy, it's 1/5, not 1/3. Thanks for the catch.

Dark, the knife does not have made in China on it, but I didn't look at the box either.

Dark Skies
April 11, 2009, 08:48 AM
It's on the spiel at the link you posted for the Outcast.

April 11, 2009, 12:48 PM
Thanks, Al. I was thinking "1/3! I don't want to carry that!" :D

Al Thompson
April 11, 2009, 02:06 PM
John - IIRC, you know of what you speak as you have a couple of knives that meet or exceed that criteria. :D X 2

Dark, you're spot on. I missed that completely.

April 11, 2009, 02:54 PM
Trees? Hmmm, no not really! :D

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 14, 2009, 10:54 PM
I almost got one a couple of times, but I just couldn't figure out what I'd use it for. Very cool though.

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