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Review of Kershaw "Outcast".

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Al Thompson, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    Folks, I like big knives and short rifles. Recently, I purchased a Kershaw Outcast from www.knifesupply.com 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 Knife.com.

    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.


    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  2. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    I have one also but never have used it much - nice review!
  3. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    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.
  4. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, Al. 1/3"? Really. That's huge.

  5. Dark Skies

    Dark Skies Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Major review there. Thanks Al.

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

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    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.
  8. Dark Skies

    Dark Skies Well-Known Member

  9. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, Al. I was thinking "1/3! I don't want to carry that!" :D
  10. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    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.
  11. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Trees? Hmmm, no not really! :D
  12. 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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