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Kershaw Thermite 57% Off

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  1. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    Amazon currently has the Kershaw Thermite for $23.64, which is 57% off of MSRP, and it's prime eligible. I've been carrying one for the past several months and it's a darn nice knife. It's also cheap enough to replace that I don't mind beating and I wouldn't be upset if I lost it. At typical $30 to $40 online retailer prices it's a great buy: You get a real G10 front scale with milled texture, aluminum back spacer, assisted opening flipper, steel frame lock with over travel stop disk, 3.5" blade with a correctly ground Hinderer Spanto tip, and stone washed finished on the steel parts. For $23 and change it's insane.

    Y'all remind me to quit slacking and do a full review of this thing.
     
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    I handled his knife at Blade and I was impressed (and I'm an awful knife snob).
     
  3. Sam Cade

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    Yes!!
    Ordered and donation given to the NRA.

    This is the second Thermite in the house since my Wife snatched the first one and it lives in her knife drawer now.

    Folks, jump in on this one. It is one of the best deals on a production folder I've seen in years.
     
  4. HorseSoldier

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    If anyone qualifies for the military (or probably other) discount at ProMotive.com, one of the companies they are linked up with is Kershaw (40% off MSRP). Benchmade is on there too, though I haven't looked at the details on their program.
     
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    I was just looking at youtube vids of the Thermite, and was thinking about buying it @ $24 or Tremor @ $18... decisions decisions... ugaarguy and hso, any thoughts?
     
  7. rcmodel

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    Get both and do a test report write-up, right here on THR when you get them!

    Both together at those prices cost less then a good knife costs most places!

    rc
     
  8. Praxidike

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    Grrr ended up getting both... Both should be here by Monday or Tuesday.
     
  9. Comrade Mike

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    I read this thread and thought "they don't sell thermite on amazon last I checked"
     
  10. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    I see you've already ordered both. I don't have any experience with the Tremor, but it is discontinued so buy another quickly if you fall in love with it.

    RC is also spot on regarding the combined price you paid for both: The Thermite is $38 plus shipping from Cabela's, and I'd still pay that price if Cabela's was the only place I could get one.

    In fact, the folks at the KAI USA booth at Blade told me that there will be a roughly 3" blade length mini length Thermite released later this year, and that knife will be a Cabela's exclusive. I'm guessing they'll sell the new mini for $5 less than the full size Thermite. If Cabela's does hit the $33 or less price point on the mini I'll almost certainly buy one, and I suspect I'm not alone in that assertion.
     
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    ugaarguy

    Thanks for the heads up on the Thermite!
     
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    Thx for the heads up!
     
  13. Joe Demko

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    Bought one based on this thread. I'm 90% happy with it. It opens nicely with the flipper thingy, but use of the thumb stud threatens injury. I lubed it and have played with it a bit. If it loosens up enough to fly all the way open from a nudge on the stud, I will change my rating to 100%
     
  14. Praxidike

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    Both of mine just came in too. I will post pics later.
     
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    Play with the tightness of the handle liner and blade pivot screws

    If it's like a Leek and has a plastic handle spacer?
    When the front one is over-tightened it squeezes the scales together and clamps down on the blade so it won't snap open all the way.


    rc
     
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  16. Gottahaveone

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    You Sir, are a dirty, dirty bird. I really didn't need another blade :D
     
  17. Sam Cade

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    This is the one that came today.

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    Superb factory sharpness.

    Only quibble is that the inside of the liner where it was split was left with a sharp edge.

    Otherwise it is perfect.
     

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  18. ugaarguy

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    Having pulled mine apart and looked at the shape of the assist spring I don't think the Thermite is ever going to open with just a nudge on the thumb studs. The spring / blade relationship provides a camming action that gives the blade a strong bias toward closure. I like that bias toward closure because it requires an intentional push against the flipper to open to the blade, so it's far less likely to accidentally open in the pocket from a bump on the flipper. I consider the thumb studs to be a backup in case the spring assist fails.
     
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    another new owner based on thread. thee of the locking tab i:ppngagements very shallow on mine elngagement ,it is about 20 percent at most . i prefer 50 percent at least to feel safe, yes it will wear in after alot of use probably. otherwise seems good but the blade is kinda thick to slice easily. excellent value tho, csnt see how the Chinese do it. :uhoh:
     
  20. ugaarguy

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    Gordon, if you want a slicey grind Kershaw on the cheap there's always the RJ Martin designed Zing for literally a few pennies more. It's smaller (3 inch blade), the back spacer is plastic instead of aluminum, and there's no over-travel stop. But it's thin, light, and slicey.
     
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    Definitely an awesome deal, and while I think I could use another assisted opening knife, 1) the almost guaranteed wrath of the wife's "You Don't Need Another D*** Knife", and 2) the very gray area wording of Maine's law on assisted opening knives has me turning this one down. Also I got spoiled by the benchmade Axis lock system and really don't know if I could go back to a frame lock, especially one that doesn't have a better match up.

    And BTW Remember to do that full review!!! I would be interested in reading it.
     
  22. Yo Mama

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    Can you remove the thumb studs? This is the only way I'll grab one.
     
  23. Sam Cade

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    They are probably threaded and (v.) locktighted. Give me 5 min and Ill try to remove them.
     
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    Like so:

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    Now that looks a lot better!
     
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