Handle: 6061-T6 anodized-aluminum
Today I am reviewing the Kershaw Scallion 1620NB assisted folder. I’ve been carrying this knife for about a week now and really like it for a few reasons I will point out below. It’s been my companion through my everyday tasks, mostly opening heavy duty shipping boxes, envelopes, and cutting rope.
The blade steel on the Kershaw Scallion is 420HC, which is a good steel. It is soft enough to sharpen easily but also hard enough to hold a hair-popping edge. Out of the box it was razor sharp! Even after a weeks worth of EDC cutting task I still feel confident using this knife for cutting task.
The blade on this knife deploys super fast and smooth thanks to Kershaws Speed-Safe assisted opening mechanism. The way that it works is when the blade is partially opening, an internals spring pushes the blade open the rest of the way. When closed. the tab that forms a sort of finger guard at the base of the blade is used to push the blade open with your index finger. The knife can also be opening by using the metal thumb stud. Using the thumb stud to open the knife is just as easy as using the finger tab. Lock up is rock solid with no wiggle room either way. And when closed, the blade has perfect blade centering.
The body on the Kershaw Scallion is constructed out of aluminum scales with stainless steel liners and a liner-lock locking system. Between the body lines and the jimping on spine of the blade, the ergonomics are great on the Scallion! You can really get a firm grip on the knife whether you’re using it barehanded or with gloves. Under severe wet conditions the aluminum scales can be a little slick but not to the point where it’s a danger to be using the knife. It’s slim profile makes carrying this knife super easy and fits in just about any EDC system.
The Kershaw Scallion 1620NB uses a very elegant black pocket clip. It allows the knife ti sit low in your pocket with about 1/4″ exposed. The pocket clip is right hand carry tip down carry only.