Kershaw Knives is a leader in producing innovative knives at very reasonable prices. Well-known knife designer, Ken Onion, has partnered with Kershaw to produce a large line of production folding knives, from small utility knives to larger tactical knives.
The Tactical Blur incorporates a 3-3/8 inch tanto style, partially serrated blade, fashioned from 440A stainless steel with a black, Tungsten DLC coating. This functional blade folds into a nicely contoured, aluminum handle with Kershaw’s “Trac-Tek” inserts. The “Trac-Tek” inserts are one of the unique features of the Blur series, and they give this knife a grippy, textured surface, not unlike skateboard tape. It is hard to imagine how you could lose a grip on this knife, even in the most adverse conditions. The Blur also sports a pocket clip that can be positioned for tip-up or tip-down carry.
The most unusual feature of this knife, however, is the Ken Onion designed “Speed Safe” technology. Speed Safe is an assisted opening technology that allows the knife to spring open quickly, once the blade opening has been started manually. In the Blur configuration, you merely have to press on the thumb studs to start the blade opening and the spring assist takes over and snaps the knife smartly into its locked open position. This is a practical feature that makes for a very quick opening, and it is just a lot of fun. Kershaw makes no representations about the legality of this mechanism in all jurisdictions, but it certainly is not a “switchblade” in the normal legal sense, since the blade is opened by movement of the blade, not by a button. Check your local laws if you think it could be an issue in your state.
The Tactical Blur retails for $99.95, but is available from many sources for around $60, sometimes even less. This is a lot of knife for the money. Some knife snobs would prefer a higher performance steel, but the price would have to be considerably higher. There are also other Blur configurations and colors available, including a “Rescue Blur” with a rounded safety tip and integrated glass breaker.
I find this to be a great everyday carry knife that has held up exceptionally well to the rigors of daily use.
I have really enjoyed my Tactical Blur and I carry it daily. This knife is up to any reasonable task, from opening boxes to defending yourself if necessary. The knife is large enough for a working knife, but not so large that it scares people, although the Speed Safe opening just might! Sometimes if using the knife in a crowd, I will chose to pull it open in the traditional manner, rather than draw attention by snapping it open with the assisted opening. I find this to be a great everyday carry knife that has held up exceptionally well to the rigors of daily use. The Kershaw Tactical Blur has my vote for a practical, tactical and affordable folder.