I’m always on the lookout for tactical knives that are unique — knives that truly stand out from the crowd of standard fixed-blade and tactical folding knives — and I’ve found one that meets that qualification: the Kershaw Static.
The Static vs. Day-to-Day Tasks
What makes the Static a standout is that it features a blade shape reminiscent of that found on a meat cleaver. Indeed, Kershaw cleverly refers to it as “cleaver-shaped.” However, I also note a resemblance to the modern crop of straight razors. Whichever style seems to best describe the blade shape, one thing is apparent: This blade is clearly designed for slicing and cutting chores. It does so with aplomb.
Now, if we’re being painfully honest, those who lawfully carry a tactical knife — whether a SWAT team member, a street cop or a civilian — often use the blade for utility purposes (cutting or prying stuff open). In my case, it’s cardboard boxes containing new products to test for USCCA … or the latest deliveries from Amazon. It all boils down to this: Utility knives are largely used for day-to-day tasks. So the folks at Kershaw decided to design the Static with all the qualities needed to complete those missions.
The Static is a tactical-style utility knife rather than a true tactical knife. This modern tactical style makes the Static easy to operate. The Static uses a Kershaw KVT ball bearing finger flipper opening system (clearly the best out there) and is nearly as quick to open as most automatic knives. The blade locks in place with a sturdy frame lock, making it capable of light prying chores.
Kershaw Static Has It Handled
I really like the handle of the Static. It is constructed of stainless steel and features a protective gray PVD coating. It has angled machining cuts that provide an integral gripping surface. The handle is curved naturally for a secure and comfortable fit in the hand, and the pocket clip is reversible.
Then there is the magnificent 2.8-inch satin-finished cutting blade, which is also good for minor chopping chores. It is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, made in China by Aichi Steel. The high carbon steel has the added alloying elements of molybdenum, vanadium and nickel to improve wear-resistance and toughness. My testing has shown it to be worthy of any reasonable task as long as it doesn’t require deep perpendicular penetration.
The top of the blade measures 2mm in width and is quite sturdy. There is a series of serrations across the top for non-slip thumb control. There is also a large groove for the index finger that runs from the finger flipper extension to the start of the cutting edge. It provides good finger-thumb control for finer cutting tasks.
One word of caution is in order. I have medium-sized fingers, and when I place my index finger in it, there is not much room between my finger and the start of the cutting edge. If you have large fingers, you will have to keep index-finger pressure against the flipper lever portion of the blade, pulling back toward the rear. It’s not a flaw in the design but rather something of which to be aware.
I’ve been carrying the Kershaw Static for about three months now. It has carried well inside my pants pocket (all the way inside since I don’t use the pocket clips). The PVD finish hasn’t shown any obvious wear despite riding with car keys and coins in the same space. It took nearly the entire three months of regular use before I needed to sharpen it, which I took care of with just few minutes on an old whetstone.
Some fine rust spots appeared on the blade when I neglected to wipe a bit of moisture off. This is typical of higher carbon stainless steel. All it took was a wipe down with Lucas Oil Gun Metal Polish and the blade was good as new.
The Kershaw website says that the “Static is an ideal work and utility knife that’s also easy to EDC.” That’s exactly right. If this is the type of blade you need, the MSRP is only $59.99.
About Scott W. Wagner
After working undercover in narcotics and liquor investigations, Scott W. Wagner settled down to be a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. He was also a SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader before his current position as patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. Scott is a police firearms instructor certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.