Kershaw Lifter. At that time, for 19 usd, that was a no brainer of a deal. The knife looks good, feels good, and is well put together by a well-known company with a lifetime warranty.
Ironically enough, a few days later I ended up breaking the tip of the Lifter. Maybe I applied a bit too much force to the tip when cutting some wood, maybe the heat treatment of the humble 3Cr13 blade material wasn’t done properly. The grainy texture of the exposed broken tip suggested this. I decided not to waste any time and sent it back to Kershaw so that they could take a look and decide for themselves it was within warranty or not. Today, a few weeks later after sending it back, a brand new Kershaw Lifter was delivered to my door!
Today the Kershaw Lifter costs around 23 usd, which is still very reasonable for the knife you’re getting. I personally find the blade geometry very appealing. Although I wouldn’t abuse the tip given that its quite fine for a tanto, it still allows for detail cutting while the recurved portion of the blade is great for slashing and you can safely apply as much force as you want. It’s a very functional shape for a 3.5 inch blade. The Speedsafe assisted opening system is very fast when used along with the flipper. The blackwash finish simply looks fantastic and the entire knife just looks well-worn, tough and plain cool.
If you want to spend a bit more money, maybe check my Best EDC Folders for 2015 post, but for 23 bucks, the Kershaw Lifter is hard to beat.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.