Kershaw Thermite Review

May 1, 2014
Kershaw Thermite
Construction & Materials
Ease of Use
Steel Quality & Edge Retention

The Good

  • G10 Handle Scales
  • Hinderer Lock Bar Stabilizer
  • Deep Carry (rides low in the pocket)
  • Spanto Tipped Blade

The Bad

  • A bit long

After forcing myself to use the Kershaw Thermite as an every day carry–it initially felt too big for that–I found knife doesn’t impose on my back pocket as much as I thought it would. I have been a fan of Rick Hinderer’s custom knives for years so to see one of his designs in this affordable, durable package was a no-brainer. If you want a nice looking tactical pocketknife that you can beat the snot out of, buy this knife. 


The Kershaw Thermite is an affordable pocket knife that boasts some features usually only found on a knife two or three times as expensive as this one.

Construction & Materials
The Kershaw Thermite features three things I love: G10 Handle Scales, a stonewashed treatment, and a hollow-ground blade. The G10 scales could survive an apocalypse while the stonewashing of the handle hides any dents, dings, scratches, etc. that do develop on the knife. The hollow-ground blade allows for the blade to travel through materials smoothly.

Additionally, the Thermite features a Lock Bar Stabilizer, which eliminates the possibility of bending the lock bar when releasing the blade–bending which would render the locking feature useless.

Ease of Use 
I let a few friends play around with the Thermite and we all agree that the handle is just a little bit too long for a pocket knife. You eventually get used to it but it’s a bigger knife than some testers were comfortable with. The assisted flipper opening feature, however, is a dream.

Steel Quality & Edge Retention
The Kershaw Thermite features 8Cr13MoV steel–an affordable steel that performs well. It holds a decent edge and sharpening the steel is a breeze. The Spanto tip combined with the hollow ground design should preserve the edge for some time, provided it is not used to cut through spools of rope without a sharpening stone nearby.

I’ve used this knife for over a month without any complaints (I even wore it to a wedding). I ran it through all of the standard tests, and then some and it looks brand new. Stonewashing the blade was a great choice. I’m still swooning over the stylized G10 handle scales.

You would be hard-pressed to find a knife that looks and functions as well as this one–at this price. With the bells and whistles built into this pig, I expected the price to be north of $100.


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