Kershaw seem to have a knack of creating great looking and functional small knives. The Kershaw Diode and Cinder are both teeny little folders that have the features and design of a much larger knife.
The Kershaw Shuffle is another small knife from Kershaw – it’s not as wee as the Cinder or Diode but it’s still only 3.25″ when closed and 5.75″ when fully open.
It might be small in stature but it certainly isn’t small in features.
Firstly, the drop point blade is a chunky little number, coming in at just 2.4″ with a sweeping belly. It is made from decent quality 8Cr13Mov which is an upper mid-range knife steel, with high corrosion resistance, good hardness and it should also hold an edge well. For a knife at this price point it’s an excellent option.
The blade has solid thumb studs on each side of the blade for an easier one handed open. It takes a bit of practice getting the positioning right to open with one hand but once you get the knack it is very easy to do.
The shuffle has a few different blade options too, including black oxide coating and a ‘blackwash’ which gives the blade an ‘aged’ look. All the options look very nice coupled with the handle colours available.
The handle is made from hard wearing glass filled nylon and features a textured finished comprised of Kershaw ‘Ks’. This feels grippy but not at all rough. There is a decent sized pocket clip reversible pocket clip
Built into the handle is a solid lanyard hole which also acts as a flat headed screwdriver as well as a handy bottle opener. The grip when using the screwdriver is made more effective by having some jimping which provides a secure hold.
In the hand the Kershaw Shuffle is surprisingly comfortable due to the ergonomic design of the handle. There are some well positioned finger grooves in the handle as well as one on the blade so it rests really snugly in the hand. The grip position this provides is very good, you feel completely in control of the blade with it’s out-of-the-box super sharpness. For such a small knife they have put a lot of thought into making it so comfortable to hold.
The blade opens smoothly, with just a little resistance to prevent pocket opening and it locks securely in place with a sturdy liner lock. The lock is solid and requires quite a bit of pressure to release, which is no bad thing at all.
This is cracking utility knife and I can see this being a popular knife given the features it has for the low price point. The great range of colours is nice too and makes a change from the standard black and steel a lot of manufacturers stick with.
All in all, another really solid knife from Kershaw who seem to be putting just as much effort into small knives as they do with their larger ones.
If you are looking for a versatile and tough pocket folder then the Kershaw Shuffle is definitely worth a look. It is packed with great features and feels very comfortable to hold and use.
As a daily carry utility knife it is extremely good value for money.