Produced by Cameron McKirdy
One of the most popular every day carry knives is the Kershaw Chive designed by Ken Onion. This sly blade features the patented SpeedSafe assisted opening, giving it a remarkable feel. In the HD video I put the knife to the test, slicing a can, plastic bottle, different types of cordage, and much more. On Youtube I couldn’t find anyone doing a legit cut test with the Chive, so I made an extreme one.
I was genuinely surprised to see that the Kershaw didn’t dull after cutting the soda can. I muscled through the bottom, and I was sure it would damage the blade, or at least scratch the titanium-oxide rainbow coating. But even after that, I was able to shave off a good chunk of arm hair in a few strokes. The knife did everything I wanted it to, making it a perfect EDC tool. It’s ultra lightweight too, at only 1.7 ounces.
The Chive comes in a wide variety of colors, some with different handle materials, but the Rainbow version is the most expensive. There’s nothing girly about it. The wild coating reminds me of an oil slick, which are always interesting to look at. I like the stepped thumb studs, because they are rigid, making the small 1 15/16″ blade easy to open. However, I prefer to use the flipper on the back, because I feel it’s a little safer, and there’s no chance of slicing my thumb on deployment. It does have a solid tip-lock system for safety, so the knife won’t open when you pull it out of your pocket. In addition, I love the long, sturdy pocket clip. It’s not rainbow, just polished steel with the Kershaw logo etched down it. Plus, the jimping on the top of the blade gives you more control, which is good because the Chive is small, and somewhat slick due to the coating.
At the end of the day, the Kershaw Chive is a legend. Trust me, you want one. It makes a great keychain knife, and if you carry it on you, you’ll use it daily. For additional tech specs, and to view other models, visit http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/ Thanks for visiting and supporting Survival Bros – your emergency preparedness blog. Comments, likes, and shares are appreciated. What knife would you like me to test next, and what should I destroy with it? Peace.
The Kershaw Rainbow Chive – Model 1600VIB
My survival keychain video starring The Chive
Popping Blisters with the small knife after hiking on the PCT