This Folder Sports Slick Looks And Features Aplenty.
There are some knives with all the right stuff. Everything seems to click. There’s a coherent persona from blade tip to handle base. The Kershaw Turbulence is just such a knife. Designed in collaboration with Oregon-based custom knifemaker Tim Gaylean, the Turbulence has hints of the knifemaker’s stealthy Moab model, but put through a wind tunnel to smooth out the hard edges.
The knife’s slick handles design features G10 handle scales with a liner-lock tucked between them and, on the design side, a deep finger choil for added purchase and finger protection. The kicked out midsection of the handle fits the inner palm like a glove, making for a comfortable, pistol-like grip. Turbulence’s 3.25″ Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel upswept, hybrid clip-point blade (some might refer to it as a reverse tanto) rolls out via a flick of the flipper or a nudge of the thumb stud, aided by Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism. Kershaw is credited with putting spring-assisted openers on the map and the velocity with which this knife’s blade rotates from point A to point B will not disappoint. The Turbulence stretches out to 7.75″ fully engaged. When the blade is opened the flipper moves to the front side of the handle and provides even more finger protection.
For toting the Turbulence features a stylish pocket clip that can be positioned for right or left hand tip-up carry and a lanyard hole is located in the base. At under 4.5 ounces in weight the Turbulence won’t drag you down, and the knife’s $110 suggested retail price won’t either. Kershaw’s Turbulence is a knife—made in the USA no less—loaded with features complimented by sleek styling and sound design, and well worth a whirl!
By Pat Covert
Maker: Kershaw Knives/Kai USA
18600 Teton Ave., Tualatin, OR 97062
Blade material: Sandvik 14C28N stainless
Blade length: 3.25″
Overall length: 7.75″
Weight: 4.4 ounces
Handle: G10 synthetic
Carry: Pocket clip