Kershaw Zing Assisted Opening Knife Stainless Steel (3" Bead Blast) 1730SS

MSRP: $49.99
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:6.875"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.11"
  • Blade Material:8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Hollow
  • Finish:Bead Blast
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.34"
  • Handle Material:Stainless Steel
  • Color:Gray
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.40 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Down, Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Spring Assisted
  • Opener:Flipper, Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:Frame Lock
  • Brand:Kershaw
  • Model:Zing
  • Model Number:1730SS
  • Designer:RJ Martin
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

Description

The Zing is a sleek, stylish knife from Kershaw, now with a stainless steel handle and the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism. The knife has a plain edged stainless steel blade. The handle is also all stainless steel with a bead blast finish to match the blade. The knife is easily opened via the flipper, and the lock up is absolutely solid with the added security of a framelock!

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Room for improvement, but love it.
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Robert K.
12-27-2016
For the price point, this could be a 5 star knife. It's a great shape blade profile. It slices and dices cardboard crisply, in spite of its small size. It's what a Leek could be, with its more user friendly handle and robust blade tip.

Now I'll get the negatives out of the way. My main problem is the pocket clip. It has a poor shape, ergonomically speaking, making it difficult to clip on the pockets of my jeans and slacks (it likes to turn sideways due to its pronounced 'S' shape instead of inserting straight). Also, as noted by other reviews elsewhere, the clip doesn't hold up to extended wear well (weak steel or bad tempering?), widening up with time. I had mine less than 2 months before I noticed the clip losing its tension, sliding out of my pockets whenever I'd sit... Which is how I lost it (likely in a cab). I bought another. I was hoping the screws would come out on it so I could put a custom *simple and straight* deep carry clip on it, and orient it tip down. They wouldn't on either the first one I lost, nor the second: they've stripped three sets of higher quality alan tools trying, including my nice hardened chrome pair in the size. Maddening. Now I've lost the second one as the clip weakened.
Things I'd like to see on the next iteration of the Zing: some sculpting on the scales to increase grip, or a textured G-10 scale on one side as with the Thermite and other models. A return to sandvik blade steel. A simple straightened pocket clip, like the early prototype Zing SS showed. Also, the old models had a 'scooped' or contoured thumb stud. If a small flipper blade *must* have thumb studs, that is how they should be: contoured to assist thumb-push opening, like on the Blur. These are a vestigial irritant, and should be gone.
If it were available, I would definitely buy a premium model Zing as well, with slightly larger dimensions, textured white/jade tone g10 handle scales, S30V or comparable blade, deep carry pocket clip. Maybe no torsion assist but bronze washers?
As much as I gripe about this knife, it's a pleasure to use (when it isn't losing itself). Keep making good blades, Kershaw! Special thanks to Mr. Martin for the shaping of this design. Here's hoping Kershaw listens and improves!