The Ember is a Rick Hinderer designed framelock flipper from Kershaw that follows the functional, slim look of the Cryo, but in a much smaller size. It has a matte-grey titanium coating along with black hardware that make the Ember all the more appealing. The Ember utilizes Kershaw's SpeedSafe® assisted opening for quick deployment using the flipper. The modified clip-point blade has an ergonomic top curve, which gives the user a convenient place to position an index finger when guiding the knife’s edge in a close-cutting situation. A sturdy frame lock secures the blade in position while the 3-position pocket clip makes it adaptable to your everyday carry needs.
How they can sell these at just over 20 bucks is beyond me. Is it great steel, no. Is it amazing fit and finish, no, but it's good. This thing has super-cool looks and is small enough to put in any pocket, nook, or cranny. In the first 10 minutes, I did launch it across the room once, but have since figured out how to hold it. It's easy to open/close with one hand and the blade flies out and locks with a just satisfying enough click. It's a tiny knife that looks ironically tough - pretty dang cool!
Great little knife! Mine works perfectly, flies out quickly, lockup is perfect, and came sharp. I took the clip off and keep it loose in pocket for when a larger knife is not allowed, or for two knife carry with a larger/scarier looking knife (no need to pull out a 4" blade at Starbucks to open an envelope etc.) Can't speak to longevity yet, but love it so far!
This is a good choice for a small, first EDC knife. I really like the design of the knife and it fit ok in my med/large hands. The speedsafe opening made it easy to open the knife and its small size made it disappear in my pocket.
Just received my ember and I'm happy with it. Very small but cool knife. The action works perfectly. Hard to open with big hands but still a nice little knife overall.
At this price point can't ask for more, with assistance. It's smaller than I thought, not very comfortable, I would keep it for office environment, envelopes and packages, not more, two fingers grip. It's like a cool looking envelope opener. The handle steel started to rust at some points, so not very enviroment friendly.
Great looking, holds an edge but didnt stand up to mild carry. Pocket clip scratched quickly, blade and pocket clip both required tightening with minimal use. I stopped carrying fairly soon for fear it wouldnt hold up. I got the kershaw amplitude the same day... it has proven a better knife.
The ember is a good little knife but after 6 months of use the spring broke. The ember is not a very good flipper without the spring assist. The blade holds a pretty good edge and the finish holds up okay. It's a good knife for $20 but a better, more durable spring needs to be used.
I wanted to find a really small EDC knife, and this looked like it fit the bill. Unfortunately it has several drawbacks: 1. It's so small that it's very awkward to hold with one hand while flipping it open. 2. The real deal-breaker, though is the construction - it's not great. Also, while I don't really care if my blade perfectly centered, this one was so far off that it rubs agains the inside of the handle. I suppose if you want a small knife that wont see heavy use, this could still work.
Let me start off by saying that the teflon washers on my ember failed after a few weeks of use. If it weren't for that, this knife would be a really cool and unique knife in a size that doesn't have as many options. The detente is a bit on the harder side but when this knife deploys it really flies out there. The design is great. It has various comfortable grips. It is very practical. It simply isn't there in terms of materials.