With its machined handle and integrated backspacer, the Tim Galyean designed Kershaw Launch 7 boasts a unique industrial appearance. The knife offers a lean profile equipped with a long CPM-154 stainless steel clip point blade. Its ergonomic handle is made from lightweight aluminum with sculpted details that provide a solid grip and an eye-catching look. The Launch 7 features superb automatic action and easy one-handed push button deployment.
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It has a quick opening blade. Very nice knife.
I can't add much to the other reviews here. I have experience with Kershaw, and expected a top quality knife, and that's exactly what the Launch 7 is. It has a quick -opening blade, and locks tighter than a drum. It came extremely sharp, and I managed to poke a hole in my finger within about 27 seconds of receiving it. *lol* Like most here, I look at quality knives as much as a work of art, as I do a self-defense item, or a utility tool, and the Launch 7 fills all of those roles perfectly! The quality here is on par with knives costing **MUCH** more. I can't imagine it being any better. I even love the 'free' shirt I received. Hats off to Kershaw for top-quality knives, and BladeHQ for outstanding service!
I collect-my edc rotation includes spydees,benchmades,and WEs,AND this kershaw 7.Out of four or five high end autos,I prefer this kershaw to carry,I guess mainly becuase of the blade size and shape,that and the knife is very light weight,(and it goes good with cammo clothing,ha ha).No really,krshaw makes one of the best autos around at ANY price.I carried a launch 2 daily for several years,(before I got into collecting),and when I sold it to a freind,the only thing different from the day it came out of the box,was the anodation had worn off slightly on the edges,and the flag emblem was pretty hard to see
I've owned this knife for 7 months now after I decided to upgrade from my Boker Kalashnikov. It has stayed in my regular edc rotation since and I find myself carrying it most on days where I want a slimmer profile for my pocket sans a flipper tab sticking out. The weight of this knife is so feather-light for its size that it's a bit deceiving as to what kind of work it can actually take on. I've used this knife everywhere from the kitchen, to cutting down boxes, to slicing plastic wrap off pallets at work. The blade comes sharp out of the box and the CPM 154 holds an edge for a long time and the black coating has held up surprisingly well. I have relatively small hands so the thin profile of the handle works nicely for me. Plus, the overall aesthetics from Gaylean are so attractive. The action is the snappiest I've had in any auto and it locks up solidly. No blade play in any direction whatsoever, which is sort of common on autos at this price point or lower. One complaint is that aluminum gets really cold to handle in the winter. Oh well, the lightweight feel more than makes up for that. If you're looking for an affordable auto option this is the one. I have zero regrets with it.
Been through 4 other autos from bladehq. Boker Kalashnikov, Meyerco 18xray, Piranha Predator, and CRKT M16. Of all, this is perhaps the most excellent given cost, functionality, and durability. Fast action, zero blade movement, exceptional length, and incredibly sharp. What else do you need?
I got this sweet thing for Christmas and I've carried it every day since. I love the color and design, it looks like it was modeled after a stealth jet or something. Very unique. The CPM-154 blade comes sharp enough to shave off arm hairs, and still does after nearly two months of moderate use. I honestly thought that this knife would be kinda hard to close because the action is so fast, but it can easily be closed one handed, way easier than my other autos. It does ride a little high in the pocket but it's not bothersome. It's so light and thin you barely notice it's there. I definitely recommend this product to anyone.
I've had this knife about one month and used it enough to get a good 'feel' for the durability and quality. Good-looking knife and comes with an extremely sharp edge. It holds it well too. I honed it about 2-3 minutes on 4000 grit just to touch up the edge from running into a steel staple and then stropped it back into razor sharpness in no time. It is lightweight and the blade length is quite adequate for EDC use. The pocket clip is strong and won't slip out on its own. I got this on sale and it is worth every cent. A knife that should serve very well.
Pros: Great blade shape and fits well in the hand. Wicked fast on the deployment. Solid lockup and very sharp Cons: Found it more difficult to close then my other Kershaw autos. Sticks way to far above the pocket. I would go with a Kershaw Emerson or Launch 1 over this one