Each of the Kershaw Launch 1 features a stylish and unique integral backspacer pattern where the two pieces of aluminum connect and the USA flag is laser-engraved on the back side of the handle. In tandem with the reversible tip-up carry pocket clip, the Kershaw Launch 1 model is outfitted with a pass-through hole hidden at the base on the handle for lanyard attachment.
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This knife is large, but inspite of being large the blade is thin. This makes it an excellent slicer with amazing action! All of that coupled with a simple build design has convinced me I want.... no, I NEED the rest of the launch series.
The knife is near perfect. Pocket clip needs a bit of work but that is very minor. Wicked fast so please hang onto knife. Beautiful fit and finish. Great blade shape and I'm in love. Maybe best of my 30+ Kershaw owned knives.
Awesome knife, I looked for several days online and compared numerous knife of all kinds in search of my new EDC. This met all of my expectations, and is great knife, I love it!
To date I've only ever owned one kershaw knife and that being the scallion.dont get me wrong the scallion has served me well over the past 7 or 8yrs I've owned it but wanted something a bit bigger and came across the launch 1.not only does the launch 1 feel great in hand but also functions and cuts perfect for blade size.work in large bakery making bread products so constantly cutting open flour bags and cutting up boxes.had knife now for roughly a week and edge is still like it was the day I pulled it from box after cutting open 100s of ingredient bags and cutting up 100s of boxes.keeps a edge surprisingly long and even with all the flour and other abrasive ingredients that have gotten into mech its still super smooth in the action.higly recommend the launch 1 to anyone who needs a good knife for work that they're not going to be afraid to use and abuse.
I've been carrying my Launch 1 for about a week and a half now and loving it. the handle design fits perfectly in my large hands. I haven't noticed any hot spots as of yet. The blade curve gives lots of cutting surface. And the blade is hair shaving, razor sharp straight out of the box. There was only one issue I had and it was a quick and easy fix. Straight from the box I hit the plunge lock and the knife deployed the blade but the blade did not reach the full open and locked position. I closed it and repeated the firing with the same results. I applied 2 drops of blade oil to the hinge and 1 drop to the plunge lock and then worked the blade and plunger for a couple minutes. after this the knife fires off and fully opens every time with a powerful "Slap" as I recently heard Kurt call it on Knife Banter on YouTube. I'm looking forward to putting my knife to work and to carrying it for a long time. (Until the guys turn me onto something else on Knife Banter.
The launch 1 has been a great knife. As my title suggests, this guy is one snappy MOFO. It flys out of there, and will fly out of your hand if your not griping it good. As for the other traits, the knife has amazing amount of belly. As such she will slice through just about anything. CPM 154 seems to be good thus far, I've only had to hone it a bit. I wish I had actually got a colored variant, but this is still a good looking knife. The stonewash blade really hides scratches well. If I had any negative thing to say it would have to be the clip. It does not give this a very deep carry.
Love the knife, and super fast shipping on bladehq's part. Opens hard, very good craftsmanship. The button could be a little smoother when deploying, but other than that near perfect
Best auto by Kershaw yet. Protech should take a hint and either up their quality or drop their prices. What the LUDT used to be for a lot less.
Let me just start by saying this knife is phenomenal. I purchased this knife about a year and a half ago and it was my primary EDC for nearly a year. It’s blackwash finish has held up incredibly and still looks great. The blade shape is well suited for EDC tasks such as breaking down boxes, opening mail and pretty much everything else you throw at it. The only thing I wouldn’t use this knife for is food prep, the blackwash coating can rub off onto food and I would prefer not to eat black oxide. My only complaint was that after about 8 months the spring broke, I think I just had a bad spring. I sent it to Kershaw and they fixed right up, they also sent my knife back shaving sharp. I would highly recommend this knife to everyone!
I have had for over a year now and carry every day and it still performs a well as the day it arrived. the action is powerful and after opening hundreds of times is still just as strong as the first time the blade has no play its nice and tight and the coating on the handle has held up impressively well i also really like the finish they did on the blade it looks a little scuffed up but due to that the blade always looks as good the day you got it out of the box because new scratches just blend in with the finish, it is easily my favorite knife and dont think i would ever replace it ive even considered getting another in case i lose one. kershaw has earned a customer for life with this one
Rookie to automatics, but an old guy, so not a rookie to knives. Very solid build, fits well in the hand. Opens like lightening. Razor sharp right out of the box. Can't wait to show it off to my brother 😉
The fit, finish and blade deployment is excellent for an auto under $100. This knife is as good or better than knives selling for much much more. This knife is priced right to be one of Kershaw's best all time selling knife series.
I have about 60 Kershaw's, 30 Sogs and many more, but I really love my Kershaw launch 1. It's a great knife for the money hope they make another line of automatics.
I have truly been a kershaw fan for years, weather it be there budget friendly models or the always sweet Zero Tolerance line, but this knife is so smooth so snappy so Razer sharp that i have to own the whole line off Kershaw Launch Autos. If you dont have one get one asap its worth every dollar.
I just love this knife, and it's a great value! Pros: - made in the U.S.A. - very reasonably priced - length, shape, and especially width of blade are superb - snappy lockup, it almost flies out of my hand when button is engaged - high-end steel CPM-154 - short clip for more concealability - clip can be moved to other side - hidden lanyard hole Cons: - about an inch of the knife sticks out of pocket due to its pointed shape - no safety lock switch What would make this knife perfect would be to add a safety lock switch, change either shape of clip or knife so nothing sticks out of pocket accept clip, and change steel to a premium steel like CPM-S90V. I love this knife so much that I also bought the manual spring-assisted similar version (Link).
Kershaw introduced great product witht this knife. Build quality is excellent and blade is razor sharp from factory. 154cm gives knife good steel as a base to operate. Deployment is fast and strong; better hang on tight.
This knife is Incredible!!!!! Great balance, blade quality, and per the title you need a firm grip on this knife when you mash the button because it will launch out of you hand. In my humble opinion the Launch series are probably the best open blade assist available.
The Launch 1 is my first venture into auto knives. I have owned many high quality knives but never found an auto that fit my pragmatic and utilitarian methodology...until now. The Launch 1 is well built, has excellent fit and finish, and is the right size and shape for everyday use, all at the right price!! The CPM154 blade is an excellent steel choice and the ergonomics are superb for extended use. I would classify this as an excellent EDC+ knife. For comparison sake I normally carry a CRKT Ripple Frame Lock when wearing dress clothes, Spyderco Endura/Delica when working around the house, or Kershaw Knockout when out and about in jeans. The Launch 1 and the Knockout are almost the exact same size. The blade on the Launch is maybe just 3/16 longer. The spring is strong and the plunge lock is solid. Love the large belly blade and the blackwash finish is very well done.
I have several Kershaw auto knives and flipper knives. The Launch 1 is a staple for any knife collector in my opinion. It is a well built knife with a stonewash blade that has an authoritative action. I like the black aluminum scales and has not been an issue for me in regards to grip. I do wish it had a safety lock as many have stated but I have not had any issues with the plunge lock while carrying. For about $100 its a great addition with decent steel
Have been a long time Kershaw owner and just added this beauty to my collection. It's now going to be my choice EDC. Great shipping / processing guys thanks!
I have only been collecting knives for about 6 months but I now have 11 knives. I have done a lot of reading and made some "educated guesses". I have sort of leaned toward middle of the line production knives. I have 5 automatics and although I like them all, some seem better than others. This Kershaw Launch 1 is one of the best. When you open the box and take it out, you look at it and think 'very nice'. When you take it in your hand and push the red open button, it snaps open so hard that it will make you smile. When open there is no side play at all. This is a great knife and I am very glad I got it. Great job Kershaw.
This is my first Auto by Kershaw, the Launch 1, and I just love it for the quality, tight yet smooth operation, obviously sharp, and very unique & cool appearance! I collect and love knives just for me, have dozens to play with, but I'll tell you this is a great representation of USA Quality, and Value. Highly recommended for a thin, light pocket knife. Scottro
Launch 1 is a high-quality auto. I love the milled cutouts on the spine that really add to the prestige of the knife. The blade comes sharp and has a mark resistant finish. The action is snappy and crisp, just as an auto should be. (I always open this knife before giving it to others) The pocket clip does its job dutifully and the knife is comfortable yet very slim in the hand. No gimping, no hot spots, the launch 1 is balanced, streamlined, and made for action. For its size, the Launch vanishes in the pocket. It feels good. It looks good. It sounds commanding. But now the burning question, is it worth 3 Boker Kalashnikovs? Well...no. But it is a great knife and I love my launch anyway. I think it is the best looking and feeling Launch by a long shot. Eat your heart out Launch 4. Wonderful knife and a wonderful genesis to the series. 84/100
Awesome knife an crazy fast shipping an I see why they are called launches cause that blade flys out with authority highly recommend buying one
Okay so i have had this knife for 2 years and i put it through hell. Using it as a screw driver (tip has not bent) as a hammer, to cut sod, its been in water snow and had ice melt on it several times and there is no rust. i have never oiled the pivot point and this thing still launches open. I have been through several daily carry's (including other brands) but i have not had a new one since this knife.
Having carried a variety of folders for the past 24+ years, most issued on active duty, I have gravitated to this model for a few reasons. How easy it is to carry. Not bulky - somewhat slim for an automatic. Doesn't tear my pants up. Rides deep enough. Pocket clip is very retentive. Comes razor sharp from the factory. Blade pops out with a purpose - strong deployment. The blackwash finish hides almost all wear on the blade. Anodizing of the handles has been very resilient through everyday pocket carry and use. I'm impressed with this knife enough that I'll probably end up ordering another just so I can rotate it through sharpenings. And they kept it in the US. Job well done, Kershaw. 👍🇺🇸👍
I’ve just received the latest addition to my Kershaw collection, a Launch 1 Automatic Knife Black Aluminum (3.4" Blackwash). First off, as I would expect from Kershaw, the overall quality is superb. Each component is nicely made with all rough edges removed. The surface finish of the blade and handle compliments the overall quality. No need to improve the blade edge because it is sharp right out of the box, as my index finger will attest. I truly like the smoothness of the design. Even when closed the lines of the handle and blade are aligned demonstrating its impressive design and assembly. The blade firing action is smooth and purposeful without being overpowering. The firing button stands a little proud of flush, but not to the point of concern. The 3.95 oz weight is well balanced giving the feel of a much lighter knife. The handle fills your hand yet is so thin it is easily manipulated with finger tips. The one disappointment is the pocket clip. It is quite functional but has a spring board twang to it. Kershaw spoiled me with the full bodied clip they placed on the ‘Clash’ assisted opening, you owe it to yourself to check that out. Overall the Launch 1 is a fine addition to my Kershaw collection (#8). The price is a bit steep, but you are getting fine ‘Made in America’ quality in which the embossed American flag on the handle stands in testimony.
Absolutely Love This Knife, So Much I Purchased A Launch 5#. A Perfect Pair.
Excellent grip and a very sharp blade. Very Happy with the purchase!!
Purchased back in 2016 and rocked it as my EDC most days since. Great design, easy to carry, not too heavy. Certainly worth the money.
Wow! Just got my Launch 1 and a Boker Kalishnikov from Blade HQ and I could not be happier. I own an ultratech and a benchmade presidio 2 auto but this thing is amazing. They are both great knives for the money but the Launch 1 is everything one could ask for in an Auto EDC - it's lightweight, sharp and absolutely gorgeous in person. I know some people will say that autos should never be used for EDC but I can't see this failing. I'll use the AK for work but the kershaw will be carried on the regular. The fact that it didn't cost me $400 will ensure that I won't get upset if it gets beat up.
I mean what else is there to say about this thing? It's sharp right out of the box, the automatic flip is so strong it almost flies out of your hand and has a great snappy feeling, and it looks fantastic. Love this knife and would recommend it to everyone!
Awesome automatic knife! Great action and extremely sharp straight from the factory. My only complaint is the grip, but other than that another great knife from Kershaw. I highly recommend this knife.
I loved this knife the moment I took it out of the box. The action is so tight and satisfying, its also the sharpest knife I have ever purchased out of the box (possibly just bad luck with previous purchases but regardless really impressed with the edge). The lack of safety is a little disappointing but I have had no issues with EDC. The belly is one of the best features, I absolutely love the blade. Highly recommend the launch 1 to anyone looking for a new EDC.
It arrived yesterday... let's see how it goes with my new autoknive!!! I’ll let you know...
Strong, snappy and sharp as heck out of the box. Love the blade profile. Big belly is terrific for slicing.
Aluminum is wearing a little giving it distressed look I love. Steal holds up great. Needs a new edge about once or twice a year. Opening this auto makes me smile every time. Only criticism is the pocket clip could be a little deeper carry would be nice.
This was my 1st Kershaw auto knife. I have since acquired two more. I functions flawlessly and keeps a sharp edge. Kershaw is really good about sending you parts, like handle screws if they fall out. No charge for them. Same features and quality of other knives at a third of the cost.
Bought this blade as my first auto and daily carried for 3+ years. This thing slaps open today as hard as the first day I received it. She'll jump right out of your hand if you ain't got a grip. I love the blackwash, and the black/black combo. The edge is still sharp and cuts anything that gets in the way. Love that it was made in the USA. Everyone should have one of these in their arsenal. Just buy it already!
Sturdier (Beefy) than my Buck auto. This is now my carry knife. I'll be looking over other Kershaw autos.
First automatic. The Launch 1 is a nice size for EDC and the design is nice and comfortable in hand. I love the blade style and shape. Came extremely sharp out of the box. Buy it, any of the Launch seried will impress you with the snappiness of opening.
This knife is pretty awesome. It comes super sharp and is light and slim. It's not what I would call a hard use knife like the rogue, which was built like a tank. But it's still a great product. I bought this blade for work and have been impressed with it so far. It's a great knife for less than $100 get one you'll love it.
The Launch 1 is my 6th Kershaw knife and my third Kershaw automatic. I like the look, the feel and the very positive spring and lockup. The broad sturdy blade was razor sharp right out of the box and I'm sure it will stay that way for awhile so I haven't even thought about honing it yet. My intended use for the Launch 1 will be for general use and daily carry as well as a backup hunting/skinning knife. My experience with all of my Kershaw blades has been a very good one. It keeps me coming back often to look at their current offerings. IMHO, you get a lot of bang for your bucks from Kershaw and you just cannot have too many great knives! "Life's too short for dull blades, bad wine, cheap whiskey or weak coffee!"RS
This knife is amazing. Beyond fast deployment. Solid lockup. Great belly. The best automatic I've ever owned. Possibly the best knife I've ever had. Five stars!
It works well lockup is solid came super sharp deffinietly worth picking up
Absolutely love this automatic knife, it has blown all of my expectations away. After doing some research before I purchased this knife, I found that many people were having problems with the lockup. I have not had a single problem with the lockup, or had any other issues. Awesome knife for the price, great quality, highly recommend.
The blade shape on the first Launch has to be my favorite out of all the Launch's, Belly for days. Smooth auto action and feels sturdy in hand! CPM-154 retains a sharp edge for solid amount of time. All in all its a great blade to have in your collection.
This was my first automatic knife purchase after lots of research. I've owned several since, but I always come back to the Launch 1. The CPM-154, being the powder-steel version of 154CM, takes a great edge and holds it slightly longer than 154CM. The ergonomic aluminum handle scales feel very solid and give the knife a nice heft without being too weighty, and it's balanced very well. The scales are a little on the thin side, which makes it great for edc, but probably not the best choice if you find yourself making lots of high-pressure cuts. I found that the slight harpoon shape of the blade gives my thumb the perfect place to rest when making precise cuts, and the massive belly combined with a reasonable stock thickness makes for an amazing slicer. The action is very snappy, even jerking my arm a little every time I deploy the knife, which is very satisfying and adds to the solid feeling of this knife. I carry this knife regularly, and I'm not sure what more praise I can give it than that.
This is a great knife for the money. I really like the blackwash finish and the CPM154 steel. This is my first Kershaw auto. I already have a collection of Protech autos. This one is similar in size and shape to a Protech Rockeye, but about half the price. When you compare the two side by side you can see that the Protech is slightly better made, but not 2x the price better. This one makes me think my Protech knives were over priced. I hope Kershaw comes out with more autos. I don't really like the looks of the other knifes in the Launch series.
Well made and fast deployment, slightly larger than my last EDC but still comfortable.
A long time ago, I bought a Kershaw Breakout just before Kershaw stopped producing auto knives. The Kershaw Launch 3 is an awesome reintroduction into the auto knife market by Kershaw. Pros: This knife kicks like a mule when you hit that little red button. The detail on back spine looks awesome and DAMN I love that little American flag right by the pivot screw! 'MERICA! Cons: the handles are slippery, so dont let just anyone start screwing around with your launch unless you want to see if the CPM154 can withstand an impact with the floor. Also my "personal opinion" is that the blade edge sweeps up a little too drastically so it's hard to make an accurate stop point when opening boxes, or envelopes. If I lost this knife tomorrow, I would buy a new one and jab myself in the arm with it for being dumb enough to lose the first one.
Feels good in the hand. Looks great. No doubt a high quality knife and feels Rock solid. Plus it's made in the USA. Also I love the little American flag on the handle. Great job Kershaw. No blade play either
Wonderful piece of work. I have had many auto assist Kershaws and this impressed me . Nice feel in the hand and light weight. If you hunt also a great tool. Easy to manipulate for cleaning game. Hot water and soap a little wipe down and like new.
I've been daily carrying this for over a year now and it's still a pleasure to use. I've touched up the edge several times but I use (abuse) my knives. I also give the action an occasional shot of lube, when I happen to think about it. Every guy who sees it wants to play with it. I tell them to man up and get their own, especially the one who's wives "won't let them". My birthday is next week and I think I'll treat myself to another Kershaw automatic.
I purchased this knife due to it's large blade, it can be used for everyday tasks including food preparation. The knife came beautiful anodized, with a smooth stonewashed blade. The factory edge is satisfactory however nothing to get excited about. The blade is centered and the automatic spring kicks with force. Overall for the price I believe it to be a great package. 5/5
I'm a big Kershaw fan and have been particularly drawn to their larger blades and the Ken Onion designs. I saw an advertisement for the Launch 8 and came here looking for it. Then I saw the whole line of Launch knives. After carefully going through them, I had to go for the Launch 1. It is a large blade, auto-open Black w/blackwash finished blade. I want a "Man's knife" that's strong, bold, sharp, multi-purpose and easy to carry, not just a pig-sticker, This knife has it ALL! I was initially concerned about the smooth aluminum handle that has no texturing at all. That has not shown to be a problem even with wet hands and I'm very pleased. The addition of some jimping is my only recommendation of this design. This knife is very sharp out of the box, opens very quickly with a distinctive "THHWACK" and locks solidly in place, every time. I've had "spring assisted" opening and like them, but this is THEE BOMB and is my new EDC! I never leave home without it! I've always had excellent service out of my Kershaw knives and expect the same here. The quality, fit, finish and ergonomics are very good!
I bought mine from Blade HQ, and have owned it close to a year or so. I use it quite a bit. The only issue I had with mine was that it wasn’t all that sharp out of the box. A quick edge hone and strop cleared the issue right up. It’s hair popping sharp and holds and edge very well. I will also note that after months of carrying, you might want to take it apart to clean and lube the pivot. It’s a very easy knife to service. Disassembly and reassembly is a snap. Being a former USAF service member, the American flag makes me proud to own it. If it were lost or stolen, I’d buy another in a heartbeat.
This is my first auto knife and my third Kershaw and this knife embodies what I like about Kershaw.. solid knife, nice looking and reasonably priced. Opens up fast and locks up tight. I like the blade shape, weight of the knife, etc. I was going to go with a Protech "Don" because I wanted a cool switchblade. These have been illegal (to carry, not to own) in my state for the general public until November of last year. I have wanted a switchblade since I was 12 or so and read "The Outsiders" the first time; thus the desire to get an Italian Stiletto inspired blade. In the end I decided on something more practical and useful than that design and the price difference cinched it for me. Maybe later for the Protech though, still want one! Enough rambling though. I have really enjoyed this knife so far and feel it was a good choice either as an intro to autos or as my only auto. Only con to me is the scales, I haven't ever owned a knife that had aluminum scales and they aren't very grippy. Not bad though, I can live with it for sure. BladeHQ shipped fast! Appreciate that.
It's great but not perfect, has nice lines, looks very good, cuts pretty good, handles pretty good, but.. if you are doing some hard cutting it will hurt because its very slim but for everything else its perfect.
Very well made knife. a nice affordable automatic to add to your collection. It would be 5 stars but the glad was a bit off center but still a very good knife. Very happy with the purchase
Kershaw makes the best autos for under $100. Cant go wrong with any of them. I do not like the looks of this one but it carrys great and feels so good in hand
So personally I think this is the best looking of the launch bunch. Blade steel is great and this thing slices. One gripe is the aluminum handles offer little grip and this thing gets slick when wet. Pair that with fast action opening and hang on. Other than that, it’s a great knife. Kershaw is doing autos pretty well. Go figure
I totally agree with all of the positive comments on this knife. I do have one negative comment. The push button deployment was very sticky and gritty to the point that it required significant effort to actuate. The application of graphite to the mechanism has helped. I'll update on this issue in a couple of months.
Hate to say something negative about a Kershaw knife however; for a good sized auto knife, with excellent action, this is slippery in the hand.
Received this item today. My rating is 3 stars. Cause. The release button, when pressed, emits a grinding of metal on metal. Heard and given to the finger. Very unpleasant sensation. In general, I did not get the expected pleasure from the purchased product.
So weak, wo weak, so weak. Many of the of the spring assist non auto-knives open faster and with more authority.
I just received this knife and I have to be honest...it was a disappointment. After seeing all the reviews about the ergos and the rock solid lockup, I was really excited to finally get to purchase one to add to my automatic collection. Unfortunately, after receiving it, I have found it has the typical up and down play that a lot of automatics have. Plus, there are hot spots from the handle and wasn't really very comfortable in my hand. Sad to say, I will be returning it to BHQ for an exchange on something better. I would like to point out that BHQ always has the best customer service and this experience hasn't swayed my overall excellent opinion of them in the slightest.
Got it, took it to work, and within 5 hours it would no longer open. I used it roughly 4 times to cut through some plastic and it got wet. Last Kershaw I ever get.
Everything that has been said about this knife in previous reviews is correct (sharp blade, snappy opening). But nobody is mentioning the handle. The only way I would EDC this knife is if I could get a non-slip coating to stick to the handle. The black, anodized handle is slick...WAY TOO SLICK to ever trust with my life. I can't even imagine how slick it would be if your hands were bloody. If I can get a non-slip coating to stick to the handle, then I'll take it to my grinder and try to rough it up enough to safely handle. If that doesn't work, I'll throw it away.