The Launch 11 is a Kershaw automatic knife for the ages. Its timeless styling allows it to fit seamlessly in any situation, and its premium materials make it a reliable companion in any circumstance. Premium steel and aluminum constriction make the Launch 11 a lightweight performer. The handle features cutouts to add to the aesthetic and reduce weight.
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The Launch 11 by Kershaw exceeded my expectations! It's a lightweight but sturdy build, perfect for every day carry. If you're thinking of buying one, just do it! You won't regret it.
.25" longer and this knife would be perfect! Still amazing even though that's my preference. This thing has amazing snap on release! Better hold on tight. Get some lube while you're at it. This knife feels very gritty out of the box new. Like there is sand in the mechanism. I just bought a Boker stealth automatic and that nice feels perfectly smooth like butter brand new right out of the box. Doesn't seem right.
Perfect for the price. Its decently small and easy to use as an edc. It has a strong spring and feels very smooth when you open it. Overall great knife, especially for the low price tag.
This was my first automatic knife while being my second overall knife purchase and I do not regret it. Absolutely great action, great blade shape, very sharp out of the box. If you want a knife that can be put to work, or even by a gentlemen's knife (I would), I would highly recommend it. The only thing it needs a is deep carry clip. Still trying to find one, but until I do, the default, standard clip works very well. Of you are looking for a good quality EDC auto, I would highly recommend the Launch 11.
My favorite small folding knife, very sharp worth the price
I love this auto . Perfect size for e.d.c. . This is a very rugged auto with a very fast strong spring . I like it so much that I bought a second one , as this model seems to sell out fast like the Launch 9 , so get one when you can find one .
Could not be happier with the Launch 11. I also own a Launch 9 and love it. Wanted something slightly bigger thus the Launch 11. Great action and build quality thanks Kershaw. This is still a small blade, with a commensurately small handle. Great for discreet EDC. Very happy with this one.
The Kershaw Launch 11 is a great medium size knife, not too small and not too big. Made in USA, so you can't go wrong purchasing this knife. Knife came quicker than expected, knife came very sharp and action is quick and powerful for the size. Very pleased with this purchase. Love Kershaw knives.
I really have nothing bad to say about this knife. Very nice feel in the hand. Light. Slim. Easy to carry. Nice mechanism. Good blade shape. It is just a hair smaller than I anticipated. I suppose if I could change it in any way I would prefer it about a quarter inch longer both in body and in blade length. It doesn’t quite fill out my hand as much as I’d like. I would deduct a half star if possible but overall I really do like it.
Bought this for my wife to assist with weed cutting and light plant 'prying'. Pros: Holy heck snappy action!, sturdy as a tank, great blade profile, light carry, love the cpm 154 steel (sharpens up nice and holds edge well), blackwash is beautifully done Cons: the plunge lock on deployment is still a bit gritty even after lubing This knife is an amazing buy - a beautiful design and built in the USA, great action, tough, good steel, light weight. So what is it missing? Nothing really - buy it if your state allows autos, and you will not be disappointed.
I love this knife; it is my favorite EDC, even more than another elegant knife costing $100 more. It looks and feels sharp - it's not just the "snappiness" but the look, the sharpness, the feel - it's the total package. I would give this a 4.5 if I could: there's one thing that would make it a tiny bit better. It currently sports a straight pocket clip, which is OK, but it makes the knife sit a little above your pocket. A deep-carry clip would be nicer. So I wrote to Kershaw, and they sent me a deep-carry clip at no charge. NOW it's definitely a 5-star knife!
Love this little EDC tool. So small and light that I sometimes forget that I have it. Snappy is an understatement...Kershaw y'all knock it out of the park with this gem. Highly recommend to everyone!!
I have medium-sized hands and this little guy fits better than expected. The blade is big enough for common tasks around the office and the finish doesn't show dirt and scratches making it easy to care for. The button isn't as smooth as a Microtech but it costs less than half the price too.
The Kershaw Launch 11 is my favorite in the Launch series. The design is modern yet rustic at the same time, like something you would see in a Star Wars movie. Beautiful stone-wash finish on the reverse tonto blade. Comfortable ergonomics with a light weight make it easy to carry. Perfect size for EDC. Proud to have this in my collection.
This is my first side-opening auto, and I really like it. This is my smallest knife and I bought an auto for that reason, I prefer my other knives to be manual or flippers just for control. But this is a good knife, it's little, light, I added a deep carry clip and I don't even notice it(use Civivi clips and they are just fine). The button lock caused some grittiness in the beginning but some blue lube and time made it super smooth. I like the CPM-154 steel and that it's American-made. The firing action is stupidly strong, you may like that or not, depends on your preference, I'm ok with it, but it frankly could be a little softer IMO. It came somewhat sharp, not anything to write home about but a quick touch up and it is hair popping. No regrets with this purchase.
Much as I like the Launch 4 (I have 2), and the other Launches, this one is the ideal size for me for EDC carry: small in the pocket but with a large enough blade to meet my daily needs. Kershaw, you rock!
Saw this in a Shot Show 2020 video and had to have it. I’ve carried it as much as I can the last week. It is smaller than my elementum but I’m ok with that. Makes for a discrete carry. Love the styling, snappy action, performs well for EDC needs. Defiantly a safe auto to carry for work or when I’m out and about. Happy to have it in my EDC rotation!
I wear size L/XL gloves and am able to get 3 fingers on the knife, with my pinky left hanging off the end. It's slim, beautiful, and fires MUCH harder than anticipated. Seriously, I have a Pro-Tech SBR and it's just as hard. The blade steel is fantastic, the finish is great for hiding scuffs, and the build quality is punching above it's price tag. I can't recommend this knife enough. I have ~15 knives and it's become my personal favorite (as of today, who knows what I'm buying tomorrow).
The Launch 11 is about the same size as a Chris Reeve Small Sebenza or a Benchmade 945. But it's considerably less expensive so I feel free to go ahead and actually use the thing to cut boxes and do other things I hesitate to do with a more expensive knife. The way this knife feels in your hands, the fit and finish leaves nothing to be desired, it's superb. It fits in the watch pocket of my Levi's and because of the modest size, it won't scare people or draw undue attention if you pull it out and use it.
This knife is my favorite edc. Well made, super lightweight almost will jump out of your hand if you're not expecting it when u push the button
Spring is too powerful for this size knife. Has a tendency to slip from grip.
This thing snaps open so hard it surprises people sometimes. The handle is pretty smooth and slim, so you really need to hang on. I put a deep carry clip on, and that extra bit helped control the handle when opening it quite a bit. I have a few autos like a Strike and Kalishnakov. Fit and finish on this blows them away, but for doing woodsy work, or general around the house type stuff, this knife feels too pretty to abuse.
Cons: 1) Gritty button and pivot out of the box. 2) A tad small, yet heavy for how svelte it looks. 3) Awful, budget, and shallow carry pocket clip. Really needs to come with a better clip. I took it apart, polished the button contact points with 1000 grit hobby paper (careful, it is aluminum alloy, don't use low grits!), and inside of the handle hole for it. Cleaned the pivot and re-lubed it, seemed to be slightly dirty out of the box. Immediately became buttery smooth with this minor maintenance. Jumped even harder in the hand, as a result, small enough that you can drop it on opening with the wrong hold. All that said, I *really* loved this knife. However, due to the slick handle and shallow carry, it would come out of every pocket it was clipped into or dropped in. Eventually, I lost it as a result. First EDC knife I've lost *in years*. Really icking myself for not finding a deep clip that fit. This knife would be perfect if it were about .25" longer in the blade and handle, and had a lighter composite handle of any sort. Would look beautiful with a light stonewashed handle and green or blue handles with the same brass-colored titanium pivot. A low Polish composite would also grip hands and fabric better for retention.
After seeing this on BHQ videos, I thought this was going to be a solid add to my collection. I liked the design. Just too small. I wear a large glove. Wish it was deep carry, but I knew that going in. The button lock was a bit gritty. Sent it back.
As advertised and reviewed on YT... EXCEPT, arrived dull. And when I say dull, I mean not sharp a little bit. I was actually shocked a brand new knife would get sold like this. Now I have to sharpen it before I can even use it ONE TIME.
This knife was listed as left handed through Blade HQ's filters. I questioned that as the pictures were all of a right-handed knife. Did the chat and the woman I connected with confirmed that it's actually ambidextrous, with a button on both sides of the knife. Not sure what she was looking at as it's absolutely not ambidextrous, left hand only. Unfortunately this was a gift for someone else and I can't return.