The Kershaw Launch 16 is a high-performance tactical knife with an automatic opening mechanism. It is always ready when you need it, with quick and strong deployment at the push of the button. The partially serrated edge makes for a multi-purpose tool for all sorts of tasks. The M4 steel has great wear resistance and toughness, which will help you power through cutting tasks. The pocket clip can be moved to either side for left as well as right-handed individuals. If you are looking for a knife that is made specifically for tactical and combat operators, choose this one!
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All I can say is buy it! Buy It now! Feels great in the hand, opens strong, blade unbelievable sharp. Absolutely love the pocket clip. Thought it would be too small but it's not. The smaller clip not only gives the impression of a smaller knife in your pocket if you ever use a knife with a big clip it cuts into your hand when you grip the knife and that's not a problem with this one being shorter. I can't say enough good things about this knife. So I'll say it again, buy It now!
This knife is a home run for Kershaw, in my opinion! The blade came razor sharp and at that level when you simply touch the plastic containing a new pack of bottled water and it just splits open. The handle feels great in my medium to large hands and feels secure with the finger choil and trac inserts. In all fairness, I will say that the button could stand a little prouder, as it takes a deeper push to release the blade but that also makes it safer in the pocket and with overall handling. If Kershaw ever produces this knife without the serrations, it would be a grand slam!
Auto, tanto, ceracoat and CPM-M4. Put my Gerber 06 in the truck.
Really just some quick impressions after getting the knife on Wednesday. Excellent price, M4 steel, aluminum handle with these rubberized inserts that feel fantastic. It really feels good in the hand. It's sharp as hell right out of the box. I within maybe two minutes of opening it I fumbled the knife and it fell maybe an inch onto my thumb and sliced me. Yeah, this baby will cut. It's a very solid, well put together piece of kit. Now for the negatives. The blade deployment is not smooth. There is an initial hesitation where the blade seems to be stuck before it finally shoots out. It's gotten better after a couple of days and in time I think this will work itself out, but I expect better. That said, there's a lot of tension in this and it shoots out with some significant force. You can really feel it in your hand when this blade finally does pop out. Also the deployment button is flat out hard to find by feel only. It's embedded within the rubberized insert and is indistinguishable from it by feel. The whole point of the automatic knife is for rapid deployment. Well that's hard if you are fumbing around, trying to find the button. I would have raised the button just enough that your thumb or forefinger would have no problem finding it. Finally, the pocket clip. They do a real solid extending the aluminum finish into the rubberized insert for where the clip comes down against the knife. That was a thoughtful detail, however it is wasted because this clip is way too small. It's flat out difficult guiding the lip of my pocket into this thing because there just isn't any room for it. Two days carrying it and it hasn't gotten any easier. You just look at the pocket clip and it's obvious the thing is too small. Bottom line, it's a fine, solid knife made with great materials sold at a great price. But the deployment is clunky with the deployment button poorly designed and the pocket clip stupidly small. I like it, I'm glad I have it, and with a couple simple changes it could be great.
Personally, I don’t know what the hype about M4 is anyway. But if you’re going to make an M4 knife which is known for high wear resistance, and thus be a total bear to sharpen; don’t make it a Tanto with serrations! A more difficult knife to sharpen probably just doesn’t exist.