Kershaw Launch 4 CA Legal Automatic Knife (1.9" Damascus) 7500DAM

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Kershaw Launch 4 CA Legal Automatic Knife (1.9" Damascus) 7500DAM
MSRP: $149.99
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:5.10"
  • Blade Length:1.90"
  • Blade Thickness:0.12"
  • Blade Material:Damascus
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Finish:Damascus
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:3.20"
  • Handle Thickness:0.48"
  • Handle Material:Aluminum
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:1.98 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Automatic
  • Opener:Push Button
  • Lock Type:Plunge Lock
  • Brand:Kershaw
  • Model:Launch 4
  • Model Number:7500DAM
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Tactical
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

Description

Kershaw's automatic knife offering, the Launch Series, is simply superb. With its proven track record, we decided to do a Blade HQ exclusive run in USA-made Damascus. These knives have a compelling design, fast action, high-performance materials, and they're made in the USA!

The Launch 4 has a California-legal blade and ridiculously fast action. This exclusive version features USA made Alabama Damascus steel and makes this popular knife, a little extra special! Its symmetry in design, both the 6061-T6 aluminum handle and spear point blade, adds distinction. Following the tradition of its predecessors, the Launch 4 has a bulls-eye pattern red firing button and a tip-up carry pocket clip. This knife is a pint-sized performer!

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Love the folder! Hate the clip...
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Brandon D.
12-08-2017
I have decided that henceforth I will refer to Kershaw as Kershaw Tolerances. By its very title Kershaw’s premium brand of knives implies that there is a Zero Tolerance for imperfection in materials, craftsmanship and Design. Unfortunately for Kershaw it seems that, even with their Flagship line of blades, there will always be compromises tolerance.
I so badly want to give my Kershaw launch 4 five stars. I love it’s very simple yet striking aesthetics. The blade handle feels great and the blade fires out with impressive Authority. As a consequence of the automatic action design the blade stock has to be rather thick. This will lend itself towards durability but takes a bit away from fine slicing tasks, which is what a blade this size is meant for right? Unfortunately fine slicing was not assisted in any way with the edge out of box. On my example I could not push or slice cut on my standard paper tests without having hang ups so I did re-edge it with a consistent angle sharpener that it took very well. The Damascus is pretty but did not have the wild patterning like the examples shown on bhq website and the YouTube featurette.
If that was where my criticism stopped my rating for this blade would be five stars even with the less than impressive Edge I would round up being that the edge is somewhat of a quibble when it’s easily correctable. What is not easily correctable is the pocket clip which is “F you” bad! Shame on Kershaw… I mean shame on Kershaw Tolerances. I could tell from the pictures that this pocket clip would be an abortion and to my surprise it is actually worse than I expected it to be. It is too big, it is too heavy (actually throwing off the balance in hand), it has sharpish edges, it’s badly positioned and it’s not a deep carry clip which for this size folder it 100% should be and as a result the exposed screws cause a hotspot at the base of my pinky finger. I would most definitely be satisfied if this clip were on a $25 to $45 heavy duty utility folder but with an MSRP of $150 Kershaw is trying to pass this blade off as a high-end light weight EDC. It’s as if you ordered a brand new Corvette from Chevrolet and they brought it out to you on wheels off of a minivan! And then they were like “well it’s not a Cadillac what do you expect?” Or what if the Mona Lisa was painted the morning after a big frat party and she showed up to DaVinci’s Studio with a penis on her forehead that someone drew after she passed out from doing a keg stand. Do you think Leonardo would say “well I better leave that weiner on her forehead”!?!?!?!? I ordered a titanium deep carry clip off of Amazon for $25 and I expect/hope that it will resolve all of my issues with the shameful excuse of a clip that is included.
I expect that with with the better clip it will go down as an all-time favorite EDC's but Kershaw you should do better with the details!
As a side note I am a dumbass. After sharpening the knife I used bicycle chain lube thinking it would be a good protectant for the Damascus… Don’t ever do this! It immediately took off a good portion of the dark coating on the blade I’m sure that there must be some solvents in the oil that caused this. Thankfully it did come off rather evenly but still was no good. I have the temerity to ask Blade HQ if they will exchange it and if they are dumb enough to say sure I will be thrilled but I can’t say I think it’s a reasonable request.