The Kershaw Launch 8, designed by Matt Diskin takes its design from the classic Italian stilettos of old. The pivot is set below the carbon fiber insert to give the Launch 8 a clean, classic look. With modern knife materials, this lightweight automatic is sure to enthrall old and new collectors alike.
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I bought this stiletto about 3 years ago and have used it daily since. From slicing fruit at lunch to using the spine as a screwdriver this knife will hold up. It's thin blade and pointy point are a little bit of a work around but if used in sensible ways this things a tank. I've absolutely tortured this knife (within reason of course) and never had a problem. It stays sharp even after drilling holes with it while camping, holds up to endlessly cutting PEX lines, and still has no play in the action or any damage aside from paint wearing on the pocket clip.
Got mine the other day and it’s absolutely beautiful - smooth action and just the right size to get your point across !
It was a gift! my father loved it! thanks Kersahw and BladeHQ! :)
beautiful knife with great action, fit as well as finish! top notch packaging and timely delivery!!!
Amazing quality and precision from a knife that cost 100 dollars. Took a little time but sharpened up on my diamond stone to a shaving sharp edge. Just the way the knife feels in your hand is a delight. Although it is extremely light it feels very solid and is also very well balanced. The only concern i have is the tip of the blade. Seems that it could break very easily but on the other hand i dont intend on doing anything heavy duty with this part of the blade. Overall a very nice piece of quality and craftsmanship.
If you're in the market for a "stiletto"-styled knife that you wanted as a kid, here it is, but built with Kershaw materials and quality. Very strong deployment, truly shaving sharp, perfectly symmetrical grind... nothing like the flimsy junk that I tried to buy in Juarez during a family trip >50 yrs ago! Useful? Well... if useful means pleasing in its execution, fun and a great conversation piece, what else could you ask for? Yes, the tip is super-pointy and probably fragile compared to any modern self-defense/working blade. But I don't care. Any summer sausage or apple looking for trouble is gonna get cut, swiftly and with style. Seriously: if you have the means and can legally own and carry this knife, you owe yourself a treat.
Awesome knife very snappy very sharp. good quality
One word AWSOME!!!!! Great snappy knife! I love the lines and how it feels in my hand! Best of all is the value and it is made in the USA! Thanks Blade HQ for providing a platform to see this knife and all the other Great items you have!!! Keep up the good work!!
Very snappy, fun knife. Quality is impeccable and the blade is razor-sharp. Tip is a needle.
Unfortunate, because I really liked it! Nice snap to the action, excellent blade/weight ratio. My (adult) son had all the Kershaw autos, but not this one- so now he does. He liked it, & I’ll save my pennies to get one for me!
This is the nicest Kershaw I’ve owned yet. I really like the lightness of this knife. That really lends itself to EDC. And yes, I do EDC this knife. Even though the tip is very fine and subsequently vulnerable, if the worst happens I’ll just grind it down to a new point if that happens. Very nice build quality. I’m impressed.
I say it's a Kershaw because I have never seen or used a bad Kershaw. Their craftsmanship and affordability at once is unique. But this Kershaw is different, in that it has the look of a stiletto. Long and sleek with a spear point, but also very light and fast-opening, sharp with CPM-154 steel. It isn't like any Kershaw I own or have seen. That is what attracted me to it. And it has every bit as great quality as any Kershaw. Great auto knife, excellent EDC choice.
Great auto. If you have ever wanted a Protech "Don" series knife but couldn't justify the price then you will love this knife! The action is that good.
Excellent instrument in every way. Very good steel and terrific fit and finish. In fact, it now alternates with a much pricier Protech as my EDC. I'd buy it again.
My newest Kershaw. Great action , ultra-slim, and the sharpest , pointiest knife that I have seen in a while. Just might be my new EDC!
This snappy knife is not only sharp out of the box but is the pointiest knife in my collection. This snappy knife is also a lightweight knife. Did I mention it's snappy? I love this thing!
This knife is less than half the weight I expected, has a super snappy action, and came extremely sharp. Worth the purchase if you can carry an auto and don't do "hard use" tasks, the super fine tip pierces like a dream but would not last long in a rough atmosphere. The knife fits well in the suit pocket and the grey handle with black clip blend in nicely. This one has displaced several high quality knives just from the cool factor alone!
Excellent tool for opening letters & such!
This Kershaw not only looks fantastic, operates so smoothly, but this must be one of the best values in the auto knife market. The weight makes it feel very snappy to open but I guarantee it will put a smile of your face and you will show all of your friends! This is a must buy under $100.
This knife slings open so smoothly and fast, it is fun to just sit there and open and close it while you are doing some thinking or just killing time. I like it over my launch 6. The knife is really thin and not wide which actually gives it poor ergonomics but this is also what makes this knife so fun. So you are basically making a trade off. The blade is a bit heavy compared to the frame and with the balance it has, it just gives it a real awesome auto assist. Wish they made a Damascus blade with a carbon fiber handle because that would take the cake.
This knife really surprised me! It has become one of my favorite EDC knives. It's sleek, comfortable in your pocket, and feels really good in your hand. I love the carbon inlay, and the stiletto look! The groove in the handle give it an extra grip in the hand. Definitely will purchase another.
Yes it is a great auto edc. Extremely snappy, a satisfying meaty thwack as it opens. The tip is very acute, I know some like thick tips but I don't, I like very fine needle tips for actual knife work and this one is great. Excellent at any price and beyond awesome for the money.
For the price and US made my favorite of ALL my Autos
This knife is very sleek. Its thin and light. The carbon fiber insert adds to the overall finish perfectly. The handle is a bluish-grey color. The blade is very sharp and the tip is extremely pointy. The handle fits well in my hand with a confident grip. I've been carrying this a few days now, and have enjoyed using it on light tasks. It feels delicate, and as a result, I don't want to use it as an EDC blade.
1st impression was how lightweight it is. 2nd big mention is the snappiness. You can tell a lot of design went into this after the first time you open it. No heavy jolt on opening either. Great addition to a USA made Kershaw collection. The other reviews are right on point.
great knife, super snappy and very sharp. i wouldnt use this for any hard use task as the blade is thinner than any other in the launch series. the handle almost has a blueish purple tint. not an edc but a great knife overall.
Got mine today. So light it's unbelievable. It is way snappier than any other of the Launch's. The tip is really pointy. Love it, if you don't have one order today! Must have knife.
Feels great in the hand and opens with authority. Just a great looking knife. My favorite auto from the Kershaw line.
I pre ordered and really anticipated delivery of this knife. I like it but it isn't an EDC in the practical since. Very well made as for mechanics and operation, however the blade design makes it more of a collector/display piece due to the extremely tapered point which is so sharp and thin that it won't stand up to rough treatment. Love the esthetics of the design and the quality of materials for the price.
First off, the knife is extremely well made. It locks up as tight as any of my Pro Techs. This is my first Kershaw auto and I have to say its quality fit and finish make it a real value, impressive. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that its so impractical. I have a godfather that has never been carried because its only true function is stabbing someone, not my thing. This one looked really cool and because of the price (thinkng lower quality thick blade) it appeared it could be an EDC, not really. The point is so sharp and delicate using it could only misshape it. Because of it's beauty, I don't want to wreck it. Cool knife, but would not buy again. Probably should have learned from the God Father.
I wish Kershaw would have made the knife a little larger. A 4 inch blade would have been perfect. The fit and finish was very good but the knife is just to small to give it 5 stars. The Kershaw Launch 1 and 5 are my favorite Kershaw knives.