If the Kershaw Natrix looks familiar you're not experiencing deja-vu, it's based on the popular Zero Tolerance 0770. Kershaw wanted to bring this coveted design to a wider audience with an affordable model designed for everyday carry and use. It has a chamfered handle to fit perfectly in the hand. A custom-designed deep-carry pocket clip finishes off the ZT inspired design.
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This is a great knife overall, quality steel but still lightweight. The plastic doesn't feel cheap and is very nice in your hands. The frame lock is very sturdy and the bearing is smooth as butter. The only thing is, being a frame lock, if you squeeze the knife on the lock it becomes more difficult to open. BUT that is easily avoidable by adjusting your position and pressure just slightly off the frame lock. Overall amazing EDC, (and very fidgety so be careful).
You won't be disappointed.
Solid knife. Runs on bearing so this knife is EXTREMELY smooth. Smoothest knife I own actually. This knife is also rocking the carbon fiber lament which is beautiful. This knife is also very light, for a rather larger EDC blade this knife easily gets forgettable when in the pocket all day.
I had loved the 777 design forever and all of its cousins as well but I hate assisted knives so I never got one, that's why I was stoked that kershaw was coming out with a manual one. I got mine and was surprised by just how great this thing is. The fit and finish is great, looks are great and the action is exceptional for a budget knife, granted I with the steel was better but for the price you can't complain. It came sharp as heck, it was dead centered and lock up is solid. You can't go wrong with the manual Natrix!!!!
My buddy spontaneously bought a $600 Chris Reeve at a store and he isn’t even a knife wearer. He is worried about loss or damage and won’t take it out of the box, can’t blame him. I always carry a knife or Leatherman because I’m a laborer and homeowner. He needs to get used to carrying, so I got one for each of us. L My impressions were mediocre upon initial inspection, to be honest. The flipper requires enough force to be uncomfortable, the frame lock( my first) also uncooperative, there are edges on the handle and it seemed unsubstantial. That said, after a few days, I’ve warmed to the piece. It’s strong for so light, the flipper is a bit easier, and I’m more proficient. My only flipper was a Klein electricians knife, and it is smoother and heavier with steel handles. The Natrix has a far better blade. My Kershaw arrived flawless, is sharp enough, sports underrated, if overused steel, provides grip, suffers no real blade play, locks tightly, looks nice and should hold up a long time. Had I paid full retail, I’d be unhappy. At the sale price, it’s a good value and a perfect trainer for my friend. There is no lanyard accommodation, but a paracord lanyard fits tightly in the clip.
Kershaw has a home run with this knife! Nice weight, not too light or too heavy. Bearings give it great action. It looks great, feels great in your hand, and the blade has a great edge shape. 8cr steel isnt that bad, never gave me any trouble and its easy to sharpen. Its not s30v or s35vn, but its serviceable and will cut things without complaint. Lost a star because I'd like to see minimal liners to hold the stop pin. It should be fine, but I have worries that the G10 will wallow with use over time and the pin will get loose and fall out. Time will tell! Overall, great knife, great price, good job Kershaw!
This was my first entry into legit knife brands and I love it. My girlfriend got this for me for Christmas and I am very pleased with it. The bearings make the action feel great. The frame lock is so much better than a liner lock and overall the knife works great. My only complaint would be the steel but hey it was $45 at the end of the day.
While it is a good knife for the price, I do have some complaints. The lock bar is rounded on the inside and causes your thumb to slide many times while trying to close the blade. Also its natural to put pressure on the rear while trying to close which makes it even harder to close. So it can be frustrating. But the blade shape is great, opening is smooth and easy. feels great inland. for the price its worth a shot to see if you like it. The carbon inlays do make the knife feel better in hand and adds a touch of class to the look.
I wont lie, my wife picked this out for me at our local knife store. The detent combined with the flipper action took some major getting used to. But once the technique was mastered the reliable opening, blade shape, handle materials, size and weight of this knife make it an incredible value. I like to sharpen my knives so the steel doesnt bother me in the slightest! Easily the best looking knife in my small, but growing collection. (4 stars is only because the g-10 in my handle had some sharp edges, nothing a little sandpaper didnt fix)
I have a couple of issues with this knife but no knife ever seems to tick all the boxes. I have been wanting to try the sub frame lock knives and glad I waited for this CF model for the KVT bearing system. Has been my edc for a couple months and the edge retention is pretty good (was concerned about that) Love the bearing system makes it smooth and easy to open. Only complaints is the narrowness of the body. I am use to hefty ZTs so this feels thin in my hands. Also the sub frame takes a little getting use to. Its easy to find a finger laying on the lock which creates drag when opening it but with practice I learned to hold it a little differant as to keep my fingers away from the lock. All in all GREAT knife especially for the price. Beginner or collector great knife to have. Hoping to find this in M390 or other high end steel some day but no complaints with this steel. Like it well enough that I will be buying the copper when it finally comes out.
Given the weight of this knife I thought it might feel a little flimsy Instead, it feels pretty solid. It has a moderate detente that predictably results in lockup when the blade is opened. It's a small knife that almost disappears when you wrap your hand around it, and the pocket clip is short. Neither of these factors bother me, but may bother some people. The CF onlays are attractive, but very slick. The fuller gives the blade some style, but I would have preferred FFG. This is an attractive knife that will be even better when American made models with better blade steel arrive.
I really like the look of this one, seemed kind of different and I wanted a frame lock. Build quality is to be expected for what I paid (not close to full retail). likes- opens easy most of the time, every once in a while it gets hung up. must be my deployment method. blade is a nice size, sharp out of the box. no so good, the handle with the inlay is very very slippery and if your hands are wet or sweaty look out this could go flying. I'm keeping it for bock cutting and such but not a good all around knife I expected.
Read the reviews and thought it would be a great knife for the price. It feels fragile, lock sticks, and feels like a gas station knife. Get the copper version or setting metal for the little bit extra. CIVIVI entry level is better bang for your buck.
This knife was either messed up or just terrible. It was SUPER hard to open, the worst easiest of the 20+ assisted open knives I've used/owned. I broke it and won't be replacing it. Can't recommend buying one.