Kershaw Starter Assisted Opening Flipper Knife (3.4" BlackWash) 1301BW

Item #BHQ-21531
MSRP: $37.95
Our Price: $23.95
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  • Overall Length: 8.00"
  • Blade Length: 3.40"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.11"
  • Blade Material: 3Cr13MoV
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Acid Wash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.60"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.49"
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Color: Gray
  • Weight: 6.40 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Spring Assisted
  • Opener: Flipper, Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock
  • Brand: Kershaw
  • Model: Starter
  • Model Number: 1301BW
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

The Starter is a tactical folder with amazing looks. It features a BlackWash finished blade and handle, which not only gives it a worn-in look, it also provides an extra measure of protection for the metal. Kershaw's Starter is equipped with SpeedSafe® assisted opening for fast and easy one-handed opening. It opens neatly with the built-in flipper or thumbstud. A sturdy frame lock safely secures the blade open during use, and then closes easily for storage or carry. Includes a deep-carry pocket clip.

Customer Reviews

Good for show and minimal use
Richard W. on Sep 8, 2015

I got this knife solely for looks. It's very heavy in the hand, but It just looks awesome on my shelf. I haven't used this knife for any regular or serious tasks, so don't get upset with me if it doesn't perform well.

Dustin P. on Jan 19, 2018

For the price, I was very impressed. It's heavy, but I prefer heavy knives. It sits low in the pocket. Opens fast. My favorite edc.

So good it got stolen
Jeff S. on May 18, 2018

Bought this for my son-in-law who is in the US Navy. He loved it and carried it everyday when he was off duty. One day he forgot it was in his pocket and couldn't take it into the particular building he was in. He handed it to a friend for him to put it in his truck until after work. He never saw it again and now the friend is gone. But it is inexpensive enough to easily replace. It is surprisingly good quality and rugged!

Good Everyday Carry
Rick T. on May 9, 2020

I bought one of these for all my boys a while back and we love them, but lost mine on a float trip last year. Great everyday carry, took mine everywhere. Nice smooth quick-opening feature, easy sharpening, typical excellent Kershaw quality, great BladeHQ price! Missed it so much I bought 2, now I have a backup.

Amazing! Just what I have been looking for!
Justin J. on Oct 10, 2015

The knife is much, much cheaper than Benchmade or Microtech, but it does just as well as one. When I bought this knife, I didn't expect too much, simply a knife that would look slightly interesting and that I could use for about a year. It quickly became my knife collection's crown jewel because the metal is very easy to take care of, the spring assist is the best I have in my entire collection, and the handle is extremely durable and comfortable. The spring assist has been working exceptionally for me, and I haven't had to do maintenance on it at all. If you want an amazing knife for a good price, I highly recommend this knife.

its pretty good
Gideon C. on Oct 15, 2020

its surprisingly good for 20 bucks which i what i got mine for its a quality knife and if you de-assist it it makes a pretty good manual flipper to a little heavy but hey it was 20 bucks worth it

Opening and Closing the Knife
David O. on Nov 21, 2020

Could you please show us how they close as I do not know how. You opened them up so I know that part but not the closing. Thank you.

Good and heavy
Alan F. on Mar 22, 2019

Impressive knife for $20! Assist works great, looks cool, got it arm shaving sharp with my Spyderco Sharpmaker. My only issue is the weight. This knife is a brick!! Specifications for the knife say frame lock, it is a liner lock.

It's ok, but not for edc
Justin Z. on Mar 10, 2015

For the price, this is a pretty decent knife. The assisted mechanism broke really quickly for some reason. I was flicking it out a lot the first few days I had it, so maybe that was the problem. The knife got all jammed with the broken spring, but after I got it out it worked great as a manual folder. The detent is pretty good and for some reason it the pivot is really smooth. It's a nice knife to just flick open and closed absentmindedly. I wouldn't recommend this as an edc really. It's really heavy and has a lot of blade play. I would only carry this if I knew I would be doing some harsh cutting that day, like cutting tape on concrete. Other than that, stick with something a little better for edc.

Like carrying a brick
GREG F. on Aug 20, 2020

The blade for this knife is well crafted. The handle on the other hand looks and feels like it was carved out of a small child... who had never seen a stone before. If you want a cheap replacement blade to put on another knife, this is a good option. Then handle - and the lock mechanism for that point, are really poorly designed and built. It'll look nice on a shelf, but that's about it.

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