Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife Review
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Like the Spyderco Dodo, the Kershaw Tremor, is one of those knives that is quite so unusual in its styling that you nearly need to try it out for yourself. Giving this knife a shot was honestly a no brainer, since it was at such a low-price point as well.
Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife Review
The overall feel of the Tremor hit all the right marks for me. I did not take it thinking it would be an extraordinary versatile EDC knife, and I was correct, yet its clean-cut line sand unique forward pistol grip works brilliantly as long as you understand the knife’s limitations.
The Kershaw Tremor is 13.5 cm (5.25 inches) when closed, and that is quite heavy. I would compare it with the Spyderco Military,in terms of bulk. Now this isn’t really a bad thing, yet be aware that in case if you are used to and have a preference for small knives, the Kershaw Tremor may not be an ideal choice for you.
Centering on the knife is really great. I’m kind of sure I could get it to be 100% centered, if I fiddled with the pivot, however if I did that, I would risk the assisted opening mechanism not moving the blade fully. My Tremor locks up firmly and deploys quickly, as it stands, so nothing left to desire here.
Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife – Clip
For pocket real estate, the interesting banana shape of the handle makes it a real hog, the clip itself is flawless and due to its very utilitarian profile, it reminds me of Emerson knives. I like its matte finish as well. Great job Kershaw.
For thin materials,the 3 mm (0.12 inch) thick hollow ground blade, makes the Kershaw Tremor a radiant slicer. As a folding kitchen knife, it might never be my first choice,however other than that, it works reasonably well as an EDC. The Tremor’s blade straddles the line between acute and tough geometry very nicely.
Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife – Speedsafe Mechanism
Kershaw’s Tremor is a supported opening flipper that utilizes Kershaws “speedsafe” mechanism, which is basically a bar that is held under strain when the knife is shut and helps in doing the hard work of pushing the knife open once enough pressure has been imposed. It works, and while I am not a major fan of additional moving parts in my folding knives, I will state that I have not heard of any reports regarding the toughness of the deployment: the speedsafe appears quite solid.
I did try to expel the speedsafe system from the knife,on that note, so it could be only a regular flipper, but unfortunately for the detent ball to slide into, the blade does not have a hole. No detent means no manual flipper. But the speedsafe does its job, and works really well, so no need to mess around with it as I tried to.
My custom purple heart scales compliments the Tremor, however even with the standard black G-10 scales, this truly is an incredibly photogenic knife.
Opened, Kershaw’s Tremor is a solid 9 inches (22 cm) of aesthetically satisfying performance. Once again, the comparison between the Spyderco Military and the Tremor is appropriate, as they both offer a huge amount of handle real estate with a good blade reach.
Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife – Blade
The 9.5 cm (3.75 inch) 8CR12MOV blade includes a pleasing recurve and a wicked high hollow grind. The recurve on the Tremor is not immensely noticeable, but I did feel that it helped when doing pull cuts, especially when cutting fibrous materials. I will never ever be a huge fan of recurves;however,I can definitely appreciate their advantages.
I like that insignificantly clipped trailing point. The top is not honed, but nevertheless it’s ideal for adding a nice point to a likewise very wide knife.
The sharp edge of the Kershaw Tremor is finely tapered to a relatively acute tip. By far it’s not a needle, but rather acute enough to make it an exceptional alternative for piercing cuts.
Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife – Steel
The stainless steel (I’m guessing it’s 420J2 derivative steel, however I’m not 100% sure) engages firmly with a nice thud. I have not noticed any movement or wear in the knife’s liner, beyond its initial breaking-in period. I have found no chance of it failing,in my limited testing. The assisted opening mechanics of the Tremor additionally help in ensuring that every attachment is sturdy, with the tip of the liner matching perfectly with the tang of the blade.
Should the liner fail (which I truly don’t see it happening), the flipper acts as a guard/choil, thus your digits are absolutely safe.
Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife – Grip
Now on to the interesting part, the ergonomics on the Kershaw Tremor are extremely particular. I have always said that some knives are intended to have a bias for a specific grip style, however with the Tremor it’s not a preference: it’s a downright partiality.
The Tremor ought to be utilized in a saber grip. the handle joins with the palm of my hand, while in a saber grip, and those off scallops near the top of the knife feel like they have been perfectly intended for my thumb. When used in other grips,I will not say that the knife is horrible, only thing is it feels quite a bit unusual and forced to hold the Kershaw Tremor in any other way, hence I stick to a saber grip with this one.
The knife is still passable in a reverse grip. Despite the fact that the butt of the Tremor does not offer a jimping or ledge to rest your thumb, it is not recklessly uncomfortable, if you had to utilize the knife in such a way.
In theory, you could utilize the Kershaw Tremor in a pinch grip, yet with the supported mechanism, I would advise against utilizing it for butchering tasks or field dressing. I would imagine it would be prone to getting gunked up/jammed and cleaning it would not be as easy as blasting some compressed air through the frame.
Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife – Conclusion
The Kershaw Tremor has an extremely aggressive grip profile that is similar to the old-school Bowie knives. Its design is not suitable for all applications, and if I am to be very honest, I nearly feel like it was intended for duelling. With its wicked tip and that blade profile, I can see how dangerous this knife can be in the right hands. Combined with its assisted opening abilities and oversized flipper, I can’t think of any knives that would be easier to open if one got into any trouble.
Kershaw has actually terminated this knife already, despite the fact it’s still actually available from a few online sellers. I’m certain that won’t be the case for very long, as terminated knives tend to move fast, and this knife is almost sure to disappear quickly at $20-30. If this review raised your curiosity even a little and you are interested in testing the knife for yourself, you should jump on it immediately.