The Kershaw Auto is back!
This automatic knife features CPM154 blade steel, a strong opening kick, and is made-in-the-USA at Kershaw’s Tualatin, Oregon manufacturing facility.
The CPM154 powdered metallurgy blade steel has more uniform distribution of carbides—so it takes and holds an excellent edge. It also provides good corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and toughness. The blade is DLC coated for an additional measure of blade protection and dark good looks. Then to lighten the Launch 3's weight, we made the handle of durable anodized aluminum and slimmed it toward the back end to neatly fit your hand. Carry left- or right-handed with the Launch 3's reversible pocketclip. For left-handed use, use your index finger instead of your thumb to press the blade-release/lock button.
The Launch 3 opens with a push button, which is recessed so that it is level with the flat of the handle. This is a safety feature and makes it harder for the knives to accidentally deploy. Nevertheless, automatic knives are dangerous and should be handled with extreme caution in all circumstances.
- Made in the USA
- Push button open
- Push button lock release
- Reversible pocketclip, (left/right)
- Steel: CPM154, DLC coating
- Handle: Anodized aluminum
- Blade: 3.4 in. (8.6 cm)
- Closed: 4.4 in. (11.2 cm)
- Overall: 7.8 in. (19.8 cm)
- Weight: 3.4 oz. (98 g)
Found on the Kershaw Folding Saw, it locks the saw blade open during use, then releases with the push of a button for storage.
Made In The USA:
When you see this on one of Kershaw’s knives, it means the knife was made in their Tualatin, Oregon manufacturing facility by skilled Kershaw knifemakers.
Pre-drilled holes in the handle enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.
Anodizing changes the microscopic texture of the surface of the aluminum so that a porous coating or film can be applied that will in turn accept a dye. Anodizing makes aluminum stronger and anodic films are much longer lasting than other surface colorations. Anodized aluminum knife handles are highly scratch resistant and fade resistant.
Kershaw was one of the first to use DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating in production knife applications. DLC stands for Diamond-Like Carbon and, indeed, DLC coatings display properties similar to those of a natural diamond, notably hardness, wear resistance, and reduced friction. The benefits of such a coating are obvious when it comes to knives. The DLC coating is applied in a process called Physical Vapor Disposition (PVD). In PVD, solid metals are vaporized in a vacuum at high temperatures. A reactive gas is introduced, forming a compound with the metal vapor. This enables the metal to be deposited on the knife parts in a microns-thin layer. The coating adds beauty, is environmentally friendly, and offers excellent wear and corrosion resistance.
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