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Kershaw Link 1776 Assisted Open Knife Review


  • Stainless steel blade
  • Extended tang
  • Lanyard hole

In short: A pretty substantial knife for everyday pocket wear, the Kershaw Link 1776 Assisted Open knife is well machined and solidly-built. The blade flips open with very little effort, but it’s not loose enough to be dangerous. Sharp right out of the box. This knife has been part of our gear for years.

The Kershaw Link 1776 Assisted Open knife has been part of our daily use (or rather, accessible for daily use) pocket gear for the last 5 years at least. We have to admit, it’s a pretty thick knife, and it’s not the most comfortable to have in the pocket if you keep your hands in your pocket.

The blade doesn’t open as fast as other Kershaw knifes (like the Leek), but the spring is strong, and the action is very smooth. If anything, this is a testament to the overall construction, thickness of material, and durability of the knife.

The liner makes a solid connection to the blade along the spine in the open position, which gives the knife a lot of strength when pushing down making kindling. The angle of the edge of the blade and thickness of the blade itself performed well during fire construction. We didn’t use it to split wood; although it crossed our mind.

Overall, it’s a good knife, a little big in the hand, but certainly durable and sharp.