KERSHAW’S EDC KING | Hybrid Steel Knife Review

With its composite blade and SpeedSafe-quick mechanism, the Tim Galyean-designed Rake knife is one fast and furious workhorse!

DOUBLE STEEL PLEASURE: The two-steel makeup of the Kershaw Rake makes it look very cool, but that’s only half the story. The hybrid design allowed the designers to get the most out of each steel type.

Hang around the Internet very long and you will find yourself in need of an interpreter. The number of abbreviations used on a regular basis is mind-boggling and this is no more apparent than in the knife culture found on the web. I’ll never forget the first time I was on a forum and someone asked me what my “EDC” was. I had no idea what he was talking about, but I thought he was getting a little too personal. It wasn’t until I discovered that EDC means Every Day Carry, the accessories or gear carried on your person each day, I began to contemplate that meaning.

After reviewing the items I stuff into my pockets or put on my belt each day, the most important was my knife. My daily carry includes a handgun, yet my selection may change depending on my dress and planned activities. My knife is the same day after day, and this left me wondering if I had made the right choice. As reversed as the logic may sound, I have always carried a good utility knife and consider that the most complex of all knife designs. Look at the tactical, combat, survival, or even hunting knife and each has but one function for which they are designed. That is about as simple as it gets. A good utility knife has to be designed to meet several needs, often in the same day. “Utility” doesn’t have the same ring to it as say, “combat” or “tactical,” but when it comes to what I look for in a knife, versatility is a mainstay. This was my train of thought when handling Kershaw’s newest composite-blade knife, the Rake, designed by Tim Galyean.

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There have been a couple of thoughts on why a company would create a composite blade. No matter what you believe to be the reason, you have to admit it just looks good.

Unique Combo Steel
Some may call the Rake a tactical folder, but I give it more credit than that. The 3.5-inch blade is a composite of Crucible’s CPM-D2 and Sandvik 14C28N. Some believe combining steels allows a company to use a ‘cheap’ steel for most of the blade and ‘the good stuff’ for the edge—this is completely wrong. In reality, combining steels allows Kershaw to take advantage of the attributes of different steels in one blade. The blade is .125 inches at its thickest point and under 4 square-inches in area. Any savings in the cost between the two types of steel is more than lost in the process cost of combining the two together.

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The Rake carried well in my front pocket with little protrusion. A darker pocket clip would make it almost unnoticeable. I found a blade-up carry worked the best for me. Drawing it with my left hand assured I would not apply pressure to the flipper at the wrong time.

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  • jazz1

    Glad to see the two steel solution here is just not a cheap out. Doing this for looks works for me. I had a JYD with the same composite, loved it but just a little too big. Don’t get me started on the wavey clip. Kind of Klingon like 😉 I’d like to see a black clip for a lower profile carry.