8Cr13MoV Kershaw Knives: Tough Blade at a Flexible Price

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If you're looking for a tough blade at an affordable price you'll have a hard time finding anything better than 8Cr13MoV.

8Cr13MoV is a Chinese made steel but don't let that deter you, the value that this steel brings is great and no one delivers it quite like Kershaw

Similar to AUS-8 in that they are both stainless steel and a great value for the performance that the steels deliver. 

​8Cr13MoV is a pretty popular knife steel used in budget knives such as the Spyderco Tenacious, CRKT Moxie, and Kershaw Cryo just to name a few. In my opinion however no one brings both the performance and low price point like Kershaw in their line of budget knives.

The 8Cr13MoV steel makes a great steel for EDC knives as well because it's cheap to purchase up front, easy to sharpen, and holds an edge fairly well too.​

​Due to the higher levels of Chromium, Molybdenum, and Vanadium the steel's corrosion and wear resistance are increased which ensures your knife performs well over a longer period of time.

As I mentioned earlier Kershaw does a great job at bringing 8Cr13MoV at an affordable price without sacrificing any performance so let's take a look at some of the knives offered by Kershaw with this brilliant steel.​

Kershaw Rove

Kershaw Rove

With the Rove's elegant wharncliffe style of blade, satin finish, and over-sized starburst pivot pin the Rove is a work of art. Not only does the Rove provide good looks it performs well too and you can't beat the price point of this knife either.

Our Rating:

Weight:

3.95 oz

Blade Length:

3.25"

Blade Material:

8Cr13MoV

Overview:

The Kershaw Rove's unique wharncliffe blade allows it to be a great slicer. While the glass filled nylon handle allow for a comfortable purchase. As with all of Kershaw's SpeedSafe knives the Rove has a smooth flipping action. The way the handle flows into the jimping on the flipper tab allows for a flawless flip every time.

Pros:

   Excellent Flipper Tab Profile

   Unique Wharncliffe Style Blade

   Medium Sized Lanyard Hole

   Lightweight Glass Filled Nylon Handle

Cons:

   No Spine Jimping

   No Liner Lock Jimping

   Minimal  Handle Texturing


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Overview:

While the Flourish is a bit bigger than most flippers in Kershaw's budget lineup they haven't sacrificed the performance of this outstanding blade. Excellent jimping on the flipper tab and spine of the blade add great texture to the knife. 

Pros:

   Carbon Fiber Layered on G10

   Excellent Flipper Tab Profile

   Large Lanyard Hole

   Black Wash and Satin Finish Blade

Cons:

   Poor Texturing on Handle

   No Jimping On Liner Lock

Kershaw Flourish

Kershaw Flourish

If you're looking for a large flipper knife look no further, the Flourish will suit you well. Although the blade is bigger than most Kershaw hasn't sacrificed it's smooth flipping action to achieve this. The carbon fiber layered on top of the G10 scales also gives the Flourish a nice aesthetic touch. 

Our Rating:

Weight:

5.4 oz

Blade Length:

3.5"

Blade Material:

8Cr13MoV


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Kershaw FreeFall

Kershaw FreeFall

Strong flipper action,  great handle texturing and a tanto style blade are what you get with the FreeFall. When I first purchased the knife I was slightly worried about the quality of the knife. After purchasing however I'm convinced Kershaw is committed to excellence.

Our Rating:

Weight:

4.4 oz

Blade Length:

3.25"

Blade Material:

8Cr13MoV

Overview:

Simplicity is probably what makes the FreeFall so great, not a lot of bells and whistles here but what it does, it does well. Solid jimping on the spine and down the back of the handle along with Kershaw's K texturing gives you a great grip on this knife. The large lanyard hole grants you the option of attaching paracord too.

Pros:

   Excellent Texturing

   Good Jimping on Spine of Blade

   Tanto Style Blade

   Good Ergonomics

Cons:

   No Jimping on Flipper Tab

   Heavy For it's Size


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Overview:

Don't let the size of the Kershaw Cryo fool you it has a powerful and responsive flipping action. The matte grey titanium carbo-nitride coated scales and blade make the design of this knife shine through. Which happens to be a collaboration between Kershaw and Rick Hinderer.

Pros:

   Sleek Look

   Jimping on Spine of Blade

   Small Profile

   Strong Flipper Action

Cons:

   Overly Tight Lockup

   Not the Best Flipper Tab Profile

Kershaw Cryo

Kershaw Cryo

A sleek look, strong and responsive flipping action make the Cryo a nice choice for any knife enthusiast on a tight budget. It's size makes it a good selection for your EDC kit.

Our Rating:

Weight:

4.2 oz

Blade Length:

2.75"

Blade Material:

8Cr13MoV

Conclussion

As you can see there is a lot of value in purchasing a knife made from 8Cr13MoV it's a steel that provides good wear and corrosion resistance while maintaining a level of toughness that grants it the ability to be crafted into so many great EDC knives. Thanks for reading, if you have any questions be sure to leave a comment down below or shoot us an email. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as too, and check back soon for more article from Preppers Unlimited.