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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent Flipper Tab Profile
Unique Wharncliffe Style Blade
Medium Sized Lanyard Hole
Lightweight Glass Filled Nylon Handle
No Spine Jimping
No Liner Lock Jimping
Minimal Handle Texturing
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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.
Carbon Fiber Layered on G10
Excellent Flipper Tab Profile
Large Lanyard Hole
Black Wash and Satin Finish Blade
Poor Texturing on Handle
No Jimping On Liner Lock
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.
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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.
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.
Good Jimping on Spine of Blade
Tanto Style Blade
No Jimping on Flipper Tab
Heavy For it's Size
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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.
Jimping on Spine of Blade
Strong Flipper Action
Overly Tight Lockup
Not the Best Flipper Tab Profile
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.
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.