Kershaw Blur Knife Review

13856416553_373df3b9c7_b By Bradley Johnson

I have every day carried a knife almost my entire life. My grandfather gave me a knife when I was 10. I'm 35 now, so I guess that's 25 years of EDC. I've tried many knives in that time. I have several Spyderco knives that I love, but not all of them are legal for concealed carry in my county. I also have some Benchmade knives that have served me well, but after handling a friends Kershaw knife I started to think it might be time for something new. I didn't think that a $60 knife could best a $130 one, but I was wrong. Here's a photo of the Benchmade Griptilian, and the Kershaw Blur side-by-side.


As you can see, they are very similar in size when folded, and also open...


However, that is the extent of the similarities. Unlike the Benchmade knife (composite handles), the Kershaw handles are made of aircraft aluminum. The difference in weight is negligible, but the durability isn't. The Kershaw Blur is also thinner. The Blur (like most of Kershaw's knives) features Speedsafe technology. It allows quick assisted one hand opening (see video). I'm pretty good at flicking open a non-assisted knife, but there's no way I could ever beat a Kershaw Speedsafe knife. This technology makes deploying the knife extremely quick, and is legal in all 50 states (at least for now).

The grip of the Kershaw is excellent. The Trac-Tec grip tape inserts in the handle  allow for excellent handling. The handle is pre-drilled for either tip-up or tip-down carry depending on your preference.


The carbide glass breaking tip was something that I wanted. You can purchase the knife without it, but I like the option (and like to be prepared for all situations). It doesn't affect the way I carry, but I would like to mention that the tip is fairly sharp, so if you're just going to toss it in your pocket then it may create a hole from bouncing around inside of your pants/shorts.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this knife. It's made in the U.S.A., and the quality for the money is excellent. I could buy two of them for the price of one Benchmade (and I plan to).

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Claim to Fame: The SpeedSafe technology allows quick one handed opening. The textured grip provides great handling. The carbide tip breaks glass better than steel. Made in the USA!

Target Market: Law enforcement, Civilians, and Military

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • SpeedSafe Opening assist
  • Carbide glass breaker
  • Trac-tec grip tape inserts
  • Aircraft aluminum handle

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The Kershaw Blur Knife is available in black, desert sand, olive drab, and red. It’s even available with a glass breaker

What others are saying?: “I find this to be a great everyday carry knife that has held up exceptionally well to the rigors of daily use. The Kershaw Tactical Blur has my vote for a practical, tactical and affordable folder.” - Dane Daiker, USCCA

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: You can purchase this knife from many retailers, including Amazon and Rifle Gear.

Our Rating:

  • Handle
  • Speedsafe assisted opening
  • Made in USA

Score: 9.0 Amazing90


Kershaw Funxion EMT

Kershaw Funxion EMT

Devin Blystone

Oddly enough, the model I have is not easily located online.  However this knife was purchased in person at Walmart.  This model is a Walmart exclusive but the features are all the same except for the grips.  That being said, there are a few different models of the Funxion depending on what your needs are.  Kershaw Funxion EMT There’s the Funxion EMT, Funxion DIY, and Funxion Outdoor.  Looking at the DIY, I’d suggest getting the EMT because it has everything the DIY has plus a cord cutter and blade serrations.

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Claim to Fame:  Key tools that can be vital in an emergency.

Target Market:  Every day carry and anyone who wants a little extra with their knife.

 FNBs:  (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • Serrations
  • Liner lock
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening
  • Deep carry pocket clip for secure and discreet carry
  • Glass breaker
  • Carabiner that locks blade in handle
  • Multi-tool(cord cutter, hex bolt wrench, flat head screwdriver, and bottle opener)

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  It comes in black/charcoal.

 What others are saying?:  “One of the best knives I've ever had.” Amazon reviews

Price point:

I need it now! Availability:  You can buy it at Walmart, the model pictured seems to be Walmart only. Other stores may have different models.  Check out Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shops, etc.  You can also order it from Knife Center.

 Our Rating:

+ Quick opening + Easy to manipulate + Multi-tool accessory hidden in the grip + Carabiner that also locks the blade shut + Glass breaker + It just feels good in my hand + Weight is good for a knife of its size

- Pocket clip is single position - Made in China

Score: 8.5 Great!85