-Price Paid: $37.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
Let me start out by saying that this is, by far, the best knife I have ever carried. For me. I have other knives with better quality knife steel or have more attention to detail or were more expensive, but this is the knife I carry ever single day and I will not replace it with another model.
Subjective, but to me, they are superb. The handle, to me, is flawless in both saber and reverse grip. There are no hot spots. The finger grove fits my index finger perfectly and the back of the knife nicely fits in my palm in either grip. Some complain about how slick the knife is because it's aluminum scaled. Personally, I prefer this. I hate the damn annoying "Trac-Tek" inserts on knives like the Blur and Ener-G. And because the knife has uninterrupted aluminum scales, you can easily add grip tape to the entire scale if you so desire. And, thank god, the pocket clip is just nice and sturdy and straight. There's no nonsense like those terrible "question mark" of "spoon" pocket clips that some Kershaw models have. This clip is sturdy, small, and slight. Yet it does the job well of securing the knife without too much pressure. I've been carrying my Shallot every day since 2010 and it has never fallen out of my pocket.
My Shallot is the 13C26N steel variant. I do like Sandvik series steel. I think it's quite adequate and while there are certainly much better steels out there, Kershaw gives one of the best heat treatments to their knife blades in the production knife industry. The good? This knife is ridiculously easy to sharpen. And if you're sharpening knives, you should be using rods to begin with so the VERY slight recurve in this blade will not be an issue. The bad? I have chipped my Shallot's edge and quite severely before. I was actually using it to cut some food and accidentally went through a tendon and hit the glass plate I was using. It chipped the living hell out of the blade by about 1-2 millimeters. I was not using the knife that hard, either. So, my recommendation would be to get one of the better knife steel options. There are damascus, S110V, and other options out there. Unfortunately, Kershaw has seen fit to produce these models and variants in very small batches so if you can somehow find them, be prepared to pay handsomely for them. I do think they're likely worth it, however, because the design on the knife is nearly flawless.
The recurve on the blade is what drew me to the knife. Recurves are immensely useful in an EDC piece because the recurve on the edge actually helps make slicing easier and quicker by acting as a "catch." It's the same reason why karambits can slice through a ridiculous amount of material with ease. Also, the recurve helps with edge retention by allowing the knife to use less required edge to do the slicing. Meaning smaller amounts of real estate is used and therefore letting you keep an edge longer. As I said before, if you're sharpening you should be using rods (ceramic, diamond, doesn't matter) to begin with so the recurve shouldn't be an issue. That said, you can even sharpen this knife with its recurve on a sharpening stone if you know what you're doing.
Now... the best part of the knife and what turns this from a good knife into an excellent and amazing knife design... The width. I don't care about weight for the most part. I'm not nutnfancy, I have carried 6 ounce knives before. That doesn't bother me. But I've had enough of and given up on carrying wide body or "thick" knives. They are annoying as hell to carry and take up far too much space in pockets. And when you sit, you can feel them constantly. Not with the Shallot. This knife is so incredibly thin that when I first got it I was actually concerned that it would break. Which is ridiculous, I've been carrying this same knife going on almost three years now and ANYTHING that will break this knife will also break nearly any other folding knife on the market. Oh, and it's still light, too. A mere 4.2 ounces, which isn't a lot for an aluminum scaled knife at all.
Isn't even up for debate. You get a knife design that is top-notch with excellent attention to detail. There isn't and has not been anything wrong with my Shallot. And even if there was, Kershaw would fix it because they have an excellent warranty.
I've handled many knives. And I still think that, as far as the design goes, the Shallot is nearly flawless. The only thing I would like is to see a slightly larger flipper and perhaps 4-way carry. Other than that? The design is perfect - for me. It's slim, it's thin, it's light and it's non-threatening. It's a gentleman's folder that can kick ass and take punishment and ask for me. As a sub $100 knife, you will have difficulty finding a knife that measures up. I intend to take my Shallot with me to the grave, and I have no indication otherwise that it won't last that long - or longer.