If you spend any amount of time in the outdoors you know how important and valuable a tool a knife can be. You will find uses for it that you couldn’t have even imagined, and the more you use them as a tool the more you find out that not all knives are created equal.
I have owned and used the Half Ton 1445 by Kershaw for over 4 months now, and I thought I’d give you my feedback and opinions on it.
Steel: 8CR13MOV, Satin Finish
Handle: Glass-filled nylon, Santoprene inserts
Blade Length: 2-1/2 in.
Closed Length: 3-5/8 in.
Overall Length: 6-1/8 in.
Weight: 3.2 oz
When closed this little knife easily fits into your pocket. It feels a little heavy in my hand, but it also feels pretty solid. The curved handle fits nicely in the palm of my hand. The nylon handle is smooth and does not have much texture so sometimes I have found it a little slippery when my hands is wet. I have not found the “super-grippy Santoprene inserts” to be of much help. I feel as if Kershaw had stippled the handle it would have been more effective. Although I kind of like the look of the Wrench clip, I also find it to be more in the way than helpful. The clip is so tight that it makes it difficult to even clip onto your pants pocket. If your the type of person that likes to add a paracord loop to your knife, then I can see how this clip would be beneficial. As far as the wrench, I have yet to find an opportunity where I may use it. Also, I wonder if the opportunity arose, if it would be the correct size for the nut I was trying to tighten or loosen anyways. I am actually planning to remove the clip… (when I come across a hex wrench small enough).
When opening the knife, I find the thumb stud sort of digs into the tip of my thumb and is a little uncomfortable getting the blade to begin to pivot out of the handle. Once the blade is in motion, it pretty easily snaps into place and you can audibly hear the blade locking. This is not an assisted opening knife. Perhaps I’m a little spoiled by some of my other knives that are assisted, so I may be making more out of this than I need to. When the knife is open, it feels good in my hand. The tip of my index finger fits perfectly into the notch for the thumb stud and blade release. The blade came from the factory with an edge sharpness that I would rate as Moderate, but I find that it is very simple to sharpen and is quite easy to put a good sharp edge on it. I like the “chubby” blade and the feel of the shape of the blade when I’m cutting pretty much anything. When I close the knife I feel as if I need to be extra conscious of what I’m doing…which may not be bad. I have heard stories of people that are trying to close their knives quickly and one handed and stabbed or cut themselves. This is one knife that when I do close it one handed, I am very aware of where the blade is and that I am sure I push the release all the way down… which may in fact make it safer.
All in all (once I remove the clip) the small size, overall ergonomics, robust blade, and just pure simplicity of this knife has made me very happy. The $22.95 MSRP is actually pretty reasonable for what you get, but if you search on e-bay, you can find many of these knives for less…with free shipping. I believe I paid $10.35 for mine, which I feel is an extremely good deal for what your getting. The small size and overall abuse this knife is able to endure, plus the ability to put an edge back on quickly and easily, has made this knife one of my first choices for taking with me pretty much anywhere.
Disclosure: I own this product and purchased it using my own funds.