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Kershaw Knives Cinder and Fatback

Tualatin, OR based Kershaw Knives recently released a couple of new knives; the Cinder and the Fatback.

Touted as a “Non-Scary” knife, here’s what Kershaw has to say about the Cinder.

Kershaw Knives Cinder and Fatback: Cinder First

The Cinder is small enough to attach to your keychain, yet it’s still capable of doing most of the tasks you carry a knife for. From opening packages to breaking down boxes, the Cinder’s got you covered. What’s more, you know the Cinder is built for performance. For one thing, it’s designed by Rick Hinderer, well known for the real-world practicality of his knife designs. For another, it’s precision manufactured by Kershaw, known for our top-notch fit and finish.

Cinder 1

The blade is just 1.4 inches long, but because of the upswept tip, it offers plenty of useful cutting edge. On a knife this small, creating a solid grip is tough. Rick designed the grip so that your hand comes forward past the pivot point, enabling a full three-finger grip on this smaller knife. The handle is textured glass-filled nylon to enhance grip even more; the blade has a stonewashed finish that looks great and hides scratches.

The secure locking liner features cutout embellishments revealed by the design of the handle scale. This design also makes it easier to open this manual-opening blade and easier to unlock the liner lock to close it. The large lanyard hole makes attaching the Cinder to your key chain or pack simple.

And you might have noticed the bottle opener built into the back end. Yeah, we thought you did. It’s plenty sturdy and ready to go to work when you are.

Though the name would suggest otherwise, the Fatback is not, in fact, fat.

Kershaw Knives Cinder and Fatback: Now the Fatback

No, the Fatback does not have a fat back. In fact, it has a rather slim handle. But to ensure you always have an extra secure grip, it does have some extra fat texturing on its glass-filled nylon handle.

Fatback 3

Actually, we call it the Fatback because it’s one very tasty knife. Like bacon.

The handsome blade is a modified drop-point with a dagger-like shape. The 8Cr13MoV blade steel, with Kershaw’s precision heat treatment, provides long-lasting edge retention, as well as strength and hardness. Black-oxide coating offers an additional measure of blade protection and non-reflectivity.

Fatback 2

The Fatback opens with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening for smooth, one-handed opening. The pivot is oversized and decorative. The handle is drilled to support our four-position pocketclip—so you can carry tip-up/down, left/right, whatever your preferred carry position. And finally, the Fatback’s deep-carry pocketclip lets the knife ride securely and comfortably low in the pocket.

You can find out more about Kershaw Knives right here.

*Images courtesy of Kershaw Knives.


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