Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder"

I originally bought this knife to replace the Cutco pocket knife that I lost during the holidays. I wanted something a little easier to get my hands on than the Cutco, which I could only find on eBay. After some digging on the Internet, it seemed like the Kershaw Chill might be the knife I was looking for.

What I wanted was something compact, rugged, light and preferably cheap. Boy, did I find what I was looking for. This is touted as an EDC blade and it fills that role well for me. I've also seen it called a "gentleman's folder" and that seems a good description. I like that it is very understated.

It's a pure flipper, meaning it has no thumb stud to open it. My review sample was purchased from Amazon.com.

UPDATE 10/19/2013: I'm going back to some of these older reviews and redoing the photos since I have a better camera and better skills.


Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Split View: Open

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Split View: Closed
Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - RG Martin Design
Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Kershaw Logo


Official Specs

  • Locking Liner
  • Pocket Clip
  • Right or left-handed flipper
  • 8Cr13MoV Steel
  • CNC Machined G-10 handle
  • 3.125 inch blade
  • 7 inch open length
  • Weight: 2 Oz.

Construction


The knife is made in China, which explains the $20 price tag. But don't let the price fool you. This knife means business. The G-10 handle has a great feel, and the blade holds a good edge. The action is silky smooth and mine has no play whatsoever.

Blade


The blade on the Chill is made of decent quality 8Cr13MoV Chinese steel. It features a hollow grind with a drop point. I think this has one of the sleekest blades I've seen on an EDC type pocket knife.

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Blade Closeup #1

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Blade Closeup #2

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Blade Closeup #3

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Blade Closeup #4

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Closeup Of G10 Handle

Clip 


The Chill comes with a deep carry clip which can be configured for right handed tip-up or tip-down carry. Sorry, lefties. As other reviews have pointed out, the clip is definitely on the tight side, so this is one of the few knives I've taken the clip off of, as it was just too tight for me in daily use.

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Closeup Of Deep Carry Clip

Liner Lock


The liner lock on the Chill is a little on the thin side, but plenty robust for an EDC type knife. Combined with the G10 scales, the liner gives the knife a more solid construction than you would find on a lock back knife such as the Spyderco Dragonfly.

My review sample opens smoothly with the flipper and locks up solid. The lockup has a great feel considering this is a 20 dollar knife.

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Liner Lock Closeup #1

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Liner Lock Closeup #2

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Liner Lock Closeup #3


EDC (Every Day Carry) Use


This has been my EDC for almost 6 months and it's held up well. About the only thing I don't like about it (as other reviewers have noted) is the pocket clip. It is way too stiff, so I don't use it. But for whatever reason I can't bring myself to take the clip off. But it doesn't get in my way, and I like every single other feature with the knife. Some reviewers have noted that it takes some getting used to flipping it open, but personally I like it.

Conclusions


This was originally intended to be a temporary replacement for my lost pocket knife. But 6 months isn't very temporary. It's still a little long for just a pocket knife, but it's so light that I can't seem to replace it with a smaller knife. I'm sure my infatuation with it will end someday with something new and shiny, but for now this knife is a workhorse for me, day after day.

Picture Gallery


From Top: Spyderco Dragonfly 2, SanRenMu GB-763, Kershaw Chill, Victorinox Sentinel
From Top: Spyderco Dragonfly 2, SanRenMu GB-763, Kershaw Chill, Victorinox Sentinel

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Closeup Of Flipper

Kershaw Chill "Gentleman's Folder" Pocket Knife - Next To Quarter Showing Scale

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