Kershaw 1605 Clash Review – An affordable EDC Knife

Today we are going to take a look at the Kershaw 1605 Clash, an affordable but dependable choice for an EDC knife. First Impression: This blade has got the thickness.


First Impression: This blade has got the thickness.


The handle on this bad boy is thick. The blade is thick. This is a beefy knife. Hell, even the pocket clip is about twice as thick as your average clip. If you are going for feather light weight, this may not be your knife. This is overbuilt for people who use (and abuse) their tools. For it’s ruggedness, the fact that Kershaw was able to keep it’s weight down to 4.3 oz. is amazing.

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The Clash has a 3 inch blade with partial serrations, making perfect for any task you throw at it. Ideal for cutting open boxes or plastic to cutting rope, this thing can handle it. This thing has been a godsend in the warehouse cutting open pallets. The blade steel is a composite that is resistant to rust and staining. It comes sharp and holds it’s edge after much abuse. The liner lock is effective and trustworthy. Once open the blade has zero play and holds tight. Like I said, this is a beefy knife.

Speaking of opening, let’s talk about the speed safe assisted opening on this thing.

The finger placement to flick it open was right where my index finger instinctively lands on the knife. With minimal force the blade will fling open with a VERY pleasing click. This is so satisfying it is hard to not keep flicking it open. Seriously, you will probably start to annoy those around you when you first get this knife. The funny thing about it is that as easy as it is to open, it holds incredibly tight when closed so no worrying about it popping open in your pocket. The speed safe design is a favorite of mine for good reason.

The pocket clip is movable for tip up or tip down carry and the speed safe open works well for both right or left hand operation. The glass-filled nylon scales are ridged so you can really get a good grip on it. The price is cheap enough to really use this knife and not worry about breaking it. That said, I don’t think you could. It is built like a tank and holds tight. The speed safe opening is perfect for one handed use and comes in especially handed while wearing gloves. I would really recommend this for anyone who does outdoor work and wants something that can work as hard as they do.

The Kershaw Clash isn’t a knife you put on a shelf for bragging rights. This is a knife that was built to get it done.

  • Manufacturer: Kershaw
  • Lock Type: Liner Lock
  • Opening Style: Flipper/Speedsafe
  • Reversable?: Yes
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Handle: Glass-filled Nylon
  • Blade Length: 3.1in
  • Weight: 4.3oz


Blade Durability
90 %
97 %
Build Quality
85 %
90 %
Ease of Use
100 %
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