The Kershaw Crown 3160 – Training day at the factory

Do you want to talk about knives that pissed me off? I do. So today we are going to talk about the Kershaw Crown.


Do you want to talk about knives that pissed me off? I do. So today we are going to talk about the Kershaw Crown. It’s discontinued so you probably wont find it on Amazon. I know they say you shouldn’t talk ill of the dead but this knife is still for sale on Ebay and I know some poor sap is going to snatch one up.

Now, I don’t have a problem with most of the things about this knife. It’s made from 8Cr13MoV steel and holds an edge well enough. It comes sharp so it does the whole “being able to cut things” business fine. It’s a $15 Chinese knife so we can expect some corners to be cut. The scales feel a little bit cheap and they aren’t hyper-tight. That’s fine. I didn’t pay for that.


The pocket clip is cheap and stamped, but it keeps it in your pocket. Not winning any style points here but we just want a basic EDC. The thumb stud does it’s job well enough for one handed open and it opens albeit  not super smooth. The weight isn’t too bad considering it’s length and… let’s see…It’s shiny.

That’s about all the nice things I can say about this knife.

Now let’s talk about the construction. This thing loosens up. A little wobble here and there never hurt anyone. But in relation to Kershaw’s other knives, this thing is just loose. I could get over that. We can tighten it up now and then. The thing about this knife that was unacceptable to me was the liner lock. Now I have read plenty of reviews for this knife and have yet to see anyone mention this issue so I may have just gotten the “Training day at the factory” special edition. The liner lock on my knife would barely engage. While most liner locks will rest at about dead center of the blade, the lock on my knife would barely make it half the width of the lock itself. In other words, half of the lock was still exposed. Now we are talking about a relatively think lock. So with just a small amount of force the lock would fail and the knife would close. This is a big no-no for me. In my opinion, if there is a lock on a knife, it needs to work. Things like this bother me. If there were no lock on this knife, I would say it’s a decent knife for $15. But this isn’t a friction folder. They put the “lock” on there and then stamped the Kershaw name on it. No bueno.

For the same money you are better off going with the Kershaw Cryo. It has everything this blade doesn’t. Oh, and the lock works.


Blade Durability
90 %
97 %
Build Quality
25 %
70 %
Ease of Use
65 %
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