Kershaw 1985ST RJ I, Assisted, G10 Handle, Satin Finish Tanto, ComboEdge. Designed by RJ Martin, the RJ I's blade design and grind provides a moderately curved belly with plenty of slicing power, plus a flat-ground tanto tip that's significantly thicker than comparable tantos. The result is an super-strong tip that takes on the toughest piercing tasks with no fear. The RJ I features 3-D machined G-10 handles with a stainless-steel liner lock on the back only, making it a lightweight carry. It opens easily with SpeedSafe® assisted opening with a handy flipper or thumbstud and carries tip-up or tip-down for right-handers and tip-up for lefties. Partial blade serration adds cutting power for tough jobs.
- SpeedSafe® Assisted Opening
- Locking Liner
- Thumb Stud
- Pocket Clip
- Partial Serration
- Steel: 8CR13MOV stainless steel
- Handle: Machined G-10
- Blade Length: 3 1/2-in. (8.9 cm)
- Closed Length: 4 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
- Overall Length: 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
- Weight: 4.4 oz.
Great knife that holds its edge practically forever! After being used daily for 8 months or so & not even needing to be stropped, I used it to cut a desk chair mat in half (one of the plastic ones for carpeted floors that are about 1/4" thick), dock the excess off of zip ties (not always with the serrated part of the blade), and my uncle used it to cut through wiring & Romex cable a few times, before I had to sharpen it!
There are only two issues with this knife: 1. It doesn't come in a plain edge variant, which I would prefer. And 2. The torsion bar on it kinda sucks. I've had to had 3 of them replaced. This needs clarification. I've had the torsion bar replaced once, for three different RJ I knives. I like to open my folding knives (I like the "Snick" sound that they make) a once or twice a day, even if I don't use the knife. It took about a year for the first torsion bar to fail, as the knife was being opened of course. Being that my number one rule is "Never go anywhere without a knife," I did not look forward to sending it to Kershaw for warranty repair. Fortunately I had the foresight to buy a second one, and a backup for my backup. I did this because without fail, every time I find a product that I just love, it tends to get discontinued by the manufacturer. This is one of those, though I'm not buying a fourth. My wife says I already have enough. She's right, as I've since replaced the RJI with an HK knife as my EDC.