THE SHIELD IS THE HINDERER EKLIPSE EVERYONE CAN AFFORD
Ergonomics is the driving force behind this Rick Hinderer-Kershaw collaboration. Based on Rick Hinderer’s Eklipse model, this Kershaw Shield offers all the “ergos” of the Eklipse at an easy-on-the-pocketbook price.
The tanto blade’s main edge is hollow-ground for excellent slicing capabilities, but that’s combined with a flat-ground tip for strong piercing abilities, too. 8Cr13MoV blade steel offers solid edge-holding capability, strength, and hardness. The all-stainless-steel handle provides deep finger contours for an extremely comfortable and secure grip. Titanium carbo-nitride coating gives the Shield a subtle, no-nonsense look.
The Shield opens smoothly and easily with the built-in flipper and Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening. A secure frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert and lockbar stabilizer ensures a reliable lock up. For carrying convenience, the Shield offers a four-position pocketclip for left/right, tip-up/down pocket carry.
- Four position pocketclip
- SpeedSafe ® assisted open
- Frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV, stonewashed & satin finish
- Handle: 410, titanium carbo-nitride coating
- Blade length: 3.1 in. (7.9 cm)
- Closed length: 4.3 in. (10.9 cm)
- Overall length: 7.6 in. (19.3 cm)
- Weight: 4.9 oz. (140 g)
You may have heard that 8CR13MoV stainless is basically the equivalent of AUS8A. And it’s true. For everyday use, even a serious “knife knut” would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a well-made 8CR13MoV blade and a well-made AUS8A blade. Nevertheless, there are slight differences in the steel formula. While most other components are relatively equal, 8CR13MoV has slightly more carbon for hardness and wear resistance and slightly less nickel. The key to blade performance for both of these steels is manufacturing quality. That’s where Kershaw’s expertise comes in. Kershaw precision heat-treats 8CR13MoV steel to bring out its best high-performance characteristics: the ability to take and hold an edge, strength, and hardness. 8CR13MoV is top-of-the-line Chinese steel and offers an excellent value.
May be used on either manual or assisted opening knives. The “flipper” is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.
A portion of the handle (the knife frame) moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.
Assists you to open any SpeedSafe® knife quickly and easily with a manual push on the thumbstud or pull back on the flipper; built into many Kershaw best sellers.
Blades are tumbled with ceramic "stones," which gives the blade surface a desirable roughened or scuffed look. The look can be pronounced or subtle. The finish helps hide scratches and fingerprints.
The user may position the pocketclip for tip-up or tip-down, left- or right-handed carry.