Manufacturer: Kershaw 1515ST
Specifications and features:
Kershaw Random Task II folding knife
3-1/4" partially serrated blade
Sandvik 14C28N steel, stonewashed finish
Textured black G-10 handle
SpeedSafe assisted opening
4-1/2" closed/handle length
7-3/4" overall length open
Weighs 3.8 ounces
Back by popular demand-it's the Random Task II, a Kershaw classic. The original Random Task was designed by custom knifemaker, Ken Onion. Kershaw accurately captured the properties of Ken's custom design in our production version of the knife. This new 2010 Random Task II's blade steel has been upgraded to Sandvik 14C28N and given an attractive stonewashed finish. For even more versatility, this model offers a partially serrated blade. And, like the original, it also features SpeedSafe® assisted opening so it's always easy to open your blade one-handed-for any random task you may need to take on. Designed by Ken Onion.
What is SpeedSafe?
SpeedSafe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual push on the blade's thumb stud or pull back on the blade protrusion. SpeedSafe is built into many of Kershaw's best-selling knives.
How does SpeedSafe work?
The heart of SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. Closed, the torsion bar helps keep the knife closed, preventing it from being opened by "gravity." In order to open the knife, the user must apply manual pressure to the thumb stud or blade protrusion to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and takes over. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use.
How safe is SpeedSafe?
Very, SpeedSafe opens ONLY when the user manually deploys it using either the thumb stud or blade protrusion. Once deployed, a locking system secures the blade in position so that it cannot close accidentally. When releasing the lock, the blade does not snap shut due to resistance provided by the torsion bar. This bar also provides a bias towards the closed position, which holds the blade securely closed. New SpeedSafe® users can ensure safe use of the technology by practicing to proficiency.