In this Kershaw Blur S30V review I’ll break down why I added this medium sized tactical folder to my EDC rotation. I’ll also share plenty of detailed photos so you can determine if this knife is the right one for you. This is a knife I owned and purchased. It was not provided to me by the manufacturer.
I purchased the Kershaw Blur S30V used in this review at Amazon.com. I’ve been carrying this knife for well over a year now and using it on a regular basis for a variety of cutting chores.
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Why did I buy the Blur S30V?
That’s typically the question I get asked when I buy a new knife. There are dozens to choose from so why this one? Here was my criteria for this knife purchase:
- Had to be from a well known manufacturer
- Had to be less than $80
- Had to have a better quality blade steel then the requisite 8Cr13MoV found in many sub $80 knives
- Had to be small enough to easily EDC
- Had to have assisted opening
Finding a decent blade steel in a sub $100 knife is difficult enough. But I have a bad habit of misplacing knives so I’ve typically bought cheaper, yet serviceable knives (like the Spyderco Cara Cara 2 or Spyderco Tenacious G10).
For example, here are some popular knives using S30V blade steel:
You’ll note that most of these are over $100, so finding a S30V knife in the sub $80 range can be a tough nut to crack. I bought the Blur at Amazon.com.
More about S30V blade steel
S30V blade steel will hold an edge longer. The bottom line is this means less sharpening for you. And a sharper knife is a safer knife. It also has good corrosion resistance. S30V is a harder steel and it won’t sharpen as easily as some of the softer steels in cheaper folders, but in turn it’s not extremely difficult to get a good edge on it either.
S30V blade steel was developed by Crucible Industries in the United States. It’s a really good combination of everything you’d like in a blade steel – toughness, edge retention, hardness and corrosion resistance. Wikipedia has a nice overview of the origination of S30V blade steel and the properties that make it great for knife applications. It’s worth a read.
Kershaw Blur S30V knife FAQ
What kind of blade lock does it use?
It uses a liner lock. Mine locked up cleanly and securely. I could easily close the knife one-handed.
Does the Blur S30V have assisted opening?
Yes. A quick push on the thumb stud quickly releases the blade and it snaps in place. The thumb stud is ambidextrous so you can open the knife with either hand. It is angled and has ridges to help prevent your thumb from sliding off of the stud. Here is a close-up of the thumb stud:
Does the Kershaw S30V have a reversible pocket clip?
Yes. And the clip is stout and works well with jeans. The clip is shown below:
Is the blade well centered?
A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s well centered. Fit and finish is solid on this knife.
The Blur handle
The handle is black anodized aluminum with grip tape inserts. The inserts work well and are just rough enough to help ensure a good grip without being uncomfortable.
The Blur S30V offers some handle and blade jimping. It’s not overly pronounced (when compared to a knife like the Spyderco Tenacious) but should aid you in your grip.
Kershaw Blur S30V Review Conclusion
It’s tough to find higher quality blade steel in knives under $100. It’s even tougher to find them in knives less than $80. With that in mind I rate this knife a strong buy.
Are there some things I wish I could change about the knife? Sure. I wish the blade jimping were more pronounced. I’m not a gigantic fan of thumb stud assisted opening. Those are pretty minor issues given the blade quality and price.