Kershaw Decibel EDC Knife Critique


Kershaw Decibel
Kershaw Decibel

U.S.A. –-(– It’s hard for reviewers to retain pace with Kershaw’s prodigious release schedule, even a lot more so when knives are not the internet websites only concentrate. The Tualitin, Oregon primarily based business releases a slew of new solutions annually, spanning from EDC to tactical blades and even fillet knives.  Currently I am writing up my evaluation on one particular of Kershaw’s new-to-2019 EDC folders, the Decibel.


The Decibel is surely eye-catching, with the dark gray of the titanium-carbo-nitride finish becoming offset by blue anodized accents.  Likewise, the Wharncliffe blade shape and deal with reduce-outs are distinctive additions to a memorable look.  Let’s take a appear at the guts of the Decibel, with tech specs as offered by Kershaw.

Kershaw Decibel
Kershaw Decibel
  • Manual opening
  • Thumb stud
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible pocket clip (appropriate/left, tip-up)
  • Custom pivot cap, deal with window
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, titanium carbo-nitride coating
  • Deal with: Stainless steel, titanium carbo-nitride coating
  • Blade Length: three in. (7.six cm)
  • Closed Length: three.75 in. (9.six cm)
  • General Length: six.six in. (16.eight cm)
  • Weight: two.9 oz. (83 g)

So what we’ve got right here is a diminutive pocket-folding, utility EDC with a definite Sci-fi edge.  Initial, I want to cover the items I like about the Decibel.

Kershaw Decibel
A good touch recessing the logo
  1. The Decibel is light.  Saying “2.9 ounces” does not do it justice.  It really is barely there.  Ditch the pocket clip and I could virtually stow it in my wallet.
  2. The pocket clip is really firm.  This is not a defensive blade so a lot as a hassle-free tool, so there is much less require to draw it in a large hurry.  I’d rather have it remain precisely exactly where I left it.  Becoming reversible is a good plus as nicely.  The Decibel also rides good and low in the pocket.
  3. The blade comes from the factory sharpened really nicely, which is standard of Kershaw.  Their blades are regularly amongst the sharpest factory edges I encounter.  Soon after a great bit of use as a utility knife in the shop, the Decibel nonetheless packs a nicely-honed edge.
  4. The titanium carbo-nitride coating is a genuinely tough option.  Excellent lubricity, put on resistance, chemical resistance, and corrosion resistance.  Plus, it appears great.
  5. 8Cr13MoV stainless steel is amongst my preferred steels for EDC knives.  It sharpens nicely, sharpens conveniently, resists almost anything beneath the sun and is not pricey.  I do not infant my EDC knives, I opt for tough solutions that can deal with rough-use and sporadic upkeep.
Kershaw Decibel
A really strong framelock

The Decibel, even so, falls quick in a couple of regions.  Largely it really is two compact difficulties that each influence grip, and when combined make a larger trouble.  Numbers 1 and two are genuinely 1A and 1B.

  1. The deal with is quick.  I know this is a compact knife and hence has a quick deal with.  It really is a minor challenge that medium-to-huge handed people will have a compact quibble with unless combined with…
  2. A thumb stud is utilized to open the Decibel.  A Speedsafe flipper would have been a far better option, as it does not necessitate choking down on the deal with to get leverage beneath the thumb stud.  Holding the Decibel for use is fine, but adjusting my hand downwards to torque the blade outputs my hand as well low for comfort.
  3. Becoming so quick and possessing a stiff pivot pin exacerbates the truth that the thumb stud is not genuinely far adequate down the blade for optimal leverage.  I am left placing an uncommon quantity of force into the thumb stud for such a compact, light blade.

Worth noting is that the Decibel’s deal with is not so quick that it presents a danger of becoming dropped, just a discomfort for somebody like me with wide hands.

Taking all items into consideration, the Kershaw Decibel is a great knife in a compact package, specially if you have compact-to-medium-sized hands.  For these with wider hands, you could be a lot more drawn to a thing like the Boilermaker.  When the MSRP on the Decibel is $65.99, the street cost is a lot more like ~$37.  Not a terrible cost for a strong utility-EDC blade.

About Rex NanorumJens Hammer

Rex Nanorum is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his wife and children. Expanding up on industrial fishing vessels, he located his subsequent adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. Soon after five tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he adventured about the west coast becoming a industrial fisheries and salvage SCUBA diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and private trainer, prior to becoming a gear reviewer and writer.”

–Rex Nanorum



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