Kershaw Kuro: Budget EDC Knife Review

A review and overview of one of my favorite budget EDC knives

In a world flooded with pricey pocket knife options such as Benchmade and Spyderco, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a reliable spring assisted knife that won’t break the bank.

Enter the Kershaw Kuro. Coming in at a whopping $19.99 – 33.00 USD, it’s a great spring assisted folder that you could find just about anywhere.

I stumbled across mine during a late-night trip to Wally World. Per usual I bought it on an impulse but unlike most things I buy there I haven’t regretted it since.

This knife sports a 3.125″ long Tanto style blade with serrations. It has a textured handle and a small belt clip on the back for easy storage.

As you can see there is minimal wear on the blade after about seven months of light to moderate daily use.

The action is quick and snappy. The activation notch is easy to deploy and triggers the blade to spring out of the handle which feels good in the hand.


  • The Blade came surprisingly sharp out of the box
  • The compact size and light frame makes it easy to carry
  • The low price of this piece can not be beaten for the quality


  • The grip texture on the handle isn’t the most comfortable
  • The belt clip is a bit wobbly but can easily be tightened
  • The activation notch for the action is a little small for my tastes but still serviceable

Knife Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 7.25″
  • Blade Length: 3.125″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12″
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Black
  • Edge Type: Serrated
  • Handle Length: 4.125″

Overall Impressions:

Overall, this knife has been reliable and served me well for many months.
However, the sub-par grip texture combined with the small activation notch may be enough to turn someone off from this piece.

She’s not a fancy Benchmade but for the price, you can’t go wrong with the Kershaw Kuro.

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