Kershaw knives never ceases to amaze me with the seemingly unlimited folding knife designs they come out with. Today we’re checking out the new Concierge folder, and it’s a slick one for every day carry.
I’ve been carrying folding knives since I was about five or six years old. When I was growing up in Chicago, just about every kid carried a folder of some kind. We didn’t get into knife fights, either. It was just a tool as far as we were concerned. We also played a game called mumbly peg. I’m not sure what the point was, other than to see if your knife would stick in the dirt or something like that. We also would sit on the front stoop and whittle on an old piece of wood. My grandfather taught me that to pass the time of day. It was fun, period! Today’s kids are too busy with video games to take time to whittle on an old piece of wood just to enjoy passing the time of day. It’s too bad!
Today, if you are a kid in school, there is probably a prohibition against carrying a pocket knife. Many school districts will expel you for a year for carrying a weapon. Sheesh, folks, get over it. A knife is a tool, first and foremost. Furthermore, in rural communities, many kids, especially those high school aged, live on farms and ranches and have morning chores they need to do before heading off to school. Quite often a chore will call for the use of a pocket knife. These kids have to do a delicate balancing act of remembering to leave their knife at home before heading to school or chance getting expelled for having the knife in their pocket. It shouldn’t be this way!
Device That Locks Blade Open
When I was growing up, we didn’t have the selection of locking folding knives we see today. As a matter of fact, most folding knives didn’t lock the blade open at all, always leaving to chance that the blade could (and it did) quite often close on your fingers. It was called a “slip lock”, but it really didn’t lock the blade open at all. Many folding knives today, have some type of device that locks the blade open, once it is fully extended. That’s a great invention if you ask me.
Kershaw Concierge Folder
Enter the Kershaw Concierge folder. This is one folder that has a racy design to it as well as being practical for every day carry and use.
First up in the overview of the Kershaw Concierge is the KVT ball bearing opening. You press down on the flipper and the blade comes out of the handle extremely smoothly, butter smooth. The Concierge also has a liner lock that helps keep the blade locked open under use. This is a very popular lock on many folding knives. There is a lanyard hole in the butt of the knife, and the blade’s steel is 8Cr13MoV, which is a stainless steel that takes a decent edge and holds it for a long time. The handle scales are G10– super tough stuff. The blade is 3.25 inches in length. Then, lastly, we have a single position recessed pocket clip for right front pants pocket tip-up carry. The blade shape itself is a bit different, and I like it. Kershaw calls it a modified drop-point design. It’s really great for close-up cutting chores.
Recessed Pocket Clip Sets This Folder Off From Many Others
Custom knife maker Dmitry Sinkevich designed the Concierge, and what sets this folder off from many others is the recessed pocket clip. It is actually recessed into the G10 handle scales. That’s kinda neat. However, with the thick lip on the corner of my cargo pants, designed specifically for a pocket clip for a folding knife, I found that the Concierge simply would not clip into this area on the cargo pocket. This added thickness is there to help reinforce the pocket. With constant use of a folder that has a pocket clip, this area of the pocket lip wears out fast. I ended up clipping the Concierge closer to the mid-line of the pocket, which is not the best position, but it worked.
The Concierge’s blade, liners, and hardware are all titanium carbo-nitride coated for a classy look, too. I hate to say it, but this is a Gent’s folder. I still carried it, even though no one has “accused” me of being a gentleman lately. LOL! The knife is just classy looking, but it can handle every day chores with ease.
I carried the Concierge for only a week, as I had a good number of other folding knives I needed to test and carry. However, during that time, I put this neat, mid-sized folder to work around the homestead. It was used for opening UPS and FedEx packages, as well as cutting up cardboard boxes, and even cutting an old rubber garden hose. With the 3.25-inch blade, it had a little difficulty cleanly slicing through some extremely thick blackberry vines with one swipe. I honestly didn’t think it would cut through these thick vines with only one swipe. The blade needed to be a bit longer to really tear into these tough vines. However, on the smaller blackberry vines, it cleanly severed them with one well aimed swipe with the Concierge.
The Concierge was also used around the kitchen, and even though the short blade was not designed for kitchen use, it sure did a great job slicing and dicing veggies and fruit. At the kitchen table, it worked well for cutting meat, too.
The Local Gun Shop
As I do with most of my knife samples, I showed it around to the guys at the local gun shop, who are always only too happy to give me their thoughts on new knife designs. One is highly critical of many knives, and I have suggested that he design knives himself. He’d find out in short order that designing folding knives or fixed blade knives is no easy task. I know; I still design some knives myself. It’s harder than you think it is. All-in-all, everyone really liked the slim look and feel of the Concierge, commenting that they wouldn’t mind owning it themselves for every day carry.
Seems like, I’m never at a loss for a new knife to test for articles. I’m actually backed-up on doing knife testing and articles. I honestly wouldn’t mind owning a Concierge or adding it to my meager knife collection. It just has that “something” that sets it apart from most other folders. Maybe it’s the recessed pocket clip or the blade’s design, or maybe it’s the classy overall look of the knife. Whatever it is, it’s a winner in my book.
Full retail on the Concierge is $62.99, and that’s more than a fair price on this classy folder. However, if you shop the ‘net, or the big box stores, you can often find Kershaw knives deeply discounted. So, if you’re in the market for a new pocket folder that’s slick looking, check this one out.