Kershaw Airlock Assisted Opening EDC Knife – Review

I found the Kershaw Airlock knife functional and comfortable to carry.
I found the Kershaw Airlock knife functional and comfortable to carry.

U.S.A.-( The last few weeks I have been carrying a larger or at least wider folder that I’d been testing. While I’ve always classified myself as a large folder type, I have to admit, after carrying the Kershaw Airlock, which is a mid-sized folder I might reconsider. It is not as bulky, it doesn’t block access to my front pocket and is just overall more comfortable to carry.

Kershaw Airlock Assisted Opening EDC Knife

On top of being comfortable to carry, it is also slick looking. It locks open with a liner lock and due to the flipper that duel acts as a finger guard along with the thumb grooves on the top of the spine, I feel like I have a firm grip while using it. The thumb grooves allow me to slightly move my hand forward which otherwise would leave my little finger hanging off the back of the hilt of the handle.

The blade is a slight drop point design but the last inch or so of the spine is ground down so it has a definite point for all of your stabbing jobs that you must perform during the day. While it didn’t come exceptionally sharp from the factory that is no big deal as I can sharpen it fine myself.

If you like lanyards then you’re in luck, it has a lanyard hole so you can add/tie on your own lanyard. I probably don’t have but a couple of knives with lanyards on them but periodically I do like them and do think that knives with a leather thong for a lanyard look kinda cool.

Another feature that I like is that is has a slot on both sides in the handle. The back is also open which combined with the slots will make it easy to clean so you don’t get food poisoning from using it while eating.

With the Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe assisted opening system I have zero trouble flipping it open in a hot second. You’ll like the SpeedSafe assisted opening system.

It has a reversible pocket clip that clips the Kershaw Airlock in your pocket with the point up. Also, it is recommended that you do not carry the knife loose in your pocket but to use the pocket clip. And clip it with the blade against the seam of your pocket.

And as is usual, we will close with the specs:

  • The “flipper” is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.
  • SpeedSafe Assisted Opening – Assists you to open any SpeedSafe knife quickly and easily with a manual push on the thumb stud or pull back on the flipper; built into many Kershaw best sellers.
  • Inset Liner Lock – A strip of stainless steel is riveted inside the knife’s handle—most commonly when the handle is a lightweight material. This enables us to create a slimmer, lighter knife, while still providing the strength and security of a locking liner.
  • Reversible – Pre-drilled holes in the handle enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.


  • Overall Length: 7.25′
  • Blade Length: 3.00″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.125″
  • Blade Width: 1.00″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.10″
  • Blade Material: 4Cr13
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Bead Blast
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.25″
  • Handle Width: 1.00″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.52″
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 2.9 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Spring Assisted
  • Opener: Flipper
  • Lock Type: Liner Lock
  • Brand: Kershaw
  • Model: Airlock
  • Model Number: 1385
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry

Tom ClaycombAbout Tom Claycomb

Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoor writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal, you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening #ad for $.99 if you’re having trouble.”

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Will Flatt

Far better than an antigun B!tchmade brand knife!! Quality made, beautiful, highly functional. And Kershaw doesn’t stab 2A in the back.

Dave in Fairfax

WF, Chinese -made $22 at knife hq

Will Flatt

Sorry you didnt detect my sarcasm. But I meant it when I said better than B!tchmade.

Dave in Fairfax

WF, My bad, it wasn’t actually meant as a reply to your comment, just to the article. I musta hit the wrong button to post it.

I like Kershaw, just not happy about Chinese butter steel. I totally agree about Benchmade, over-priced and unscrupulous.

Will Flatt

@DiF, I could forgive B!tchmade if they were MERELY overpriced and unscrupulous. If a company wants to set their price-point too high because it’s their brand, that’s up to them and I won’t care. If they want to engage in morally ambiguous marketing, sales, and other business practices… if it’s not unlawful, then so be it. But any company that supports bluecoat Hessians in destroying our Liberty Teeth, and gives exclusively to antigun Commiecrats’ political campaigns, is a company I will boycott for LIFE and I’ll do my level best to get EVERYONE ELSE to BOYCOTT THEM TOO!! B!tchmade Knives… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax

WF, The gun destruction was the unscrupulous that I was thinking of.

Will Flatt

Ok. Well to me the gun destruction thing was a lot more than merely unscrupulous. They actively participated in the government’s gun-confiscation and destruction agenda. That makes them collaborators, and you know what patriots do to collaborators, right?

Still there’s the matter of the donating exclusively to antigun Demorats for the last decade, so screw B!tchmade all the way to hell. Their bosses should be deported to North Korea.


Cheap Metal in the blade. Worse than their usually mediocre metal. Probably worth $20.00