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Kershaw Avalanche 1570

The Avalanche is one of the Kershaw designs created by Ken Onion, the award-winning American knifemaker based in Hawaii. The Avalanche boasts the Speed Safe opening mechanism, invented for Kershaw by Onion, which fully opens the blade automatically once the user pushes it to 1/8 inches open.

Kershaw Avalanche

Blade Length: 3.125 in (7.94 cm)
Closed Length: 4.5 in (11.43 cm)
Open Overall Length: 7.25 in (18.42 cm)

The Avalanche is only available in one color, a black anodized finish, but is available with either a straight or a partially serrated blade. Both blade styles measure 3 1/8 in, and they are made of S30V DLC-coated tungsten stainless steel. The closed length is 4.5-in, and the open length is 7.25-in. The entire package weighs in at 3.5 ounces. The handle, crafted from G10, is subtle, but provides a comfortable and convenient grip.

Kershaw knives are extremely popular in general. The Avalanche is no exception, and the online customer reviews certainly reflect that. Reading them, one gets the overwhelming sense that the Kershaw Avalanche is one of the best bangs for the buck on the knife market. The Speed Safe opening mechanism is beloved, and is every bit as good for everyday use as Kershaw boasts that it is.

Perhaps the only negative in the Avalanche design is that it does not include the rear “trigger” protruding from the rear of the knife. This is a very popular element on Kershaw’s newer designs, and Kershaw fans are often disappointed to find that the Avalanche doesn’t include it. Is this a deal-breaker? No, not for most people, but because of it, Kershaw has stopped making the Avalanche in order to make way for a model that includes it. Prospective buyers can look at this in one of two ways, both positive. If the “trigger” is important to them, examine Kershaw’s newer models. Otherwise, due to the cancellation of the line, Avalanches are available at some very attractive prices.

Kershaw Avalanche Demo