Kershaw kicked off May in style, dropping their second batch of new for 2022 products. Compared to the full ’22 catalog drop back in January, this is a much tighter, smaller supplement, but it includes new fixed blades and a premium version of a popular 2020 release.
The Cargo and Debris share a basic design; at their core, they’re both straightforward EDC knives with classic handle and blade shapes, built from workmanlike materials. The Cargo (above this paragraph) is bigger, with a 3.25-inch D2 blade; the Debris [see feature image] comes in under the magic 3-inch mark, with a blade length of 2.75 inches, but has the same D2 semi-stainless steel.
A folding karambit design, the Outlier comes with the hawkbill blade and acutely arched handle that you expect in the gerne. This 2.6-inch blade is an assisted opener, actuated with a flick of either the flipper tab or oversize thumb stud. 8Cr13MoV returns for the blade steel, the scales are made from GFN, and there’s a liner lock and deep carry pocket clip in place as well.
Deschutes Fixed Blades
If you thought the first 2022 Kershaw reveal was light on fixed blades, here are two more for you. The Deschutes Skinner [pictured above this paragraph] has a 3.9-inch drop point blade, with a roomy forward finger choil for control; the Deschutes Caper, meanwhile, brings the blade length down to 3.3 inches and has a much narrower, detail-oriented profile. Both Deschutes have D2 blades, green polypropylene handle scales, and come with black GFN sheaths.
Last but not least, the Lucha, Kershaw’s newest balisong design (originally released in 2020) is getting a premium variant, with major performance benefits. The new carbon fiber/titanium combo handles bring the weight down to 4.9 ounces (the original, stainless steel handle model weighed 5.9 oz.); and the blade has been redrawn as a spear point made with CPM-20CV steel – a huge leap in performance when compared to the 14C28N on the standard Lucha.
Knife in Featured Image: Kershaw Debris