In the world of outdoor exploration and wilderness survival, the value of a reliable, multifunctional hunting knife cannot be overstated. Amidst the vast array of blades promising versatility and durability, the Kershaw Diskin emerges as a formidable contender.
This comprehensive review delves deep into the intricacies of the Kershaw Diskin, unraveling its design nuances, rigorous testing in real-world hunting scenarios, and exploring its versatility beyond the hunt. This knife is capable of completing a wide range of field-dressing tasks. From the ergonomic handle to the razor-sharp blade, every aspect of this tool will be scrutinized to offer a comprehensive understanding of its capabilities.
Kershaw was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This has meant that a classic Diskin knife function must be of the highest quality.
Whether it is a hardworking pocketknife, a special collectors’ edition, or a precision kitchen knife, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship.
With extremely tight tolerances and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, you can be sure that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.
Kershaw pioneered the use of many of the technologies and advanced materials that are today standard in the knife industry. For instance, their SpeedSafe assisted opening knives were first-to-market. They also introduced the concept of knives with interchangeable blades with their Blade Traders. Recently, their Composite Blade technology combines two steels into one blade which gives knife users the best of both worlds by enabling them to use steel known for edge retention on the edge and steel known for strength on the spine.
From award-winning technologies and advanced materials to the solid sound of the blade lockup, when you’re carrying a Kershaw, you know you’re carrying the real thing. The real thing means value and plenty of it.
Quality For Life
With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even their inexpensive models are premium quality. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solidly crafted and reliable and each of their knives is backed for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with their famous Limited Lifetime Warranty.
As a matter of fact, people do own their Kershaw Diskin knives for a lifetime. (Although, occasionally, a Kershaw has been known to get accidentally left at a campsite, lost in the garage, or permanently borrowed by a friend).
The point is, you can always look to Kershaw…
… for every day carrying knives that can tame any cardboard box
… to liberate any purchase from its plastic packaging
… for sporting knives that make hunting, fishing, water sports, and camping
… to work knives that won’t let you down; and
…for tactical knives that ensure you’re ready for anything.
Kershaw Knife Design
Designed by custom knifemaker Matt Diskin, it features an overall length of 9 1/2” with a California Clip Point blade that measures 4 5/8” inches in length made from 14C28N stainless steel (Rockwell Hardness unknown) with a hollow grind and a stonewashed finish.
I personally consider it better suited to hunting than outdoor survival mostly because the 4 5/8” blade is too short to be a truly effective dedicated survival knife.
On the other hand, it would make an excellent general-purpose companion to a larger survival knife such as the Kershaw Camp 10 knife. However, as a hunting knife, this design absolutely shines, and thus, in this article, I will review this knife for that particular purpose. Thus, since I like almost every feature of this knife, I will start with the blade.
The blade style of the Kershaw Diskin Hunter is called a California Clip Point which simply means that the clip starts more than halfway back on the spine and, as many of you are already aware, I REALLY like the Clip Point blade shape because it so versatile.
The clip places the tip farther down toward the centerline of the blade where it is out of the way when I am performing delicate cutting tasks with the tip of the blade. The wider blade design is beneficial because it makes the blade stronger without having to revert to saber grind and the wide bevel on the Diskin Hunter is hollow ground which enables the knife to be honed to a keen edge.
The blade is made from a Sandvik 14C28N “supersteel” which contains 0.62 % Carbon (requires 0.5% to qualify as high carbon), 14 % Chromium (requires 12.5% to qualify as stainless), 0.6% Manganese (increases toughness and hardenability in steel.) This makes the knife’s blade a martinsitic, carbon, chromium, nickel-based stainless steel that was specifically developed for use in high-quality, professional, cutlery.
It is mainly recommended for knife applications that put very high demands on edge sharpness, edge stability, and corrosion resistance such as chef knives, pocket knives, hunting knives, and fishing knives.
Thus, while I like most everything about the blade of this knife, I am afraid that I have yet to see the logic of combining a choil with a ricasso; especially when the tang forms an integral quillion on the bottom side of the handle. For this, I personally feel like the designer should have left the choil off and simply included a short ricasso instead.
The handle material of the Kershaw Diskin Hunting Knife exemplifies a thoughtful combination of durability and ergonomics. Often crafted from premium materials like G-10 or textured synthetic compounds, it ensures a sturdy grip even in challenging conditions.
The Handle is a part of the knife where it is obvious that the designer has experience. Actually using his knives, instead of just designing and making them, because the downward curve of the spine combined with the reverse taper of the full tang and the G10 handle slab with a wide edge bevel makes this a very ergonomic handle style design.
In addition, G10 is similar to linen Micarta and Canvas Rucarta in that it too starts as an epoxy resin-impregnated cloth that is then heated and pressed under tremendous pressure to form the finished product.
However, unlike Micarta and Rucarta, G10 is made from woven glass fabric instead of woven cotton fabric. Consequently, it is properly called Glass Reinforced Plastic but is most often referred to as fiberglass. Therefore, like Micarta and Rucarta, G10 is also impervious to water, chipping, splitting, or cracking and will likely be around long after the knife blade has rusted away.
In my opinion, the Kershaw Diskin Hunter fixed-blade knife is an excellent choice for a relatively inexpensive hunting knife.
In addition, choosing 14C28N stainless steel for the blade is an excellent idea since this steel is specifically designed to be a high quality, stainless, cutlery steel as opposed to tool steel that also just happens to be good for making knives.
Thus, although the Kershaw Diskin Hunter lacks some fancy features available from a custom maker, it is essentially a custom knife that is produced on a large scale by a well-known manufacturer and it is one that I would feel very comfortable carrying in the field.
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