Photo Gallery: Five Hot Folders and Automatic Knives from Kai

Kai USA brands have always come up with sharp designs that almost always surpass expectations. Whether it is a handy general-use folder or a fixed-blade with a tactical flare, the company’s knives not only look good, but also preform.

Kai USA also wastes little time resting on its laurels, leading the way in cutting-edge innovation. And it has continued to do so recently with a slew of new knives certain to get enthusiasts, well, enthused. Here is a look at five sweet automatic knives and folders from couple of Kai USA’s brands that cut to the quick of top-notch engineering.

Kershaw Launch 1

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Kershaw has gotten back into the automatic knife game this year with the Launch Series. The first in the line, the Launch 1, offers an ergonomic handle crafted from billet aluminum. This material keeps the knife light and allowed Kershaw to install a goodly sized blade. The 3.4-inch blade is composed of rugged CPM 154 steel — blackwash finished — known to hold a superior edge. The Launch 1 has a snappy blade deployment and is sans a safety. Instead, a recessed push button reduces the chance of an accidental deployment. With a reversible pocketclip, the knife can be configured for righties and lefties. MSRP: $149.


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