Kershaw’s May 2024 Knife Drop: Magnacut Updates & Kitchen Knives

They’ve released new designs and fresh looks for old designs just ahead of Blade Show 2024.

Kershaw’s new line up shows a lot of playing with older designs, as even some of their brand new designs show some deference to popular models that came before. Plus, the Kershaw name is hitting the kitchen,

Here’s the quick rundown:

The Brand New Kershaws

The Kershaw Steppe, Cybernet and Mini Iridium were three of the new releases in May of 2024.
Three of Kershaws new knife releases from left to right: the Steppe, the Cybernet and the Mini Iridium.

The Launch 20 rounds out the Launch series with a 3-inch Magnacut blade in a satin finish (and it’s not the only Magnacut Launch this year, but more on that below). The handle is aluminum with carbon fiber inlays, and the deep carry pocket clip is reversible.

The Craze is a small folder with a Duralock crossbar lock, 2.3-inch 8Cr13MoV steel blade, and a bottle opener cut into the back of the handle. It looks like a direct successor to the Shuffle line of Kershaw knives, which have been a staple of budget, cap-popping folders for a while now.

The Cybernet is a manual OTF with a 2.4-inch D2 steel blade that looks to be carrying on the legacy of knives like the Kershaw Capsule.

The Steppe is a thin, mid-sized fixed blade with an ambidextrous sheath on a wide clip. The blade is 3.5-inch in D2 steel with a handle that’s a grippy combination of polypropylene and rubber. The sheath looks to be compatible with many aftermarket clip solutions as well.

The Mini Iridium is pretty exactly like the regular Iridium (we almost put it in the Update section), but shrunk down to have a 3-inch blade and overall length just under 7 inches. They also anodized the aluminum to what they’re calling “ice blue”.

Kershaw Updates

The Launch 7 is an eagerly anticipated release from Kershaw fans.
The Kershaw Launch 7 features a serious steel upgrade.

The Launch 7 is now available with a Magnacut blade (updated from 154CM on the older version), and a carbon fiber handle (over the old aluminum).

The Bel Air has an option for a black-anodized aluminum handle where it was only available with a nickel Cerakote finish at first release.

The Kitchen Knives

The new budget knife set product drop will be popular with Kershaw fans.

Kershaw’s parent company, Kai USA, is no stranger to kitchen cutlery, but they haven’t done much in that category with the Kershaw name. Now they’ve released a full 6-piece block set that fits nicely into a budget category. The blade steel is 1.4116 stainless and the handle is black propylene.

Here’s what’s in there:

  • 8-inch chef’s knife
  • 8-inch serrated bread knife
  • 6.5-inch santoku with a granton edge
  • 6-inch utility knife
  • 3.5-inch paring knife

There’s also a 4-piece steak knife set, but that’s separate from the block set. You can get each knife individually, and it’ll come with a slotted sheath.

Everything from this drop is available now from Kershaw and most of the usual knife vendors.

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Andrew has been a commercial writer for about a decade. He escaped from a life of writing mundane product descriptions by running away to the woods and teaching himself how to bake and chop stuff up in the kitchen. He has a background in landscaping, Filipino martial arts, and drinking whiskey.

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