The affordable every-day carry folding knife segment is a competitive one, but Kershaw has quite a few respectable options to choose from. In the last two years, the company has released some even more attractive folders that are made in the USA and priced under $100. We had good experiences with the Link and the Dividend from Kershaw’s American-made series, so we’re glad to see the company expanding this line.

Kershaw Bareknuckle folding knife tool blade EDC 2

The latest knife in Kershaw’s made-in-the-USA series is the 7777 Bareknuckle. We were able to get our hands on a prototype of this knife at SHOT Show 2018. This flipper was inspired by the Zero Tolerance 0777, but features a slimmer profile and different materials.

Kershaw Bareknuckle folding knife tool blade EDC 3

Past Kershaw knives in this line used 420HC steel, which is decent for everyday use but certainly not our first choice. The Bareknuckle’s blade is made from Sandvik 14C28N, a hard and corrosion-resistant stainless steel from the well-known Swedish manufacturer. We’d consider this a clear upgrade over 420HC.

Kershaw Bareknuckle folding knife tool blade EDC 4

The Kershaw Bareknuckle features anodized aluminum handles with the company’s patented Sub-Frame Lock. This lock is inset into the handle, providing more strength than a liner lock but lighter weight than a full frame lock. The Bareknuckle is a manual-opening flipper with a KVT ball bearing pivot. It includes a left-to-right reversible deep-carry pocket clip.

Kershaw Bareknuckle folding knife tool blade EDC 1

MSRP for the Kershaw Bareknuckle is $110. Production for this knife is still ramping up, but we’re told it should be available for purchase in Spring 2018. For more information, go to

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