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There's nothing quite like a frosty beverage at the end of a long day of trekking, or a tiring shift at the office. For this reason, it's often useful to carry a bottle-opener as part of your EDC — but that can mean adding one more item to your already bulky keychain. If you're looking to pare down the amount of gear you carry, this bottle-opener can be incorporated into another tool you already use each day.
Kershaw has announced two new folding knives with integrated bottle openers, and names to match this theme. They're called the Kershaw Malt and Kershaw Hops. These flippers were designed by Brazilian knifemaker Gustavo Cecchini of GTC Knives, the same man who penned the new eye-catching Zero Tolerance 0055 design.
The Kershaw Malt is the larger of the two knives, with a 3-inch 8Cr13MoV blade and 7.1-inch overall length. It features Kershaw's Speedsafe assisted-opening system, and a flipper lever that also forms a bottle-opening hook.
The stainless steel handles have a satin PVD coating with machined accents, a frame lock, and a single-position pocket clip and backspacer finished in metallic blue. MSRP for the Malt is $55.
The smaller Kershaw Hops shares many of the same features as its larger counterpart: a bottle-opener Speedsafe flipper, two-tone stainless steel handle with frame lock, and an 8Cr13MoV blade. However, that blade is just 1.4 inches long, and overall length is 4.75 inches, making the Hops a much smaller knife. Also, its pocket clip is reversible for left- or right-handed tip-up carry.
The Hops is currently available for an MSRP of $40. To learn more about the new Kershaw Malt and Hops, visit Kershaw.KaiUSA.com.