When we originally waxed poetic about this knife, we said, “The folks at Kershaw have nicknamed this one ‘The Claw’ because that’s pretty much what it looks like.” It still looks like a claw. It has all the same awesome crooked lines. It even has the same action and steel. With the Bronze Kershaw Launch 10, SMKW has taken the most asymmetrical, funky little auto on the market and simply given it a bit of a new look.
This push button, out-the-side auto features a 1.9” CPM-154 hawkbill blade with a black DLC coating and a blade thickness of 0.12”. CPM-154 was released by Crucible in 2006 and basically it is a powdered steel version of the 154CM made famous by Bob Loveless back in the 70s. According to knifesteelnerds, the powder metallurgy process essentially “refines the carbides of 154CM and the carbides are nicely spheroidized (round)” which results in steel with a generally higher performance.
The aluminum handles are anodized bronze, with a color that is somewhere between an orange-ish brown and a bronze-ish brown. The handles are just under a half-inch thick and have a width of just over three-quarters. It has an ambidextrous, tip-up pocket clip as well as a lanyard slot. It’s 3.2” closed and weighs in at a miniscule 1.8 ounces.
- CPM-154, Black DLC Coated
- 1.9” Hawkbill
- 0.12” Blade Thickness
- Push Button Auto
- Bronze Anodized Aluminum
- Ambidextrous, Tip-Up Pocket Clip
- Lanyard Slot
- 1.8 Ounces
- 3.2” Closed
- 5.1” Overall
- Made in the USA
You can pick up a Bronze Kershaw Launch 10 exclusively at Smoky Mountain Knife Works for about $90. It makes an excellent addition to any pocketknife collection. To get this knife click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.