Kershaw Culpepper Widely known for reliable modern folding knives, automatics, and assisted openers, Kershaw occasionally dips into the more traditional realm of knives. The Kershaw Culpepper isn’t their first slipjoint. It has a nice fit and finish, a serviceable blade steel, and a budget friendly price of about $26. This might be one of our favorite Kershaw slipjoints to date.

The Culpepper is basically a granddaddy Barlow pattern. It’s a fairly large-sized traditional pocketknife with a slim profile and a ton of utility. It has a 3.5” clip point blade with a satin finish and a blade thickness of 0.08”. There’s a well done swedge along the spine which adds flexibility to the tip and jimping along the back that ensures a great grip in a variety of positions.

Kershaw Culpepper Although it does not have half stops, the straight pull opening and a really nice snap is quite nice. If one were so inclined, there’s also plenty extra material in the blade to open it with a pinch grip. The handles are polished G-10 and they’re smooth for an easy ride in your pocket. It has a handle width of 0.74” and a handle thickness of 0.47” at its widest point. It has brass pins and liners, as well as a brushed satin stainless steel bolster.

The fit and finish on this slipjoint is very good for a budget knife. The pins are all smoothly polished and not at all proud. The handles are well fitted, and they’ve done a very good job with chopping many of the edges. It comes with a reasonably generous lanyard hole for attachments. It’s 4.15” closed and weighs about 3 ounces.

Kershaw Culpepper Kershaw Culpepper Details

  • 7Cr17MoV, Satin Finish
  • 3.25” Clip Point
  • 0.08” Blade Thickness
  • Slipjoint
  • Straight Pull Opener
  • G-10 Handles
  • Brass Pins and Liners
  • Stainless Steel Bolsters
  • Lanyard Hole
  • 3 Ounces
  • 4.15” Closed
  • 7.4” Overall

The Kershaw Culpepper is a seriously nice knife with a good fit and finish. You can pick one up for about $26. To get this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.

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