Kershaw Chive Knife, 2 Colors

I bought the Rainbow Chive Knife the last time it was on sale, because I needed a good mushroom knife that was small enough to carry with me anywhere. One never knows where a mushroom is going to pop up and demand to be eaten. Great little knife. It fits on my keychain, Convenient to use, and has a sturdy enough safety lock that I’m not afraid of sticking myself somewhere crucial if it slips around in my pocket. The rainbow finish is really sharp, and while I’m thinking of sharp, the blade is too. It was a little tricky to figure out how to close it, but it comes with instructions (I’m not an outdoor person, so don’t have much familiarity with how these things work), but once I figured that out I felt much better.

The Shuffle is a great little knife, but suffers from one specific design flaw: The index finger groove on the grip is cut into the blade itself, and if your hand slips at all the first thing you will notice is a tiny nick into the inside of your finger.

Here’s a tiny mod that mitigates this problem, without affecting the function of the knife at all. Take a flat metal file (technically known as a “b@5tard file”) and use the 90’ degree corner – perpendicular the the plane of the blade – to file away the first 1/16th inch of the blade next to the grip.

This leaves a tiny shoulder before the blade begins, which will poke toward your index finger, but is not sharp enough to easily cut if your hand shifts slightly. When gripping the knife, you can then feel where the blade begins without actually being in the process of cutting yourself.

Love the knife, wish they had done this in the original design. Warning is good. Graceful failure is good.