Kershaw Shuffle II review – in this review I’ll share detailed photos of this little EDC blade and things I like and a couple of things I don’t as well. I’ve been looking for an economical everyday carry knife that met a maximum blade length requirement for a location that I needed to carry it every day. The Kershaw Shuffle II met that with a stout tanto blade that was just 2.6″ long.
Note: As stated above, the knife used in this Kershaw Shuffle II review was purchased at Amazon.com for my personal use and was not supplied by the manufacturer.
The Kershaw Shuffle II is an updated version of the Kershaw Shuffle, with the most significant difference being a slightly bigger blade and a longer handle. Let’s review the tech specs on the knife and then I’ll get into the particulars.
Kershaw Shuffle II Review – Tech Specs
- Blade Length: 2.6″
- Closed Length: 4″
- Overall Length: 6.3″
- Handle: Glass filled nylon
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV Black Wash finish
- Liner lock
- Thumbstud opening
- Reversible clip
Breaking down the Shuffle II
First I’ll start off with the things I like about the Shuffle II. I really like the size. As an EDC knife it definitely fits the bill. I have no problem carrying the knife, keys and an everyday carry flashlight (like the Nitecore EC11) in my front jeans pocket. So far the clip has held up to use with jeans, although I was worried it might be a bit to tight. The clip is also reversible as well.
Straight out of the box I found the knife to be a bit sticky to open one-handed (although as I’ve used it more it has smoothed out a bit. If you are an assisted-opening fan, be aware that this Kershaw opens using a thumbstud.
The Shuffle II uses a tanto style blade. The knife is really nice looking and the blackwash blade really sets it off. It was fairly sharp out of the box, but you might want to touch it up a bit. I’m still not sure that a tanto blade is the best choice for day-to-day cutting chores. But, if you look at the knife as a self-defense tool, the tanto style may be more to your liking. You need to know the laws in your jurisdiction or rules in your workplace, but the Shuffle II has a really short blade at 2.6″ long which may make it suitable for carry in a wider range of environments.
I really like the added handle length on the Shuffle II. I just think it’s ergonomically a better knife than the original Shuffle. In my opinion I really don’t think the texturing on the handle is enough to make it any more “grippy” than a smooth handle. So if you use your knife in wet weather and grip is a concern this might not be the knife for you.
The other thing I like about the Shuffle II is that it has the capability to do more than just cut things. It has a bottle opener and screwdriver built into the handle of the knife. The bottle opener is serviceable and I was able to open my Corona without much trouble. Was it as good as a regular bottle opener? Nope. But it worked as advertised and that’s good enough for me.
The screwdriver was serviceable as well. And it could be use for light prying duty in a pinch.
Conclusion – My pros and cons
- Overall a very nice looking knife – black stonewash blade is a nice touch
- For a knife at this price point overall fit and finish are good
- Uses 8Cr13MoV blade steel, which is appropriate for the price point
- Nice ergonomic handle for a knife this small
- Screwdriver and bottle opener a nice added touch on this little EDC
- Should easily fit in your pocket with your other EDC items
- The knife opening was a bit stiff out of the box
- Thumbstud opening not as user-friendly as assisted open
- Although the handle has texture, probably not enough to make a difference in slick conditions
- Was decently sharp out of box, but I still felt it needed touching up
- Tanto style blade may not be the best for every cutting chore
Regardless, of my list of cons the Kershaw Shuffle II is still worthy of my EDC rotation, particularly when location requires me to carry a knife with a shorter blade length.
I purchased the Kershaw Shuffle II at Amazon.com.