Mans best friend – The Kershaw Junk Yard Dog

Kershaw Junkyard Dog II
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Rating

9/10

    Features

    • Bead-blasted finish-Handle: Textured G-10
    • Composite blade of two steels, 14C28N and CPM-D2, with a copper accent separator
    • Kershaw's Flipper opening system ensures smooth opening
    • Frame lock secures blade when open
    • Blade measures 3 3/4 inches; closed length is 4 7/8 inches; weighs 5.2 ounces
    • No assisted opening

    Kershaw Junkyard Dog II Review 

    One of Kershaw’s more expensive models currently on the Market is the Kershaw Junkyard Dog II folding knife and I must say, it definitely deserves the $150 ($65 or cheaper on Amazon) price tag that is attached to it. This is one hell of a knife and is my preferred everyday carry. This knife not only has an incredibly quality design but is also made out of top quality and high-performance materials to make sure you are getting a really nice blade. Now, this may cost more than your typical folding knife, however, this is going to last you much, much longer and I dare say that you won’t need to buy yourself another knife after you get your hands on the JYD II.

    Features

    • Made in the USA
    • Bead-blasted finish-Handle: Textured G-10
    • Blade length: 3.6 in. (9.2 cm)-Closed length: 4.9 in. (12.5 cm)-Overall length: 8.5 in. (21.6 cm)-Weight: 5.8 oz. (164.4 g)-Includes pouch
    • Composite blade of two steels, 14C28N and CPM-D2, with a copper accent separator
    • Kershaw’s Flipper opening system ensures smooth opening
    • Textured black G-10 handle
    • Frame lock secures blade when open
    • Blade measures 3 3/4 inches; closed length is 4 7/8 inches; weighs 5.2 ounces

    Blade

    This ripping blade has a really nice blade with a stunning pattern. What is so unique about the Junkyard Dog’s blade and why it is so expensive is because this blade utilizes Kershaw’s patented composite blade technology. What this means is that they combine two different types of steels which enable them to work in ways which they perform best. For example, on the Junkyard Dog, they utilize High-quality Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel on the spine and most of the blade as this is a really tough and durable metal that has a high hardness which prevents it from breaking or chipping easily as well as a high level of rust and corrosion resistance. On the cutting edge, the JYD II utilizes my favorite steel, high-chromium D2 Steel. This gives the Junk yard dog and incredibly sharp cutting edge that is unmatched by any other. You will find this blade cutting through materials that once to you ages like it was soft butter, it is truly that sharp.

    Kershaw Junk Yard Dog Clip

     

    The Junkyard dog’s blade length is a good size at 3 and 5/8 inches long which make it a suitable length for most tasks you put in front of it.

    Handle

    As you would expect with such a high-quality folding knife, the Kershaw Junkyard Dog has a really good handle. What I am really a fan of with this handle is the way that it curves into your palm which gives you this really strong grip and feels as though it is attached to your hand. Furthermore, as this is a textured G-10 handle, it is basically nonslip meaning you are not at risk of accidentally losing grip on the handle and cutting your hand open. Another great feature about the knife is that thanks to the liner lock, once the knife is open it will stay open and you are at no risk of it wobbling or closing when in use.

    Kershaw Junk Yard Dog Folded

    My only complaint here would be that it doesn’t have an assisted opening mechanism meaning that you really have to open this blade with two hands.

    Verdict

    Overall, the Kershaw Junkyard Dog really is a top quality knife. This is the one that I have by my side day in day out and it has always performed the job to the highest of levels. I cannot recommend it enough – sure you may be paying a little more for it, but you are definitely getting your money worth and this blade will last you a lifetime.

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