Kershaw RJII Review

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Kershaw RJII




  • Speed safe and flipper opening systems; Liner lock locking system
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, Titanium carbo-nitrade coating; Partial two step serration
  • Handle: Machined G-10
  • Blade length: 3.1 in. (7.9 cm), Closed length: 4 in. (10.2 cm), Overall length: 7.1 in. (18 cm)
  • Tip up or tip down pocket clip

The Kershaw RJ II is designed by the infamous RJ Martin. The blade features a unique design (which I will go into more detail about shortly). This is a really nice every day carry and whilst not being my favorite Kershaw out there on the market it is still one hell of a knife. However, this is just my opinion and if you read around on other sites you will find how extremely popular this knife is! People love not only its unique design but the lasting quality which ensures that you are definitely going to get your money worth with this knife.

Overall Length 8.125″
Blade Length 3.50″
Blade Steel 8Cr13MoV
Best for Every Day Carry
Score 8/10

The design and usability of this knife make it the perfect every day carry. You will quickly realize that there is no job too big or too small that this knife can’t handle. However, the knife is also big enough to be used as a defensive weapon if the situation ever arises where you need to do so. Although just pulling out the blade will probably see your attacker running away in fear. The Knife is priced at around $22 and I would definitely recommend for someone who is looking for a tanto styled EDC.


Like I said before, the blade on the Kershaw RJ II is quite unique. The blade is sort of a cross between a tanto and a drop-point, featuring a tanto styled point (that is even stronger than most tantos out there as Kershaw makes the tip thicker and gives it a tough flat grind) as well as a bit of a belly which allows you to still perform slicing tasks.

Kershaw RJII

The steel is made out of high-quality 8Cr13MoV which is more common amongst the lower end every day carry knives but can still get a super sharp edge. The knife also has surprisingly good edge retention and is also fairly easy to sharpen (despite the blades shape).


The Kershaw RJ 1 features a lovely ergonomic handle that provides excellent grip whilst at the same time providing supreme comfort. The shape of the G-10 handle bends to the shape of your hand which allows you to get a really nice hold and allows it to be more maneuverable than others on the market.

The finger flipper on this bad boy is also quite useful and allows you to easily open the knife with one hand. Furthermore, it also acts a finger guard when opened, ensuring that your hand won’t slip and slice you with the blade.


Overall, the Kershaw RJ II is a surprisingly good every day carry knife and is perfect for someone who is looking for a knife with a bit more piercing power than you would traditionally find in a drop point style blade. As always, though, I recommend that you first go and check it out at your local knife shop and ask to hold it (if it’s behind glass) so that you can ensure that it is the right knife for you.


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