Just looking at this blade, you can tell that it is nothing but quality and once you realize that it is a Kershaw, well then you definitely know that this is 100% quality. Now I am a huge fan of Kershaw (you may or may not have noticed) and especially a huge fan of their folding knives. That is why I was not hesitant at all to give the Kershaw 1990 Brawler a go and see if it lives up to my previous Kershaw’s, and you know what? It passed with flying colors. This truly is a really nice knife and a great piece of equipment for the price ($30 roughly).
The Kershaw 1990 Brawler sports a 3 and a 1/4 inch blade with an overall open length of 7 and 3/8 inches.This allows the blade to be suitable for performing not only heavy duty tasks but also those more delicate jobs that require a knifes sharp touch. The blade is made out of high-quality 8Cr13MoV steel which can keep a nice edge and is not a type of metal that you are going to have to spend all your time sharpening. Furthermore, the metal is really tough and robust and is able to take a fair beating without chipping off or breaking.
This is a tanto style blade which makes it the ideal shape for piercing tasks as there is plenty of metal surrounding the tip which supports it, allowing you to get the maximum power when piercing. Also, the Brawlers straight bell is really good a cutting and slicing and will handle most materials you through its way with ease.
The Brawler’s handle is no different from the rest of the knife – top notch quality. The way the handle is angled allowed it curve into your palm which then allows you to get a really solid grip on the knife. This ensures that you have a tight grip on the knife at all times. As this is an assisted opening knife, it features Kershaw’s famous SpeedSafe technology which allows you to easily open the blade with one hand. Furthermore, it features a finger flipper as well which also acts as a finger guard when the blade is open, giving you that extra level of protection.
The Kershaw Brawler also features Quad-Carry Technology meaning you are able to position the clip on the knife for tip up or down or left and right handed carry. This truly makes this knife a great everyday carry.
Overall, The Kershaw 1990 Brawler is just that, a real fighter. This is one solid and robust knife which is going to last you for ages and is a perfect Every day carry knife for a person on the budget, in fact, I would nearly go as far to say that if you can get it for around $30 (which you can if you shop around) it would be the best folding knife for the price. However, if you were looking for a knife which was a bit better quality, then perhaps I would recommend either the Kershaw Rainbow (looks cool as well!) or the Kershaw Blur.