The pale green G-10 almost looks like it will glow in the dark (but it won't). What the translucent G-10 does is enable you to see the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism as it works. You get an inside look at the SpeedSafe torsion bar without having to disassemble the knife. The Echelon's SpeedSafe is accessed via the large, hollow thumbstud, which also adds to the knife's exceptional looks. The modified drop-point blade is made of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, the high-performance steel developed in a partnership between Kershaw and Sandvik. The blade has a satin finish and need we say that it's razor-sharp right out of the box? The Echelon also features Kershaw's Inset Liner Lock. This variation on the standard liner lock enables us to make knives that are thinner and lighter, so there's less weight in your pocket, while still providing a secure blade lock up. To create the Inset Liner Lock, we attach a metal plate to the interior of one handle scale. When the knife is opened, this plate acts in the same way a liner lock does to move into place behind the blade to lock it securely open until you release it. The Echelon also features our Tri-Carry three-position, deep-carry pocketclip.
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