Kershaw has introduced the 1945 Barge knife for one simple reason – to keep you from using your knife blade as a pry bar. As they say themselves, you know you’ve done it – whether it’s opening a bottle or can, using it to unjam some screws, or something else – but using your blade as a pry bar is a quick, easy way to bend, chip or break it. Hence the Barge Knife, with it’s built in pry bar on the end of the handle. No need for using the blade to pry things off when you’ve got a pry bar at the ready.
The blade itself is 8Cr13MoV steel, a modified Wharncliffe but with a straighter edge, good for all-around utility, and a stonewashed finish. The handle is steel on one side, and has a textured, glass-filled nylon scale on the front. The pocketclip is left/right reversible, and meant for tip-down carry. All-in-all, this is a versatile, sturdy knife meant to last, and a worthy addition to any EDC kit.