Kershaw Drops Surprise New Flipper Model

Kershaw just revealed a new folder, the Terran. This fresh in-house design brings lots of recurring Kershaw elements into play in the company’s classic, budget-friendly style.

As was the case with the Lightyear, another recent release, the Terran is spec’d for EDC. The core of that ethos can be seen in the blade, which is, again, similar to the one on the Lightyear: a 3.13-inch modified wharncliffe shape that that Kershaw seems to favor – and it’s easy to see why, as it offers a sensibly-curved edge and doesn’t need to make the sacrifices to piercing ability that more classical wharncliffe shapes often entail.

The Ken Onion-designed SpeedSafe is back on the Terran, giving the flipper-only deployment a spring-assisted kick. And because the Terran is part of the standard Kershaw line and not (as was the case with the Lightyear) the super budget-friendly Starter series, it comes equipped with the standard but servicable 8Cr13MoV, an entry-level stainless that we are all intimately familiar with by now.

The ergonomics are simple and solid. Kershaw drew up a simple arcing shape, with a raised portion towards the back end that can serve both as a bracket or an indexing point. The Terran’s handle scales are stainless steel front and back, with a frame lock; both scales showcase millwork to spice up the visuals. The all-steel construction doesn’t stop the Terran from achieving a reasonable carry weight of 3.5 oz.; and a loopover clip keeps it in place and subdued in the pocket.

It has been interesting to see Kershaw deviate from its normal release schedule. Normally they show off all their new models at SHOT Show and release them over the ensuing months. But this year they’re shaking things up with surprise reveals like the Lightyear and the Terran, as well as their new Sprint Run program.

The Terran is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Kershaw Terran