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Handle Materials

Kershaw handles are fashioned from a number of different materials for durability, grip, weight, and style.


Aluminum is a lightweight, yet strong and durable material. Anodizing makes aluminum even stronger and enables Kershaw to add scratch and fade resistant color to knife handles. Some handles are bead-blasted for a matte texture.

Aluminum handle. Described under heading Aluminum.Aluminum handle. Described under heading Aluminum.

Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber atoms are bonded together in crystals aligned in long strands, then woven together like fibers. Combined with resin to make the fibers rigid, carbon fiber makes a knife handle material that is extremely strong and extremely lightweight.

Carbon Fiber handle. Described under heading Carbon Fiber.Carbon Fiber handle. Described under heading Carbon Fiber.


Denser and heavier than iron, this natural metal starts out reddish-orange in color, but over time will gain a patina, like a copper penny. The patina is a result of oxidation, and the colors it turns will change with time as well. Copper makes an interesting knife handle material due to the changing patina. Depending on how you handle and use it,the knife will look different throughout its life.

Copper handle. Described under heading Copper.Copper handle. Described under heading Copper.


An epoxy-filled woven glass fiber; it is extremely stable, unaffected by temperature changes, and makes excellent handles and handle scales for knives.

G10 handle. Described under heading G10.G10 handle. Described under heading G10.

Glass-filled Nylon

Nylon synthetic polymer is reinforced with glass threads for increased strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability, combined with excellent wear resistance.

Glass-filled Nylon handle. Described under heading Glass-filled Nylon.Glass-filled Nylon handle. Described under heading Glass-filled Nylon.

K-Texture™ Grip

An exclusive texture and pattern used on the handles of certain Kershaw knives. K-Texture™ enhances a secure grip.

K-Texture™ Grip detail. Described under heading K-Texture™ Grip.K-Texture™ Grip detail. Described under heading K-Texture™ Grip.

Stainless Steel

An alloy of iron and carbon, most steel also has additional elements alloyed in it to enhance specific characteristics. As a handle material, stainless steel is strong and attractive.

Stainless Steel handle. Described under heading Stainless Steel.Stainless Steel handle. Described under heading Stainless Steel.

Trac-Tec Inserts

A rough-surfaced rubber insert that provides additional friction for a non-slip grip.

Trac-Tec Inserts. Described under heading Trac-Tec.Trac-Tec Inserts. Described under heading Trac-Tec.