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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 handleAluminum handle

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 handleCarbon Fiber handle


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 handleCopper handle


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

G10 handleG10 handle

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 handleGlass-filled Nylon handle

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 detailK-Texture™ Grip detail

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 handleStainless Steel handle

Trac-Tec Inserts

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

Trac-Tec InsertsTrac-Tec Inserts