The Kershaw Misdirect is a sub-$30 Small Pocket Knife with the Attitude of a Big EDC Blade

A part of Kershaw’s ‘Starter Series’, the Misdirect is designed to be compact, affordable, and reliable, making it perfect for people looking for their first EDC blade. However, that minimalist design, stone-washed reverse tanto blade, and smooth stainless steel are sure to captivate even seasoned EDC collectors and knife aficionados. Sitting at just 4-inches when closed and weighing just 3.2 oz. (93 g), the Misdirect is a masterclass in classic knife design – it’s small, but has a larger-than-life attitude, and can handle benign tasks indoors, as well as work equally well in tactical outdoor situations.

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With a blade that measures just 2.9 inches, the Misdirect falls closely short of the 3-inch margin required to be called a medium-to-large blade knife. The sub-3-inch blade comes crafted from 4Cr13 steel, with a BlackWash™ stonewashed finish that bestows a rather rustic appeal upon the blade. However, the sharp, slightly curved belly, and the reverse tanto profile make the blade highly capable of all sorts of tasks, from cutting and piercing to slashing, scraping, and even chopping with a rocking motion thanks to the slightly curved edge. Meanwhile, jimping on the top of the blade gives you a nice place to comfortably rest your thumb, while the knife’s flipper acts as a nice cross-guard to keep your index finger in place.

A flipper lets you quickly and reliably deploy the blade with either your thumb or index finger, while a frame lock holds the blade in place so it doesn’t shut while in use. To disengage the blade, just pry open a cutout in the frame and the blade comfortably folds back, getting secured shut for the next time you need your EDC.

The Misdirect has a satisfyingly slim stainless steel handle that measures 0.38 inches (9.8 mm) thick, with a built-in wide lanyard holder and a pocket clip that can be arranged in three different positions. Threaded holes on either side of the handle let you place the clip in multiple orientations, giving the Misdirect a unique customizability so you can stash it in your pocket just the way you want it, deploying it in seconds as you pull it out.

Given that the knife is a part of Kershaw’s Starter Series, it boasts an incredible under-$30 price tag that makes it a compelling purchase if you’re looking to own your first EDC blade. With how good it looks and how well it performs, it might just be your last purchase too!

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