Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.

As the name implies, the Kershaw Vapor III is the third version of this folding knife, which has been produced since 2002. And if the differences between the first and second versions by and large consist only in the fact that the location of the holes on the handle of the knife was changed, then the third incarnation of the Kershaw Vapor III, Kershaw engineers worked hard. 

Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.

In the photo below: on top is the first Kershaw Vapor folding knife model, on the bottom is the second Kershaw Vapor II.

Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.
. Also, the changes touched the handle. The blade axis adjustment bolt was moved to the other side and a separate hole for the lanyard was added.

Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.


Key Features of the Kershaw Vapor III Folding Knife.

Total length 20.6 cm
Folded knife length 14.3 cm
Blade length 8.9 cm
Steel 8CR13MOV
Stainless Steel Handle
Frame lock
Weight 120 g.

Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.


The design of this folding knife is very simple, you can even say ascetic, nothing more. Blade, two steel dies of the handle with an integrated lock, clip, three washers, two bonks and five bolts. A simple design provides the same ease of maintenance, dirt there is nowhere to linger and accumulate. If necessary, this folding knife can be cleaned by blowing or by banal rinsing in any puddle.

Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.


On the blade of the Kershaw Vapor III there is a double-sided peg which, due to its size and shape, is not particularly convenient to operate. Although you get used to it pretty quickly. The knife in the hand lies comfortably, but sometimes a thin handle still gives some inconvenience.

Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.


I’m not sure that the Kershaw Vapor III folding knife can handle super-loads like picking a concrete fence or piercing an iron barrel. But rest assured, the usual marching and household tasks are quite within his reach. Definitely won’t let you down.

Kershaw Vapor III Plain Edge folding knife, general overview, device, impressions.

In conclusion, I would like to note that there are not so many simple, functional and, most importantly, relatively cheap knife models on the folding knife market. It can be said that the Kershaw Vapor III folding knife is the last of the Mohicans. Moreover, Kershaw has already announced the termination of its release.

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