With the overwhelming popularity and demand of the new Mini Naxtrix it was only a matter of time before we rode the wave for our newest exclusive--the BlackOut Mini Natrix flipper. The Kershaw Natrix is one of many new models released by Kershaw in 2017 and was designed after the popular Zero Tolerance 0770 model but 2018 brings forth a newly revised size. This sub-frame lock designed model, which aids it in being lightweight, features the KVT ball-bearing system, instead of Kershaw's patented SpeedSafe™ assisted system, which quickly deploys the blade thanks in part to the ambidextrous flipper function. This model features black G-10 handle scales, all-black hardware, a modified drop point style blade in a black oxide finish and the deep carry reversible pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option.
- Blade Length: 2.75"
- Overall Length: 6.5"
- Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Black Oxide
- Handle Length: 3.75"
- Handle Material: G-10
- Weight: 1.9 oz.
KVT system is super smooth. I have the bigger Natrix Carbon Fiber and I like it too, but this one is as light as my Atmos. Great little knife!
TLDR: Knife is good but the super strong detent, small size and sharpness of the flipper makes it painful to flip open. I have to use my thumb to flip open the knife, but be aware this might only be for my knife. PS the pocket clip is different than the one in the picture but it's still great.
It's a great knife design and the mini is the size I wished the original Natrix was. The fit and finish is average; the blade is reasonably centered on mine and it came ridiculously sharp, and that's coming from someone who sharpens his own knives. The handle scale milling is also spot on.
Great tension on the pocket clip for it being short, but mine did not come with the clip in the knife's picture--good nonetheless.
The lock bar locks at about 50% and seems sturdy enough to handle anything a pocket knife would usually be used for.
Great blade shape and thickness to make an excellent slicer, so no complaints there.
Lastly the steel... we all know 8cr13mov. Being a budget steel don't expect the edge to last forever but it's more than serviceable with occasional honing/stropping and sharpening.
Overall for the price, it's a great knife. Something that I'm really on the fence about is that detent, Probably would have been a deal-breaker if I knew it would be that strong. Still giving a 4/5 because I have no other reference points than my one knife to gauge if the detent issue is part of the design or simply a fluke.