Benchmade Volli vs Kershaw Blur

Benchmade Volli on top, Kershaw Blur on bottom.

I just got my hands on a Benchmade Volli, and thought I’d do a quick comparison to the EDC knife that it’s replacing, the Kershaw Blur (black non-serrated blade). Here are my observations so far:

  • The Volli is clipped so that it sits tip-up in the pocket. The Blur is tip-down, so that’s taking some getting used to.
  • The handle on the Volli is noticeably thicker/fatter than the handle on the Blur. Since the clip also has a higher profile, the entire package is quite a bit bulkier in a pocket
  • The AXIS lock on the Volli is really nice, and the locking mechanism along the spine is a nice touch — you can double-lock the blade open for heavier work.
  • The Blur has a faster spring-assist, and a more satisfying “clunk” when coming open. I think the sound/clunk comes partially from the aluminum frame (vs the Volli’s “G10” handle, which is some kind of plastic/fiber stuff).
  • The Volli has zero blade-play, which the Blur has a bit.
  • The thumb-stud on the Blur is “one-sided”, and has a bit sharper of an edge on it, which can be good or bad.
  • Because of the slightly wider handle (and thus wider arc to get around it), I find the Volli harder to close one-handed.
  • The straight edge on the Volli’s blade is a big plus for me. The slightly curving blade on the Blur really annoyed me when sharpening it.
  • Handle length is (almost?) identical. Blade is a little longer on the Blur.
  • The Blur is a little heavier .
  • I really like the blade grind on the Volli.
  • The Volli’s blade is a little thinner than the Blur, and is also ground down along the spine to make it appear even thinner still.
  • Since the handle on the Volli is plastic, I guess I won’t be able to use it as reliably as a bottle opener (note the scratched out surface on the Blur, where the blade meets the handle 🙂 ).

Overall, I’m happy with the Volli, and will definitely keep is as my EDC (at least for now). I do think that if you could take the Volli blade and put it on something resembling the Blur handle, but keep the AXIS lock, you might really have a winner.

  1. jeffgolenski said:

    Awesome comparison Beau! Love the attention to detail. as an avid knife user myself, there’s one criteria that’s immensely important that can’t be measured upon initial inspection of a blade… and that’s how long it’ll last / durable it is. We only have others’ reviews and the manufacterers’ reputation to go by… sometimes.

    How long have you had your Blur for? They both look like solid pieces of equipment, for sure!

    • Beau said:

      According to a receipt I just found, I ordered the Blur on 5/8/11, so I’ve had it almost 4 years. It’s lived in my back pocket almost all of that, and is still in great condition. The biggest sign of wear is me using it as a bottle opener, where the bottle caps have eaten into the aluminum scales a bit, which is not surprising.

      Other than that, it’s a little dirty, and there are some scratches and wear-marks on the blacking (both on the blade and the handle), but it’s still really solid.

    • I’ve had bad luck with my Kershaw’s holding their edges– I have both a Leek and a Cryo II, and have found that, even with occasional use, I find myself sharpening it at least once a week.

      Leaning toward the Benchmade Osborne for my next EDC

      • Beau said:

        Yeah, my Kershaw I guess didn’t hold a great edge, although I definitely haven’t been sharpening it that often. But yeah, when I use it a bit, it gets pretty blunt. Hoping the Volli will hold up a bit better!

        The Osborne looks pretty nice!

        In a completely unrelated style, I also just ordered one of these 😉 http://woodnsteelusa.com/products/denim-handled-knives

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