Fans of the original carbon fiber Natrix knife – as well as fans of good-looking knives in general – will enjoy the release of the Kershaw Copper Natrix. It has the same basic design as the original carbon fiber version, but with a copper handle instead.
- Visually attractive design
- Very functional design
- Copper handle that develops its own unique patina over time
- A bit pricier than what we’re used to seeing from Kershaw, but it also has better blade steel and a copper handle
Kershaw Copper Natrix Features
The obvious feature here is the copper handle. The carbon fiber handle on the last model was great and all, but the copper handle of the new Natrix is pretty freakin’ cool. And, as it gets older, it’s likely to get even cooler since it will develop its own unique patina.
Another one of the highlights of the Kershaw Copper Natrix is the quality of the blade steel used. Kershaw uses 8Cr13MoV for the original carbon fiber Natrix. But, with this edition, they’ve opted for D2 with a stonewash finish. This steel hold its edge better than the mid-grade steel used for the carbon fiber model.
Incidentally, Kershaw also has a plus-size model. Where the carbon fiber and copper Natrix models have an overall length of 6.4″, its big brother is 7.5″ overall. I actually preferred the smaller profile of the copper Natrix; it fits in my pocket better, but because of the copper, the knife still has a little heft to it.
The Kershaw Copper Natrix retails for less than $100. Undoubtedly, this is a jump up from the sub-$40 carbon fiber Natrix. But we’re not surprised by this since 1) copper is expensive, and 2) the steel on the copper Natrix is a definite upgrade. These things might not appeal enough to some users to justify spending the extra money, but we really like the uniqueness that this knife brings to the table.
You don’t often see knives that employ copper to the extent that Kershaw has with this knife, and it’s a smart look. Ultimately, the Kershaw Copper Natrix is a handsome knife with some solid ergonomics and a nice steel grade.
Kershaw Natrix Copper Specifications
- Model: Kershaw 7006CU
- Blade Steel: D2, stonewashed finish
- Handle Material: Copper with bead-blasted finish
- Deployment: Flipper with bearing assist
- Lock: Sub-frame lock
- Clip: Deep carry, left/right reversible, tip up
- Blade Length: 2.75″
- Closed Length: 3.6″
- Open Length: 6.4″
- Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Price: $94.49 (Amazon)
For a full review of the Natrix, check out Pro Tool Reviews.