This offering from Kershaw is more than just good looks. Like one of our favorites, the Blur, it is made in the USA. Similarities end there. The Whirlwind features a hollow ground 440A stainless steel blade that is easy to sharpen, with decent edge retention. Deploying the blade is as simple as applying pressure to the thumb stud. From there Kershaw's Speed Safe opening system takes over, and the blade is ready for use almost instantly.
The handles are composed of lightweight polyamide. Initially, we thought they seemed a bit "cheap," but a year later and they show no sign of wear, much less damage. The checkering affords much better grip over smooth finish scales.
The Whirlwind is great for most every day tasks. The pocket clip is in a right-handed tip down position, and is not reversible. A downfall, but not a deal breaker, would be the three holes in the blade. Some chores such as food preparation lead to residue remaining in the holes. When talking food, that can mean unwanted bacteria. Keep those holes clean if contact with food is possible. The blade should be attended to after being wet or in salt water situations. It did show light rusting or discoloration after a couple days of hot humid summer hiking. All blemishes removed simply by using a penetrating oil or 4-0 steel wool.