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Badass Knife of the Week: Kershaw JYD II

Kershaw Junkyard Dog II

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the Badass Knife of the Week is evidence otherwise.

The Kershaw Junkyard Dog II is an iteration of customer knifemaker Tim Galyean’s popular Junkyard Dog and it pulls out some new tricks.

Like a real junkyard dog, the JYD II is intimidating and packs a big bite. Featuring a hefty 3.6-inch blade that’s built for heavy-duty use, the knife is also just small enough to make a great EDC while handling some of the more nuanced tasks.

One of the first things you’ll notice on the knife is the outstanding composite blade that uses high-carbon high-chromium D2 steel for the edge and a durable Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel for the spine.

This composite blade helps reduce the cost and gives it a nice pop. The pattern on the blade is the two steels blended together with a copper accent.

The handle of the JYD II is nothing to scoff at either. Built with lightweight G-10 scales, the handle is extremely strong with enough grip to keep the knife from slipping in any condition.

Kershaw JYD II

Using Kershaw’s flipper-opening system, the JYD II engages easily with either hand and the roll of a wrist before locking in place with a study liner lock.

Anyone looking for a large folder that won’t take a huge bite out of their wallet would be hard-pressed to find something better than the fierce Junkyard Dog II.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this Badass Knife of the Week, check out the Kershaw Junkyard Dog II product page.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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1 Comment

  1. I really like this knife, however do you think that if the blade were to be made from S30V steel that it would be stronger?

    But Kershaw makes excellent knives, I definitely think this does deserve the bad ass knife of the week award! =D

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