Despite making some of the most iconic knives of all time and boasting a lineup of expertly crafted knives, Kershaw never rests on its laurels. The Kershaw Heist is the perfect example.

Released this year, the Heist was one of the first knives to use the DuraLock mechanism. It’s a crossbar lock that’s a joy to use and exceptionally strong. The lock makes the knife completely ambidextrous. It also keeps the fingers out of the path of the closing blade.

But the new lock isn’t the only thing that makes this knife one of the best of the year so far.

Like all Kershaw knives, the Heist features a carefully considered design. Its 3.2-inch drop-point blade is made from D2 steel. In addition, it opens with dual thumb studs.

The glass-filled nylon scales are shapely and textured enough to provide a solid grip in all types of environments without feeling cumbersome and aggressive.

A lanyard hole on the back doesn’t interfere with the deep-carry pocket clip. It’s another nice tough from the designers at Kershaw.

With a cohesive design, upgraded materials, and new purpose-driven mechanisms, the Kershaw Heist is a quintessential EDC for the modern age. Pick one up today.