Kershaw Leek Knife with G10 Handle
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- Has a distinctive design as well as the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system
- With speedsafe, the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand
- Comes in a variety of handle styles, some with advanced coatings for enhanced performance
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The Leek series includes some of our most popular knives. And no wonder. Kershaw's Leeks offer Ken Onion's distinctive design as well as the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system. With SpeedSafe, the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand, either left or right. Leeks come in a variety of handle styles, some with technologically advanced coatings for enhanced performance. For example, the bead-blasted stainless steel handle offers strength and beauty. A handle with black Tungsten DLC coating produces a Leek with a non-reflective surface. For lightweight and a one-of-a-kind look, choose our "smoked" double-anodized aluminum finish in two colors. Or choose our new Pink Leek with it's fashionable pink anodized aluminum handle, the Rainbow Leek with its titanium oxide coating that produces a highly scratch resistant, brilliant, rainbow finish. Also new in 2007 is our Random Leek with a modified Tanto blade for cutting power and chromium nitride coating for hardness and corrosion resistance. For ease of carrying, all Leeks include a reversible/removable pocket clip.
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It costs more than the other Leek designs, but this knife has two distinct advantages over the others: the grip and the steel used in the blade.
First, the grip is fantastic. It feels rough in a good way, like the knife isn't going to somehow slip out of your hand. If you run your finger along the grip, you'll see that the knife has such an easily gripped texture that it actually exfoliates the skin on your fingers. This is a good thing because it means you aren't going to somehow slip and cut yourself like you might with a non-textured grip. Even if your hand is sweaty or wet, I don't see this knife slipping. I don't think I'd ever like to go back to knives with wood or metal handles; they simply don't provide enough "hold" on the knife. This grip makes the knife a lot safer and easier to use. It's used on several other Kershaw knives, including the RAM, Blur, and Skyline. On this knife the entire handle (or more specifically the two outer sides, the top and bottom are smooth) is the G10 material, whereas on some other designs there are only patches of G10.
Second, the blade steel is one of the premium steels, s30v. This type of steel retains its edge longer than the steel used in the other Leek knives, 14c28n. It's one of the better steels out right now in production knives, and it's the main reason this knife costs around $30 more than the other Leeks. This steel has good wear resistance and corrosion resistance properties. It's a fantastic steel that if cared for properly should last a long time. It will take a very sharp edge and is not as hard to sharpen as some of the other "extremely wear resistant" steels like zdp-189 or s90v. This steel, s30V, is considered one of the best all-around premium steels in production knives. If you're really particular about what you use your knife for, then you should read up on different blade steels. After doing my research I decided that s30v was a better choice than the Sandvik steel that's typically used in the Leek knives.
Now for other observations. The locking mechanism works well on this knife. The blade is held securely in place. There is a small safety catch at the end of the handle so the blade won't accidentally open. The Kershaw "Speedsafe" design is a spring-assisted mechanism that allows you to open the blade with one finger. It opens extremely fast and locks into place with a nice click sound. It does not take much pressure to open the blade, I just insert my fingernail into one of the grooves and push down slightly and it opens up and locks itself in one smooth motion. The thumb stud on the side is, in my opinion, worthless. I haven't found a way to use it without fear of cutting myself. The "flipper" on the back of the blade is much safer.
Despite what some people may think about this spring-assisted design, it's much safer than conventional knives where you have to open the blade yourself. The reason for this is because I never have to touch the blade to open it. I just push down on the flipper on the back of the blade and it opens all the way and locks into position. There's no fear of the knife slipping in your hand or accidentally cutting yourself. Also the spring-assisted open does not cause the blade to jerk out of your hand at all. There is a very slight movement, but I think even a young adult would have no problem holding on to the knife. It's simply an excellent design.
The pocket clip for me is more or less useless because I'm left-handed. It's on the wrong side of the knife for me, so I plan on removing it at some point. You need a T6 torx screwdriver to remove it and you can get one of these online or at pretty much any hardware store for cheap. The pocket clip is well made but doesn't go well with the G10 grip because the G10 is abrasive and does not allow for easy entry or removal of the knife from one's pocket. This isn't a problem for me because I don't plan on trying to pull this knife out of my pocket in a flash to defend myself. I like knowing the knife is securely attached to my pocket and is not going to fall out, but I'm thinking I will remove the clip because I don't plan on carrying this every day with me; I can't anyway because of where I work. If you need a knife that you can pull out of your pocket lightning quick, I imagine you wouldn't want the G10 grip. I have no problems clipping the knife to my pocket or pulling it out, but it's rough on clothes and does take a little more effort than would a knife without G10.
The knife arrives very sharp out of the box. As we always said in Boy Scouts, "A sharp knife is a safe knife," so this is good.
Kershaw is an excellent brand with a very good reputation. This knife is made in the USA, which also adds to its cost. I find that overall this is a fantastic knife that would be great to carry every day if you felt inclined to do so. It is very well made, sharp, has a grip you can rely on, and a premium steel blade. To me these features that differentiate it from the other Kershaw Leek knives make it superior and worth the extra $30. It's a little more of an investment at first, but I'm sure this knife will last a lifetime. Kershaw has excellent customer service, so if something happens they'll take care of you.
The power opening is an excellent feature enabling rapid deployment of the blade with a nice "snap." One hand closing can also be accomplished. It has shown no tendency to inadvertently deploy in my pocket so the safety slide hasn't been necessary (but it was fun to trick my brother.) I did reverse the pocket clip which put the blade assist at my righthand index fingertip with one smooth move. This should be a long-lasting blade that, hopefully, won't need it's lifetime warranty. Buy one of these and keep our fellow Americans working.
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