Kershaw Ken Onion Rainbow Leek Folding Knife with Speed Safe
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- Rainbow 410 Stainless steel
- The Leek series includes some of our most popular knives
- The user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand
- Either left or right. Leeks come in a variety of handle styles
- Folding knife with speed safe
- Speed Safe Design
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2002 Blade Magazine "Knife of the Year." Titanium-oxide coated stainless steel handle and blade. Ken Onion Speed Safe assisted opening design.
A handsome addition to your kitchen, this all-purpose folding knife is part of Kershaw's Ken Onion collection. The rainbow effect of this knife is caused by a titanium-oxide coating on the stainless steel. The handle underneath the coating is made of 410 stainless steel, while the plain-edge blade is made from Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel. The combination of titanium and steel is designed to make the knife stand up to wear and tear for many years.
Like many of Kershaw's other Ken Onion knives, the Rainbow Leek Folding Knife features SpeedSafe, a patented, assisted-opening system that helps the user smoothly open the knife with a manual push on the blade's thumb stud.
The SpeedSafe system features a torsion bar, which, when closed, helps keep the knife closed, preventing it from being opened by gravity. To open the knife, the user must apply manual pressure to the thumb stud to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and takes over. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use.
The knife comes equipped with a reversible clip that can be rotated 180 degrees for either tip-up or tip-down carry. Made in the United States, the knife measures 4 inches closed and weighs 3.1 ounces. The blade measures 3 inches.
Kershaw products are guaranteed for the lifetime of the original owner to be free of defects when received from the factory. Any product Kershaw finds to be defective in its original material, construction, or workmanship will be repaired or replaced with the same item or one of equal value at no charge. (Of course, normal wear, abuse such as prying with the knife, or neglect are excluded from this non-transferable warranty.)
About Kershaw and Ken Onion
Ken Onion Knives have proven to be some of the best production knives available anywhere in the world today. When Kershaw Knives and Ken Onion teamed up, the knife industry has never been the same since. Not only have the designs offered superior functionality, but style as well with models like the Avalanche, Boa, Leek, and the all new Mini Mojito and Offset.
Not all Ken Onion designs offer the Speed Safe feature, but do offer great designs, affordability, and years of reliable service. Models such as the Storm and Vapor folders and the Echo fixed blade are just a few great selections that are available with many variations. All are true Ken Onion designs and Kershaw Knives quality through and through.
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Folding knife, reversible pocket clip.
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So yeah -- I went searching for a very simple 3" blade to slice wedges off a friggin peach, and with the help of a few saved-up Discover points, I ended up with this purdy lil thing.
The coloring is fantastic, and not nearly anything like what's shown in the picture. Mine is a very even, dark purple from handle to blade, with just a thin green/blue outline. It's really something to flip the blade open and see that flash or purple fling out, instead of the expected stainless blade. This makes the knife a great show-off piece to the guys I work with.
But I get just as much personal satisfaction out of the razor sharp edge, the minimalist machined design, and the slick spring-assisted opening. For a knife that's destined to live in my desk drawer, it's a pleasure to have.
I saw a couple of complaints of easily broken tips and such. From my perspective, the tip is thin, sharp and deserving of some respect, but for my intended fruit ninja use, breakage is simply not a consideration.
To remove (or reverse) the belt clip, a T6 Torx driver is required to remove the two itty bitty screws. I mention this only because it's likely not a size many likely have laying around the tool bench, and I unsuccessfully tried precision Phillips, flat head, and even pliers to get the things off before ordering the right tool.
Enough joking around. Everyone knows the Leek is a damn fine EDC. It's spring-assisted blade is quick to respond to a flick of the thumb or a flip of the finger, and it's nice to have both options for opening the blade. I have slayed many a strip of packing tape and the like. I love mine (plain silver) and I got this one for my lady. Not that this knife isn't suitable for either gender, which of course it is, but it's a PRETTY knife. The girlfriend loves it and would not have considered carrying a knife that was more rugged or aggressive-looking. She also loves that the knife has a safety lock. I had completely forgotten about the one on mine. You know, 'cause it's nothing I would ever use. However, for the safety-conscious carrier, nice touch.