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Old January 29th, 2016, 06:26 PM   #1
 
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I decided to get a new daily carry knife. After looking over a few different models and makes I settled on a Kershaw Leek. The price was very good on sale for $38 with free shipping from Midway. The price has since jumped back up to $54. I wanted an affordable knife that I could use daily so wouldn't be out a chunk of money if lost or damaged.
This is a very nice knife, it is thin but feels good in hand. It clips in the pocket very well with no bulk. So I can slip my hand past it to get to my keys easily. It opens very fast with spring assist and has a small tip lock that I can flick off with my pinky finger.
I chose the orange color mainly because it was the same knife as the other colors that were priced 8 to 10 dollars higher. I figure they were trying to get rid of an overstock of orange. But I actually like the color more since getting it. Makes it noticeable when I set it down so less likely to forget to pick it back up. It has a very sharp edge and I like the blade shape.










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Old January 29th, 2016, 09:27 PM   #2
 
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I have an older black leek, it's very sharp and the straight blade design makes it easy to resharpen.
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RetiredSeabee nice knife, Kershaw is my favorite brand of knife, I have several I keep one out in my car need a extra for my truck! The assist blade opening also, my last Kershaw purchase was $85.00 at Cabela's can't remember the model but a larger blade one USA made. Got it for the last Elk hunt I went on in Utah, the DWR or fish & game does a lousy job managing fish & game in Utah another story. But I have Kershaws made in the US plus one made in China have to say the one from China has worked great as well! I have seen Buck Knives made in China as well as many other brands.
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Nice size for the pocket. Like the straight blade.
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Very nice! How thick is it?
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The Leek is a toss up for me as favorite EDC tied with the next size down Ken Onion design Kershaw, the Scallion.

My only gripe about this series of knife is the tendency for the 'safety' slide bar to break and consequently be useless.
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Thanks gentlemen, I didn't think about it till a member on a Henry forum mentioned that the color was close to Henry orange.

So far I am really happy with this knife. The only concern I had was the small blade tip lock. Apparently some guys don't use it at all and haven't had an issue of the knife opening in the pocket. I think I will continue to use it, I can flip it off with my pinky pretty well and use the flipper to open the blade.

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Very nice! How thick is it?
The knife itself measures 3/8" and the clip stands out 1/8". Really very thin but it grips well. It doesn't feel too small.
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I have the smaller version that a friend gave me (Chive) and I really like it.

The only issue I had with it was eventually, the tiny screws holding the clip came loose. They're tiny torx screws. I ran them out and gave them each a drop of Loc-Tite.

I had to do that on nearly every clip knife I've carried.

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Great knife. I have several Leeks and Scallions and even one older full size Cyclone. Kershaw USA knives are the best bang for your buck in my opinion. A Leek finds its way into my pocket more often than not. As others have said, the relatively straight blade (modified wharncliffe) is easy to sharpen and is an excellent slicer.
I think the tip lock safety is a bit of overkill and have never used it on any of my Kershaws. Never had a blade pop open in my pocket. Even went snow tubing tonight with one in my pocket and the frank and beans are still intact.
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It has a very clean look which I like.
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I have a black leek I got from my son as a Christmas gift this year. The knife is awesome! Holds a great edge and was freakishly sharp out of the box, thin so as to not carry uncomfortably in the pocket, and the spring assist rocks!!!

My only complaints are the slide lock did break though like dubcity demon mentioned above and that point is so small I am scared it is going to just break off some day.
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I carry a Scallion every day off-duty, and a Rescue Blur on-duty. For the money, I find U.S.-made Kershaws to be the best folder out there. Benchmade and the like may be excellent knives, but when a $30 Kershaw meets all of my needs, the Benchmade is way too expensive for me. I've also lost two Scallion knives over the years, so I'm not taking my chances with a megabuck Benchmade as a everyday pocket folder.
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Another round of thanks gentlemen. I liked the Leek so much that I had to find it a little brother that would fit in my jeans watch pocket. This little guy is another Ken Onion design. The Chive is small with a 1 15/16" blade.

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Quite fond of Kershaws, have several . Lately, it's been the Emerson designs that have my attention.
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