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Old February 4th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #1
 
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I like Onions!

I stumbled across a Ken Onion Leek while looking for a good knife at a reasonable price. It is a great knife, but I thought I might like a smaller knife for pocket carry that took up less space. I ran across this little guy and had to bring it home. The Chive is small with a 1 15/16" blade. But it is a solid little knife. The thumb stud is pretty much useless as I can not grip the handle and flip it open with my thumb. It is a good thing that it has the flipper on the blade or this one would have gone back to the store.
So now the leek is my work day pocket knife and the Chive will fill in on weekends and evenings.
Now I think I might need to pick up a Shallot, and a Scallion.




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I have a few Kershaw Ken Onion designs...great knives. Caution: they can become addictive
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Nice knife for the money.
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That is one of the things that convinced me to go with Kershaw. Value for the price, if I lost a Benchmade it would hurt the wallet.
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I stumbled across a Ken Onion Leek while looking for a good knife at a reasonable price. It is a great knife, but I thought I might like a smaller knife for pocket carry that took up less space. I ran across this little guy and had to bring it home. The Chive is small with a 1 15/16" blade. But it is a solid little knife. The thumb stud is pretty much useless as I can not grip the handle and flip it open with my thumb. It is a good thing that it has the flipper on the blade or this one would have gone back to the store.
So now the leek is my work day pocket knife and the Chive will fill in on weekends and evenings.
Now I think I might need to pick up a Shallot, and a Scallion.

Two for ten bucks is a very good deal!
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I have the exact same leek. The extremely sharp point comes in surprisingly handy. And you'll never lose it with the orange color.

I also like the fact that the cutting edge is near perfectly straight. That makes it super easy to sharpen on an Apex Edge Pro or other sharpener.
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Thanks FCK, after carrying both of these for work for awhile I find I prefer the Leek. At least for daily use, it is easier to hold on to and open with one hand. But the little brother gets weekend duty. I don't use it but once or twice on weekends. And it disappears in my tighter jeans pocket.
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I added one more to the collection.
A Navy Blue Scallion, I like the way this one feels. It is just a bit thicker than the Leek so feels a bit more secure to hold than the smaller Chive.

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i loved my chive and hated it too, (now lost) i have large hands and always had to use both hands to open it and it was too smooth. but it fit in my watch pocket adn made it through many a pat downs.
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I've been carrying a scallion for over 10 years. I have a drawer full of retired folders I never really took to but this works for me. Been back to it's hometown for vacation twice in those ten years, both times cause I was a bonehead and thought I could improve the assisted opening mechanism. FAIL! Came back both times fixed and sharp as a razor.
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i loved my chive and hated it too, (now lost) i have large hands and always had to use both hands to open it and it was too smooth. but it fit in my watch pocket adn made it through many a pat downs.
I like the Chive but it is tiny to get a grip on to open. I have been able to use the thumb stud a few times with a loose grip. But I don't have a problem using the flipper. I just hold the knife between thumb and middle finger on the back side and flip it open with the index finger.

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I've been carrying a scallion for over 10 years. I have a drawer full of retired folders I never really took to but this works for me. Been back to it's hometown for vacation twice in those ten years, both times cause I was a bonehead and thought I could improve the assisted opening mechanism. FAIL! Came back both times fixed and sharp as a razor.
I am still carrying the scallion most days at work. Getting used to flipping it open with the thumb stud.
Good to hear customer service has fixed it up for you. I really appreciate good CS. One of the reasons I like Rugers.
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The Chive with the composite scales make it a little easier to hold on.
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The Chive with the composite scales make it a little easier to hold on.
I haven't seen one with scales. Do you have one?
I don't have any problem gripping the knife to work with it. Being small I wouldn't try to take on any task where I would need a full size knife. The only thing that I find difficult is using the thumb stud on the blade. If they hadn't put one on it I would be fine just using the blade flipper. But my OCD won't let me stop trying to use the thumb stud.
I have gotten the grip just right a few times and got it to work. But can't repeat it consistently.......
Update I have been playing with it for the past few minutes and by George I think I've got it.
I have to hold the knife with the index finger at the top of the pocket clip, middle finger tip at the bottom of the clip. Press the base of the knife into the palm with the middle finger them flip the stud with my thumb.
Sometimes my OCD gets stubborn and makes me keep trying till I get things right.
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I've got quite a few American made Kershaws - mostly Ken Onion designs, and they're hands down my favorite pocket knives for the money. The studs on the blade were designed to stop the blade upon opening. The fact that you have trouble with using them to deploy the blade isn't something that you're doing wrong. A while back, Kershaw started calling them "blade stops" in the literature that comes with their knives. It was one of the largest gripes that people had with them. When you see a stud protruding from a folding blade, intuition takes over and you go about trying to open the knife with it. I know I did. Anyhow, this feature has been hotly criticized and defended on several knife forums. I was just glad to find that I wasn't either an idiot who couldn't figure out how to work a pocket knife or an idiot who paid for several defective pocket knives from the same company. With that said, you can still use it to open the blade with. If you have a model with G10 scales, a lot of folks take a round file and work a little groove into the handle by the stud which allows a little more thumb purchase on it and makes it easier to deploy the blade with.
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This post got me to look at the Leek and I ended up buying one!


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