I know, I know. This knife was first released in 2003 and has been a giant success for Kershaw for years and everyone already likes them and has probably owned one. Well, guess what? I just bought one like three months ago. So, its new to me and I’m going to make a review about it.
Per usual, I’ll be starting with the blade and moving rearward. The Leek is outfitted with a 2.85″ 14C28N Wharncliffe-type blade. With its relativity thin blade stock (0.090″ thick), its very fine point, and the hollow ground grind profile, this thing is a serious slicer. I often liken it to an “arts & crafts” knife because of how acute the tip of the blade is. This thinness makes it well suited for a random assortment of tasks that the rest of my knives are too chunky for. Attached to the blade are two “thumb studs” which aren’t actually thumb studs. They are just stop pins that control the degree at which the knife opens. To deploy the knife, you are supposed to use the flipper.
Speaking of the flipper, that’s the special thing about this knife. The flipper is a lot closer to being a button than a flipper. Along with its assisted opening mechanism and lightweight blade, the Leek has the feeling of an auto knife when opened because all you are doing is pushing a “button” and the blades flies out with ease. I remember being very impressed with the action when I first bought it. The difference between this knife and any other non-automatic folding knife is very obvious. The frame lock is just as easy to actuate. I hate it when knives have “hard-to-move” frame/liner locks on them. When you use knives a s**t ton, like me, you will become aware of what locks sucks and which ones don’t. Not all Leeks are frame locks. Some are liner locks, and the lock bars on those are fairly thin but still up to the task for what most city-dwelling people need.
Now for the handle. It is the right size, for me, and there is nothing ergonomically weird about it. However, it does lacks texturing of any kind. I have dropped this thing like five times since I have got it. This isn’t to say that this is a deal-breaker for me because it isn’t. It just an observation that I need to mention. If you wanted to have a knife laser engraved then the Leek would make for a good candidate because of the flat, steel handle. Oh, and one more thing. Incorporated in the butt of the handle is a blade lock. It is interesting but useless to me, so I removed it.
The pocket clip kind of sucks. It is the exact same as the Kershaw Blur and Shallot. It is a little too tight and flat for what I look for in a knife. Not only are the pocket clip screw holes high on the handle but also the clip design tends to hold the knife higher up than what it could be. This is the most obvious knife to pocket carry though I’d imagine you could carry something much larger and still have it go unnoticed by people if they aren’t specifically looking for it.
In conclusion, I like the Leek for its fast action and fine blade geometry. Typically, I don’t like assisted knives but this is way different. Its clip leaves a little to be desire but The Leek’s usefulness for certain task drastically overshadows this issue. You will be pretty satisfied with the overall quantity of this Kershaw product.
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