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    The Leek series includes some of Kershaw's most popular knives, and the K.O. Leek serrated folding knife is no exception. This particular knife features a distinctive design by celebrated knife maker Ken Onion, who created the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system. With SpeedSafe, the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand, either left or right. This makes it ideal for sporting and work situations in which one-handed opening is easier and safer, such as when hunting, fishing, or working with your hands on the job site. The K.O. Leek also sports a bead-blasted stainless-steel handle, which gives the knife a sleek, cutting-edge look. If the stainless handle isn't your cup of tea, Kershaw also offers Leek knives in a variety of other handle styles, some with technologically advanced coatings for enhanced performance. For example, the red "smoked" double-anodized aluminum handle is a true head turner, while the black tungsten DLC-coated handle produces a non-reflective surface. As an alternative, you can opt for the Pink Leek, with its fashionable pink anodized aluminum handle, or the Rainbow Leek, which boasts a titanium oxide coating that produces a highly scratch-resistant, brilliant rainbow finish.


    The SpeedSafe assisted opening system lets you smoothly deploy the blade with 1 hand. The K.O. Leek also comes with a Kershaw pocket clip, which is meant to be clipped with the handle on the inside of your pocket. The clip is not to be worn on a belt, as this is an unsafe way to carry your belt. Other features include a frame lock, which locks the blade into position after the blade is deployed, and a thumb stud for easier one-handed opening.

    About the SpeedSafe System
    The patented SpeedSafe knife-opening system helps users open the knife by applying manual pressure to the thumb stud or blade protrusion. The heart of the SpeedSafe system--which is built into many of Kershaw's best-selling knives--is its torsion bar, which keeps gravity from opening the knife. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and takes over, smoothly opening the blade and locking it into position, ready for use. Although they may look similar at first glance, SpeedSafe knives are not considered switchblades. Unlike a switchblade, SpeedSafe knives do not deploy with the push of a button in the handle or by gravity alone. Instead, the user must manually overcome the torsion bar's resistance, putting the knives outside the federal definition of a switchblade. However, it's the responsibility of the buyer to investigate and comply with the laws and regulations that apply in his or her specific area. Buyers should rest assured, however, that SpeedSafe knives are extremely safe, as they open only when the user manually deploys them, and lock securely into position when open so they don't close accidentally.

    Knife Maker Ken Onion
    A master of his trade, Ken Onion is one of the most sought-after custom knife makers in the industry. His knives can be found in the most prestigious private knife collections as well in as in the pockets of his dedicated customers. Ken's involvement in the knife trade dates back to his time in Palestine, West Virginia, where he was inspired at the age of 12 by Vernon Ott, a local blacksmith and maker of garden tools and knives. In the ensuing years, Ken joined the U.S. Marine Corps and worked in such fields as construction, heavy equipment repair, and hydraulics repair, always with an eye toward eventually designing the perfect knife. In November of 1991, Ken met Stan Fujisaki, a talented knife maker who agreed to teach him the tricks of the trade. After years of preparation--and some inspiration while working on a Harley cam for a friend--Ken created his first SpeedSafe knife. Today, Ken designs a custom selection of knives for Kershaw, many featuring the patented SpeedSafe torsion bar system for assisted opening. Ken is personally involved throughout the design and manufacturing process to ensure that each knife meets his high standards for performance and quality.

    Specifications:

    Blade material: Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel
    Handle: 410 stainless steel
    Blade length: 3 inches
    Closed length: 4 inches
    Weight: 3 ounces
    Warranty: Limited lifetime
    13c26 is the sandvik version of aeb-l, but then kershaw's heat treat on these sucks, and they moved to 14c28n on their other models which has better heat treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franzb69 View Post
    cool, got mine from kershawguy.
    Me too

    My regular Leek is the 14c28n version...it takes a very refined, polished edge very easily -- the best blade I've used to slice wrapping paper over this holiday season.

    Duckfat, his Leek has a framelock and is an assisted opener (unless he removed the spring himself)

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    kershaw guy's a great seller. too bad he doesn't ship internationally. which is fine with me since i have a 3rd party courier that does that for me via several US addresses they provide. and i use that for most of my online purchases in the states.

    =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckfat View Post
    Salty is the Kershaw a lock blade? I've been carrying a Buck Prince for years just because it's small and I prefer a lock blade.
    Not sure what a "lock" blade is? I'm not much into "jack knives". It does lock open. And the scales came on the knife.

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    Found your Leek here...didn't know they came that way stock, I really like it. One of the benefits of the Leek is that it is sleek and slim for pocket carry...but it is also its downfall when in the hand for use -- these inlays help to beef up the handle which I would assume makes for better grip.
    http://www.knifecenter.com/item/KS16...n-3-inch-Blade

    found a black version that looks sweet as well

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    Here's the brand new Leek I just bought to replace the last one I owned, which was basically sharpened into a toothpick with olive scales. Excuse the crappy cellphone pics.






    First thing I did was flip the clip and pop off the safety. This was how I carried the last one for ages... but I guess the quick release on this one is particularly jumpy.



    Pocket deployment. Derp.

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    I had the same blue smoke Leek, but gave it to a friend this summer as it had a more pronounced recurve than my random Leek which had a much flatter profile.

    Damn, now I wish I would have just changed the blades on them before giving, because I'm realizing how much better the blue/black aluminum looks over my stainless steel.


    On a side note, if anyone is looking for inexpensive, fixed blades for non-kitchen use, please take a look at Mora. I received 5 of various size and stainless/carbon a few days ago, and liked them so much that I just ordered another 6 to gift away....amazing bang for your buck -- under $15 each and come with a utilitarian sheath.





    No matter how much you try to resist, the knife addiction doesn't let up.

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    i love me moras as well =D cheap, gets sharp nice and as hard as j-knives.

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    I can't stop buying new knives. All I wanted was one good folder, and here I am now...with an 18" machete.



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