The Mighty Little Leek

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by vwb563, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    I know this knife has had many articles and reviews written about it but I’m gonna add one more. I’ve been collecting and using folding knives for over 40 years now and have owned everything from gas station knives to mid-techs such as Sebenzas, Demkos, and Medfords. I’ve owned many brands from A to Z and I haven’t found any knife that I like better than the Kershaw Leek. My first Leek was actually sent to me as a replacement from a retailer who must have been out of stock on the knife I actually ordered or it was a complete mistake on their part in sending me my the first Leek. I remember opening the package and thinking “This isn’t the knife I ordered!” But the more I played with the little Leek the more I fell in love with it. The Leek I received was actually a more expensive knife than I ordered which was a Scallion so after playing with it I decided to keep it. Man am I glad I did. I haven’t found anything to date, no matter the brand or style, that fits me and my cutting needs better than it does. I know it’s certainly not the knife for everyone have a rather fragile tip and thin blade but for my needs it’s pretty much perfect. One would be hard pressed to find a knife as thin, light, and as quick to open as it is. The Leek cuts like a laser and can perform precision cutting tasks like no other can. What the Leek lacks in robustness it makes up for in performance. Long live the mighty little Leek.
     
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  2. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie

    Apr 19, 2016
    Great little knife. My brother surprised me with this one for my birthday. Carry it often. Bought my son-in-law one for his first knife some years ago.

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  3. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    The Leek has a lot going for it. The A/O has fallen out of style and I don't know that I love that but I do love the most things about it - especially the hollow grind.
     
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  4. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I got rid of my Leek for two reasons:
    1. I didn't like needing two steps to open it; made it slower than a manually opening knife. I also didn't like the idea of not using the lock and possibly having it flip open and castrate me. What to do then?
    2. I was worried the needle-sharp tip wouldn't last many sharpenings. This was probably nothing to worry about, as I haven't rounded off a tip in a good while.
    Anyone who carries theirs in a pocket without using the lock? Any times it sprung open on you?
     
  5. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie

    Apr 19, 2016
    I don’t lock mine. Actually, I just forget to. It hasn’t opened in my pocket yet.
    I’m sure it will now. :eek::D
     
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  6. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    I never lock mine. It has never opened in my pocket but has when I dropped it on the floor.
     
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  7. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    386
    Nov 7, 2016
    Just carry it tip up right hand pocket.
     
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  8. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Thanks fellers. My sister just gave me a $50 ebay gift card for my birthday. I think I'm gonna pick up a Leek and play Castration Roulette. :D
     
  9. Skar

    Skar

    212
    Mar 24, 2020
    I like the knife except for the safety.

    I gave it to my wife to use. I tried to disable the safety seems to have worked this far.
     
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  10. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Just unscrew it and take it out.
     
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  11. Skar

    Skar

    212
    Mar 24, 2020
    That's what I did.
    Personally I can't stand secondary safety's on knives.
     
  12. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
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  13. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    I've kinda come full circle with the Leek. When I first joined bladeforums, I was looking for a replacement for my Rainbow Leek, as the 440A steel wasn't exactly holding up to my needs. A couple years ago I bought a carbon fibre CPM154 Leek and carried it nearly exclusively for a long time. Recently I also got one with the GitD carbon fibre, the yellow Random Leek sprint run (Frankenleeked the blade to the GitD handles) and a newer Rainbow Leek to replace my old one, which I gave away years ago. I loved the blade back then, and I still love it now. Obviously I'm also a big fan of the MXG pocket clip; deep carry and the safety (which, granted, I never use) is still accessible.

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  14. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    I am also a fan.

    I have three models;
    Black liner lock in 14c28n (has the fine tip)
    G-10 with S30V
    Carbon fiber in CPM-154

    It’s a handy little blade and has a neat blade profile that cuts great.

    I have personally always thought how a larger model would be sweet.

    I do, however, always make sure I carry it with the blade against my pocket seam.
     
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  15. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Me either. I have a Buck which has it on the back of the knife. I hate it. Always in the way and hard to manipulate from locked to un-locked.
     
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  16. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Same here. I’ve put my Leeks in the drawer several times over the past years to try the latest and greatest but I always end up back with a Leek in my pocket. It just seems to suite my likes and needs better than any other blade. And another good thing is there are many blade and handle options with the Leek.
     
  17. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    For a knife that comes with a clip, the Leek is not bad. I have the plain stainless one, and the rainbow, or “disco” Leek my son gave me. If I ever went out clubbing, I guess that is the one I would carry. Of course, I treasure it.
     
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  18. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    *Deleted, duplicate*
     
  19. MarkN86

    MarkN86

    451
    Sep 3, 2012
    Great little knife, I carried one for about a year before I got my Skyline. The blade shape makes it pretty good for every day tasks. Overall it was a great design for the early 2000s, but with all the new models and tech available it's kind of dated now.

    To bring it up to speed I would change two things on it:
    1. Drop Speedsafe and give it KVT. Even a manual flipper with good washers and a decent detent is better than Speedsafe. I make no apologies to anyone who likes assisted opening, it's awful.
    2. Get rid of the safety and move the clip towards the tail, using something like the Link/Dividend clip. It would sit at a more comfortable level and be less wasted space.

    It would probably benefit Kershaw if they would adopt a CQI model similar to what Spyderco does, but unfortunately it seems KAI rarely if ever listens to anyone's input.
     
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  20. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Nothing that hasn't already been said - there's a lot of good in the Leek...but I don't own one. I'm just over assisted knives (though, admittedly, I thought they were pretty awesome after getting my first - a Kershaw Blackout). The simple truth is that with today's knives, assisted opening is no faster than a decent manual....and, to add opinion (and what I dislike) - the resistance to opening & closing, esp closing, is the deterrent to a/o knives.
     

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