So I received my new Kershaw Onion Leek pocket knife the other day. I needed (wanted) a new pocket knife, and spent quite some time narrowing down the options. It was a tough choice to make, but I ultimately chose the stainless steel Leek since it seemed to best fit my needs. Following is a partial glimpse into my selection process.
Is it pocket friendly? Kershaw’s Onion Leek is a mid-sized Onion series folding knife with a 3″ blade that is only 4″ long when closed.
Is it easy to carry? The Leeks’ removable clip can be reversed for blade-up or blade-down carrying, and it seems to have a rather slender profile.
Does it have a straight plain-edged blade? Yes, and it’s razor-sharp out of the box.
Is it relatively discrete looking? Yes, the Kershaw Onion Leek looks rather sleek and “fashionable.” This sets the Leek apart from the many more tactical-looking knives.
Is it made in the USA? Yes, it is!
Is it well reviewed and popular? According to the forum threads and online customer reviews that I found, the answer is yes.
Kershaw’s Onion Leek also features their SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening feature, thumb studs, and a safety lock. Newer Leek blades are made from Sandvik 13C26 steel, which seems to be a decent alloy for a knife of this sort.
The stainless steel version of Leek that I ordered has a bead-blasted stainless steel handle, but that was a tough choice in itself. I had also considered the blue-black smoke handled version, and the one with a titanium oxide coated rainbow finish.
I had ordered the knife for slightly less than $40 from Amazon, and my first impression was overwhelmingly positive. Before selecting the Leek, I had considered several other brands and styles, including Leatherman’s new Freestyle, which ended up as runner up.
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