Kershaw Leek

Kershaw began its foray into the knife business sometime during 1974. The company was originally based in Portland Oregon, but most early knives were manufactured in Japan. The first US manufacturing plant was opened in 1997 & the company currently offers knives made in the U.S., Japan, & China. Pete Kershaw (an ex Gerber salesman) started the business.
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Kershaw Leek

Postby Oldredbone67 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:18 pm

What is it with the Leek, you either hate or love it?
I have 2 of them, and I listed a never used, no box , stainless steel Leek in the trading section and no interest at all. I talked to a couple of people and they said it was too fragile to be an EDC knife, yet on you tube, when asked about favorite EDC knives, the leek was in the pack of favorite carry. As I said I have 2 of them and I favor slipjoint knives, mainly Case knives. If anyone here wants to trade , let me know. This is a nice one. I do really like the smooth opening of the Leek.
Thanks for letting me vent.
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby FRJ » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:31 am

I think they are a great knife!
Very smart action and a pleasure to use.
I don't use mine often. I keep it in an inside pocket of a jacket I keep in the car. When I need to slip that jacket on I have another knife on me. I'm glad it's that leek. I don't see it as fragile.
It's just like the one you show, Oldredbone.
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby orvet » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:11 pm

I have several Leeks & I do not find them fragile in the least! I often EDC a Damascus Leek second.
Talk about edge retention!!! I will admit the blade is a bit thin to be a good pry bar, but that is why they make pry bar! ::doh::
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:22 pm

Is this an opportunity to show off my Leeks? ::super_happy::
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby orvet » Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:27 pm

jerryd6818 wrote:Is this an opportunity to show off my Leeks? ::super_happy::


Go for it Jerry!

Obviously Jerry is one who loves his Leeks! :lol:
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:02 pm

I do love my Leeks. Here's a couple you would love, Dale.
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby sedona » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:25 pm

All 3 of my leeks look like oldredbones knife.I picked up my last one last week at atwoods farm store for $29.99.That is the cheapest I have found them so far.This is a nice knife to wear with dress clothes on the rare occasion I dress up.Doesn't take up much room in the pocket.

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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby jerryd6818 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:39 pm

That's an excellent price. I've picked up a few in the low $30's but have never cracked into the $2x range. Do they only have the plain Jane naked handle ones?
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby QTCut5 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:58 pm

With regard to Oldredbone's original post, I think the reason you haven't gotten much interest on your Leek offer is because the guys who love them already have one (or 3, as the case may be), and the guys who don't care much for them don't want one.

Personally, I love the Leek. I think it's a great EDC knife. I've been carrying one off and on for years...it's one of my most favorite EDC knives ever. At one time I owned no fewer than eight (8) different Leeks; I sold most of them but kept my three favorites.
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And speaking of Ken Onion designed knives (were we?), the Ripple (made by CRKT) is another sweet one that works nicely for EDC. No Speed Safe like on the Leek, though; on the Ripple the Ikoma Korth Bearing System (IKBS) makes for silky smooth flipper opening. And talk about slim and lightweight...the (smaller) Ripple 2 practically disappears in your pocket.

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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby royal0014 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:39 am

I bought a slightly used one of the 'bay just to see
what all the fuss was about. Good for a 'going out' type knife.
I like the pocket clip much better than the Cyro ......
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby bighomer » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:53 pm

Mine is a plain jane no fancy riting on it 26 bucks and change shipped. I don't want to know what the people who say its not a good edc are doing with their knives. ::woot::

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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby bighomer » Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:38 pm

I lied, I paid 2.60 shipping. Sorry 'bout that G. I.

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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby Oldredbone67 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:17 am

Oldredbone67 wrote:What is it with the Leek, you either hate or love it?
I have 2 of them, and I listed a never used, no box , stainless steel Leek in the trading section and no interest at all. I talked to a couple of people and they said it was too fragile to be an EDC knife, yet on you tube, when asked about favorite EDC knives, the leek was in the pack of favorite carry. As I said I have 2 of them and I favor slipjoint knives, mainly Case knives. If anyone here wants to trade , let me know. This is a nice one. I do really like the smooth opening of the Leek.
Thanks for letting me vent.

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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby Oldredbone67 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:23 am

I do agree that the leek is a fine EDC, and second the things said about the ripple knife. I own the smaller, bronze version, and talk about a smooth opening-wow, and very lightweight, don't even know you have it.
Thanks for all the comments on this subject-you guys are terrific in your passion for knives and your knowledge also. I really enjoy this site. I am so glad I found the site.
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Re: Kershaw Leek

Postby QTCut5 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:22 am

I'm not a huge fan of the Yellowhorse (David or Brian) mods in general, but when I stumbled upon this Leek auction just as it was about to end, I couldn't resist. ($53)

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