Amongst Kershaw’s most popular knives is the
Leek, specifically the K.O. Leek folding knife with its serrated edge. The
Leek series by infamous knife designer Ken Onion features the Speed-Safe
assistedopening system for ambidextrous use and it comes in various finishes for you to
A totally handy carrying pocket knife, the 3.1 oz slim-line Kershaw
Leek is 4 inches when closed and has a 3 inch blade. Its
modified drop-point makes it a good slicing knife while the slim tip gives it piercing
capability and the ability to do detailed work.
There are many choices in the Leek series, 12 blade and handlecombinations, to be precise. The popular bead-blasted stainless-steelhandle
gives the knife a sleek, cutting-edge look. Its plain version is made from 410 stainless steel and the blade is
made from Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel and will stand up to many years of wear and tear.
Kershaw’s chrome Leek
has 410 stainless steel in the handle along with a Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel blade polished to
perfection.If it’s a
serrated edge you’re looking for, choose the 1660ST Leek. And let’s not stop there: There’s the smoked look with a
double-anodized aluminum handle which comes in smoked black and blue, smoked black and red, or pink.
If it’s a non-reflective surface that floats your boat, there’s the black tungsten DLS-coated handles, too.
And for those of more refined tastes, there’s the Pink Leek with its fashionable pink anodized aluminum handle or
the Rainbow Leek with its titanium oxide coating which sports a highly scratch-resistant and brilliant rainbow
finish. And just like the real thing, every rainbow is different.
And you heard me right earlier when I said the K.O. Leek knife can be used with
either hand. This ambidextrous opening feature is especially handy when you’re in the middle of a job and one hand
is already occupied. It is activated by a push on the thumb stud, or the Index-Open blade extension. And while in
use, the Leek’s super-secure frame lock feature keeps the blade locked while you use it and the Tip-Lock slider
locks the blade closed when you’re finished. There is a pocket clip included which can be adjusted for tip-up or
tip-down carryingand the
knife handle is drilled in the event you need or want to attach it with a lanyard instead.
In The Beginning
World-renowned knife-maker Ken Onion began his love affair with knives when at the age of
12 Vernon Ott, a local blacksmith and maker of garden tools and knives, inspired Ken’s interest in the trade. Ken
later went on to join the U.S. Marie Corps and he worked in the fields of construction, heavy equipment repair and
hydraulics before coming back to his first love: designing the perfect knife. Eventually he met the talented knife
maker Stan Fujisaki who taught Ken all the tricks of the trade but it was Ken himself who came up with the first
Speed-Safe knife. And while that was some two decades ago, Ken Onion is still personally involved throughout the
design and manufacturing process, ensuring that each knife meets his high standards of performance and
One of a Kind The patented SpeedSafe Assisted® knife-opening
system helps users open the knife by applying manual pressure to the thumb stud or blade protrusion.The essence of the SpeedSafe system
which is built into many of Kershaw's best-selling knives is the torsion bar. This torsion bar keeps gravity from
opening the knife so that after the blade is out, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and smoothly
opens the blade, locking it into position. It is this mechanism that sets Kershaw’s knives apart from switchblades.
It does not deploy with the push of a button in the handle nor does it open by gravity alone. It is when the user
manually overcomes the torsion bar’s resistance.
So whether it’s looks, versatility, usability or just plain ol’ ability, be it
Girl Scouts or The Terminator, with Kershaw’s Leek line of knives, you’ll always Be Prepared.