Kershaw Leek Review
Review of: Kershaw Leek
Use: Everyday Carry
Mid-range blade steel with great corrosion resistance
410 Stainless handle doesn't provide much grip
Sub $50, very good price for an everyday carry
High praise from many satisfied customer reviews
- Sandvik 14C28N can be get razor sharp fairly easy
- Flipper deployment is quick, easy and fun to use
We Don't Like
- Slick handle, doesn't provide much texture for grip
- Weak tip, prone to breaking with heavy duty use
Quick Summary: The Kershaw Leek is a popular choice for many reasons, it's a dang good knife at a reasonable price, under $50 on Amazon. If you in need a good budget EDC, you'd be hard pressed to find a better option than the Leek.
The Kershaw Leek is a favorite of many knife-enthusiasts. With its simple design, it’s something of a force – packed into an EDC package and tied up with a good many other features.
It’s a kind of template for the EDC knife. It’s small, it’s tough, it’s practical and it’s fashioned from quality materials. Granted, it’s not particularly out-there in its design. But it doesn’t need to be. What many love about this pocket knife is its simplicity and the way it doesn’t try to be anything else.
- Blade Length: 3 Inches
- Closed Length: 4 Inches
- Overall Length: 7 inches
- Weight: 3 ounces
- Handle: 410 Stainless
- Blade Steel: Sandvik 14C28N
Our Impressions of the Kershaw Leek
The Leek has a closed length of 4 inches which opens up to 7 inches. Weighing in at just 3 ounces, it sits comfortably within the spec range for an EDC and isn’t too bulky in the pocket. As always, this Kershaw is balanced well. Its size is well-utilized to give optimum cutting action.
The 3 inch blade is made from high-quality Swedish Sandvik 14C28N steel which is both extremely sharp, resistant to corrosion and most importantly, holds its edge well. The blade is of a “modified drop-point” design. The fine-point is great for detail work but can be detrimental if using for more vigorous jobs.
The Leek has a sophisticated stainless steel handle which is where some of that weight comes from. It’s fitted with Kershaw’s signature Speed-Safe deployment system making for quick and easy ambidextrous deployment by pushing on the thumb stud or pulling back on what’s called the “flipper”. The handle has a bead-blasted finish which feels great. The only fault with stainless steel handles is the possibility of it being freezing cold in colder climates, but that’s a small price to pay. There’s a small amount of well-placed thumb jimping which holds well. Ergonomically, the Leek has it down pat.
How does the Leek Compare
Sticking with the Kershaw brand I would highly recommend the Cryo. The Cryo is an award-winning knife. It won Blade Magazine’s "Best Buy of the Year" award in 2012. As for other brands, you can never go wrong with Spyderco or Benchmade. The Spyderco Delica 4 is a great knife as well as the Benchmade 940. Both are top quality knives worthy of praise.
As a whole, for a knife named after a vegetable, the Leek packs a punch. In signature Kershaw style, it has a simple charm to it. It’s small yet powerful, and proves why Kershaw is a force to be reckoned with in the knife industry. With Speedsafe deployment it’s a breeze to open. Ergonomically, it’s great and it just feels good. Made from quality Swedish steel, the modified drop-point blade makes light work of most jobs expected of an EDC. It’s a template for the EDC knife – and comes highly recommended.