The wavy copper line along Kershaw’s Leek Composite Blade is the brazing that permanently joins a razor-sharp, durable D2 cutting edge to a Sandvik 14C28N spine, combining the best characteristics of two high-performance steels into one blade. On the edge is a high-carbon, high-chromium D2 steel capable of taking and holding an edge and the Sandvik 14C28N stainless-steel spine offers great strength, and corrosion resistance. The modified drop-point blade shape makes it a good slicing knife, even as the slim tip gives it excellent piercing and detail work capabilities. This Leek readily accessible with SpeedSafe assisted opening, providing quick and easy one-handed blade deployment. A handle of pure stainless steel includes a protected frame lock, securing the blade open all through use and a Tip-Lock slider locking the blade closed when folded. The reversible pocketclip can be configured for right-sided tip-up or tip-down carry and the handle is drilled for lanyard attachment.
The Leek series includes some of Kershaw’s most popular knives, and this model is no exception. This particular knife features a distinctive design by celebrated knife maker Ken Onion, who created the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system. With SpeedSafe, the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand, either left or right. This makes it ideal for sporting and work situations in which one-handed opening is easier and safer, such as when hunting, fishing, or working with your hands on the jobsite. The Leek also sports a simple bead-blasted stainless-steel handle, which offers strength and beauty. If the stainless handle isn’t your cup of tea, Kershaw also offers the Leek in a variety of other handle styles, some with technologically advanced coatings for enhanced performance. For example, the “smoked” double-anodized aluminum handle gives the Leek a in point of fact one-of-a-kind look, even as the black tungsten DLC-coated handle produces a non-reflective surface.
The Leek also comes with a Kershaw pocket clip, which is meant to be clipped with the handle on the inside of your pocket. The clip is not to be worn on a belt, as this is an unsafe way to carry your knife.
The SpeedSafe assisted opening system lets you smoothly deploy the blade with 1 hand.
About the SpeedSafe System
The patented SpeedSafe knife-opening system helps users open the knife by applying manual pressure to the thumb stud or blade protrusion. The heart of the SpeedSafe system–which is built into many of Kershaw’s best-selling knives–is its torsion bar, which keeps gravity from opening the knife. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and takes over, smoothly opening the blade and locking it into position, ready for use. Even supposing they may look similar at first glance, SpeedSafe knives are not considered switchblades. Unlike a switchblade, SpeedSafe knives do not deploy with the push of a button in the handle or by gravity alone. Instead, the user must manually overcome the torsion bar’s resistance, putting the knives outside the federal definition of a switchblade. On the other hand, it’s the responsibility of the buyer to investigate and comply with the laws and regulations that apply in his or her specific area. Buyers should rest assured, On the other hand, that SpeedSafe knives are extremely secure, as they open only when the user manually deploys them, and lock securely into position when open so they don’t close accidentally.
Knife Maker Ken Onion
A master of his trade, Ken Onion is without doubt one of the most sought-after custom knife makers in the industry. His custom knives can be found in the most prestigious private knife collections as well in as in the pockets of his dedicated customers. Ken’s involvement in the knife trade dates back to his time in Palestine, West Virginia, where he was inspired at the age of 12 by Vernon Ott, a local blacksmith and maker of garden tools and knives. In the ensuing years, Ken joined the U.S. Marine Corps and worked in such fields as construction, heavy equipment repair, and hydraulics repair, at all times with an eye toward eventually designing the perfect knife. In November of 1991, Ken met Stan Fujisaki, a talented knife maker who agreed to teach him the tricks of the trade. After years of preparation–and some inspiration even as working on a Harley cam for a friend–Ken created his first SpeedSafe knife. Today, Ken designs a custom selection of knives for Kershaw, many featuring the patented SpeedSafe torsion bar system for assisted opening. Ken is personally involved during the design and manufacturing process to ensure that each knife meets his high standards for performance and quality.
- Country of manufacture: U.S.
- Blade material: Sandvik 14C28N composite 2-tone stainless steel with copper accent
- Handle: 410 stainless steel
- Blade length: 3 inches
- Closed length: 4 inches
- Overall length: 7 inches
- Weight: 3 ounces
- Warranty: Limited lifetime
3″ drop-point Composite Blade with a D2 steel edge and Sandvik 14C28N spine with sleek bead-blasted finish
The matching 410 stainless steel handle is equipped with SpeedSafe assisted opening, liner lock, Tip-lock, reversible pocketclip and pre-drilled lanyard hole
Slim profile and non-reflective, matte appearance allows more discreet carry in pockets, bags, packs, purses, jackets, on belts or around the neck on a lanyard
A great gift for campers, hikers, anglers, hunters, gardeners, hobbyists, backpackers and more
Made in the USA by skilled knifemakers in Tualatin Oregon and backed by Kershaw’s limited lifetime warranty
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