User Review: Kershaw Leek
Price Paid: $44.95
I just got mine the other day, and I'm greatly impressed. I also bought a Scallion at the same time; I like it better, but that's another story.
I'm new to the world of GOOD folding knives, and the pivot has always been the weak point in the cheapo varieties I've carried before. So, by the second or third time I've flipped the blade out, I grab it (carefully!) with my other hand and start applying pressure, in every direction I can think of, push, pull, bend, twist -- and NOTHING moved AT ALL. That sucker locks up like a bank vault. Very confidence-inspiring. I don't abuse knives, but this one looks like it could take some punishment if it needed to.
The biggest problem I have with mine is the finish. I've got the "stone-washed" stainless-handle model, and I find the handle too slippery. It definitely needs some gripping texture; not much, but it needs some. I'd have liked the jimping to be sharper, also, especially on the flipper. A little more surface area on the lock release.
Minor gripes aside, this is a really great knife. The handle's shape and size give a good grip for control and strength. Blade opens really easily -- and very fast. Quality is top shelf throughout. Blade is extremely sharp, all the way to the tip. Nice safety features.