My Every Day Carry Knife: The Kershaw Ken Onion Leek

Review Summary:

The Kershaw Leek is a great every day carry you won't be afraid to use in the real world.

kershaw_black_leek_textWhen looking for a daily carry knife I look for three things,

  1. durability,
  2. ease of use,
  3. and size.

So when I received the Kershaw Leek, designed by the legendary Ken Onion, as a gift two years ago I was quite pleased.

My knife has been through it all, paper, wiring of all kinds, meat, vegetable, wood, plastic, and even sheet rock. I’ve carried it in mundane spaces like the office and through rides down rapids swimming beside an over turned canoe, and it’s weathered it all.


The Leek does require some maintenance, especially if you pocket carry the knife. It has a lot of crisp edges which are wonderful for maintaining grip, but also great at gathering pocket lint. I find myself blowing out the lint every week.

It’s pretty good at keeping an edge, but if you’re consistency cutting material known to dull knives, you will find yourself sharpening this blade every other week or so.

I mentioned grip earlier. I’ve somewhat large hands — can palm a basket ball most of the time — and this knife feels better in hand than any other knife I’ve had.

The Speed Safe assisted open operates just as advertised allowing you to open this folder with one hand; either hand.

Tech Specs

  • Made in the USA
  • SpeedSafeĀ® assisted opening
  • Frame lock
  • Reversible (tip-up/tip-down, right) pocketclip
  • Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, DLC coating
  • Handle: 410 stainless steel, DLC coating
  • Blade length: 3 in. (7.5 cm)
  • Closed length: 4 in. (10.3 cm)
  • Overall Length: 7 in. (17.9 cm)
  • Weight: 3.0 oz.

As of this writing you can pickup this knife for $75 – $100 which is more than fair for the build quality. At that price I’ve not been hesitant about using this knife every day. If you’re an Amazon Prime member it’s going for $38.38 right now.

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Ryan Mueller

Ryan Mueller

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Ryan is a web developer who counters the sedentary nature of his profession with outdoor adventure.
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