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The Kershaw Leek is all-metal, and good quality for the price. If you look around you can find them in a million different colors.
My wife likes her Kershaw Leek.
Amazon ships the standard Leek to Canada.
The Leek was designed by Ken Onion, so every Leek is a Ken Onion Leek, though there are lots of variations of this model (steels, handle materials, even blade shapes, etc) and aftermarket customizations.
Since you mention carrying in a purse, I'd throw in the Kershaw Leek here too; it's an assist, has a nice steel (14C28N, the same as the Skyline and better than the others) and the tip safety, while not overkill for carrying it clipped to a pocket, could be useful if it's getting jostled around inside a purse to prevent it from drifting open and giving you a nasty surprise when you reach for it.
I was able to jump on the waitlist. Wonder if I will get in!
Went with the non serrated: [link]
Only $6 cheaper than normal...Looking at price history it has actually been a lot cheaper on sale, down to around $26.
No, for a tool. My pocket knife is one of the few things that I have on me all the time. And it gets lots of use. I prefer this one. It's kind of a 'gentleman's knife.'
The Ken Onion Leek Folding Knife has my vote. Leatherman Wave if you're looking for a heavier duty knife & multi-tool.
Edit: One of the real reasons I love this knife is that they're ~$40. I've yet to find any comparable quality for that price.
Ken onion Leek by Kershaw:
Amazing knife. slim, light, almost all metal. Tight clip. Opens lightning fast. Great price for what you get.
Kershaw Leek is the greatest knife i've ever owned. If you break it, send it back, they will either fix it or send you a new one. The SpeedSafe opening is amazing.
If you want the original/genuine version of the first knife you linked, try a kershaw leek or the smaller version the kershaw scallion
Edit: fixed link. Also, kershaw makes versions of both models with anodized aluminum scales that weigh ~2.4oz. I carry a Leek with orange anodized aluminum scales for a pop of color.
Snap on makes it worth 1/2 automatically - lol
Seriously though, probably ~$25 considering that Amazon has them from $38.75
I have around 50 knives. This is my second favorite:
I would imagine you have a plain one link. But i'll offer it just in case.
I don't personally own one, but I've often seen the Kershaw Leek recommended as a good budget EDC knife.
If you're getting a separate knife anyway, you might choose a Leatherman without a knife, like the Style PS, so that you can take it with you when you travel for summers/breaks.
Other items to consider:
1) Bandanas: super useful to wipe sweat, blow your nose, clean something up, etc. You can get some cheap ones on Amazon and they weigh nothing, so they're easy to carry around.
2) Water bottle: I like the Smart Water water bottles, so I bought one in a vending machine and just keep refilling it from water fountains.
3) Power bank: if it's not convenient to go back to your dorm in between classes/meals, you might want to get a power bank to recharge your phone/tablet/laptop. You can just bring the charging cable, but you may not always have access to a plug.
4) Flashlight: There's a long list of suggestions in the Frequently Recommended Gear list on the right. Flashlights are just randomly useful a lot.
These look classy as hell in a suit
Kershaw Ken Onion Leek?
Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek [link]
Normally I'd say the Leek/RAT 2, but I just got a Tekut Zero for ~$25 and boy is it a serious contender for those 2.
Will review it soon.
this is the best pic I could get. the rust is the worst around the bottom of the blade
and I'm still pretty knew to the whole knife scene so I'm not 100% sure. here is a link to the amazon listing where I got it, [link]
it just says "Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, bead-blasted finish"
I'd go all black or silver. Tactile Turn pen, Prometheus light and Kershaw silver or black. That's what I'd get in your situation. I own all them in some form or another and they are all great.
I would get something a little cheaper like a:
and get a sharpening system instead of a more expensive knife if you don't have one, I would recommend either the Spyderco Tri-angle Sharpmaker or the Lansky Sharpening System.
The Kershaw Leek sounds like just the ticket. It comes in a million different varieties:
The Chive is even smaller (about a 2" blade):
Go with the Kershaw Leek
Though the skyline is good too and the Griptillian, but I think you might be better served with the Leek.
Also there are many different style options, so look around a bit.
like this composite steel one
Or in Damascus
anyway blade's straight, so super easy to sharpen, good steel, and super thin, so perfect for my kinda EDC. I want my EDC to be light for around the house/office things. It will cut way better. If I go to the woods I may or may not get something a lil thicker, or just carry a fixed blade.
that's my take on it, hope it helps.
oh and it's got speed assist, so that's always fun.... and easy to take it all apart to clean if you so choose. just get a set of torx screws.
I EDC'ed mine long enough and still use it now and again.
Small slim light. Not my mind of knife and may not be yours but worth a lookhttp://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-1660-Onion-Folding-SpeedSafe/dp/B0009VC9Y0
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I use these knives a lot. I can't bring myself to buy very expensive knives because I am famous for loosing them. But for the price, it's hard to beat these two.
So something like this?
What a waste of fucking time. Check out this knife I just foraged.
>Blems from the factory ( like kershawguys) are perfect for someone starting out. It allows them to see first hand the quality of work a made in the US knife is at a fraction of the cost. Most are not or can not shell out $50 for one that is new and has the warranty that is highly unlikely to be used.
You are free to believe what you want to believe and are under no obligation to agree with me or not. I do not agree. First-time buyers would be better served with having the option of warranty, I think, in case they run into any issues or concerns.
And, frankly, I don't agree with your cost savings argument either. Amazon has Kershaw Leeks brand new, non-blems, with free shipping for $40. A mere $5-15 more than the blem Leek from Kershawguy.
Now - I'd rather support Kershawguy myself. I've bought from him in the past. I'll do so again. But the option is what matters. And you base your argument on cost savings. Cost savings that aren't really there.
> Look up what KAI has for the tolerance. Every blem that goes out of the warehouse is 100% cosmetic.
From Thomas W. of KAI/Kershaw:
THG, I always cringe a bit when there are concerns/complaints and even reviews with our blems that hit market. Product that does not pass QC can land in the warehouse sale for a variety of reasons, a sticky lock being one of them. Our blems seemingly have a reputation that they only have scratch and dent issues, which is certainly not the case.
You get what you pay for, and when you get conservative on the purchase of a high dollar titanium piece and go with a 2nd, know that there potentially can be issues with the lock, action, grinds, and/or finish.
>They do not have ANY blems out of the door that are "unsafe"
Consider this: if non-blem Blurs with lock issues have made it out the door (this has been an issue in the past, regardless of whether you want to acknowledge it or not - ironically enough, TheLateBoyScout almost amputated his fingers with a blem Blur that suffered actual lock failure) despite Kershaw doing its best to make sure they were solid, you can get issues with blems.
Is it likely? No. Does it happen? Yes. And to say that they "do not have ANY" when even factory warranty knives have had lock failure problems... No. Just no. No generalization that ridiculous may stand on its own two feet and at this point you're basically straw manning my statement.
>There is a reason I linked to kershawguy. I have used him time and time again for knifes and have talked to him on a personal level more than once. It is the only place I ever recommend a blem to buy from.
This is irrelevant, because I didn't claim you recommended "to just buy a blem from anyone anywhere." A word of warning and a cautionary message to anyone that saw it was all it was. It actually wasn't directed at you at all.