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Badass Knife of the Week: Kershaw Leek

After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here. And there’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than picking one of the best spring-assisted knives as the Badass Knife of the Week: the Kershaw Leek.

The Kershaw Leek is widely considered an awesome spring-assisted knife and typically appears on lists naming the best pocket knives on the market (including our own list).

Here’s why: The Leek may very well be the perfect EDC.

kershaw-leek-side-image2Kershaw LeekIt features a 3-inch, Sandvik 14C28N steel blade with a bead-blasted finish and a reliable frame lock. It’s entirely functional and made to be durable, but it also has a good-looking design that you’d never be ashamed to whip out.

The knife was designed by renowned knifemaker Ken Onion, who invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism.

When you need the Leek in a pinch, all you have to do is pull back on the flipper or use the thumb stud for a quick engagement.

The reversible pocketclip allows you to carry the knife either tip up or tip down and the assisted opening mechanism allows you to engage the knife with one hand, regardless of which one you use. That means the Leek is exactly where you want it when you want it.

Still not sold this is a badass knife? Whereas many manufacturers are looking overseas for production, the Kershaw Leek bears the “USA” marking, so you know that the knife is made in the good ol’ United States. That’s nothing to take lightly.

For more information about this week’s badass knife, check out the product page for the Kershaw Leek.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. Could not agree more Tim, I have the rainbow and look foward to getting another one in diffrent color . Feels like a extent ion if your hand , and opens effortlessly. , john

    • Tim

      March 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Good to hear you also enjoy the knife, John. The variety of colors is great because it gives you the option to pick, but then you also have the urge to collect them all. I’m eying the Olive Drab Leek.

  2. I collect knives. As a woman it is crucial to be able to protect oneself. I have a variety of Leek knives. They are easy to carry and conceal. In hand to hand combat (self protection) I would choose to use this knife over a Ka-Bar any day. In the word’s of Susan B Anthony “woman must not depend on the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself. “

  3. ” after receiving a strange letter in the mail that claimed I had “won” 2 “free” round trip tickets worth up to $1400 to any place in the continental United States. Dont worry following is solution for this question. There exists also the alternative of two keyboards, a digital QWERTY keyboard and wi-fi keyboard.

  4. This has been my everyday carry for the last couple of years. It’s such a fantastic knife, low profile and just all around solid piece. I lost my original stainless version (I thought) and then replaced it with a black version which I like even more. I opted for the partial serration for pure function.

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