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Before and After: the Kershaw Leek The Leek is a well known EDC knife that I've never picked up until now, mostly because I have an aversion to A/O builds, but at the suggestion of a community member I decided to see what it was about. It's a budget Kershaw made in the US so my expectations were that it'd be a bare-bones knife, and it sort of is. It's reasonably well put together, but somewhat cheaply made as well. For example, most knives with backspacers or standoffs have threaded Torx connectors that connect from both sides and connect to each other. Kershaw likes to just run a big bolt through one handle side and thread it into the other and call it done. It works, but, well, as you can see in the pic, it really does kinda look a little cheap, and provides points where over time crud can gather and rust can start on the handles. The Speedsafe is that little bent metal bar in the breakdown picture. One end fits into a slot on the handle and the other fits into a hole in the blade. Bit fiddly to put back together if you don't know how it works. That milled pocket in the handle for it is filled with Vaseline, to silence it against the pocket scale and to reduce vibration. Mismatched washers because of the Speedsafe setup -- never really a fan of mismatched washers, but people do it fairly often these days. That odd little slot at the end of the scale with one screw in it is a fairly primitive but seemingly effective safety. Slide that screw forward with the blade closed and a little piece of plastic locks the tip of the blade in place and hence keeps the rest of the blade closed even if you try to open it. It's a pretty good knife for the price, and you can feel good about where it's built, but kinda like the Skyline, Kershaw clearly did make some tradeoffs to reach that price for a US made knife. Holding it in my hand now it seems like a decent light knife, and the Speedsafe really isn't as annoying as many A/O mechanisms are. It really doesn't have anything for me that makes it great so much as it has a lot of things that make it decent. Anyway I put a deep pocket carry clip and some titanium bolts and standoffs on from MXG. They're ok, but not boss. I'm not sure why they sent nonanodized screws for the anodized deep carry handle, and if I had known that going to standoffs would expose the back of the Speedsafe spring, which it does, I might not have bought the hardware. I may end up putting that backspacer back on, not sure. I've also thought about just removing the Speedsafe and seeing if the knife's still good, but for now have left it on. Happy with this pickup. The Leek's a little small but its ergonomics are ok. And it's cheap -- the ridiculous truth is that the aftermarket parts ended up costing more than the knife they went on -- but it IS a good design. I'm not quite with those folks who say this is one of the best EDC knives ever, but it's got plenty to like at its price point.
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