A neat little Kershaw damascus Leek that I bought about two months ago. Let`s face it, damascus is cool. The only problem...damascus is expensive. At least that`s what I thought. But I have found out that`s not true.
I picked this knife up about two months ago and have carried it at least a couple of days each week since then. I won`t go into too many details because it`s basically a normal Kershaw Leek. Only with a carbon damascus blade.
blade length: approximately 3"
handle length: approximately 4"
lock: stainless frame lock
other: features "Speed safe" assisted opening w/a sliding lock/safety
The fit and finish is pretty much what you would expect from a Kershaw Leek. Pretty much perfect. Everything is tight yet smooth. The frame lock operation is solid and there is no play in the lock or pivot point. The "Speed safe" assisted opening system is tried and true. Designed by Ken Onion, licensed to KAI/Kershaw and used in their Speed safe model knives for a few years now. In this design there is a protruding blade flipper. Push down lightly on this flipper and the assisted opening spring takes over. Popping the blade out instantly in an almost automatic knife fasion.
I do not know what steels are used in the damascus. Although I assume it is probably something common for carbon damascus. I need to contact Kershaw/KAI to see exactly what it is. The blade profile is the normal Leek, drop point and nearly straight edge. A very slender spear point with little belly, is how I would describe it.
The knife features a stainless pocket clip set up for right hand tip down carry only. One other notable feature is a simple slide lock at the butt end of the knife. It simply slides into place to prevent the blade from opening inadvertantly in your pocket.
Over-all I think the damascus Leek is an excellent value and a great entry level damascus folder. I would consider it to be a medium/light duty daily carry. Strong enough for normal cutting duties you might use a 3" blade for. I would not use it as a work, camping or survival knife. It carries very well due to the slim frame lock handle profile. Best of all, the street price is about $65.00. That`s a great deal on a made in USA damascus bladed EDC.