Made in the United States of America at an amazing price?! Yes, you heard that right. The Leek designed by the legendary Ken Onion himself is one of the most competitively priced knives on the market. The Leek is one of Kershaw’s best sellers, and for good reason… because it is awesome. Kershaw sells so many of these knives each year that it has other popular knife companies such as Benchmade, Spyderco, and CRKT envious. The Leek may be the absolute best knife for the money. Kershaw does have an excellent product line that they produce in China, but the Leek is definitely a step up from their Chinese products. Kershaw was originally founded by Pete Kershaw, who was formerly from Gerber knives. Then, by 1977, Kershaw Knives was bought by the KAI Group who now manufactures Kershaw Knives. If you have never owned a Kershaw knife, then you have been missing out. Kershaw is just one of those brands that no matter what model I seem to buy, I am always amazed at the quality to price-point ratio. How Kershaw manages to continuously produce such a good looking and robust knife for such a low price and also make it in in the United States still amazes me to this day.
This knife is definitely a knife for those that have sweaty hands. The grip of this knife feels like skateboard griptape. If you have no idea what that feels like, imagine really coarse sandpaper. This grip will dig into your hand and will stay put. However, after using this knife for extended periods of time, it can really tear apart your hand. But, with gloves that problem is completely fixed. For that reason, I consider this to be the ultimate folding “glove-knife.” So for those of you out there that wear gloves on the job, out at the campsite, or wherever you may be, this knife is a perfect choice. While the Leek by Kershaw may be the best knife for the money, the Blur gives you an excellent bang for your buck as well.
What really interested me in taking the plunge to buy the Kershaw Volt is how ideal its size is for every day carry. It is a medium sized folding knife that has a 3.5 inch blade. The Volt is very comfortable in hand and handles much more like a large-sized knife rather than a small knife. Unfortunately, the knife is pretty hefty at 4.3 oz. However, while the Volt may not be the best knife for the money, it is quite competitively priced. Having a 8Cr13MoV blade, the Kershaw Volt is a Chinese produced knife. You can easily purchase the knife for under $30, and for that price I would consider it to be a nice deal. The stainless steel handle looks nice, but if you get sweaty palms then you might want to avoid buying this knife. The Volt will definitely slip out of your hands when wet. However, I have dropped my Volt multiple times and it hasn’t been dented, so there are some advantages to having a stainless steel handle. The flipper on the knife works well and the blade shoots out like a charm after applying a slight pressure on it.
The Kershaw Oso Sweet is another budget folder pushed out by Kershaw. It is another Chinese made knife and has an 8Cr13MoV steel blade. This blade is incredibly comfortable in hand. I was amazed by the ergonomics of this inexpensive folder. This might be the best knife for the money when it comes to a budget Chinese folding knife. The blade length is great for every day carry, having a length of 3.1 inches. The blade has a satin finish and a reversible pocket clip. The lock is a liner lock, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. However, the lock-up is quite good. I haven’t had a single problem with blade play in this knife, which I was very surprised by. For a Chinese folding knife, the quality is superb. In fact, this might be Kershaw’s best Chinese folder and the Amazon reviews prove it. The handle is made of glass-filled nylon, which usually I am not a huge fan of. However, the handle in this knife is extremely comfortable. It fits my hands perfectly. I wear large-sized gloves for reference. The overall length of this knife is 7.25 inches, which gives you over a 4 inch handle length. While I believe the Leek is overall the best knife for the money, if you are on a budget, the Kershaw Oso Sweet won’t disappoint.
If you are on the fence about purchasing the Kershaw Leek, then I highly recommend you pull the trigger and purchase it. I still have no idea how Kershaw can make such a great knife for such a low price, but I’m sure they won’t be able to do it for long. I personally own 3 different models of the Kershaw Leek. My favorite model is the purple handled model. While it is purely an aesthetic preference, the purple handled version looks great for business events where you need to have a classy looking knife in your pocket that won’t attract to much attention. The purple version of the Leek looks great with black and khaki pants. One of my friends liked the look of the purple version a lot, so I bought him one for his birthday and he has sent me a new knife in the mail every single Christmas for the last 4 years. The Kershaw Leek in my personal opinion is the best knife for the money. I have never purchased a knife that has had a sharper edge straight out of the box than the Kershaw Leek. Every Leek that I have bought has been hair-shaving sharp out of the box. Thanks for another great knife Kershaw.