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Mencius
November 15, 2010, 10:39 AM
Ok, I am looking to get a daily carry pocket folder. I had and lost a Kershaw Leek and really liked it. I am thinking about getting another, but wanted opinions if there are others out there I should consider.

Criteria:

1) One handed, spring assisted opening.
2) At 3 - 4 inch blade.
3) Less than $100.
4) Fit in the pocket easily along with keys, etc.
5) Durable.

It does not necessarily have to be ultra light weight, but thin is good.

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hso
November 15, 2010, 01:14 PM
Wow, there are tons out there that you'd have to handle to decide if you like.

There aren't very many that have a 4 inch blade that will fit in a pocket with keys unless you pocket clip the knife. The Leek is very clearly a very slim and flat knife that is easy to carry. Look at the other Keshaws . Check out Buck's Rush and Impulse. CRKT's Kommers and My Tighes as well as the new Onions (Eros). SOG has some very flat pieces in the Twitch. Gerber has a nice Vallotton. Don't overlook the Randall King Phantom! Nice knife.

Mencius
November 15, 2010, 01:29 PM
You might be right, I just need to get out and look at more first. I went to the gun show last weekend thinking of doing just that, but the pocket knives they had were either the cheap knock-offs or the more traditional pocket knives like the barlow.

Brand-wise, do you consider most of the companies you listed (Kershaw, CRKT, SOG, Gerber, Randall King, and Buck) to be fairly comparable?

hso
November 15, 2010, 02:00 PM
Comparable?

Generally, yes. I have SOGs and CRKTs and Kershaws and RKKs that have done well. I've never owned any Buck assists, but I know Buck's quality and their dedication so I don't have any qualms about them. If it matters much, you can look at the blade steel and decide.

cleardiddion
November 15, 2010, 02:45 PM
I have a Kershaw Leek with the aluminum handle that I got from my sister a couple years back.
Really, unless you plan on doing heavy duty things with it it's pretty good for a EDC.
Thin, comfortable to use, practical, and not that hard to replace (well mine would be, sentimentality and all that good stuff).

As for me, I used to carry it every day but nowadays it mostly sits on the desk at home or in the car and my SAK gets carried more often, mostly due to the constraints of my current job (in home caretaker).

dougw47
November 16, 2010, 06:00 PM
The Kershaw Leeks are slim and handy, with metal handles...you can get them off ebay for less than $50. The OSO Sweet Kershaw is now made in China and you can get them for about $20. Good steel and assisted-opening. I just bought a spare.

I have been with Spyderco for years, the Delica is really nice but it will cost you $50 and up or so I have seen lately. It is not assisted-opening but the large hole makes one-hand opening very easy.

Sounds like Kershaw or Spyderco is what you are after.

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