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Decision Time! (Image Heavy)

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by nebeel, Apr 5, 2013.


Which one! (Fun poll, I'll keep them all) :)

Poll closed May 5, 2013.
  1. Kershaw Leek

    17 vote(s)
  2. Kershaw Shallot

    6 vote(s)
  3. Benchmade 943

    26 vote(s)
  1. nebeel

    nebeel Well-Known Member

    Made a thread a week ago or so asking for advice about a new folder. Well, fast forward after all the great feedback, and now have 3 new ones!

    Haha, I'm sure I'll use them all, but I like them all so far.

    Kershaw Leek:

    Kershaw Shallot

    Benchmade 943

    You'll notice on the BM there's a bit of what looks like wear on the handle. This is from me rubbing the knife on my jeans to try to smooth out the "chalky" feeling of the handle. Anyone have any better idea to try and smooth it out a bit and get rid of that "chalky" feel?
  2. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    I dont have or have used any onf the 3 but the LEEK is nice looking!
  3. OH_Spartan

    OH_Spartan Well-Known Member

    All have their merits. Three new knives....I am jealous
  4. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I'm a Benchmade fan, but I like the look of the shallot.
  5. Il Duca

    Il Duca Well-Known Member

    943 all the way. I just don't like AO.
  6. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    I like Benchmade. :)
  7. Chris-bob

    Chris-bob Well-Known Member

    I like Benchmade, but love the look of the Leek!
  8. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    Outstanding choices and great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Just what I need: new knife ideas:banghead:

  9. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    I voted Benchmade, just on looks as I don't own any of them, which is peculiar as i have about 4 dozen knives.
    Warning - Dont buy a Spydeco Native as they are most addictive. :)
  10. nebeel

    nebeel Well-Known Member

    They definitely all have their place.

    So far, the Shallot is the biggest and heaviest. Even though the blade is almost the same size as the Benchmade, the full steel construction makes it a lot heavier.

    The Leek is very small and I think will carry very well.

    I ended up using some steel wool (dish washing type) on the Benchmade to smooth out the handle and get rid of the rough chalky feel. Now it feels great and it's EXTREMELY light. I don't feel it in my pocket at all!

    I think it will be a toss up between the Benchmade & Leek. I'm guessing it will come down to durability and edge retention. But right now I'll probably carry both equally.
  11. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

    If the handle surfaces on that Benchmade are a bit too aggressive for your taste you can accelerate the natural wear process by using a small piece of wet/dry sandpaper in a very fine grit (at least 400, maybe 600). Work those surfaces a bit (handle only, never touch anything metal) then check your progress - easy does it you're only wanting to relieve sharp edges very, very slightly. Since I'm also a rodbuilder I'm very comfortable using a tiny amount of lacquer thinner on a soft clean rag to clean your work surfaces periodically as you go along. Hope this helps...
  12. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    All nice looking knives. I think the blade design is best on the Leek. I have a Kershaw 'Needs work' as my daily work knife. It is sharp, easily sharpened, and QUICK. The Leek looks like it would be slim and easy to carry.
    My son is getting hitched this summer and is getting all the groomsmen 'Leeks' with a Custom inscription on the blade. (I hope he gets his ol' dad one too)
  13. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I'd break the tip on the Leek and like the opening and locking of the Shallot over the Benchmade.
  14. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I have both Kershaws and Benchmade knives. All are very well made and decent buys for the money but of the two companies listed I would go with the Benchmade knife.
  15. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I love my Benchmades.
    I have 6 of them.

    I love the axis-lock, and I love the old AFCK liner locks more..

    But, I did buy a combo blade Kershaw Leek in October last year, and one for my son.

    The Leek has become my EDC for the last 6 months.

    What I don't like?
    The pocket clip is not as secure as those from Benchmade.
    Because the Leek is slicker then Owl dodo, the clip & handle is shorter, and your leg can push the clip out of your pocket when you set down.

    And the Assisted Opener spring broke on mine one week after I got it.
    Kershaw sent me a free 'care package' of springs, screws, bolts, and bushing washers that should keep 3 Leeks running longer then I will care.

    Other then that?

    I like them, a lot.

  16. nebeel

    nebeel Well-Known Member

    Been carrying the Benchmade all week so far and it is pretty nice. Doesn't feel like carrying anything, rides secure and unobtrusive.
  17. csa77

    csa77 Well-Known Member

    Iv been using a leek as a fishing knife, for 2 years. I absolutely love the point of the blade, its almost needle like and great for piercing tough skin fish like sharks . the thin blade makes its easy to cut up bait for chum as well.

    the fairly strait edge is very easy to sharpen.
    its light enough to keep around my neck on a lanyard while I fish from my kayak

    the only down side is the assist spring just recently broke,because of that I am considering a small fixed blade since at times Iv had to be really quick about cutting my line when you hook something too big for a 10foot kayak.
  18. SAGEEN

    SAGEEN Active Member

    it was a hard one i like the stainless look best
  19. Coop45

    Coop45 Well-Known Member

    I like my Benchmade 943! The Emissary is cool to!
  20. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I have a 1/2-serrated Leek in that black aluminum-like material, and it's not as slick as rc describes. It's been my EDC for nearly two years. Love it! Bought an identical spare.

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