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Kershaw Leek ELMAX Blade
Kershaw Leek ELMAX Blade
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Pretty nice knife. I love mine. The only quibble I have with Leeks is that the blade grind can be somewhat variable. Some of mine have a fairly straight grind that gives the blade a generous feeling width. Some of my other Leeks have a more curved and pointy grind that makes the blade feel more toothpicky, and slightly more meager in terms of the amount of blade material.
Functionally, it doesn't make too much of a difference. But it definitely affects the feel of the knife and it's perceived solidity.
Also, the springs on the two Elmax Leeks I received were much weaker than those on my three other Leeks. Again, perfectly workable, but doesn't give that solid feeling of a powerful assisted thwack when opening. The overall experience of owning and using it is thus less that what it could have been.
Still, a great knife, especially in Elmax. Worth it.
Are you referring to the primary bevel, or the sharpening bevel when you're talking about the grind? If you're talking about the primary bevel, that's a difference in models; the basic 14C28N Leeks have a hollow grind, whereas the leeks with upscaled blades (The S30V, ZDP-189, composite 14C28N/D2, and now Elmax versions) have a flat grind (same deal with the Blurs; probably has to do with the manufacturing process.)
Hi. I'm referring to the primary grind. But I wasn't referring to the the different types of grinds specifically. Rather about how the amount of metal ground from the blade varies and can affect the final shape -the profile when looking at the blade from the side, in other words.
As a more specific example, I have two samples of the same knife - the stainless steel handled model. This is the one with the frame lock that dropped several times here.
Both are the same model of knife, presumably from the same production run, but one blade was wider, had more material on the blade, and was more substantial looking and feeling. The other blade was slimmer, pointier, more stiletto-like, but gave the feeling of being more fragile.
Simply that the variation in how the blade was ground resulted in different looking and feeling blades. And there does seem to be a lot of variation across the Leeks that I own.
That's all I meant.
If this is at all able to be shown with pictures or measurements I wouldn't mind seeing.
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