Is that a Leek in your pocket?

leek3-237x300Three safety items you’ve got to have if you’re working with horses, out on the trail, or both:

Knife. Phone. Belt. (The belt is to leash a loose dog or horse. Or apply a tourniquet, etc.)

This summer at the Outdoor Retailer, we met several knife company representatives and brought them one tiny complaint:

Can’t your knives be a tad more feminine?

I do not want a bulky multi-tool on my hip. I have simple needs and don’t feel it’s over-asking for something more svelte. Us ladies have no problem “manning up” but we still like to look good.

The folks at the Kershaw booth were the ONLY responsive ones. And they had plenty of ammo in their answers.

For the past few months, I’ve used the Kershaw Leek pocketknife. Kershaw makes the only American-made, testosterone-free line of knives with its Leek, Chive, and Scallion blades. We’re giving away a Chive and a Scallion!   Become a Remuda Reader to enter.

leek2The Leek, with a three-inch, half-serrated blade, is my favorite.

Here are the pros:

  • It clips unobtrusively to your belt or in your back pocket.
  • It’s easy to grab and flip open one-handed with either hand. (It has a patented, assisted-opening “flipper.” Pretty nifty.)
  • leekIt feels smooth, strong, light, and svelte – qualities not easily combined.
  • It locks open 100 percent of the time, without fail. Unlocking it is a simple, one-handed deal.
  • Unlike many knives of its size, it has a simple slider lock to keep it locked closed, an especially important feature if you’re carrying it on your belt.

Here are the cons:

  • It’s solid stainless steel, otherwise I’d call it solid gold.
  • It’s so skinny and svelte you might forget you have it and then have to surrender it at airport security.

If you’re looking for something even less obtrusive, the Chive blade is under two inches long and it weighs less than two ounces. Super cute while still strong and capable. We’re giving away a Chive and a Scallion! Become a UtahOutsider Insider.