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Which leek is the best? Framelock or Linerlock?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by B.Murdock, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. B.Murdock


    May 26, 2015
    Hi guy, I have two kershaw leeks one is the desert tan with black DLC coated blade, which is my safe queen and I got the od green version for Christmas. I was wondering if I should return it and get the framelock version or keep the linerlock one? My only concern is strength because I am going to edc this one and put it to work. The linerlock on the leeks doesn't look to thick and on my od green one it only has about a 10% lock up on the back of the blade. Please help advise me to making the right decision. Thanks.
  2. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    If strength is your concern, I'd go for the liner lock, since many liner locks, upon failure, end up wedging the knife open rather than disengaging.

    Neither are good options for lock strength, however. They're EDC blades. In that role, I wouldn't be too concerned with lock strength.
  3. dr_fosg8


    Mar 17, 2013
    A leek is a lightweight edc knife. Pick the one you like better. Liner/frame lock isn't really gonna make much difference here.
  4. Seneca18

    Seneca18 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2015
    The Leek is not a heavy duty knife as it is so either are fine and work well. I own both models as well and have never had an issue with either. Just personally I always liked the frame lock Leeks better.
  5. Yalius

    Yalius Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    The liner lock versions are a little bit thicker, and in my opinion, a little bit more comfortable to hold. They're both still so slim as to be inconsequential to carry. All told, I slightly prefer the liner lock version-- but that might be influenced by the fact that the Elmax blade version is a liner lock. I can't really imagine, though, using a Leek for something strenuously enough to bring lock strength into the equation. That's what an 0200 is for.
  6. zl1


    Nov 24, 2012
    I prefer the liner lock Leeks.
    Just feels right!
  7. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    The biggest cause of failure in a liner/frame lock, (aside from just a crappy quality cheaply made one) is typically caused by twisting or prying... If your twisting or prying with a thin blade of a Leek then, expect a broken tip, but for simple cutting and slicing tasks, as a Leek is great for, you should be alright with either.
  8. B.Murdock


    May 26, 2015
    Thanks everyone I know feel better about my leek.
  9. Kitten Party

    Kitten Party

    Jun 9, 2014
    I had both and preferred the slimmer framelock leek.
  10. collim1


    Aug 14, 2014
    The Leek is not going to stand up to any "hard use" regardless of the lock.

    My wife likes the Leek and has broken two of them using inappropriately for electrical work.

    They are sleek daily carry knife intended for being a good slicer, nothing else.
  11. nick21


    Feb 22, 2014
    With the Leek, the blade's going to be your primary concern, not the lock. It's almost a needle.

    Long as you're careful you'll be fine.
  12. 19-3ben

    19-3ben Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2015
    I've had my leek for about two months now and I love it. I have a frame lock version.

    I'm still a newb to the Leek, but I can confidently echo the sentiments of the others here that this just isn't a rough use knife. I use it for very fine slicing type tasks and it excels admirably. If I am grabbing a small EDC knife, knowing that I'll be rough with it, I grab my Izula 2.

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