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Joe (SoCal)
12-27-2009, 07:45 AM
Stopped by Phil Heffernans last night and handed me a little Christmas gift . Ya see a couple of years ago I left my Kershaw- Ken Onion designed pocket knife at his place after some festivities. A few days later what do I see ol Philly boy flicking open ..... why its my knife. I said hey buddy thats my knife, he says - I know but I like it too much to give it back :D. And so for the next couple of years it was a on running joke as he "Aquired" and continued to use the knife.

I used to get a little pang in my heart every time I saw him with the knife, and I never got around to getting myself another one. That was until last night when my buddy handed me a little wrapped box with this inside.

http://www.kershaw-knives.net/images/Kershaw-leek-1660-350x350.gif

Now if none of you have ever had one of these types of pocket knifes you are missing a bit o pure joy. Ya see they are spring assisted, which means they open FAST with one push of the finger, shhhhh almost like a switch blade ;) The satisfying snap woosh of the blade locking is hard to get out of a mans soul. Its also amazingly good boat knife since only one hand is ever required for surgical precision.

Man I'm glad I got my pocket knife back.

rufustr
12-27-2009, 08:38 AM
Just substitute where appropriate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dDs_N3kGQk

JMAC
12-27-2009, 08:42 AM
I think for me, the running joke would have been more like- "Hey, remember when I gut punched you when you wouldn't give my knife back?" That blade really comes to a fine point, is that a feature that you like?

Captain Blight
12-27-2009, 09:42 AM
Just the thing for picking slivers out. A knife you can open with one hand is a really good thing to have on a boat; I'm partial to my CRKT SeaHawk (No longer made, alas) but have used Spydercos with good effect as well.

oznabrag
12-27-2009, 10:03 AM
Just the thing for picking slivers out. A knife you can open with one hand is a really good thing to have on a boat; I'm partial to my CRKT SeaHawk (No longer made, alas) but have used Spydercos with good effect as well.

The thing for slivers is Uncle Bill's Sliver Gripper.
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It's about five bucks, is really heavy-duty, and stows on your key ring. I use mine more than I care to admit.
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OvveFm3BGg6S

Captain Blight
12-27-2009, 10:29 AM
Yeah, but you can't cut summer sausage on the picnic table with one of those. I suppose this would be the time to come clean and admit I carry one of Uncle Bill's products in my wallet. Not butchering much wood these days so rarely use it.

bluedog225
12-27-2009, 11:27 AM
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Ya see they are spring assisted, which means they open FAST with one push of the finger, shhhhh almost like a switch blade ;)

Just FYI. Definitely not spring assisted. That would make them an illegal weapon in many states. The blade will not open due to gravity or by pressing a button to release "spring" tension." They do have a cam that assists with opening once you put the blade in motion manually. Some prosecutors may consider this a "spring" for all intents and purposes.

Tom

J P
12-27-2009, 12:16 PM
... shhhhh almost like a switch blade

or "shhhhh .... eeyit! The tip lock is on" ;)

Joe (SoCal)
12-27-2009, 01:03 PM
or "shhhhh .... eeyit! The tip lock is on" ;)

First thing I remove ;)

bobbys
12-27-2009, 01:23 PM
I keep a knife tied on my vest ready to grab while on our Dory.

Our friend just died after being dragged across the deck of a crab boat and launched overboard by the crab line while yelling for a knife to cut the line..

Perhaps if he had a Knife tied on he could have cut the line and survived.

Lewisboats
12-27-2009, 06:51 PM
'kin I have a sliver of summer sausage? ;) :D

Bob Adams
12-27-2009, 10:07 PM
Aw come on Joe, you don't NEED a knife;)

Tom Montgomery
12-27-2009, 10:25 PM
Joe, you have the right idea but the wrong application.

I also have a little Kershaw/Ken Onion pocket knife. It is nifty and doubles as a money clip. But it is not a proper boat knife that will save your life.

For one-handed, quick use aboard a boat one requires a small, stout, sheaf knife w/lanyard fastened to his belt. The lanyard runs from knife to pant belt loop. You don't want to be fumbling in your pocket in an emergency. Nor do you want to risk your knife dropping overboard.

Your knife needs to be securely attached to your person.

BrianW
12-28-2009, 12:09 AM
Man I wanna reply, but it will probably get deleted anyhow...

Tom Montgomery
12-28-2009, 12:16 AM
Awww... Go ahead. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

goodbasil
12-28-2009, 12:20 AM
Googling is not bringing up Joe's knife. Everything else though.

oznabrag
12-28-2009, 12:35 AM
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For one-handed, quick use aboard a boat one requires a small, stout, sheaf knife w/lanyard fastened to his belt. The lanyard runs from knife to pant belt loop. You don't want to be fumbling in your pocket in an emergency. Nor do you want to risk your knife dropping overboard.

Your knife needs to be securely attached to your person.

I would advise that the lanyard should run around your neck over the opposite shoulder. It may sound awkward, but this gives complete freedom of movement of the blade. Think pistol lanyard.

TimH
12-28-2009, 12:43 AM
I like the looks of the knife but it looks kind of big to carry in my pocket.

Tom Montgomery
12-28-2009, 12:53 AM
My Kershaw/Ken Onion Chive has a 2" blade and is 3" folded. There are any number of Kershaw/Ken Onion's of various sizes.

I like carrying a a pocket knife but make a point of carrying a sheaf knife/w lanyard on the water.

BrianW
12-28-2009, 12:57 AM
Awww... Go ahead. Nothing ventured nothing gained.


I also had a Kershaw Onion, and lost it.

Think I need to contact Phil... to see if he's got it.

bob winter
12-28-2009, 10:28 AM
A knife that opens with one hand must be handy. I nipped the end off my left thumb this past fall and it took what seemed like forever before I could open my knife again without it being a real PIA.

5by5
12-28-2009, 11:14 AM
Googling is not bringing up Joe's knife. Everything else though.

Joe's knife is a Kershaw "Leek" by Ken Onion. They come in a variety of finishes, scale and blade materials. My fave is the one with the Damascus steel for less that $100. Great value, great design.

The clip allows it to ride high in your pocket so you don't feel the weight. It's unobstrusive enough to wear to church.

I've got a bunch of special purpose knives, including a hand-forged, 5160 carbon steel, sailing knife in a beeswax and pine tar sheath but the Leek is always with me.

I love the Mora laminated carving knives too. The 3 1/4 is a little long--the 2" one is perfect.

Hal

Rick-Mi
12-28-2009, 05:31 PM
Interesting Joe. I got a Ken Onion santoku for Christmas and really like it. A flat blade is going to take some adjustment considering I'm used to a chef's style design.


I like premium specialized blades which are an exact tool for the job. That folding knife looks great, going to have to check them out. There is a lot to be said for a one handed opening folding knife in a desperate situation. While I keep a machete in a sheath near the transom of my tender boat for duck layout style hunting, one of those looks really appealing in a lot of situations.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-30-2009, 12:16 AM
These open one-handed and they also make a smaller pointy version. The blade is bevel ground on one side only and lays flush to the body of the knife when folded. You can see the blade edge, but it requires no sheath. It's made by Columbia River Knife and Tool, CRKT, it's called a K.I.S.S.
http://www.crkt.com/crkt/content/images_inv/s/h/121/CR5500_xlarge_1423_large_121.jpg

This is the pointy one, folded:
http://www.crkt.com/crkt/content/images_inv/z/o/128/peckkeychain.jpg

This is my emergency one-handed knife. It has parachute cord in the handle for grip (not shown) and an up/down/sideways plastic sheath that it snaps into, it's a fast grab. Same company, this one is called a STIFF K.I.S.S.
http://www.ggnco.com/images/cr42300stiffkiss/side.jpg

This one also opens one-handed, but sideways. The cam spreads the handle apart, which has grooves for the blade to snap into when fully open or closed. It's just plain weird, but fascinating. CRKT Van Hoy Snap-Lock:
http://www.crkt.com/crkt/content/images_inv/t/h/113/CR5102_xlarge_5102_large_113.jpg

I can't justify buying a sample of each one new, but if I run across any at the pawn shop, I'll add them to my collection.

5by5
12-30-2009, 04:33 AM
A friend of mine has one of the CRKT Van Hoy Snap lock side-openers. It takes a bit of practice to get used to it but once you do it looks like some sort of weird magic trick.

BTW: Many of the big lockbacks shown above can be "flipped" open one-handed with a bit of practice. The trick is to start the blade opening with the tip of the thumb and tips of the fingers and the continue with the thumb rotating around the hinge. If you combine the movement with a little wrist action the blade pops out almost as fast as one of the spring-assist knives like the Ken Onion-design Kershaw.