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Kershaw Ken Onion Knife: Best Kershaw Small Folding Knives

Updated on February 28, 2012

Best Small Pocket Knife

If you are looking for a small folding knife with an incredible design, then the Kershaws designed by Ken Onion could be the right choice for you. These small knives are made in the US with quality materials, excellent craftsmanship and finish, and they come with a limited lifetime warranty. However, the true best selling point in these knives is the Speedsafe assisted opening device. It is addictive, using the thumb stud on the blade or the index mechanism opens the knife real fast locking the blade into position with a satisfying click. At the same time the Speedsafe prevents that the blade opens by accident in your pocket, a welcome safety measure. In this Hub, I will review my five favorite Kershaw pocket knives.

Kershaw Ken Onion Leek Knife
Kershaw Ken Onion Leek Knife

Kershaw Ken Onion Leek Folding Knife

The Kershaw Leek is slim and light, with a tasteful design and an excellent finish. The blade is 3 inches long made of 440A stainless steel. A steel that keeps the razor edge of the blade for a long time, but it is not so hard to turn sharpening it into an impossible chore. The Kershaw Leek has the perfect size: long enough to comfortably handle it with your hand, but small enough to forget that it is clipped to your pocket. Like all the knives reviewed in this hub, the Leek has an assisted opening device, which allows the knife to be opened with one push in the thumb stud or Index-Open system (see the video at the bottom.) But at the same time prevent the knife opens by accident. For further security the Leek has a Frame lock to prevent the blade fold back by accident into the handle. There are so many models of the Leek (different blades, different colors, different handle and finish) that it is impossible to list all or them here. Better go to Amazon and choose the one you like.

Kershaw Blur Knife
Kershaw Blur Knife

Kershaw Blur 1670 series

The Blur is the largest folding knife reviewed in this hub. With a blade of 3 3/8 inches we are speaking about a serious knife here, a knife that some people could view like a weapon. So, it could be a little large to carry everyday. But the size and balance feel perfect in your hands. The grip is excellent, and the blade is tough but razor sharp out of the box. The only critic that I can think of it is about the pocket clip. It is tight! Your jeans will wear out in no time, lol. The Blur comes in various models depending of the shape of the blade: serrated or not, or tanto design. Or depending in the handle grip: anodized aluminum with Trac-Tec inserts (a process to improve the grip) or anodized aluminum with a web design. All in all, an excellent folding knife for the price. Be aware that you must be at least 18 years old to buy the Blur.

Scallion one of the most popular small folding knives
Scallion one of the most popular small folding knives

Kershaw Ken Onion Scallion 1620 Series

The Kershaw Scallion is a handy knife to carry always with you. It is smaller than the Leek with a blade of only 2 ΒΌ inches long made of 420HC stainless steel. This is not a high-end steel, but it is easy to sharpen and retains the edge for a relatively long time. The Speedsafe assisted opening is reliable and fast using only one hand, but the thumb stud is not the best (you have to use the index opener instead.) All things considered, I recommend this knife to everyone looking for a small folding knife for light everyday tasks.

Yes, the Chive comes in Pink too!
Yes, the Chive comes in Pink too!

Kershaw Chive 1600 Series

The Kershaw Chive is the smallest pocket knife designed by Ken Onion for Kershaw. It is perfect for pocket carry. The blade only measures 1 15/16 inches long and the knife weight 1.9 oz. If you have big hands perhaps the Chive is not the right pocket knife for you, consider one of the preceding models instead. However, If you like to forget carrying a pocket knife, then the Chive is small enough to achieve this. As usual the Chive comes in a variety of models. I like to highlight the pink one on the photo, a great knife for light everyday duty.

A cute small pocket knife: Baby Boa
A cute small pocket knife: Baby Boa

Kershaw Ken Onion Baby Boa

The Baby Boa is a smart, beautifully crafted knife, perfect for carry in the pocket of your jeans. However, there is more in the Baby Boa that its looks. The blade is made of 13C26 stainless steel, a superior steel that guarantees a strong and sharp blade. The Baby Boa blade has an S-shape design, called recurve, which improves the ability of the knife to cut anything that is hanging, like rope. The downside of this design is that the blade is a little more difficult to sharpen. Not a high cost to pay to have a knife as cool as the Baby Boa. List price in Amazon US$ 75, but they are selling them for only US$ 36.89 nowadays, a great buy!

Demostration of the Speedsafe system: Kershaw Leek


Being a fan of Swiss Army Knives, I have to say that I am impressed by the Kershaw Ken Onion Knives. Quality design, excellent craftsmanship and materials, a limited lifetime warranty and a cool assisted opening device make these small folding knives one of the best on the market.

To see more of my favorites knives visit: Best Pocket Knives for Camping and Everyday Use

I also have a Hub about Best Backpacking Stoves


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