Kershaw Rainbow Leek

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    Kershaw Rainbow Leek

    I wanted to get a knife for my wife and after doing some searching, I found the Rainbow Leek.

    My question though is what's the blade material?

    Kershaw's website says it's - Blade Material: Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel.

    Kershaw Rainbow Centofante 1615VIB

    But, on Amazon, it says the blade is 440A. So which is it?

    Amazon.com: Leek Rainbow Knife: Home Improvement
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    Oy Vey.

    It looks like I was looking at different Leek. :(

    It looks like it does have 440A steel blade.

    Anyway, the Rainbow looks "pretty" enough to look innocuous. So what y'all think?

    This does have a pocket clip right?
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    OK, now here's a part serrated that's not 440A.

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    Had a leek for over 8 years, loved it! Only complaint would be that the handle was too slippery and needed something better for grip. Clip only works for right hand, but that is my off hand anyways so it all worked out. My blade was the 440A.
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    The Leek is one of the only Kershaw folders that I feel is worth buying.

    That said, you might also check out the Benchmade mini-griptilians...they come in a variety of colors (blue, pink, yellow, etc.) and have a more comfortable handle (definitely more suitable for SD purposes IMO).
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    The Leek D2 has a D2 edge combined with Sandvik 13C26 (composite) The D2 has a harder cutting edge that maintains it's sharpness longer and it look nice the way they joined the two metals. This is my next folder to go with the Kershaw Cyclone I just bought.

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    Sandvik 13C26 is a martensitic stainless chromium steel.

    High hardness
    Good corrosion resistance
    Very good wear resistance

    Sandvik 13C26 is used mainly for razor blades, but is also the standard grade for surgical knives and for different types of industrial knives for the food industry.

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    Thanks. I didn't know which was a better steel, but now I do.

    I also looked at the other knives mentioned including the Griptilian, and the D2 and they just look too "dangerous" and the pink handled knives got me a "look" from the wife.

    So it looks like this is what I'll be ordering for her in a couple of days unless anyone has any other suggestion?

    Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by G96X0 View Post
    Sandvik 13C26 is a martensitic stainless chromium steel.

    High hardness
    Good corrosion resistance
    Very good wear resistance

    Sandvik 13C26 is used mainly for razor blades, but is also the standard grade for surgical knives and for different types of industrial knives for the food industry.
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    You can't go wrong with Kershaw IMO

    You can save some $ on e-Bay

    Thats where I bought my last folder.
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    Out of the three Ebay listings for the partial serrated Rainbow, two says the blade is 440A. lol

    Thanks, that's where I'll probably pick one up too.
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    You can't go wrong with Kershaw IMO

    You can save some $ on e-Bay

    Thats where I bought my last folder.
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    Assisted knives can come open at the most inopportune times. If you lock it then the knife is slow to action. I would get a small axis lock benchmade as reccomended above.

    Get your hands oily, sweaty, greasy etc and try and manipulate that the leek at real world speed. The benchmade is a much easier knife to run in real world conditions and there is no contest in worse case scenerios.

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    I have 2 Kershaw Ken Onion knives. I think they're chives. I have the small and large one. They're great knives, I find the assisted opening helps when I use the knives. For me this is a knife that I carry and use everyday, albeit only for opening packages and such. However, it is very well made, and I would buy them both again in a second.

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    I just ordered the Rainbow for the wife. Most likely, the knife is not something she would use everyday. This would just be a "just in case" thing as I can't afford to buy a gun for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckE View Post
    I just ordered the Rainbow for the wife. Most likely, the knife is not something she would use everyday. This would just be a "just in case" thing as I can't afford to buy a gun for her.
    Does she have any training? If not, does she plan to get some? If not, why not?
    "Being a predator isn't always comfortable but the only other option is to be prey. That is not an acceptable option." ~Phil Messina

    If you carry in Condition 3, you have two empty chambers. One in the weapon...the other between your ears.

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