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  • Robinson, Arron HUS
    LTR - Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife - Arron Robinson Submitted for editing. HTML is available here: http://tinyurl.com/nuq5s
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      LTR - Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife - Arron Robinson

      Submitted for editing. HTML is available here:
      http://tinyurl.com/nuq5s

      _________________________________________________________

      Long Term Report - Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife


      Reviewer Info:


      Name: Arron Robinson
      Age: 34
      Gender: Male
      Height: 5' 9.5" (1.77 m)
      Weight: 230 lb (104.3 kg)
      Email address: mouserar-at-gmail-dot-com
      City, State, Country: Dallas, Georgia, USA
      Date: 1 March 2006

      Backpacking Background: Camping and hiking since 11, I've been in a
      constant search for the perfect balance between usability, durability and
      weight. These days my camping is generally a mix of Boy Scout style crew
      camping, kayak or canoe camping or light to mid weight hiking. I generally
      carry 20-25 lb (9-11 kg) and sleep in a hammock system.


      Product information:


      Manufacturer: Kershaw
      <http://www.speerhammocks%20com/>



      Published Specifications:

      Measured Specifications:


      Weight

      3.1 oz (88g)

      3 oz (86 g)


      Length - closed:

      7 in (17.7 cm)

      7 in (17.7 cm)


      Length - opened:

      4 in (10.1 cm)

      4 in (10.1 cm)


      Length - blade:

      3 in (7.6 cm)

      3 in (7.6 cm)


      Handle construction:

      Titanium Coated 410 Stainless Steel


      Blade Construction:

      Titanium Coated 440A Stainless Steel


      MSRP:

      99.95 USD


      URL:

      http://www.kershawknives.com <http://www.kershawknives.com/>



      Product Description:


      The Kershaw Rainbow Leek is a folding knife designed by Ken Onion. The
      handle consists of two steel plates about 1/8 in (3 mm) which have been
      coated with titanium dioxide and hit with an electrical current, which
      causes color variations in the surface finish. The handle also includes a
      sliding locking mechanism as well as a clip, which can be repositioned on
      the knife (more on this later) and a hole to accept a cord or lanyard. The
      blade itself is a drop-point shape with a single edge. The blade has also
      been finished in the manner of the handle, lending it a rainbow look.


      Field Conditions:

      Since mid January, I have continued to carry the Rainbow Leek daily. In that
      time I have used it for a couple of day hikes as well as a weekend
      backpacking trip.

      The trip was in mid February on the Pine Mountain Trail in central Georgia.
      Temperatures ranged between a balmy high of 50 F (10 C) and a low of 32 F (0
      C). It rained darn near continuously, only stopping in the afternoon on the
      second day long enough to set up camp.

      In day to day use, the knife gets a lot of attention. The look is very
      unusual and people tend to want to try it out.


      Field Information:


      Daily use of the knife has proven to be little concern as far as wear on the
      knife. I have honed the knife on a few occasions, without issues. The edge
      comes back to near razor sharpness with ease. There have been a few
      instances where fruit juices or other sticky substances (adhesives, etc.)
      have made their way into the action of the knife, slowing its opening. In
      these cases, a soak in hot soapy water and a quick shot of machine oil or
      silicone was enough to bring the knife back to its original snap when
      opening.


      Test Notes:


      In testing I have explored the following questions about the Kershaw Rainbow
      Leek, in my time with the knife so far, I have come to the following
      conclusions:

      1. Blade:

      * What is the hardness of the blade like? The blade has held
      up to considerable use and abuse. It has not bent or lost it's edge any more
      than I would expect under constant use. Honing it back to a sharp edge is
      quick and painless.
      * I will probably occasionally need to use the blade to pry
      small things a bit. Will the blade bend? The blade has held its shape well,
      not bending or warping.
      * Will the steel hold an edge well, or need constant
      maintenance? Not as wickedly sharp as when it arrived, but still holding an
      edge. Sharpens up well and is easy to maintain.
      * Will the knife hold a sharp point? Ah, upon closer
      inspection it would appear that the tile did a number on the tip of the
      blade, which is now rounded off a bit. After a few additional sharpenings,
      the point has returned.

      2. Handle Construction:

      * The only visible connection between the handle halves is 3
      screws. Is there more holding the halves together? The strongest point of
      contact between the handle halves is the main "hinge" screw of the knife
      where the blade pivots. I do not foresee a problem with this.
      * Does the handle have grip to it or does it slip? The finish
      is smooth, but not particularly slippery. It is more slick than an aluminum
      handle, but not any more slippery than another steel handle.

      3. Opening/Locking Mechanism:

      * Many sites are carrying this knife. Many claim that this is
      the fastest legal opening mechanism available. I often need to be able to
      use a knife one handed, and I wonder if this mechanism is that easy to use?
      In fact, the Kershaw documentation recommends that this blade only be opened
      one handed, due to the quick movement of the blade. Opening the knife has
      become second nature, as is sliding the safety into place when returning it
      to my pocket.
      * Will it operate smoothly after continued use? So far, the
      action has slowed ever so slightly. I have lubricated it and sharpened it
      and the snap it came with has returned.
      * Will it open unexpectedly? I did have the blade open while
      pulling it from my pocket once; it scared me quite a bit, but did not cut
      anything. I have not been able to duplicate this occurrence.

      4. Finish:

      * The finish on this knife is beautiful. Will it wear off
      easily? Not easily, but prolonged use against rock did scratch the finish.
      * Does it add a texture to the blade? Nope.
      * How does sharpening the knife affect the finish of the
      blade? The very edge of the blade does lose its rainbow hues, but overall,
      the use of the knife does not effect the look.
      * Does it change if the knife is exposed to heat? Cooking with
      the knife over both stove heat and open flame has caused no change in the
      appearance of the knife.


      Impressions After Long Term Testing:

      The Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife is a beautiful knife which has a simple
      design. It has held up to more than its share of use in the woods and out.
      It has found a permenant place in my pocket.

      Excitement:

      1. The knife is beautiful, and a conversation starter to be sure
      2. Reasonably light
      3. Holds its edge well

      Concerns:

      1. I did have one scare of the blade opening while pulling it out of my
      pocket. I am considering it a freak occurrence until it happens again.



      Thanks to Backpackgeartest.org <http://www.backpackgeartest.org/> and
      Kershaw for the opportunity to share my experiences!




      ---
      Arron Robinson
      Sr. Technical Specialist, Prinect Management Solutions

      Heidelberg USA Inc.
      1000 Gutenberg Drive
      Kennesaw, GA 30144
      ( Office: + 1 770 794 6168
      ( Mobile: + 1 678 772 7902
      ) Fax: + 1 413 480.4544
      : E-Mail: arron.robinson@...



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    • Alex Tweedly
      EDIT: LTR - Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife - Arron Robinson Arron - a few little things to tweak, but nothing much - My thanks to you, and all the other Kershaw
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 5, 2006
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        EDIT: LTR - Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife - Arron Robinson

        Arron - a few little things to tweak, but nothing much -

        My thanks to you, and all the other Kershaw reviewers, for making this
        an easy and interesting test series to monitor.

        Robinson, Arron HUS wrote:

        >LTR - Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife - Arron Robinson
        >
        >Submitted for editing. HTML is available here:
        >http://tinyurl.com/nuq5s
        >
        >_________________________________________________________
        >
        >Long Term Report - Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife
        >Name: Arron Robinson
        >
        >

        >
        >Product information:
        >
        >
        >Manufacturer: Kershaw
        ><http://www.speerhammocks%20com/>
        >
        >
        edit: speerhammocks ?? :-)
        btw - in the html, this is attached to an empty piece of text, just
        before the following table - so you may have some trouble deleting it if
        you use a WYSIWYG editor.

        >Length - closed:
        > 7 in (17.7 cm)
        > 7 in (17.7 cm)
        >
        >Length - opened:
        > 4 in (10.1 cm)
        > 4 in (10.1 cm)
        >
        >
        >
        edit: are those two measurements switched around ? Should it be 4 inches
        closed, and 7 inches opened ?

        >1. Blade:
        >
        > * What is the hardness of the blade like? The blade has held
        >up to considerable use and abuse. It has not bent or lost it's edge any more
        >than I would expect under constant use. Honing it back to a sharp edge is
        >quick and painless.
        >
        >
        edit: should be "lost its edge" (no apostrophe needed here)

        > * Will the knife hold a sharp point? Ah, upon closer
        >inspection it would appear that the tile did a number on the tip of the
        >blade, which is now rounded off a bit. After a few additional sharpenings,
        >the point has returned.
        >
        >
        >
        edit: "the tile did a number" .... I remember the tile story from the
        FR, but since it isn't mentioned here in the LTR, it may be confusing to
        the reader. I'd suggest either a one-sentence summary here, or a pointer
        to the FR.

        >The Kershaw Rainbow Leek knife is a beautiful knife which has a simple
        >design. It has held up to more than its share of use in the woods and out.
        >It has found a permenant place in my pocket.
        >
        >
        >
        edit: permenant -> permanent


        --
        Alex Tweedly http://www.tweedly.net



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