A couple of things brought this question front and center in my mind. First, I wrote about the release of the DPx Gear Aculus the other day which would certainly fit the description for me. It is a finer than average implement, with detailing and styling that are beyond merely functional. I felt the same way about my Kershaw D2 Composite Blackwash Leek. (review). Unfortunately, as I have mentioned before, I misplaced it before I left for Blade and it still hasn’t turned up.
A couple of weeks ago I was on the phone with John Centore, the “Pops” of Pop’s Customs Clips, helping connect him with the winner of the custom clip from our essay contest. I mentioned in passing that I needed to order a new clip for a hypothetical replacement Leek that I would be buying. It was a throwaway line and not at all a solicitation, but a new clip arrived in the mail yesterday. Completely unnecessary, I feel highly enough about his deep carry clips (I have one on my Mini-Grip as well), that I would gladly pony up my own cash for one. Several of you have picked clips up of your own, and I have heard nothing but satisfaction from folks about their purchase.
The new clip that Pop’s sent me is the standard titanium clip for the Leek. My previous one was the thinner “Stealth” clip. This one seems to be more robust, and still quite attractive. If I am not mistaken, the standard clip can also be made with extra water-jet detailing on a custom basis. If not, there are some pretty cool designs that are available standard on a similar clip in Pop’s Etsy Store.
I have written to Kershaw to see if I qualify for an industry discount if I buy a new Leek from them. If not, I will have to buy one online or at SMKW. I will post a pic of the knife with the new clip when I pick one up soon. I will be getting one. While I have enjoyed carrying and testing the CRKT Hootenanny and Gerber Propel, I miss the Leek. It is far and away my favorite EDC, especially when something bigger or chunkier might draw unwanted attention or simply feel inappropriate.
Do you have a particular knife that you pair with dressier clothes? Ladies, this would apply to you as well. Is it one you always or often carry, or is it saved for special occasions?