LEKI is always written in capital letters because it is an acronym, pronouced , 'Lake-ee'. LE are the first two letters of the owner's last name, Klaus Lenhart, and KI is from the location of thecompany, Kirchheim/Teck, Germany. This "useful" information will help you win trivia contests; we suggest you donate your winnings to your favorite outdoor charity!
LEKI is the world's leading manufacturer of ski, hiking and trekking poles, had its start in Kircheim, Germany as a hobby of its founder, Karl Lenhart, an airframe mechanic and avid skier. Lenhart believed aluminum would make a superior ski pole compared to the heavy steel models available in the late 1940's. After successfully creating light-weight poles for his friends, in 1954, the hobby became a full time business.