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Kershaw Leek Knife with Sandvik 1660CB Stainless-Steel/CPM-D2 Composite two-tone Stainless-Steel Blade

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  • Pocket-perfect knife with Sandvik 14C28N stainless-steel blade
  • SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system for easy 1-handed opening
  • Simple bead-blasted stainless-steel handle is strong and attractive
  • Kershaw pocket clip attaches to inside of pocket; thumb stud
  • Blade measures 3 inches; knife measures 4 inches closed; weighs 3 ounces
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Product Description

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The Leek series includes some of Kershaw's most popular knives, and this model is no exception. This particular knife features a distinctive design by celebrated knife maker Ken Onion, who created the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system. With SpeedSafe, the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand, either left or right. This makes it ideal for sporting and work situations in which one-handed opening is easier and safer, such as when hunting, fishing, or working with your hands on the jobsite. The Leek also sports a simple bead-blasted stainless-steel handle, which offers strength and beauty. If the stainless handle isn't your cup of tea, Kershaw also offers the Leek in a variety of other handle styles, some with technologically advanced coatings for enhanced performance. For example, the "smoked" double-anodized aluminum handle gives the Leek a truly one-of-a-kind look, while the black tungsten DLC-coated handle produces a non-reflective surface.

The Leek also comes with a Kershaw pocket clip, which is meant to be clipped with the handle on the inside of your pocket. The clip is not to be worn on a belt, as this is an unsafe way to carry your knife.



The SpeedSafe assisted opening system lets you smoothly deploy the blade with 1 hand.
About the SpeedSafe System
The patented SpeedSafe knife-opening system helps users open the knife by applying manual pressure to the thumb stud or blade protrusion. The heart of the SpeedSafe system--which is built into many of Kershaw's best-selling knives--is its torsion bar, which keeps gravity from opening the knife. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and takes over, smoothly opening the blade and locking it into position, ready for use. Although they may look similar at first glance, SpeedSafe knives are not considered switchblades. Unlike a switchblade, SpeedSafe knives do not deploy with the push of a button in the handle or by gravity alone. Instead, the user must manually overcome the torsion bar's resistance, putting the knives outside the federal definition of a switchblade. However, it's the responsibility of the buyer to investigate and comply with the laws and regulations that apply in his or her specific area. Buyers should rest assured, however, that SpeedSafe knives are extremely safe, as they open only when the user manually deploys them, and lock securely into position when open so they don't close accidentally.

Knife Maker Ken Onion
A master of his trade, Ken Onion is one of the most sought-after custom knife makers in the industry. His custom knives can be found in the most prestigious private knife collections as well in as in the pockets of his dedicated customers. Ken's involvement in the knife trade dates back to his time in Palestine, West Virginia, where he was inspired at the age of 12 by Vernon Ott, a local blacksmith and maker of garden tools and knives. In the ensuing years, Ken joined the U.S. Marine Corps and worked in such fields as construction, heavy equipment repair, and hydraulics repair, always with an eye toward eventually designing the perfect knife. In November of 1991, Ken met Stan Fujisaki, a talented knife maker who agreed to teach him the tricks of the trade. After years of preparation--and some inspiration while working on a Harley cam for a friend--Ken created his first SpeedSafe knife. Today, Ken designs a custom selection of knives for Kershaw, many featuring the patented SpeedSafe torsion bar system for assisted opening. Ken is personally involved throughout the design and manufacturing process to ensure that each knife meets his high standards for performance and quality.

Specifications

  • Country of manufacture: U.S.
  • Blade material: Sandvik 14C28N composite 2-tone stainless steel with copper accent
  • Handle: 410 stainless steel
  • Blade length: 3 inches
  • Closed length: 4 inches
  • Overall length: 7 inches
  • Weight: 3 ounces
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime

Product Description

The Leek provides pocket-perfect size and high-performance materials. It offers a distinctive design as well as SpeedSafe ambidextrous manually assisted opening. With SpeedSafe, the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with just one hand, either left or right. It comes with a secure locking liner and a removable/reversible pocket clip for tip-up or tip-down carry. The newest Leek, the dramatic composite-blade Leek, combines the durability and corrosion resistance of 14C28N stainless steel with the toughness and wear resistance of CPM-D2. The two steels are permanently fused together and the join is highlighted with an attractive copper accent. Designed to go anywhere and do just about anything, the made-in-the-USA Leek is the ideal carrying knife.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0017KN4MS
  • Item model number: 1660CB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,962 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

Great knife that came super sharp and holds an edge well.
Ben Jensen
This is a very high quality Made in the USA knife from KAI, the makers of the Shun (made in Japan) super high-end kitchen knives.
R J
I like the assisted opening and it can lock open and closed.
Daniel T Erchul

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By W. Courtney on September 2, 2009
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I bought the Kershaw composite blade Leek because i wanted a well built, dependable knife that would keep an edge for a long time, and with a simple, no thrill, no chills, assisted opening system. the Leek fits this description perfectly. The blade stays sharp for a very long time, and it only takes a few swipes with the sharpener to get it back up to snuff. the opening is truly fantastic, and it just gets better as you play with it and it gets broken in. the profile of the knife fits great in a pocket without getting in the way, and the reversible clip is nice depending on how you prefer to carry it. the thumb stud opening is difficult to use at first, when the knife is still new, but once it gets broken in it is a very nice feature. the thumb tang opener (or whatever they call it) is excellent as well. The "snap" from the opening is solid and sounds great to any knife lovers ears. Overall, a great little knife that i would (and have) recommended to many people
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GMC Maxx on June 1, 2013
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The knife arrived and functioned perfectly. Although, I was a bit disappointed when the knife I received was not two-tone like in the pictures. The edge was the same color as the spine. The great contrast between the spine and the edge in the photos was a selling point for me. Here's what I did to get that great color:
1. Clean the blade. I used rubbing alcohol.
2. Soak the blade in a cup of white vinegar. The edge steel will begin to darken after just a couple minutes. I let it soak for around 45 minutes to get the shade I wanted. Note the stainless spine's color will not be affected by the vinegar.
3. Once you are satisfied with the shade of the D2 edge steel, remove the knife from the vinegar and rinse it off.
4. Make sure the blade is clean and completely dry then re-oil it. Lightweight oil seems to work best and keeps the assist action quick.

Now the knife looks as good as it functions... Excellent

Demoted one star because it did not arrive as pictured.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Robinson on February 14, 2011
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I cannot express how cool this knife is! I love the assisted opening and the design of the blade...The two metals are fantastic looking. The knife showed up VERY sharp and has not needed any dress-up of the edge at all...I have had it for about 2 months and wear it all the time, it gets a lot of compliments and "OOOHHH'S" when I show friends and family...I will recommend this knife to any one! If you're reading this thank you honey!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wolford on April 17, 2013
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This is my third Kershaw knife and just like the others, this one is razor sharp out of the package! I mean razor sharp! I love this knife. This knife is very fast opening! Might as well say it's an auto. It's light, thin, well balanced and just a great looking and handling knife.
The one and only drawback this knife has is that the tip can't be used for prying because it WILL break. I broke my black Leek tip by trying to poke a hole in a headlight assembly to drain water out of it. If you need a knife for that kind of use i wouldn't recommend this one.
I highly recommend this knife.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By william 111 on September 24, 2011
EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I recieved the best price and free shipping from AMAZON!!!!!!!!!!! Quick Delivery!!
These knives have excellent finish and workmanship and are the sharpest factory knives I have ever recieved.
(I collect knives!!)
These are Ken Onion Design assisted opening KERSHAW, Made in USA!! Knives.
Kershaw also sells MADE IN CHINA knives. (VERIFY MADE IN USA for the best Kershaw knives!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
The fit and finish are very very good. The pocket clip is strong,and works well.
The assisted opening is amazing and there is a blade lock for safety.
This knife feels good in the hand, slim in the pocket and is easy to use.
It took me a short time to learn how to use this knife and get use to it's operation, I found it to be a little stiff to unlock the safety lock button
and for the blade to flip out.(this is normal on new factory made knives)
I oiled the internal movement and the lock button assy. with the lightest oil I could find. Sewing machine oil or one of the high tech very fine gun lubes
Available). I worked the blade manually (by hand) open and closed gently 100 to 150 times and the lock about 50 times. This made the knife work practically flawless and the lock work smooth and easy. I then washed the knife with steaming hot water to remove all of the excess lubrication. Excess Oil slows the assisted opening feature. This knife now opens glass smooth and lightning fast. It gets faster the more you use it. The lock is now smooth.
I highly recommend these knives !!!!!!!!!!! I will buy more Ken Onion assisted opening knives and Kershaw MADE IN A USA knives.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tag on November 25, 2012
This is an easy knife to carry and it looks nice. It's very slim and light, and the assisted action works good... At least when it works. Kershaw uses a torsion bar instead of a spring to propel the blade. It's a novel idea, and it gets around many state's laws that define what an automatic knife is. This has no button in the handle and no spring of any kind, so it is not considered a "switchblade", although it certainly acts like one. The biggest problem is the torsion bar isn't up to snuff. When it breaks, (and it will), the blade has no assisted deployment. Kershaw will replace it for free if you mail it back, though. Several retailers told me that this is a common problem with the leek series. I still like it though, and would recommend it for your every day carry.

The lower portion of the blade (CPM-d2), holds it's edge exceptionally well, but it stains VERY easily. If you cut anything acidic, it will permanently stain. I've tried polishing mine, and the stains won't come completely out. Also, the copper filler between the two metals isn't visible once it starts to patina. It's now a black line. (not a big deal, but the copper color provided awesome contrast.)

The safety slide at the rear edge is very easy to move, and not easy to get to quickly, so I removed it. The strong clip can be reversed to carry tip up or tip down.
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