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Kershaw 1660CKT Ken Onion Black Leek Folding Knife with SpeedSafe

by Kershaw
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  • Three-inch 440A stainless steel tungsten DLC black coated blade and handle
  • Speed safe design
  • Features a reversible clip for both tip-up and tip-down clip carry
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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Product Description

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Constructed of 440A stainless steel, Kershaw's Ken Onion Black Leek folding knife features a unique three-inch black blade and handle. Kershaw's assisted opening system, SpeedSafe, assists the user to smoothly open the knife with a manual push on the blade's thumb stud or Index-Open system. SpeedSafe's torsion bar helps keep the knife closed, preventing it from being opened by accident. In order to open the knife, the user must apply manual pressure to the thumb stud to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its track and takes over. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use. When closed, this 3.1-ounce Kershaw knife measures four inches long.

About Kershaw Knives
Since the company's founding in 1974, Kershaw Knives has been dedicated to quality that has led to a worldwide reputation for performance and innovation in tools and knives. From state-of-the-art manufacturing to advanced materials, customers rely on Kershaw for products that provide "technology with an edge." Today, Kershaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kai Corporation--for over 90 years. Japan's premier blade producer. Kai's innovative approach to product development has resulted in over 10,000 superior products.

Product Description

The Leek series includes some of our most popular knives. And no wonder. Kershaw's Leeks offer Ken Onion's distinctive design as well as the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system. With SpeedSafe the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand either left or right. Leekse in a variety of handle styles some with technologically advanced coatings for enhanced performance. For example the bead-blasted stainless steel handle offers strength and beauty. A handle with black Tungsten DLC coating produces a Leek with a non-reflective surface. For lightweight and a one-of-a-kind look choose our "smoked" double-anodized aluminum finish in two colors. Or choose our new Pink Leek with it's fashionable pink anodized aluminum handle the Rainbow Leek with its titanium oxide coating that produces a highly scratch resistant brilliant rainbow finish. Also new in 2007 is our Random Leek with a modified Tanto blade for cutting power and chromium nitride coating for hardness and corrosion resistance. For ease of carrying all Leeks include a reversible/removable pocket clip. Blade length: 3" Closed length: 4" Steel: Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC coatingHandle: 410 stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC coating

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009VC9YK
  • Item model number: 1660CKT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

It is easy to sharpen, holds a fine edge and is SHARP.
Kurt J. von Brauch
The assisted speed safe feature is excellent, the knife opens very fast.
Alex
Perfect size for every day carry... not too small and not too big 2.
gadget-o-holic

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Kanis on June 25, 2006
I've got a relatively small knife collection (maybe 15 blades), but this is the one I tend to carry every day. I've got a few Kershaws, and the speed-safe opening is what initially attracted me to the brand. That said, while it's a cool way to open the knife, I've ultimately decided it's mostly a gimmick. I find it's just as fast, and somewhat easier, to open the knife with the thumb stud.

My collection has 3 other kershaws: two chives and an avalanche. The leek is the best size for a carry/defensive knife. The blade is long without being cumbersome, and the shape is sleek and manageable. The knife is also good for chores, although for anything really heavy, I'd use a bigger blade like the avalanche or the blur.

The black finish is nice -- although truthfully, my leek is titanium oxide (rainbow). One of my chives is black, though, and the finish is sleek and holds up well.

This knife is definitely worth the price.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Arthur F. Shunk on July 6, 2006
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Overall this is a great little knife. It opens fast, is very sharp and holds it's edge well and feels good in your hand. The liner lock is great. I have used some others and absolutely hated them because they were so hard to operate. This one is smooth as silk and located in a great position. Very nicely designed.

I did make a few changes which required going out and buying a torx screwdriver. First,I reversed the pocket clip because it came the facing the opposite direction I was used to on my Spyderco knives. Second, the safety had to go. I found it slipped to the "on" position on its own so the knife did not open when you expected it to and was hard to disengage quickly. Not because it was difficult to operate, rather it is tiny and hard to find blind. If you like the safety though, it definitely does prevent the blade from opening accidentally.

Speaking of safety...the knife arrives razor sharp. I opened my package and promptly sliced a finger badly enough to leave a scar. The tension that the blade is under requires some force to overcome and gives it a different feel when closing the knife from a regular lockback. Be sure you fingers are nowhere near the blade. I am now in the habit of disengaging the lock and closing by pressing the back of the blade against my thigh.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Giller on December 9, 2012
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I love Kershaw knives. I've had many, and I've loved all of them. But this particular Leek doesn't hold up to the name.

I bought this Leek specifically because of two previous Kershaw Ken Onion knives I've owned.

First, several years ago I bought the Kershaw Centofante-Onion knife on Amazon. I was skeptical of the Tungsten DLC coating, but the shape of the knife and the overall look were appealing. When I got that knife, it immediately went into my pocket with my keys, and I was expecting that knife to be marked up and ugly-looking in a matter of days. To my surprise, the Tungsten DLC coating held up beautifully, and the knife's finish looked nearly brand-new even while rattling in my pocket for about 3 years. At that point, the pivot screw fell out and was lost, prompting me to look for another daily-carry knife. I have had and loved the Kershaw Chive knives several times (and the all-stainless model is by far the best), but I wanted something slightly larger.

Then, last year, I was given a plain silver Leek by my stepfather to put into my hunting bag. That's a great knife, and the exact same design as the knife under review. I liked it so much that I decided to carry a slightly larger knife in my pocket daily.

So I chose this knife. In operation, it's exactly like the plain silver Leek I like so much, but the finish is clealy NOT the same Tungsten DLC as on my earlier Centofante-Onion knife.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E.colisnacks on April 10, 2008
Very nice knife. Very sharp. Very sharp, pointy tip. It will cut you if you are not careful (I have experienced this phenomenon, twice!)
A little small in the hand. Grip is a little "iffy".
It's a keeper until I find something better. ;-)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Sarro on May 18, 2009
I did not purchase this knife from amazon, but I *do* own the knife and carry it with me daily. I purchased it after a buddy of mine bought one for use in the military as a utility-knife, and I saw how well it performed for him. It is a beautiful, sleek knife that can stand up to some pretty harsh use. The flat blade makes it easy to sharpen. The assist opening is fast, and sturdy - you'll be amazed that it isn't an Italian-stiletto switchblade with how fast it is (thanks in part to the finger-pull tab section of the blade that you use to open the knife). There is no wobbling of the blade when its open. The only real issue that I've seen so far was that the safety latch can get loose over time, but that is easily fixed with a torx driver. The 3" blade makes it legal to carry for regular use as a pocket knife. If you need a small, light, sturdy knife that's great for utility work, camping, and pretty much anything else you can think of, this knife will not disappoint.
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