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Kershaw 1660CB Leek Composite Blade (3-Inch-by-4-Inch-by-7-Inch)
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- Made in the USA
- Steel: Sandvik 14C28N/D2 composite, bead-blasted finish, Handle: 410 stainless steel, bead-blasted finish
- SpeedSafe assisted opening, Frame lock
- Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip
- Blade length: 3 in. (7.5 cm); Closed length: 4 in. (10.3 cm); Overall Length: 7 in. (17.9 cm); Weight: 3.1 oz. (87.9 g)
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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.
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.
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.
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
The knife is quite thin and pretty much disappears in your pocket.
The blade profile lends itself to delicate work with its rather pointed tip.
Soak the blade in household white vinegar for about 40 minutes to darken the D2 portion of the blade - makes a nice contrast on this cool blade.
Careful not to sharpen at too shallow of an angle as the D2 steel is prone to micro-chipping. 25 degrees per side has worked well for me.
Edge retention is phenomenal when properly sharpened and light stropping is all that is required to keep it sharp even with heavy use.
Great choice for every day carry as it is small enough to not be threatening. Just watch it with the "switchblade like" speedsafe assisted opening feature. It may raise alarms with sissy types.
Purchased this as a EDC, for which it serves it's purpose well. Blade holds a decent edge, but
still requires periodic attention with a ceramic sharpener to keep it as sharp as new. Fits my hand well,
and with minimal practice this knife can be unlocked/folded with one hand. (even this lefty!)
Only thing I'd recommend is a little light weight oil at the knife's hinge. Makes the assisted open
a little bit easier/smoother, otherwise, I'm extremely satisfied with my Leek with Sandvik 2-tone Blade.
In the interest of brevity, the knife I received does not. Specifically, the assisted-opening feature does not, in point of fact, assist in opening the knife. The blade opens about halfway, then stops.
It's not a mystery why this happens, the locking bar presses against the side of the blade with enough force that it squeaks when I try to open the knife. I'm sure that opening up the body of the knife and bending the locking bar out a bit will relieve the friction and allow the knife to open properly. That will, however, void my warranty, plus the torx bits will cost me a few bucks.
I am very much not happy about this. There is no way this knife went through QC on the way out the door. It isn't like we're talking about a scratch or a stripped screw, it's an opening knife that doesn't open. How do you not catch that?
All the more perplexing because everything else about the knife is exquisite. The 2-steel blade is a work of art, the fit and finish on every other aspect of the knife save the locking bar is flawless. Baffling.
Took it apart, it was actually the tiny ball bearing on the tip of the locking bar that was squeaking. Apparently this bearing wasn't spinning, because a soak in detergent, rinse, dry and re-oil later the squeak is gone and the knife opens beautifully. The action is crisp and positive, I couldn't be happier with the knife aside from the fact that it should have been like this out-of-the-box. I'm still baffled as to how this got shipped out like it was, but I'm obviously much happier now that I have a working product.