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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 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
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.
Update...I did try the white vinegar soak and it worked. I cleaned the blade with alcohol, submerged the entire length of the blade in white vinegar for 35 minutes then cleaned it with alcohol again and put a light coat of fine machine oil on it. There is now a noticeable difference between the two metals and the copper separator is also more prominent (at least until it oxidizes). The edge sharpness was not affected as would be the case with a strong etching chemical. Just be careful to submerge only the blade and only to a point just past the edge metal so you don't get vinegar in the body of the 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Knife is great get questions about the different metals. Very sharp and keeps an edge well. The vinegar trick makes the blade have that special look if you want contrast.Published 9 hours ago by pm711
This is my second leek. The first did not have the d2 steel. It is by far my favorite knife for carrying every day.Published 3 days ago by Libardo P.
COOL LOOKING BLADE. HAVE TO PUT IT IN VINEGAR TO MAKE IT CHANGE COLOR. LOCK BREAKS ALL THE TIME THOUGH BUT IT MY EDC KNIFE. NICE AND THIN AND LIGHT.Published 13 days ago by outllaw
This knife is great. Smaller than I had expected, but after carrying for a couple months I've really come to like its size as a EDC. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Nate
Great pocket knife, absolutely love Kershaw knives, and their customer service is typically great.
The torsion bar used in the open assist is only rated for X ammount of... Read more