Kershaw Leek 1660
Steel: Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel
Handle: 410 stainless-steel
Blade Length: 3 in. (7.5 cm)
Closed Length: 4 in. (10.3 cm)
Overall Length: 7 in. (17.9 cm)
Weight: 3.0 oz.
- Reversible/removable belt clip
- Safety tip-lock
- Ambidextrous assisted opening system
- Many different styles of blades and options of handle materials/properties
I did a lot of researching and shopping around before finally deciding to purchase this knife. I have owned and carried my Kershaw Leek 1660 for three years now. In that time I have used it on an almost daily basis with little-to-no signs of wear. The blade is capable of being very sharp and holds an edge for a long time.
This knife comes in many variations of handle colors and blade styles (including serration and a tanto styled tip). My Leek is the silver handle without any serration, but I have been so impressed I bought one for my brother and we in turn purchased one for our father. My brother’s is silver with serration; my father’s is the special edition Orange County Choppers Leek. All three of us have been very impressed with the product and often recommend it to others.
The only issues I have had with this knife is that the safety is made of plastic which makes it susceptible to breaking. In the time I have owned my Leek I have dropped it on the concrete floor of my workshop twice from chest height. The impact in both cases was enough to break the plastic safety. In the first case, Kershaw replaced my entire knife; in the second case, they repaired it. The turn around time from sending in the knife was a couple weeks – not too bad for such a great warranty. I must add that I have also dropped the knife many other times onto my feet, in the dirt, in the grass, etc. Only when dropped 3+ feet onto concrete did the safety ever break. This is the only semi-fragile part of the knife.
The Leek is designed to be completely operable with one hand and minimal effort. There is a safety on the lower backside of the handle (can be disengaged with the pinky finger) and an index finger tab that opens the blade to about 30%. Once the blade is open this far, the assisted opening feature takes over and whips the blade around into the lock position. After playing with the knife for under a minute, I had already fallen in love with it. Its no wonder to me why this knife tops so many assisted opening knife lists for its length.
What I liked
- Very easy to use
- Holds and edge well
- Backed by a lifetime warranty from Kershaw
- Sturdy belt clip
- Can generally be found between $30 and $40 online and automatically comes with the manufacturers lifetime warranty
- 410 stainless steel is resistant to rusting
What I didn’t
- The safety is made of plastic and is susceptible to breaking
This is my favorite knife (of many), it serves many purposes and is built tough. I recommend this product to anyone looking for a pocket/utility/sport knife of this size. It works great, holds up well, and stays sharp long.
For a shorter/smaller version of this knife: look at the Kershaw Chive