Reviewed 01/17/2010 by mqqn
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month
I purchased my 1660OLBLK as a blemish for $29 delivered. I was not expecting such a great blade for this price.
The knive is finished in a "dusty" black/olive handle with a black coated blade. The entire knive is "flat" as in no glossy finish here.
It feels very good in hand - very high quality feeling, with a chalky-smooth feel. The knive has a good heft without being heavy in pocket.
The model and date of manufacture are emblazoned on the blade in gold, a classy touch.
The blade is 3 inches, with a 4 inch handle. It weighs in at 3.1 oz.
My knife was just a tad loose, the three torx screws holding the handles together were not fully tight. I tuned it by tightening the handle screws and the pivot screw to my liking.
The Leek as Kershaw's "Speed-Safe" assisted opening design, with a actuator lump on the bottom of the blade that is pressed with your index finger to quickly deploy the blade with one hand. The Leek also sports ambidextrous thumb studs, which allow you to deploy the blade even more forcefully - i.e. lightning fast.
The 440C stainless steel blade is what I would call a modified Wharncliffe design that is more slender and pointed. The blade is extremely pointed, and it is very thin. One would be asking for trouble using this blade as a pry-bar, but for cutting needs it is outstanding.
The knife came sharp enough to rough shave, and with a little work on a leather stop it now is able to cleanly shave the hair on my arm. The profile of the cutting edge makes it very easy to sharpen.
The blade lock is a frame lock, and its simple elegance makes it a joy to hold and play with. The lockup is strong, and there is just the slightest lateral blade-play as I have it adjusted at the pivot screw.
There is a sliding anti-deployement lock on the butt-end of the handle on the clip side, which simply slides over the tip of the blade when closed to prevent the blade from coming open accidentally.
When I received my example, the anti-deployment slider was too loose, and it would slide to the locked position while in pocket. I cured this by tightening it down to hold it firmly in the unlocked position, as I feel it is not needed.
The clip is designed for tip-down carry only, and it allows about a half-inch of the knife to protrude from your pocket. The Leek is VERY slim, and you could easily remove the clip and carry it loose in pocket if you wanted - it would be unnoticeable.
I have been carrying it daily for about two weeks now, and I really enjoy having it around for my cutting chores.
High quality, slim, great ergonomics, decent clip, razor sharp blade, and inexpensive price make this made in the USA beauty a must have for any lover of great knives.