Kershaw Leek Assisted Opening Knife Stainless Steel (3" Bead Blast) 1660


  • Bead-blasted Wharncliffe blade made from Sandvik 14C28N.
  • Flipper and thumb studs with assisted opening.
  • Stainless steel handle scales.
  • Frame lock for secure lock-up.
  • Pocket clip for tip-down and tip-down carry.


The Kershaw Leek is one of the sleekest and most popular assisted opening knives ever produced. It features Kershaw's patented SpeedSafe technology. Give the ambidextrous thumb-stud a push and the knife takes over opening the blade the rest of the way. This is an ideal one-handed opener with a reversible pocket clip and a tip safety lock so the blade won't fire by accident.

Need something smaller? Take a look at the Kershaw Scallion.

Item #BHQ-0143
MSRP: $114.99
Our Price: $69.95
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  • Overall Length: 7.00"
  • Blade Length: 3.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.09"
  • Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Bead Blast
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.00"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.35"
  • Handle Material: Steel
  • Color: Gray
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 3.00 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Spring Assisted
  • Opener: Flipper, Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock
  • Brand: Kershaw
  • Model: Leek
  • Model Number: 1660
  • Designer: Ken Onion
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

The Kershaw Leek Is One Of The Best Budget EDC Knives You Can Buy!
Miguel G. on Mar 30, 2023

The Kershaw Leek has an excellent iconic Ken Onion design that makes it unique, unlike many other knives. I fell in love with the design from the beginning of my EDC journey and the Leek was the first knife of my now ever-growing knife collection. The speed-safe is very easy to get used to and it is nice to have an assisted knife in a sea of non-assisted folders. The security mechanism is very annoying and I ended up taking it off all together because it will constantly locks the blade every time I needed to open the knife. I like that at least the have the option to keep it on or take it off to your liking. The ergonomics are great and it's built very strong to last a long time. It has also retained a great edge even after 6 months of nonstop use. I go into more detail on my youtube review if you are interested and want to check it out:

Perfect EDC
Wyatt V. on Nov 26, 2022

Small, durable, fast, and sharp. Have used and abused this daily for over 6 years now. Have never had any issues beyond the spring getting stuck after 5 years of hard use. Opened it up and fixed in 3 minutes. Love this knife to death.

Love this knife
Zachary B. on Mar 29, 2021

just recently lost mine on and FTX with my unit so I ordered another one from here. By far one of my favorite knives. A lot of people get a big heavy knife with a thick handle just because looks cool. This knife doesn't take up unnecessary space and has all the functions you need. sharp as hell out of the box too

"You'll [cut] your eye out."
Cory I. on Jan 3, 2020

This thing is razor sharp and assisted open. Each flip feels like I'm shooting an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Gotta say I love it though. Would love it if the knife lock at the bottom of the knife was made of metal. I broke it when I pushed it open and forgot the lock was engaged. Good knife overall.

Arnold B. on Dec 12, 2019

Great EDC knife! Sharp, slim profile, light weight, feels comfortable in the hand and nice assisted opening.

Very good knife
David C. on Nov 28, 2019

This is a very good knife. Looks classy, works well, fits easily into pockets. This is my beginner knife. Great knife at a good price point.

Great Knife
Sully C. on Oct 13, 2019

One of the best knives for the price. Kershaw hit the nail on the head with this one. The action is great. The blade shape slices and chops well but makes for a fragile tip. Ergonomics are good. I found the lock to be quite useless as there’s no chance of it being deployed in the pocket.

Look classy on a budget
Mitchell W. on Oct 9, 2019

This is a great lightweight knife for lightweight tasks. The flipping action is fast and easy to open. I wouldn't go chopping any wood with this but for cutting down cardboard, opening letters, even food prep, this works great.

Great knife
Josh E. on Oct 5, 2019

It is a great knife! Action is nice, fits in pocket nice and then it disappears in the pocket. Would really recommend for a beginner knife. I’ve had it for a year and I am starting to look for a more advanced knife any knife I should try next I think I might try a Benchmade but it is harder to afford but I can try and make it.

Classic EDC
Brandon W. on Oct 1, 2019

Classic lightweight design. Great knife for the price. Snappy assist on the blade. So many combinations.

Great knife
Sam H. on Jul 11, 2019

Purchased this for a gift as great knife blade HQ killed it with the engraving and fast turn around time

Jerry C. on May 20, 2019

This knife feels so good in my hand that it is now my every day carry. It is fast, sharp, safe, beautiful and solid. The price makes it a must buy for anyone that carries a knife. It goes in my pocket before my Glock 42.

Elegant and fun
Craig A. on Sep 17, 2018

What I like the best about this knife is the assisted action, what can you say, it's a classic and I could pop this thing all day long (my figgit spinner). When I get dressed up this is what I put in my pocket, it goes with anything.

GREAT- As expected
John T. on Aug 24, 2018

Odd as it may sound knowing that this is one of the most popular EDC knives of all time, I had bought several other budget EDCs before this one. Always loved the looks/ergos and was always drawn to the classic 1660 stainless model. Sleek, slick and clean. The frame lock is rock solid, and the speed safe assist is strong/firm in deployment. Feels nice in hand and the length/weight ratio feels just about perfect. Blade shape and length gives a nice long cutting edge and the Sandvik steel was sharp on delivery and seems plenty durable with typical EDC use. I have read lots of gripes about the pocket clip and the high ride, but don’t see this as a negative at all. I carry the Leek in a suit jacket pocket, which is the perfect spot for this long, thin, sleek piece. Rides fine in pants pockets too. Only slight negative I concur with on this knife is the safety. When the blade is closed, it works fine. Stays in place and holds the blade down from the theoretical misfire (which is a nonissue because the speedsafe flipper tab is pretty tight and it takes purpose to deploy). But- it tends to float (very easily) when the blade is deployed. This is an issue when closing the knife, because if you don’t notice the pin has slid, you close your edge right on top of the pin. No big deal but annoying at times, to be sure. All in all this is an excellent, slick-looking knife. Fun to deploy. Super strong frame lock. Great weight, length feel. Great blade. Great value. Great decision.

Great little knife
Jonathan W. on Aug 24, 2018

I have had this knife for over 8 years. It's a great EDC knife for my work. I've enjoyed it so much I've given the same knife as a gift to friends. The only negative I have, is when I carry it tip up, it wants to slide out of my pocket sometimes. But it's extremely easy to open with one hand by the Flipper. I always enjoy using this knife.

First Kershaw
Jeff S. on May 18, 2018

This was my first Kershaw and I have had it now for several years and I still carry it. The only thing I didn't care for was the blade lock. However it was easily removed with a few screws. Another classy durable gentlemen's knife.

An EDC great
Chris S. on Jan 19, 2018

Carried my Leek for over a year. One of the sharpest knives I've received, and the Speed Safe is so fun to play with. I "misplaced" my Leek recently, but will surely buy another in the near future....maybe with a few upgrades!

Michael D. on Jan 7, 2018

This is a classic design, and rightfully so. It's slim, sleek and understated. It cuts well, and the thin stock gets scary sharp. The needle like tip is great for fine detail cutting, and the slight belly is enough to be useful for slicing on flat surfaces. Just be aware that this model has no detent and cannot be unassisted.

Richard D. on Jan 6, 2018

Have several in all configurations. Good value and quality. Only thing, I had to deactivate the safety as it was always on in the most inopportune times.

Love this Kershaw
Kalani M. on Jan 5, 2018

Was super stoked to grab this during a holiday sale and man do I love this knife! The action is smooth and the handle really feels nice in your hand. This knife was instantly added to my EDC rotation.

Excellent budget EDC
Jace M. on Jan 5, 2018

Fairly lightweight for a stainless steel handle, great blade steel for the price, perfect size/blade shape and ergonomics. May rust if not taken care of, especially if exposed to salty conditions like seawater or sweat, but if you clean and oil your knife it will be rust-free. Solid choice for anyone.

My third and still love them
William H. on Jan 5, 2018

I have had 2 of these previously, and they are great little EDC knives with a classic look to them. I used the other 2 for cutting boxes etc. for years and had to replace them as they had been resharpened to the point they were no longer useful. This one I plan to keep as an EDC now, and use a different knife at work.

Solid and smooth.
Bryan S. on Jan 5, 2018

This is a great edc. The only problem is I can't quit flipping it open. It's just so smooth and satisfying. Just Google this knife and you'll see why it's a classic.

Classy Solid EDC
Peter K. on Nov 5, 2017

The Leek is a light, thin, classy, and solid performing EDC. This is my second Kershaw and I am now a huge fan of their knives. The wharncliffe style blade is ideal for opening and breaking down boxes. After moderate use on boxes and packages, the blade was still sharp and still cut like new. The stainless steel look is clean and inconspicuous. My only complaint about the Leek would be the safety, I don't use it or have a reason to but I just keep it in the unlocked position, so no big deal. This knife a great EDC and highly recommend it.

Great EDC
Benjamin D. on Oct 17, 2015

The Leek is such a useful form factor and blade shape that I ended up with three to keep handy at different locations. As an EDC knife, it disappears in a pocket. Very inconspicuous. The wharncliffe style blade is useful for pretty much any every day task most urban or suburban folks will come across on a given day and, at the price, you won't feel bad using it to lightsaber open boxes. Blade deployment and lockup are satisfying. Cannot recommend the Leek or Swindle (also a Ken Onion design) highly enough for affordable EDC that you won't be shy about using.

Great knife
Wyatt S. on Aug 12, 2015

This knife is great. If you want a reliable sturdy knife but don't want to alarm anyone with a big knife this is a great option. Fantastic quality. I've been EDC-ing it for a while now and the action is still super smooth and really strong. Nothing like those CCC springers. If you do buy this though just be cautious of rust. I got small speckles of rust on the blade and a tiny bit on the pocket clip. Other than that I would highly recommend this knife.

finds its my into my pocket!
everson t. on Jun 10, 2020

every time I pick my knife for the day its slips its way through

Kershaw Leek 3" bead blast 1660
David S. on Feb 21, 2020

Bought this to replace the black anodized model I Iost and really missed. It is a very practical EDC knife that is easy to carry and sharpen. Use it to open mail, cut boxes, strip wire, sharpen pencils and other light duty use. Very sharp tip. Not for prying and too small as a defensive weapon. A little heavy for its size. I only use the blade lock when very physically active and it does prevent accidental opening. Has a great clip and opens and closes very easy. Very well made. Would highly recommend it within its limitations.

Made in the US
Robert C. on Feb 10, 2020

This baby is sharp, thin, easy to carry with smooth assisted action. The stainless steel scales are a bit slick and you have to get used to closing the knife -- especially with one hand. Overall, I really like this knife!

Nice Knife
Alex W. on Nov 6, 2019

This is definitely one of my favorite Kershaw knives. Carried it for a while with no complaints. It might be a little heavy to some. Actions great and it even has a lock to stop the blade from opening. I did end up having to switch the clip around for a right-side tip up carry, but that's really simple and no big deal.

Leeks taste good
Matthew T. on Nov 1, 2019

Nice little EDC that fits in your pocket unobtrusively. I like the wharncliffe tip for precise cutting but it's fragile. Wish I'd gone for the CF handle though cuz it's heavy.

Good for office edc
John W. on Sep 30, 2019

Great for the price. Mine was sharp out of the box. Not heavy duty by any means. Kind of a thin tip but fine for light duty and edc in an office environment.

Not an assist guy? You still gotta try this...
John G. on Jul 11, 2019

Great Blade. Solid budget knife American Made with sound materials. Sure it doesn't have titanium or a super steel on it. But its got a great action, will do what a knife does (cut things!) very well. If you really don't like assisted knives I still think this is one that you should check out. Won't break the bank and I promise you won't be disappointed in the smooth "deploy every time" action.

Good Knife, but needs some Work
Matt L. on May 21, 2019

This is the second Kershaw Leek I have acquired. First one being the straight black Leek, this, Bead Blast version is obviously the same, except for one very notable detail. The finish. The bead blast finish holds up much better and does not show the wear and tear half as bad as the black. Although, in my opinion, doesn't look quite as sLeek. When buying a Leek (as you should) you need to follow a short list of maintenance items, as the knife does not come ready to use. First: Change the clip to tip up. Second: Remove the safety. What a pain. Third: (optional) loosen the back spacer screw closest to the blade. Do this if the action feels lethargic. Fourth: Baby the blade like an eggshell because the tip will break/bend with a stern look. Both of my Leeks have damaged tips, and not for lack of me trying to protect them. I enjoy the knife, but it seems too fragile and small to be a good user. 68/100

Matthew C. on Mar 14, 2019

Construction is solid and the assist is great (even though I'm not a fan). The blade shape makes me worried it can't take abuse, but you shouldn't be prying with a cutting tool anyway.

Good intro knife for first timers!
Aaron E. on Mar 14, 2019

I’ve been buying leeks for years because they are good, reliable, and reasonably priced. Between these and the kalashnakovs I believe they are the best bang for buck. They are great stocking stuffers/gifts for the holidays and my cousins always enjoy getting them because they use them all the time.

Great at certain tasks.
Beaman C. on Jun 12, 2018

This is a nice quality knife that has a unique pointed blade. It's perfect for certain tacks when you need a sharp point. It's perfect for a plunge cut. Of course it cuts fine when you just need a blade as well. It's one of my two EDC knives.

Good knife/edc
Eric N. on May 20, 2018

I just bought my second one for my Dad. I had my previous leek for 2 year and the action has definitely weaken. Now requires a hand flick. The blade maintain an edge longer then you would imagine. Also, don't even know it's in your pocket. My only fault in the knife is blade shape for some tasks.

Slicing Machine
Alejandro O. on Jan 20, 2018

This knife has super thin blade stock, and combined with a hollow grind makes this a great knife for food prep or whatever else you need to slice. Also the safety is a nice feature, especially with the super strong assist.

Nice little knife
Justin P. on Jan 19, 2018

Obviously the Leek isn't a premium knife, but don't let that discourage you. It has a solid build and the blade is more than capable. The Leek's outstanding feature of course is Mr. Onion's SpeedSafe assisted opening feature. This knife opens lightning fast and is at the ready for whatever job you need it. I worry the blade tip may be somewhat fragile but that hasn't been an issue.

Solid EDC
RJ H. on Jan 7, 2018

The Leek is the epitome of a steel frame lock in my opinion; solid 50% lockup (on mine), zero lock jump, and smooth disengagement. I prefer the full steel frame version over the liner lock Leeks mainly because of the svelte quality the construction lends it, making it an ideal EDC in weight and thickness. The best part of this knife is without a doubt the modified wharnie blade shape; it's fantastic for all sorts of daily tasks, and in this configuration is an extremely slicey design. The 14C28N is a tad soft for my tastes but it's definitely functional.

Cool Little Knife
Brian R. on Jan 7, 2018

I've owned multiple of these over the years. It was one of my first knives I purchased years back. The thin handle and small size fits great in a pocket and makes it easy to forget about, to the point I didn't notice when I lost it... a couple times. Still great enough to repurchase!

First kershaw
Trevor N. on Jan 5, 2018

This was my first and unfortunately last Kershaw knife. I loved this knife, it's sleek and comfortable in the hand, very sharp straight out but the tip broke, and the slide bar safety on the bottom broke after about a weeks worth of work. Nice knife if you aren't hustling and busting around!

Ricardo A. on Jan 5, 2018

Very nice knife but it seems to be for cutting open boxes and other light slicing tasks. Not for harder cutting tasks.

Great Knife
Erik N. on Jan 5, 2018

First "decent" knife. Super fun to flip.

Matthew W. on Jan 5, 2018

Got this knife because my friend got one, and it’s really satisfying to flip open over and over.

Beautiful knife, slick to hold
karsten h. on Oct 3, 2022

So much good about this knife but would love a handle option with more grip like G10 or Micarta. I find this knife very slick in my fingers which makes me nervous to use, especially as there isn't much between the blade and handle.

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Classic kershaw
Hunter A. on Feb 22, 2019

This is one of the best kershaws and has been proven to be for many years

Bad luck.
Hunter L. on Feb 22, 2019

Received the knife as a gift and carried it religiously until I accidentally left it in my pants during washing them and one of the screws fell out causing the blade to have no retention. I wasn’t fond of the knife community enough to realize I could replace it fairly cheap so I discarded it. Also didn’t realize it was on sale for $40 so now I believe I will get another one. This website is my kryptonite.

Good edc
Ethan w. on Jan 19, 2018

This was the first Knife I bought for my self when I was 16 greasy little knife I carried it for a long time . It’s a very slim knife so it doesn’t take up very much room in my pocket

dont like leek
Ethan U. on May 19, 2021

i hate this knife. I was promised a full timascus frame, with mirror polished ZDP-189 blade steel. this marketing is preposterous and should be revised. not only did it not come in a fine maple carrying case, but it didn't even have a pre-organized insurance card to come with it! what if i had dented it?! this supposedly premium piece of equipment came loose in a cardboard box! what kind of tomfoolery is blade hq up to and why can't i get some answers?! my life has lost meaning. im floundering in a void of pain. my heart..... ...its leeeeeeeking

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