I’ve been carrying a Spyderco Delica 4 FFG knife for almost a year now and I love the size and usability of that knife. I’ve practiced enough with the Spyderco that I can open it pretty quickly with a flick of my thumb. That said, I’ve always been intrigued by the auto-opening / assisted opening type knives.
Ordered the Kershaw Leek 1660 knife from Amazon for about $50 including shipping (Amazon PRIME) and it arrives in two days! Hooray for PRIME.
First off, it’s a beautiful folder. The sleek and smooth surface is a Tungsten DLC coating over the aluminum handle. I’m not sure how long it’ll stay that smooth but it feel great to hold.
The ambidextrous assisted opening technology is called Speedsafe. It allows the user to open the knife quickly using any one-hand. It’s not super fast like a traditional auto-knife but it’s fast enough. It also has a lock at the end (left in photo) that allows you to lock the knife for whatever bizarre reason you’d have to do so.
it is also a really light knife, I think weighing in around 2.4 ounces. It is nice to carry, definitely not Crocodile Dundee’s “KNIFE” but sharp and useful enough to carry everyday.