Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW Knife

Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW Knife Review

As a remodeling contractor, backpacker, outdoor enthusiast, and daily carrier of a pocket knife I’m a fan of pocket knives and always appreciate a useful, well-made, and functional knife when I see one.

When looking at the Kershaw Leek 1660RBW I was particularly interested in looking at several points:

  • Quality
  • Durability
  • Functionality
  • Ease of use
  • Application

First Impression – Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW Knife

The Kershaw Leek 1660 knife is a popular knife for Kershaw and it’s easy to see why. The Random Leek knife 1660RBW  has a new blade shape and an all-BlackWash look. With its 3-inch blade, the “Random Leek” pocket knife is not too big and is certainly easy to carry.

I immediately liked the reverse tanto blade shape which as you may or may not know, adds durability and provides an ideal angle for cutting through boxes and other everyday jobs. Its also razor-sharp blade is made with Sandvik 14C28N means it can take care of a full range of cutting tasks.

The Leek knife series was designed by world-renowned knife maker Ken Onion and features his SpeedSafe blade assist opening mechanism which allows the knife to open smoothly with one hand. One flick to either the thumb stud or the blade protrusion and the blade deploys open, easily, quickly, and effortlessly and locks open for safety.

Fit and finish on the Random Leek 1660RBW is one that screams quality. I immediately loved the compact size and 2.9-ounce weight of this knife.


  • Blade Length 3 in. (7.6 cm)
  • Blade Material Sandvik 14C28N
  • Blade Finish/Coating Black-oxide BlackWash™ finish
  • Blade Thickness 0.09 in. (2.29 mm)
  • Closed Length 4 in. (10.2 cm)
  • Handle Material 410 stainless steel
  • Handle Finish/Coating Black-oxide BlackWash™ finish
  • Handle Thickness 0.31 in. (8.08 mm)
  • Overall Length 7 in. (17.9 cm)
  • Weight 2.9 oz. (82 g)

Quality and Fit and Finish

The Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW is made in the USA, who doesn’t appreciate that? Everything on this knife is quality from the materials used, to the screws holding the frame together.

When I started reviewing the Random Leek 1660RMW I swapped the reversible pocket clip to the other side for faster deployment – and tightened the lock to render it inoperable – by choice. I’m not a fan of the lock, it’s an easy modification.The tip on this knife is very sharp and I can see it breaking easily if used for prying. Something I sometimes do in a pinch.

Functionality and Ease Of Use

The Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW is a lightweight, comfortable, and easy knife to carry whether you use the pocket clip or remove it and carry it loose in your pocket. The pocket clip is non-intrusive and holds securely to your pocket.

The spring-assisted opening is very fast, and with practice found that it opens well with either hand. Once the blade is open it is locked in place by the knife’s frame lock which prevents the knife from accidentally closing back into the handle during use.

The ambidextrous thumb stud on the Ransom Leek 1660RBW is low profile which might bug some

Overall Impression

As far as the Random Leek 1660RBW knife goes this simple, sturdy, no-nonsense knife is compact and light enough to carry every day. I really enjoyed my time with the Random Leek 1660RMW, it is truly a nice knife, that is still made in the USA. Highly recommended.

Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW Knife

How Much And Where To Buy

The Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW sells for approximately $ 50.00 online here:   Kershaw Random Leek 1660RBW


About the author

Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob Robillard

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1 Comment

  1. Always Wrong

    A few years ago I had a relatively cheap Kershaw I bought at bi Mart. It got ruined when a friend stripped a hot wire with it. I emailed them about buying a new blade and told them what happened. They didn’t make that model anymore and gave me a $50 credit towards any knife. I just had to mail in the old one. My “new” one on the 1760 and carry it newly everyday.

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