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Manufacturer: Kershaw 1660VIBST
Specifications and features:
3" partially serrated blade
Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel blade
410 stainless steel, titanium oxide coated handle
SpeedSafe assisted opening
Limited lifetime warranty
Rainbow Leek Serrated Knife -
The Leek series includes some of Kershaw's most popular knives. Kershaw's Leeks offer Ken Onion's distinctive design as well as the SpeedSafe ambidextrous assisted opening system. With SpeedSafe, the user can smoothly and easily deploy the blade with one hand, either left or right. Leeks come in a variety of handle styles, some with technologically advanced coatings for enhanced performance. For example, the bead blasted stainless steel handle offers strength and beauty. A handle with black Tungsten DLC coating produces a Leek with a non reflective surface. For lightweight and a one of a kind look, choose our "smoked" double anodized aluminum finish in two colors. The Rainbow Leek has a titanium oxide coating that produces a highly scratch resistant, brilliant, rainbow finish. For ease of carrying, all Leeks include a reversible and removable pocket clip.
Serrated Blade -
A serrated blade has a cutting edge that has many small points of contact with the material being cut. By having less contact area than a smooth blade, the applied force at each point of contact is relatively greater and the points of contact are at a sharper angle to the material being cut.
Sandvik 13C26 -
Made of martensitic stainless chromium steel. After heat treatment the steel grade is characterized by high hardness, good corrosion resistance, and very good wear resistance. It is used mainly for razor blades, but is also the standard grade for surgical knives and for different types of industrial knives for the food industry.
410 Stainless Steel -
Grade 410 is the basic martensitic stainless steel; like most non stainless steels it can be hardened by a "quench and temper" heat treatment. It contains a minimum of 11.5 per cent chromium. It achieves maximum corrosion resistance when it has been hardened and tempered and then polished. Grade 410 is a general purpose grade often supplied in the hardened, but still machinable condition, for applications where high strength and moderate heat and corrosion resistance are required.
Frame Lock -
Also known as the Integral Lock or Monolock. The Frame Lock is a locking mechanism invented by custom knife maker Chris Reeve for the Sebenzas an update to the liner lock. The Frame Lock works in a manner similar to the liner lock but uses a partial cutout of the actual knife handle, rather than a separate liner inside the handle to hold the blade in place.
What is SpeedSafe?
SpeedSafe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual push on the blade's thumb stud or pull back on the blade protrusion. SpeedSafe is built into many of Kershaw's best-selling knives.
How does SpeedSafe work?
The heart of SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. Closed, the torsion bar helps keep the knife closed, preventing it from being opened by "gravity." In order to open the knife, the user must apply manual pressure to the thumb stud or blade protrusion to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and takes over. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use.
How safe is SpeedSafe?
Very, SpeedSafe opens ONLY when the user manually deploys it using either the thumb stud or blade protrusion. Once deployed, a locking system secures the blade in position so that it cannot close accidentally. When releasing the lock, the blade does not snap shut due to resistance provided by the torsion bar. This bar also provides a bias towards the closed position, which holds the blade securely closed. New SpeedSafe users can ensure safe use of the technology by practicing to proficiency.