Overall Length: 7.375"
Blade Length: 3.125"
Blade Steel: Sandvik 14C28N
Closed Length: 4.25"
Weight: 2.3 oz.
Made in USA
Today I am reviewing the Kershaw Skyline. The skyline is a shining example of what a budget EDC pocket knife should be. Great value, lightweight, good steel, sharp, rugged…the Kershaw Skyline delivers!
Starting with the business end of the skyline. The blade is constructed from a 14C28N steel. While it's not a "super steel" it is very adequate for this price point. 14C28N takes a SUPER fine razor edge and holds it just fine. Sharpening is easy too. Out of the box it is very sharp! There is next to no blade wiggle when locked open. The flipper works great and deploys the knife nice and smooth. It does have ambidextrous thumb studs, although, for me they are very hard to utilize. Also I wanted to mention the blade point is very thin and you could use this for precise cutting or even removing splinters. Out of the box the blade was perfectly centered!
Lockup on the Kershaw Skyline is smooth and tight, there is no wiggle room in the blade when deployed. Here you can also see the bronze phosphor washer that attributes to the smooth and fast deployment of the flipper. And you can see the spine of the handle is partially open for easy cleaning and dusting out. The jimping on the lockbar is adequate.
The G10 scales on this skyline are really nice. Most budget knives use a zytel plastic composite material for handles. The fact that Kershaw integrated G10 with this knife gives it extra coolness in my book. It has a good texture. It's not discomforting and it's not the cheap glossy G10 stuff either. Even in a wet environment you'll be able to get a firm grip on this knife.
The pocket clip is pretty simple but works great. When it's in the pocket it won't be moving around at all. You can mount the clip for Tip up, Tip Down and Right hand only.
Things I Like:
Value: The Kershaw Skyline has great value in my book. G10 scales, Sharp easy to resharpen blade, flipper, lightweight, thin overall chassis
Flipper: The flipper design is super smooth and fast to deploy.
Weight: At 2.3oz the skyline will work in just about every EDC system.
Handles: G10 scales on a knife in this price point = extra awesomeness !!
Made in USA.
Things I Dislike:
Jimping: No jimping on the spine of the blade and handle.
Thumb Studs: Useless if you ask me.
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