I think the Kershaw Skyline is the greatest folding knife in the world

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by bdjansen, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. bdjansen

    bdjansen Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 11, 2011
    This knife keeps talking me out of other folding knife purchases. The Skyline just seems to get everything right. I start looking at other folders, but then I realize the Kershaw does something or another better.

    I mean, what else out there can beat it's combination of weight, blade length, quality of materials, slimness, ease of one handed opening and closing, simplicity, cutting/slicing performance, and cost? Oh yeah, and it's of course it's made in the USA.

    So go ahead, try and sell me on another folder. :p
     
  2. DrivebyTrucker

    DrivebyTrucker

    Nov 8, 2005
    Have you tried the pack rat? If I were to pick either, it would be that one.
     
  3. Jaiofspam

    Jaiofspam

    Apr 24, 2006
    i never understood all the appeal of the kershaw skyline over the last few years... i blame nutnfancy lol. its a "great" entry level knife thats easily obtainable via the internets or wally world but i wouldnt say its the best :). for a $30 folder, the ontario rat 1 and spyderco tenacious/persistence has got the skyline beat.

    just my 2cents ;)
     
  4. ChrisFarms

    ChrisFarms Banned BANNED

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    Mar 31, 2012
    i had a skyline (sold it) because its blade is very thin and its delicate. As for a edc its a good choice but id pick the kershaw leek over it (skyline 35 leek 38) for edc. For using it for work the skyline just cant hold up, nutnfancy over hyped it the knife definitely has flaws.
     
  5. mrn8

    mrn8

    Jun 8, 2007
    I had one and never really loved it. It wasn't horrible, but always felt like a lightweight and doesn't fit my hand well. The Leek is great, IMO, and I've kept that onel, but I generally edc a fixed blade.
     
  6. PitbullShogun

    PitbullShogun

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    Apr 14, 2011
    for the price? meh. when you go under a certain amount, allot of things get blurred by preference*. never owned one so i cant comment on its quality.


    *(if you go cheaper then the kershaw leek, you just kind of dissapear into the void)
     
  7. RevDevil

    RevDevil

    Nov 9, 2009
    Hmm...I think you have the Skyline confused with the Leek actually. The Skyline has a thicker tip than the Leek does.
     
  8. bdjansen

    bdjansen Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 11, 2011
    20 bucks gets you the same materials and only an 1/8 inch more of blade. It also weighs more, and I think assisted opening is unnecessary.
     
  9. bdjansen

    bdjansen Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 11, 2011
    The Persistence weighs more, has less blade length, cheaper steel, and is made in China.
     
  10. Jaiofspam

    Jaiofspam

    Apr 24, 2006
    haha, sanrenmu/enlan offerings arent bad at all... but when those suggestions get turned down i usually tell friends "maybe a folder isnt for you... buy a mora." lol
     
  11. bdjansen

    bdjansen Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 11, 2011
    The Leek is ok. Assisted opening plus a lock on the end? It takes way longer to open the lock then turn the knife around and open it then it does to just use the flipper on a non assisted knife. Plus a good non assisted flipper is just as fast as an assisted. And then you don't need some silly lock.
     
  12. Jaiofspam

    Jaiofspam

    Apr 24, 2006
    then you agree that the other two (rat 1 & tenacious) has the skyline beat? :)
     
  13. ChrisFarms

    ChrisFarms Banned BANNED

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    Mar 31, 2012
    nah i dont, im saying for a edc id choose the leek because in my experence it takes a finer edge, it fits in the pocket better, it has a better clip, and the speed safe on it is amazing.

    i wouldnt use either of them for a work knife, i tried with the skyline and it developed blade play so easy (your experence may varry mine mighta had a bad pivot i dont rly no) and it felt so odd in the hand espically with it being so light
    i also tried working with a leek and broke the tip off and had to send it to kershaw.

    i ordered an endura for my edc work knife (not comparing it i havent even held it yet, its also a higher priced item)
     
  14. Jaiofspam

    Jaiofspam

    Apr 24, 2006
    ive never had or felt the need to engage the lock on the leek.. its an option. your argument is moot
     
  15. ChrisFarms

    ChrisFarms Banned BANNED

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    Mar 31, 2012
    i tightened mine so it cant be used, its useless it doesnt deploy in ur pocket (its on there cause of legality reasons cause its sold in many department stores and is legal everywhere in the us, iv heard some places assist is illegal if it doesnt have a lock holiding it shut but i dont rly know)
     
  16. DylanMW

    DylanMW

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    Jan 31, 2012
    I just recently got a Skyline and I must say, they feel cheap. For the price they might be pretty good, but the construction compared to some middle or higher end knives is junk.

    It might be great for opening packages and such but beyond that I wouldn't feel comfortable using it.
     
  17. ChrisFarms

    ChrisFarms Banned BANNED

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    Mar 31, 2012
    idk lol mine got all kinds of jacked up cutting light work tasks, they are good if ur going somewhere that you just need something just incase but i dont think its great. nutnfancy over hyped it
     
  18. Jaiofspam

    Jaiofspam

    Apr 24, 2006
    i also dont think he carries it at all anymore... last video i saw hes carrying huge shit like xl voyagers haha.

    to be fair, nutnfancy may have over hyped it but its no reason to hate it lol. its still a good knife for the price point and is easy to get. ive recommended it amongst other knives on numerous occasions for someone whos looking for an affordable entry level folder.
     
  19. michaelm466

    michaelm466

    Mar 5, 2009
    I actually prefer the OD-1 to the skyline, the flipper works better, and I like the steel frame lock over the liner lock.
     
  20. GLDNDomer

    GLDNDomer

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    Apr 8, 2011
    I really am interested in getting a Skyline, but I just can't stand spear-point blades. I would love to hear somebody with Skyline experience say that the liner lock stinks on it or that the flipper is annoying to use. I don't think the knife is too lightweight for actual use. It's the SAME weight as the new Delica FFGs, and if anyone started saying that the Delica is "too light" for hard use, fire and brimstone would most likely rain down upon them for "bashing" Spyderco. Anyway, like I said, I don't have the Skyline, but I'm actually interested in what others have to say about it, especially any cons of the knife -- besides the weight haha.

    So, to answer the OP's request! I can try to sell you on a Kabar Dozier.

    The Kabar Dozier is the same weight. It also doesn't have liners, and you have the option of the thumbhole or the thumbstud. I kinda prefer these over flippers because on flippers, there is no "follow through," as in you just sort of shoot it off and have faith that the inertia eventually engages the lock, whereas on the thumbhole/stud, your finger can follow the entire blade all the way through to the lock.

    The Kabar dozier also profits US-owned company Kabar, I believe, although the knife itself is made in Taiwan. The Kershaw Skyline is made in the US, but it's profits go to a Japanese(?) owned company (KAI), so we'll say that point is a tie.

    They are basically the same size knife, and I believe that AUS-8 is a very adequate steel, just like 14c28 sandvik is.

    The couple of pros that the dozier has OVER your skyline is that it is about $15 to $20 less expensive, and it has a satin finish. There have been several complaints on this forum of Kershaw's bead-blasted blades rusting fairly easily (like my father's Kershaw Blur), but take this pro with a grain of salt: I haven't seen this with 14c28 steel, only the old 440c and the 13c26. Now, the only big differences between these two knives are the price (dozier wins), the opening method (personal preference, I like thumbholes/studs more overall), and the locking mechanism (I like both mid-back-locks AND liner locks, so it's a tie for me).

    Another neat thing about the dozier is that you can modify the smoothness of opening. Since it is a back-lock, when you take the knife apart, you can sand/grind down the "hook" thing on the actual back-lock lever, and that will make opening the $15 knife a LOT smoother. My father and I did it to ours, and it still has great blade retention, but we made it to where if you depress the back-lock you can just flick it open and closed, kinda like an axis lock but in a mid-back-lock form.

    I hope you get one so I can say I told you so. Haha just kiddin, but I do like how your title is so daring.

    Edit: Awww I just remembered the Skyline is made of G10, so if that specially-named plastic is $15 better than non-specially-named plastic to you, then I guess the Skyline is still on top.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2012

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