Looking for a cheap, EDC Kershaw to get.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Jk_4100, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Jk_4100


    Jan 28, 2011
    My current options are:

    Kershaw Volt II

    Kershaw Skyline

    Kershaw Oso Sweet

    Kershaw Chill.

    Can anyone help me choose between these 4? I really dig the blade shape on the Volt II, but it has the Ginormous half inch handle, and I'm not sure if that will do too well in a tight pocket. I like the chill, but its lack of gimping and overall plain-ness doesn't appeal to me too much.
  2. Flashpoint


    Apr 3, 2004
    I'm going to muddy the water and suggest the Kershaw Zing. Very good ergos for a knife it's size and it rides in the pocket well.

    Of the ones you mentioned I would go with the Skyline or the Chill for good, unobtrusive EDCs.
  3. t1r2u3s4t


    Jan 4, 2011
    2nd the Zing
  4. oldschool45


    Oct 15, 2007
    Of those 4 I'd go with the Skyline. If you want thin go with a Leek and I'll certainly second the Zing (Love Mine).
  5. BadHabit


    Jan 13, 2011
    Some wal-mart's have skyline around 25-30 bucks.
    Not a bad EDC.
  6. Jk_4100


    Jan 28, 2011
    Aww guys, no love for the Volt II? Now that I think about it, I already carry a small Multi-tool in my pocket, and it's around the same thickness as the Volt II, so I think I'll go with that. I just don't like the look of the grooves on the Zing, as I want to polish the blade to a mirror finish. I'll probably end up getting a Chill sometime soon too though, gotta love that paper thin profile.
  7. MoreToasties


    Jan 13, 2010
    Zing Zing Zing!
  8. oldschool45


    Oct 15, 2007
    Jk_4100, I may start a crap storm over this one but IMHO the difference in steel between 8CR13MoV (Volt II & Chill) versus 14C28N (Skyline & Zing) is enough to make me go with the Skyline over the Volt II it just plain holds an edge better. Having just said that I have a Spyderco Persistence (8CR13MoV) in my pocket now and will be getting an Ambitious this week because the knife just flat out works for me. To the point where I will put up with sharpening it almost daily because it works so well for me. 14C28N polishes up about as nicely as anything except ATS34:p

    Not directed at you Jk_4100. Just so we can avoid it lets not go into country of origin on these knives.
  9. Thingus995


    Oct 1, 2009
    Another vote for the Zing here!!
  10. Sep


    Mar 14, 2009
    I vote for the Skyline. The entire knife without the clip is only 3/8" thick. Considering the size of the blade, it's very light at 2.3 oz.
  11. Jk_4100


    Jan 28, 2011
    Alright, about the Zing, how do the grooves influence the cutting? It just looks so, ahh how do I put this......, well, weird.
  12. four_shore


    Oct 21, 2010
    small buck vantage (s30v version).
  13. knivesandguns


    Mar 6, 2008

    OP asked for Kershaw.

    The tanto zing comes without grooves, but I find that the grooves help with cutting performance.
  14. Jk_4100


    Jan 28, 2011
    Yeah, I was aware of the Tanto version. But I really don't want a Tanto as an EDC blade.
  15. knivesandguns


    Mar 6, 2008
    Okay, yeah then I'd stick with USA steel if you've got the funds for it. Good luck with your decision :thumbup:
  16. Lover of Blades

    Lover of Blades

    Nov 9, 2010
    Of your choices, I'd say the Oso Sweet is great. But, I think that the RAT-1 is also one that should get your consideration. Its only $25 and its an amazing knife. I'm absolutely infatuated with it.
  17. Jk_4100


    Jan 28, 2011
    The thing about the Rat-1 is that it is out of stock at my local knife store, and ebay sellers charge wayyy to much for the plain edge ones.

    What about the 2 steels in the Rat-1 and the Kershaw Zing? How does 14C28N compare to AUS-8?
  18. thegeek574


    Sep 3, 2010
    It has already been stated. The OP wants kershaw.

    I love my skyline. it is sturdy, large, opens smooth, and looks very nice, neat and normal. besides, they are extremely common and cheap.
  19. Jk_4100


    Jan 28, 2011
    I'm really looking for any knife under $40, and kershaw seems to have the largest selection.
  20. knivesandguns


    Mar 6, 2008
    14C28N is better than AUS-8, just a different level.

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