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Skyline vs. Griptilian

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by el gigantor, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. Phair12


    Mar 31, 2012
    I'll put it this way. My fde skyline is in the 2nd class basket. I have 4 grips in the primary basket. A 551 550 555 and a 556
  2. link2derek


    Oct 8, 2010
    I've owned both. Mini-Grip all day long.
  3. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Well if your name is any indication of your hand size, I'm thinking you will find the Skyline a bit slim to use, where the grips have a more substantial size handle and now they are coming out with G10 versions!! very nice.

    BUT since you said it wouldn't or might not be for yourself? which is an odd request in and of itself, I'd still suggest the grip full size version, I just got the 551-1 with the new CPM-C20v steel and G10 scales, quite nice!


    I also own a Skyline, actually I had modified it's blade to a more pointier style more to my liking, also a very nice knife but for an EDC it feels too light a carry/slim, good office knife maybe?


  4. Atakdog

    Atakdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2012
    I would go with the griptillian because it is bigger and a higher quality knife, but I think many people underestimate the strength of the skyline. The tip isn't very strong but the liner lock is very well designed and altogether I would say it is pretty strong for it's size and slimness. Back when I had one it always felt sturdy and I actually batoned down some ~1" oak saplings with it as a test with no blade play afterwards.
  5. el gigantor

    el gigantor

    Oct 5, 2015
    The more reading and research I do, the more I realize how ludicrous it is to compare and contrast such different blades. Perhaps if I would have just said how much I'm looking to spend..

    The one major drawback I see about the Grip is the plasticky handle, but if it's now available with G-10 then I'm sold!
  6. Seneca18

    Seneca18 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2015
    Grip, unless it was a premium Skyline. I prefer the ergos of the Skyline more.
    [​IMG]Untitled by Danny Nystrom, on Flickr
  7. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Considering you can get a blem Skyline from Kershawguy for right around $30 and Grips start out just a bit over $100, you're really doing an apples and oranges comparison. If money weren't a factor, it'd be Grip all day, every day. The Grip is one of my favorite knives, particularly when upgraded with aftermarket scales or the new G10/20CV versions.

    But...dollar for dollar...is the Grip really 3X the knife the Skyline is? I don't think so.

    So, if the massive difference in cost isn't an issue, then by all means go with the Grip. However, you'd be hard pressed to find a better knife for $40 than a USA made, Sandvik steel, G10 Skyline.
  8. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Totally different animals...

    Premium Skyline I would say is in the same grade as a Griptilian, cf handle and s30v blade, for around the same price, but still different beasts...
  9. billygoat78

    billygoat78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 24, 2009
    I think a mini Grip vs. a Skyline is a better comparison. The full size griptilian is a whole different size category.
    But of those I'd take the mini Griptilian (sheepsfoot) or a delica over the skyline, however they're all great choices depending on your price range and size/lock design preferences.
  10. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Mini grip is a far better knife IMO, except for the plastic handles. However, the grip costs quite a bit more! I would look for both used and compare for yourself, then sell the less desired knife.
  11. Brusiedmeat

    Brusiedmeat Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2015
    The skyline is slim as mentioned, but takes little bit more flick with the wrist/preload the flipper.
    The grip is easier to flip open due to the axis system.
    Both good knives.
    S30v if going with skyline.
    I would lean more towards the grip, but people love the skyline as well.
  12. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I find the skyline to be a poor flipper and not very comfortable. But it does slice very well and I prefer the liner lock.
    However I prefer the steel on the grip. And for me the grip is a work horse that will take a beating. But it does cost a fair bit more.
  13. Bill1170

    Bill1170 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    I own both the Skyline and mini Ritter Grip. The Grip is better, but at more than twice the price, it ought to be. I don't like how the Skyline opens, but the super thinness is great. However, neither one can kick the Delica out of my pocket.
  14. zl1


    Nov 24, 2012
    I'd take the Grip over the Skyline any day of the week.
    Skyline just isn't in the same class.
  15. sonofjesse

    sonofjesse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Both are great knives!! I really enjoy bench-made. However, the price is double, last time I looked well actually over double. I can't say I would pay double for the mini grip. Both are made in USA by good companies.

    Bang for the buck skyline :)

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