Ah, now you’re talking! Sleek, sturdy, sharp and affordable. The
Kershaw Skylineknife is a tool unto itself. It’s got a textured handle
providing a secure grip. Its locking liner keeps the blade safely in place until you release it.
The Flipper System® opens the knife easily with your index finger – with either hand!
And it comes with a removable pocket clip that can be reversed for a tip-up or tip-down carry. That about
covers it all from stem to stern.
But let me get into some detail for you. One of Kershaw’s most popular pocketknives, there is much to be said about its desirability. Let me start with the stuffit’s made of: the 3 1/8 inch blade is made of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel. Now unless you’re
a devoted wife buying for her husband ( gota love her ), you’ll know this material provides the hardness needed
for the job, whatever that job may be.
And you should know that 14C28N stainless steel is part of a wave of new knife steels that have
low carbon counts and high nitrogen counts. Why is this important, you wonder? Why, I’m glad you
asked: Simply put, it helps to keep the steel hard and provides better corrosion resistance. Just
what every man desires, hardness and a little resistance!
Now if you look at the blade, you’ll see that it’s a
conventional drop-point blade. This is a versatile design that gives good
balance for many purposes. As a slicer, you’ll notice that the blade
is hollow ground. That means the surface between the cutting edge and the
spine is slightly concave. And it’s only 1/16 of an inch thick. You’ll also
notice that it has quite a long cutting edge in proportion to the blade. And the cutting
edge is exactly as long as the blade, so it rivals the cuttingefficiency of many other knives which are up to 1/2"
But don’t let me stop there!Permit me to tell you about the rest of the
knife. Overall, it weighs only 2.3 ounces and measures 4 ¼ inches closed and 7 3/8
inches when open. The ergonomically-styled handle is made of a fibreglass called
G-10 and has a stonewashed bead-blast finish. This fibreglass is light
but tough and practically indestructible. And with the scales etched into the handle, the
non-slip surface won’t slip off your pocket edge if accidentally brushed that way. Nor will it
slip out of your hand easily. If your hand is wet and it starts to slip, you’ll feel it. Those
non slip scales are kind’a like a free insurance policy for
And then there’s the Flipper feature. That’s the way you deploy your knife. Just
like the Kershaw Leek has the SpeedSafe-assisted opening mechanism, the Kershaw
Skyline has the Flipper. You can quickly open your blade with just your
index finger and it serves as a finger guard, preventing the blade from accidentally closing
on you. And that’s the index finger on either hand. So don’t let anyone say it’s
not as ambidextrous as Kershaw’s more expensive blades.
Now speaking of the Flipper feature brings me to my next point: The liner
lock. Its role is obviously to keep the blade in the open position but there’s also a
bump on the lock that mates with the hole on the blade to keep it closed, too. Now if you can read
between those lines, it’ll say to you that you’ll have to apply a littleextra pressure to open
the blade, disconnecting the hole from the bump. That’s the safety feature Kershaw built in
to prevent an accidental opening. Ingenious!
And then on top of all that, there’s the finger groove. This deep
indexfinger groove gives you a more positive grip that prevents slippage and makes the
knife safer to handle. Especially in the thrust action. That’d be a bad time for your hand to
And like all its Kershaw cousins, it has a handy dandy – and removable –
pocket clip because all guys have preferences of whether to carry our knives tip-up or
tip-down. And then there’s those guys who don’t want it attached at all! They just want to slip it into
their pockets. And without the clip, it’s a mere 3/8 inchthick so nobody will even
know it’s there, not even your wife when you’re out on a hot date with her and you’re wearing
your handsome-est lightweight pants. When she’s eye-balling you across the room, that hard thing you
want her to see down there shouldn’t be your knife.
And lastly – but not the least of all the Skyline’s noteworthy attributes – is
Skyline’s torx screw construction. If you have the appropriate screwdriver bits, you can
adjust the pivot tension if you want to or you can dissemble the knife for cleaning and
lubrication. You may have noticed that many knives are put together with
rivets which makes adjustment impossible and cleaning a sour chore! Not the
Skyline. Convenience and usefulness all rolled into one
So in a nutshell, Kershaw designer Tommy Lucs has hit a homerun with his
Skyline design. This EDC (every day carry) knife comes out of the box fully lubricated
and sharpened, reporting for duty. It comes in basic black or a special "Damascus" edition or the
ACU digital camo G-10 version. And all are plain edged. There is no serrated choice in the
Skyline, ‘cuz I know you’re going to ask. It’s a steal of a deal at around $35 and made exclusively in
The Kershaw Skyline is a popular knife that makes you feel like you’re cutting
through butter every time you use it even though it’s considered a "work-horse" of a pocket knife.
It has a limited lifetime warranty (which you may very likely never need) and I know you will be
thrilled with this humble little utility tool.