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Great Knife At An Affordable Price,
This review is from: Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife (Sports)
=== Specifications - "The Facts" ===
-- Blade Steel: Sandvik 14C28N Stainless Steel with Stone-Washed Finish
- A stonewashing looks similar to bead/sand blasted frosting. The blade is refined by tumbling with an abrasive media, or "stones." The finish tends to mask any scratches that occur with use.
-- Blade Shape -
-- Handle: Textured Black G-10 Polymer
-- Blade Length: 3.125 inches (7.9 cm)
-- Closed Length: 4.25 inches (10.8 cm)
-- Overall Open Length:
-- Weight: 2.3 oz.
-- Lock Type: Liner Lock
- The "liner" is a metal part that forms part of the handle. When the blade is fully deployed, part of the liner, called the liner lock, wedges underneath the blade, locking the blade in an open position.
-- Opening Mechanism: Ambidextrous Thumb Stud or Flipper
- A thumb stud is a cylindrical shaped stud that is attached at the base of the blade near the handle, allowing deployment with one hand. The blade opens when moderate pressure with a rotation sweeping motion is applied on the thumb stud with one's thumb.
- A flipper is an extended part of the base of the blade that protrudes on the back side when the blade is closed. The blade flips open when some moderate pressure is applied by one's index finger on the flipper.
-- Pocket Clip: Reversible, Right-side Pocket Clip
-- Lanyard Hole: Yes
-- Function: Everyday Carry, Utility
=== Overview - "First Impressions" ===
The Kershaw Skyline is a handsome everyday carry (EDC) folding knife. It features a stonewashed stainless steel blade with black, aggressively textured G-10 polymer handle scales. The blade's 3.125 inch length and drop-point blade shape makes it ideal for everyday utility use. The very light 2.3 ounce weight and medium size makes it easy to pocket and a very light burden.
=== Performance/Lasting Impressions - "Things to put on the backburner." ===
-- Lock - The Kershaw Skyline locks up very well. Once locked, the blade does not wiggle side-to-side or forward-backward. Liner locks, by nature, are thin; however, for the Skyline, it is more than sufficient. In addition, when the knife is in the closed position, it will not inadvertently open. It takes deliberate and moderate pressure on the thumb stud or flipper for it to open. By pushing the liner lock to the left unlocks the blade to close. Gimping on the liner lock makes closing the blade easy work.
-- Maintenance - The knife is completely user maintainable. All of the screws accept Torx bits. At the knife's pivot point, the use a phosphor bronze washers that allow the blade to open and close smoothly unlike some other knives that uses plastic or Teflon spacers that becomes brittle overtime.
-- Opening - The knifes opens very quickly and smoothly with the use of the flipper. The use of the thumb stud, however, is very difficult. The thumb stud is located too close to the handle, making it hard for the thumb to have any purchase on the stud. The thumb stud is also too close to the knife's pivot point, giving very little leverage to open the knife. Lastly, the shape of the thumb stud resembles a volcano, with the smaller part on top and a large base, reducing the grip on the thumb stud. This makes this knife almost exclusively a flipper opening folding knife.
-- Customization - The pocket clip is reversible for either tip-up or tip-down carry. However, the handles are drilled and tapped for clipping on the right pocket. There are no options for left pocket carry. In either tip-up or tip-down configuration, the knife protrudes about a half-inch out of the pocket. It would be nicer if it would carry deeper, but this is minor.
-- Blade Steel/Sharpness - The Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, according to the included literature, is "shaving sharp." Out of the box, the knife is indeed shaving sharp. This knife should hold up after some use in everyday carry. (I may add to this review later when it comes time to sharpen the knife.)
--Handle Texture/Shape - The black G-10 handle scales has a high traction texture looks like "checkering" and has the traction of skateboard tape. Even though the aggressive texture is great for maintain control over the knife when cutting and handling, the texturing under the pocket clip makes it a bit hard to clip your pocket and may shred the pocket. The handle's shape is ergonomic and feels solid in hand. A half-moon shape is cutout beneath the blade on the handle giving a perfect place for the index finger adding to grip and control.
=== Recommendation - "What I think..." ===
This is a wonderful and good looking everyday carry folding knife. If you want a light, compact, sharp, and affordable knife to carry around for whatever task arises, then this is the blade to get. As a right-handed person, the right pocket only setup is not an issue for me; however, for left-handed knife carriers, this may be a major detractor. The aggressive handle texture beneath the pocket clip may be annoying; however, is not a show-stopper for me. I live in an area that has a 4-inch blade restriction, and this knife, with its 3+ inch blade, fits the bill. I understand that this knife is not perfect, but the Kershaw Skyline meets my expectations for a less-than-forty-dollars knife (as of 2010); therefore, I recommend the Kershaw Skyline folding pocket knife for anyone looking for a good budget knife.