Reviewed 02/13/2010 by Matt
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 3 months
The Kershaw Skyline is a sweet little knife.
When buying a knife like this, it always comes down to three: The Kershaw skyline, the spyderco tenacious, and the buck vantage pro. Each knife has their merits, but if you are looking for a lightweight EDC general use knife, the skyline is tough to beat. I own a tenacious and skyline, and have handled the buck, but could never bring myself to buy it.
The Skyline is made in the USA, and when compared to the spyderco(made in china) and buck(made in usa) is much lighter. The skyline only has one liner, whereas the buck and spyderco have two. The kershaw has a very sleek profile and hardly feels like it's there in your pocket. The tenacious and buck are both bigger knives as well.
The handle on the skyline has great G10 on it with a nice texture. Comparible to the Tenacious in quality. Superior to the Buck. The skyline also has a stout clip. The liner lock is great, snaps open, and locks up tight. I'd say it is equally as good as the tenacious, the vantage pro is much thinner. The handle on the skyline is also long enough to be used as an impact device and possibly break glass, although would be better for this task if it had two liners.
The blade on the skyline is a hair over 3". The steel is good, takes an edge, and holds it for a reasonable amount of time. The blade is much thinner than the buck and spyderco. On the skyline, I'd say the thumb stud is useless. Literally, you can't open the knife with it. I even have strong guitar fingers. Still have a hard time getting it open with the stud. Fortunately Kershaw gave us the convenient flipper, which allows you to deploy the knife with your index finger. It opens quickly, but you need to readjust your hand once you get the blade open, something not necessary when opening the Tenacious or the Vantage Pro with the holes in their blades. For this reason I dinged this knife a little bit on ergonomics.
In terms of overall, I'm going to say that it's a tossup between the skyline and tenacious, depending on how you use the knife. The skyline is a little more EDC/light use than the Tenacious but the weight savings as a result are tremendous. The Tenacious is more robust, but probbaly unnecessarily so for what most people would do with it. The Buck just falls short in every category for me and does not stack up well against these two.