Kershaw Skyline Fixed Blade Knife Review

There have been all sorts of reviews from all sorts of people from all over the internet. The Kershaw Skyline use to only be held and sold specifically at Cabela’s. Now this small, but amazingly put together knife is sold only at BladeHQ.com. The Kershaw Skyline has become a very sought after knife, and I never knew why until I had the experience of holding and using one. This knife can be used for pretty much anything and everything: from an everyday carry knife to your most used hunting knife.

The Kershaw Skyline fixed blade knife has many great features. This knife is very light, yet very durable. It has a full tang 14C28N Sandvik blade. Now I know not everyone knows how to explain or describe that blade stainless steel, and honestly neither do I, except that it has been compared to the American made 154CM stainless steel. Now I don’t know how accurate that is considering 14C28N is a Swedish made steel and 154cm is an American made steel. But hey if you need a comparison steel to make things easier to visualize. Now I’m not saying that the steel on this knife is bad by any means. I’m just saying it’s not quite up there with 154cm. But I will tell you a thing or two about this stainless steel. For one it is a very durable steel, and can be put through pretty much anything and keep its quality in edge retention. I don’t know a whole lot about Swedish steels, but from what I hear you won’t exactly be let down by it. It has an HRC of about 55-62. Now 62 HRC is pretty dang hard to get up to even for the higher end steels like 154cm and S30VN, between 55-58 is more believable.

The handles on this knife are great for gripping which is why it used for pretty much anything. It has G-10 scale handles, which personally are some of my favorite handle types. A lot of knife companies will try to sell you on how great their rubber (plastic) handles are and how superb they are above all the others. Well I say G-10, Micarta, and actual rubber gripping are the best for handles with any knife, and considering it is just barely less than 8 inches in overall length I say it fits in your hand very comfortably.

Over all I love this knife. IIf I were to go camping or to have a sheathed knife to have on me at all times, well it would be this little number. But don’t just take my word for it, purchase one and you will know exactly what I am talking about!

Kershaw Skyline Fixed Blade Knives are sold exclusively at BladeHQ.com.

Kershaw Rake Review

Lately, I have not been able to find or buy enough Kershaw knives. My most recent obsession, specifically, is a Tim Galyean designed knife, the Kershaw Rake:

I don’t have very large hands and this knife fits nice and snug in my hand. If you have larger hands, you might not be able to fit all of your fingers on this one. The G10 scales promise a firm grip on the handle. It also features a very subtle bead blast pocket clip design with “Kershaw” running up it. The pocket clip is tight but not to the point where you are struggling to remove from your pocket. Also, the pocket clip is ambidextrous and reversible for a tip up or tip down carry.

The next thing that is sure to catch your eye is the blade. It has a very thick and rugged look to it. The composite blade edge of the knife consists of a wear-resistant Crucible CPM-D2 steel. As for the spine of the blade, it has a high-performance Sandvik 14C28N steel with jimping to increase traction. With this type of blade, it makes it excellent for carving or slicing.

With such a large blade, you normally might be concerned with how well the blade locks up. Another worry might be how the well SpeedSafe design works on it. The blade always locks up flawlessly with the matte finished steel liner lock frame which perfectly aligns in the center of the blade. The SpeedSafe flips that size of a blade right. It isn’t a fast spring assisted knife, but the size is enough to make up for it. The whole knife weighs in at 4.8 ounces.

Lets sum up the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Comfortable G10 scales
  • Composite; Crucible CPM-D2 / Sandvik 14C28N blade
  • SpeedSafe with flipper
  • Comfortable carry
  • Overall solid knife
  • Ambidextrous / reversible pocket clip

Cons:

  • Not as comfortable if you have larger hands
  • Takes up a lot of space in your pocket

As you can see for yourself, in my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot. Quite simply, I find it safe to say that this knife is a good choice if you are considering for purchase.