If you want a knife for everyday use, the Kershaw Skyline could be your favorite. It’s dependable, simple, and opens easier than most one-hand opening knives.
Kershaw built the Skyline for people who need a dependable pocket utility blade, leaving out all the fancy stuff that looks pretty but breaks or weighs too much. At 2.3 ounces, you’ll hardly notice this knife when it’s clipped to the edge of your pocket. When a chore calls for a good cutter, the Skyline responds with a 3-1/8-inch-long hollow ground blade of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel. A thumb stud on the blade helps with opening, but the better method involves pulling back on the flipper that projects from the spine of the closed knife. With the tip of your index finger, you can open and lock the blade in one easy motion without slipping your thumb across that sharp edge. Once open, the secure liner lock prevents any accidental closure and allows work with full pressure — in safety. A deep finger choil adds to the grip the textured G-10 handle slabs provide. The “stonewashed” surface of the blade reduces glare without the military look of a tactical knife.
Torx screws allow adjustment of bearing tension and even complete disassembly by owners, so as the knife wears, you can keep it in top condition. If age slows it down, a disassembly allows thorough cleaning and a return to easy action. With a handle length of 4-1/4 inches, it’s enough knife to fit anyone’s hand, offering enough hold for heavy slicing work. Like most pocket folders, it’s not meant for prying — the drop point blade is only 1/8 inch thick.
For a tactical product of similar size, see the Kershaw Black Storm with a recurve blade designed for strap cutting and other tough jobs.