Sorry for my absence! My computer overheated one too many times, and its replacement is working much better, but I digress. This is my collection of Kershaw Skylines. Each one is different. I love every one of them. The Skyline was my first decent knife. I bought my first one in January 2012, and it changed my life.
The knife pictured here is the standard model. I picked this one up for $33 a month ago, and I might get it pimped. This is my third standard model, after I gave the first two to coworkers. They love them.
This is a Cabela’s exclusive Blaze Orange Skyline. I got this for, no joke, $30 (plus $8 shipping from Cabela’s). Now they are out of stock, but maybe you can find one from KershawGuy or other people for around $50. As you can see it has orange G10 and a plain satin blade. This has the most use out of all my Skylines.
These were from Blade HQ late last year. I think they were around $30 each, maybe $35. They have the red/blue G10 and beautiful stonewashed blades. Nowadays you can find them for around $60.
This is the tan/black DLC that was tested a few months ago. I got mine for about $45 from KershawGuy. I don’t think I’ve carried mine. Maybe one day I will.
Here are the fixed-blade models. These are my favorite users. It just feels right. I EDC the black one at work sometimes (blends in with my work shirt). The orange one I use when I go on day hikes. These were – wait for it – $20 from Blade HQ on Black Friday. Yep.
Here is the kydex sheath that I use. The sheath that they came with is pretty bad. It’s just some crappy leather sheath. I didn’t carry them until I got the sheaths. They were made in mass for Blade HQ by a guy named Linos, or something like that. The clip is a Spyderco G-clip. I like the clip, but you have to lock-tite it or it will wiggle loose, big time.
Here is my Damascus Skyline. I laughed because the day after I told Chris I was going to write on my Skyline collection he posted about the Damascus one. I missed the pre-orders that were done earlier this year, so it took me nearly 3 months to track one down. I will not use this one because of the Damascus.
And now the pinnacle of my collection. I never thought I would get one because, again, I missed the orders. One popped up for sale on BladeForums a couple weeks back, so I had to jump on it. This is a Blade-forums exclusive S30V Skyline. It has blue G10 and a flat ground blade, not the hollow ground that is on every other model. They were limited to 500 pieces. I got #399. I will have to warm up to using this. My Skylines are mine forever, so I don’t have to really worry about resale value, but it’s still tough to make that decision for knives that I cherish.
This is not all of the versions produced. There are three left: a red one with a satin finish (1760RD), the Ducks Unlimited version, which is ridiculously rare, and a red one with a Snap-On logo (1760RDSO). If these pop up for sale I will buy them, but for now this is how my collection stands.
I hold the Skyline in high regard. I have found the capabilities of this knife to far exceed others in the weight and price range. They have always come extremely sharp and have kept that edge for multiple working days (mostly cardboard, tape, and tie straps). The 14C28N steel is simply amazing. Also amazing are the ergonomics. This knife perfectly molds into my hands, the fixed version even more so. The only complaint that I have is that the pocket clip tears up the pocket of my jeans. I guess this can be remedied by sanding the area under the clip, but I haven’t done that yet. It is my #1 recommendation to people when they ask what knife they should buy (price considered). Once you get a Skyline, there is no going back.