Skaha Folding Knife

Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

From: $163.00 USD



NOTE: The Skaha continues to be on back-order. We’ve experienced significant demand since Nick Shabazz released his maintenance and review videos. Skaha orders will be filled strictly in the sequence received. Because of the backlog, a Skaha ordered today will not ship till Feb 16th 2018 (we’ll keep this updated). We are adding a note to every order with the planned ship date; if it looks like the plan will slip, we will provide an updated date; otherwise we will not contact you. BTW, we have been keeping to our schedule and are hoping to get many Skahas out earlier than planned (no promises). 

We are sold out of the knife oil at the moment so it can’t be added to your order until we get new stock or an alternate product (Daiwa dealers we’ve contacted can not source this oil at the moment).  As for color choices, we are reducing the number overall. Day glow yellow is no longer available and purple will soon be sold out. However, royal blue has been added by popular demand (no proper photo yet) and we’ll soon refresh the product photos so they show only assembled knives in the available colors.

The Skaha folding knife (Ska-ha) is a lightweight modern “flipper” pocket knife. The blade is a highly useful 3.3 inches long and flips very smoothly on miniature ball bearings. Pulling on the flipper tab loads a detent to the point resistance is overcome and the blade opens with a click using just one hand. Closing is also a one handed operation in which the lockbar tab is pushed to the side to allow the blade to close. As an every day carry (EDC) knife, the one handed opening and closing makes it an amazingly useful tool compared to a traditional pocket knife. The knife carries tip up via a single position pocket clip.

We CNC mill the blade from CPM S35VN stainless steel. Our standard “CNC” blade finish shows the milling contours that form the bevel.

We machine the handle scales from G10 epoxy-fiberglass layered laminate, a relatively light but super strong material.

The bearings, pivot pin, thrust washers, stop pin and pocket clip are made from hardened stainless steel. The lockbar is made from spring-tempered S35VN.

Maintenance instructions are packed with the knife and we have a detailed online how-to. If you don’t already have a light oil for your folder, we offer a good knife oil as an option to purchase with the knife.

Legal Note: This style of folding knife is legal in Canada and in most places around the world because it does not open automatically or by a wrist flick, or utilize any spring assist. We recommend you thoroughly research the laws applicable in your area before ordering. Some local laws in the USA (eg Chicago, NYC) have significant restrictions on knife carry/possession and significant penalties if you’re caught. This article would be a good place to start. Australia changed their import law in Dec 2015 to specifically allow flipper knives. If in any doubt, you should contact your border control authority and ask them. The onus is on you to follow your national and local laws.

The Skaha takes its name from a lake in the fertile Okanagan Valley of BC.

This is the brief info sheet we include in the box with the Skaha. For further information on care and sharpening look at the pages under the “knife care” tab on the menu bar.

We back all of our knives with a warranty and satisfaction guarantee!


Maximum closed dimensions L x W x H: 4.4″ x 1.4″ x 0.75″ (11.2cm x 3.6cm x 1.9cm)
Blade length (tip to handle): 3.3″  (8.38cm)
Open length: 7.75″ (19.7cm)
Open length: 4.4″ (11.18cm)
Weight: 3.1 oz. (90 grams)

Blade steelCPM S35VN
Blade hardness: HRC 59-61
Blade thickness at spine: 0.1″ (2.5mm)
Blade Grind: semi hollow (CNC milled)
Cutting edge angle (inclusive): 30°

Made in BC

Additional information

Weight .2 kg
Dimensions 15.2 x 10.1 x 5 cm

12 reviews for Skaha Folding Knife

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nik McEwan (verified owner)

    Amazing knife!! It was dilivered quickly, and was super sharp out of the box. The steel is excellent and holds an edge like it should. The lock-up is so crisp and the blade has no movement when open. Highly recommend this knife to anyone. I have one and i am ordering another as a wedding gift for a close friend of mine. Worth every penny.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Steven Dick (verified owner)

    I really like the size and shape of this knife. It’s my idea of the perfect deer hunter’s folder. That said, it seems like the locking bar is a little on the thin side. That probably won’t be a problem if all the knife is used for is field dressing game but I’m not sure it would stand up to any abnormal stress in an emergency.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris (verified owner)

    Bought this after reading several reviews. Glad I did. This is a well thought out and well executed folder. Functions flawlessly and the blade is nice and thin. Excellent folder at a price point that is silly.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Gundersen

    Thank The Nick you got a Holy S*** Gem

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Braxton Erickson (verified owner)

    The small details in this folder are what count and they’re amazing! The flipping action is amazing! This entire knife is perfect. The only complaint I have is on arrive the tip of my blade was chipped. It was easily fixable by sharpening. Place an order on this knife, you won’t be disappointed!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marshall (verified owner)

    The fit and finish are just fantastic. Attention to details, just great. The action is second to none. Only have had it for a few hours and already wanting to order another!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank Fanelli (verified owner)

    Great knife!!!!! I would recommend this to anyone. The action and detent are perfect! Buy this knife! You won’t be disappointed!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aidan (verified owner)

    Just got mine in the mail today. You guys have absolutely outdone yourselves with the Skaha. It’s tight as a drum, the action is unlike anything I’ve ever seen or felt in a knife and the details are superb throughout. Keep it up!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick Lewis (verified owner)

    This is, in my opinion, the best action you can get on a flipper knife for under $200. Really well built folder and you can tell these guys took their time to think the design through. Not to mention they seem to take their time to do it right as well and pay attention to the details. They’ve already made several improvements from customer feedback which is really impressive. The lead time is long on these for a reason and they’re worth the wait. Really all the knife you need and if it was the only one I could have I wouldn’t be upset.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark W (verified owner)

    This is a great knife. It’s probably my new favorite pocketknife. The rounded handle is very nice to hold, and I love the look of the CNC-milled blade. The action is remarkable and the detent is dialed in perfectly. It deploys great every time. If I had to nit-pick, I would ask for a slightly smaller flipper tab. The tab isn’t huge but it deploys so easily that you don’t need a big tab for leverage. All-in-all a great knife and I look forward to what North Arm has for us next.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ed Shaffer (verified owner)

    Got my Yellow Glow Yesterday and it is just awesome. Everything previously stated about this knife is true. Only thing I would like to see is slightly more texture in the handle. They just recently added a new “natural” color G10 handle so I placed an order today for a second Skaha. Hopefully they’re able to catch up on production and I’ll have it before Groundhog Day (US). Can one of you two gents head to Oregon and show Benchmade how to center their blades…that would be most appreciated? One recommendation to those ordering is bypass Expedited Delivery. Although I received my knife within the “4-10” business days it wasn’t “expeditious” by any means. With Skahas going out on Friday, they don’t appear to start moving until Monday, which is two days wasted. Add dwell time in immigration 1-2 days and catching a US holiday, I got my 3oz knife in the tiny box in 11 days/7 business not counting the late Friday ship date. In closing, just same time and order two Skaha’s and hope these guys come up with another folder.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    David (verified owner)

    Got mine in June or so (2017) and have carried and used it a bunch. Just a great knife. I was surprised by the look when I got it – the design is so simple it could be that good. Then I flipped it open. The handle is as stiff as you’d expect. Action is excellent. Blade shape and edge retention are great. This is one of my favorite knives at any price. This is just a great flipper.

    Well done, guys. I’m likely buying a second one. Would love to see a smaller option – around 3″ (7.6 cm) or just under.

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