Skaha II Folding Knife

(28 customer reviews)

$199.20 USD

Because of the huge demand for this knife, we established a wait list and disabled our normal web ordering for this product.

We have closed the books on further Skaha waitlist sign-ups until we can catch up with the current backlog. Sign-ups will probably remain closed until the end of 2019.

We’ve increased the price of the Skaha II by $15 CAD (7%) our first increase in quite some time to help cover increases in our costs.

For people who are signed up to the wait list, you can check your remaining wait time by following instructions on this page. Approximately monthly, we will notify the next set of people on the list how to place an order, if they still wish to.

The Skaha II is almost identical to its predecessor with the notable exceptions of a new pocket clip, a slightly smaller flipper tab and a more generous sharpening choil.

We are now offering a left hand carry option. What you get with the left version is the exact same knife but with an additional clip mount point on the left scale. If you don’t want a clip mount breaking up the presentation side of the knife, don’t choose the option when your time comes to order. Read More

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Description


The Skaha II is a no-nonsense EDC folding knife, with all the best features of it’s predecessor and a few small improvements based on user feedback. It’s light enough that you forget it’s in your pocket and sturdy enough to handle most any standard cutting task. The perfect knife for users who want a great action at a reasonable price.

Brief maintenance instructions are packed with the knife and we have a  detailed maintenance document with everything you need to know about maintaining your Skaha. 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. 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.

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

 

Features

  • CPM S35VN stainless steel blade with our standard "CNC" blade finish which shows the milling contours that form the bevel.
  • Several colors of G10 epoxy-fiberglass layered laminate handle scales. For an extra cost, we offer the knife with solid carbon fiber scales.
  • Pivot bearings, pivot pin, thrust washers, and stop pin are made from hardened stainless steel. The lockbar is made from spring-tempered S35VN.
  • stainless steel wire pocket clip for good ergonomics
  • 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

Specifications

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)
G10 Weight: 3.0 oz. (85 grams)
Carbon Fiber Weight: 2.7 oz. (77 grams)

Blade steelCPM S35VN
Blade hardness: HRC 58-60
Blade thickness at spine: 0.1" (2.5mm)
Blade Grind: semi hollow (CNC milled)
Cutting edge angle (inclusive): 30°

Made in BC

28 reviews for Skaha II Folding Knife

  1. Otter

    Just got my Skaha II today! Man was I surprised to find out it was delivered, the shipping was so fast and arrived two days earlier than the expected delivery on the tracking. This knife is so amazing, the thwack of it opening and ping of lock up is like music to my ears. I’d recommend this knife to anyone and would give it 5 stars if not for some minor grips and fit and finish issues. As most have pointed out the flipper jimping is a bit sharp (and I don’t even mind how big the flipper is). Then the cutout behind the lockbar (where the lockbar goes when the knife is closed) is also a bit sharp and I think a small chamfer there would do the trick. I also wish the dayglow yellow and purple handle scales were still an option. Now just add a detent ramp (not sure how that’d work or if it’s even possible with a flat non-ball detent) and this knife will be over the top perfect. Keep up the good work!

  2. Kuzman

    I don’t have Skaha yet. But I have your kitchen knives and I have noticed something very important about your products – They are made to be used, not to be collected. They are made with the idea to bu functional and simple not just to look cool or exceptional. If something is not need for the better user experience it will not be found in your knives. Example for that is the CPM S35VN steel that you are using. CPM S35VN is not as fancy as CPM S110V but it is as good as the user rally need and has better performance in frequently neglect properties as toughness and easy sharpening…

  3. Dennis Lytle

    I have been carrying my Skaha II for about a week now. It is superb in all respects, fit, finish and handling. I’m proud to carry such a beautiful, made in B. C. product.

  4. BTGuy

    Just an all-around excellent knife! Came sharp and ready to use out of the box (felt like I was stealing an egg from a nest while unboxing with that packaging). The blade looks nice, but best of all it cuts very due to the thin blade stock. The handles are very well contoured and feels very comfortable in the hand. Deploys reliably, locks up firmly, and pockets easily. All the basics of what a knife should be are done very well in the Skaha.

    A couple areas I think could use some attention. The cutout in the handle for the lockbar results in a very thin edge of G10 that digs into the hand and the groove in the blade that engages the stop pin when open also has a bit of a sharp edge which can be felt when pressing firmly with the thumb. A slight tapering on these edges is all that is needed. My last nitpick is that the pocket clip doesn’t have a big enough gap to fit all the way into pockets on thicker pants. Works well on most pants except with jeans which have a doubled-up edge on the pocket.

    Considering the improvements that were made between the Skaha and Skaha II, I can imagine future models put out by North Arm being nothing short of spectacular. I’m so glad to see a Canadian knife maker putting out quality knives at affordable prices.

  5. aarondavis1980

    Blown away. I watched a lot of review videos for this knife and jumped on the waitlist the day it opened. I had high expectations due to all the hype surrounding this knife. After months of waiting it arrived the other day and I was completely blown away. It feels phenomenal in the hand. I like how the G10 scales are a bit thicker. It fills up the palm of my hand and doesn’t feel too small, which it would if the scales were thinner. The action is nuts. It fires open like a rocket. I have no other knife with an action this great. The mill lines on the blade look awesome and everyone that sees this knife comments on how beautiful the blade looks. I am very proud to own a Canadian made knife that was built in a workshop only a few kilometres from my house.

  6. Tyrone (verified owner)

    Purchased the natural G10 handles – Skaha II.
    Perfect fit and finish, beautiful blade grind and gorgeous G10.

    The action truly is second to none.
    The light weight of the knife in combination with the sturdy construction and perfect ergos make this a true gem.
    Take down is easy as taking 3 screw apart on the presentation side of the knife.

    If you’re thinking about it, just get already!

  7. Brian Biehs (verified owner)

    I’ve had my ShahaII for a few weeks now and I really don’t feel the desire to carry any of my other knives. The action is snappy with the detent so dialed in that it is darn near impossible to get this knife to partially deploy. What strikes me most, however, is the usefulness of this knife as a cutting tool. The blade is made of thin stock and is finished beautifully. This thing really cuts well. Great job!

  8. Jeremy Warren (verified owner)

    This knife beats out my collection full of blades in price ranges 2-3X as high. It feels absolutely perfect in hand, phenomenal action, and by the way…cuts extremely well. Going to sign up for a second after everyone gets a shot at one. I’m always thinking about which knife I would save if I had to sell the rest off. I now have my answer!

  9. Eric Sharp (verified owner)

    WOW! This knife is amazing! This is by far the best knife that I have ever owned, and I have knives in the $300-$450 range. I am not going to lie, I bought this knife in hopes of selling it, but as soon as I held this knife, I knew there was no way it was ever leaving my collection. This knife is perfect in every way. The action is amazing, the machine work is flawless, and the ease of disengaging the lock is so smooth and easy. When I ordered this knife I was not sure if paying over $180 for g10 and s35vn was worth the price. Let me tell you that this knife is worth more and then some!!! Well done!!

  10. Ken M (verified owner)

    Skaha II – very impressed! Crisp action, sharp as a razor out of the box and is still sharp after a few weeks of use. Looking forward to many years of use with this knife. You will not be disappointed with the Skaha II!!!

  11. Cole (verified owner)

    i received my Skaha II today, all i can say is WOW~

    lockup is crisp and this thing flies open/falls shut, rivaling any of my 3-400 dollar ceramic bearing folders, and this hasn’t even broken in yet! Grippy flipper stud allows for good purchase, as well as the spine jimping. The G10 Scales are nicely contoured in a way that allows for a palm swell, which is very comfortable, and the pocket clip gives me no hot spots in forward or reverse grip. it is very rare that i get a knife that amazes me in every way! Job very well done, you guys. I hope to be a continued customer.

  12. DR (verified owner)

    An absolutely amazing knife with an action that rivals any $500+ Flipper that I own.

    I’m just waiting for some new blade designs and sizes (3”, please!) – hopefully ya’ll are working on new blades now!

  13. skater780

    I have one of the older models i got second hand through a forum, this is an unbelievably good knife. I doubt ill ever see an action as smooth as this one, and i fully plan to buy another one once orders open up again.

  14. Steven R Johnson (verified owner)

    Mine just came in yesterday after a multi-month wait, and it is even better than I had hoped — the flipping action in particular is just insane and basically flips at the speed of thought. Fit and finish are meticulous, I couldn’t be happier; this is definitely a permanent keeper.

  15. Stacey Dormer (verified owner)

    This is one good Co to do business with, I have bought 3 Skaha knives two were for gifts, I also have purchased a Lynx and a Sitka all these knives have proven well worth having. Its so nice to be able to be able to recommend a local knife maker that’s second to none for product or service!!

  16. G. Smith (verified owner)

    Great knife! Amazing action and probably the sharpest knife out it the box that i have ever bought. For under $200 it’s a great value.

    I wish the jumping on the flipper tab was not so aggressive but otherwise it’s perfect.

    This would also make a great front flipper.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. Richard Gundersen

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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