According to the manufacturer, the Skif 566 BL folding knife is one of the most aggressive and durable in the lineup. In order to verify this information and to obtain reliable and independent data, Kizlyar Ukraine LLC kindly provided a SKIF 566 BL folding knife for testing.
Skif 566 BL 440C G-10 folding knife, review, test, and general field work experience.
SKIF is a Ukrainian company with manufacturing facilities in China. It has been actively represented on the market for about a year. A feature of the goods of this company is the optimal combination of price and quality. On the one hand, thoughtful design, high-quality materials and a pretty good build. On the other hand, a rather low price, compared to analogues of other manufacturers.
The main characteristics of a folding knife SKIF 566 BL declared by the manufacturer (specified in brackets during the test).
Total length: 235mm
(Folded length (the same handle length) 134.8 mm)
Blade length: 110 mm (101 mm to the protrusion of the handle and 88.9 to the opening screw)
(Cutting edge length 104 mm)
Blade Thickness: 4 mm (3.9 mm)
(Blade width 29.8 mm)
Blade Material: Black 440C Stainless Steel
Hardness: 56-58 HRC
Sharpening Type: Plein
(Sharpening structure: double wedge)
Knife Handle Material: G10
(Max grip width 37.1 mm)
(Stick thickness 17.7 mm)
Lock Type: Liner (2mm Thickness)
Clip: 2-position adjustable
Case Material: Genuine Leather
Country of manufacture: China.
And so, the first impression of the SKIF 566 BL folding knife is a massive and aggressive, real work tool. Big for EDC, but just right for the fields. In general, it is structurally reminiscent of the famous Benchmade Rukus, but with various design changes. The construction of the 566th Scythian from two metal dies of stainless steel, two millimeters thick each, with a black anti-corrosion coating. G10 fiberglass handle grips with a grooved, anti-slip surface. Pads are very well fitted to the dies, do not have cracks and burrs.
G10 turned out to be quite strong, withstood all bullying during operation, chips and cracks did not appear. However, it was noted in a humid environment, on the surface of G10, an unstable white coating forms. Something like an oxidizing film, the photo shows in front of the handle. But, this does not affect the operational characteristics of the knife, but is wiped with any cloth or napkin..
The handle, although of impressive size, sits securely in the hand, does not slip, does not cause discomfort. The thickness and anatomy of the SKIF 566 BL handle play a positive role when cutting thick branches. Taking the knife for the last third, you can significantly increase the lever and the impact force when cutting, while the knife does not tend to jump out of the hand.
There is no hole for the lanyard on the handle, but this is compensated by the possibility of tying the lanyard for the last fixing pin. The blade does not interfere at all.
The knife clip is quite comfortable, it fixes the knife well in your pocket, and can be used for belts up to four centimeters wide. When operating a knife, it does not create discomfort. Unfortunately, the clip can only be mounted on the right and left side, in the back of the knife. While I prefer the fastening method in the front (from the blade side) part. It is strange why they did not make such a fastener, there is plenty of space for the clip. The SKIF 566 BL is also equipped with a leather carrying case. The case is quite simple in design, with a button-fastened flap. Made quite solidly of good leather, it allows use with a belt up to 5.5 cm wide. My opinion is for a knife of this type, there is no need for a cover. The case could be sold as a separate accessory for an amateur.
And finally, let’s move on to the SKIF 566 BL blade. The blade is massive, quite comfortable. The slopes built with a double wedge make it possible to carry out a wide range of work from rough cutting and opening canned goods to thin cutting of products. Pegs are located on both sides of the blade and equally conveniently allow you to open the knife with the thumbs of both hands. Steel on the blade is made according to the correct recipe is not over-heated, but not soft. For the entire period (several months) of operation, I was not able to completely kill the sharpening or serrate the knife (naturally without making special attempts).
Separately, I would like to note the quality of the black coating, the origin of which is unknown. The coating turned out to be very resistant, for a knife in this price category. For example, after opening canned food, tin-like marks remain on the blade, similar to scratches, but after washing the blade or cutting food, they disappear. Corrosion from moisture, for the entire time of operation was also not detected.
But still, the SKIF 566 BL folding knife revealed weaknesses. One of them is the weak (in my opinion) fixing screws of the handle. During the cutting of branches, two rear screws of the handle broke, which led to its loosening. And also, one of the second-layer gaskets was flattened between the blade and the handle dies. This led to a backlash of the blade in the handle. The liner (retainer) showed itself from the best side. Locking the blade always remained reliable, the latch did not bend or float.
Folding Knife Summary SKIF 566 BL.
When eliminating minor flaws, put copper gaskets, not second-layer ones; tighten the screws on the handle; to make a four-position clip, this knife would become an almost perfect companion for people of extreme professions, outdoor enthusiasts, etc. And now, we have not expensive, on average 300 hryvnias, but rather high-quality and unpretentious knife. I recommend.