*Knife Rant Warning*
Part of it is nostalgia, once again, it's the knife that got me into modern folders 7 years ago. I remember the struggle choosing between it and a medium Voyager, and only having the budget for one.
It's a really great design;
Ergonomics- I have big hands and normal sub 8" folders aren't that comfortable, but the Skyline is.
Blade Geometry- Near perfect for utility, has a very good slicing grind, is good for whittling, and a tip acute enough for digging out splinters.
Action- The flipping is a great example of the classical flipper feel, it does not rocket out like modern ones, it takes it's time like a Hinderer, and it's comfortable to "light switch" and "push button".
Steel- It's fine for a $40 knife, it's easy to sharpen, and it takes a great edge. Not to mention you can get it in different steels if you look around.
Feel- When I handle the premium Skyline (pic related), the BladeHQ exclusive, it has s30v steel and carbon fiber handles, it's about $100. It feels like it's related to my ZT's, it feels like the younger brother of my ZT0562cf.
It does all of this while being made in America for $40 for the base model. That's amazing. More so all the KIA knife companies (Kershaw, ZT, Shun) have amazing customer service. I've had many good experiences with them.
All of that is why I like the Kershaw Skyline, and most of it applies to the Leek and Link as well.