Busse Skeleton Key
Knife Collectors Org. Review:
At first look, the Busse Skeleton Key appears to be like a steak knife missing a handle. Sleek and long, it is apparent where it gets its name from. Offered in an interesting mix of colours, the Skeleton Key is one of Busse’s smallest knives, and one of the most affordable too. To some, it seems like this knife is too small to be used outdoors, especially for chopping and batoning. That being said, being made of Busse steel, it goes without saying that the Skeleton Key can withstand a good amount of hard usage.
Though it may looks flimsy, it is thick enough to be used decently for a wide variety of tasks, excluding prying. There was a case where a user put his Skeleton Key in a concrete block and kicked it. What resulted is that the knife broke, which would be expected for a knife that is obviously not designed for such serious abuse. Jerry Busse surprisingly (to everyone’s amazement) honoured the Busse warranty and replaced that owner’s Skeleton Key with a new one.
Some have found interesting uses for their Busse Skeleton Key, like being used as a steak knife or a neck knife.
Overall, the Busse Skeleton Key is one of the lightest and smallest Busse knives. For such a tiny knife that is made of Busse INFI steel, backed by Busse’s unconditional lifetime warranty, the Skeleton Key is one hell of a knife to be used and abused. It is quite hard to find one for sale these days, so if you come across one do grab it!
Editor’s Rating: 8/10
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Blade Length: 3″ x .187″
Length Closed: -NA-
Overall length: 7″
Blade Steel: Busse INFI Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 58-60
Blade Finish: Polished
Weight: 1.9 oz.
Lock Type: -NA-
Carry System: -NA-
Handle Material: -NA-
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: USA
Part #: -NA-
Production Status: Discontinued
Last Known MSRP: Premium Member Content (see FAQs)
Current Estimated Price: Premium Member Content
Production dates: Premium Member Content
Production numbers: -unknown-
Limited run?: No.
Other things of interest: –
Rarity Index: 8/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 – Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 – Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 – Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 – Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 – Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the “For Sale” part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 – Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you’re lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 – Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can’t find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife’s product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 – The rarest of all knives. If you hadn’t been here you wouldn’t even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom…