When it comes to knives that deserve attention, it's a little like collecting Matchbox cars. There always seems to be an endless array of choices. I absolutely love seeking out cool knives, especially in the pocket knife category. Finding them and gathering information about how they are made and where you can purchase them is easy, especially considering how far online shopping has come. The best part is that these EDC knives are safe and easy for everyday carry and use for almost anyone with a passion for a good pocket knife. Sure, you can purchase a decent knife for a reasonable price or buy a collector's item for much more, but getting what you pay for is the bottom line. Whether you prefer a folding knife or the fixed blade knife version, you can still be sure that you can get quality for an extensive range of prices, depending on what you want: a simple blade or a fancy knife with bells and whistles.
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Best Simple-Use Pocket Knife
This minimalist design knife is for those who want functionality without giving up style. It feels great in the hand, like any knife should, and comes in multiple material and color options. The Sandvik S35VN stainless steel blade is a quality trait of the Allman from WESN, but also not all that unusual in pocket knife circles. It can be accessorized with, among other things, a leather sheath or a pocket sharpener.
- Size: 6.65 in (open)/3.8 in (closed)
- Blade Material: CPM S35VN
- Handle Material: Grade 5 Titanium Scales or G10 Scales
- Mechanics: Frame-lock (Titanium) or Liner-lock (G10)
- Misc: Pocket clip & lanyard hole included
Classic Pocket Knife with Modern Updates
The Böker Boxer has a composite Micarta handle in which the fibers are saturated in resin, cured, and then sanded to its unique finish making it extremely dense. Böker knives are made to fit in the hand perfectly and provide the user with an excellent functional and easy-to-use design, and they look great. The distressed-style appearance of the knife makes it look old and well-used, but in a good way. It would make a great knife for camping or hiking in the wilderness.
- Size: 7.68 in (open)/4.37 in (closed)
- Blade Material: N690 Steel
- Handle Material: Micarta
Best Pocket Knife That's Built to Last
Here is an excellent choice for your wallet and an easy-to-use EDC knife that won't break the bank. This utility folding knife has about a three-and-a-half-inch blade and a good handle that doesn't stop an excellent grip but isn't in your way. It opens easily one-handed with the sturdy thumb stud, and includes a tip-up clip for simple carrying. This is one of those knives that proves you don't have to pay a substantial amount for a good knife, but they are out there if you desire.
- Size: 8.00 in (open)/ 4.5 in (closed)
- Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
- Handle Material: Machined G10
Best Choice for a Fancy Flipper
Böker U.S.A. has a knack for coming up with some versatile knives that are reasonably priced. That holds true, even for an EDC knife that will run you a little more than $130. You will find the materials and ease of operation are stellar. Honestly, the Kwaiken looks excellent and feels perfect in the hand. Along with a liner lock, this knife has a fiberglass handle and has received really good reviews online overall.
- Size: 8.66 in (open)/5.08 in (closed)
- Blade Material: D2
- Handle Material: Aluminum
Best Pocket Knife That Really "Makes a Point"
The Vigil is made with heavily-milled titanium and an M390 blade that will last forever, but it is the blue and gold color on the ergonomic handle that we love the best. Even though it comes with a zippered storage case, it fits well in the pocket and includes a sturdy pocket clip, so it's ready for use at a moment's notice. And who would want to hide that beautiful finish, anyway?!
- Size: 7.75 in (open)/4.5 in (closed)
- Blade Material: Bohler M390 stainless
- Handle Material: nylon
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