The 6 Best Pocket Knives Of 2020
Pocket knives are small tools also called tactical, jack or folding knives. These knives can be used for everything, from self-defence to survival. They got the pocket knives name because when they closed, they can fit in any pocket. However, let’s first review the best pocket knives on the market, and after that, we will talk about the buyer’s guide.
|Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife|
Lightweight, easy to carry and maintain, overall length is 5.25 inches
|TAC-FORCE Engraved Pocket Knife|
Stainless steel blade, free engraving, and 7.75 inches long knife
|Kershaw 1670BLK Folding Knife|
Stainless steel blade, full length is 8 inches, full black knife
|CRKT M16-14SFG Military Knife|
Folding blade, G10 handle, full lengthiness is 9.25 inches
|MTECH Dagger Blade Knife|
Free engraving, full knife length is 7.75 inches, stainless steel blade
|Elk Ridge Pocket Knife|
Quality knife, full length is 7.75 inches, and balde is long 3 inches
Gerber Paraframe Mini Pocket Knife
Gerber is the first knife on the list. This is also the most popular pocket knife on Amazon.com. Its advantages are next: it is small enough, fits well in hand and it is lightweight. There are more exciting features to talk about, so let’s get started.
|Perfect for everyday|
|Maybe too small|
The essential features of each knife are length, weight and more. So let’s start with blade length. It is 2.2 inches, which is not much, but it is quite enough for a Gerber pocket knife. And blade material is high carbon stainless steel. However, Gerber company did not use this material only for the blade; they used it for the whole knife. Which means that handle or frame is of metal. That may be a problem for someone because it can be uncomfortable. However, the length of the handle or closed knife is 3.05 inches. When we add up both lengths, the length of the whole knife is 5.25 inches.
This knife is excellent, that’s why we put it first on the list because its quality and design are the best. Also, there are 2k purchases on Amazon, and most customers have rated it with the highest rating. You can use this knife for all types of outdoor activities, but it will also fit perfectly in your collection.
TAC-FORCE Engraved Pocket Knife
|Very quality tool|
We’ll start with its accessories. Namely, one of the best survival knives is the Swiss knife, because it contains over 20 different tools useful for everything. Well, this TAC-FORCE knife doesn’t have so many tools, but it has two bottle openers. The first is better for a bottle and the second for can. Next, you know the blade is the most critical part of a knife, so let’s talk about it. The blade is long 3.25 inches and is the drop point. The blade and handle are made of stainless steel material. That is a good thing because in this way the whole knife becomes stronger and more durable.
Enough about blade, let’s talk about handle. The length of the handle and the closed knife is about 4.5 inches (enough to fit in your pocket). Also, on both sides of the handle, there is a piece of wood on which you can engrave anything. That wood on the sides gives a badass look to the knife
Kershaw 1670BLK Drop Point Knife
|Secure locking system|
Most of our overviews start with the blade, so now we begin with the handle. Namely, this is a great handle, its design is excellent, and it is very quality. When the first time you take this knife in your hand, you will understand why it is so popular. The length of the handle or closed knife is 4.5 inches, while the overall length is 8 inches. Handle material is aluminium, which pretty much cuts the weight of this knife. There is a pocket clip on the handle, which allows you to hang the knife on a belt.
And now a little about the blade. The blade is a drop point type and is very sharp. With it, you can cut everything in front of you. Blade material is 14C28N steel. This material makes the knife durable, sharp, resistant to corrosion, and harness. Also, blade length is 3.5 inches.
CRKT M16-14SFG Military Pocket Knife
The first thing that most people notice is the guard. It serves to protect the hand while you are using the CRKT knife, and it also helps to improve grip. You may have heard about the g10 handle series. Those are one of the highest quality and most comfortable handles on the market. Such a handle is on this knife, and its length is 5.3 inches.
The blade is drop point type, and half edge is straight, and the other half is serrated. This combination adds strength and cutting power to this folding knife. Also, the blade length is 4 inches, and the material is stainless steel.
This knife has a great lock system that prevents the knife from opening itself while it is in the pocket, and prevents it from closing while you use it.
MTECH Dagger Blade Knife, Free Engraving
You notice that the blade is a dagger type. It is a dagger but has only one sharp edge. Also, that one edge is divided into straight 50% and serrated 50%. Although the knife has one sharp edge, it is still dangerous and excellent for self-defence. The blade is long 3.25, trick 0.12 inches (3mm), and it is made of stainless steel.
The handle is also made of steel but is covered with a pakkawood. This type of wood gives a very cool vintage look. This handle type is very long-lasting, resistant to all weather conditions and quite comfortable. Also, engraving will look great. And its length is 4.5 inches and has a glass breaker.
Elk Ridge Pocket Knife
We will start with accessories that will help you to use the Elk Ridge knife. Namely, the knife has a pocket clip and a leather lanyard which serves to hang the knife on something. The handle and frame are made of steel, and they are covered with brown pakkawood. The combination of the black blade and brown wood looks great.
Drop point blade is long 3 inches, the handle is long 4.75 inches, and overall length is 7.75 inches.
Pocket knives buyers guide
Material and dimensions are always an essential thing for every knife. The quality of the knife, durability and many more things that we will talk about later depend on those features. Now we will list everything that you need to know about pocket knives.
What is the best blade length?
Most people are mistaken and think that size is matter. The need for length depends on the type of knife; for example, the knife for cleaning fish must be small, while it is impossible to use a bowie knife for cleaning fish. However, pocket knives are made for almost anything from survival, fishing, hunting to food making. It is large enough and small enough to be useful for all.
The average blade length ranges between 3 and 4 inches, but you probably saw that there are knives on our list with both bigger and smaller lengths. Of course, smaller knives are better for certain things, for example, they are cut more clearly, but you can’t cut something at once. While longer blades are less precise but easier cuts, and they are even more deadly.
Best blade material
We always put this material first because it is by far the best and most popular. The durability of this material is excellent, the price is low, the resistance to corrosion and weather conditions is guaranteed, and it is easy to maintain. Whatever kind of knife you buy, this material will make it indestructible. We recommend it.
Perhaps carbon steel is the most popular, but you may have noticed that every knife on the list is made of this material. It doesn’t have the same characteristics as carbon, but they are similar. Also, this material is strong enough, very durable, and you can do whatever you want with it.
If you read some of our reviews, you probably noticed that titanium is of little use for these types of knives. It is mostly used for dive knives. But the main reason why titanium is little used is because of the price. It is a little bigger than the rest, but also the material is challenging to maintain. We would not suggest you buy titanium pocket knife.
What is the best handle material?
Most knives on the list are made of steel. That is good because steel further strengthens of the knife and makes it very durable. But if the handle is not wrapped in some soft material, then it may be uncomfortable. If you are already buying a steel knife, then it would be best to put some material on it, to make it more comfortable. In that way, you protect the knife even more.
No matter what type of knife it is, we always mention that rubber is the best and cheapest handle material. It provides comfort, unlike other materials, it is high quality and great for everyone. You have all the recommendations from us.
Although most handles are made of steel, a good portion of them is covered with pakkawood. This material is much more comfortable than metal, but it doesn’t last long. You need to change wood to keep the knife beautiful continually. But this material is mostly used for engraving.
Fixed blade knife
As you can see, we have listed two types of these knives. But the fixed blade kind does not belong to pocket knives. We put it here to explain to you why pocket knives can’t be fixed blade.
We know these knives for not needing a sheath because they are small enough to fit in a pocket. Which means they can close, which is actually a folding blade. And if pocket knives were fixed blade, they would be survival knives or boot knives.
Folding blade knife
If you have read the previous paragraph, then you are clear. Pocket knives can only have a folding blade and cannot be fixed or any other type.
If you think, if fixed blades are stronger, then I will buy a fixed blade knife. Don’t be fooled. Fixed blades are durable but not too much. Knives on the list have a great locking system, and it is impossible to betray you. You can do the hardest tasks, and they will behave greatly.
Pocket knife uses
Companies make each type of knife for one or more purposes. They make these folding knives for several purposes, that is why they are the most popular type of knife. Now we will list a few tasks in which this knife showing great, so let’s see which ones.
Besides many other uses, this knife has proven to be a great survival tool. It can be helpful as a survival knife; only you have to deal with it a little more gently. It can help in bushcraft, it is excellent for making a fire, and it is also useful in hunting. With this knife, you can go to venture out into the wild, and it will not disappoint you.
We always note that the main purpose of the knife is defense. Of course, there are many others besides this purpose. But when someone sees you with this knife, all he can do is run away. Be careful when using it because it is dangerous.
We always require a knife for making a meal. This knife has excellent size for any food making. With a pocket knife, you can cut bread, clean fish or animals. You can do anything with it.