I know. Your options are limitless at any budget, so it can be overwhelming for those who aren’t familiar with the market. Each knife is built differently, so you want a pocket knife that suits your needs. There are many considerations to be made here. These include your budget, size, build quality, and the knife’s intended use.
But this episode hopes to cut down on the legwork for you because I have here a list of everyday carry knives for a wide variety of needs and preferences.
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The exotic Ritual is inspired by the Persian curved, sweeping edge. However, the knife is very comfortable to use despite its size. It is designed to be in the spotlight when you flashed it out. Given its shape and size, I am willing to wager that it will attract attention and even envy.
Thanks to the IKBS ball bearing pivot system, the blade deploys quickly and easily with a push on the flipper. When fully deployed, it is about ten inches long and half that when closed. The curved blade is made from Sandvik 12C27 steel which has excellent edge retention and it terminates in a needle-sharp point. There is also a bit of jimping on the thumb-rise part of the blade’s spine.
The handle is a mix of ivory Micarta with slight texturing and blue stainless-steel bolsters and black hardware. It gives a pleasant feel to the touch and it is very ergonomic. The pocket clip looks like it might irritate the hand when you hold the knife, but it is actually small enough so that will not be a problem.
Suffice to say, the knife tears into everything with ease. Although, for those who are unfamiliar with the curved blade, it takes a little bit to get used to it if you need to use the pointed edge. Other than that, it is a beautifully designed knife. If you are not concerned about its size and want a bit of flair in your knife, you cannot really go wrong with this.
This beautiful knife was an improvement over the 417 Fact, which was modeled after the Italian Stiletto. So, what are the improvements with this version? For one, you get the Benchmade Auto AXIS mechanism which launches the razor-sharp blade open with speed and authority. This mechanism also locks the blade firmly in place. As a safety feature, you can find a lock switch on the back to prevent the blade from flushing out by accident.
The Auto Fact also comes with a deep carry pocket clip so you can access it quickly and easily. The clip can be manipulated to suit both right- and left-handed individuals but it is always in a tip-up position. The blade profile is your basic spear point. It is plain but versatile in terms of cutting applications. It works well in cutting strings, tapes, cardboard, apples, and angry assailants alike.
Speaking of cutting, the blade is coated with DLC, or diamond-like coating, which eliminates corrosion and glare. It is made from CPM-S90V super steel, which is popular for its phenomenal edge retention. That means, less maintenance and more cutting.
To top it all off, the handsome grip is a slick darkish grey as it has a carbon fiber inlay, which completes the whole modern and professional look. This is an excellent pick if your budget allows for it. You can never really go wrong with the Auto Fact. That said, automatic knives like this are regulated in many jurisdictions, so make sure to check the local regulation before you grab one of these.
Case Knives has been in business since 1889 and they are still going strong despite their age. The fact that they are still around is a testament to the quality of their products. They have a wide variety of excellent selections, although I chose the Medium Stockman as it is one of their most successful and popular models.
At a glance, the knife looks simple and modest with its gentle curves. You can choose from a small variety of grips, although all of them have a lot of traction for a positive grip. Although you can get it in an ultra-modern and high-tech look, I feel that the traditional aesthetic fits this knife the best.
Their blades are Chrome Vanadium, which is popular for its ability to hold an excellent edge without being a pain in the backside to sharpen. You get three blades for the price of one, each with a different purpose.
The Clip is intended for piercing jobs and details works. The Sheepfoot, as the name suggests, was intended to trim hooves, although it does a pretty good job in carpentry tasks and carving. The Spey is an all-purpose blade for cutting open boxes, tapes, and skinning games.
The build quality is excellent. With minimal care, it can outlive you or even your grandchildren. It is the kind of blade that would be perfect for those who appreciate the classic and traditional styles and aesthetics. With a bit of maintenance, this is the kind of blade that can become a family heirloom passed down generations as they carve their own trails and live out their adventures to come.
Simple, rugged, and durable sum up the Avispa. It is designed by survival experts such as Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin, and they know exactly what the bushcraft and survival community want for their knives. A knife is invaluable in your survival toolkit, and you want one that is high-quality, durable, and robust enough to withstand the abuse.
So, what do we got with the Avispa? You got a large grip, which gives you a generous palm real estate for a strong grip even for people with large hands. The handle is carefully designed to fit comfortably in your hands even after prolonged use.
It also comes with a frame lock which helps keep the form factor slim. The pocket clip is also reversible from end to end and side to side, so you have plenty of options when it comes to how you want the knife to be positioned in your pocket.
Of course, when it comes to survival and bushcraft tasks, you usually want a fixed blade knife since it is more reliable. I am not going to argue against that logic, but it is also more difficult to carry around. So, the Avispa is the perfect compromise if you want a pocket knife for both every day and survival use. Fun fact, Avispa means wasp in Spanish.
At a glance, you immediately know that this comes from Victorinox, which needs no introduction. They make high-quality folding knives without costing you an arm and a leg. They earned their place in my heart and that of many folding knife enthusiasts. To call this a folding knife is not really doing it justice. It does a lot more than cutting.
You got two very sharp blades, screwdrivers, tweezers, a bottle opener, and many more. You get all of these handy tools in a compact package that fits inside your pocket without discomfort. When it comes to Swiss Army Knife, there are countless variations based on their tool offerings. The Tinker has the Phillips screwdriver that can be deployed easily from the backside, not to mention the combination reamer, punch, and sewing awl.
It’s one of those things that you never really appreciate until you need it. It might not be as flashy or slick as any other knives on the list, but it has respectably sharp blades and other tools to complement it. The best part is that the Tinker comes in just under $30, so I recommend grabbing one even if you have other knives already. It’s a great value and it will hold its own well as a backup knife.
And there we have it. Five everyday carry knives for various use cases and budgets. I am certain that one of these would make for an excellent travel companion. To tell you the truth, there is no such thing as “the best folding knife in the world” because every single one of them is designed to fill a specific role. Therefore, the best knife is the one that is practical and most useful for you.