20 best pocket knives and penknife brands for everyday use
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There are many good reasons to take a pocketknife everywhere (except at the airport), and there are also many quality knives to choose from – thousands in fact. To narrow it down, we looked for knives with blades that were no longer than five inches, because everything bigger, you do not want to carry in your pocket. It should have a smooth edge (jagged blades can serve you well, but for most tasks you need a smooth edge). And it should not be too tactical, like that knife you bought at a flea market in 1983, after seeing Rambo at HBO for the 400th time. (Only us?)
These knives check out all these boxes – and they are also extremely durable.
Buck Knives The 55
This is the most popular pocket knife by Roy Berendsohn, the long-time publisher of Popular Mechanics. "It's hard to beat the classic Buck folder," he says. "I have one that my brother gave me decades ago. It's a great knife, though it's a sense of sentimentality in the 70's when these knives became famous. I grew up in Connecticut and knew no one to hunt or fish who did not have one. This and the larger Buck 110 are truly famous knives. They have a well-deserved reputation for toughness and the ability to be easily sharpened to an almost razor-sharp edge.
Case Amber Bone Mini Copperlock  Slim and polished with exceptional workmanship. The hinge is smooth, the handle is comfortable and the blade is sharp-edged.
Boker Magnum Classic Steel
The Kamp King one of the first multi-tools – a knife style that is most associated with the Victorinox Swiss Army knives. It had a smooth edge, a bottle opener, a can opener and an awl or a leather stamp, depending on how you use it. The 440 steel Böker Magnum Classic Pocket Steel is a worthy descendant of this classic knife.
Mercator Black Cat
Continuously manufactured by Mercator In the mid-19th century, the Black Cat K55K is the oldest knife in this list. It is a simple lock-back and is characterized by its design as well as its performance. If you have three knives, this should be one of them.
Boker Plus Lock Back
This simple back knife is made in China. but the workmanship is good. The blade is made of stainless 440C steel and therefore takes a good edge.
The ripstop weighs 2 ounces, which makes it virtually invisible in the pocket. Do not be fooled by the small size, because the stainless steel construction is durable enough to withstand a lot of abuse. The opening with one hand is very easy and also available with serrated edge.
Spyderco Para 3
The Spyderco Para 3 features digital camouflage inspired by the larger Para 2, but in a more compact body. The textured G-10 camouflage scales are patterned after the ARPAT camouflage of the US Army, giving it an unparalleled tactical look. The ambidextrous knife is ideal for one-handed opening and quick access.
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Katsu D2 Steel
A contemporary version of the classic Japanese brass Higonokami knife, a simple friction holder with a single piece body made of folded brass , As with any Higo knife, open the blade by pushing down a lever on the underside of the blade. It is more satisfying than opening another pocket knife.
Benchmade Crooked River
This beautiful hunting knife with wooden handle from Benchmade is an adventure companion for your forest trips. Traditional animal lovers will appreciate the classic style and appreciate the modern CPM-S30V stainless steel blade (58-60HRC).
The Kershaw Cryo opens with a finger prick and snaps. It weighs only 4 ounces and the blade is less than 3 inches long – an ideal size for your bag. At 3 inches, it's also so big that you can really put some pressure on cutting. The dull gray color does not stand out, and it's best, it's also pretty cheap.
Victorinox Swiss Army Signature Lite Pocket Knife
A blade, scissors, nail file, toothpick, tweezers and pen – all in a multitool that fits in your fifth bag. Buy 10 of them and place them in convenient locations, including your jeans. Totally inconspicuous and yet so handy. You will use it at least three times a day, trust us.
Spyderco is known for its para-military knives and the Tenacious is credited with the company's reputation as a no-nonsense equipment. It has a black laminate handle with internal steel inserts for extra strength and rigidity. The 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade has a non-reflective coating and is ground flat from back to edge for uninterrupted cutting.
Gerber Covert Auto
Car knives are an acquired taste, but the new Gerber Covert car knife is hard to like. They are spring-loaded for instant opening of the side and the titanium-coated 7Cr17MoV blade measures 3.7 inches and is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.