Knives come in many sizes and designs, and each works well for different situations. High-quality and effective folding knives hold their value even years after purchase. There are many great folding knives for self-defense, survival, or everyday use.
The quality of the steel used for the blade, the overall build of the knife, and many other factors can decide how good a knife really is. If you’re willing to invest a bit more, then you can potentially save some money in the long run because you won’t have to replace the knife any time soon.
Today, we are going to go over some great pocket folding knives for everyday carry (EDC) and use. All the ones listed would also come in handy if you needed to defend yourself.
Emerson Model CQC-7BW Folding Tanto
The CQC-7BW flipper is one of the most popular choices for pocket knives and was designed by the renowned Ernest Emerson. This knife is specifically designed for military personnel and the police. The closed length of the knife is about 4.65 inches. The blade is about 3.3 inches long, and the weight of the knife stands at 5 ounces.
There are a couple different finishes to choose from, including a stonewash and even a matte black finish. The knife comes with a triple opening mode, allowing you to flip it open, use a thumb disc, or open it automatically as you take it out of your pocket using the “wave shaped opening” feature.
You can choose to order it with or without serrations, and it’s even available in a left-handed version. It is a solid, reliable knife, and it is pretty easy to see why this is one of the most popular models out there.
Hogue EX-01 Folding Knife
Hogue is known for its handgun grips, but we can’t overlook its amazing tactical knives. This particular model was designed by marine and knifemaker Allen Elishewitz. The knife has a 4.5-inch closed length, the blade size is 3.5 inches, and its total weight is about 4.6 ounces.
It comes in either a drop point blade design that has a plain edge, or you can also choose a tanto-style blade. The flat grind is made from a high-end stainless steel and comes with a tumbled, stonewashed finish. The knife has a manual opening feature along with a thumb stud that works for both lefties and righties. It can easily be held with one hand thanks to its ergonomic design. The knife also features a manual safety option, which keeps the blade locked in the open position while it is in use.
If you are looking for a knife that is going to perform no matter what, the Hogue EX-01 is the one for you.
Benchmade Model 940
This beauty was made by knifemaker Warren Osborne. The Benchmade 940/943 comes with a closed length of 4.47 inches and a blade length of 3.4 inches. The total weight is about 2.9 ounces, and the blade features a modified Nessmuk design. It is available in two different types of steel, and your choice of edge, shape, finish, and handle.
The ergonomic design of the knife makes it easy to hold. It has a manual opening mechanism along with a thumb stud. Benchmade goes above and beyond to put a few unique features on this knife, including the proprietary Axis locking mechanism. Additionally, it comes with a reversible design and a steel pocket clip (tip-up only).
Anybody who has been around the knife scene for a while knows Benchmade. The company has a reputation for quality, and that reputation is definitely upheld by this model.
Spyderco Native 5 Pocket Folding Knife
The Spyderco Native 5 G-10 has a closed length of 4 inches and stands at about 3 inches with a weight of 3.7 inches. The knife’s blade is made from a high-end American stainless steel, which makes for a great cut with a plain edge and a flat grind.
It comes with an amazing satin finish and an ergonomic design to make for easy holding. The design features a manual opening option and has a wicked-looking top thumb hole. It also comes with a reversible steel pocket clip (tip up or down) and mid-locking mechanism.
Spyderco has given knife lovers everywhere a trustworthy tool with a pretty awesome style.
Zero Tolerance 0350
This knife is known for its smaller design. However, don’t let that make you think it isn’t packing a punch. The closed length of the ZT 0350 is only about 4.6 inches, with a blade length of 3.25 inches. It weighs 6.2 ounces, and the blade design comes with a plain and recurved edge made from stainless steel. Additionally, it features a satin finish with a hollow grind.
The ergonomic design of the handle makes it easy to hold, and it consists of a flipper and a thumb stud. It comes with the company’s SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism and a liners locking feature. The steel pocket clip is reversible, so you have options whether you’re the tip up or the tip down type.
If you are looking for an everyday carry that won’t tilt you to one side because it’s so heavy, but you don’t want to compromise on function and durability, the 0350 might be the one for you.
Kershaw Ken Onion Blur
Kershaw is one of the most famous manufacturers of folding knives on the market with its consistently high quality and amazing designs. The closing length of this knife comes to about 4.5 inches, with a blade length up to 3.4 inches. It weighs about 3.9 ounces and comes with a drop point and recurved cutting edge blade that is partially serrated with a hollow grind.
The Kershaw Blur blade is S30V powdered steel with a matte black handle. It also features the company’s liner lock mechanism and an ergonomic design to help you handle this beast of a knife. The handle design is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, along with thermoformed rubber to provide a sturdy and positive grip. The steel pocket clip is reversible with a tip-up or tip-down option.
The name Kershaw is almost synonymous with quality craftsmanship. It’s just one of the reasons that this knife made it into the list.
Choosing a Folder
When it comes to choosing the perfect pocket folding knife, there are tons to choose from. Each has its own distinct design and comes with a varied number of features, depending on the blade design, overall weight, and build.
A knife constructed from quality steel will always beat its competitors, and moreover, it can keep the blade working for a long time. Another consideration is the handle. A great handle makes sure that you don’t hurt your hands by getting blisters after prolonged use. Additionally, a great locking mechanism ensures safety. An effective lock will prevent the blade from closing while you’re using it and give you the confidence to go to work.
Pocket folding knives can be used for any kind of self-defense, survival, or everyday use. It can be a great companion for anything the day might throw at you.
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