Best Pocket Knife for EDC : 20 Folding Knife Reviews

Best Pocket Knife for EDC : 20 Folding Knife Reviews

The 6061-T6 anodized aluminum handle features Trac-Tec inserts making this very grippy even when wet. The blade itself is made of Sandvik 14C28N stainless blade steel with a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating to increase rust resistance. However, it is sharp and can “stab” your fingers when you’re reaching into your pocket. Also, some owners have reported that the coating wears off easily. Extending the thumb along the back of the blade gives less power, but better guidance (fig. 49).

The trapper blade is one of the oldest knife designs out there and it’s one that you can’t go wrong with. If you are considering a trapper knife and want to save a few dollars to go without a real bone handle, then this should be at the top of your list.

Though there are some who feel these scales are inferior to the G10. The thumb ramp, jimping, and choil plus the textured scales ensure the knife never slips from your fingers unintentionally. The pocket clip allows for ambidextrous tip up carry though it doesn’t sit deep in your pocket.

Chip Carving Knife

Case stays true to the original model and does so with an excellent design and bone finished handle. The Case synthetic handled trapper does what it’s meant to do and does it on a pretty decent budget.

Whittling tools

Traditional style handle scales range from many different types of synthetic materials such as Delrin, Mica Pearl, and Kirinite. There can also be many different types of natural materials such as exotic hardwoods, jigged bone, and Stag antler. Your choice should depend on your intended purpose for the knife. In most cases, specific handle shapes are always paired with certain designs.

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Smaller than the Traditional trapper, this Case model has a 3.25 inch blade bringing the overall length of the knife when fully extended to just over 7.3 inches. This trapper knife is just as good as the Bone handled version, but it’s cheaper due to the synthetic handles versus the bone handled trapper listed above. If you are considering the Knight from Buck, the Lockback Red bone should be one of the knives in your list of considerations. Like the Buck Knight, this is a smaller choice as you can see by the size of it in our editor’s hand. Another stalwart for Buck Knives, the 112BRS Ranger is one of the top traditional pocket folding knives on the more compact side.

whittling knife set

  • With a blade length of over 3 inches, this is exactly the knife you need to chop meat, cut trees or handling other camping tasks.
  • However, it is sharp and can “stab” your fingers when you’re reaching into your pocket.
  • This leaf point blade from Spyderco is a good choice for a mid-sized EDC if you’re on a limited budget.
  • The Paramilitary 2 is a tough knife to beat if you are looking for a knife with high quality steel at a reasonable price point.
  • But if you really look at this knife, it’s one that was made to take a beating.
  • The handle comes unfinished which we liked as you can put a nice finish of your own.

The knife may also be drawn toward you with a full hand grip or with the thumb braced on the work (fig. 50). For deep, straight cuts, reverse the full hand grip (fig. 51). In outlining or making stop cuts, the blade is guided by the forefinger (fig. 52). Typically boy scouts will use more traditionally designed knives. You’ll want to look at a stockman model that has multiple uses.

It’s made from the standard Buck 420HC Steel which holds an edge very well on top of being extremely corrosion-resistant. It’s a perfect knife for just about everything you can throw at it. Trappers are a common type of popular knife and a lot of cutlers mass produce them because of their popularity. This knife is a true trapper as it has both a clip and spey blades and nothing else.

When choosing a traditional design, you first choose the type and number of blades you want and simply accept the handle design that accompanies it. The Barlow with a Swell End Jack handle pattern and the Stockman with a Serpentine handle pattern are among the most popular designs.

Plus, this knife will exceed all your expectations when it comes to the quality of its build and materials. We couldn’t believe our own that at this price point, an American EDC classic would not skimp on quality.

The Axis lock works great though international owners have complained about sending the entire knife back to the US for repair when it fails. Benchmade does provide a limited Lifetime Warranty and LifeSharp Service for this knife.

It also holds its edge consistently, but you may find yourself needing to sharpen it more frequently compared to other steels. It’s a little pricey, but for the quality you expect from Benchmade, it’s well worth the cost. It’s made of M390 “super steel” and has a locking blade to help ensure that it won’t pop open at an unexpected time. It has an ambidextrous thumb stud that will help with opening and closing the knife with one or both hands.

Swiss army knives are also good for boy scouts because of the multiple utility tools they carry. It’s perfect for skinning, pruning, whittling and just about anything else you can think of in a traditional every day carry pocket knife.

Stainless steels on the other hand are generally not as tough as high carbon tool steels and they are more inclined to break under duress. They are also significantly less prone to corrosion due to the inclusion of at least 12.5 percent Chromium and sometimes a little Nickel thrown in for good measure. Stainless blades are more difficult to sharpen than high carbon tool steels and they won’t take quite as fine an edge. They will however hold their edge longer than a high carbon steel of an equal Rockwell Hardness.

Soldier knife model 1908

Everything about the 110 Hunter looks and feel premium, from handle and blade to overall finish and fit. This flat grind blade is manufactured with AUS-8 bowl carving tools for sale steel, which is a quality knife steel. While it’s not going to hold up to the likes of S30V, AUS-8 is generally durable and fairly easy to sharpen.