For the adventurer, there is one item that you would never dare leave behind – the trusty pocket knife. Whether you want to explore a foreign city, a jungle, desert, or even the coldest regions of the world, the pocket knife is truly something that can save your life in more ways than you can imagine.
Today, there are thousands of knives available to purchase on the market today. The prices may range from around a dollar or two in some countries, to several hundred bucks. The question is, which knife is right for you?
Here are some helpful tips:
- Consider a blade of at least 3-4 inches. It must not be too long that it will not fit the description as pocket knife, yet it must not be too short that you cannot touch the bottom of a sandwich spread jar!
- The thinner, the better. Thinner does not always mean more fragile. Technological advances have increased the strength and versatility of steel. Generally thin blades are more useful than their thicker counterparts.
- Carbon steel and stainless steel have their pros and cons. Carbon steel can be sharper and is generally easier to sharpen. On the other hand, stainless steel might be harder to sharpen but they stay sharp for much longer periods and of course can resist corrosion very well.
- Serrated knives are not necessarily better than your conventional straight blade. Sure they have better cutting power in many situations but sharpening them can be an impossible task.
The good news is, there are a lot of remarkable knives available in the market today. It would be very difficult, if not entirely impossible, to say that one is better than the other. These top-of-the-line knives are the best of their kind, and they offer unique features that you cannot find in other knives. Indeed, the market and the competition have driven the creators of these pocket knives to the absolute limits of quality and perfection.
As such, here is a short selection of great pocket knives to consider.
Buck 110 Folding Hunter
This pocket knife is one of the most remarkable knives I know and has been a classic for quite some time. As a matter of fact, many would argue that all pocket knives originated from the Buck 110. In other words, the Buck 110 is the father of all pocket knives. Well, it is actually pretty easy to see why there is such an opinion as this. First of all, these knives have been in production since 1964. Indeed, the knife still makes use of the design which has immortalized its name in the hearts of many adventurers. While it may lack the tactical style of many modern knives, do not be misled, this knife performs just as well if not better. Furthermore, it is made from excellent stainless steel which makes it resistant to rusting.
SOG Flash II
What makes this knife great is that it has the features of the top-of-the-line knives, but without the cost. The SOG Flash II is a super pocket knife than can cut almost anything you want; it has an excellent semi-serrated blade which stays sharp for its entire lifetime; it has a very comfortable grip; and, what sets this one aside from your typical top-notch knife, is that this costs well under $50 from most places. Of course, it would not be just to say that this model can totally outperform other more expensive knives, but, for its price, this is definitely something you might want to try.
Benchmade Mini Griptilian
The Mini Griptilian is probably one of the most popular upper end pocket knives today. It features a high quality blade sharp enough to shave with and a truly exceptional deployment and locking mechanism. Sure enough, the Mini Griptilian is one tough knife, but the ingenious design of the folding mechanism makes it very user-friendly, so to speak.
Chris Reeve Sebenza
It is said that the Sebenza is the best knife your money can buy. Reviews from far and wide and unanimous in saying that this folding knife is one of the best ever made. It has a handle, which doubles as a frame, made from ultra-strong titanium steel, and the blade is made from the finest S30V stainless steel which translates to what we may call as eternal sharpness. It is super sharp, it is super comfortable, and it is super expensive. Well, the last may be the only drawback for the Sebenza. Then again, if you are after the utmost quality regardless of cost, then this is the knife for you.