Choosing the Right Pocket Knife: Things to Keep in Mind

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Every purchase that you make has to be guided by some pointers. It doesn’t matter whether you are buying something as big as a house or a car or as small as a pocket knife. There’s some thorough process that goes into the whole activity. This is all to help you find the right fit. When it comes to pocket knives, there are a number of factors that you have to keep in mind, and we are going to go through each of them in detail. If you have been entertaining the idea of owning a pocket knife sometime soon, then this is for you.

The Budget

This is the first thing that you have to check on your priority list. Pocket knives may look small compared to fixed blades, but they are not cheap. The combination of convenience and style are two of the main reasons that make them a very expensive purchase. You have to consider your purchasing power when selecting a good pocket knife. If you have the funds, then splash on a good high-end knife. But you will probably be well set with a budget knife at a lower cost. Check online shapes for price comparisons.


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There are a thousand different uses of pocket knives. Some may be used interchangeably for a number of roles, but there are certain types that are built for one purpose only. Why do you need a pocket knife in the first place? This is the question you need to answer before beginning your search. If you want a defensive knife, then you have no business buying a fishing knife. Knowing the purpose for which you need the knife will help you narrow down your search and increase your chances of finding the right fit.

The Weight

Knife 03, Shieldon

Most pocket knives are small enough to fit inside the palm of the hand, and therefore when it comes to weight, this may not be a big issue, unless you are looking for a super pocket knife that can handle anything. When looking for more efficiency, you want a knife that is well weighted to provide you with the right grip and balance that makes it efficient. At the same time, you don’t want something that will be too heavy to carry around. So check the weight of reach selection that you make and feel it in your hands for good measure.

Opening Mechanism

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Pocket knives have a number of opening mechanisms that are based on the prose of the knife and the design. When choosing a pocket knife, pay attention to the ease and manner of opening it. If you want something defensive, then you should consider going for a knife that either has an automatic button or thumb slide design. These two are fast and can come in handy when you have to defend yourself in an ambush.

Locking Mechanism

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Alongside the opening mechanism, you also have to think about the locking style. A pocket knife lock is what keeps the blade open when you are using it. Otherwise, the blade would buckle under pressure and snap back into the handle, hurting you in the process. The lock should be simple to operate and reliable enough to keep the blade open even when dealing with hard tasks.  A lot rides on this, so you have to be extra careful when making a choice.

Size of the Blade

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Pocket knives have blades that can be anywhere between 2.75-inches to 4-inches. These variations depend on the purpose of the knife. If you are looking for a dainty and nifty knife that helps you deal with simple tasks like cutting fishing lines or rope while camping, then a medium blade would be okay. But if you are looking to conquer a jungle and survive in a challenging environment, then go for the biggest pocket knife blade money can buy. The bigger the blade, the more the applications.

Blade Material

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The material used to make a folding knife blade is another important factor that you have to pay close attention to. The materials will determine the strength, durability, and efficiency of the entire knife, and this makes it a very critical thing. You can choose to go with stainless steel, which is the most common and the cheapest, or you could go with an advanced alloy of steel carbon. The latter is better and more reliable but will cost you an arm and a leg. Stainless steel is durable and will still get things done without fail for a very long time.

The Handle

Knife 08, Shieldon

The handle of the pocket knife determines a lot, too, from the grip, the weight, and the balance of the entire blade. When making knives, manufacturers pay close attention to how the blade and the handle fit into each other and how they complement one another. There are so many materials that are used to make pocket knife handles, and this ranges from plastics, steel, cowhide leather, wood to a host of other interesting materials. Take your time and go with the one that will help you get a good grip on your knife.


Getting a pocket knife is a big deal. For most knife lovers, knives are very special, and they treat them like an extension of themselves, a feeling that you will start to experience once you start on this journey. Therefore, it only makes sense that you have to go all out to find the perfect knife that will not just serve all your needs but will last you ages. For more information on pocket knives, pass by our website and check out all kinds of tips that will help you understand them better.


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