How to Pick a Pocket Knife

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There are a lot of things to consider when you are looking for a pocket knife. It is important to look at safety features and the type of blade. You should also consider the size and weight of the knife. You can choose a folding or fixed blade. Also, you can choose between a front flipper or a thumb disc.

Foldable or fixed blade

A folding or fixed blade pocket knife is an excellent choice for outdoor activities. They are convenient, sturdy, and safe. However, you should consider the laws and regulations surrounding their possession before making your decision. Some states make it illegal to carry certain knives. And, if you break the law, you could wind up in jail.

Foldable or fixed blade pocket knives come in many varieties. It’s not uncommon to see one with an innovative feature like a nail notch that helps open the knife. You can also find some with springs that help keep the non-locking blade open. There are also some that lock open using a metal liner in the handle.

The key to a good pocket knife is the shape of its blade. The traditional fixed-bladed folder typically has a guard bolster that separates the user’s hand from the blade.

Sheepsfoot vs Drop Point

When you’re shopping for a knife, you have to consider whether you want a sheepsfoot or drop point. Both are useful, but there are a few key differences.

A sheepsfoot blade has a curved back spine. This curve gradually extends from the handle to the point. The straight edge is at the bottom. It’s a very easy blade to sharpen.

Drop point blades, on the other hand, have a straight edge with a pointy tip. They’re good for cutting animals. However, they don’t penetrate materials as well as a sheepsfoot. You have to position your wrist in a certain way to use a drop point.

Another option is a tanto blade. Tantos are great for stabbing and close range combat. They’re also popular among seamstresses.

Front flipper vs thumb disc

The front flipper vs the thumb disc debate has been going on for some time now. While the thumb disc sexifies the male gender, the front flipper fends off the female fop. And yes, you can actually put your thumb on the ole fashioned t-bar. Besides, a flipper is a cinch to open and close and the leverage is a win in the long run.

If you’re in the market for a new bladed accessory, be sure to check out the options pictured below. Unlike the plethora of pocket knives on offer, these are designed for specific purposes and are made of the highest quality materials. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll find a model that’s as good as the one you sneezed into your pocket.

Finger grooves

Finger grooves on a pocket knife aren’t the only thing to look out for. Blades are emblazoned with everything from serrations to tiny holes, and even small asymmetrical cuts. But which are the best and the most functional?

As you would expect from a company that manufactures a full line of high-end knives, Buck has mastered the art of combining modern design and cutting edge technology. The brand’s flagship 110 Folding Hunter combines a sleek, narrow handle with ergonomic finger groves, a 3.13″ satin finished clip point blade, and a well-made leather belt sheath. All of the components are hand-assembled in the United States to ensure a quality finish.

A pocket knife with a 4.25″ closed length might not sound like much, but it’s a whole lot of fun to hold and wield. This is especially true with the aforementioned leather belt sheath, which adds to the overall appeal.


One of the most important things to consider when picking a pocket knife is safety. A knife that is not used properly can cause serious injuries. Following some basic guidelines can help keep you safe.

The blade of a pocket knife should be kept sharp. Dull blades require more force to cut. You can sharpen your blade regularly to make it easier to handle.

Never open your pocket knife with the blade facing toward your body. This can cause slipping. Instead, hold the knife at a 25-degree angle against a whetstone. Wipe off the blade after each use.

When closing the knife, be sure to hold the handle with your dominant hand. If you are left-handed, keep your right hand free. Otherwise, your fingers may get caught between the blade and the handle, resulting in injury.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is an innovative knifemaker whose work has revolutionized the industry. Born in 1963, he hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives - earning him a position as Premier Knife Designer with them.

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