Picking The Right Pocket Knife

Do you like camping? or are you a culinary wizard? or maybe you’re just a person who loves switchblades? In our eyes, there’s nothing wrong with collecting knives. As long as you don’t go around killing people that is.

Collecting knives is a terrific hobby. I’m sure every knife enthusiast out there has a dream of crafting their very own knife and crafting it into existence someday. Until that day is upon you, here is there are a million ways you can use to pick quality knives.

In this post today, We’ll be focusing on switch blades. Here is an outstanding article on the tips you should follow to pick the right pocket knife.



When it comes to thoughts on including a knife as part of your everyday carry, most men fall into one of two categories:

Those who don’t carry a knife and can’t understand why anyone would.

And those who do carry a knife and can’t imagine life any other way.

Those of us who do carry a knife know that we do it mostly for fun as it satisfies an innate desire to use tools to solve problems.

Carrying a knife simply feels right and you’ll always find a use for it.

Plus the value of being prepared for an emergency situation can’t be overstated.

But before you dive in and shell out your hard-earned cash for an everyday carry knife, let’s take some time to identify your requirements so you end up with the perfect blade to suit your needs.

Start by answering the three questions below.

1. How will you use your knife?

If you’re a mechanic, your needs will be different than those of an accountant or a police officer or a contractor.

Will this knife be used every day (at work perhaps), just on the weekends, on camping trips, all of the above?

For such a simple tool, knives can come in many different forms, and each detail helps determine the ideal functions and performance characteristics.

A knife that excels at heavy duty chopping won’t be the same as one used for more delicate tasks.

Also consider the environment in which you may be using your knife. Will it be exposed to high humidity or salt water?  Will it need a large handle to accommodate the fumbling grip of a gloved hand in cold conditions?

2. How will you carry it?

A uniformed worker with an abundance of pockets will have a different carrying capacity than an office worker or a bartender.

Your main considerations for carrying your knife will be:

(a) how big of a knife do you want to carry? and

(b) how will it ride it in your pocket (loose or clipped)?

Most modern folding knife designs are equipped with a pocket clip. This allows the knife to remain vertical for comfort and ride higher in your pocket for quick access.

However, the common tactical design of these modern knives doesn’t suit everyone’s taste.

If it’s a classic design you’re after, you’ll most likely have to make due with a clip less knife.

On the plus side, knives without a pocket clip tend to be smaller in diameter and can take up less space in your pocket.

The disadvantage is that they tend to slide all the way down into your pocket and ride in a  horizontal position against your thigh (see below). If this happens, it can make carrying the knife uncomfortable.

3. What style of knife do you like?

Once you have a sense of what you want and need out of your knife and know how you’ll carry it, it’s time to become familiar with some of the different designs and features so you can choose the perfect knife.

The two main categories of design to choose from are tactical and classic.

Classic style knives:

  • Are typically going to be two-hand manual open
  • May or may not be locking
  • Likely won’t have a pocket clip, and
  • Commonly use handle materials like wood or bone

What classic knives lack in modern conveniences they make up for with timeless good looks and nostalgia.

An example of a great classic style knife is the Buck Knives Lancer.

On the other end, tactical knives:

  • Are almost always one-hand open
  • Feature a blade lock
  • Will likely have a pocket clip, and
  • Often have handles made of modern plastics, composites, or metal

What tactical knives lack in charm, they make up for with increased functionality and a certain cool factor.

An example of a great tactical knife is the Benchmade Contego 810.

Thanks to : http://ironandtweed.com/everyday-carry-how-to-choose-a-pocket-knife/ for their insightful article.

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