Everyday carry pocketknives have been around for centuries, with cave people using sharpened rocks to do everything from kill animals, to cook food, to build their homes. Today we rely on knives to a much lesser extent, but that doesn’t mean everyday carry knives are out of date. For those who live in remote areas, enjoy the great outdoors, or want to be ready for everyday emergencies, having a small, powerful and practical knife on hand can make the difference between waiting for help to arrive or rescuing yourself.
When it comes to everyday carry knives, there are many options. If you live in a remote area and have a lot of land, having a strong and powerful knife on hand can mean protection from wild animals or helping a wild animal that has gotten stuck in overgrown brush. Knives can also be used for chores around your land, as well as backup if you get trapped while far from your home base.
Knives found on multitools offer another option for people looking for an everyday carry item that serves multiple functions. Multitools or Swiss Army Knives can be used in a variety of situations, whether you live in the city, suburbs, or farmland. Often compact and lightweight, these are ideal for people who want the convenience of a knife without the added bulk and weight of something extra in their pocket.
Some knives feature the best of both worlds, with a long and traditional blade also including added benefits like a bottle opener or glass breaker on the handle.
Part of owning a knife is knowing how to use it safely and that includes being aware of where you can bring your knife. Knowing the local laws and bylaws and legally traveling with your knife are all part of the steps necessary to get the most out of your tool.
So, which knife is best for you? Here are three great options.
1. Kershaw Blur Black Everyday Carry Pocketknife
The overall highest performing knife steel in the world that is still finely bankable, the Kershaw Blur Black Everyday Carry Pocketknife is made with Sandvik 14C28N steel and increased nitrogen that adds durability and corrosion resistance to the blade. Complete with Diamond-Like Carbon coating that adds an extra hard outer shell, the Kershaw features a SpeedSafe Assisted Opening system that allows users to open the blade with one hand. The knife also has a secure locking system to ensure the safety of the user. Made in the US, the Kershaw comes with a holder and pocketclip to make for easy carry, with the pocketclip allowing the user to choose whether to carry the blade tip up or down. Measuring 6 x 1 x 1 inches and weighing 4.2 ounces, the Kershaw is the second heaviest knife on our list after the TAC Force, although it measures longer, making it a little big to fit inside a pocket. Though unmatched in strength and durability, the Kershaw does pack a big price tag, which is its most notable con.
2. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
Featuring a lifetime warranty, the Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife is the original Swiss Army Knife. Not only does it come with a 1.25-inch blade, the compact and light Victorinox (it weighs only 0.8 ounces and is 2.25 inches long) is a useful multi-tool that includes a nail file, screwdriver, scissors, key ring, tweezers, and toothpick. Made from stainless steel with a polished ABS exterior, the Victorinox is as easy to carry as it is useful. The blade can be sharpened, cleaned and oiled and if cared for properly can last a lifetime. The Victorinox’s biggest pro is that it’s a true EDC tool, with the unit small enough to be carried on a keychain. Compared to the other knives on the list, the Victorinox packs the least amount of strength and sharpness with its knife.
3. Tac-Force Tactical Spring Assisted Knife
Combining the traditional look and strength of the Kershaw knife with the added functions of the Victorinox is the Tac-Force Tactical Spring Assisted Knife. The stainless-steel blade measures 3 1/4-inches long and 3mm thick, also offering one-handed deployment like the Kershaw. The knife also features a half-serrated blade to help cut rope and branches and an aluminum handle that features a bottle opener, a screwdriver, and a glass breaker that is ideal for emergency situations. The knife has a pocket clip to make it easy to carry and weighs 4.8 ounces. Pros of the knife also include its price. One con that seems to come up with customers is the inability to use the bottle opener without the blade being opened, a flaw in the knife’s overall design. Customers also note that at 4-1/2-inch closed length, the knife is bulky for everyday carry.
4. Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool, Evolution Pocket Knife
It comes with 20 different tools, is nearly an inch thick and will blow the doors off your Grandpa’s old Swiss Army Knife. Featuring (among other things): a knife, a nail file, a wood saw and an ergonomically designed handle for comfort, this everyday carry will help get you through any scrape or situation you find yourself in. Furthermore, it’s made in Switzerland (much like the original Swiss Army Knife) and built by Victorinox, so you can count on its high quality and durability. Though it’s significantly more expensive than the original, we love this pocket knife for the keeping on hand in the car or on road trips. With so many tools packed into a convenient package, it always comes in handy.
5. Roxon Folding Pocket Knife and Scissors
Simplicity and functionality are key when it comes to a multitool, which is why we’re big fans of this Roxon folding knife. Forget the 20 features of the Victorinox, if you’re looking for a sturdy piece of metal that can cut just about anything, you’ve found your tool in this Roxon. The combo knife weighs in at just under 5 ounces and measures a mere 4.1 inches long when closed, making it a handy tool to keep around while camping. What’s more, the Roxon isn’t all that expensive, coming in at $25. If a straight to the point knife that boasts superior cutting ability is your goal, this tool from Roxon is right for you.