You can sharpen knives yourself, but you’ll never get them as sharp as a professional can. Knife Aid’s mail-in kit lets you ship up to five knives to their team of expert knife smiths, then ships them back to you within about a week, often sharper than the day you bought them.
When it comes to opening packages, slicing sheets of paper, or building models, a good utility knife is your best friend. Everyday Carry picked out 13 quality utility knives, each with a scalpel-sharp blade, but with some very different design approaches. We’re big fans of the Gerber GDC Zip Blade for its easy-access design.
This compact pocket knife is truly a work of art, featuring an organic design inspired by the wings and body of a hummingbird. It measures just 3.75″ long when opened, and has a titanium handle and Damasteel drop-point blade. Comes in green, grey, pink, or blue. Pre-order price available through 10.6.2020 on Drop.
These razor-sharp kitchen knives make quick work of slicing, dicing, and chopping tasks. Each blade features a damascus-like wave pattern etched into its surface, and a pakka wood handle. The set includes an 8″ chef’s knife, a 5″ utility knife, a 3.5″ paring knife, and a wood storage box. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.
This lightweight pocket knife features a fiberglass-reinforced nylon handle, embossed with a spiderweb pattern. Its blade is made from high carbon-chromium steel, and is easy to deploy thanks to the large finger hole on its blade hump. Available in blue or black w/stainless, black/black, and a serrated blade.
This spartan and inexpensive pocket tool is ideal for sailing and fishing, but it’s also useful for camping and hunting. It combines a honed knife blade, marlinspike, shackle key, and bottle opener. Its stainless steel handle has a 2″ imperial ruler on one side, and a 5cm metric ruler on the other.
Dalstrong’s kitchen knives come in a midnight black that covers its blades, handles, and knife block. Their full-tang blades are made from high-carbon steel with a titanium nitride coating, while their handles are G10 and fiber resin for long life. Price shown is for the 5-piece set, but pieces are also sold individually.
This hefty folding knife was created by Boker and CountyComm. Its 3.6mm thick titanium plate provides stability, while its chunky, stubby 2.5″ clip-point blade keeps it nice and pocketable. It’s finished off with marbled carbon fiber scales for a great technical look. Pre-order price available through 8.18.20 on Drop.
While there are some pretty sweet knives out there, they don’t all need to be expensive to be good. Our buddies over at Everyday Carry took some time to pick their favorite inexpensive pocket knives, each priced at under $50, without sacrificing function, durability, or looks.
This 5-in-1 pocket knife packs in a partially-serrated 420 stainless steel blade, along with a seatbelt cutter, a glass breaker tool, firestarter rod, and a removable LED flashlight. Save 28% on StatGear’s useful multifunction tool in The Awesomer Shop.
UPKnife’s unique multitool packs a 3-position, bolt-action hybrid tanto blade with OTF operation. Functions include a saw, bottle opener, box wrenches, a 1/4″ bit driver, a wire stripper, and a tungsten carbide glass breaker. Each one is made in the U.S. entirely from stainless steel.
Custom-designed knives can be beautiful, but they’re usually quite expensive. Everyday Carry shows off 10 unique knives that were designed by custom blade makers, but benefit from the price advantage of a production knife. We’re particularly fond of the bold and colorful MKM Voxnaes Isonzo.
Limited to just 500 pieces, this unique flipper knife was designed by Dew Hara. It features a modern, skeletonized handle made from two-tone 6Al4V titanium, along with an open frame 3.39″ blade honed from Böhler M390 steel, and a smooth-action ball-bearing pivot. Made in Maniago, Italy for CRKT by lionSTEEL.
This modular pocket tool set offers 12 functions, including a bottle opener, knife, wrenches, flat and phillips screwdrivers, box opener, cord cutter, and flashlight. The bundle includes a pair of pocket clips, along with paracord zipper pulls. Save 31% in The Awesomer Shop. (WeeLink module shown in video not included.)
Just because you carry a pocket knife doesn’t mean it needs to be bulky or heavy. These days, there are lots of great options made with materials like carbon fiber and aluminum, or with skeletonized frames that reduce weight. Everyday Carry shares their top 12 lightweight knives for 2020.
Bigger Swiss Army knives may include some of the grooming tools found on this Victorinox pocket tool, but this one adds a nail clipper. It’s also got a 1.75″ straight blade, a nail cleaner, serrated-edge scissors, tweezers, a toothpick, and a keychain ring. Available with a solid red, transluscent ruby, or walnut wood handle.
While you could go with a basic black or olive drab knife handle, copper gives your gear a richer and more substantial look. Over time, the metal patinas, making tools made with copper more personal as well. Everyday Carry showcases 10 great knives which use copper in their construction.
SOG’s professional-grade folding knife is ready to take on the toughest cutting and rescue tasks. It’s got a 3.75″ D2 stainless steel clip-point blade, along with an easy-to-use ambidextrous safety lock mechanism, and integrated line cutter and glass breaker tools. It also comes in tanto and serrated versions.
We love the sleek, modern looks of this pocket knife from Italy’s Maserin and designer Alessandro “Bonus” Olivetto. It features lightweight anodized aluminum handles with wood, micarta, or G10 scales, and a 3.15″ straight edge sheepsfoot blade fabricated from satin-finish steel.
This teensy keychain knife is perfect for opening boxes, slicing paper, or cutting twine, and doubles as a touch tool for keeping your fingers from pushing buttons or switches. Its 0.5″ long blade is razor sharp, and stows securely inside of either a stainless steel or titanium capsule.
KeySmart’s nifty little pocket knife isn’t designed to intimidate. Instead, it’s just the perfect tool for everyday tasks, like opening boxes, cutting rope, and whittling wood. It’s got a 2.38” long 420 stainless steel blade, and a machined aluminum handle. Measures 6″ open / 3.5″ closed. Save 24% in The Awesomer Shop.
Italian knifemaker Maserin’s gentlemanly Toledo pocket knife features a classic multi-blade shape and style, with an intricate vintage pattern on its aluminum scales, and a trio of small, mirror-finish pen blades made from stainless steel. Measures 3.25″ when closed.
Bladesmith shurap loves to make damascus from all kinds of unusual objects. In this case, he managed to get his hands on a bunch of rusty, ancient blades that date back as far as 1100 years to the Kievan Rus era. He then smooshed them down into one elegant new weapon. Historians and archaeologists look away.
Whether you need to open a package, slice up an apple, or tighten a screw, you’ll always be prepared with Higher Objects’ wristband, which packs a knife with a flat head screwdriver tip. It’s made from stainless steel and leather, and comes in black/black or stainless/brown color combos. Save 25% in The Awesomer Shop.
The cute-as-a-bug Mini Bugout is an everyday carry pocket knife small enough to pack inside an Altoids tin. Scaled down to a closed length of 3.7” and weighing in at just 1.5 ounces, Benchmade’s baby is made of CPM-S30V blade steel with a Grivory handle, making it tough enough for adventures big and small.