Some of these knives have shallow indents on the side (this is called Santoku-style), which allows food to slide more easily off the surface. When to use it: This type of knife is your kitchen workhorse and your go-to for most cooking tasks, such as mincing garlic cloves, chopping or dicing onions and peppers, and thinly slicing tomatoes or potatoes.
They look like mini chef’s knives, with small, pointed tips and a blade that curves ever so slightly. Paring knives are perfect for peeling apples or potatoes, and they’re also a fine choice for julienne small vegetables, detaining shrimp and segmenting citrus.
The blade consists of sharp, jagged teeth that easily cut through hard foods with soft interiors. When to use it: Use a serrated knife for any cutting task that will benefit from a sawing motion, like slicing baguettes or other crusty bread.
These knives also work well for cutting produce with soft flesh (like tomatoes) or fruits with hard exteriors (like pineapples). This thinness makes these knives very sharp and ideal for cutting raw meat.
They are usually about 6 inches in length and feature long, tapered blades that sometimes curve dramatically. When to use it: These types of knives are perfect for breaking down whole chickens, or defining bone-in pork or beef.
A fillet or boning knife is really helpful if you cut a lot of raw meat, fish or other bone-in proteins. If you don’t cook a lot of meat, you may be able to skip this purchase and use a chef’s knife instead.
Reviewers are particularly taken with the handle, which they describe as “comfortable” and “ergonomic,” as well as the incredibly sharp, 12-inch blade. Two years ago, celebrity chef Sean Brock shared a photo of a truly stunning chef’s knife on his Instagram “entirely handcrafted from reclaimed materials found in the mountains of East Tennessee.” Its stainless steel blade was forged from a “100+ year old 1095 high carbon sawmill blade” while the dark wood handle was carved from “some old growth cocoon.” The knife was custom-made by John Phillips, who sells the knives one by one to his newsletter subscribers.
It’s damn near impossible to cop one of these beauties, but if you manage to, it’ll become an instant family heirloom. Michelin-starred chefs Elise Knack and Anna Hieronymus recently told us Shun is “one of our favorite knife brands.” And with a lifetime guarantee and a blade that stays sharp longer than it has any right to, it’ll be one of yours, too.
Risen was one of the earliest entrants into the fast-growing contingent of direct-to-consumer cookware brands, starting out as a Kickstarter launched in 2014. In 2018, writer Parthia Rosin penned a convincing ode to the Honcho Kobe, or Long Chef’s Knife, a Japanese-made chef’s knife handcrafted in the seaside town of Banjo and available at L.A.-based Japanese home goods store The Good Liver.
Rosin writes that she was immediately taken with the wood handle, which is “meticulously worked through a char coaling process that ensures its water resistant and antibacterial” as well as the blade made with two types of steel for added structural integrity. “It’s so you learn the technique of holding the knife.” It also comes with a finger guard, which is perfect for amateur chefs in first, second, or third grade.
Lightweight Japanese-style knives may be the blades du jour, but if you want a knife with some serious heft, one that can take a beating, go for the 11.1 ounce Author. “I prefer the weight and thickness of the blade of this heavier knife,” says James Beard–nominated pastry chef Shannon Swindle.
The three winners earned points for great maneuverability, aesthetics and included extras. The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block.
If you’re looking for a complete knife set you’ll be proud of at a price that won’t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner. If you’d like to step things up a few notches, it’s hard to go wrong with the Willing Pro 7-Piece Knife Block Set.
Complete with four knives all forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, the precision-honed blades are extra-sharp, stylish and just feel really nice in your hand. But if you’re looking to make an investment in your kitchen tools, we can’t think of a better place to start.
At first blush, we didn’t think we’d like the poly padded handles, but they were actually extremely comfortable and kept the knives from slipping, even after they had just been hand-washed. Plus, it is exceptionally sharp and took practically zero effort to drag through a few-days-old loaf of crusty bread, take the rind off a cantaloupe or slice berthing pieces from a tender tomato or peach, earning it more points than the Willing or Author versions.
After plenty of chopping, slicing and dicing, the Chicago Cutlery knives remained as sharp as their brand-new counterparts. Also putting Chicago over the top were all the extras: The steak knives performed great while slicing through grilled filet Mignon and the two Santos knives were handy for slicing cheese, mincing garlic and scooping everything off the cutting board.
They’re great for chopping soft or sticky things like meat, veggies, herbs and cheese and for scooping food off your cutting board, thanks to their wide blade.) When you’re seeking out knives that are super sharp, durable, ergonomic and will last a lifetime, we highly suggest you stop and give this standout set a good look.
Heckles, which was founded back in 1731, also takes into account the benefits of both Western and Asian knife design. For example, the chef’s knife blade has a broad curve to allow for a Western-style rocking motion, but a straight back that aligns with the Asian chopping style.
They’re forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, making them harder and sharper than many other models. Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded.
The chef’s knife, which was our favorite from the Willing set, for one, practically dropped through a head of lettuce, and easily sliced through carrots, onions, herbs and more. In fact, it seemed more like a utility knife, and the oversized blade, while very sharp, made it difficult to core a tomato or hull a strawberry.
Thinner than other knives we tested, the handles fit perfectly in a woman’s hand, but our male tester wished they were a smudge more substantial. It glided through onions, potatoes and tomatoes, took the corn off the cob with ease and sliced through the tough rind of a pineapple like it was nothing.
The paring and utility knives fit comfortably into our hands and easily sliced everything we tested them on: limes, oranges, strawberries, carrots, zucchini, radishes, you name it. The serrated bread knife drew right through our baguette loaves, making us dream of a second career as an apprentice in a French boulangerie.
The fact that the set includes just four knives and comes with a $450 price tag kept it from being our overall winner or runner-up. If you have the money to invest, however, we think the classic, elegant set will not only look like a crown jewel on your kitchen counter, but also continue to dazzle for a lifetime.
We spent weeks testing these knife sets, comparing each model by the same criteria, including overall performance, build quality, added accessories and warranty, taking detailed notes on how specific knives functioned based on everything from sharpness and materials to heft and hand-feel to how they looked and the usefulness of any included extras. We ordered two of each set so that after spending several days slicing and dicing our hearts out, we were able to compare the used knive’s sharpness to their just-out-of-the-box twins.
As avid home cooks, we already spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, but as our dining room table became overtaken with woodblocks filled with knives to test, we quickly found ourselves continually looking for things to chop. Chef’s knife: This standard tool is made to take on most of the bigger jobs in the kitchen.
Its weight makes it easier to chop uploads of ingredients in one go, say, for a big pot of soup or to roast a bounty of potatoes and vegetables. We tested chopping through meat, onions, carrots, herbs and more, noting the knife’s design, grip, weight and general feel.
We noted the ease of drawing the blade through different food items, and also whether the knife glided through paper or snagged. So, for this knife, we cored and peeled apples and tomatoes, and minced shallots and garlic to evaluate its performance and feel.
Too many items to list, including tomatoes, hard cheese, oranges, carrots and salami, were used to test how easily this knife could live up to its name. We looked at ease of cutting through difficult foods, as well as how thin we could slice something softer, such as a tomato.
Forged knives, for example, are typically stronger than stamped, which are cut from a flat metal sheet. Full tang, meaning the blade extends through the handle, helps create balance and overall heft.
Feel: So much of handling a kitchen knife rests on how it feels in your hand, so we paid special attention to the heaviness of the blades and handles, maneuverability, weight distribution and ease of sliding the knives in and out of their blocks. While we realize taste is subjective, we noted our general reaction to how nice they looked.
Build had a maximum of 35 points: quality (15); knife feel (10); room for knuckle clearance (5); appearance (5). Handcrafted in Semi, Japan, the durable, beautiful and razor-sharp Damascus stainless steel blades had us oohing and aching at their ability to perfectly slice through everything.
The paring knife, for instance, was so sharp that as we used it to core a tomato, we found it was shaving skin off our finger from the slightest touch. Admittedly, we thought the claim that the block’s built-in ceramic sharpeners would work with each use was a gimmick, but we were quickly impressed that the knives really did seem to get sharper every time we chopped and sliced.
As far as performance, the all-stainless steel, full-tang knives handled well and felt balanced, although they did feel overly heavy in our hands. We also appreciated the fact that the handles are labeled so you can quickly grab the correct knife.
These knives scored lower on performance than most models: They weren’t as sharp, the hollow metal handles felt too light, causing an imbalance, and they tended to get slippery when wet. Besides the value price, it features lightweight, dishwasher-safe stainless steel blades that will cover your cutting needs.
We must admit, when we unboxed this midnight black set noted by the company for its “menacing design,” we were prepared to be underwhelmed. Our aesthetic biases had us thinking these would prove to be more flash than performance, though we know some will dub the highly stylized look as awesome.
The geometric design of the military-grade G10 handles actually fit really comfortably into our hands and their slight texture made slippage a non-issue. The full-tang titanium nitride-coated German steel blades were razored sharp and excellent at chopping and slicing everything we threw at them.
The curved blade of the chef’s knife was helpful in chopping, but its thinness made it feel a bit light. In fact, the heavy handles, paired with thin blades, seemed to affect the balance of the knives.
And, at a rather hefty price, it includes just five knives (chef’s, paring, utility, serrated and Santos) plus a honing steel. Then again, if your home decor is Kylo Men meets Jacques Pepin, put these on your wish list immediately.
If you know a college student who has made the move from their dorm to their first apartment, this colorful set of kitchen knives would make a fine housewarming gift. They’re BPA-free and come with matching sheaths, so they can be easily stored in a drawer, saving precious counter space.
They didn’t feel especially sharp out of the box, our fingers smashed against the cutting board as we chopped and the blades felt heavy compared to the plastic handles, which threw off the balance of the knives in our hands. Its unique, vertical tempered glass block had one family member wrinkling his nose with distaste, two teenagers dubbing it “sick” (a good thing) and one who kept waffling between “so cool” and “trying too hard.” But whether you like the looks of the glass block, no one can argue that these are great knives.
Nice and sharp out of the box, they’re made using high-carbon German steel, a bolster for support and neoprene handles with full tang, offering fairly even weight distribution. With the set, you get five knives : 8-inch chef’s, 8-inch bread, 6-inch boning, 5-inch utility and 3 1/2-inch paring, plus that controversial holder.
Made of honed, stainless steel blades and plastic curved handles with full tang, the chef’s knife was our favorite, although it felt a bit light in the hand. Overall, the knives were sharp out of the box, look nice in their wood block and come with an affordable price tag when on sale (which seems to be most of the time at most retailers).
We waded through all the nonsense and set out to find the best chef’s knives for home cooks at the best prices. Read on to discover the best chef’s knife of 2020 in each category, including the best all-around, runner-up, and an impressive budget pick.
It’s strong enough to get through tough vegetables with ease and delicate enough to chop tender herbs without smashing them. The agile blade is relatively straight and tapers at the end, giving it a curve reminiscent of a Western knife, but the same sharp edge of a Japanese model.
We also found this knife to be lively and responsive in our hands, comfortable to hold and not too bulky. We also know from using them in the Epicurus Test Kitchen that they stay sharp for a long time and are easy to sharpen.
With its simple design and finish, wooden handle, and dimples along the blade that keep food from sticking to the sides, this knife is a kitchen workhorse that will last a long time. The hollow handles of Global knives are filled with a precise amount of sand to ensure perfect balance.
Sure, the finish quality on this Victorinox knife isn’t nearly as high as the Mac or the Global, but at less than $40, it’s a total steal. It glided through tough sweet potatoes with precision and delicacy and made quick work of slicing an onion.
It isn’t full tang, meaning the metal of the stainless-steel blade doesn’t extend all the way to the base of the handle, which is generally said to indicate a lower-quality, less-sturdy knife. As Test Kitchen Director Chris Morocco told us, “It’s probably the best chef’s knife out there for the money.
Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Beatrice Chaste The first step in evaluating a knife is getting a feel for the tool. We some spent time with each of the 14 chef’s knives we tested just holding them in our hands, observing the quality of the metal and sharpened edge, the feel of the handle, and the overall weight of the knife.
We then used each knife to chop raw sweet potatoes and onions and mince a pile of herbs. From the start we were looking for a thin, sharp blade, which makes slicing easier and smoother and also weighs less overall.
Naturally, we wanted a knife with a comfortable handle, which we interpreted as lightweight and smooth rather than heavy and long. When you chop something, you’ll feel like you have greater control over the cutting motion and more of a connection with the knife.
In addition to handling the heft and toughness of something like a potato, we wanted a knife that could slice through herbs without crushing them. We ultimately liked a smoother transition without the cuff, as it resulted in a lighter knife that made for an easy and comfortable slicing motion.
Ultimately, we found it was a bit too heavy and not as nicely finished as we wanted, but it handled the job of cutting through hefty vegetables just fine. Because a gentleman’s knife is not entirely as it sounds (we’ll go into greater detail a little later), and if you’re someone concerned with safety on the streets or want to be a hero should disaster and chaos reign all around you, there are plenty of benefits to having one with you.
Just like other everyday carry options, such as a flashlight, multi tool, or portable charger, they are compact, convenient, and effortlessly reliable. You never want to be in a situation where you wish you had a knife hidden away inside your pocket, but while it’s unlikely they will permit entry to any museums, you can at least stride through the streets or the wilderness with confidence that you can protect anyone around you.
With a low profile and lightweight construction, the CRT CEO EDC Folding Pocket Knife is the indisputable best choice for the best gentleman’s knives. It’s sleek and easy to conceal, but the blade, measuring just over 3 inches and constructed using high-quality steel, ensure superb performance for a range of everyday tasks.
The recessed thumb stud makes this EDC knife easy to deploy, and it’s also smooth and fast to save the day in an instant, regardless of what you need to use it for. The ball bearing system is also useful, and it ensures consistent operation, which is not something you’ll get with all knives, and so it’s worth paying a little extra for this reliability.
The glass-reinforced nylon handle is easy to grip and sturdy, which doesn’t just mean it can survive a battering but it also guarantees your safety when using it. This hunting knife is easy to open and when you’ve done that, the razor sharp clip point blade delivers quality and consistency for a range of applications, whether it’s freeing a fish from a plastic bag or slicing an apple for a quick midday energy boost.
It is not just affordable but also reliable, boasting an excellent spring-assisted design that allows you rapid one-handed deployment, while the black straight edge stainless steel is sturdy and sharp. The Lakewood handle inlay screams class and sophistication, and it’s also molded, so it’s easy to grip in either the left or right hand.
The liner locking system ensures safety once deployed, while the compact overall design helps it slide comfortably into your jeans or inside pocket while still allowing for easy access. The Opined No.08 Carbon Steel Pocket Folding Knife is another affordable option for those just starting to explore the potential of gentleman’s knives and what they can do for them.
This knife is one of the more unique we’ve selected, coming with a stainless Virology safety ring that has two sections: one fixed and one sliding to ensure secure locking and no bloody fingers. It also means it’s durable for more than everyday carry, and any outdoors men reading this would get a lot of joy from it by using it deep in the wilderness.
The 3.25” Catalan blade is inspired by the Turkish saber, and this is easy to maintain to help it hold a sharp edge. Considering the price and the plethora of superb features that come with it, this is a fantastic knife that could fool even the most knowledgeable.
Despite the low price, it still boasts quality parts, including liner lock assembly and 440C stainless steel that’s guaranteed to be tough, durable, and ready for action. This blade is 3” long, making it easy to control thanks to excellent balance, while the handle itself measures just over 5 inches.
When folded, it’s secure, and the dirt resistant lock keeps everything in top condition, so even if you don’t use it often, you won’t encounter stiffness or tricky operation. Its simplicity may put some people off, but it really shouldn’t, and what you’re getting is a knife that defies expectations, so whether you’re experienced with knives or are just getting into them, you’ll be satisfied no matter what.
We can’t present a selection of gentleman’s knives without including the CRT Crossbones EDC Folding Pocket Knife, though. This low-profile flipper continues the excellent quality of other Columbia Knife & Tool options, but it also goes a step further to make a must-have for professionals.
The satin finish delivers a sleek look, while the brushed aluminum two-tone handles is both stylish and easy to grip. The plain edge blade delivers a clean cut even if you’re using it for something as simple as opening a letter, and it is also easy to keep sharp.
The Fallkniven 3D Peep Sight Laminated GPS Steel Knife may not boast the unique or even sleek and stylish appearance of other knives, but it doesn’t have to. It’s easy to use, with one-handed flip operation, and you can achieve a variety of precise cutting actions without breaking a sweat.
Inspired by Japanese blades, it works as both a functional gentleman’s knife but also a clever decorative piece. The 440C stainless steel is also tough, but don’t expect it to chop through thick branches on a trek through the wilderness.
This blade measures just under 2”, so it’s one of the smallest we’ve selected so far, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the quality of other options. The texture handle is easy to grip and even comfortable, while the liner lock ensures the blade stays in place when deployed.
This ensures durability and also low maintenance so you won’t waste hours every evening cleaning the envelope adhesive from the side of the blade. It allows you quick access, so even in stressful situations, you can trust it to come to your rescue, while the 2.5” blade is long enough that it can handle most everyday tasks.
It isn’t a heavy-duty knife, but for simple office environments or construction jobs where you need to open boxes regularly and discreetly, it’s pretty much perfect. Other features include the 2.7” blade one of the longest in our selection, which uses drop point Damascus steel that offers a shaving-sharp edge.
The handle is made from handsome rosewood, which accents the gentlemanly nature of the knife, but it’s more than just a pretty face. Made from high-grade stainless steel (7Cr17), the 3.3-inch blade is super sharp and offers excellent edge retention, so you shouldn’t have to sharpen it too often.
Our buying guide will walk you through the most important aspects of utility knives to help you find the right tool for your kitchen. If you’re ready to buy, check out our recommendations for the top serrated utility knives on the market.
They’re stronger and harder than stainless steel blades, so they stay sharp longer. High carbon steel blades also have little rust resistance, so they must be cleaned and dried thoroughly after each use.
It’s not uncommon for ceramic knife blades to break, unlike those made with steel. You’ll need to use only plastic or wooden boards, and never use a ceramic blade to cut through hard vegetables, frozen food items or bones.
Short blades don’t give much more leverage than paring knives and may not effectively cut larger fruits and vegetables. Longer blades may stick out from the food you’re cutting, increasing the risk of injury.
Wood handles can absorb water even with normal washing, which sometimes leads to bacteria growth and food contamination. More recently, manufacturers have started using rubber, plastic, and other synthetic materials to make knife handles.
The end result is a knife with the classic wooden look but fewer sanitation concerns. Knives with shorter blades that simply insert into the handle require more effort and may break more easily.
Rivets should be flush with the handle, so they don’t irritate your skin or snag on clothing. The bolster is wider than the blade and indicates the original thickness of the steel before being tapered to a slender slicing surface.
It gives the knife balance, provides a space for fingers to rest, and serves as a tactile cue to stay away from the sharp spots. Pointed, toothy serrations with wide valleys between them create cleaner slices than teeth that are rounded or scalloped.
Pointed edges mean that the force is concentrated in a smaller surface area. Since the force is distributed among the serrations, knives with fewer teeth give each one more power.
Amazingly hard and seriously sharp, its high carbon blade is triple-riveted into a comfortable composite handle. Paring knives are designed for peeling and dicing, and this 3.5-inch model gives you the precise control needed for both.
Knives in this price range should have a full tang blade made from steel with a high carbon content. If you’re paying this much for a knife, it should be extremely well-balanced and forged from superior high carbon steel.
It should have a full tang riveted into a handle made from graspable synthetic or combination materials. If the design distributes the weight well, it will rest in place on your finger without tipping.
Ill-designed handles can tire your hand quickly, putting you at risk for cutting accidents. Users say its stainless steel blade expertly handles tomatoes long after purchase.
Straight blades require pressure to force an entry point into food. And these versatile knives lack the size and strength to slice through bones or navigate joints.
The folding pocket knife is something of an institution among outdoors men the world over but it’s not just used for boning fish and opening stubborn tins around the campfire anymore. Today it’s must-have equipment for police and other first responders, rescue crews, climbers, delivery persons, and craftspeople.
Unlike some knives, the pocket clip is adjustable with minimal effort and hassle thanks to pre-drilled holes in the handle should you need to change it. It’s neither too expensive that those who don’t need a knife for everything feel like they shouldn’t bother, nor is it too cheap you’re worried you might get a too-good-to-be-true deal.
As for maintenance, it’s super simple to clean, even despite the handle-window design, meaning you can use it time and again without the risk of rusting and corrosion. Like any knife, though, we’d still recommend taking as much care as possible to guarantee edge retention and parts functionality, and this one is a little more of a challenge to sharpen than other, more expensive options.
When carrying, it fits comfortably in your pocket or on your belt loop, although its size may mean you forget it’s there, so try not to walk through any airport security with it. If you’re in the market for an inexpensive knife you can rely on for everyday use at work or at home, that’s also excellent for camping trips, this unobtrusive little guy is one of the best you’re likely to find.
Secure stainless steel handle and clip ensures safe transportation If you prefer your knives to have weight to them, this is an excellent option without being too heavy you feel bogged down when strapped to you.
If you’re moving around either through work or through the woods on your monthly camping, this knife is great for fast, easy access thanks to its convenient pocket clip. The liner lock security also means you’ll be protected when on the move, while still being easy to deploy with the spring-based M.A.G.I.C assisted opening system.
If you’re planning on using it every day, you may encounter problems over time as the pocket clip and spring will show signs of wear and tear, but just like the Gerber, it comes at such an excellent price that there can’t really be considered major problems; you get what you pay for, after all. So it’s not totally perfect, but at less than $40 it’s close enough to serve you well on the job or as a handy tool when taking trips into the wilderness by still offering functionality and reliability when called upon.
Aesthetics is often overlooked in items such as knives, but this sleek and modest design is very much what guides people towards it, and the fantastic performance that combines both functionalities with simplicity is what keeps them using it. The handle is also ambidextrous, making it comfortable in whatever situation and easy to retrieve and hold on either side of the belt or pocket.
The black stone wash finish is simple, and it casts of expectations other tactical knives by delivering only what you need. With on-blade friction, you’re guaranteed a secure grip when sheathed in the handle, with the frame lock giving you further peace of mind.
You may not need to use it every day, but if you do, the low-profile pocket clip attaches it firmly and discreetly, yet still simple to take out at a moment’s notice. Anyone who’s used knives frequently before knows how easy it is to get complacent, so while it may not be a major selling point, it’s still good to have such confidence.
As far as lightweight automatic knives go, the Ontario RAT Folding Knife is an excellent option that delivers several carrying possibilities to suit your needs in whatever you’re going. You can adjust the 4-way pocket clip for easy access wherever you are and while the lanyard holes may be a little too large for you to carry it like you would keychain knives, you’re still getting versatility with portability options you don’t get with every knife out there.
As for when you need to use it, the ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold to maintain superb grip and purchase with everything from opening boxes, prying lids, and in emergency situations. The spine jumping feature provides a level of control that may surprise you, and it could easily displace more expensive knives as the favorite in your collection.
For more messy situations and times when the knife could suffer parts damage through blockages and similar issues, you’ll be thankful for the open post construction. This makes it easy to clean and maintain throughout the years, ensuring longevity and performance whatever the demands.
If you need to deploy the blade in a hurry, the thumb stud makes this easy while still being safe, so you need not worry about catching your fingers or pockets. With the Ontario RAT, you’ll get quality, reliability, and won’t have to break the bank to do so.
Ergonomic nylon handle and spine jumping ensures excellent design with great control The Buck Quickfire Assisted Opening Folding Knife delivers high-speed efficiency with a fast-releasing blade that’s as effective in one hand as it is the other.
Using a dual spring mechanism, it deploys quickly but safely to guarantee you don’t injure yourself (or others) when releasing it in situations at home, at work, or out and about. When not in use, the mid lock found in the handle keeps the blade from springing out unexpectedly, and if it did, you’d be the first to know about it, while the deep-pocket carry clip is discreet and reliable.
Mid lock design and rotating blade ensures safety and security when carrying The blade is perfectly balanced and maintains a fantastically sharp edge while also being resistant to rust even under heavy, consistent use.
It’s also easy to carry and will fit awesomely in your pocket with your money clip, car keys or hippo lighter without feeling too bulky and cumbersome. If want to ensure you can reach it whenever, you can take advantage of the pocket clip which is reversible to suit both left- and right-handed dudes.
The manual opening ensures protection and is easily operated with a single hand so you can save the day in a flash. Stylish and more functional than we ever thought possible, when you think of knives, this is the thing your mind immediately goes to.
This multifunctional So Money Clip Pocket Knife is a far sight better than the cheap pen knives of your youth and will amaze you at how useful it can be. The compact design makes it super easy to carry and store, but still serves you well when called upon in a variety of situations.
The 2 ounce stainless steel handle is well constructed, with no loose bolts or connections, ensuring safety and showing fantastic craftsmanship at a wonderfully reasonable price. It’s easy to maintain and delivers excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance, which is great news for those planning on taking it on camping and outdoor trips.
The one-handed mechanism prevents accidental opening and closing, and ensures safe, responsible use. Whether you want to treat yourself or introduce a friend or younger relative to the convenience and efficiency of folding and pocket knives, this is a fantastic, discreet option that’s likely to keep on giving.
Its razor sharpness is reliable and ideal for a variety of situations, giving you superb results every time. Our final pick is a superbly effective, efficient, and high-performing knife inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun.
It boasts handmade D2 tool steel that ensures durability and reliability and maintains a sharp knife-edge even despite everyday use. The bamboo style handle comes with a pocket clip for easy, secure carrying, but if you don’t want to use that, you can take advantage of the nylon sheath.
Bats Handmade Steel Japanese Folding Knife is also a great way to store it when at home and allows you to keep it safe and in one place. If you use multiple knives on trips, it’s also useful for stopping you having too much stuff in your pockets and means you only have to expose it to the elements when called upon.
When this time comes, the blade is easy to deploy with a traditional Japanese style opening lever you can operate with one hand (which we’re sure you expect by now). It’s remarkably lightweight, making it comfortable to carry and hold, which is ideal for situations that require more heavy-duty application like cutting kindling.
Even in low-risk, non-emergency scenarios, it’s still an excellent feature to have and means you will enjoy using it and get the most from this knife which may not be possible with bulkier, heavier options. It’s slim but effective, and ensures excellent, reliable performance for much longer than you’d expect.
However, unless you’re buying a knife strictly for decorative purposes there are quite a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before you decide on one. For instance, once you’ve decided you want a knife that sports a high tech design then you can look for one with certain features that will fulfill your needs.
If you’re going to use it to dig and probe you’ll need a robust blade with a strong point that won’t break off easily. As for the cutting edge the design of the edge will depend on what you’ll likely be using the knife For instance: if you’re an emergency responder who handles a lot of car accidents, you may want a nice curved blade since this type of blade is preferred for cutting seat belts and freeing trapped victims.
The curvature or lack thereof of the handle as well as any contouring will also play an integral part in how comfortable or uncomfortable the knife feels in your hand. If you’re paying short money for a knife you have no reasonable expectation the handle is anything but plastic.
Pay more and your handle material options may include titanium, bone or genuine hand-carved hardwood. If you want a handle that is waterproof then you’ll want to shy away from soft materials and stick to high grade stainless or titanium or one of the many composites out there.
It would certainly be nice if everyone were perfect and circumstances never took unexpected twists and turns that will make you extremely glad your knife had a locking mechanism, but that’s not the case. And oftentimes people deploying a pocket knife are doing so under duress, so they are not in complete command of their faculties and might exhibit tiny errors in technique or judgement that could cause the blade to retract unexpectedly and cause them serious injury.
Keep in mind though that if you store your knife on your belt or clipped to the waist of your pants where others can easily see it you may be inviting trouble should your work bring you into contact with unsavory types. If your knife has a chance of being deployed in life or death situations than it makes zero sense to cut corners and try and save a few bucks.
If on the other hand you’re a hobbyist with no particular need to be carrying around a state of the art tactical knife, there’s no reason to spend your vacation money on one. In general though if you stick with the better-known makers and their well-known models you’re going to get a pretty good quality knife regardless of what the specialists say.
Remember the manliest men pocket knife on planet earth isn’t worth anything if the person that owns it carries it recklessly or doesn’t know how to effectively deploy it. They can get dull (just as the tip of a serrated blade does) just by putting them in and out of storage, which brings us to our next topic.
You can also get hard plastic/metal cases for your knives, which offer more protection for your blade, and keep them more easily concealed from visitors in your home or little ones. It’s more of a reason to keep your knives concealed/packed-up when little ones are around, but it’s excellent in a pinch when you whip it out of your EDC pack or pocket.
Simply press inward on the metallic stud along the bottom of the knife, and flick your wrist like you were doing a magic trick. No dove is going to fly out of your sleeve, no ace of spades, but the knife will flip upward, lock into place, and you’ll be the one with the upper hand.
When it comes to blades or firearms that are deemed “illegal” in that state, they usually call in the county sheriff to handle the situation. Depending on the municipality, laws can be extremely strict, and come with loads of backlash.
The best modern folding pocket knives are a synthesis of quality materials, outstanding design and thoughtful engineering. They’ll be of valuable service whether you’re installing insulation in the attic, boning your latest catch, freeing the occupant of a car that’s been involved in an accident or splicing wires as you hang your new Tiffany pendant lamp over the kitchen table.
Updated by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainy on 2/06/2020 After we break down the specs and details of each knife, find a review from one of our beloved customers.
The Bench made 535 Buyout is lightweight, capable, and universally lusted after by both backpackers and the EDC crowd. When it comes time to cut, this blade makes quick work of most tasks and really won’t let you down.
Bench made recently introduced the highly anticipated Mini Buyout and the CF-Elite™ variation of this knife. 3.24” CPM-S30V Drop Point Blade Polymer Handle Scales 1.85 oz.
I’ve been looking for a good EDC for basketball shorts or running and this fits the bill perfectly. Wearing basketball shorts, the knife disappears with its light weight and deep carry clip.
Would you be surprised if I told you that Bench made invented the game when it comes to made-in-USA butterfly knives (AKA belongs)? That heritage extends to every Bench made knife today in the form of their butterfly logo.
Ask any guy what Bench made to buy, and for close to 20 years the easy answer has been “Grab an Osborne 940!” You still can’t go wrong with durable, drippy aluminum handle scales, premium blade steel, and near one to one ratio of handle to blade. It also comes dressed in carbon fiber, or in a limited edition 20th Anniversary Titanium version if that suits your style better.
If you still need some convincing to the worthiness of this knife, check out our field test and comprehensive Review of the 940. 3.40” CPM-S30V Reverse Tango Blade 6061-T6 Aluminum Handle Scales 2.60 oz.
I cut a lot of cardboard at work and it goes through it like a hot knife through butter.” If you’re looking for a gentlemanly folding knife that can stand up to hard use, you’re going to love the Hunt Series of knives from Bench made.
The Mini Crooked River shines as a game processing tool and as an everyday carry. Tasteful styling and materials are elevated by excellent ergonomics and a beast of a blade.
3.40” CPM-S30V Clip Point Blade Dymondwood Handle Scales 3.29 oz. Although this could be a great knife for EDC, I generally carry smaller knives unless I know I will have some use for the larger blade.
The Bench made Reptilian is a no-nonsense daily carry knife that features strong and lightweight textured North GTX handles. Double 420J stainless liners add strength and durability to the handle design.
Also, available in a Mini version, this knife is lightweight, durable, and sports a utilitarian blade shape ideal for a diverse and wide-ranging assortment of cutting tasks. Your fingers never cross in front of the path of the blade, and they operate well with gloves or greasy hands.
All jokes aside, the Bench made Infidel 3300 Of is a real marvel of engineering. 3.91” CPM-S30V Dagger Blade 6061-T6 Aluminum Handle Scales 4.90 oz.
I have been carrying an Infidel for over a year now and it has never, not even once, failed to properly extend or retract the blade. We can’t make a list of the best Bench made knives without including a side-opening automatic knife.
The 4300 CLA (Composite Lite Auto) fits right into the kit of law enforcement and military, but if you’re not about that operator life, don’t worry. If autos are your thing be sure to check out our Best Bench made Automatic Knives article.
3.40” 154CM Drop Point Blade G-10 Handle Scales 3.47 oz. The Proper is a perfect piece for those times that you’d rather not carry a beefier knife.
If Marta and G-10 handles aren't your style, be sure to check out Titanium scales for the Proper. 2.82” CPM-S30V Clip Point Blade Marta Handle Scales 2.28 oz.
When it comes to game processing and hunting, you definitely don’t want to lose purchase on your handle. The orange inlay makes for an excellent contrast in the event that you ever drop your knife into a big pile of leaves.
3.50” CPM-S30V Drop Point Blade Polymer Handle Scales 3.77 oz. The 200 Pukka represents a newer fixed blade offer for Bench made, but I can tell you already that this knife is an absolute slam dunk.
The Scandinavian Pukka design is tailor-made for general camp tasks, bush craft, and survival. 3V is the perfect steel for the job with excellent toughness and edge retention.
3.75” CPM-3V Drop Point Blade Neoprene Handle Scales 4.54 oz. When you buy a Bench made from Blade HQ you're supporting an Authorized Premium+ Dealer.
That means we get to offer the widest selection of products to tempt your trigger finger. *Customer reviews may be condensed for clarity and edited for grammatical errors.
Famous for being a cut above the rest, Cuzco has long been creating products for the kitchen. The extensive collection includes whole sets of kitchen knives as well as single products designed for a specific purpose.
In order to discover what makes them so special, check out this in-depth Cuzco knives review. To date, the company has created more than a hundred kitchen cutlery products for customers to choose from.
With no real retail outlets, the company’s representatives had to create their customer base one person at a time. With no flashy advertising to fall back on, the success of the products was due mainly to their excellence.
Cuzco products are famous for coming with very extensive and comprehensive warranties. In this case, Cuzco will happily replace products or the damaged parts free of charge.
This warranty even extends to damage that is the fault of the user rather than the manufacturing process. This means that Cuzco knives are a real investment, and many people feel they are worth paying more for.
A true chef’s knife is extremely versatile and can be used for a wide range of culinary tasks. The blades of Cuzco knives are specially honed so that they will stay sharper for longer.
When users notice that the edge is starting to become dull, they simply send the knives away for free sharpening. While Cuzco knives are very practical, they also feature unique and very appealing styles.
Users are sure to love the special cheese knife with its innovative and very striking design. The sets of Cuzco knives come with different types of matching handles that add an extra touch of style to any home.
Even if they are accidentally thrown into the garbage disposal unit, the company will replace them free of charge. They boast dark brown handles that are sure to add a touch of sophistication to mealtimes.
The only downside is that families that consist of four or five people will find that the size of the set is rather lacking. People who are looking for the perfect housewarming gift for someone special are sure to love this cool set.
The Cuzco #1865 Set of 4 Classic Brown Model 1759 Table Knives comes with a special presentation box. Keeping this stunning knife set in perfect condition is sure to be an easy task.
Users are sure to love the fact that this set of knives comes with a lifetime warranty. The Cuzco Knives 4 Piece Table Knife Set with Westwood Gourmet Micro Fiber Polishing Cloth is sure to last for generations.
People who are looking for a set of knives for everyday use is sure to find that this is an excellent option. The Cuzco Knives 4 Piece Table Knife Set with Westwood Gourmet Micro Fiber Polishing Cloth are sharp enough for steak or other tougher meats.
With this elegant set of knives, mealtime will be given an extra touch of class. The handles are slightly tapered and are perfectly complimented the steel blades.
Cuzco has seventy years of expertise under its belt and is naturally one of the leaders in its field. This special edge is serrated and makes it easy to cut steak without applying too much pressure.
This helps to make using the Cuzco #1865 set of 4 White (Pearl) Model 1759 Table Knives both easy and fun. The only downside with this serrated edge is that many people find it hard to sharpen it correctly.
Cuzco also offers a free knife sharpening service any time that the edge becomes dull. Even if this problem is completely due to user error, Cuzco will honor the warranty.
Users simply need to send in their damaged knife, and it will be repaired or replaced. The Model 1764 Cuzco Traditional Cheese Knives with 5.5 Micro-D serrated edge really stands out from the crowd.
The slightly serrated edge means that cheese can be sliced with virtually no effort at all. The special edge will stay sharp for a long time and can easily be sharpened at home.
The Cuzco 1728 7-5/8 Petite Chef Knife is small enough to be truly versatile and can handle even delicate jobs. However, this mighty model is also strong enough to tackle all types of heavy-duty tasks.
This means that it can serve as the perfect kitchen companion to all types of cooks. Even people who accidentally break this model can have it replaced free of charge.
The blade of the Cuzco 1728 7-5/8 Petite Chef Knife is slightly heavier than usual. The Cuzco range includes a large select of beautifully crafted knives that have been built to last.