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 Today we rely on knives to a much lesser extent, but that doesn’t mean everyday carry knives are out of date.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.
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. SMITH & WESSON Extreme Ops SWA24S 7.1in S.S. Folding Knife
This knife from SMITH & WESSON features a handful of useful features for anyone looking to keep a strong and solid pocket knife them at all times. For starters, it comes equipped with single-hand opening, so you can easily whip the knife out and use it without much hassle. Furthermore, the knife comes equipped with a side clip, making it easy to attach to belt loops or backpacks when needed. Finally, the small blade is made of durable black oxide high-carbon stainless steel, so it should last you a long time.
3. TAC Force Spring Assist Folding 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. One con is the inability to use the bottle opener without the blade being opened, a flaw in the knife’s overall design.