In a year that brought us just about every bad thing we could have possibly imagined, it’s understandable to be wary of every new day. Life has quite literally proven that we really never know what’s going to happen no matter how we live. Events occur outside our jurisdiction that affect us every single day, so, if there’s any way we can prepare for it, we’re going to do so. That being said, it’s important to try and prevent tragedy in any way possible, so snagging yourself the best self-defense knife to keep on you for those “just in case” kind of situations isn’t a bad idea.
Yeah, we know. For some, carrying the best self-defense knife around at all times seems a bit much, but believe us — it’s worth it. There’s a solid chance you’ll never, ever have to use it a single time in your entire life, so you might be thinking why you might need one to begin with. We at SPY believe there should be no reason to even chance it. You truly never know when life is going to take a turn on you, so might as well be prepared.
A good self-defense knife doesn’t show itself until it needs to be shown. You don’t want to walk around town wielding, like, an ax or anything. It needs to be discreet so you can easily carry without anyone noticing or fearing your presence. The knife has to be tiny in size as well so it can easily fit in your pocket and be taken in and out as needed.
If you’re looking to take a step in the right direction in terms of your safety, don’t worry, we have you covered. Down below, you can find the best self-defense knives money can buy in 2020. Just don’t play around with them, these blades aren’t toys.
1. Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops SWA24S 7.1in S.S. Folding Knife
In terms of safety, folding knives are really your best bet when carrying. Not only will they keep you safe in time of need, but folding knives have the ability to stay hidden by folding inside their own handle until you need them. This self-defense knife from Smith & Wesson is not only our favorite but Amazon’s, too. It has almost 15,000 solid ratings that rave about this knife’s safety measures, quick access and security. At only 7 inches in length and 3 inches when folded, this is a super-compact option to keep on you at all times.
2. Grand Way Black Camping Pocket Knife
This simple yet handy pocket knife is a reliable self-defense knife that prevents any unwanted closure. Because, well, you don’t even want to imagine that. Bye, thumb! It’s coated in black to stay looking sleek and hidden especially during the night. It’s made from 440C stainless steel to provide total durability and stays sharp no matter how frequently you use it. People love using this pocket knife while camping, hiking and fishing, but as we mentioned, we suggest you keep this on you at all times just in case.
3. Fixed Blade Neck Knife
BEST FIXED BLADE
Although we tend to prefer our self-defense knives folded, fixed options are trustworthy alternatives that come in handy when needed. This fixed blade works can slip right into your pocket or be worn around the neck like a necklace in order to provide easy access to it when needed. The knife offers a unique, thin design with a handle that is styled like a grenade. Because it’s fixed, instead of folding in on itself, it hides in a sheath ready to be taken out whenever.
4. KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Straight Edge Knife
BEST USED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT
In situations where a suspect is trying to take an officer’s gun when the officer cannot access it themselves, this straight-edge knife is used as a sort of “last option” effort to stop the attacker. People don’t really know about this knife given the fact it is so well hidden on the officer’s body, so suspects will never see it coming. This knife is unique because of its angled approach that’s ready to attack if need be. Like our pick above, this is another fixed knife and will not fold into itself, but there is a hard plastic sheath provided for safekeeping.
5. TAC Force TF-705RB Tactical Spring Assisted Knife
While we normally prefer all-black self-defense knives to stay elusive, we can’t leave out this gorgeous rainbow-bladed folding knife. This baby offers a speedy one-handed release when you need it quickly, locking securely into place so it will never close back up during use. The handle is made with aluminum and comes with both a window-breaker and a bottle opener in case you might need it, because having no way to open up your beer is an emergency, too. Also, like most pocket knives, this knife comes with a clip for holding onto your pants.
6. Cold Steel Urban Edge Push Dagger Fixed Blade Knife
This versatile dagger can have a range of homes. From your pocket to your key chain to hanging around your neck, the Urban Edge from Cold Steel is a super-compact dagger created with a satin-finished AUS-8A stainless steel blade. The blade in itself is quite tiny, coming in at just 2 and a half inches, but the knife can do a lot of damage if need be. It comes with a hard plastic sheath for safekeeping and is the perfect knife for people who don’t need anything too bulky.
7. Snake Eye Tactical Everyday Carry Pocket Knife
Not all knives are straight. Take the Snake Eye pocket knife, for example. This unique blade is curved to make cutting and carving as easy as it gets, so it’s perfect for self-defense when needed. Not that you’re going to carve anybody, but, you know what we mean. It’s both sharp and threatening. This self-defense knife is a folding knife, so it easily folds into itself the way any other folding knife would, but with a catch. Unlike our other choices, because of the design, this one is most definitely on the bulky side. Just keep that in mind if you’re looking for something a bit slimmer.
8. Microtech Combat Troodon OTF Dagger Knife Tactical
If you’re willing to break the bank a bit for your safety, look no further than Microtech’s huge folding knife named after the Troodon dinosaur. Coming in at almost 10 whole inches with flipped out, this combat knife is a true monster ready to keep you safe at all times. While most people will snag this knife as the perfect blade to add to their collection, others might choose to keep it on their body for actual self-defense purposes, as we suggest. Nonetheless, it’s razor-sharp, functional and beautiful to the eye.