The Top 20 Best Pocket Knives For EDC: 2019 Folding Knife Reviews

Buying a knife used to be easier.  But now, whether you are buying a survival knife, pocket knife, or just looking at any manufacturer's website to gather information, it can get quite confusing.

There was a time when most people's idea of an “everyday carry” knife consisted of one of the many different types of traditional pocket knife patterns.  Their idea of a tactical folder was an Italian-style stiletto, not the modern looking EDC knives you see today.

A pocket knife should have three things going for it:

  • Overall Value: Great combination of both quality and budget combined
  • High End: The perfect choice if budget isn't an issue
  • Traditional: Top old school traditional pick

If you still need more help picking the right knife for your needs, our Buyer's Guide & Advice section should help you along the way.

Pocket Knife Buyer Guide

There are two schools of pocket knives (for the most part).  Some people would argue that you have a smaller subset of pocket knives that are considered more military style and tactical in use.  We stand by that most of the knives we'd recommend for military or tactical use should be fixed blade knives and not something that's a basic EDC pocket knife.  Bushcraft knives should be shorter in nature and also have a fixed blade.

Today's knives for the most part fall into two buckets which are Modern Pocket Knives and Traditional Pocket knives.  Let's look at the basic differences and uses of each type in more detail below.

1. TRADITIONAL VS. MODERN FOLDING POCKET KNIFE PATTERNS:

2. FINDING THE OPTIMAL BLADE SIZE:

3. BLADE DESIGN (MODERN EVERYDAY CARRY, TRADITIONAL, ETC.):

4. THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BLADE STEELS:

5. POCKET KNIFE HANDLE DESIGN:  

Best Modern Folding Pocket Knives: Our Picks

Because the full list of modern knives is simply too extensive to list, we have instead listed out for you ten of the most popular modern pocket knives on the market today.

1. KERSHAW BLUR FOLDING KNIFE:

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The Kershaw Blur Folding Knife is one of the most popular pocket knife selections on the market today, and also the best EDC knife for the money you can buy in our opinion.  Kershaw is known for quality, but this knife is also very budget friendly, while not ignoring quality.

While Benchmade should be your go-to if you have the money, the Kershaw Blur, gives you a sleek and simple design as well as comfort and utility all in one package.

Specs for the Kershaw Blur:

  • Overall Length: 7.875 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.375
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade Material: 14C28N Stainless
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Weight: 3.9 oz.

It's practical design and additional safety measures make it a top pick for the cost.  It features a closed length of 4 1/2 inches and a length of 3 3/8 inches.  It has a thumb stud which helps assist in opening and closing the blade with one or both hands.

It's made from 6061-T6 Anondized Aluminum and comes with a speed safe opener for additional safety.  This is important if you plan on keeping it in your pocket every day.

2. BENCHMADE 940 OSBORNE DESIGN KNIFE:

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  • EVERYDAY CARRY: With its slim...

The Benchmade 940 Osborne is the cream of the crop.  In fact, we feature this knife in a detailed breakdown right here.  Benchmade has made it's mark by having some of the top quality pocket knives on the market and the 940 Osborne is no different.  While price is always a factor, equally important is the quality of the knife.

Specs for the Benchmade 940:

  • Overall Length: 7.87 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.4 Inches
  • Blade Type: Reverse Tanto
  • Blade Material: S30V Stainless
  • Rockwell Hardness: 58-60 HRC
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 2.65 oz.

The 940 is by far one of the higher quality knives on our list, but it comes with a higher price tag as a result.  It's a premium folder that comes equipped with a pocket clip on one side, making it ideal for everyday carry.

It has a 3.4 inch stainless steel blade with an ambidextrous thumb stud which makes this a great option if you are a lefty.  When extended the knife measures 7.87 inches from top to bottom.

3. SPYDERCO ENDURA 4:

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  • FRN HANDLE - Fiberglass...
  • FULL-FLAT GRIND - This knife...
  • BI-DIRECTIONAL TEXTURING - Is...
  • SPECIFICATIONS - Closed Length...

Like the Tenacious Combo Edge, the Endura 4 has a serrated edge blade and it's made from VG-10 high carbon steel.  The blade itself is titanium carbonitride coated to help prevent against rust.

Specs for the Spyderco Endura 4:

  • Overall Length: 8.75 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.75 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: VG-10 Stainless
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Fiber Reinforced Nylon
  • Weight: 3.67 oz.

It has a lock on the rear side of the blade to ensure it doesn't open easily and when completely open, the knife locks.  This helps prevent unintended closure.   It comes with a clip on the handle to make it easy to attach to your belt and the handle is also textured for optimal grip.

It's also equipped with pocket clip on the handle, making it a great option for anyone that's looking for a decent EDC option.

4. BENCHMADE SUPER STEEL BARRAGE:

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The 940 Osborne isn't the only top tier knife that Benchmade is responsible for making.  The Super Steel Barrage is extremely popular with the higher end knife owning crowd.

Specs for The Benchmade Super Steel Barrage:

  • Overall length: 8.35 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.6 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade Material: 154 CM
  • Rockwell Hardness: 58-61 HRC
  • Handle Material: G-10/Aluminum
  • Weight: 4.94 oz.

It's a little pricey, but for the quality you expect from Benchmade, it's well worth the cost. It's made of M390 "super steel" and has a locking blade to help ensure that it won't pop open at an unexpected time.  It has an ambidextrous thumb stud that will help with opening and closing the knife with one or both hands.

Again, the price tag is a little steeper, but when it comes to knife quality, you get what you pay for.

5. BENCHMADE GRIPTILIAN 551-1:

While the Benchmade Griptilian 551 doesn't have quite the same accolades as the 940 Osborne or the Super Steel Barrage, It's still quite popular with outdoor enthusiasts due to the solid construction and overall length of the blade.

Specs on the Benchmade 551:

  • Overall Length: 8.07 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.45 Inches
  • Blade Type: Modified Clip Point
  • Blade material: CPM-20CV Steel
  • Rockwell Hardness: 58-61 HRC
  • Handle Material: Unknown
  • Weight: 4.17 oz.

The blade is slightly longer than some of the others on this list, coming in at 3.45 inches.  When the knife is open, the entire knife is a total of 8.8 inches in length.  It's made from CPM-20CV Steel and has a fixed point blade.  It is also ambidextrous.

6. SPYDERCO DELICA PLAIN EDGE:

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  • FULL-FLAT GRIND - This knife...
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  • SPECIFICATIONS - Closed Length...

The Spyderco Delica makes our list as it's one of Spyderco's better selling models.  It has a 4 way clip with a screw together construction making it easy to take apart and clean up when needed.

Specs for the Spyderco Delica:

  • Overall Length: 7.125 Inches
  • Blade Length: 2.875 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: VG-10
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Fiber Reinforced Nylon
  • Weight: 2.5 oz.

It has a textured handle making it easy to grip and it has an enlarged opening hole making it easy to pull it completely out and extend.  It has a 2.875 inch VG-10 Steel Blade and measures 7.125 inches when fully opened.  It's a great value and won't break the bank, making it a great choice for budget conscious shoppers.

7. SOG FLASH II KNIFE:

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  • QUICK OPEN EVERYDAY CARRY...
  • FOLDER KNIFE W/ GRN HANDLE: A...
  • ONE HAND OPEN FAST OPEN KNIFE...
  • BLACK AUS-8 SERRATED EDGE...
  • SOG KNIVES FOR LIFE: Take care...

While SOG is notorious for their survival knives, they have a good reputation as an every day carrier as well.

Specs on the SOG Flash II:

  • Overall Length: 9 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.5 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade Material: AUS-8
  • Rockwell Hardness: 57-58 HRC
  • Handle Material: Glass Reinforced Nylon
  • Weight: 3.10 oz.

The Flash II comes equipped with a 3 1/2 inch blade and the SOG technology provides an easy solution to open the blade with one hand.

The handle is made of nylon that's been glass reinforced and the black finish almost looks like a little like a carbon fiber material.  The SOG flash is a solid everyday carry knife.

8. SPYDERCO TENACIOUS G10 COMBO:

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  • G-10 HANDLE - An epoxy filled...
  • COMBINATIONEDGE BLADE - Our...
  • FULL-FLAT GRIND - This knife...
  • SPECIFICATIONS - Closed Length...

The Spyderco Tenacious Combo is slightly different than many of the other models on this list.  It has screw together construction and an easy opening hole to make it easily accessible when it comes to taking it apart and cleaning it.

Specs on the Spyderco Tenacious G10 Combo:

  • Overall Length: 7.76 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.39 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.

The biggest difference is the serrated edge at the base of blade which makes this blade ideal for cutting small branches in the forest or while hiking in the brush.  The blade is 3 5/16 long and is a Flat Ground Blade.

The Spyderco Tenacious Combo edge also comes equipped with a pocket clip on the back, making it convenient if you need the flexibility of carrying it openly for any range of tasks.  The Tenacious Combination Edge is a great pickup for anyone on a budget looking for the quality that you'd expect from Spyderco.

9. SPYDERCO PACIFIC SALT KNIFE:

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  • Manufacturer: Spyderco
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The Pacific Salt Knife is a mid sized folding knife which offers a serrated edge along the entire length of the blade.  The blade itself is 3.8 inches and is made of H-1 steel.

Specs on the Pacific Salt Knife:

  • Overall Length: 8.687 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.812 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: H-1
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 3 oz.

When the blade is fully open it is 8.7 inches in total length.  Spyderco has some amazing knifes on this list, but this one breaks the top 20 due to the fact that it's thinner than most and can be very comfortable as an EDC knife.  It's more modern looking, which Spyderco is known for.

10. ONTARIO RAT 1:

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  • AUS-8 blade steel
  • Full flat grind
  • Lanyard hole

The Ontario Knife RAT-1 is one of Ontario's most popular knives. Ontario has been manufacturing knives for quite some time and the RAT 1 is an excellent knife for the fact it's a solid knife at a decent price point.  If you are looking for something that's easy on your wallet and you aren't afraid to bang around, this is a great pick.

Ontario Knife & Tool Rat 1 Specs:

  • Overall length: 8.5 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.5 Inches
  • Blade Type: Clip Point
  • Blade material: AUS-8
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Nylon
  • Weight: 5 oz.

This flat grind blade is manufactured with AUS-8 steel, which is a quality knife steel. While it's not going to hold up to the likes of S30V, AUS-8 is generally durable and fairly easy to sharpen.  It also holds its edge consistently, but you may find yourself needing to sharpen it more frequently compared to other steels.

At 4.5 inches when closed, and only 4.5 ounces in weight, the RAT-1 makes a for a decent companion without taking up too much space.  The lanyard hole is a nice touch if you need to carry it around your neck.  Ontario produces several knives for the US government and the US military, so you'll be in good company with the RAT-1 and at a reasonable price point.

11. SPYDERCO CARA CARA 2:

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The Cara Cara 2 is a great pick for anyone looking for a super light weight carry option.  It's made with 8Cr13MoV steel, which is a Chinese steel.  It's a higher quality Chinese steel that's easy to sharpen and holds an edge well.

Spyderco Cara Cara 2:

  • Overall length: 8.5 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.75 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 5.6 oz.

The Cara Cara 2 is another great option for people on a budget.  It's similar in both look and feel to the RAT I from Ontario.  It carries with it some of Spyderco's signature traits, which includes the cut away hole at the base of the blade itself, making it easy to open and close the knife.

The blade opens and closes smoothly, and the flat ground blade cuts through most daily tasks with ease.  It has a pocket clip and a lanyard hole, giving you plenty of different options for choice of carry style.

Normally Spyderco's offerings are significantly costlier, but that's usually because they are made with American made steel and some are produced in the United States. This lower cost offering is made overseas, allowing Spyderco fans to enjoy their quality without having to break the bank to do so.

12. BENCHMADE MINI GRIPTILIAN:

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If you are looking for quality in a small package, the Mini-Griptilian is tough to beat. We are Benchmade fans here at Wilderness Today, and this particular knife has the quality that you'd expect and it doesn't wreck your wallet.

Benchmade Mini Griptilian Specs:

  • Overall length: 6.78 Inches
  • Blade Length: 2.91 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: 154CM
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Glass Filled Nylon
  • Weight: 2.81 oz.

The 940 is our favorite knife by Benchmade.  The Mini-Griptilian is close.  It's comfortable to hold and does the job when you need a smaller knife to complete certain tasks.  It's manufactured with 154CM Steel, which is an American made steel that stays extremely sharp and holds an edge very well.

It's also easy to open and close with just one hand.  Be careful if you do this though, as the blade is extremely sharp, right out of the box. The blade does not have a spring assist opening, but the blade locks firmly in place.

As with the 940, it comes equipped with the AXIS lock technology, which firmly locks the blade in place.  As always, you can expect a lifetime warranty.  The handle is ergonomically as comfortable as just about any knife on this list, and at 2.81 ounces, it's extremely light to carry around. If you are looking to get into a Benchmade product without spending a ton, this knife will allow you to jump in full force.

13. SPYDERCO PARAMILITARY 2:

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The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is a fantastic knife that's made in the United States.  Spyderco is another one of our favorite manufacturers, and the ParaMilitary 2 is a knife that can be used for just about anything you can throw at it.

Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Specs:

  • Overall length: 8.28 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.44 Inches
  • Blade Type: Clip Point
  • Blade material: CPM-S30V
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Weight: 4.8 oz.

The ParaMilitary 2 is on the pricey side because it's made with CPM-S30V steel.  This is one of the most expensive types of steel that a knife can be made with.  This type of steel sharpens easily but holds an edge for an extremely long time.  It's also one of the toughest steels to break and cuts through practically anything.

The G10 Handle on the Paramilitary 2 is extremely comfortable, making it ergonomically pleasing for even the most picky people (like our editorial staff).  The blade locks in place and pivot bushing system makes the knife extremely easy to open and close.  There's no thumb assist, but you get the signature hole in the blade that Spyderco is famous for, so opening with one hand is definitely doable.

The Paramilitary 2 is a tough knife to beat if you are looking for a knife with high quality steel at a reasonable price point.

Best Traditional Pocket Knife Picks:

Since we first broke down some of the more modern pocket knives in 2019, next we will cover our favorite traditional models.  Our modern models always seem to have a place in just about everyone's lineup due to their modern styling and technological advancements.

It's worth noting that we feel that Buck Knives dominates the traditional space.  There's always a place in the lineup for some of the more traditional looking pocket knives which we will jump into below.

1. BUCK KNIVES 110BRS FOLDING HUNTER:

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Buck Knives has been around a very long time.  They manufacture many different types of knives and the 110BRS Hunter is one of the more popular EDC knives for the cost.

Buck Knife 110 BRS Specifications:

  • Overall length: 8.5 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.75 Inches
  • Blade Type: Clip Point
  • Blade Material: 420HC
  • Rockwell Hardness: 58 HRC
  • Handle Material: Rosewood/Brass
  • Weight: 7.5 oz.

The 110 BRS is one of the most popular traditional pocket knives in production.  It may not be as "stylish" as some of the newer production models, but it's tried, tested and true and has been around for a long time.

Popular among many outdoor enthusiasts and weekend campers, the Buck 110 is the right pick if you are longing to re-live your outdoor adventures you had as a kid, just in an adult sized version.

The blade is a 3 3/4 inches 420HC steel clip blade.  The total length is 8.5 inches, making it easy to carry, and the blade length is 3.75 inches which makes it productive for most daily tasks.  It also comes equipped with a leather sheath, and is sharp right out of the box.

2. BUCK KNIVES 112BRS RANGER LOCKBACK FOLDING KNIFE:

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  • Item Number: 0112RWSSH
  • Blade: 3" Drop Point 420HC
  • Handle Material: Rosewood
  • Extras: Made in Post Falls,...
  • Buck Forever Warranty, Made in...

Another stalwart for Buck Knives, the 112 BRS Ranger is one of the top traditional pocket folding knives on the more compact side.  With .75 inches less than the 110 Folding Hunter, the Ranger is the ideal pickup for someone that wants the quality that Buck provides but still sticking on the smaller side of the knife spectrum.

Buck Knives 112BRS Lockback Ranger Specs:

  • Overall length: 7.75 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3 Inches
  • Blade Type: Clip Point
  • Blade Material: 420HC
  • Rockwell Hardness: 58 HRC
  • Handle Material: Rosewood/Brass
  • Weight: 5.6 oz.

If you are trying to limit the size of the knife you are carrying for everyday activities, the Ranger fits the bill.  It's one of the smaller knives on the list and quality wise, there's just nothing quite like owning a buck knife.  This is a perfect knife for anyone with slightly smaller hands, or someone that just might want something smaller than the 110, without losing any of the reliability.

The blade is a 3 inch 420HC steel clip blade.  You'll also get a leather sheath with just like its big brother, the 110.  It's another added perk for a folding knife that's a little more budget friendly.  If you are looking for a smaller knife, the Ranger is a fantastic choice for a compact model.

3. BUCK KNIVES 505RWS KNIGHT:

Buck Knives 505 Knigh Knife Folding Pocket Knife
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  • Strength and safety - easy to...
  • Handsome handle - Rosewood...
  • Classic and Compact - the...
  • Made in the USA - Forever -...

Small and compact, the Buck Knight is a great knife in a smaller stature.  It's perfect for carrying everyday around your house or cabin for basic uses.  As typical, the Buck warranty is hard to beat and the Knight does a great job of keeping cost in check while not sacrificing the quality that Buck is known for.  Keep in mind, this knife is a small knife and will fit in the palm of your hand.

Buck Knight 505RWS Specifications:

  • Overall length: 4.5 Inches
  • Blade Length: 1.85 Inches
  • Blade Type: Clip Point
  • Blade material: 420HC
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Rosewood/Brass
  • Weight: 7.5 oz.

If you are looking for a quality knife that comes in a small package, the Knight is sure to get the job done.  It makes for a great keychain knife or one for the 5th pocket of your jeans as you stroll around the house.  You can see how small it is just by looking at the size in the palm of our editor's hand.

For the small size, the Knight gives you quality in a very small package.  You also get the Buck warranty and piece of mind that comes with it.  This is a great knife for any Boy Scout or younger person just getting into enjoying life outdoors.  It's also great for any small tasks around the house and is the perfect size to take up almost no space if you are a minimalist.

4. CASE CUTLERY LOCKBACK RED BONE:

Case Small Red Bone Lockback Pocket Knife
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  • Length: 3 inches closed and...
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

The Case cutlery Red Bone is a fine choice for someone looking for a US made lifetime warrantied knife.   The Old Red Bone Lockback is a classic knife offering from Case.  The quality is on par with Buck and this is another knife that will last you a lifetime.  This is a smaller knife that will fit in the palm of your hand and is on the same playing field as the Buck Knight.  Case has a long tradition of making quality knives, and this is no different.

Case Pocket Worn Lockback Specs:

  • Overall length: 5.5 Inches
  • Blade Length: 2.75 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: Surgical Stainless
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Rosewood/Brass
  • Weight: 1.9 oz.

Overall, the Case Lockback is a good option for anyone looking for a companion on their next outdoor tent camping or hunting trip.  Case hangs in there with Buck from a quality perspective and case specifically takes extra steps to break in their knives to make them feel a little more "worn."

If you are considering the Knight from Buck, the Lockback Red bone should be one of the knives in your list of considerations.  Like the Buck Knight, this is a smaller choice as you can see by the size of it in our editor's hand.  It's another quality choice to pick from if you are looking for something that's good for a first-time knife owner, or  you just want something that looks extremely old school and very traditional.

5. WR CASE & SONS STAINLESS TRAPPER:

Case Blue Bone Trapper Pocket Knife
  • Tru-Sharp surgical steel...
  • Clip and spey blades; jigged...
  • Great everyday pocket knife...
  • Length: 4.13 inches closed and...
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Smaller than the Traditional trapper, this Case model has a 3.25 inch blade bringing the overall length of the knife when fully extended to just over 7.3 inches.  This trapper knife is just as good as the Bone handled version, but it's cheaper due to the synthetic handles versus the bone handled trapper listed above.

Case Cutlery Synthetic Handle Trapper Specs:

  • Overall length: 7.25 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3.25 Inches
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Blade material: Chrome Vandium
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Synthetic
  • Weight: 4.8 oz.

The Case synthetic handled trapper does what it's meant to do and does it on a pretty decent budget.  As with all Case knives, it's manufactured in the USA.  The trapper blade is one of the oldest knife designs out there and it's one that you can't go wrong with.  If you are considering a trapper knife and want to save a few dollars to go without a real bone handle, then this should be at the top of your list.

Trappers are a common type of popular knife and a lot of cutlers mass produce them because of their popularity.  This knife is a true trapper as it has both a clip and spey blades and nothing else.  Case stays true to the original model and does so with an excellent design and bone finished handle.

6. BUCK KNIVES 301 THREE BLADE FOLDING KNIFE (STOCKMAN DESIGN):

Buck Knives 301 Stockman Three Blade Folding Knife
  • TRIPLE BLADES- The Stockman...
  • VERSATILE - The clip point...
  • HANDSOME HANDLE - Injection...
  • TRADITIONAL, CONVENIENT and...
  • MADE IN THE USA - FOREVER...

As we jump into Stockman territory, the Buck Knives 301 Stockman is our top selection for the money.  It's elegant, classic and has the quality that you'd anticipate from a Buck product.  This is also Buck's largest traditional folding multi-purpose knife that they offer.

Buck Knives Stockman Specs:

  • Overall length: 6.5 Inches
  • Blade Length: 2.75 Inches
  • Blade Type: Clip Point
  • Blade material: 420HC
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Rosewood/Brass
  • Weight: 2.9 oz.

The 301 Stockman comes equipped with three blades.  It has a clip point, spey and sheepsfoot blade.  It's made from the standard Buck 420HC Steel which holds an edge very well on top of being extremely corrosion-resistant.  It's a perfect knife for just about everything you can throw at it.

It's perfect for skinning, pruning, whittling and just about anything else you can think of in a traditional every day carry pocket knife.

7. CASE CUTLERY MEDIUM POCKET KNIFE (STOCKMAN DESIGN):

Case Medium Brown Stockman with Sheepfoot Blade Pocket Knife
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  • Clip, sheepfoot and pen...
  • Great pocket knife for...
  • Length: 3.25 inches closed and...
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Stockman again makes the list for a quality knife design in the Stockman category.  It has 3 blades, the standard clip point, spey and sheepsfoot that all Stockmans carry.  It has an Amber Bone handle which gives it a nice vintage look while remaining durable.

Case Cutlery Medium Stockman Specs:

  • Overall length: 6.5 Inches
  • Blade Length: 3 Inches
  • Blade Type: Clip Point
  • Blade material: Surgical Steel
  • Rockwell Hardness: Unknown
  • Handle Material: Amber Bone
  • Weight: 7.5 oz.

Like the trappers that Case does a great job with, this Stockman is a fine offering.  They do a great job of serving up a Stockman in a more compact version.  This knife is an ideal size for daily carry at right around 6.5 inches, similar to the Buck Stockman.  The bone handle is a nice touch that offers the knife a vintage feel and like their other knives, this Case model is also made in the USA.

This Stockman is ideal for hunting, fishing, hiking, or anything you need to use it for as an everyday knife around the house or cabin.

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So What's the Best Pocket Knife for the Money?

Let's start off by saying that any knife on this list should be completely sufficient for any task you throw at it.  It doesn't matter if you are looking for a modern every day carrier that looks more tactical in nature, or are just looking for a traditional Stockman.  All the knives on this list are solid choices and will function well for whatever your needs are.

It's safe to say that after all of this we've come up with a few of our favorites which we will list below in order of styles:

Modern EDC Knife Choices:

Traditional Pocket Knife Choices:

Top Modern Folding Knife Choice:  

Kershaw Ken Onion Blur

Top Traditional Lockback:

Buck Folding Hunter Knife

Top Choice if You have a healthy Budget:  

Benchmade 940 Osborne

Top Stockman:

Buck 301 Stockman

​​As you can see, when choosing a pocket knife, there many different types to choose from and each one features a different number of blades with different blade designs combined with different handle patterns in different sizes.

Regardless of your intended purpose for the knife, there is undoubtedly a modern or traditional pocket knife pattern that will suit your everyday carry needs.

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