It can be said that a good pocketknives are very nearly worth their weight in gold. It is a young boy’s graduation into becoming a young man and with its variety of features, it can be used for just about anything you might need it for. Since they are so portable and easy to carry, it can be kept on your person almost all the time so long as you are wearing something that has pockets.
There are many different kinds of quality pocketknives on the market now, and all of them have a variety of useful, tactical features. One particular knife might be better for you than another might, which is why we are going to take a look at the top five models and review their respective features and specialties. After the review, you will then be better able to decide which one will suit your needs best and choose one for yourself.
So, who makes the best pocketknives?? Let’s take a look at five of my favorite.
Here are our Top Picks
BlizeTec 5-in-1 Survival Knife Review
Next is the BlizeTec 5-in-1 Survival Knife. This premium 5-in-1 pocket size stainless steel survival knife features functional components such as a drop point blade with serrated saw, a bright LED flashlight, a magnesium alloy fire starter, a blade lock, a window breaker, a seatbelt cutter and a pocket clip.
This knife is perfect for all occasion and can be used for camping, hunting, hiking and any other outdoor activity where a knife might come in handy. It is a simple must-have for emergency preparedness and makes a great gift for your favorite outdoor adventurer.
This knife is sized to fit perfectly into your palm and you can enjoy all the benefits of a big knife all in this small unit. The BlizeTec is also backed by a lifetime warranty, but beware of counterfeit sellers and make sure you are buying from BlizeTec as the seller so that quality and warranty can be assured.
- Dimensions: Overall length: 8.5 inches, Blade length: 3.5 inches
- Weight: 5.36 ounces
Kershaw Ken Onion Blue Folding Knife Review
The Kershaw Ken Onion Blue Folding Knife comes equipped with speed safe assisted opening with an inset liner lock and thumbstud. The Blur features a large, slightly rounded blade that is ideal for multitasking. The blade shape is excellent for both slicing as well as piercing capabilities and the high-performance Sandvik 14C28N stainless blade steel offers corrosion resistance and hardness. It also features a diamond-like carbon coated blade that is extra resistant against corrosion. The handle has Trac-Tec grip tape inserts for an incredibly solid grip and is made of a durable anodized aluminum, much like aircraft aluminum.
All together, it makes for and extremely durable knife that is scratch resistant and extra tough. The pocket clip is reversible for your choice of carrying the knife in a tip-up or tip-down manner and it also comes with a predrilled lanyard hole.
With Kershaw’s commitment to innovation since 1974, you can be proud to own, carry and use this knife. Using only the highest quality materials, Kershaw ensures that their knives provide a lifetime of performance and they are proudly made in the United States.
- Dimensions: Closed length: 4.5 inches, Blade length: 3.4 inches
- Weight: 3.9 ounces
Kershaw 1605CKTST Clash Folding Knife Review
The Kershaw 1605CKTST Clash Folding knife is an everyday carry knife with a drop point blade featuring SpeedSafe assist for quick and easy opening.
This knife also features a partial serration so that tough materials such as webbing and rope are no challenge. The blade steel is 8Cr13MoV for toughness, wear resistance as well as excellent edge retention. The steel is heat treated to bring out high performance characteristics. Black oxide coating enhances resistance to corrosion and provides a great nonreflective look.
Opening is a breeze, as a simple pull back on the flipper will open the knife with smoothness and ease. A textured, glass filled nylon handle offers a solid grip and contours securely into the hand. The locking liner provides a safe, secure and solid blade lockup.
Not only is Kershaw a renowned leader in knife makers, but also their customer service is some of the best ever to be dealt with. In keeping with the quality of their name and product, they usually go above and beyond the call in relating to their customers. Kershaw is one of the best pocketknife brands there is today, so its definitely a name you can count on.
- Dimensions: Blade length: 3.1 inches, Closed length: 4.25 inches
- Weight: 4.3 ounces
Smith and Wesson SWMP4LS M&P Drop Point Blade Review
And finally, there is the Smith and Wesson SWMP4LS M&P Drop Point Blade. This Smith and Wesson comes with a liner lock system and second generation MAGIC spring assisted open with a 40% serration on the blade, which is made of 4034 stainless steel. It also comes equipped with an integrated glass breaker and a pocket clip.
While Smith & Wesson is known primarily for their manufacture of firearms, they are a trusted symbol in weaponry across a variety of venues. The same pride that goes into making their guns is also put into their knife making as well, and that is very well noted in this particular model. With easy to use features, while keeping safety in the foreground, they have once again shown that simplicity is sometimes the best route.
- Dimensions: 5.4x2x1 inches
- Weight: 7.5 ounces
TAC Force TF-705 Series Tactical Folding Knife Review
The first one we will look at is the TAC Force TF-705 Series Tactical Folding Knife. This is a spring assist-folding knife that offers a rapid one-handed deployment and locks securely into place with a linear lock system.
It boasts a black half-serrated stainless steel blade and an aluminum handle with a bottle opener as well as a glass breaker for emergencies. It comes complete with a pocket clip that allows for easy carry while also being safe to have on your person. Its closed length is 4 ½ inches with a 3 ¼ inch blade length and a 3mm thickness in blade.
Used primarily by EMT’s, Fire and Rescue teams and first responders, they are available in a wide variety of styles and are used in everything from hunting to tactical use to collectibles. TAC Force is a part of Master Cutlery, a family owned business that was originally founded in 1982. It is now the largest wholesale knife manufacturer in the United States. For the money, this is one of the better tactical folding knives available with a good weight and is very easy to open. The locking mechanism must be manually disengaged, for safety purposes, and handles very well when closing it up.
- Dimensions: 8 ¾ inches open, 3 ¼ inches closed
- Weight: 7 ounces
My Vote for the Best Pocketknife?
As I say with many of the reviews, you can go wrong with any of these choices. Just by making this list, you can assure they are great pocketknives.
Kershaw, for example, you can’t go wrong with any Kershaw blade. They are one of the best pocketknife brands on the market today. You know no matter what you buy that you will be getting a good pocket knife.
That said, I do have a favorite of these five. My pick of these five knives is the BlizeTec 5-in-1 Survival Knife. It is not often that you get a multi-tool ability made into a tactical knife, but BlizeTec gives you just that. Not only is does the knife have a great tactical size and partially serrated edge, but you also get the added bonus of having a window breaker, a liner lock, an LED flashlight, a fire starter and a seatbelt cutter, any of which might come in handy at any moment. Not only is the combination of uses available, but they are easy to access into the well built design of this knife. If you are looking for a knife for your bug out bag, this would be a great choice.
It’s also lightweight enough to carry on your person at all times, so these features are always nearby and easy to access and the entire knife is just under 9 inches long when open so the size is perfect, no matter what you need to do with it.
In addition to all of this, you get the peace of mind in knowing that the BlizeTec Company offers a great warranty and customer service when and if it is needed. So purchasing and owning this knife is practically worry-free.