6 Types of Pocket Knives

A pocket knife is an essential tool for any gentleman who enjoys the outdoors - cutting ropes, splitting wood, carving a stick, you name it. What's more, they are relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain. And if that's not reason enough to invest in one (or three), consider this: It'll come in handy the next time you find yourself stuck on Mars. 

There are so many types of cool pocket knives that are perfect for any emergency or alarming situations. History of the pocket knife dates back to 1442, when it was discovered in an Italian castle. It was a dagger bowie knife that the nephew of Pope Eugene IV had stolen from the pope's tableware. At that time, these cool knives were mostly used by Italians and Swiss mercenaries who wanted to carry a weapon secretly. 

However, as Europeans moved towards North America, they started carrying larger blades for self-defense. In North America and Europe, people often carried a folding blade for protection and for doing common tasks outdoors. The first invention that is known to be like what we know today as the pocket knife was made in 1680 by Jean Barbeyrac.

Pocket Knives: Types and their Features

Pocket knives have various types. Depending on what you are planning on doing, particular types of pocket knives may be better suited for you. You will find many options for the best pocket knife for hunting, camping, or fishing. If you are looking for a folding blade with a sharp point and serrated edge, then look no further than some type of tactical folding knife. 

It has an ergonomic handle and high-quality steel grooves to prevent slips when in use. It comes with a removable pocket clip and thumb studs that makes opening and closing safe and easy. It has a blade length of 3 inches and weighs only 2.6 ounces.

Some knives are designed ergonomically for comfort in the hand, preventing slippage when used in wet conditions or with gloves on. They have a drop-point style blade made of 154CM stainless steel which holds its edge very well. Their handle is made from 6061-T6 anodized aluminum with texturing to prevent slipping when used in wet conditions or cold weather.

1. Spring Assisted Knives

Spring-assist mechanisms are great for people who want to use their knives for things like stripping wire, breaking down boxes, cutting rope, etc. The folding blade traditionally used in this case can be cumbersome and difficult to open with one hand. Spring assisted knives allow you to open the blade with one hand and get to work.

This knife is any pocket knife that includes a special mechanism that assists in opening the folding blade. Unlike switchblades, which are illegal in most countries, a spring-assisted knife is completely legal to own if you're over 18 years old and have no criminal record, as long as you buy it in a state where it is legal, and don't bring it into any state where it is illegal.

Spring assisted folding knives

2. Folding Knives

A folding knife is a knife with one or more rigid blades that can be folded (usually manually) into the handle of the device. They are typically released by pressing a button, which causes one or more blades to spring out of the handle. These types of pocket knives are the best knives because of their features. 

You need to consider your purpose while having a folding knife. You cannot use it in a fight but you can use it for arts and crafts. Bandsaw and miter box both need to be kept in the right place as a folding knife is not so easy to carry along with them. Unless you carry it in your pocket along with other important items then the knife is of no use.

3. Karambit Pocket Knives

A Karambit pocket knife is a tactical folding knife with a curved blade and finger guard. A curved blade is perfect for cutting, slicing, and various other tasks. The finger guard will protect your fingers while you're using the blade to cut or slice. The finger guard may also serve as an extra handle if you don't have the two hands available to hold the knife steady. 

Karambit knife

These types of pocket knives are amazing hunting tools. The knife is designed to look like a large dagger. The blade on this knife is very sharp and sharp enough to be used as a deep-seated weapon. This is why these knives are very common in martial arts.

A karambit knife may be a small dagger, or it can be something larger for convenience. Many of these knives come in compact and compact versions. The compact version of a karambit has only one sharp edge, while the standard version has two sharp edges and one blunt edge. This folding knife usually comes with a removable tip cover.

4. Tactical Knives

Tactical pocket knives have a wide range of different uses, even outside the military. Thanks to their small size, tactical knives can be stored in pockets, on belts, and in bags. They are also ideal for people who need quick access to a knife but don't want to carry a more cumbersome fixed blade or hunting knife around with them. 

Of course, tactical knives were originally designed as military weapons and there are certain guidelines to how they should be used. These days, however, tactical knives are not just for military use and can be found in law enforcement and hunting applications. 

In fact, the introduction of tactical knives in the early 19th century led to one of the first uses of switchblades by police officers (the first patrolmen had to carry fixed-blade knives because they were too large to fit into their waist pockets). It was with these switchblades that people started calling them "tactical" because they were so small that they could fit discreetly into a pocket.

Tactical camo knife

5. Camo Knives

Camo knives are kitchen and outdoor-oriented blades that are designed with camouflage patterns for use in the hunting and fishing industries. These types of pocket knives typically have serrated edges for cutting through flesh, bone, or tough materials.

It is typically a serrated kitchen/outdoor blade patterned to mimic the appearance of camouflage clothing or foliage which would allow the knife's user to blend into their surroundings while they hunt or fish outdoors. Most camo knives are crafted from high carbon steel and are serrated on both sides of the blade.

Camo knives can be ideal for a person who is hunting or fishing in an area where they do not want to be spotted by wildlife. A hunter may want to camouflage himself in order not to spook the wildlife and give his presence away. 

A camo knife can also be used as a utility knife for other outdoor purposes such as cutting rope and binding branches together for shelter building.

6. Straight Razors

A straight razor is a razor with a blade that can fold into its handle when not in use. A straight razor cannot be used like disposable razors, which are intended to be thrown away after their blades become dull. Straight razors must be stropped and honed before each use and require more skill to operate than other types of shaving equipment.

The first documented use of the term "straight razor" was in 1772 and referred to how the blade folds into the handle when not in use. The term "straight razor" was first used by English surgeon John Taylor in 1792—he recommended that surgeons ("straights") use straight razors because they could be re-sharpened more easily than barber's razors. 

Straight Razor

Although the earliest reference to shaving refers to the practice of cutting hair with a knife and a razor, shaving with a straight razor in its modern sense probably did not become widespread until the 1830s or later. It is distinguished by its double-edged blade, which when folded lies entirely within the long handle of the device, making it impossible to accidentally cut yourself.

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Pocket Knives are Perfect EDC Tools!

These knives have been a part of human society since the time of homo sapiens. Designed by humans, different types of pocket knives are used for various applications in both industry and home use. The construction materials used in the design vary, with blades and handles made out of steel as well as other materials such as carbon fiber or wood. 

These cool knives can also come with sheaths that may be leather or plastic. A pocket knife that is mostly used is a folding knife that has multiple blades housed inside a single handle for convenience when carrying it around your person to use on-the-go.