Finding the Right Pocketknife: Which One is Right for You?


Even if you are moderately familiar with Pocketknife, you might be surprised by just how many different types there are. Whether you are a woodworker, a huntsman, or a camper, rest assured that there’s more than just one Pocketknife for you to choose from. On that note, let’s get introduced to some of the best options we have in pocket knives.


1. Canoe Knife

The two-bladed canoe knife is named after the canoe shape that it makes when its two blades meet. The two blades are each different in shape, size, and function. They both fold in towards each other from opposite sides. The smaller blade is a pen blade for finer work, while the larger, thicker blade is a drop point.

2. Tactical Knife

A tactical knife is a single-blade, military (originally) knife with a clip for easy attachment. They are generally switchblades, which means that the blade can be released from its handle/sheathe instantly with the press of a small button. Functionally, they are some of the most useful pocket knives you can buy today.

3. Folding Knife

A folding knife is an original and quintessential pocketknife with the widest range of uses. They generally have a single wide blade that opens from the inside out. The opening mechanism can be manual with hinges, switch-operated, or flickable. The variations found in folding knives are numerous. They may or may not have two edges, depending on the product and its intended use.

4. Engraved Knife

Technically, all pocket knives can be engraved for personalization, be it as a gift for someone else or yourself. Whether knife laser engraving is available will be made clear by the manufacturer at the time of your purchase.

5. Serrated Knife

Serrated pocket knives are good for cutting ropes, dicing, separating meat, and overall food preparation. However, they lack a fine control that a non-serrated, plain-edge blade provides, making them less suitable for handiwork.

6. Pen Knife

The pen knife can also double as a paper-knife and it’s perfect for fine work. If you are a woodworker, then you probably have a reliable pen knife in your arsenal already. Better yet, get a canoe knife for the best deal.

7. Tanto Knife

The tanto knife comes from Japan and, as is to be expected from any Japanese blade, this is a fierce piece. The single blade is dead straight and resembles a small katana, rather than a Pocketknife! Traditionally, the blade used to be just as long or even longer than the handle. A tanto knife may or may not be legal in your state, so pay attention to the blade size and your state’s laws before purchasing one.

Not that this is a definitive list of all available pocket knives, but it should give you a fair idea of what to expect nonetheless. The final point to note is that you must pay special attention to what the blade is made from. Surgical steel and carbon steel are both inferior versions of the alloy, so you should be looking for stainless steel.