Top Ten Best Folding Pocket Knives

Regardless of whether you're going hunting, camping, hiking, or just exploring the urban environment, a good pocket knife can mean the difference between an adventure and an epic.

A good foldable pocket knife should cover a few basic criteria:
Is it of a good quality steel
Is it compact enough to actually fit in a pocket
Is it safe to carry around without opening
Will it last you longer than the clothes you carry it in
If you can answer "yes" to each of these questions then you're on the right track to finding a good quality knife.

Not every knife needs to be heirloom quality which is why many folding knives are in the budget-friendly category. Also, since I consider knives different than the combination multi-tools on the market (Leatherman, etc.) I'll keep to simple, more simply constructed knives.
The Top Ten
1 Benchmade Crooked River

While a bit pricey at around $200, this little guy is American-made, features a wood handle, and is crafted from CPM-S30V stainless steel. This means it is relatively easy to sharpen but still holds an edge through the toughest of uses. It is also incredibly pretty to look at.

2 CRKT Squid

Incredibly inexpensive but not cheap in quality, this knife is tiny and fits almost anywhere. It features a drop-point style blade, which means you can pierce or slice without any trouble. It also has a pretty wide blade, making it sturdy and less likely to break under tension.

3 SOG Sideswipe SW1001-CP

Lightweight and versatile, the SOG blade has textured grips so it won't slip out of your hands. The blade is also incredibly fast and easy to open, so it will be ready in a pinch when you need it.

4 Kershaw Cryo

With a blade less than 3 inches, this knife can be carried on your person on an airplane. It's strong, sharp, and isn't noticeable when in your hand or pocket.

5 Gerber Ripstop I

This tiny blade weighs just 2 ounces and is made entirely of stainless steel. Even though it's small, you can put it through a ton of abuse. You can even get it with a serrated edge.

6 CRKT Urban Shark

With a half-serrated edge and half-smooth edge, this little knife can cut through just about anything. It's small enough to carry in your pocket or backpack but big enough to feel comfortable in your hand.

7 Spyderco Delica 4

Small and compact, this inexpensive knife will work great on the trail and on the streets.

8 Benchmade Adamas 275

With a tactical design and high-quality steel, this knife is lightweight and cool-looking.

9 Kershaw Blur

A steel blade and aluminum handle make this knife a great combination of strength and weight. It also has a reversible pocket clip so you can wear it tip-up or tip-down.

10 Buck 50th Anniversary

This knife was pretty impressive. It was inexpensive for an anniversary edition, too. I used it only once or twice, and it cut great. I had two. My dad lost one, and the other is still in the box. Mine got a little rusty, but that's because it was in my super-humid garage.

The Contenders
11 Buck CSAR-T

With a modified tanto-style blade, you can put this knife through the paces without breaking or chipping it. There are also notches in the blade for bending wire and a hex hole in the hilt for additional use.

12 Stihl Pocket Knife

I don't think it has a specific model, but it's super tough, extremely light, and pretty small. It's the best bang for your buck.

13 Ontario Rat
14 Buck 110

A classic knife that has been reproduced and imitated by everyone from Schrade to Buck themselves.

15 Steel River Knives
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