Pocketknives are useful tools in a variety of situations. Picking the right knife is a matter of how you intend to use it; it boils down to the right tool for the right job. Of course, not all tools are made the same. Some knife manufacturers simply make higher-quality tools than others. Thoughtful design, tailored to practical application and specific needs, can elevate one manufacturer's knife over another's. Here are a few of the best.
An exceptional update of a classic design. Victorinox has been making their famous Swiss Army knives since 1891. Known for a multitude of uses and solid construction, the Trekker adds a higher-quality blade that only requires one hand to open. The blade even locks into place, a feature rarely included in Victorinox knives. Of course, the Trekker also includes a number of additional tools, including three varieties of screwdriver, a can opener, a wood saw and a wire stripper.
Leatherman has perfected the multi-tool, a pocketknife spin-off in which the useful devices are stored inside plier handles. The Leatherman Skeletool improves upon the standard multi-tool design by constructing a significantly lighter configuration. Only five ounces, the Skeletool squeezes in a high-grade stainless-steel blade, screwdrivers, a bottle opener and even a carabiner clip. The lightweight and comprehensive tool set makes the Skeletool ideal for backpackers looking to travel light.
For those who aren't looking for the additional perks and tools included in many pocketknives, the CRKT K.I.S.S. is the perfect minimalist option. A knife and a clip, the K.I.S.S. does not even have an enclosed casing. Rather than folding into a body, the knife folds flush with the metal clip backing, lending the K.I.S.S. a futuristic look and light feel. The blade can be opened and closed with one hand and is composed of a high-quality stainless steel.
Article Written By Louie Doverspike
Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.