Types of Pocket Knives

Types of Pocket Knives
A good knife is a versatile knife and can be used in cooking, camping, fishing and dozens of other pursuits. That being said, knives can be highly specialized. Picking the right knife requires a little understanding of the different categories available.

Fixed Blade

A fixed blade knife is any knife with both a handle and a blade wherein the blade does not fold into the handle. Almost all kitchen knives are in this category. Sheath knives and hunt knives also have fixed blades. These have the advantage of strength, with their one-piece design. However, they can hardly be put in a pocket, requiring a sheath for storage and travel.


A popular form of pocket knife, for camping in particular, is the multi-tool. Like its name suggests, multi-tools can handle a number of functions. Common features in addition to the blade include can openers, pliers, wire strippers, files, even tweezers and corkscrews.

Lockblade Knives

Lockblade knives fold and have locking mechanisms to hold the blade in place when open. Lockblades are safer than pocket knives that open and close without a lock because they ensure that you do not shut the blade onto a finger or another body part.

Reproductions or Collectibles

In addition to knives used as tools, many knife collectors also purchase wildly impractical replicas. Many collectible knives are exact copies of knives seen in movies, video games or fantasy books. Many knife makers also put out collectible reproductions of historical blades, such as scimitars and pioneer knives with deer antler handles.

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.

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