The simple question "what is the best knife for me?" has taken many knife enthusiasts and aficionados down a rabbit hole from which there's no escape. So, tread carefully. Welcome to the world of knives. We've been debating this topic for centuries and still looking for clues. The troubling thing is that we haven't found a single knife that can stand out and claim to be the best automatic knife, or the best folding knife for everyone. Surely, there are some iconic knives that come pretty close and have been the best knife for many of us. But not all. So, the question you're asking is which knife will serve you the best? It's a path of discovery, so let's jump in and see how you can find the best pocket samurai for yourself.
Once you have the answer to this, half of the mystery is solved - just like life. However, finding the answer might need some soul searching. What are you going to be using it for? Are you looking for an everyday carry tool that you'll use mostly to open boxes, packaging, etc? Let's say you are. In that case, you can ignore the big fixed blade knives and check out more compact automatic knives or folding knives.
Here you'll find some top EDC automatic knives that you may want to look up.
However, if you're looking for a concealable self-defense weapon, then you will need something else. Again, if you're in the countryside or closer to nature, you're probably going to need something more rugged than a pocket automatic knife. Hunters have different requirements, and often have to carry two knives - a sturdy fixed blade knife like a Bowie and an automatic knife.
Here are some fixed blade hunting knives you may find useful. Check out the Katana-style TEKINA.
Am I Allowed To Carry This Knife?
This is an important question to ask. You might find a knife that cuts every straw but your state might not legally allow you to carry one on the person. It defeats the purpose if you cannot have it on you or end up wrestling with the law. Every state in the U.S.A. has its own unique knife law written in cryptic English. You can find all the state laws decoded in plain English on Tekto website.
How Much Am I Ready To Spend?
A good knife is a solid investment, one that can last for life. However, how much you want to invest depends on the return you need from the knife. If you're a light user, and just need a camping, outdoor, everyday knife, then you probably do not need to spend much, unless you have no problem spending. Knives range from $50 to thousands of dollars. It's not always the best indicator of quality. Dirt cheap knives are usually low-quality and you're better of staying clear from them. However, these days it is possible to find top-quality premium knives for $100 - $200.
What Else Should I Consider?
The heavy-hitting part of your knife is the blade. At the end of the day, it is what will make the cut (or not). Make sure your blade is made of high-quality steel that is hard and can hold the edge for years. D2 steel is used by many leading knife manufacturers. Take a look at these high-quality blades forged from D2 steel.
Another thing to consider is edge types.
- Combo edge with serration
- Plain edge
It's up to your requirements. When outdoors I prefer to carry one with a small saw at the bottom of the edge. It comes in handy for a variety of cutting tasks.