Pocket knives are one of the most widely used knives worldwide. They are basically foldable knives that can be carried around in your pocket (hence the name). Pocket knives are light, easy to use and their blades can be completely concealed making them safe to carry.
History of Pocket Knives
Pocket knives have been around since ancient times, dating back to the early Iron Age. Pocket knives with bone handles were found in ancient sites, dating back to as early as 600 BC.
In Spain, pocket knives that date back to the pre-Roman era have been found.
The origin of the modern world pocket knife is believed to be an old knife known as the Peasant Knife. This peasant knife consisted of a pivoted blade that swings back and forth without further components. These knives date back to the pre-Roman era but were only widely used around the 1650s, when their first mass-production industry was set up, producing Fuller’s Penny Knife and Wharncliffe Knife. To stop the blade from moving back and forth freely, some of these knives had their pivot joints tightened to provide enough friction to keep the blade open.
Around 1660, in England, a new upgrade to the Peasant Knife called the Slip-joint Knife was being produced. This knife was made to overcome the free movement of the blade in the Peasant Knife by introducing a back spring to the blade that holds the blade until a certain amount of pressure is applied to fold it. The Slip-joint knife came in different patterns such as the Barlow Knife, Camper Knife, Canoe Knife, Toothpick Knife, etc.
Lock-blade knives became popular in the late 20th century. These knives came with a locking mechanism that locks the blade in place when open, avoid any injury that may be caused by its closure when in use. These knives required the user to apply pressure to the spring-loaded bar at the rear of the knife to release the hook from the notch allowing the blade to move freely.
How To Choose Your Pocket Knife?
Pocket knives come in various forms and styles. With blade lengths varying from 2 to 6 inches, most pocket knife enthusiasts prefer shorter blade for easier concealment.
The type of steel used for making the blade is also an important factor in choosing your suitable knife. The best types of steel are carbon steel or stainless steel. While carbon steel is easy to sharpen, very rough and maintains its edge, it is susceptible to corrosion. Stainless steel, on the other hand, is not as hard but is more resistant to corrosion which makes it the choice for use in damp areas.
The type of locking mechanism is also a very important factor. While all mechanisms serve the same purpose, some may prefer one over the other.
Most Popular Types of Pocket Knives
Recent-day pocket knives are very versatile. Their major difference is usually their locking mechanism. However, they’re all easy to use. Here are some of the most common types of pocket knives:
This Kershaw knife is simple, thin, lightweight, and easy to use and carry around. It fits well in your palm and in your pocket. It has a flipper on the underside of the blade making it easy to fold. Its liner lock makes sure the blade stays confined when folded but also allows for quick opening of the knife. It is durable and does not rust easily.
This is one of the most popular pocket knives on the market and a great value for money. This knife gives you an elegant and simple design while it is quite affordable compared to all the other knives on this list. It has a thumb stud that helps in folding and deploying the blade at any time.
This is a traditional knife that has kept its design constant for decades to maintain its low cost, efficiency, and durability. This knife comes with a clever collar-lock that keeps the blade opened but also makes sure it stays folded when closed so there’s no chance it can accidentally deploy in your pocket. Its blade is over 3 inches which makes it a bit towards the long side but not too long to carry comfortably in your pocket. The length of its blade makes it ideal for kitchen use. Its blade is made of carbon steel so it has to be dry at all times and avoid placing it in damp areas to avoid rust.
Spyderco Paramilitary 2
This Spyderco is one of the best and scariest on the market. It is an incredible knife made in the United States. If you’re into the tactical style, this knife is definitely one for you. This knife may be a bit pricey due to the fact that is made of CPM-S30V steel. This type of steel is one of the most expensive and highly durable types of steel and isn’t usually used to make knives. CPM-S30V steel sharpens easily and keeps its sharp edge for a very long time. It is very tough and can slice almost anything. Its contoured G10 handle gives a solid touch and a firm grip at basically any angle. The signature Spyderco hole in the blade makes it easy to use this knife with one hand. This knife is definitely an addition to your collection if you value high-quality steel at a reasonable price.
Benchmade Griptilian 551
This knife is very popular with outdoor camping enthusiasts. With a 3.5 inch-blade, this knife is very handy and is ambidextrous. The name Griptilian is due to the knife’s impressive handle. It has thumb studs on either side of the blade making it easy to fold and unfold. Its locking mechanism is very smooth and easy.
Uses of A Pocket Knife
Pocket knives have a wider array of uses and applications. Here are some of the most common
uses of pocket knives:
- Pocket knives can be used in daily tasks such as opening an envelope, peeling or slicing fruits, cutting loose threads hanging from your clothes, slicing bread, etc.
- They are easily concealed and carried around and hence are perfect self-defense weapons.
- They’re perfect for outdoors enthusiasts and can be used for cutting through bushes, first aid, fishing, skinning, etc.
- Multi-purpose pocket knives such as Swiss Army knives have extra tools and are preferred by many people. However, their heavy weight makes them quite uncomfortable.
To conclude, pocket knives have a rich history and have been popular for centuries. They’re easy to use and carry around. They come with a lot of locking mechanisms, all ensuring safe pocket placement. Pocket knives can be found online or in stores. They’re definitely a precious addition to your collection.