The 8 Best Pocketknives to Buy in 2018

Use these top pocketknives for camping, hiking and more

Kershaw 1990 Brawler Speedsafe Folding Knife
••• Courtesy of

Pocketknives can help on the trail, in the woods and even in your everyday life. Some have blades that might help in the direst of moments, while others have features such as screwdrivers, tweezers and scissors to help out in the little moments. With these knives, you can whittle wood, slice up a tomato or fix a loose screw in your office, so read on to see which are the best pocketknives to buy this year.

  • 01 of 08

    The Kershaw 1990 Brawler Speedsafe knife is a tactical and utility knife that offers maximum ease of use without skimping on safety. Open the blade with one hand via the thumbstud or the flipper (which also works as a finger guard when using the knife). Once open, the liner lock secures the blade. The tanto shape of the knife has a piercing end with a comfortable, angled handle. Plus, the clip lock can be easily maneuvered, so you can carry the knife at four different angles. The blade is made from an oxide-coated steel, while the handle is made from a glass-filled nylon. The blade length is three inches. When closed, the knife measures 4.1 inches long; when open, the knife measures 7.1 inches long. The knife weighs 3.9 ounces.

  • 02 of 08

    With the Spyderco Endura4 Knife, users get a slim, sleek knife that still has a hefty blade. The steel blade is flat ground with a skeletal interior construction to keep weight down and has a fiberglass reinforced handle for strength. Both the handle and thumb ramp are textured for maximum traction, while the thumb hole is enlarged for easy opening. The clip can be configured to four directions for carrying. The blade length is 3.75 inches. When closed, the knife measures five inches long; when open, the knife measures 8.75 inches long. The knife weighs 3.6 ounces. This knife comes with a variety of handle colors, including blue, brown, green, gray, yellow and purple.

  • 03 of 08

    The Gerber Exchange-A-Blade Pocket Knife uses a standard utility blade that can be easily replaced once its worn out. Even if you are cutting through a thick surface or are worried about the durability of the blade, a standard utility blade is easy to find and cheap to replace. The entire knife is made from stainless steel and has a liner lock safety mechanism to keep the knife safely open even under tough pressure. Plus, the pocket clip can also be used as a money clip. When closed, the knife measures 2.4 inches long; when open, the knife measures 4.1 inches long. The knife weighs 2.2 ounces.

  • 04 of 08

    When it comes to a small tool loaded with features for everyday fixings, you can’t go wrong with a classic. The Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Pocketknife has a 1.25-inch blade, a nail file, a screw driver and scissors. Plus, the entire gadget comes equipped with a ring to attach it to your everyday keys, but it's also small enough to slip in the hip belt of a backpack. The Classic Swiss Army Knife comes in a variety of colors, including camouflage, pink, giraffe print and transparent green. The multi-tool measures 2.25 inches long and weighs just .6 ounces. It's made in Switzerland with a lifetime guarantee.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    When you want a knife that is small and sleek, use the SOG Key Folding Knife. The stainless steel 1.5-inch blade folds into a handle that looks exactly like a regular house key, so you can carry it on your keychain. Use it to cut off a loose string or slice off a piece of cheese. It comes in a drop-point shape and has a lock back mechanism to keep the knife secure when open.

  • 06 of 08

    The Gerber STL 2.0 knife lives up to its name—strong, thin and light. The entire knife weighs just one ounce, so it’s perfect for everyday carry or to stash in your backpack without adding extra weight. It has an ultra-thin, yet durable stainless steel, drop point blade that is only 2.1 inches long, so it won’t look too intimidating when using it. Be wary that as the blade is thinner, applying too much pressure could result in a broken knife. It can be opened with one hand and has a stainless steel handle. When closed, the knife measures three inches long; when open, the knife measures five inches long.

  • 07 of 08

    If you are looking to make an investment on a quality knife that will last a lifetime, check out the compact Benchmade Mini Barrage 585. The drop-point style knife uses a corrosion resistant stainless steel and comes with a reversible tip-up pocket clip. It’s not too bulky, but not too small either, and you can apply just as much pressure to this quality knife that you could on a much larger one. The knife uses a double-sided thumb stud for opening, along with an assisted spring-loaded opening technology for a smooth deployment from your pocket to whatever you are working on. The blade is 2.91 inches long. When closed, the knife measures four inches long; when open, the knife measures 6.91 inches long. The knife weighs 3.4 ounces.

  • 08 of 08

    A classic hunting knife, the Buck Knives Folding Hunter Knife is a strong, large knife that can last weeks or month with plenty of use, but is easily sharpened because of its flexible 420hc steel. It is a reliable knife that has a crescent tip and a fingernail opening, along with a secure lock and a fancy Dymondwood handle. Use this while hunting or fishing. The blade is 3.75 inches long. When closed, the knife measures just under five inches long; when open, the knife measures just under nine inches long. The knife weighs 7.2 ounces. A leather, clip-on sheath is included.

At ThoughtCo, our expert writers are committed to researching and writing thoughtful and editorially independent reviews of the best products for your life and your family. If you like what we do, you can support us through our chosen links, which earn us a commission. Learn more about our review process.