Best Pocket Knives of 2022 - IMBOLDN
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Widely regarded as a staple of EDC, the trusty pocket knife is an essential tool to carry. Regardless of whether you encounter an emergency situation, or simply want an easy way to open a package, having a pocket knife gives you confidence, knowing you’re equipped with a dependable blade whenever you need it.

If you’re a hunter, fisherman, biker, hiker, or camper, there’s a pocket knife tailored to tackle whatever challenges your favorite outdoor hobby may present. The editors at IMBOLDN appreciate the importance of having just the right pocket knife at the ready, so we’ve come up with our picks for the best pocket knives of 2022 for your consideration. 

Columbia River Knife and Tool Tuna

Mimicking the look of a powerful Bluefin Tuna, the CRKT Tuna is highlighted by the deep-belly drop point blade that is extremely versatile. Excelling in adverse conditions, this everyday carry folding knife has a super grippy handle with G10 on the front and stainless steel on the back. The handle is set off with a bronze anodized pivot ring and backspacer. Deployed with a thumb stud, the blade stays securely in place with a frame lock.


The James Brand The Elko

Measuring 4.3-inches when extended and just over 2.6-inches when closed, this exceptional pocket knife is an adaptable multipurpose tool that is compact enough to take along with you anywhere. In fact, thanks to its handy and secure loop, it doubles as a stylish, high-quality keychain. While the true heart of this product is the extremely useful and versatile drop point blade, the Elko also serves as a screwdriver, a bottle opener, and a pry tool.


Leatherman FREE T4 – One-Handed Multitool

Who doesn’t need a multitool among their EDC? The Leatherman FREE T4 offers 12 unique functions and enhanced ergonomics for single-handed operation, making it effortless to access every tool contained in the FREE T4. From a 420HC knife to spring-action scissors and a pry tool, to a package opener, awl, and bottle opener – among many others, you’ll feel confident in knowing that all this is available in the palm of your hand.


SOG Knives Aegis AT

The Aegis AT is easy to carry, with a highly functional 3.11-inch cryogenically heat-treated D2 tool steel blade. Its powerful XR locking mechanism also features solid built-in blade locking safety and a spine-mounted safety system. Perfect for hiking, camping, or hunting, the Aegis AT is purposefully designed for working outdoors with its single-handed rapid deployment feature. It has a built-in pocket clip and lanyard loop that allows you to attach your Aegis to just about anything for easy access.


CIVIVI Altus Pocket Folding Knife

A great everyday knife, capable of accomplishing various daily tasks whether camping, hunting or partaking in outdoor or indoor activities. With its lightweight burgundy-colored G10 handle and premium drop point Nitro-V blade, the Altus weighs in at just under 3 ounces. Its open length is 7.12-inches and its closed length is 4.15-inches, and it has a deep carry pocket clip for storing easily in a pocket.


WESN The Samla

The latest addition to WESN’s impressive line of pocket knives is the Samla, inspired by its creators’ passion for the wilderness. The Samla knife is the brand’s latest design evolution of what an everyday carry should be. With a choice for the handle in either Grade 5 titanium scales or rosewood, the Samla is WESN’s most compact, lightweight knife to date, weighing in at under 1.5 ounces. The titanium or rosewood scale handle measures a snug 3.25 inches in length and just 0.25-inches in thickness. But this is a knife that punches well above its size – just 5.7-inches from foot to tip when fully open.


The James Brand Redstone

Designed for outdoor-focused use, the Redstone pocket knife was crafted with form and function in mind. Built around a one-piece die-stamped chassis, the Redstone features The James Brand’s Slide-Lock. The knife is made of durable Swedish Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel with excellent corrosion resistance and edge retention, and it features a partially-serrated 2.5-inch drop point blade. The knife also sports a clip design and comes with a lanyard to allow users to clip the pocket knife to other items, like a backpack.


WESN Microblade

This little knife is designed to truly go anywhere being about the size of a key when folded. Its handle is crafted from grade 5 titanium and its blade is from heat-treated steel. The blade is sharp and durable, practical for everything from carving to cutting food to opening a box. When the blade is opened, the knife measures 3.75- inches in length, and it weighs just 1 ounce. What’s more, the WESN Microblade comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to pass the knife down from generation to generation.


Vargo SOBATA 398 Titanium Framelock

The SOBATA 398 is built from Sintered Titanium Ceramic Silver Alloy, a rare material that pairs the superior edge retention of ceramic, with the lightweight, flexibility, and corrosion-resistance of Titanium. Featuring a sturdy Titanium frame lock, as well as a blasted titanium handle, this knife will feel practically weightless in your hand. The single position titanium clip allows the knife to be conveniently attached to a belt loop or pocket for easy access.