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The Best Pocket Knife Is The One You Are Carrying

December 10, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin


I ALWAYS have a pocket knife in my front right pocket, and although I have a variety of folding knives to choose from, the best one is the one I happen to slip in my pocket each morning.

You may be surprised to find out which one that is…

Now don’t laugh… it’s not a ‘Rambo’ knife! It’s a small folder with a blade just shy of 2.5″ 😉

I’ve had it for many years and it’s certainly ‘not new’ anymore… In fact it’s getting a bit beat up. But you know what? As long as the blade is sharp and the blade remains solid and firm when opened, it’s good enough… gets the job done. Every single day I use it (often many times) for one thing or another.

Despite the choices I have of the pocket knives I happen to own, the one that I put in my pocket more often than others is the Gerber E-Z Out Junior.

(other Gerber pocket knives – made in Portland, OR)

Important Note!
Just because this particular knife is what I often carry does not mean that there are 999,999 other pocket knives that I would probably like even better! It just so happens to be what I’ve carried for so many years – and sharpened so many times – that it’s like an old friend 😉 I’m sure you feel the same about yours…

Note: I vary what I carry based on my plans. Ordinarily I carry the small folder, but if I’m going on any ‘expeditions’, I carry bigger.


Why has this been the best pocket knife for me?

It’s simply the features… which also exist in a zillion other pocket knives:

It’s small! But it’s big enough for ordinary things!

Because it is small (barely 3.25″ folded) I don’t even notice it in my pocket.

I find more use for it’s fine edge blade rather than a serrated blade.

Although it does have a quality stainless steel pocket clip, I usually just drop it in my pocket.

The ‘E-Z out’ feature assists while opening – which can be done with one hand – although I usually just use two hands.

When the blade snaps into place, it is rock solid with zero slop at the hinge point. It almost feels like a full tang knife when opened.

For safety, the blade will not fold back unless you press down on the ‘unlock’ portion of the handle’s backbone (with purpose). In other words there’s no way you’ll accidentally press it.

It has survived countless tumbles in the washing machine and dryer without issue 😉 Ooops…

Actually, I can’t believe I haven’t lost it yet (I’ve misplaced – lost – a number of pocket knives over the years), but now I’ve probably jinxed myself…


Used Pocket Knives

I would like to mention something here… While it’s always a warm fuzzy feeling when you buy a brand new knife, the fact is that any decent quality used knife will perform just as well for years and years and years (Sharpening Knives 101).

With that said, our long-time sponsor/vendor (Tom) over at CampingSurvival.com is now selling used knives (after they clean them up, lubricate, etc..). His inventory is always changing, and you might find yourself a gem over there.

Check it out:

For the interest of others,
Let’s hear what YOU normally carry for a pocket knife?