The Best Folding Knife
I have put together a list of the best folding knives. To make this list a knife has to meet the criteria for strength, durability and simply all around quality. This is not meant to be a list of the top ten folding knives or knives under $100 or anything like that. Knives will be added to the list as we find more that meet the criteria. Even if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for here, we want to help you find the best folding knife for you. If you don’t find a folding knife you like, Contact Us and we will try to help.
You can’t have a list of the best folding knives without including the Buck 110 Hunter. This is the knife that started it all, first appearing in 1962. Most of us will easily recognize the brass and stained wood handle of this iconic folding knife. Many of us have had several, i have lost several myself but i always buy another to replace it. The materials have changed over the years but currently it has a 420HC (high carbon) stainless steel 3 3/4 inch blade. The 420HC blade is hardened using Bucks own proprietary method resulting in a blade that balances the qualities of hardness and strength and holds an edge for a long time. If you want something just a little smaller the Buck 112 Ranger is basically the same knife but with a 3 inch blade.
SOG S95-N Tomcat
The SOG S95-N Tomcat folding knife may cost a little more than other folding knives but lets face it, you have to pay for quality and i’m not going to recommend crap. SOG’s S95-N Tomcat is admired for its ergonomic design that fits comfortably into your hand and has a thumb stud that allows easier opening. A folding knife that fits comfortably into your hand is just safer. The folding function on this knife has been described as similar to a vault door, silky smooth but firm with no slack whatsoever. The blade is 3 3/4 inch long, made of VG-10 stainless steel hardened to Rc60. This hardness results in a blade that holds an edge for a very long time but requires patience to sharpen. A few swipes with a cheap stone just won’t cut it. You’ll need a higher quality sharpening set. An Arkansas stone works great. The only downfall of this folding knife will be the nylon sheath that it’s delivered with. It’s perfectly functional and tough but maybe not as good looking as many leather sheath’s.
You can’t have a list for the best folding knife without including the Swiss Army line of knives. Featuring a wide line of products from the Bantam all the way up to the SwissChamp pocket knife. The SwissChamp can almost be described as a multitool which could put it on a different list but i’ll let you decide what to call it. Their knives are made from X50CrMO stainless steel which is comparable to 440A stainless steel hardened to 55-56 on the Rc scale. This is not the highest quality steel out there but but the Rc56 hardness will make it easy to sharpen and 440A steel can take on a razor edge. If you want the best folding knife you can’t go wrong with the Victorinox Swiss Army knives. I’m deliberatly not singling out any specific Swiss Army folding knife because they’re all made the same except for the number off tools built in. I’d suspect that the more tools and the more pivot points would tend to result in more play in the mechanism over time as well as a larger and bulkier knife.
Poshland FN-42 Folding Knife
The Poshland FN-42 Damascus Steel folding knife is just one of the offerings from Poshland. Damascus Steel is known for its quality and performance. While the original methods for Damascus Steel have been lost, today’s blades are made using the pattern welding technique where layers of different steel are folded and forged repeatedly. Most of Poshlands knives consist of 176 layers of 1095 and 15N20 steel resulting in a beautiful blade. Poshlands knives are all handcrafted, resulting in a very high quality knife with the sharpness and edge retention of Damascus Steel. The major drawback is that you may not want to actually use this folding knife to roughly due to its beauty.
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