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Pocket Samurai Titanium Knife

Inspired by the katana down to the textured handle and tanto blade, StatGear’s Pocket Samurai Titanium Knife is a samurai sword you can carry. The blade boasts a thumb stud for one-handed opening and folds in to reduce the knife’s total length from 4.7-inches down to 2.7 — perfect for a pocket considering it also weighs less than one ounce and features a clip. Though the materials are a bit more advanced than those with which the samurais had to work, with 440C stainless steel for the blade and titanium in the handle.

Learn more at Gallantry – $40

GET IT: $40

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CRKT Snap Lock Folding Knife

The design is more than a decade old but it’s still one of the most unique available, and finally back in production. The CRKT Snap Lock Folding Knife, originally designed by Ed Van Hoy, is skeletonized as all hell and extremely lightweight for it at 2.6 ounces, not to mention safely locked both folded and unfolded thanks to a unique ambidextrous Snap Lock mechanism that’s actuated using your thumb (at which point the blade can be swung 180° open; see second image). The handle is still comfortable and functional despite its minimal profile, and the narrow overall design combined with a clip lets this knife double as a money clip. Available in both a straight edge and one with triple point serrations.

Find it at Amazon – $38+ [via]

GET IT: $38+

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Creek Cutler Repurposed File Knives

The knurling on the knife handle and base of the blade isn’t just for show. It’s there because Creek Cutler’s Repurposed File Knives are, as their name indicates, reborn after serving a life in the form of a farrier or metal working file — though this patterning also conveniently serves to increase your grip on what’s an otherwise very sharp knife. The to-be-scrapped carbon steel files are forged, reheated, and custom ground to your choice of blade shape, be it chef’s, paring, Santoku, or other. This, plus the fact that each is one of a kind, certainly justifies the price.

Learn more at Creek Cutler – roughly $160+

GET IT: ~$160+

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B-2 Nano Blade

If you’ve been carrying a 3- to 4-inch bladed folding knife in your EDC rotation, you know that even titanium can’t overcome the bulk factor of such a cutter. Bomber & Company engineers have overcome that obstacle with the B-2 Nano Blade, the world’s smallest tactical pocket knife (note: it’s much smaller than it looks). Inspired by the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the Nano Blade is concealable, tough, and utilitarian meets badass. The Nano’s blade is split with serrated and sharp edges utilizing a chisel ground and flat ground respectively. At just 80mm long when opened, the 48mm long and 20mm wide closed Nano can be easily concealed in any pocket, even those otherwise useless throwback watch pockets found on many a denim trouser. It’s also ultralight, weighing in at less than 1 ounce. The 58-60HRC 440C black stainless steel blade and body are corrosion resistant to withstand any abuse that urban and outdoor operators can dish out, though each comes with a lifetime replacement warranty in the unlikely event your Nano breaks. Now if only you could find a nano wallet.

Find it at Kickstarter – $25

GET IT: $25

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Boker Plus Lancer

It’s devoid of the curves and indents of many (most?) modern knives, but the Boker Plus Lancer looks all the cleaner for it. Which is perhaps no surprise considering it’s a Serge Panchenko design, who’s best known for his Spyderco Dog Tag Knives. Still, it’s long enough to rock a solid grip that’s made of two G10 scales on either side of a titanium linerlock, so this knife is lightweight as well as handy. The 3-inch blade is made of 440C stainless steel and also boasts a big thumb hole for one-handed opening. It’s also got a clip on the other side for carry; considering it weighs just 2.4 ounces as a whole you’re not likely to leave this one at home.

Find it at Boker – $95

GET IT: $95

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Air Force Coin Knife

It’s bigger than your average coin with a diameter of 1 7/8 inches, not to mention the fact that it’s adorned with the U.S. Air Force’s logo and core values on one side and a USAF-themed montage on the other, so there’s no passing it for legal tender. But it’s got all the makings of a lucky coin that you’ll also want to bring along in your wallet for your adventures as part of your everyday carry, especially since the Air Force Coin Knife features a triad of fold out tools, Swiss Army Knife-style. Inside is one stainless steel blade, a file, and a compact pair of scissors that, while all tiny, accomplish their respective tasks better than your bare hands could. Two antiqued finishes are available and include nickel and bronze.

Find it at Amazon – $30+

GET IT: $30+

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Bartender Defender

Tops Knives’ Bartender Defender is a bit of survival kit with a unique twist, mainly designed for survival situations that involve opening tightly sealed bottles of beer to stave off death by dehydration. The mini knife couples a 0.38-inch 1095 high carbon steel blade to a bottle opener sitting at its base. Its contoured skeletonized handle and black traction coating help with its street cred, as does the included kydex sheath that lets you wear it around your neck.

Find it at Amazon or Tops Knives – $65

GET IT: $65

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BucknBear Damascus Folding Coin Knife

So it’s not as tiny or thin as a quarter. Still, the BucknBear Damascus Folding Coin Knife, made in collab with Huckberry, is pretty damn small. It’ll slip away in your wallet’s coin pocket and unfolds when needed to expose its small Damascus blade’s edge. It of course weighs next to nothing and bolsters grip using a G10 handle. Perhaps it’s not the tool for bigger jobs but it’s always there with you and looks good, too.

Find it at Huckberry – $50 [via]

GET IT: $50

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Victorinox Hunter Pro Pocket Knife

Unlike most Swiss Army Knives it doesn’t have forty, twenty, or even two functions. Instead the Victorinox Hunter Pro Pocket Knife has but one large, thick 4-inch blade made of high carbon stainless steel and outfitted with a rugged lock-back mechanism, for hunting and other scenarios where a puny knife won’t do. Swings open with one hand using the large thumb oval and grips nicely thanks to an ergonomic shape that’s got subtle indents for your fingers. Comes in rubberized black or orange as well as with handsome walnut scales, the latter at a premium.

Find it at Amazon – $70 to $105

GET IT: $70+

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Klecker Knives Trigger Knife Kit

Teaching kids proper knife handling with a real, sharp knife is too little too late. Klecker Knives’ Trigger Knife Kit is a little more their speed. With all parts molded of plastic as part of a tray not unlike model airplanes kits, the knife must first be assembled from its ten pieces and includes a locking mechanism that keeps its “blade” safely locked open. All edges are rounded for safety and the surfaces are suitable for painting, if you’d like to make it look a little less monotone. Comes in a variety of colors and makes for a cool letter opener for adults, too.

Find it at Amazon in a wide range of colors – $13

GET IT: $13

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James Brand Folsom Black + Black

Utilitarian. From its sure gripping G10 scales and steel liner-lock to the Carpenter CTS-BD1 stainless steel blade, the James Brand Folsom Black is made for a lifetime of hard use. It’s not a knife that shies away from a scratch or a little pocket wear unlike some knives claiming to be EDC. The Folsom features an ambidextrous blade opening slot and reversible clip, tip-up carry. The drop point blade with an overall length of 2.81 inches is perfect for everyday chores. And like the iconic Man in Black, who wrote of his experience with Folsom, the knife is so black that even its 416 Stainless hardware is black-oxide coated. Also available in bone (white), blue, and black with raw stainless.

Find it at The James Brand – $100

GET IT: $100

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Morakniv Eldris Fixed-Blade Knife

It’s no secret that the Morakniv Eldris Fixed-Blade Knife has a tiny blade. At 59mm long its stainless steel blade — which also features a square-edged spine for striking fire steel without dulling the blade — is way shorter than those on most comparable knives but truth be told the full length is rarely used anyway, making this compact knife not much bigger than most folders and without the safety risk of the blade folding back onto fingers. Moreover its handle, which is made from two different polymers, isn’t downsized so it’s grippy, feels good in hand, and comes in a solid range of colors. It’s also lightweight and comes with a click-locking sheath that can conveniently be worn around your neck.

Grab one at Amazon – $24+

GET IT: $24+

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Malvaux Number 1 Pocket Knife

It’s like your familiar Swiss army knife, with a twist. Or rather, a bend. A single hand-polished stainless steel blade folds into the Malvaux Number 1 Pocket Knife and it’s easier than before to open, without needing to put much strain on your fingernail. Actually it’s got no fingernail groove at all and instead can be gripped between thumb and forefinger. Its innards that hold the non-locking blade in the open position are water-jet cut just like the blade itself and its shell is made of CNC-milled aluminum — and not plastic — that’s also anodized in red (shown) or slate. And did we mention the bend also helps with grip?

Learn more at Malvaux – roughly $246

GET IT: ~$246