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+
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.
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.
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
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
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
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+
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