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Victorinox Pioneer Nespresso Swiss Army Knife

Wonder where those Nespresso pods you send off for recycling end up? A few got repurposed as part of the Victorinox Pioneer Nespresso Swiss Army Knife. Uniquely, the bronze-colored scales of the knife are made of aluminum recycled from 24 of the coffee pods, bearing a Nespresso badge on the flip side of the Victorinox logo, as well as a stamp on the base of its blade to constantly remind you. Besides the…

GET IT: $55

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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 knife for a pocket considering it also weighs less than one ounce and features a clip. Though the materials are a bit…

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…

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…

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 best pocket knife (note: it’s much smaller than it looks). Inspired by the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the Nano Blade is concealable, tough, and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

GET IT: ~$246

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CRKT Homefront Pocket Knife

Ken Onion isn’t a cartoon vegetable. He is a blade design icon. His latest design, the Homefront pocket knife is sure to raise the knife design bar yet again. The Homefront utilizes a 3.5-inch modified drop point AUS 8 Steel blade with 6061 aluminum handles with a design reminiscent of a WWI folder, complete with a bayonet lug-style flipper. But what really makes this locking liner knife unique…

GET IT: $90

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Skid Wooden Chef Knife

Wood wouldn’t quite keep a razor-sharp edge, so the Skid Wooden Chef Knife isn’t technically 100% made of wood. Instead this remarkable knife’s composition is closer to 97% wood and 3% alloyed carbon steel, the latter very hard and used just for the blade’s edge. The Robinia wood used itself is harder than oak and boasts a high percentage of tannin which has antibacterial properties so that nothing but warm water…

GET IT: ~$200

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Shinola x Benchmade Titanium 765 Pocket Knife

Without William Gregor and to a lesser extent Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Shinola’s second collaboration with Benchmade wouldn’t have been possible. If you don’t know the aforementioned men, you don’t know your sixteenth century metallurgy. Here’s a hint, atomic number 22. Shinola started with Benchmade’s 765 Mini Ti Monolock Titanium pocket knife and upgraded the sh*t (no pun intended) out of it. The base Ti of the stock knife gives…

GET IT: $400

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Opinel N°09 DIY Yellow Pocket Knife

Opinel’s N°09 DIY Yellow Pocket Knife is the tool you didn’t know you needed in your utility belt. With a yellow handle made of fiberglass reinforce polyamide, it’s humidity proof and better at absorbing shocks and drops than plastic or metal for longevity in harsh conditions. Small slits on either side of the handle hold two bits — both a flat head and a Phillips — with a magnetized bit…

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Kootek K1 Survival Flashlight

Most flashlights have long tubes filled with batteries. You might expect the water resistant Kootek K1 Survival Flashlight, measuring at just a touch over 12-inches, to have batteries for days, but it’s instead hiding a 3.5-inch serrated survival knife on the back that you can bust out in an emergency or for self defense. It’s also got a window breaker and of course a flashlight, the latter based on a Cree T6 LED that…

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Discommon x James Brand Swell Pocket Knife

You may recall The James Brand’s Country Knife or any one of Discommon’s unique creations. The Swell Pocket Knife is the result of both design houses putting their heads together and creating a simultaneously minimal and beautifully surfaced folding knife. Its titanium and aluminum handle scales are milled to result in a texture that draws inspirations from an ocean’s swell and that conveniently doubles as a rock solid grip. The 2.33-inch D2 steel drop point blade…

GET IT: $380

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Tops Knives M4X Punisher

In any action movie the hero’s bound to carry one of a select group of guns. John McClane, Beretta 92. Dirty Harry, Smith and Wesson Model 29. Jason Borne, Sig 225 or 229. And while the list may go on for shootists, what of the hero that wants to carry a blade? Selected as Frank Castle’s go to slicer from 30 other knives for its performance in the…

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Spartan Blades Ares

A few years back, Zeus hooked up with Hera. This resulted in the birth of Ares. Ares was a good kid. He got decent grades but never really applied himself. After just one semester of college he dropped out and moved back to Mt. Olympus. That didn’t sit well with his old man and in exchange for room and board he had to work. As is the case…

GET IT: $330

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Crusader Forge Apex Folding Knife

If your EDC is comprised of cable ties, tiny pens, and cute little notebooks, it’s unlikely that Crusader Forge’s 3D Apex Tactical Folder will be among them. But if you are in need of a razor sharp knife that’s built like a tank and almost as dangerous, the Apex is for you. This American made knife features a 5mm thick, stainless S-30V blade with a KG Mil-Spec 2401F…

GET IT: $1,050

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Urban Husky Pocket Knife

Take a century old design, refine it for modern carry, and the result is the Urban Husky Pocket Knife. This slim folding knife comfortably fits in a pocket and opens easily thanks to an extension of the blade that acts as a lever and phosphor bronze washers that ensure a smooth swivel. It’s available with brass, steel, and copper handles, none of which lock — but, as a result, it’s completely legal in…

GET IT: ~$125