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Best Tactical Pocketknives: Perfect EDC Options

When It Comes To Tactical Pocketknives, These Six Blades That Are Worth Your Money And Your Time

The term “tactical knife” was created roughly 30 years ago to describe a specific-looking knife. In general, tactical knife has meant a non-reflective blade and a synthetic handle. However, over time the genre has grown to feature numerous looks and types of blades.

Today, tactical pocketknives are incredibly popular. Whether it’s a fixed blade or a folder, the market has exploded and knife lovers are the biggest beneficiaries. Our list features a trio each of fixed blades and folders to show just how diverse the world of tactical pocketknives is today.

Best Fixed Blade Tactical Pocketknives

Tactical fixed blades are popular choices and only getting moreso each and every year. These three fixed-blade tactical pocketknives show off what’s available for you today that also won’t leave your bank account feeling empty.

Schrade Drop Point Fixed Blade

Schrade Drop Point Fixed Blade

This blade from Schrade is a great introduction to the world of tactical pocketknives. The stonewashed 8Cr13MoV high-carbon stainless steel blade has a full tang and looks like a piece of slate. The edge is sharpened to a hollow grind. With a blade length of 3.4 inches, this model is robust enough to handle regular use and small enough to easily go wherever you roam. 

The handle has heavily textured notched and scalloped G-10 scales providing excellent grip while also keeping the weight down. The piece also comes with an included Kydex sheath for safe storage and transport. 

MSRP: $32

Boker Plus Madman

Boker Plus Madman

Good things come in small packages, and this compact fixed blade from Boker is a good example why. The Madman, contrary to its name, is a nimble knife great for EDC or hacking through brush. 

The 3.31-inch blade is made from stonewashed D2 steel with a full tang construction. The short clip point blade is great for puncturing and slicing, and the contoured micarta handle allows you to maintain a secure grip even when the knife gets wet.

French designer Franck Souville created a knife that’s both cutting edge while retaining a classic feel. At just 6.18 inches in total length, the Madman’s Kydex sheath is compact enough to connect to your belt line or easily fit into a pocket.

MSRP: $105.95

Gerber Strongarm

Gerber Strongarm

The Strongarm is Gerber’s best-selling fixed-blade knife. It’s no wonder. The full-tang, 420HC blade is ceramic coated which gives the knife high corrosion resistance. The rubberized diamond-textured grip handle is designed to make sure the knife doesn’t slide out of your hand. 

Beyond the blade there’s a glass breaker built into the pommel, and the sheath allows for numerous ways to customize. Thanks to its MOLLE-compatible multi-mount system on the sheath, the knife is a great option as a carry-along in a pack or bag.

It is a bit on the heavier side at 7.2 ounces, but don’t let that hold you back from making this knife yours.

MSRP: $90

Tactical Folding Pocketknives

The traditional pocketknife folds and easily slides away into your pocket, and there are many tactical pocketknives that fit that description. These three stand out from a crowded field.

Spyderco Assist

Spyderco Assist

Definitely, the most visually striking blade on our list, the Assist from Spyderco is designed to do just that: help. 

Designed for used by first responders, the Assist is unlike any other tactical folder on the market. The blunt-nose tip is made for lifting and prying, and the serrations in the VG-10 blade help it quickly cut through the obstacle in front of you. The blade also has an inch of plain edge toward the tip allowing you to successfully execute a variety of cutting tasks.

The handle is fiberglass-reinforced nylon for added strength, and there’s a survival whistle built into the blunt end of the handle. The back lock keeps the blade securely in place, and at just under 5 inches when closed, the Assist easily tucks away in your back pocket.

MSRP: $187

Cold Steel Recon 1 Spear Point

Cold Steel Recon 1 Spear Point

From one of the leaders in tactical knives comes the Recon 1 Spear Point. Cold Steel has made a knife popular with both first responders and civilians that is scalpel sharp and over-engineered to the point nearly everything has been thought of. The American S35VN blade has a DLC coating. The Tri-Ad lock is shock resistant and will keep you safe when deployed. The G-10 handle scales provide excellent grip.

Visually, the Recon 1 just looks cool. The all-black color scheme gives the knife a kinetic feel and encourages you to use it throughout your day.

MSRP: $176.99

CRKT M-16

CRKT M-16

This Kit Carson-designed blade from CRKT is a versatile knife. The dual-grind tanto blade features a partial flat edge and partial Veff serrations. This gives you excellent cutting strength along with the ability to make different types of cuts in tight quarters.

The 1.4116 steel blade is Teflon-coated and connected to a G10 handle. The liner lock keeps the blade securely in place when open. Due to the knife’s open build, two Carson flippers can be incorporated into the piece to create a true hilt, a rarity in folding knives.

MSRP: $83

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