Whether it’s because of knife restrictions, portability or preference, these little blades aren’t too cute to cut.

  • CRKT Snicker
  • Camillus Heater
  • KA-BAR Last Ditch
  • Hogue A01 MicroSwitch

CRKT Snicker

Best knives with blades less than 2 inches
(CRKT image)

The CRKT Snicker debuted at BLADE Show 2017 and exemplifies the growing trend of blades measuring less than 2 inches.

“It serves a niche for those looking for a small blade that will tackle a variety of tasks and is a solid performer for CRKT,” explained company spokesperson Mike May. “Ease of use and ‘approachability’ are two key factors that make blades of this size popular. In areas with strict knife laws, the sub-2-inch blade can also help alleviate any concerns. In the case of the Snicker, its style and ergonomics make it an attractive small knife for consumer pockets as well.”

  • Blade Length: 1.846″ (46.89 mm)
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Steel: 420J2, HRC 50-52
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Blade Thickness: 0.106″ (2.69 mm)
  • Closed Length: 2.938″ (74.63 mm)
  • Weight: 2.3 oz
  • Handle: Injection Molded Glass Reinforced Nylon
  • Style: Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
  • Overall Length: 4.688″ (119.08 mm)

Camillus Heater

Best two-inch blade knives
(Camillus image)

When Camillus launched the Heater in 2015, the idea was much the same.

“It has and continues to be an extremely popular model since it debuted,” noted Sam Dodge, Camillus senior brand manager. “We can attribute this to two factors: function and convenience. We find that people are purchasing a knife for different jobs or tasks. The fact that the knife comes in a slightly smaller package makes it more convenient to [store].

“There are still purists that will have ‘one knife to rule them all,’ but more and more we see that people want a knife for each activity.”

  • Blade Treatment: Carbonitride Titanium
  • Blade Color: Black
  • Blade Edge: Smooth
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Style: Spear
  • Fixed Blade
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Hand Orientation: Left and Right
  • Includes: Chain, Molded Sheath, Clip
  • Handle material: Stainless Steel + Paracord
  • Main Blade Material: 440
  • Rockwell Hardness: HRC54
  • Lifetime Warranty

KA-BAR Last Ditch

Backup knife
(KA-BAR image)

The KA-BAR Last Ditch, commonly worn as a neck knife or laced into a boot, hit the shelves in 2008 and has been a top seller ever since.

“I think two of the biggest reasons why knives with blades under 2 inches are popular is due to concealability and ease of carry,” said Joe Bradley, KA-BAR sales and digital content manager. “Many folks don’t like to draw attention, and sometimes even an exposed pocket clips will do that. Small blades offer a tremendous blend of being lightweight with a small footprint.”

  • Overall Length: 3.625″
  • Blade Length: 1.625″
  • Blade Material: 9Cr18MoV
  • Hardness: 58-59 RC
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Black
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 2.00″
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 2.40 oz.
  • Sheath: Molded Polymer
  • Knife Type: Fixed Blade

Hogue A01 MicroSwitch

Automatic knives with blades less than 2 inches
(Hogue Knives image)

The A01 MicroSwitch has been a hit since it was widely distributed in autumn 2017.

“It has been difficult to keep it in stock since its release,” he said. “It is the smallest knife in the Hogue Knives line, and there has been tremendous interest in it. It moves briskly at trade shows, through dealers and over our retail website.”

Crook considers many factors that weigh in on the wave of popularity in small knives. Among these is the company’s location in California, where he says anything larger in an automatic is illegal.

  • Blade Length: 1.95″
  • Overall Length: 5.8”
  • Closed Length: 3.85”
  • Weight: 2.7oz
  • Mechanism: Automatic Button Deployment with Manual Safety
  • Handle Material (Frame): 6061-T6 Anodized Aluminum
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel Ambidextrous Tip Up Carry
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12”
  • Blade Material: CPM154 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: RC 57-59
  • Blade Treatment: Cryogenically Treated
  • Blade Finish: Tumbled Finish

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