The 15 Best Pocket Knives Under $100 Perfect For All Your Everyday Carry Needs
A good pocket knife is a tool that you’ll find yourself using so much in so many different situations that you’ll wonder how you ever got by without one. Easy to use, versatile, you just whip it out, do your thing and then put it back in your pants. Ahem.
Anyway, there are a lot of pocket knives out there, so you have to make sure you end up with one that won’t dull or break after a month, and one that, you know, actually works like it’s supposed to work. And, of course, you want to make sure it’s the right size, and… you get the point. There’s a lot that goes into buying a good pocket knife, but luckily for you, I’m here, I’ve done the research for you, and you can rest comfortably knowing that your pocket knife is one of these fifteen best pocket knives under $100 you’ll find yourself using every day.
The terms “pocket knife” and “Swiss Army knife” are used interchangeably these days, but “Swiss Army knives” are actually a specific brand, made by Victorinox. You know you make a good product when it becomes synonymous with the overall market. Victorinox makes lots of different Swiss Army knives and this one is its most basic – and most affordable. With seven functions, including a small 1.25” blade, it’s an invaluable tool to have – and one that won’t take up a lot of space in your pocket.
This folding blade features a drop point, which makes it perfect for hunting and other outdoor activities. Small enough to fit in your pocket, it’s also strong enough to handle heavy duty cutting with its fine edge blade. It goes from 4.5” to 8.1” when you’re ready for action. I’m talking about the knife, you degenerate.
A quality knife on its own merits, the real allure of this pocket knife is that you can have it engraved to say whatever you want it to. That makes for a great gift.
This half-serrated pocket knife can be flipped open with one hand thanks to its spring assist, and it also includes a bottle opener and a glass breaker. But really, man, it’s all about that look. Gold titanium-coated aluminum makes it look like you stole it from some ancient god’s hoard. It’s available in a variety of cool colors, but… gold, man, gold!
This stainless-steel blade is fortified with an alloy that prevents corrosion in wet or extreme conditions so it will hold up for you. It’s also got a seat-belt cutter and a glass-breaker, which makes it the perfect pocket knife for a first responder, or for anyone who believes in being prepared.
This is a Swiss Army knife for anyone who needs a little more versatility without being overwhelmed by gadgets. With fifteen functions, including a 2.45” blade, it’s a bit more robust than the Standard SD without being too busy.
This is something a little different: a curved blade pocket knife. If for no other reason, it deserves a look because of that unique design, but it also will appeal to a certain sort of aesthetic. You know who you are.
This anodized aluminum steel blade promises long-lasting quality. How much quality? Well, it’s coated with something called DLC, which stands for “diamond-like carbon,” so… yeah, that kind of quality. The upshot is a badass pocket knife that’s lightweight, durable, and perfect for a variety of jobs and needs. It’s also available in a version that has a serrated edge.
This French knife made from carbon steel is simple yet elegant, just a quality blade without all the frills of some other pocket knives. And since it’s all about the blade, that means the blade has to be of the highest quality, and it is – as long as you take care of it. The carbon ensures that the blade is hard, sharp, and ready to do any job you need it to. But carbon also tends to corrode easily, so Opinel advises that you wipe and grease the blade after using it. Basically, treat this blade with the respect that it deserves, and it will treat you with the respect you deserve. This is a pocket knife for a grown-up.
This unique pocket knife features a thin, tapered blade – hence the name because they do everything big in Texas, I guess. And that blade? Surgical steel quality, which means you should have no problems using it to cut just about anything. Or anyone. (Please do not cut anyone. Unless, of course, they’re really asking for it. Okay fine, the lawyers are saying not even then. Buzzkills.)
The stainless-steel blade is a good one – if you’ll recall from the Ken Onion Blur, Kershaw’s blades are top notch – and it features both a partially serrated edge, and a drop point. Add it all together and you have a pocket knife that’s perfect for any outdoorsman. Or, as Kershaw says themselves, anyone who needs a solid, reliable everyday carry pocket knife.
While most pocket knives we’ve discussed come in the 3-4” range, which fit in your pocket but are a definite “presence,” this tiny knife is only 1.9” and is designed to go right from your pocket to your palm. Woobud even offers a full refund or replacement – your choice – if you’re dissatisfied for any reason.
This elegant pocket knife is a perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t like the business of the traditional Swiss Army knife. Featuring two blades that are both surgical quality stainless-steel, this knife is only 2.88” in your pocket and weighs only 1.2 ounces. You’ll barely know it’s there until you need it. And then you’ll definitely know it’s there. What more can you ask from a pocket knife?
Buck Knives makes some of the finest knives out there, and this, their pocket knife, is no different. The stainless-steel blade is corrosion resistant and features a clip point which makes it perfect for detail work. Proudly made in the USA, it’s dubbed an “American Icon” for a reason.
Go big or go home. This is the ultimate in Swiss Army knives, featuring an astounding 33 functions, which makes it more like a pocket tool-kit. It does feature a 2.45” blade, but really this is all about two things: 1. ridiculous versatility, and 2. that Victorinox Swiss Army guarantee of quality. This knife will do just about any job you need it to and it will do it well. What more needs to be said?
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