If your pocket knife is insufficient protection for your elaborate adventures, you might consider upgrading to a tactical blade. Leatherneck Knives ($89.99) by Cold Steel come with either a 6 3/4″ or 7″ blade (depended on model), which should be plenty enough to fend off any unwanted visitors on your next excursion. The Leatherneck series is named honor of the U.S. Marines who have carried the moniker since their first battles in 1776. These super-sharp blades are made from German stainless steel and come with Cold Steel’s Secure-Ex sheath to help you avoid any accidental slips.
If you want to be a ninja, you need to have the tools of a ninja. These Ninja Stealth Black Throwing Knives ($9) will have you on your way to becoming at least as equipped as a ninja. They might not provide stealth acrobatic or extreme assassin skills, but they will certainly give you something to throw at intruders or enemies (assuming you know how to use them). Comes in a set of three with a nylon carrying case.
If you are going to carry a knife, make sure its classy. We like the Mother of Pearl Stockman Knife ($113.95) from Case Knives. At only 2 5/8″ closed and only 1.1oz, this knife isn’t going to weigh you down. It has clip, sheepfoot, and pen blades with a mother of pearl handle and nickel silver pins and bolsters.
Hiking with loose cutlery is inconvenient. Keep your eating utensils in one place with the Ka-Bar Hobo Fork/Knife/Spoon Dinner Set ($19.95). We can call it the “sporkife,” or the “knorkoon.” Either way, this stainless steel folding cutlery set comes with a spoon, fork, knife, and can-opener. The utensils detach from each other for easy handling. That fact that it is called the “hobo” does not, however, mean you should move under the bridge.
Sometimes classics need an upgrade, and upgrades are not always a bad thing. The CRKT Delegate ($59.99) adds a contemporary twist to the classic gentleman’s folding knife. This knife features revolutionary technologies in the way of knife-making, including CRKT’s own FireSafe and Outburst safety features. With a 3.125″ blade and an aluminum, this pocket knife will suit any gentleman well.
Your every-day carry should match your hobbies, and if puffing on a Cuban fits your fancy then the Cigar Cutter Swiss Army Knife ($90.50) is made for you. This Swiss-made 3″ knife comes complete with blade, scissors, file, and three laser-sharpened cigar punches.
It seems as though the Swiss made their famous knife more for the rugged handyman than the infantry. Nonetheless, their super-utility knives have just about any tool you might need in a pinch. The other Swiss knife-maker, Wenger, has created a new version of the original that uses sustainably harvested walnut from Switzerland. Just 3.2″ long, the Walnut Wenger Utility Pocket-Knife ($80) includes a large blade, serrated-edge scissors, screwdriver for small cross head screws, flat screwdriver with safety lock system, wood saw, cap lifter, wire bender, can opener, nail file, corkscrew, reamer and a key ring.
A cross between an folding exacto-knife and a standard fixed-blade craftsman knife, on steroids. The Graham Stubb Folding Razel ($49.99), re-designed by John Graham of Graham Knives, is a more practical version of the CRKT fixed-blade. This razor-sharp pocket knife is only 3.25″ closed and 5.25″ open, with a ram horn handle for secure gripping. For big jobs or small jobs, once you start using it, you will become attached in no time.
Every man needs a good pocket knife to help when his teeth just can’t cut it (pun intended). Imported from Northern Italy, the Orvis Clip Folder Knife ($119) sports a 2.5in. lock blade with one-hand opening capability and a rosewood handle. Just make sure to take it out of your pocket before you go through airport security.