This review will be useful for those who are warming their thoughts about edged weapons. Of the 15 knives in this ranking, the first 10 knives have good tactical capabilities and excellent quality. The manufacturer guarantees a long lifespan and quick after-sales service in the event of a breakdown.
But it also affects the price. 5 knives (11-15) have a much lower price and reliability but will become an intermediate option if you want to get more with a minimum budget. Enough words, it’s time to look at our applicants!
Table of Contents
- Best Tactical Folding Knife | Best Tactical Pocket Knives
- #1 SPYDERCO SHAMAN TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #2 SOG PENT ARC TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #3 ZERO TOLERANCE X EMERSON TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #4 COLD STEEL FRENZY I TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #5 BUCK 898 IMPACT AUTO TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE (BLACK)
- #6 COLD STEEL TI-LITE TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #7 SOG VULCAN ARC LOCK TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #8 CRKT M16 DESERT TANTO TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #9 GERBER RAZORFISH TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #10 SMITH & WESSON M2.0 M&P TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
- #11 Spring Assisted Knife – Pocket Folding Knife (Military Style)
- #12 Smith & Wesson Border Guard Tactical Folding Knife
- #13 3-in-1 Army & Military Tactical Folding Knife
- #14 Snake Eye Tactical Folding Knife (Karambit Style)
- #15 MTech USA MT-A845BK Tactical Folding Knife
Best Tactical Folding Knife | Best Tactical Pocket Knives
#1 SPYDERCO SHAMAN TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
Shaman is the legendary American tactical knife from Spyderco. This model was released over 20 years ago and became revolutionary at the time. 5 generations of innovations have gradually improved this masterpiece making it even more ergonomic and reliable. This knife has a signature round hole for easy opening with 1 hand and a 20% enlarged handle for sure holding. The polished CPM S30V stainless steel blade does not have a long length (only 3.58 “x 0.145”), but it proved to be good at solving tactical tasks in the field. You can customize the tactical pocket clip for yourself and tilt it up / down, right / left, and even remove it.
#2 SOG PENT ARC TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
This folding knife has an aggressive stylish design (award-winning) and will become a reliable tool for your ammunition. Around the world, SOG PENT ARC is used by law enforcement, US special forces, and weekend soldiers, and tactical users. These users value the product for quality reliability, so the product is trustworthy. A convenient pocket clip allows you to instantly access the knife and Arc-Lock securely locks the 4 “VG-10 blade when used. The VG-10 is blasted and has a reduced reflection. This adds stealth during use, which is especially important in hand-to-hand combat. This knife is created by “active action” if you understand what I mean. The manufacturer guarantees service if a factory defect is detected. Make sure the reliability of your purchase and safely use this knife for daily tasks.
#3 ZERO TOLERANCE X EMERSON TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
You should not joke with this knife. The blade is made of tool stainless steel CPM-20CV (3.75 “x 0.156”) and has a large volume of vanadium carbide. If you attach the knife with the sharp side to a small metal object made of soft or non-hardened metal (for example, an aluminum rod) and hammer it, the knife will make a deep mark or cut the object! In this case, the blade will not be damaged. Talking about opening cans is ridiculous. This knife was created for real tests and tactical missions. The ribbed handle made of titanium stone has a composite green carbon fiber overlay that follows the contours of the handle. The small raised recesses above and below provide better traction and more confident knife ownership. Durable frame lock reliably protects your hand from accidental closure.
#4 COLD STEEL FRENZY I TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
This knife is made in the classical style of the ancient Japanese weapons “Kabutovari”. The thick spine tapers smoothly to a 5.5 “thin blade and looks more like wolverine claws than a knife. To create this product, only high-quality American S35VN stainless steel is used. This ensures reliable retention of edges when performing tactical tasks. For the manufacture of the Frenzy handle, a two-color G10 is used. Processing on a CNC machine gives 3 pictures of additional functionality and style. With any grip, this knife turns into a continuation of the hand and will be convenient and safe for the owner. A stainless-steel tactical clip can be used for quick fastening to a pocket, or it can be disconnected at the request of the owner. Unfortunately, there is no scabbard in the kit, but this is not necessary. Why hide such beauty?)
#5 BUCK 898 IMPACT AUTO TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE (BLACK)
This Buck knife is a great gift for every fisherman, hunter, traveler, military or survivalist. From hard as a rock and sharp as a scalpel. If you were looking for a tactical knife you could rely on, you found it. The most important advantage of this manufacturer, attention to detail. Each knife from the 898-line is handcrafted. Sophisticated processing technology allows giving steel incredible hardness – 58-60 HRC. Multiple tests and piece quality control provide 100 percent confidence – this product will work as it should for many years. Confidence in quality is so high that the seller provides a lifetime warranty! INCREDIBLE! The T6 aluminum handle with textured rubber inserts is protected against corrosion and provides good stability in any weather. If you like the style of the 898-lineup, several color options for the handle allow you to choose the most suitable.
#6 COLD STEEL TI-LITE TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
Ti-Lite is a 1950s style knife. This is from the distant times when gang warfare was commonplace, and such a “needle” could really protect and very painfully “prick” the offender. The legendary Phil Bogushevsky influenced the development process not only by the enormous influence of his style on the industry but also directly by consultations. Cold Steel thanks the great master, and now we look at this “masterpiece” in more detail.
The fast 6 ”stainless steel blade CPM-S35VN has a double-sided sharpening edge and resembles a spear point. The 2 studs at the base of the blade are considered to be the original element. This makes it possible to quickly open with one hand with the thumb. Milled the aluminum handle is machined on a CNC machine and is additionally electrically painted. The patented stainless steel lock (with leaf spring) can withstand loads of up to 145 pounds.
This gives confidence that the fingers will remain in place even with a forceful blow with a sharp point to the wall! unbelievable! A small clip for pocket and belt looks strange. We do not doubt its necessity. This is a required attribute for every tactical knife. But why is the Ti-Lites clamp so small? Is this “clothespin” really capable of holding the knife on the belt while running? We doubt it. If you replace the tactical clip with a longer one yourself, this will correct the situation.
#7 SOG VULCAN ARC LOCK TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
SOG VULCAN is a folding knife with an explosive character. The strength and power of this blade are not in doubt. Strict lines in the shape of a Clip Point-shaped hint as if hinting – these 3.4” durable stainless steel are ready for any test! Just one click on the back of the blade to deploy and activate the knife. The patented Arc-Lock ™ works fine in any situation and provides swiftness and reliability during the solution of tasks.
The reinforced fiberglass handle deserves special attention. Under the stylish mesh cover, which repeats the anatomical shape of the hand, completely steel liners are hidden. It is in this garage that the steel of the blade of incredible strength is stored – RC. 59-60. This is a stylish folding knife with which you can enjoy hiking or tactical exercises. Its length is only 4.87 “and weighs only 5 ounces. It does not take up much space in luggage. It can be attached to a belt or pocket thanks to a tactical clip.
#8 CRKT M16 DESERT TANTO TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
The design of this folding knife was created for the military and reflects all the needs of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and the Middle East. It remains invisible in the desert, reliable even when falling in the sand and damn sharp for solving tactical problems. 420J2 stainless steel inserts hold a sharp, 3.99 “long AUS 8 stainless steel combination blade. On the outside of the handle are 2 decorative glass pads with nylon reinforcement. The Desert Camo pattern is very suitable for covert use in desert areas. Separately, I would like to say about ergonomic design. It is convenient to open and close the knife with one hand thanks to 2 “waves”. For storing and transporting this knife, the manufacturer recommends using a deep tactical clamp.
#9 GERBER RAZORFISH TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
This is one of the smallest folding knives in our review today. GERBER endowed this 2.8 – inch “shorty” with a steel blade 7Cr17MoV. Bilateral cutting edges on a straight blade keep sharpness and are instantly activated by the dexterous movement of the index finger. The tactical clip will leave the knife in instant accessibility conveniently located on a belt or in your pocket. When closed, the knife has a length of only 4.2 “and the brushed aluminum handle reflects light well and shows a corrugated fishbone pattern. If you like this design, this knife will surprise you at a relatively small price. The only thing you need to know is that the corrugated pattern is located all over length and grip does not increase traction, it is an element of decor and not an improvement to improve ergonomics.
#10 SMITH & WESSON M2.0 M&P TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE
This knife from Smith & Wesson is made in a classic tactical style and is a prominent representative of the M & P (Military & Police) series. The first thing that stands out is the completely black design. The black stainless-steel blade in high impact steel is in many ways similar in quality to the AUS-8. Good holding of the cutting edge in any situation, for this the police and military love this knife. The handle has a length of 4.625 inches and is also completely black. Textured aluminum blends well with durable stainless-steel inserts and provides a stylish and reliable cover for storing the blade. This blade with the character and understanding of future work. He is fully prepared for testing. Can you find a decent job for him?
#11 Spring Assisted Knife – Pocket Folding Knife (Military Style)
This seller also has other models of knives. But we will talk about the Grand Way 6681 model – a pocket folding knife. This knife is made of 440C stainless steel, the surface is coated with black oxide with a spring-loaded quick-open system. Even if the spring breaks, the knife will retain its functionality and can be used as a classic pocket knife with manual opening. It is equipped with a pocket clip (clip) for convenient tactical fastening.
The length of the entire knife is 7.75″, the length of the blade is 3.42″, it can fit in a pocket or small handbag without any problems. According to the seller, this knife is suitable for almost any situation from domestic use to military needs. The knife itself looks very solid and sharp, but as soon as you take it in your hand comes back into reality. The spring mechanism itself is unstable. If you managed to open it, and for this you need effort, then closing is quite difficult. Another weak point of this knife is the screws.
They can independently unwind from any vibration or during use. In order to tighten the pocket clip, you need to disassemble the entire knife – not quite a thoughtful design. If you have no experience with tactical knives, this is an excellent experiment product at an affordable price. With it, you will be forced to learn how to disassemble, lubricate the mechanism and reassemble, so that the knife can work really long.
#12 Smith & Wesson Border Guard Tactical Folding Knife
A folding tactical knife from Smith & Wesson. The blade is made of 7Cr17MoV high-carbon stainless steel, with a black aluminum handle with Trac-Tec inserts. Thanks to these inserts, the knife firmly and confidently lies in the hand in any weather. Equipped with a convenient pocket clip and double thumb handles. With a liner type lock, the blade will not slip, making this knife safe to carry.
Pleasant bonuses to this knife: a spike for breaking glass, paracord cutter, double grooves for blood, notches, and a hole for the lace. This knife will become an indispensable thing in your car. In an emergency, you can easily break the glass and cut the seat belt, which can save a life. The knife is very sharp, so you need to handle it carefully because it can threaten your fingers.
Due to its weight and size (8.8 ounces, 10 inches long), it is heavy for daily wear and use. More suitable for large and strong people with big hands. If you got a broken or defective knife, which happens very often from Chinese manufacturers, do not worry, because it can be returned or exchanged. A good and strong knife for its price.
#13 3-in-1 Army & Military Tactical Folding Knife
This versatile 3-in-1 tactical knife is designed to solve tactical and military tasks. This knife combined a stainless-steel toothed blade (3 mm thick), a paracord cutter, and a glass hammer. On the 3½ “blade, there were only 9 sharp teeth of the mini-saw, but this would be enough to make a notch or to cut a small branch. You can see a glass hammer spike on one side of the handle. This pleasant addition expands the list of tactical tasks. The stylish aluminum grip can be of several colors, from a digital pixel to stylish black with bright accents.
Different round logos indicate different types of troops. This stylish knife will help while serving in special forces, firefighters, police, and the army. The recesses under the fingers make this lightweight knife very comfortable and maneuverable. The opening mechanism allows you to quickly activate the knife with one hand, and the locking mechanism makes use safe.
Unfortunately, that the same convenience could not be achieved for the closing mechanism. To fold the knife, you need to press the latch in the handle with your finger and begin to move the blade towards the pressing finger. This is not the safest part of use, but for the price – we are ready to accept it. The seller has 7 different designs. For a gift, this knife is just a find, because it comes in a beautiful gift box!
#14 Snake Eye Tactical Folding Knife (Karambit Style)
Tactical casual knife Carmbit Carry from Snake Eye. Presented in 6 colors, so everyone can choose their favorite color for themselves. The blade is made of 3CR13 stainless steel and has a rounded shape resembling an eagle’s beak. A handle made of impact-resistant plastic plates is securely bolted to a metal frame. There are recesses for the fingers and a ring for a good grip of the hand with the knife on the handle. If you have to fight in hand-to-hand combat, this knife will be very difficult to knock out or take away. The tactical belt clip makes it possible to mount this knife in any convenient place for instant access. The knife itself is very sharp and looks aggressive or even frightening! The owner of this blade must be very careful to keep his fingers. Folds out using a spring mechanism and has a liner lock system. With a lightweight of 6.4 ounces, it may be of little use due to the shape of the blade for daily use. It can be a good choice for camping, fishing, hunting, and outdoor adventures. But most suitable for spectacular presentations in front of friends. The flip side of the spectacular design is poor ergonomics. When opening and closing, the blade passes through the finger ring. This makes it inconvenient to use with 1 hand and slow to open. The second drawback is unstable quality control. Situations when a knife is independently opened in a pocket (with active movement) are not uncommon, but it is very dangerous. The rest is a very decent and high-quality knife for a ridiculous price.
#15 MTech USA MT-A845BK Tactical Folding Knife
This large and solid knife with a stylish MTech USA inscription is actually made in China. 3.75 “blade is made of durable steel, but not the best as we would like. This knife remains sharp enough and quite suitable for daily use for a long time. The seat belt cutter can really save lives in an emergency, but try to test it immediately after receiving it. You must make sure of its reliability yourself.
The spring mechanism will help to open the knife in one motion, and the belt clip will allow you to conveniently carry and quickly remove it. Unfortunately, that these parts are made of cheap material and poorly made. If the spring is weakened, you will have to open the knife to the end manually, but this is the price you pay. This tactical knife is not intended for survival in wild nature or tactical training. This product only looks like a cool army knife. It can be a great sign of attention for exchanging gifts, as it has a small price.
Everyone chooses what he likes and what money is enough for. Today we divided all applicants into 3 groups.
- No. 3. ZERO TOLERANCE X EMERSON – if money does not matter
- No. 7. SOG VULCAN ARC LOCK – for the average budget
- No. 13. 3-in-1 Army & Military Tactical Knife – a good knife for the money
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