Updated April 29, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Folding Knives

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Regardless of whether you are a dedicated survivalist or just someone who spends a lot of time in the great outdoors, one of these folding knives can be a handy addition to your gear. Great for camping and fishing, they are easy to carry and come with razor sharp blades, which are equally as useful for opening those dreadful blister packs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best folding knife on Amazon.

10. Zero Tolerance Tiger Stripe

9. Gerber Gator

8. Spyderco Delica4

7. Ontario Joe Pardue Utiliac 8904

6. CRKT Squid

5. Kershaw S30V Blur

4. Benchmade Mini Griptilian

3. CRKT M-16

2. Ontario Rat II

1. Buck Knives 110 Hunter

Editor's Notes

April 29, 2019:

For its classic style, excellent usability, and admirable longevity, we still find the Buck Knives 110 Hunter to be a top choice when it comes to folding knives. It's warrantied for life, and considering the quality, it is not unreasonably expensive. The CRKT M-16 remains a fine alternative for those who'd like something a little more feature-heavy; it's got a seatbelt cutter and window breaker, making it a great choice for EDC or perhaps a bug-out bag. For those who're looking for something less costly, we added the ever-popular Ontario Rat II, which is budget-friendly but feels like a much pricier model. The four-way pocket clip is a nice touch, as well, that lets you configure it for tip up or tip down carry. The CRKT Squid is another one to consider, although it doesn't open as quickly as some, which may be a dealbreaker depending on how you use your knife on a day-to-day basis. And, on the other side of the price spectrum, we added the Benchmade Mini Griptilian. It comes in serrated or plain edge, with a satin or coated finish, and in a variety of colors, so you can find just the configuration for you. Finally, we removed both the BladeMate Tactical and the Woobud Pocket, which are not always readily available.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on April 29, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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