Tips for choosing the perfect pocket knife include considering your needs, such as daily repairs or outdoor activities, and the design, including classic plastic, wood, or metal models. Other types of pocket knives include the penknife, Leatherman®, and switchblade.
Buying a pocket knife can be a confusing experience. With so many models, prices and sizes available, how do you know which one is right for you? If you’re thinking about buying one, here are some tips to help you choose the perfect knife.
Start by considering your needs. If you plan to use the knife for daily emergency repairs around the house, you’d better choose a multipurpose model that offers tools such as a magnifying glass, scissors, and screwdriver. If you want to buy one that attaches to your keys, you’ll want a pocket knife with just the essentials.
If, on the other hand, you are considering buying a pocket knife to keep in the car, you can choose a larger model with more suitable tools, such as a hacksaw and blades. A knife with several tools is also a great idea if you often go camping or enjoy the outdoors. One equipped with a can opener and corkscrew is also ideal for campers, as it saves you the space of having to carry these items separately.
The next consideration when buying a pocket knife is design. Classic models are made of plastic, usually colored, but wood and metal are also available. Simple models may include just a few blades of different sizes, so they can be smaller and lighter than more complex models. The Swiss Army Knife, which may be the best known example of a pocket knife, is considered by some to be the most versatile of all models due to the variety of tools on offer. The classic look of red metal with a white cross is easily identified, although they now come in a variety of colors and patterns. Imitations have cropped up over the years, although the original model, made by Victorinox and Wenger, can be quite expensive. Complex models can have over 100 blades of different sizes.
When shopping for a pocket knife, keep in mind the three main types besides the Swiss Army model: the penknife, which features one or two plain blades; the Leatherman®, which is the preferred choice for the outdoor type due to its durability and many features; and the switchblade, which features a single blade, usually extremely sharp.