You don’t have to be Mini-Me to enjoy the benefits of an ultra-compact ocket knife.
When it comes to picking an EDC knife, just as the name says, you’re going to want something that you can carry with you every day no matter the outfit or event. You never know what the day might bring, and most of the time these knives are going to be used for menial tasks such as opening your amazon box, but these smaller sized knives are perfect companions for the avid trail hiker, or the businessman taking the train into the city.
If you’re looking for a knife that you can carry in the front pocket of your jeans, slip it inside your sock, or hook onto your keychain, all the knives below are made to be as compactly tactical as possible, because it’s always better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Pocket Knife Reviews
Gerber Paraframe [22-48484]
If you are looking for a small, lightweight, everyday carry knife that still comes with some cool features, check out the Gerber Paraframe. The Paraframe’s small size make it especially good to carry with more form-fitting clothes where a larger knife might stand out. It consists of a 6-inch blade and a 2-inch serrated section if you choose the serrated edge option. Cutouts on the stainless-steel handle keep the Paraframe Mini down to 1.4 ounces in weight. The blade is constructed from high carbon steel, and is held in place with a frame-lock. You can open the knife with one hand, and secure it to your belt or pocket with a stainless-steel clip. There is a little bit of force needed to open and/or close the knife, so that is something to keep in mind when purchasing.
If you want to carry a pocket knife, but want something that combines style with function, check out the Kubey Mini. The functionality comes from a sharp 2-inch blade made of 440A stainless-steel. The blade is secured by a liner lock, and folds back up into the handle. The handle is where the style comes in. It’s made of rosewood for a classy look. You can get a range of styles on the blade, ranging from hunting to tactical to fantasy. The knife is 4.6 inches long when open, so it is a very small knife. At 3.2 ounces, it is perfect for a pair of dress pants or the weight-conscious hiker who wants to shave every bit of weight possible. It should be mentioned that because of it’s tiny design, It’s a bit too small for a one-handed opening.
Gerber Paraframe [31-001729]
This knife is for those who want a small pocket knife that features a more tactical look than other mini-knives. The Gerber’s Tanto-style blade and point can be used to puncture or slice, is constructed of 7Cr17MoV steel, and is easy to sharpen. The blade is coated with a black titanium nitride to reduce reflection and protect against corrosion. It locks into place with a frame lock, and is a bit over two inches long. Cutouts on the handle help keep the weight of this knife down to 1.5 ounces. A clip can secure the knife to your pocket, and at 3.3 inches closed, it won’t take up much space in said pocket. This knife is a great choice because it doesn’t take up too much space in the pocket, and and is also great for every day tasks such as cutting boxes, rope, etc. There can be a hinge break-in period with this knife, so if you chooce to go with this model give it while for the hinge to loosen up.
Grandway Folding Knife
The Grand Way Folding Wallet Knife packs in quite a few features into a small package. Constructed of matte black 420c steel, this knife has a 2.2-inch blade, and folds into a 2.4-inch handle. The entire length of the knife is about 4.5 inches. The blade stays in place after opening with a liner lock, and can be opened one-handed. The Grand Way is a very lightweight knife at only 1.23 ounces. You can even attach it to your keychain. You can store money or credit cards in the clip, or use it to secure the knife to your person. The knife handle is engraved with a pattern of a dragon which makes the Grand Way less plain.
The MT-A882 has what might be the most important accessory on a folding knife-a bottle opener. Now you won’t have to carry a bottle opener and a pocket knife with you and clutter up your pocket. The knife itself is a spring assisted folding knife, designed for one-handed opening. The blade is 2.75 inches of silver stainless steel, has a straight edge, and locks with a liner lock. The handle is wrapped in black nylon fiber, and comes with a lanyard hole as well as the bottle opener. The MT-A882 also has a clip to secure the knife wherever you carry it. The price:quality ratio for the model is better than you can find on most other pocket knives.
Buck Knives 0425
The Buck 0425 is small and lightweight even by mini-knife standards. Coming in at only 2 7/8 inches when closed and weighing in at only 1 ounce, the 0425 is perfect for an unobtrusive tool to carry with you. The blade is 1 7/8 inches of 420 HC stainless-steel. It features a drop point which aids in its performance as a general work knife, enabling it to cut heavier items while avoiding accidental punctures. It is locked into place via a lockback design. The handle is injection-molded and textured for an easy grip. You can fit the knife on a keyring, making it perfect to use as an everyday carry knife.
Mini Griptilian 556
If you demand a bit more quality and durability out of your mini-knife, then you might want to check out the Griptilian. Constructed out of 154CM (58-61 HRC) stainless-steel, the Griptilian will keep its edge while being tough and corrosion resistant. The handle is made of long-lasting materials such as injection molded nylon and stainless steel screws. The axis locking mechanism sets this knife apart from other folding pocket knives on this list. For those left-handers out there, this knife is ambidextrous, which is a feature not always found in smaller knives. The blade is partially serrated, which comes in handy when cutting cordage. The blade comes in a smidge under 3 inches in length, and the entire knife is 3.87 inches when closed. You can get it in drop-point, sheepsfoot, or tanto blade style. It is more expensive than other mini-knives, so if you are looking for a bargain you might want to check out other blades.
SOG MXV72-CP X-Ray
The SOG MXV72-CP is designed to be a high-quality, high performance mini-knife. Constructed out of Japanese VG-10 steel, the blade combines durability with the ability to hold an edge. The blade is 3 inches long, and is partially serrated for extra cutting versatility. The knife opens one-handed, and uses an ambidextrous Arc-Lock for quick opening and closing. Closed, the knife is 4 inches long and rides well in your pocket, thanks to the low carry clip. The handle is Zytel, which means you get a non-slippery, comfortable grip. While a bit heavier than some mini knives, it still comes in at only 3 ounces. About the only issue that people have with the knife is that the recurve on the clip sometimes gets caught on things as you brush past them.
The EAB Lite is called a pocket knife, but it is more of a contractor grade utility blade with some knife-like features. The EAB’s blade folds up into the handle for easy carry, and a clip on the side of the handle can attach the knife to your pocket or hold money. The blade length is 2.3 inches, and it is perfect for opening boxes and cutting rope, though you can’t really stab or puncture things with it. It is 2.8 inches closed, and 5.1 inches open. If the blade gets worn or dull, you can replace it with 2 ¼ inch contractor blades or regular utility blades. There is a blade guard on top, which protects your and gives you extra leverage when holding the knife. Some people have found issues with opening and closing the knife, but most find it a suitable tool for everyday tasks.
Cold Steel Tanto
Inspired by the simplicity and durability of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, Cold Steel’s AK-47 series aims to recreate those attributes of the AK-47 into their knives. The 58TMAK starts with Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel with a black coating for the blade. AUS 8A steel is easy to sharpen and is rust resistant. The blade is 2 ¾ inches long, and locks into place with Cold Steel’s Tri-Ad lock. The handle is made of G-10, which is a glass-based epoxy resin laminate. It makes the handle very durable and weatherproof. The knife comes with a clip, which you can switch to the other side if that is your preference. It weighs 2.9 ounces. It is on the more expensive end of mini knives, so take that into account when you go shopping.