The best custom pocket knives in the world


Is there the best custom pocket knife or not?

Yes and no, pocket knives or Carry Every Day, there are many but there are excellent ones.

The market is large, diverse and offers a wide range of materials, qualities, characteristics and of course in all price categories. Finally, I have already indicated above: what one means by very good or better depends on one’s own requirements.

Which means that there is no ultimate custom pocket knife, but several. Then, different factors come into play: classic design or innovative design, value for money, material, brand, etc.

There are of course knives in abundance in the different categories and I would like to introduce you to some others that have excited me this year.

Here is our long list of the best pocket knives of the year:

1- Benchmade Blue/Grey Folding Knife

Benchmade is known for making top-level EDC pocket knives. Folding knives with a grip are particularly popular with knife lovers. Many even believe that these are the pocket knives with the best value for money. Its stainless-steel Drop-Point blade opens smoothly with one hand and the Valox handle combines grip and durability.

To open and close the knife, a small spring-loaded steel rod is pressed into a groove when the blade is open. 

2- Spyderco Tenacious Pocket Knife

Spyderco is another tried and tested knife maker that is highly regarded by many users for its reliability and exceptional knife shapes. The knives have a very recognizable design and they are very ergonomic. The Spyderco Tenacious is excellent quality for its price. The blade is made of stainless steel in silver color is very sharp despite its width. For most applications, tenacious cuts a fine figure.

For a relatively good price you get some wonderful details, like the large thumb hole for easily unfolding the blade or the pocket clip that can be used on both sides. In addition, it is possible to manually adjust the opening of the blade. The stainless-steel handle is designed in such a way that it is very rigid despite its light weight, yet fits well in the hand. This knife is anyway very good in its price range!

3- Boker Optima Thuja

I have already talked about the Boker knives, but in our overview of the best pocket knives, the Boker Optima and the Boker Haddock should not be missing.

Let’s start with the beautiful Optima Thuja two-handed knife, classic with locking system.

The Optima line is distinguished by its blade change system. This makes the Boker Optima Thuja not only flexible, but also extremely sharp in (almost) all life situations, given the blade material of 440 C steel.

With a total length of 21.3 cm and a blade length of 9 cm, it is a relatively large custom pocket knife, but who cares. A pretty thuya wood handle that will appeal to collectors.

The Boker Optima Thuja may not be an EDC, especially given its weight of 220 grams, but it is a nice knife for everyone.

4. Boker Haddock

The Boker Haddock is a new knife from the Boker family and the first in cooperation with knife designer Jens Ansø. The design is reminiscent of Schrade’s SCH15 with a less martial edge.

This two-handed knife is equipped with a massive Frame Lock, including the streamlined G10 shell and the massive titanium plate. It’s an impressive combination that limits weight without compromising skid resistance.

But beware, only 103 grams at 19.5 cm and a length of 8.5 cm. The blade is in N690.

5- Benchmade Osborne 940 Outdoor Pocket Knife

If you want to spend a bit more, I can recommend the Benchmade Osborne 940. It is definitely one of the best mid-sized pocket knives and can be easily taken anywhere. The stainless-steel blade of S30V is 8.5cm long, tapers to an inverted tip and weighs only around 82g. In my eyes, therefore, it is an ideal size for a custom pocket knife.

It has an excellent “AXIS” locking mechanism as well as a good grip. The anodized aluminum handle also withstands the most extreme situations without sustaining damage. The grip of the knife is also top notch, it’s almost like a natural extension of the hand.

The only potential drawback of the Osborne 940 is its high price of around 230 euros, but if you value quality when it comes to knives, you can’t help it.