I've used a lot of different types of pocket knives for years. In the beginning, I tried recommended pocket knives for my EDC blade. But, I needed a change. I wanted to try out unique pocket knives. Ever since I started KnifeAdvise, I received a quite lot of requests to share some cool pocket knives.
As you can tell, This article is about cool pocket knife designs. This is based on my personal choice, you might or might not like it. I also kept quality in the mind because "uniqueness" is one thing but if the knife doesn't survive even for a week then it's of no use. So, without any further ado let's get started.
Unique Pocket Knives - Our Recommendations!
1. ONTARIO RAT II
The Rat II is 7″ long, has a 3″ blade, and weighs 2.75 ounces. It is a great size for urban EDC. It comes with clipper so you can carry it with you for any kind of work.
Blade: The RAT 2 features a classic gentle drop point style blade; the blade is satin. The unidentified black coating on the blade looks great and quite durable. The blade is super sharp, and evenly ground/sharpened. Machined finish is very uniform and high-end looking.
It comes with Aus-8 Steel, which can take a razor edge with minimum effort, and hold it reasonably well.
Handle: The handle of Rat II knife features the same sturdy design. The Ontario Knife Company uses a very pleasing micro-checkered model that almost feels like a denim micarta in the hand and does a fair job to make the handle grippy. But, still it’s not that much grippy as compared to other models.
Verdict: The knife is packed with many features, with a price tag as small as this one, is no easy feat. You’re getting a fantastically useful blade that’s a blast to flick out; a great ergonomic handle made with open pillar construction, and the ability to carry it, however, the heck you want since it comes with 4-way reversible pocket clip. It’s a high-quality unique pocket knife with the clip.
2. Spyderco Matriarch Spyder Edge
This is truly a cool pocket knife in the world. My friend recommended me this knife when I talked with him about my cool pocket knives collection. He told me, Brandon If you want a truly a beast + cool combination then don't forget to check Spyderco Matriarch Spyder Edge knife.
Blade: Its overall length is 8.39 inches with its blade unfolded and 3.55 inches if the blade is closed closed. This 5-inch knife is lightweight at 0.22 lb. This unique blade style and textured handles makes it wickedly beautiful.
It comes with the VG-10 stainless steel, and serrated blade edge. The steel tucked inside is skeletonized steel liners, increases the handle’s rigidity and strength without adding non-functioning weight and bulky thickness.
Handle: It comes with G-10 handle material. The ergonomics on the Tenacious are pretty good. Also, the knife is designed to provide the user good traction, which we find to be important for a mid-sized folding EDC knife like this. The large thumb ramp and jimping really helps in keeping your thumb in place and maintain control when putting some power behind the blade. Overall, it’s a good handle and quite grippy.
Verdict: This knife is not efficient for slicing and hard to sharp. But, It works fine to open boxes, cut ropes, prune small branches and other working tasks that require you to pull the knife through the material. The knife has its own limitation but it's worth it if you want a cool pocket knife.
3. KERSHAW LEEK
The Kershaw Leek is one of the best-selling knives of all time. Though Leek has very basic design but its sleek look and white color makes it unique from normal knives you'll see around you. It's also doesn't cost much but the quality is very good for its price.
Blade: The Blade is constructed with 14C28N Steel. Sandvik 14C28N is a stainless steel sits firmly in the upper mid-range category. The edge performance of this steel is quite remarkable; it sustain a high level of hardness and resistance to corrosion.
Handle: The handle on the Kershaw Leek is constructed from 410 stainless steel with a bead-blasted finish. But, the handle is so slippery and little difficult to maintain a safe grip on the knife. A portion of the handle moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use Thumb Stud adds grip to Pocket Clip.
Verdict: Kershaw leek is cheap in price and also has unique touch it. The steel is definitely not the best. I reviewed this know knife in detailed, so make sure to check this article out, "Kershaw Leek Reviews - Pros and Cons."
4. KERSHAW 1760 SKYLINE
The Kershaw Skyline is a fantastic option for EDC, due to being very lightweight The handle length is 4.25″. Kershaw was able to make the Skyline so light by only including one steel liner (for the lock) inside the G10 handle.
Blade: The blade is made from Sandvik 14C28N steel. This means it’s a low to mid-range stainless steel for inexpensive budget knives with decent edge retention. The blade tip of the Skyline is finer and more delicate. The edge performance of this steel is quite remarkable; it sustain a high level of hardness and resistance to corrosion.
Handle: Handle material is an average texture G10. It provides a solid grip in the hand. G-10 scales are typically so tough they are practically immortal, which is something you want on your knife.
Verdict: The Skyline holds the edge quite well, and the pocket clip is adaptable to your particular style of selected carry, and the G-10 scales are grippy yet darned near impossible to break. The overall design makes it in the list of unique pocket knives in the world.
5. CRKT Ken Onion Ripple
The Ripple is noteworthy for its exceptional manufacturing quality, plus an almost unbelievable silky smooth and fast opening action.
Blade: The blade is constructed from 8Cr14MoV (ever so slightly more Chromium, or corrosion resistance than 8Cr13MoV). The drop point blade design is absolutely gorgeous and comes shaving sharp from the factory. Thick at the spine and tapers nicely into what seems to be a strong and sharp point. The blade also lines up perfectly centered in the handle when closed.
Handle: The handle of the Ripple is made of aluminum (the liner lock version). The handle has been rounded and the flipper helps define the choil. Additionally, there is accurate jimping on both the thumb ramp and handle. This provides plenty of friction and makes this a very easy knife to use for general tasks.
Verdict: All things considered, the CRKT does a great job with the Ripple. We would prefer if they re-worked the pocket clip so that it was ambidextrous, and a little less weird, but beyond that you get a lot of nice knife for the money.
6. Kershaw 1555G10 Cryo G10
The Kershaw Cryo is a champion. It won the Blade Magazine’s “Best Buy of The Year” award in 2012 and since then it has been a well-known and trusted product of Kershaw’s. It brings a simple and subtle approach to the EDC knife.
Blade: The blade is made of Stainless steel and the stone-wash is beautifully done on the blade. The blade is super sharp, and evenly ground/sharpened. Machined finish is very uniform and high-end looking. But the blade is stiff when deployed. The stiffness also seems to translate to a solidity when the knife is deployed. I would ideally like easier deployment, but this is not a big deal on this knife.
Handle: The handle is made of G-10 material. It provides a solid grip in the hand. G-10 scales are typically so tough they are practically immortal, which is something you really want on an EDC pocket knife with clip.
Verdict: The Kershaw 1555G10 is a good pocket knife with clip. It is elegant yet robust-feeling; the blade is sharp and expertly shaped; the handle is comfortable yet compact. On top of all that, the knife is made in the USA that makes it more reliable pocket knife.
7. Zero Tolerance ZT0350TS
Zero Tolerance knives are built of high-end materials and designed to provide users with strength, adaptability, and field-ready reliability.
Blade: The blade is constructed with S30V stainless-steel. Even in combat gloves, you can easily deploy the blade using the large, ambidextrous thumb stud or blade protrusion. The blade and cutting performance are amazing. In simple words, the blade is quite Sharp and tough, and among the best blades we have used.
Handle: Knife fits into the hand very well, the blade protrusion & grippy g10 handles make this knife very comfortable to hold, feels very natural in your hand, even with gloves on. This knife absolutely refuses the let go of your hand.
There is no better knife we have ever handled in terms of grip than this knife. The G10, the jimping, and the flipper/blade guard work quite well.
Verdict: If you are looking for a super durable elegant knife and don’t mind the weight then this knife is a good choice. And, if you want a great heavy duty knife this is a great choice. This is a great all around knife and while it is overbuilt, it is not so large as to be difficult to carry.
It’s a super-comfortable cutting knife and its S30V blade keeps on going like an Energizer Bunny. It’s worth your money since it has got quality and gives what we need for an EDC Unique knife.