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A pocket knife is useless if it doesn't have a clip. Modern day pocket knives have clip with them so that you can carry them around without any fear of losing them. The problem is that some companies add the clip just for making money but in actual those clips suck, either they are way too tight or they get loosen quite often.
I've had share fair of my experience with annoying clips, but with the time I found a list of models that are reliable when it comes to clip and overall quality. These are my recommendation if you're searching for best pocket knife with clip.
Pocket Knife With Clip - 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 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 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.
Clip: The knife is ambidextrous with dual thumb studs and a 4-way reversible pocket clip.The pocket clip is a classic shape; comes with a painted satin black finish, and can be put on any of the 4 corners of the knife.
2. Spyderco Tenacious
If you are looking for one of the best-selling knives in the past two years, then you really should give this Spyderco Tenacious Review a try. It weights weights 4oz (115g).
Blade: It has a total blade length of 86 mm (3.4 inches), which has a total edge of, ditto, 86 mm (3.4 inches). The adequate blade thickness together with the flat grind and wide chord design gives this blade extra strength. You can expect this knife to perform well even for tough duty tasks.
It comes with the 8Cr13MoV steel which is clearly not a super steel but holds its edge decently through the daily tasks. The steel tucked inside is skeletonized steel liners, increases the handle's rigidity and strength without adding non-functioning weight or 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 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.
Clip: We are really satisfied with the clip on the Tenacious. It’s a signature Spyderco Hourglass shaped clip that provides excellent pocket retention without shredding your pants up. Also, the clip is mountable on all 4 corners of the knife so that you can carry this knife in your left or right pocket, tip-up or tip-down.
3. Kershaw Leek
The Kershaw Leek is one of the best-selling knives of all time, without any doubt. Many of you will already be aware of Kershaw, which has fast become one of the powerhouses in US knife production.
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 Pocket Clip.
Clip: The slippery handle makes for wonderful carry. This knife glides in and out of the pocket, but the clip is substantial enough that it won't flop out. The knife is also super thin, adding to its vanishing powers.
4. Kershaw 1760
The Kershaw Skyline is also a good option, because of its 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 really want on an knife with clip.
Clip: The Kershaw Skyline comes with a reversible pocket clip and pre-drilled holes in the handle for tip-up or tip-down carry. The pocket clip is a bit tight at first but loosens up just enough for easy use after a few days of carry. The clip is enough to hold securely in the pocket, but not so tightly that removing the knife from a pocket becomes a hassle but that being said, it loosens up with time.
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.
Clip: Ken Onion designed the stainless steel clip so it tucks away nicely in your pocket for everyday carry and easy access. And, there are a lot of holes in the clip that makes the clip ambidextrous.
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.
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 a good knife with clip.
Clip: The new Cryo G-10 is equipped with a four-position deep-carry pocket clip for maximum carry flexibility and discretion. The pocket clip is great and keeps the knife deep in my pocket. In other words, you can carry it with you anytime.
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.
Clip: The spring clip is tight but for a reason, holds well to thin nylon jacket pockets and has good clamping force. It Includes a quad mounting system for tip-up, tip-down, left- or right-handed clip carry.