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8 New Folding Knives to Add to Your Everyday Carry

Looking for a new knife? These eight high-quality newcomers are well worth the investment

The classic folding pocketknife can be one of the most versatile tools in any man’s daily arsenal. But with thousands of options on the market and new brands popping up all the time, it can be challenging to get a good grasp on the cluttered space. The best folding everyday carry knife needs to be durable and reliable. It also helps if it looks great and comes at a reasonable price point. So to help narrow down your search, we’ve compiled a list of eight high-quality newcomers that are well worth the investment.

Kershaw Fringe

Blade length: 3 inches
Closed length: 4.1 inches
Overall length: 7 inches
Weight: 3.5 ounces

Maybe you’re looking to invest in your very first everyday carry knife, but not quite sure where to start. Perhaps you’re just on the hunt for a great tool at an even better price. Whatever your motive, Kershaw is a top-notch contender, thanks to its broad array of affordable blades and varying styles. Take the new Kershaw Fringe for example. With a titanium carbo-nitride coating and carbon-fiber insert, it’s an attractive option from first glance. But the all-steel pocketknife also boasts plenty of other commendable features, like a built-in thumb stud, heat-treated, high-quality blade, convenient lanyard hole, and SpeedSafe assisted opening.

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CRKT Raikiri

Blade length: 3.759 inches
Closed length: 5.112 inches
Overall length: 8.938 inches
Weight: 5 ounces

The Columbia River Knife and Tool company is one that has built a reputation for delivering resilient and innovative products time and time again, and their new Raikiri everyday carry folding knife is no exception. Designed by Dew Hara in Seki, Japan, this model features a modified wharncliffe blade with a satin finish and two cold forged aluminum handles. Field Strip Technology also allows for super simple disassembly, making it a breeze to take apart and clean. Weighing in at just five ounces, this lightweight knife can take a beating, but also boasts a lifetime warranty (you know, just in case).

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Benchmade 565S Mini Freek

Blade length: 3 inches
Closed length: 4.05 inches
Overall length: 7.05 inches
Weight: 2.57 ounces

Those familiar with the Benchmade brand know it’s one of the most admired knife manufacturers in the game. Their new 565S Mini Freek is a more compact riff on their popular Freek product line, but it still incorporates many of the original’s same lauded features, like dual durometer handles and fully ambidextrous AXIS locks. The serrated blade measures three inches, and the entire unit is just over seven inches when fully opened. This folding pocketknife is known for its strength and comfort grip, making it ready for almost any task at hand. Plus, it’s made right here in the USA.

Buy Now $125

SOG Terminus XR

Blade length: 2.95 inches
Closed length: 4.26 inches
Overall length: 7.21 inches
Weight: 3.2 ounces

When it comes to creating some of the most tactical knives in the industry, SOG has been leading the way since 1986. Their newly launched Terminus XR model is a sleek but hard-wearing selection that won’t break the bank. With its satin-finished straight edge steel blade, smooth XR locking mechanism, and ergonomic handle comprised of G10 and carbon fiber, it’s setting a new standard for the everyday carry category. In fact, the company still manufactures a fixed-blade model used by the US Navy SEALs today—and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you.

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Buck Knives 112 Slim Knife Pro

Blade length: 3 inches
Closed length: 4.25 inches
Overall length: 7.25 inches’
Weight: 2.6 ounces

Buck Knives traces its roots all the way back to 1902, and has been revolutionizing the blade industry ever since as one of the most prolific American knife manufacturers of all time. Their new 112 Slim is an updated take on their classic, the 112 Ranger, but features a modernized design with a slew of upgraded materials. Users love its removable pocket clip, durable-but-lightweight Micarta handles, streamlined one-handed opening, and the corrosion-resistant stainless steel blade finished with Buck’s Advanced Edge2X Blade Technology. And if you’re feeling a bit fancy, you can even add customized engraving for just seven bucks more.

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Gerber Empower

Blade length: 3.25 inches
Closed length: 5.15 inches
Overall length: 8.4 inches
Weight: 4.6 ounces

Gerber’s new Empower Series showcases a diverse range of one-hand automatic opening folding knives that draw inspiration from their tried and true Propel collection. Wielding innovative stainless steel Armored Grip technology and false edge spear point blade, it’s an American-made workhorse that’s capable of carrying out virtually any day-to-day project. Thankfully, its safety-focused design (including a push-button automatic plunge lock and safety switch) doesn’t compromise its sophisticated aesthetic. Its revisable pocket clip also allows it to be carried tip-up or tip-down with ease. What’s more, the new line comes in a variety of trend-forward colors, like urban blue (pictured), stonewash, and classic black.

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Spyderco ClipiTool Rescue

Blade length: 3.61 inches
Closed length: 4.4 inches
Overall length: 8.01 inches
Weight: 4.2 ounces

The Spyderco ClipiTool Rescue is a trusted option for anyone in search of a truly versatile and functional instrument. Designed with first responders in mind, it’s been built to handle some seriously tough situations. The multi-functional pocketknife houses three different folding tools: a primary serrated SpyderEdge knife, a high-performance hook-shaped cutter, and a hollow-ground screwdriver blade. Each are crafted from superior stainless steel and feature Trademark Round Holes for quick, one-handed access. Throw in a few more useful features like its LinearLock mechanism, textured G10 handles, and dual-position hourglass clip, and you’ve got yourself an apparatus that’s ready for just about any job you throw its way.

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The James Brand Elko

Blade length: 1.74 inches
Closed length: 2.6 inches
Overall length: 4.33 inches
Weight: 1.3 ounces

Although it may not hold the same status as America’s more seasoned heritage knife manufacturers, The James Brand certainly made a splash when it first launched in 2012. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the company was started by a group of guys who believed when you can’t find what you want, you just have to make it yourself. The James Brand is revered for their modern and minimalistic designs and the Elko model perfectly captures this signature approach. Ideal for smaller projects, the entire pocketknife measures less than 4.5” and makes for an effortless addition to any key ring. It also comes with a nifty pry bar that doubles as a bottle opener and screwdriver.

Buy Now $85