Pocket knives are very useful – they are small and convenient. However, just like other kitchen knives, these small knives can be potentially dangerous too.

If you are planning to own a pocket knife for many safe good reasons, such as a tool to use when camping, and if it is your first time owning one, here are some popular things you should know before purchasing just any pocket knife.

The Different Types of Pocket Knives

Everyday Carry (EDC) folding knives come in various types – single blade, multi-blade, multi-tools, and Swiss Army knives.

  • Single blade folding knife – This pocket knife is the most widely used EDC folding knife today. They come in various blade shapes and sizes. Most of these EDC folding knives are designed with a locking mechanism that helps reduce or prevent accidental cuts due to folding and unfolding of the knife’s blade back to its case.
  • Multi-blade folding pocket knife – This pocket knife is designed with different designs of knives, where one may have a straight cutting edge, while others have curved cutting edges. And because this type of pocket knife contains two to five differently designed small knives, they are very convenient to use.
  • Multi-tools and Swiss Army knife – This is an everyday option; it comes with different types of small knives and some other useful small tools such as scissors, screwdrivers, saw blade, and more.

The Different Types of Locking Mechanism

If you are planning to purchase a pocket folding knife, make sure that it is equipped with a well-added locking mechanism. Locking mechanism plays a huge role in terms of safe use of pocket knives, especially when you close a folding pocket knife.

Here are the main locking mechanisms on a pocket folding knife:

  • Liner Lock – the most common, where the liner lock engages when the pocket knife’s blade is pushed out from its case. The lock will snap in place, keeping the blade from snapping back to its case.
  • Frame Lock – it is similar to liner lock in terms of closing and opening; however, the frame lock will use its part to snap the tang, keeping the blade from snapping back to the case, as well as, keeping its blade loose when you unfold it.
  • Slipjoint– is the most classic type of locking mechanism on pocket knives, where it secures the blade in place. It is designed with tension from a spring or a flat bar that helps hold the blade in place.
  • Lockback – is the basic locking mechanism on pocket folding knives, where a locking arm is designed along the spine of the handle, which allows you to safely unfold the blade out of its case.

Find out which locking mechanism suits you best; you can read in detail about this at Wandering Privateer’s website.

Can a pocket knife be considered a weapon?

Despite its small size, pocket folding knives are potentially dangerous and can be considered as a weapon; which is why you need to check your area’s regulation about bringing pocket knives with you.

Final Thoughts

The size of the pocket folding knife does not matter, as long as, its blade is sharp enough to get you hurt; so, when you plan to purchase an EDC folding knife, make sure that you know which type of pocket knife is useful and which locking mechanism is the best.