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Survival / April 16, 2017

This week in gear: 4 pocket-worthy knives

Written by: Stewart Moore

For most of people, the phrase “pocket knife” calls to mind the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. But while these pill-shaped red gadgets are near-ubiquitous features of childhood adventure, they’re actually pretty crappy knives.

So this week, we scoured the market for pocket-sized knifes that are actually worth carrying. These four made the cut.


The Williams Stono

Best known in culinary circles for his award-winning Edisto oyster knife, knifemaker Chris Williams has delivered an elegant and practical hand-made fishing knife with the Stono.

Six inches long with a 2.75″ blade, the Stono is small but tough enough to handle full days on the water. Complete with a leather sheath, the Stono attaches easily to a belt or vest for quick access. Choose the wood, trim, and pins for your knife to suit your aesthetic.

The Stono sells online for $325.


The Trango Piranha

No, a climbing knife isn’t just for cutting the rope on your partner. Climbers often need to trim cordelette for an anchor, and may need to cut clothes or gear in case of an emergency. Trango’s Piranha Knife is designed for those situations.

The Pirahna weighs just 20 grams (almost nothing) and opens with one hand. The knife locks closed when clipped to a carabiner, so users carry no risk of accidentally cutting the rope. Oh… and it doubles as a beer opener.

The Piranha Knife sells online for $19.95.


The SOG SlimJim

True to its name, the SlimJim is one of the thinnest folding knives on the market. Available in a fully blacked-out finish, the knife is 7.4″ long overall with a 3.18″ blade that is only .08″ thick.

The 2.4oz SlimJim also features a reversible clip, allowing righties and lefties to handle the knife with precision and comfort. The SlimJim is backed by a lifetime warranty and sells online for $73.


Coast DX330

Designed for EDC, Coast’s DX330 features a 3.25″ blade and a double lock safety to prevent the knife from closing when you’re using it.

Dual thumb studs allow you to open the blade with one hand, and the integrated seatbelt cutter and glass-breaker spike makes for a great safety knife to keep in the car. The DX330 weighs 4.2oz and is 8.1″ when open.

Coast’s DX330 sells online for $33.

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about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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