There’s a certain type of guy out there who wonders why men should even carry a pocket knife these days. But all it takes is adding the right knife to your everyday carry for a week or two to realize just how useful the right knife can be. From cutting fruit to opening boxes to cutting off that loose thread hanging from your shirt.

Whether you’re wondering what the best pocket knives are (even for the guys who think they don’t need a pocket knife) or looking for the perfect EDC knife that won’t break the bank, you’ll find it here, from multi-tools to fixed blades to teeny folding knives.

Welcome to Cool Material’s comprehensive guide to all things pocket knives.


The 10 Top Pocket Knife Brands Every Guy Should Know

There are certain pocket knife brands out there that scream quality. These are the 10 brands to know, and which knives from those companies you should own.

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The 10 Best EDC Pocket Knives Under $30

The right EDC pocket knife doesn't have to be pricey. These are the best EDC knives under $30 that you'll actually want to carry around every day.

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The Complete Guide to Pocket Knife Blade Shapes

Serrated, drop point, pen knife. What does it all mean? Fear not, because we've put together an in-depth guide with explanations on pocket knife blade terminology.

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8 Pricey Pocket Knives Worth the Investment

If you're looking for an investment knife that will last through generations of hard use, these are the ones to buy.

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14 Pocket Knives for the Guy Who Doesn’t Carry Pocket Knives

Looking for a starter pocket knife? You've come to the right place. These are the 14 of the best pocket knives for the EDC novice. From multi-tool pocket knives to razor-sharp beasts, this is the ultimate entry-level pocket knife guide.

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Worth The Hype: The James Brand Elko Knife

The James Brand makes knives that are equal parts utilitarian and aesthetic. You can't go wrong with the Elko, one of the brand's best sellers.

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What’s the Deal with Damascus Steel?

You might've heard the term thrown around but what exactly is Damascus steel? This beautiful, swirling pattern dates back hundreds of years and is only now becoming in vogue among pocket knife enthusiasts. Here's the history of the style and the best modern makers of Damascus steel pocket knives.

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6 Multi-tool Knives That are Just as Good as Swiss Army Knives

Everyone knows the Victorinox Swiss Army knife, even people who aren't into knives. These multi-tools are just as high of quality when you need to get the job done (regardless of what that job is).

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How to Sharpen a Pocket Knife

It's tedious work, but sharpening your pocket knife is essential for blade safety. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to sharpen a pocket knife with all the tools you'll need to get a razor-sharp blade.

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The Spyderco Knives You Need for Your EDC Setup

Spyderco is as close to a household name in the pocket knife world as you can get. If you don't know, now you know. Here are several of the best offerings from this beloved pocket knife brand spanning entry-level to top-tier choices.

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Are Butterfly Knives Illegal?

There is a rich history surrounding butterfly knives or balisongs, a type of folding pocket knife that originated in the Philippines. But, are they actually legal?

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The Complete Guide to Opinel Numbers

Opinel makes some of the most cherished pocket knives around. From entry-level options to expert knives, there's an artfully made blade for everyone. Here's where to get started on all things Opinel.

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