Long lasting pocket knife

Chris Reeve has a reputation for adhering to extremely tight tolerances, meaning the blade is as perfectly centered in the handle as possible, giving the Sebenza its signature opening and closing. (The highest compliment you can bestow in the knife world is “Sebenza smooth.”)

Best folding pocket knife
Lifetime warranty

When you’re buying a Sebenza, you’re buying it for life: if anything ever feels off, just ship it back to them — all Chris Reeve knives are covered by a lifetime warranty that includes free tuning, cleaning, and sharpening.
Points to consider
Harder to open and close

This is a slow and deliberate knife: you’ll need to put more pressure on the thumb stud to budge it open, and the frame lock (which Chris Reeve invented with the Sebenza) takes two hands to push over as well. Although, surprisingly, that never bothered us. We loved the look and feel of the titanium handle so much, that it was still a pleasure to use.

At $385, there’s no denying this knife is an investment. But the Sebenza simply has an elegant minimalism that’s unparalleled. It won’t open boxes or cut fruit any better than our other top picks. If you’re looking for something that will simply get the job done, go for the Benchmade North Fork or Ontario Rat II instead. But if exquisite attention to detail and premium materials are your thing, the Sebenza is worth the upgrade. We found ourselves happily reaching for it over and over.

Budget Knife
Ontario Rat II
Ontario Rat II
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Inexpensive with great all-around performance
Comfortable and discreet
Fun to use
Lower quality materials
Limited warranty
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Why we chose it
Comfortable and discreet

The Ontario Rat II’s pocket clip is one of the least obtrusive we found, with a nice contour where your middle finger rests, so you never feel it digging into your hand. The clip is also adjustable to four different positions, a nifty option that we wish more knives offered. And because of its slim size, we hardly noticed the Rat II when it was clipped in our pockets.

Of the nine knives we tested under $50, the Rat II stuck out for its fluidly opening and closing. Most cheaper knives are a struggle in one area or another — you either have to put a lot of force on the thumb stud to pry it open, or the lock is so unresponsive that it requires both hands to close. The Rat II was satisfying to open and close with one hand, but it never felt too loose, either. It took just the right amount of pressure to get open, while never becoming a chore.
Ontario Rat 2 for Pocket Knife

This was one of the sharpest knives we tested right out of the box, slicing through paper in long, clean strokes. It handled rope and cardboard easily, too: where most budget knives took a lot of sawing to get all the way through, the Rat II cut through everything in one smooth motion. It’s a little more slender than most everyday carry knives, so we could see it struggling with some jobs — you might not want to hack off live tree branches, for instance — but for everyday use, it’s hard to imagine anything the Rat II couldn’t handle.
Points to consider
Lower quality materials