Best Utility Pocket Knives of 2021: Outdoor Gear Guide

Best Utility Pocket Knives of 2021: Outdoor Gear Guide

Every man needs a versatile tool like a utility knife in his everyday carry (EDC). A utility knife is extremely handy for tasks like cutting open packages, working on crafts, and the like. It’s also safer to use than a standard knife, which will only get dull after prolonged use, anyway. If you’re doing “dirty work”, you’ll need a durable, pocket-friendly knife that’s ideal for these kinds of tasks.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some kick-ass utility knife options and multi-tools that you can keep in your pocket, or clip onto a carabiner clip keychain.

Are utility knives even legal?

In the U.S., it is legal to carry multi-tools like Swiss Army knives and utility knives, given that the blade isn’t longer than 2.5 inches. You can carry it anywhere, however, you can’t bring it on board an aircraft and onto a military base, unless you’re a member of the military. State laws on the possession of utility knives vary by state, so it’s best to check your state laws to make sure you don’t get in trouble.

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What is a utility knife, anyway?

A utility knife is a tool that can slip inside your pocket. When you need to work, you can easily take it out without the risk of cutting your skin. Unlike a kitchen knife, a pocket-sized utility knife is convenient to keep. You can clip it onto keychain accessories to consolidate your essentials, like your flashlight, lighter, front pocket wallet, and so on.

What are the best utility knives to buy in 2021?

In the market for a pocket knife? Keep reading to know which knives have made it to our top picks:

#1 Craftsman Utility Knife With Retractable Blade

Don’t you hate it when your knife retracts in your bag without you knowing? We know, it’s unlikely to happen, but it’s better to be sure that your knife won’t retract without warning. The blade of Craftsman’s knife is locked in, making it absolutely safe to store in your bag. That way, your knife won’t scratch your essentials like your keys and front pocket wallet. It comes in a pack of two, perfect for professional crafters, hikers, and the like.

#2 Slice 10515 Mini Box Cutter

Utility knives are safe, but the Slice 10515 Mini Box Cutter takes safety to the extreme. It features a finger-friendly, magnetic design that can stick onto metallic surfaces like a metal front pocket wallet. Its ceramic blade is rust-resistant and sharper than steel, allowing you to use it for years without wear and tear. When the knife is “unlocked”, the blade sticks out ¼ of an inch, making it ideal for cutting packaging.

#3 Klein Tools 44135 Folding Utility Knife

For a knife that’ll get you through anything, look no further than Klein Tools’ 44135 Folding Utility Knife. This knife is extremely durable, and its grip is ergonomically designed to make exact cuts. Its blade can be locked into position so that doesn’t pose a risk, and unlocking it takes less than a second. The downside is that you will need to use two hands to open it.

#4 Trayvax Trek Field Knife

Every adventurer’s pocket should contain the Trayvax Trek Field Knife. Crafted from CNC-machined stainless steel, the Trek Field Knife is the kind of knife you’ll want to take on week-long hiking trips. While it isn’t the kind of knife you can keep in your pocket when you’re running errands (because it has a 3.5-inch blade), it is a knife that’ll make you feel like Bear Grylls in the great outdoors.


So, if you’re going camping, do yourself a favor and keep this knife in your pocket. Thanks to its skeletonized frame, you stay organized and clip it to keychain accessories like the Link Stretch Lanyard. It is incredibly durable, but best of all, it’s wrapped in Horween leather so you can carry it in style.

Why do you need to keep a pocket knife?

A pocket knife takes the place of all of the kitchen knives, scissors, etc. that you’d need during hiking and camping trips. That way, you no longer need to carry things that were designed for specific tasks, like how kitchen knives are (obviously) for food. In other words, you’ll be able to “combine” your tools into one multi-tool that can do it all. Plus, in case you find yourself in an adverse situation, a pocket knife can save your life.


Aside from a pocket knife, you should consider carrying other kinds of EDC like keychain accessories, carabiner clips, and so on. With Trayvax’s EDC, you’ll always be ready for what life throws at you. Start by browsing our wide selection of tactical gear today. 

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