5 - The Samurai: Higonokami Knife
Rich in history, and beautiful in its simplicity. the Higonokami Knife is a Special knife. This friction folders design dates back to the late 19th century, and it's design has remained the same ever since. While not the most practical EDC knife on the list, it is lightweight and has a small form factor, making it very pocketable. The iconic design of the Higonokami knife makes it an instant classic, and a real conversation piece. This knife would be a welcome addition to any collection.
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4 - The Old Timer: Case Trapper
An American classic. W. R. Case & Sons have been making quality pocket knives for over a century. The company is now owned by Zippo, and continue their long held reputation for quality made cutlery. The Case Trapper G-10 Knife contains two surgical steel blades opening form the same side. A very classy and well loved design. you really can't go wrong with a trapper, absolute pure class.
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3 - The Icon: Openel Carbone No.8
Opinel France have been making this knife since 1890, and today sells approximately 15 million knives a year, most of which are wooden handled folding knives like the carbone No.8. In 1985 the Victoria and Albert Museum in London selected the Opinel as one of the 100 most beautiful products in the world, and was also selected as one of the 999 classic designs in Phaidon Design Classics, and has been exhibited by the New York's Museum of Modern Art as a design masterpiece. If you are looking for a design classic at a great price this beauty could be the one for you.
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2 - The Trusted helper: Victorinox Tinker
A well known classic. The Victorinox Tinker is a staple of modern pocket knives. Well known as the "Swiss Army Knife", the Tinker has a cult following, and brings up feelings of nostalgia for most of us. The set of tools you find on this little marvel will get you out of many sticky situations. The knife really transcends the gap between folding knife and multi tool. This is a knife you can carry in your pocket or on your keychain, and nobody will take offence at you carrying a knife. These knives can be found in stores almost anywhere in the world. and are a must have for any collection.
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1 - The Mechanic: Mercator K55K (Cat knife)
Our top pick for best classic folding knife, the Mercator K55K affectionately known as the cat knife. the K55K has been produced in germany since around 1865 and may be the oldest design on our list. The two main reasons it's made it to the top of our list is the lock back blade for safety, and the truly utilitarian design. Today the blade is available in both carbon steel and stainless steel. Still made in Solingen Germany, the quality and durability of these knives is legendary , and your mercator will last you a lifetime. It is the perfect size to slip into your pocket, while still offering comfortable and strong grip. a truly versatile knife, and a true classic.
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