5 Features Common in Quality Lightweight Knives

Mar 12th 2019

With how much we carry every day, having a pocket knife that doesn’t weigh us down is important. The problem is that lightweight knives have a slightly different set of requirements, just like tactical or survival knives. A lightweight EDC assisted flipper knife is a set of features, and we’ll lay out a few more for you to review.

   1. Weight

While some makers will boast about the knives available under two ounces, those kinds may not be the sturdiest and can be difficult to use for more than one cut. A lightweight knife shouldn’t weigh too much but should have enough substance and size to be comfortable to use.

A lightweight knife shouldn’t be more than five ounces, and how light you go depends on your comfort levels. Just keep in mind that an everyday carry is meant to be used frequently, and your knife should be ergonomic enough for the jobs.

  2. Size

One of the first ways to keep a knife’s weight down is to limit the size of both handle and blade. The handle will vary from person to person, but make sure you can hold it with more than two fingers. Using a small knife for too long can cause cramps or fatigue which can lead to injury and accidents, so make sure the knife fits your grip.

The blade length will depend greatly on the length of the handle, but if you find a five-inch blade, that knife isn’t going to be lightweight. Two and a half to four inches is standard lightweight, though four-inch knives are on the rare side.

  3. Materials

Most of a knife’s weight that can be saved is in the handle, so check that the handle is made from a nice, lightweight material. G10, titanium, and aluminum are good choices as they’re sturdy enough to be used day after day while reducing the overall weight of the knife.

Saving on weight is often why someone buys a smaller knife blade. If this is what you want, consider a larger knife blade with a good quality steel. AUS-8 is an upper medium quality steel, and with proper cryo treatment can perform like a good quality steel. It’s also far more affordable than premium quality stainless steels.

   4. Opening Mechanism

You don’t want to focus so much on weight reduction that you can’t open your knife quickly and efficiently when necessary. Most people find that a flipper is easiest with a smaller knife, particularly for those with large hands.

Which you choose is a matter of preference, as opening mechanisms don’t add much to the weight of the knife, but can make all the difference when you need it.

  5. Purpose

What you’ll be using the knife for really determines what you need in that knife. If the knife is one that will rarely be used, a smaller knife works just fine. What you need most is less weight.

A knife that’s used daily will need to be sturdier, comfortable to use, and likely larger. You should then consider a knife made from better materials, perhaps one on the larger, heavier end of the lightweight spectrum.

Be sure to read the specifications if you decide to buy a lightweight EDC assisted flipper knife online.