Choosing a pocket knife for a woman is no different than choosing one for a man. The same considerations go into selecting the right everyday carry pocket knife no matter your gender.
Rather, the uses that the knife will be put to, the size of your hand, the steel involved, and kind of opening mechanism used are what’s important. We’ll break these down for those women who may not be familiar with everything.
Purpose of the Knife
Do you spend a lot of time camping or backpacking? Are you a first responder? Do you want it for self-defense?
Do you want a convenient way to cut strings or tags off? Maybe you just really like knives. Many features will overlap, but there are extras that can make all the difference.
A first responder will need a sturdier knife, perhaps one with extras like glass breakers or seat belt cutters. Someone who just wants a fun way to open boxes will have different parameters than the woman who is looking for an added layer of defense. Either way, you should have a good idea what the knife will be used for.
Manual folding knives require two hands to open and are a little slower. If you think you’ll need to open a knife quickly with only one hand, look for one with an assisted open.
There are assisted opens with thumb studs and flippers that can be opened with little effort. Flippers are ambidextrous, but if the knife only has thumb studs, check that you can open it with your dominant hand.
Always check the requirements of your state before purchase, as some will only allow a knife blade up to 2 inches. If you’re not in one of those states, we recommend a blade between 3 and 4 inches for best use and function.
You should ensure that the knife fits comfortably in your pocket and that you can grip the handle with all your fingers. There shouldn’t be too much handle hanging out the end, as that usually means the knife is too big.
This will be the condensed version of blade shapes, as it could easily be a post in itself, so we’ll just cover the basics. A drop point curves down gently to a strong tip and has a good belly for cutting and slicing. It doesn’t pierce materials very well, and the point isn’t as sharp as others, but it makes an excellent survival and outdoor knife.
Clip points have a mostly flat spine that drops into a cut out where it meets the tip. This one has a sharp point, and it pierces well, but the tip isn’t very strong, so this one is great for those with lighter tasks.
Spear points have the top and bottom edges curving to meet each other, though for pocket knives only one edge is sharp. They have strong points with nice, controllable tips, and are one of the most popular for survival knives, so outdoor types can appreciate this one.
Tanto knives have a relatively straight blade that angles sharply up to the tip, which is level with the spine. They are great for piercing hard materials and have little slicing capabilities. These are primarily for defense and are wickedly good in trained hands.
Unless you’re interested in learning how to sharpen a knife, we recommend AUS-8 steel or better. M390 and Elmax won’t require sharpening as often, but they do cost more.
Properly cryo treated AUS-8 steel holds an edge well, won’t wear out quickly, and won’t need sharpening on a daily basis. The best part is that it’s an affordable steel, and many quality knives are made from AUS-8.
Once you do find an everyday carry pocket knife for sale that you like, check the dealer and knife maker. A quick google search will tell you if they have a reputation for good quality knives or not, and it’s important to know before spending your hard earned dollars.