A compact pocket knife isn’t necessarily a lightweight one, though this may seem like an odd concept. A lightweight knife usually weighs 4 ounces or less and is small all over.
A compact knife merely describes the overall size, and can often weigh more than you might expect.
Features of a Compact Knife
The biggest thing about a compact knife is ensuring the handle fits your grip. Struggling to hold the knife comfortably, or holding it awkwardly, can lead to hand fatigue, which is a leading cause of injury with knives. So while you want it small enough, make sure it’s large enough, too.
A textured handle can make it easier to grip the knife, and at these smaller sizes is worth consideration. G10 is a popular material to use, as it’s lightweight, and can be textured in a variety of ways, depending on what feels best to you.
Finally, a compact knife blade shouldn’t be more than 3 inches long, and usually less than 2.5. A standard pocket knife’s blade is 3 to 5 inches long, so if it is above 3 inches, it really can’t be classed as a compact.
Why Choose a Compact Pocket Knife
As there are some states that limit the knife blade to less than 2.5, this makes a compact knife perfect to carry across state lines. This allows you to keep an everyday carry on you when traveling.
The compact knife fits more comfortably in pockets, particularly those that already have an item like keys in them. Women, too, are more likely to choose a compact knife, as it fits their grip better, and their pockets or purses too.
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