Text and Photos by Tread Staff

Pocketknives to Fit Your Mission

Here at Tread, we know that swapping out your pocketknives every so often, especially when you have a particular task in mind, is definitely a prudent move. We know because we do it ourselves. As well rounded as a knife may be, not all knives can fill every role you need them for. If you know you’re headed out to the wilderness on an extended hike or maybe a longer overloading trip, you may opt for a stronger, thicker-bladed knife. If you’re working in the office, a smaller, discrete folder may be in order. Here we’ll take a look at a wide variety of pocketknives so you can find the best one to fit your needs—whether that’s for everyday use or for the adventure you’re going on. Each one is very capable, but only your mission will dictate which one you should choose.

Leatherman FREE K2

Leatherman FREE K2 pocketknives

Closed Length: 4.5 in.
Open Length: 8 in.
Blade Length: 3.3 in.
Blade Material: 420HC stainless
Handle Material: Synthetic
Weight: 4.9 oz.
MSRP: $80

Kershaw Barricade Pocketknives

Kershaw Barricade

Closed Length: 5 in.
Open Length: 8.5 in.
Blade Length: 3.5 in.
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon
Weight: 4.5 oz.
MSRP: $46

Zero Tolerance 0308 KVT  G10 Coyote

Zero Tolerance 0308 KVT G10 Coyote

Closed Length: 5.2 in.
Open Length: 8.9 in
Blade Length: 3.75 in.
Blade Material: CPM 20CV
Handle Material: G10 front/Ti back
Weight: 6.9 oz.
MSRP: $375

Spyderco Bombshell Pocketknives

Spyderco Bombshell pocketknives

Closed Length: 4.03 in.
Open Length: 7 in.
Blade Length: 2.98 in.
Blade Material: CPM 20CV
Handle Material: G10
Weight: 4.5 oz.
MSRP: $400

CRKT Parascale

CRKT Parascale

Closed Length: 4.68 in.
Open Length: 7.88 in.
Blade Length: 3.19 in.
Blade Material: D2
Handle Material: Glass-reinforced nylon
Weight: 5 oz.
MSRP: $130

Editor’s Note: A version of this pocketknives article first appeared in the September/October 2020 print issue of Tread Magazine. 

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