The 4 Best Pocket Knives in 2016

Pocket knives are so popular because they are collector items. Other reasons are: They are useful, portable, made of steel, helpful in self defense, a powerful tool in a small package, and made of interesting handle materials. In our opinion, the best pocket knives in 2016 are these. Our selection is based on popularity with our customers, and our own opinion on the quality put into these beautiful knives. In alphabetical order, they are:

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The Boker Magnum King Barlow 01MB559DAM is styled after the antique barlow knives made in the 1600’s in England. This design of a subtle teardrop shape fits well into the hand. Like all barlows, it is 3 3/8″ closed, and has an over-sized bolster. The burl wood scales (handle) add much character. The pinnacle of its beauty is the genuine damascus blade. It also has a lockback mechanism. This is a safety feature not found on the original barlow knives.

110b.jpg Buck Folding Hunter Lockback Knife 110

By far, the pocket knives of all pocket knives is the Buck 110 Folding Hunter Lockback. Its size, weight, composition, extra sharp stainless steel blade, and wooden handle with stainless steel bolsters make it the king of pocket knives. When someone asks for a Buck knife, this is the one they are referring to.  USA-Made.

zippo clone Case Executive Lockback 7200

Case has been making pocket knives by hand since 1889. Located in the woods of Pennsylvania, they take pride in the hand-made tradition. The 7200 Executive Lockback is the top seller. People like it because it is the right size and shape for a man’s pocket. There are no sharp edges on the handle to cut into your pocket. The stainless steel blade comes super sharp, and it is easy to keep sharp your whole life. USA-Made.

1620-engraved-camo-scallion-smooth Kershaw “Scallion” Knife, Camo 1620

The classy Kershaw Scallion Camo 1620 knife satisfies both the camo lovers and the knife collectors. The patented Speedsafe opening mechanism makes it fun to open with one hand. No worry, there is a tip safety lock to prevent accidental opening. A removable pocket clip makes this knife a real keeper. USA-Made.

The History of Buck Knives

110 Buck Folding Hunter Lockback
110 Buck Folding Hunter Lockback

Buck Knives go way back to 1902. The inventor, Hoyt Buck, from Kansas, started out as an apprentice blacksmith. He got obsessed with finding a way to temper steel so that it could be made into a better knife blade. A blade that would hold a sharp edge longer than previous blades. He started making custom Buck knives in 1902 out of old file blades. In 1945 he and his wife moved to San Diego. There, his son Al Buck started a partnership with him to produce Buck knives. The company was called H. H. Buck and Son.  After Hoyt died, Al  decided to incorporate, and started Buck Knives, Inc. in 1961. The most famous offspring of this important knife company was made in 1964–the Buck Folding Hunter model 110. We celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. This wood handled lockback knife is the pocket knife that is synonymous with the Buck company. If someone says Buck Knife, this is the knife they are referring to. It is often imitated by other knife companies.

Today, in 2016, the 3rd and 4th generation of the Buck family are involved in the successful business. CJ Buck is the president and CEO today (and since 1999), and is the grandson of Al Buck. He took over in 1999 from his dad, Chuck Buck, who later died in 2015.

The secret to the sharpness of a Buck knife lies in the heat treating process that Paul Bos developed in 1956. It is a process of heating then freezing, then re-heating of the steel. Paul retired in 2010 from Buck, but the process is still used. Bos received the Blade Magazine Industry Achievement Award in 2007 for his involvement in heat treating technology.

Hoyt Buck about 1948.
Hoyt Buck about 1948.

Do You Have One of These 3 Best-Selling Buck Knives?

The 3 all-time best selling of the Buck Knives are right here….

  • Camo is more than a design; it’s a lifestyle. People in all walks of life like to own some items adorned in a camouflage design. Hat, flashlights, backpacks, and knives are the best examples. The Buck Bantam BBW Camo Lockback earned its position because of its pattern and its brand name “Buck Knives“.

    Buck Bantam BBW Camo Lockback 284CM
    Buck Bantam BBW Camo Lockback 284CM
  • Every man like an EDC (every day carry) knife that fits easily in his pocket, and lays flat. The Buck Nobleman has been a favorite in that category for a long time.
    buck nobleman knife Buck Nobleman Linerlock Knife 327


  • For over 50 years, the Buck 110 Folding Hunter Lockback Knife has been the idol of all knives. It features a large 4 7/8″ length when closed, a fine wooden handle with metal bolsters. Also a high grade 420HC steel blade. To top it off, it comes with a genuine leather sheath. What more could you ask for?110b.jpg Buck Folding Hunter Lockback Knife 110

No wonder Buck is the first and last name in American knives.