You may or may not have guessed this, but I am a big fan of knives. 😀 I would love nothing more than to be able to pick which big knife to put on my belt after choosing what color shirt I to wear on any given day. Only problem is that most of my knives are illegal to wear on the street.

All except for my pocket knives. These I can (and do) wear with impunity anywhere and everywhere. Almost. I will admit to having had to surreptitiously “discard” a knife here or there because I forgot that I was wearing them. Until I see the great looming metal detector ahead… :/ Sadly I have lost more knives that way…

But today I thought I’d share a few pics of some cool looking knives I recently ran across. Nothing designer, like J. A. Harkins stuff, just some cool off the shelf Timber Wolf blades:

Tough Terrain Folder

Tough Terrain Folder

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Tavern Dweller

Tavern Dweller

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Now these I like simply because of the design contrast. Black pocket knives tend to be a minority. But I love them. And these, with nicely accented with red wood grips, are not particularly hard on the eyes.

Now me personally, I usually have 3 or 4 pocket knives that I carry around either with me, or nearby. I use them on a near daily basis, so I look for specific characteristics such as speed of operation, ease of one handed deployment, durability, and, of course, aesthetics, though the aesthetics criteria is a rather hit or mis affair. Today, the following three blades were on active rotation…

First:

Gerber Paraframe

Gerber Paraframe

This one usually ends up being my backup knife, for no good reason, save perhaps the fact that the design doesn’t really do anything for me. It seems too light in my hand. It opens fast though, so I guess that’s why I keep it around lol 🙂

Next up:

Kershaw Vapor

Kershaw Vapor

My second favorite carry knife. It usually swaps places with my favorite pocket knife for daily carry. Design is not bad, and it is a fairly quick, easy to open blade. It’s blade profile is not my favorite, I prefer a deep clip or westernized tanto point but It’s also got a nice balanced heft to it that I like, and is one of the more durable pocket knives I own.

Last, but certainly not least:

CRKT M16 10KZ

CRKT M16 10KZ

This folder from CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) is perhaps my favorite daily carry knife. Oddly enough, I like it more for it’s aesthetics than it’s actual functionality because, ironically, though this has more features, it is the hardest and slowest one to use… Go figure.

The CRKT has a unique secondary locking mechanism that requires you to push a little red button before you can depress the liner lock to can close this it. Very safe, but a serious pain in the neck to learn how to use. It took me a week to get the hang of it, and even then, if I switch over to one of my other pocket knives, it takes me a second to remember that I don’t have to perform that awkward step before I can close it.

But I will say that it is a very cool knife. The Tanto style point actually makes point work easier, and the serrated section comes in very handy for cutting heavier items. But ultimately it is the fact that it’s black and cool looking that makes it my favorite, rather than any specific functionality, which I berate myself about on a daily basis every time I have to disengage that freaky little locking mechanism…

Timber Wolf Pocket Knives – [True Swords]