If you’re in the market for the best folding knife, there are a t least a couple of considerations before you choose one. Of course it should go without saying that the knife should be a quality instrument. A higher quality knife will provide you with more years of service, be better at maintaining an edge, and just all around be a better knife.
The first consideration is how you are going to use this knife. Will you want to carry it with you daily, and use it often, or will it be relegated to the tackle box, the backpack or the bug out bag. So weight may be an issue, as well as size. A pocket knife, or a belt knife should be light enough and small enough in size so as to not weigh you down or find it a nuisance to carry. It is surprising how something as heavy as just a few ounces can become when you have to carry it around constantly. Add to that that carrying a heavy knife in a pocket will wear out the pocket faster. It isn’t as noticeable on the belt, but a knife that weighs in at anywhere near even one pound can become a serious burden. If it will be kept in the tackle box or bug out bag it isn’t so much an issue, because you won’t carry it everywhere, all the time. Size may not be as much of an issue if you carry it on your belt either, but it can become annoying in a pocket. Especially with other items, such as keys, and cash or coin.
Another concern is how it will be used. Will it be a work knife? Will it be an all around, use it for everything, knife. A knife that takes an edge well and maintains it well is crucial. A dull knife is worse than just difficult to use, it can be downright dangerous.
You may have other ideas of what you need or want in a knife. Some stand by the old Barlow pocket knife. I prefer a lock blade myself. I like mine to be no larger than about about 5″ when open. I use mine for general purposes. It weighs about 7-8 ounces, and I hardly notice it in my pocket. I prefer a larger, heavier knife for work, or for the field. And, as for the tackle box, I usually have at least a couple knifes in there, both folders and non folders so I’m not real particular there.
The best answer is to purchase more than one knife. One for each purpose. And it doesn’t hurt to have a back-up. Just in case. You never know when one will disappear or break. Choose them well and they will serve you well.