When it comes to pocket knives, we’ve all heard of the Swiss Army, Gerber, CRKT and Opinel options in the marketplace. They’re all great knives, but the best pocket knife brands out there are probably the brands that you’ve never heard of. This one is for all the top pocket knife brands you should know. The independents. The creatives. The larger pocket knife producers that don’t get enough credit. These are the 8 pocket knife brands you should know.


Dalibor Bergam Knives

If you spend any amount of time in the Instagram #customknives channel you’re bound to come across at least one Dalibor Bergam Knife. Dalibor Bergam is a 34-year-old Croatian that’s been making knives that no one can keep in stock since 2012. His construction and tools have been upgraded over the years, but his signature multi-color and patterned blades have remained the same. Consider this one-man shop the bladed tool equivalent of the Pagani group—incredibly expensive, incredibly well-made and incredibly ridiculous. Link


Case Knives

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives that have been passed down for generations. More importantly, Case makes one helluva bad ass folder. Long and slim. Multi-bladed or multi-tooled like a Swiss Army alternative. With or without assisted opening. Every Case XX pocket knife is built to last and designed to look good in pocket. Link


Benchmade Knife Company

Benchmade Knife Company has a rich history dating back over three decades, which is why they’re one of the great pocket knife brands on this list that you might have already heard of. What started as a desire to replace the cheap butterfly knives on the market has evolved into one of the most respected pocket knife brands. Whether you’re looking for something purpose built for the outdoors, the everday, the rescue, the tactical, the survival or the hunting, Benchmade Knife Company has a well-built, unique knife for you. Link


Burnside Knives

Founded by the former adidas Originals designer Rick Maderis and his wife Lyndsay, Burnside Knives creates “essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts and working professionals like yourself.” What that means to you is high-quality, high-performance knives made with with D2 and AUS-8 stainless steels, titanium pieces and a few different unique designs that are familiar but all together different. Link


Ontario Knife Company (OKC)

What started as a company built on manufacturing with a waterpower-run grindstone and sales via pushcart in the late 1800s has evolve into this, the Ontario Knife Company. OKC makes fixed blades, tools, cutlery, tactical and folding pocket knives that are robust, overbuilt and designed to tackle everything you could possibly throw at them. Whether you’re looking for an aluminum handle with rubberized grip in dark black camo, or an Italian liner-lock with a safety green handle, OKC is one of the good pocket knife brands. Link


Quiet Carry

Quiet Carry Pocket Knives are based on the same principles of durability, solid construction and refined aesthetics that make all their EDC tools so functional and approachable. When it comes to their knives, they excel because of their shorter blade lengths, lightweight construction, titanium frames and multiple finish options. Link


Serge Knives

Serge Pachenko is one man that strives to make unique, interesting knives that not only look good but are completely usable in everyday carry. While we certainly enjoy his unique Dog Tag and Coin Tag iterations of his designs, we’re particularly fond of his Bean Tanto designs. With a total length of 5″—2″ of which is blade—the antiqued copper and titanium setup utilizes a ball detent system to hold the blade open while also creating a pocket, non-locking folder that’s gorgeous and easy to carry. Link


Jalomo Handmade Knives

Eagle Knights / Pepe Jalomo / Jalomo Handmade Knives are all the monikers that the three decades plus with two and a half decades of SWAT experience knifemaker goes by. Whether you’re looking for a unique folder or a ferrier knife, you can bet your bottom dollar that Pepe Jalomo can create something functional, durable and unique that’s unlike anything else in your collection. You’re going to have to contact him directly via e-mail for your order, but his work is well worth the wait. Link


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