Best Lightweight Pocket Knives
Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 11/29/2019
The last thing you want weighing down your pockets is your pocket knife. With advancements in materials and technology knives continue to get lighter and lighter. Whether you’re an avid ounce counter or just a guy looking for a sweet knife to carry every day, these lightweight folding knives are bound to amaze! Read on to find the best picks from brands like Spyderco, Benchmade, Kershaw, and more!
In addition to an overview of the specs and details of each knife, we will feature a review of each knife left by one of our beloved customers.
1. Benchmade Bugout
More and more it seems like the Benchmade Bugout is as close to perfect as a knife can get. There's a reason it makes our list of Best EDC Knives. It was designed with the ounce counter in mind. The knife has all the right parts and nothing extra to weigh it down. You might question its strength and capability considering it weighs a remarkably light 1.85 ounces, but we can assure you this knife outperforms its size. This knife features Grivory handle scales that provide both rigidity and structure to the knife without the need for full-sized liners. Bugout’s CPM-S30V blade and AXIS lock mechanism make this knife the gift that keeps on giving. Check out our comprehensive Bugout Review to see what makes it so great.
- 3.24" CPM-S30V Drop Point Blade
- Polymer Handle
- 1.85 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Efstratios D. says...
"I love this knife for EDC the light weight makes it feel like it isn't there until you need it."
2. Spyderco Para 3
The Para 3 Lightweight takes the concept of the original Para 3 to a whole new level. The popular Para 3 received the lightweight treatment this year with rigid, injection-molded FRN scales and linerless, open-backed construction. Available with a plain or serrated edge CTS-BD1N blade. The Para 3 makes our list of Best Spyderco Knives as a near perfect EDC, so check it out.
- 3.00" CTS-BD1N Clip Point Blade
- FRN Handle
- 2.40 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Jeff M. says...
“Perfect knife for my daily needs. Edge was even and sharp. Quality build. Action was very smooth out of the box, more so now since a little break in. Great ergos. Highly recommend.”
3. Ferrum Forge Lackey
The Ferrum Forge Lackey is a featherweight fixed blade built to outperform knives twice its size. It boasts a strong D2 steel full-tang blade with grippy G-10 handle scales. Lackey is a near perfect EDC fixed blade knife as it practically disappears when carried on a belt or in a pocket. It includes a kydex sheath for easy belt carry and amazing retention.
- 2.875" D2 Drop Point Blade
- G-10 Handle
- 2.35 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Nick M. says...
“Excellent knife for everyday carry. Sheath keepers easily fit thick belts. Handle is a little smaller than I'd expected, but nothing a small 550 cord weave couldn't fix. D2 steel has been around for ages because it works, great edge retention. Overall a well priced small fixed blade.”
4. Kershaw Launch 4
Automatic knives have a few extra parts that give them that satisfying snap we all love. Unfortunately, those parts also contribute to the overall weight of the knife itself. Thanks in part to its size, the Kershaw Launch 4 is a great lightweight automatic folding knife made from some of the best ounce shedding materials. This CA legal, push-button auto features a 6061-T6 aluminum handle, a CPM-154 steel blade, and an aluminum pocket clip. Be sure to check out our comprehensive Kershaw Launch 4 review.
- 1.90" CPM-145 Spear Point Blade
- 6061-T6 Aluminum Handle
- 1.98 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Ariel F. says...
"Love this knife. Super clean lines and fun to carry. The small blade packs a punch. It is smaller than I anticipated.. but a good addition to my collection. I am happy with it.”
5. Zero Tolerance 0450
A list of best lightweight pocket knives wouldn’t be complete without a ZT 0450. This knife is crazy light! Its titanium frame and carbon fiber scale give make this knife considerably lighter than similarly sized knives. The 0450 features a razor-sharp CPM-S35VN drop point blade and a KVT ball-bearing pivot. This award-winning folder is a must have for any knife collection worth its weight in salt. And let’s not fail to mention it’s a design from the always exciting and inspired Dmitry Sinkevich. Check out our comprehensive ZT 0450 Review to see what makes it so great.
- 3.25" CPM-S35VN Drop Point Blade
- Carbon Fiber, Titanium Handle
- 2.45 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Jon H. says...
“I can't say enough about this awesome little knife. The KVT ball bearing pivot is as smooth as silk. Flips with VERY little effort. Locks up like a vault. The S35 blade holds an edge for a long time and sharpens up easily. Great knife for edc and light camp chores. Thanks ZT for a great knife.”
6. CRKT Pilar
This Jesper Voxnaes designed frame lock folder is short, stout and light. The CRKT Pilar is a minimalist folding knife designed to maximize utility and minimize its footprint. This knife features a stainless-steel frame with an 8Cr13MoV blade. In all its variations and styles, the Pilar weighs in around four ounces. From time to time, you can find it with a carbon fiber, G-10 or micarta handle scale. And of course, check out our CRKT Pilar Review.
- 2.40" 8Cr13MoV Sheepsfoot Blade
- Stainless Steel Handle
- 4.20 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Craig B. says...
“I love the Pilar! This knife feels like it was made for me. Great ergonomics makes it fit my hand perfectly. Great blade shape and built like a tank, makes this the perfect knife for my EDC. Great build quality, perfect blade centering and zero blade play. I highly recommend this knife.”
7. Boker Kompakt
New to 2019 is the Boker Plus Kompakt. This California legal auto is built to save space and weight while maintaining the snappy feel we have come to love from other Boker automatics. This knife features a lightweight aluminum handle and deep carry pocket clip. Its drop point, AUS-8 blade measures in at just under 2”. If you’re looking for the next best affordable auto since the Kalashnikov, this knife is the one for you!
- 1.875" AUS-8 Drop Point Blade
- Aluminum Handle
- 2.11 oz. Weight
- Made in China
William N. says...
“Boker consistently does it right - fit, finish & action are just superb. Factor in the very affordable price & one just can't go wrong. Deep carry clip & small size lend this knife to carry at church & other social events where I want conceability.”
Though not all the knives on this list will be perfect for everyone, they are a good starting point for what to look for when seeking a lightweight knife. Whether you are looking for a knife that won’t weigh down your pack during your next 50-mile hike or a discrete choice for everyday carry at the office, these lightweight knives won’t disappoint! To browse a broader list of great pocket knives be sure to check out our Best Pocket Knives article, or our Best Pocket Knife Brands article.
Keep in mind that these are just seven recommendations from our huge selection of lightweight knives. Once you've found your perfect lightweight knife, leave a review and tell us why it's the best! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for all your knife updates.
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