If you’re looking for a knife that always cuts, you better have some serrations in it! There is a big debate about which is the best is it the fine Edge or the serrated Edge, well they’re both great, and it depends on your usage, if you’re an outdoor activities fan, like camping, hiking, or even fishing, the serrated edge is a great choice for you, and you’ll enjoy doing tasks like batoning, carving, Firemaking, rope cutting. Now if you’re reading this now it means you’re looking for a serrated edge knife, but not any knife, a Pocket knife, well I was in the same situation and I did some research about it, and I finally end up with a list of the Best Serrated Pocket Knife, this list is made based on the steel, ergonomics, quality of the handle, and of course the price, so If you wish to know more about it all you have to do is to enjoy reading this article.
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Best Serrated Pocket Knives
1. Spyderco Atlantic Salt
The Atlantic Salt from Spyderco, a complete serrated knife that comes with a 4.59″ H1 Stainless Steel that offers great corrosion resistance and great wear resistance, and holds an edge for long, it has a Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon handle that offers high strength and resistance, it has the nice and smooth opening system from Spyderco, and finally, the ergonomics are just great, it fits nicely in hand, it has an index choil and a thumb ramp for a study and comfort grip^.
In all, this knife is just perfect for all outdoor activities. It can also be used as an EDC. The serrated edge makes it suitable for all cutting tasks (especially cutting rope), so if you’re a camper, hunter or a fisherman, this knife is yours, it has high steel, excellent ergonomics and high quality in all.
2. Benchmade - Griptilian 551
My Second choice is the Griptilian 551 from Benchmade, Benchmade is very known for their perfect designs, and they made a great one again. The Griptilian 551 comes with a 3.45″ drop point blade made from the high-end 154CM STAINLESS STEEL. It offers great edge retention, and high corrosion resistance, and excellent toughness, this high-end steel combined with a well-designed handle made from glass-filled nylon, which gives more toughness and a great look! Now let’s talk ergonomics, the handle fits great in hand, it has a thump ramp for a sturdy and comfort grip, a blade guard in the top of the handle for safety, and finally a manual opening with AXIS Mechanisme that brings a smooth opening.
In all I wasn’t sure between the G551 or the Atlantic Salt, which one should be my first pick, at the end G551 end up my second choice for two reasons (well three if we count that the Atlantic Salt is full serrated and the G551 is semi-serrated), the price and the lack of index choil, other than that this knife is great, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful designed serrated pocket knife!.
3. Kershaw Leek
The Leek knife from Kershaw, I can’t recall how many times I recommended this knife, they combined simplicity with efficiency, the knife comes with a very great price, great quality and great performance, it has 3″ drop point blade made from the 14C28N STAINLESS STEEL, it has great corrosion resistance, great wear resistance and good edge retention, it comes with a stainless steel handle, an assisted opening system and a reversible pocket clip, for the ergonomics it’s good, fits nicely in hand, but it lacks the premium features like an index choil or a thumb ramp.
In all, this knife is simple, tough, very sharp and it’s semi serrated, a great choice for those looking for affordable knives with high-quality steel and average design, I highly recommend it!.
4. Spyderco Ladybug 3
Another Spyderco Knife, the Ladybug 3 the Hawkbill serrated edge edition, this knife is known for being so tough yet so light, it has a 1.88 inches blade made from H1 Stainless Steel that offers great corrosion resistance and wear resistance, comes with Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon handle that offers more strength to the knife, it has an index choil, a thumb ramp both offers great ergonomics to the knife, and let’s not forget the hawkbill shape, I personally find that the best shape for a serrated knife should be a hawkbill, it gives the knife more cutting power.
Now let’s go back to the knife, for me this is my top 1 choice if you’re looking for a small pocket knife, it’s so small and powerful, I highly recommend it!
5. Spyderco Tenacious
Now if you’re looking for a thick, heavy and sharp pocket knife with serrations, the Tenacious is your choice for sure! It comes with a 3.39″ black coated 8CR13MOV Stainless Steel blade, that offers great corrosion resistance and wear resistance and decent edge retention, plus of that, it has a nice designed handle made from G-10 adds more strength and resistance to the knife, it has a thumb ramp, a 4-way pocket clip for easy carry and finally, the opening/closing motion is so smooth.
I find this knife very fine in terms of ergonomics, it’s big, tick with a great grip, I would highly recommend it for EDC and daily tasks, but I must remind that the steel offers low edge retention, so you might end up sharpening your knife more often.
You might hear some negative opinions about a serrated edge, that yo should go for a fine edge, I’m here to tell you, there is nothing wrong with a serrated edge, in fact, it might be a better choice for you, because at the end it depends on your usage, a great usage for a serrated edge would be an outdoor usage (cutting rope, cutting boxes, batoning, making fire), beside the shape of the edge, make sure to choose de the right steel, some steels offer toughness over corrosion resistance others offer hardness and corrosion resistance, and finally, if you wish to acquire a pocket knife always check your local laws, I included a small serrated pocket knife in this list (the lady bug3) it’s completely legal in all states, other than this I hope I brought some help to your buying experience, and if you have any questions or opinion feel free to leave in the comments below.