For what good is a great knife if you don’t have it when you need it. And you will agree that a keychain knife may not be the best knife for every situation, but it certainly won’t be the wrong one either.
A keychain knife should have these characteristics – small and light enough that you’d not mind carrying it everywhere; the hard for all-around cutting; and design that makes for tactical function, good ergonomics, easy deployment and secure storage.
The following key chain knives made the grade to this review, so let’s see pick the best from among them.
1. Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Tanto Tactical Folder Knife review
Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Tanto Tactical Folder Knife weighs around 1.09 ounces.
The blade is 0.1-inch thick and is made of AUS 8A stainless steel, with the Tanto tip making the 2-inch blade stronger than other blade shapes.
The G10-laminate handle is longer at 2.375 inches than the knife blade, and angled with a nice contour that results to a grippy but comfortable hold.
This is an ambidextrous knife, with a thumb stud for deployment and a Tri-Ad lock for securing the knife.
Releasing the blade is not quite a one-hand or easy-flick operation; you may need both hands to do it because the release it is difficult to find and a little stiff, but when opened, there is definitely no blade play, according to customer reviews on Amazon.
AUS 8A is not a very hard kind of steel and, though sharp initially, does not hold the edge very long, according to customer reviews on Amazon.
Overall, this Cold Steel mini knife is small and light, but feels comfortable and hefty to the hand, one customer reviewer on Amazon noted.
2. Peck Razor review
The Peck Razor knife barely weighs 1 ounce, and measures 2.625 inches when closed.
The 0.1-inch thick 420J2 stainless steel blade is designed with the Wharncliffe shape.
The knife looks so sleek with its homogeneous stainless steel from handle to blade, and a shape that is great for cutting and opening packages.
The tip though is weak due to the Wharncliffe design, and can be fragile when used as level to pry cans, according to reviewers on Amazon. So be mindful of this and the purpose for which you’re buying a knife.
One-hand deployment and lock up are executed using a thumb stud and frame lock. There is a noticeable blade play when deployed, according to reviewers on Amazon about this good keychain knife.
3. Kershaw Chive 1600 review
The Kershaw Chive 1600 comes in at a higher price range than the other two listed above. The length of this Kershaw knife when closed is 2.9 inches, with a blade that measures 1.94 inches and 0.09 inch thick.
The blade material is high-carbon 420HC stainless steel, while the handle is 410 fashioned out of stainless steel.
Speed Safe mechanism allows for ambidextrous, smooth and secure blade deployment and lock-up.
At 1.9 ounces, the Chive 1600 knife weighs heavier than the two other folders.
What is the best keychain knife on the market?
Kershaw’s Chive 1600 may be more expensive than the other two, and the mini folder weights more at 1.9 ounces than the other two. Despite the weight, customer reviewers on Amazon note that it is still very light and is quite easy-carry. So the difference in less than an ounce will not count significantly against Chive 1600.
The blade material of the Chive is 420HC stainless steel that is highly carbonized. This will lend the knife its hardness and edge retention that are lacking in the two other knives.
Deployment and lock-up are impressive, too, according to customer reviewers on Amazon. Don’t let the price put you off; a high-quality knife will serve you longer and will be cost-effective in the long run.