Which Pocket Knife is Best for Older Hands?

A pocketknife also known as a jackknife or a penknife is a foldable knife with one or more blades in it. A pocket knife that fits inside the handle also can still fit in a pocket. Carrying a knife has been a long-time tradition for men throughout history. The Romans’ invention of the folding pocket knife was a significant technological innovation in its day. The invention makes a knife safer to carry and easier to conceal. A pocket knife is useful for many tasks such as opening boxes and cutting rope or string. The simple folding blade design has evolved over time into several popular styles. However, not every model is suitable for older hands with reduced thumb strength or dexterity. Here I have discussed pocket knife models that are best for persons with older or arthritic hands.

Bradford Guardian 3

The Bradford Guardian3 has a compact fixed blade design for comfortable everyday carry. This fixed blade is made from M390, N690, and CPM-3V steels with quality heat treatment. Moreover, the knife has edges that are strong, sharp, and durable. Textured G-10 scales offer a reliable grip without being too scratchy. The Bradford Guardian3 can easily handle the heavy workload without excessive weight or bulk. Specifications of Bradford Guardian 3 are:

  • Blade Type: Guardian Series
  • Overall Length 7.0″
  • Blade Length 3.625″
  • Cutting Edge 3.5″
  • Blade Thickness 0.14″
  • Blade Material: Bohler M390
  • Weight 3.42 oz.
  • Sheath: Leather (tested), kydex
  • Knife Type: Fixed Blade

Benchmade Mini Griptilian

The Benchmade Mini Griptilian is the smaller version of Benchmade’s most classic knife design of all-time. This compact EDC knife is impeccable for smaller hands, or for someone who doesn’t want to draw unwanted attention while using their knife. This pocket knife model has tons of different blade styles and handles colors. Specifications of Benchmade Mini Griptilian are:

  • Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Blade length: 2.91 inches
  • Overall length: 6.78 inches
  • Closed length: 3.87 inches
  • Locking Mechanism: AXIS Lock
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV
  • Handle material: G-10
  • County of Origin: USA

Spyderco Para 3

The Spyderco Para 3 has a compression lock, and while it’s instinctual to close, and you can use a non-thumb finger, it’s not as effortless as with the Benchmade Axis lock. Spyderco Para 3 is a compact version of the spectacular Paramilitary 2 folding knife. Like its bigger brother, the Para 3 has the Compression Lock, textured G-10 scales, and a full-flat ground blade. Specifications of Spyderco Para 3 are:

  • Blade Length: 3.0″
  • Overall Length: 7.3″
  • Weight: 3.0 oz.
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression Lock
  • Deployment Mechanism: Thumb Hole
  • Country of Origin: USA

Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek

Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion is a budget-friendly pocket knife. It does everything that a pocket knife is supposed to do. This knife has been the most selling knife for years now. So it’s definitely worth a try. Specifications of Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek are:

  • Weight: 3.0 ounces
  • Blade length: 3.0 inches
  • Overall length: 7.0 inches
  • Closed length: 4.0 inches
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Blade material: Sandvik 14C28N
  • Handle material: Stainless steel
  • County of Origin: USA​

Buck 505RWS Knight Knife

The first traditional pocket knife that will make the top of the list is Buck Knight knife. This is a small blade knife which will fit in your pocket easily. Even a small knife would an understatement for people with big hands as it can easily disappear in your palm as well. Specification of Buck 505RWS are:

  • Weight: 7.5 oz.
  • Blade Length: 1.85 Inches
  • closed length: 2-3/4 inches
  • Overall Length: 4.5 Inches
  • Locking Mechanism: Nail Notch
  • Blade Material: Drop Point 420HC Steel Blade
  • Handle Material: Rosewood/Brass
  • County of Origin: USA

Bottom Line

There is no rule that says you can’t open your pocket knife with both hands. For older people sometimes it becomes very difficult to open a pocket knife with one hand regardless of the model. So better use both hand to open the knife and you can use your pointer or pointer and thumb to close the knife.

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