Tactical folding knife are versatile and highly portable. Like a regular tactical knife, these knives can be used for emergency egresses and survival-escape-resistance-evasion tasks. They generally have a locking mechanism that keeps the blade firmly in its place and prevents it from closing on the users fingers when the knife is being used.
CRKTs Special Forces Big Dog Desert Combo Edge with Tan Tanto Blade
This tactical knife from Columbia River is available at low price. The 3.8-inch desert tan blade is made of 8CR14 stainless steel and has serrations at the bottom half of the blade. The folding system comes with an AutoLAWKS system. The hollow-ground blade comes with a desert tan that stays relatively long on the blade unless you use it a lot on a regular basis.
Weighing at around 5.3 ounces, the Big Dog Desert Combo Edge is definitely a heavyweight and may not make sense for everyday carry purposes. Nevertheless, it does a great job as a defensive and tactical weapon. On Amazon, it has 24 reviews out of which 18 are 5-star, four are 4-star, and one 3-star and 2-star review each.
Buck Pro Vantage Force Hunting Knife
Buck Pro Vantage Force is priced higher than the knife discussed above at low price, but the price can go up to medium as well. It has a blade length of 3.25 inches and a closed length of 4.37 inches.
The handle, which is made of G10, has a very detailed texture and design. Unlike the Desert Big Dog above, the pocket clip on the Pro Vantage Force conceals the entire knife in your pocket.
It sits very deep and at 4 ounces is quite easy to carry around too. Coated with black oxide, the spine of the stainless steel blade has a thumb rail with jimping for support.
The flipper of the blade also becomes a choil for protecting the finger when open. The folding knife has 17 reviews on Amazon with 11 5-star, three 4-stars, two 3-stars, and one 2-star review. According to one reviewer, the knife is Sharp enough to shave hair off your arm with.
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools VL-11 Vulcan, 3-1/2-Inch Straight Edge Folding Knife, Black TiNiSOG Vulcan, unlike the other two knives in this list,is not made in the United States. The 3.5-inch blade is made of Japanese VG10 stainless steel and has a recurve design that makes it great for slicing.
Its handle is made of Glass Reinforced Nylon or GRN, which adds to the durability of the knife. The pocket clip is place right on the hilt, giving the knife a very deep carry and concealing it well. It is priced at medium range, making it the costliest in this list. On Amazon, 10 out of the 12 reviews are 5-star reviews and there is one 4-star and 3-star review each.
Tactical folding knife are generally heavier, longer and larger than simple pocket folders, and they have a wider blade because they are designed to function in other ways too. Nevertheless, they are still a great blend between the carrying ability of a pocket folder and the functionality and resilience of a tactical knife.