The thing about pocketknives is this. If you look in the right place, you can find high quality at almost every level. Here’s a round of excellent traditional pocketknives that range in price from $9.99 to $166.99.
Let’s start with a five knives you can get for under $100 each.
Rough Rider Brown Appaloosa Trapper – $9.99
Rough Rider is among the very best every day carry brands on the market. Their demand of high quality and craftsmanship from overseas partners yields some great quality knives. This Brown Appaloosa Trapper is among them. Its features include 440A stainless steel blades with reverse frosted master etch, brown “Appaloosa” smooth bone handles, brass pins and liners, nickel silver bolsters and custom appaloosa shield. It has a 3-1/8″ Clip point and Spey blades that are 1/16″ thick, and it’s 4-1/8″ closed.
Colt Buckshot Bone Trapper – $14.99
Though mostly known for high quality firearms, Colt has created some high quality pocketknives with its partners overseas. The Buckshot Bone Trapper is a beautifully made knife. Its features include 440A stainless steel blades with reverse frosted master blade etch, embellished nickel silver bolsters with the serpentine Colt “C”, Buckshot Bone handles, brass pins and liners, and a nickel silver “rampant colt” shield. The 3-1/8″ Clip point and Spey blades are 1/16″ thick, this trapper is 4-1/8″ closed.
Frost Steel Warrior Stag Handle Trapper – $44.99
The Steel Warrior line is being developed under direct supervision and guidance from Jim Frost. Jim is personally scrutinizing and approving factory samples throughout the developmental process. Each Steel Warrior blade has a label affixed to show the Rockwell test to 56-58, and its features include 440 stainless steel blades, Steel Warrior blade etch and tang stamp, genuine stag handles, brass pins, liners and color-filled shield, as well as a Nickel silver bolsters with black and nickel silver spacers. The clip point and spey blades are 3-1/4″ long and 1/16″ thick. This trapper is 4-1/8″ closed.
Hen & Rooster Small Sowbelly with Genuine Stage – $74.99
Made in Spain, this Hen & Rooster is definitely high quality. It features Solingen stainless steel blades, genuine stag handles, brass liners, antique brass shield, nickel silver pins and bolsters. The small clip point and spey blades are 1-3/4″ long, and the main blade is 2-1/2″ long. All blades are 1/16″ thick and this knife is 3-1/2″ closed.
Case Jigged Buffalo Horn Seahorse Whittler – $97.99
Coming in just under the $100 mark, Case’s Seahorse Whittler is a very popular pattern. This knife’s features include Tru-Sharp surgical steel blades, jigged buffalo horn handles, brass pins and liners, nickel silver bolsters and shield. The wharncliffe blade is 2-5/16″ long. The coping blade is 1-1/2″ long, and the pen blade is 1-7/16″ Pen blade The blades are 9/64″, 1/16″, and 1/16″ thick respectively. This knife is 4″ closed and made in the USA.
Two Traditional Pocketknives Over $100
Silver Stag Large Folder – $104.99
Just topping the $100 mark is the gem from Silver Stag. Because Silver Stag uses raw material to create their knives, no two are ever exactly alike. This knife’s features include D2 tool steel blade, a nail notch, genuine stag handles, brass pins and liners, and a 3-7/8″ blade that is 3/16″ thick. This knife is approximately 4-5/8″ closed and custom made in the USA.
Great Eastern Cutlery American Elk Lockback – $166.99
The GEC American Elk Lockback is an American-made work of art. Its features include a 3 1/2″ stainless steel, clip point blade that is 1/8″ thick, American elk handles, brass pins and liners, Nickel silver bolster and acorn shield, as well as a locking mechanism. This knife is 4-1/4″ closed.