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Preview – Unusual Suspects – Small Pocket Knives

As one wrinkly, green Jedi likes to say, “Size matters not.” But he’s wrong. Size does matter — just not always in the way you think. Similar to the debate surrounding caliber, pundits often say that the bigger the knife, the better. But as knife nuts know, there’s a task for every blade length.

Imagine you’re lost in the jungle with no supplies and no signs of help. Naturally, you’ll want to attack the dense foliage with a machete to make a fire and build a shelter. Now picture you going back to work stocking shelves at a grocery store. Suddenly, that same zombie-chopping blade seems like an expensive paperweight compared to your $1 box-cutter, no? It should always be the mission — not your level of testosterone — that dictates the size of your tool.
With that in mind, we set our sights on small pocket knives with blades shorter than 3 inches. Sure, they aren’t as badass as combat knives or as exotic as karambits, but these puppies are affordable EDC tools for civilians and off-duty warriors.

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Make: Columbia River Knife & Tool
Model: Delilah’s PECK
OAL: 4.25 inches
Blade Length: 1.75 inches
Blade Material: 420J2 stainless steel
Weight: 0.9 ounce
MSRP: $30
URL: www.crkt.com

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Make: Kershaw Knives
Model: Shuffle
OAL: 5.6 inches
Blade Length: 2.4 inches
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV stainless steel
Weight: 2.8 ounces
MSRP: $25
URL: kershaw.kaiusaltd.com

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Make: CampCo Inc.
Model: UZI Zaka Micro Rescue Knife
OAL: 6.25 inches
Blade Length: 2.5 inches
Blade Material: 420 stainless steel
Weight: 3.1 ounces
MSRP: $20
URL: www.uzi.com

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