I'm looking for a small or mini knife for when I don't have a normal sized knife with me. I don't need it for self-defense, but just for cutting things in normal day usage.

What features should I look for in a very small/mini knife?

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    I still doubt that "normal day usage", "cutting things" and explicitly not fighting is detailed enough to give a targeted and characteristics based answer to "which one is better[?]" - lets see what the "knife-experts" have to say about it though.
    – imsodin
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 12:01
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    Lets continue this in chat: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/68532/…
    – imsodin
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 12:28
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    Why choose that style over a convention folding pocket knife? Those two are very similar both would be suitable for mundane everyday "opening a box" type of tasks. Both are similar chromoly steel. Both come with a kydex sheath. Personally i would still rather carry a folding pocket knife that a mini blade such as those in a sheath. If your set on that type of blade you might also check out the 5.11 "wharn for duty". similar blade profile in a folder.
    – Nate W
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 20:57
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    what is a normal size knife, and what is a mini knife, and how is it different from a folding knife?
    – njzk2
    Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 6:07
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    @njzk2 mainly I meant a small fixed blade knife that can be fit in pocket, you can search something like SOG Snarl and you'll know what I'm meaning Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 7:45

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While I'm unsure on what exactly is a small/mini knife for you I'm going to propose something nonetheless:

Get a Swiss Army Knife.

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They come in all kinds of different sizes, so you should be able to find one that fits your idea of what a 'mini' knife is.

Furthermore you can pick among countless different models with all kinds of extras. You can thus tailor the knife exactly to what 'normal day usage' means for you - e.g. look through the range of models here for a version that is equipped with the tools that you think will come in handy.

As an example: some tools that I have found very useful in the past in an 'every day' setup: cork screw, cap opener, can opener, toothpick tweezers, scissors, various screwdrivers, awl, ...


It needs a handle that can be securely held by the size hand of the user.The blade won't be useful if one can't keep hold well enough. Also since it is small it will be easier to cut with it if it is very sharp.That way less leverage is required.

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