Practical Carry Knives For Motorcyclists

Five ideal blades to pack along for the ride.

Don’t underestimate the value of a simple blade when you’re traveling the highways and byways on two wheels. It’ll come in handy for around the campfire as well as for on-road repairs.
Don’t underestimate the value of a simple blade when you’re traveling the highways and byways on two wheels. It’ll come in handy for around the campfire as well as for on-road repairs.LUM3N from Pixabay

A knife is one of those often-overlooked items riders should have with them at all times. They come in handy when chopping up some vittles at the campfire, and can prove to be invaluable on the road for a quick repair. With so many different carry blades on the market, we’ve done our homework to help pare the field for you and narrow the choices for an appropriate item.

Our selections don't showcase the world of multitools (we've covered some here; we'll mostly be talking about single-blade, folding knives designed to be pocket-carried. So upgrade that old Boy Scout folding knife you've had since you were a kid, and put something more useful in your pocket. If you don't already have a trusty daily carry knife, you'll be amazed at just how useful they are.

Kershaw Skyline Pocketknife

Kershaw Skyline Pocketknife
Thin, lightweight, and sharp is the way to go.Amazon

The Kershaw Skyline offers a high-performance stainless steel blade, fast deployment, and a secure locking system to boot. Sandvik 14C28N steel is one of the most reliable blade materials on the market, with an ability to hold sharp edges and a good resistance to corrosion. The blade itself is finished with an attractive stonewashed appearance to better hide smudges and fingerprints.

Aside from the Skyline’s rugged, finished blade, the knife also boasts fast deployment with a flick of the wrist, so it’s ready to go as soon as you need it. Kershaw also equipped the knife with a secure locking system that keeps the blade open without any worries of accidental closure while in use. The laminate composite materials used on the handle make for a very stable grip and light weight that promotes a better feel. Kershaw’s Skyline is a stylish and slim carry pocketknife that is engineered and built in Oregon by some of the most skilled knife makers in the country.

CRKT CEO Folding Pocketknife

CRKT CEO Folding Pocketknife
Ready for the office and beyond.Amazon

There really are knives for every occasion, and the CRKT CEO knife is one that proves just that. The CEO has been designed with a super-slim profile that can be worn inside a shirt pocket, making it easy to carry and very unassuming while you're doing so.

The high-quality, ergonomic knife can be easily stashed just about anywhere. Lubed ball bearings in the pivot reduce friction, and a slim thumb stud is used to release the blade with ease. Now, the CEO might come in handy around the office to open letters and such, but its high-end craftsmanship will prove to be helpful on the road as well. This folding knife isn’t some sort of gimmick—it’s a legitimate, extremely user-friendly option compared to much larger knives on the market.

Spyderco Para Military 2 G-10 Knife

Spyderco Para Military 2 G-10 Knife
A more aggressive and functional take on pocketknives.Amazon

Spyderco's Para Military 2 knife was originally released in 2010, and has since received some updates to keep it fresh. The addition of the G-10 handle makes is noticeably narrower, which results in a much stronger and comfortable grip.

The handle and blade have been given a thinner profile, which addresses unnecessary angles that were slight issues on the previous generation of the knife. It also features a trustworthy compression lock and a four-way clip that comfortably fits both right- and left-handed users. To increase the utility of the knife, its blade tip has been lengthened for a longer reach. Spyderco’s highly demanded knife design is now better than ever, and ready for everyday use and carry.

Benchmade Mini Griptilian 556 Folding Knife

Benchmade Mini Griptilian 556 Folding Knife
The same great knife, just a little smaller.Amazon

A good knife should be reliable, made with quality materials, and easy to use and carry. Luckily, Benchmade's Mini Griptilian hits all those marks. Its simplicity of design and function makes it an ideal knife for just about anything, so you'll enjoy keeping it handy on the bike as well as off.

The Mini Griptilian is just that—small, but it does prove itself against knives much larger and bulkier. The drop-point blade is constructed of American-made 154CM stainless steel, and can keep itself sharp and free of corrosion over the long run. The durable, ambidextrous Grivory handle allows for a firm grip, and the Axis locking mechanism promotes confident use at all times. Even though it’s a smaller knife than you might be used to, the Mini Griptilian will quickly prove to be one of your favorites.

SOG Tactical Escape Knife

SOG Tactical Escape Knife
A blade that could save your day.Amazon

When packing a knife for a road trip you'll want to think of all the everyday and emergency utility needs it'll need to handle along the way. SOG's tactical Escape knife not only features a blade you'll be able to use for mundane tasks, it also has a line/strap cutter, wire stripper, and glass breaker that can prove to be lifesavers in emergency situations.

SOG’s Escape knife has a one-hand opening mechanism and lockback that makes accessing and using the 3.4-inch blade a thing of ease. A handy clip allows the knife to be ultra discreet, if you’d like to pack it out of sight at times. The lightweight aluminum handle better allows the Escape to be comfortably stashed on places on the body or in a bag without hindering movement too.