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10 Best Modern Gentleman's Knives in 2022

Authored by:
Jonathan Tayag
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
10 Best Modern Gentleman's Knives in 2022

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When you think of a gentleman's knife, you probably picture something old-fashioned, like a knife you'd find in your grandfather's pocket. There's definitely something appealing about a knife with such a simple, classic style. But when it comes to adding one to your own EDC, you probably can't get past the fact that those knives rely on old, outdated technology.

Good news — modern gent's knives are a thing, and they embrace the design tenets and advanced materials you'd expect on a knife today. These include frame locks, flipper assists, and lightweight materials, to name a few.

And just like their traditional brethren, modern gent's knives aren't huge tactical folders that draw unwanted attention. They look sharp and sport cutting edge technology. Finding a knife that balances both advanced features and a refined, timeless style can be tough. We've laid out 10 solid options to get you started.

Benchmade 765 Mini Ti Monolock

Titanium collectors, the 765 is the modern gent's knife for you. Solid precision-machined titanium panels comprise the handle. This knife also features an open construction in the handle that makes it easy to clean and maintain. The 765 opens with a thumbstud, but its ball bearing assist makes that action easy to perform.

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Kershaw Showtime

Kershaw's Showtime is a beautiful knife that's ready for its closeup. It strikes a minimalist tone with a black oxide steel handle and black satin blade. That 3" blade opens in a flash via Kershaw's SpeedSafe assisted flipper opening. The knife weighs a tad below four ounces and carries deep in your pocket with its reversible clip.

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CRKT Crossbones

The CRKT Crossbones sports a slim and elegant profile with a light weight to match at 2.4 ounces. Its thin 3.5" AUS-8 blade is great for precision work like opening letters. Even with one hand, it's easy to use thanks to a flipper deployment made even smoother with IKBS ball bearings.


Spyderco Dice

The Dice is a favorite modern gent's knife for everyday carry, and it's easy to see why. With a 2.5" straight-edge blade, it's less aggressive than other Spyderco knives but still offers the best benefits of those designs. It has excellent ergonomics and easy one-handed flipper operation. It also has an attractive carbon fiber and G10 laminate scale design pattern on the handle.

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Boker Plus FR

This is a low-profile and elegant knife with a blade made of dependable VG-10 steel. The sub-3” blade melds into the clean lines of the handle when closed. Only the flipper sticks out, making it easy to find and use when needed. The blade's titanium construction makes it extremely light at just two ounces in weight. It also allows for a solid and reliable frame lock. The knife is available in bare titanium, but for added elegance, you can choose cocobolo wood, grippy G10, or carbon fiber panel embellishments.


Gerber Airfoil

True to its name, the Gerber Airfoil has a sleek and smooth design that's made to look like a wing. It has a lightweight aluminum handle and the entire knife weighs only 2.2 ounces. The deep pocket carry clip helps it stay low-profile in your pocket.

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Buck Nobleman

Buck is known for more traditional gent's knives, but their Nobleman is far from old-school. Where most Buck knives are nail nick lockbacks, the Nobleman is a modern frame lock with a thumbstud. It's a slim and elegant knife with smooth curves and a sub 3” drop-point blade. The handle is available in three options: stainless, titanium coating, and carbon fiber.

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Zero Tolerance 0452CF

If you're looking for a bigger modern gent's knife, this one fits the bill. Its large four inch blade gives you a superb cutting edge but it cuts down on bulk with its thin drop point profile. The ergonomics on this blade are top-notch, with a handle that makes it easy to get a firm grip. The flipper opening and KVT ball-bearing assist make it easy to deploy with a single hand as well. It sports gorgeous carbon fiber patterns on one side and titanium on the other, providing an attractive contrast in materials.

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SOG Arcitech

The SOG Arcitech features stunning Damascus blade steel and carbon fiber handles for a seriously modern look. SOG's take on this unique blade finish is a result of VG-10 steel and nickel folded together and then acid etched at the end. The blade is 3.5” long and opens with a thumbstud. SOG's arc-lock holds it in place when open, and it's rated to stand up to over 1000 pounds of force. If you prefer a more traditional look, the Arcitech is also available with a satin blade finish and a jigged bone handle.

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Chris Reeve Mnandi

A modern gent's knife list would not be complete without the Mnandi. The Mnandi is sleek and elegant. It's perfect for dressing up or adding a serious touch of class to a more casual ensemble. The Mnandi has a nail flick that makes opening this blade a two-handed affair. The frame lock and deep carry pocket clip adds modern creature comforts to the design. You can pick between five different types and shades of wood accents to make this knife your own.


What's your favorite modern gentleman's knife that's not on this list? Let us know in the comments below. And if a traditional gent's knife is more your style, don't miss our guide to classic gent's knives.

Jonathan Tayag

Senior Contributor

About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Reviewer
Bernard Capulong is an everyday carry (EDC) gear expert, entrepreneur, all-around nerd, and the founder and editor-in-chief of EverydayCarry.com—the largest online community for EDC gear enthusiasts. Since founding Everyday Carry in 2009, he’s built over a decade of experience in the industry, reviewing and highlighting brands and products, including pocket knives, flashlights, wallets, watches, bags, pens, and much more.

Bernard is known for bringing everyday carry out of obscurity and into the mainstream, having been published or featured in various publications such as GQ, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, VICE, HYPEBEAST, and many others. He has also played a part in curating, designing, and developing digital and physical products, resulting in successful crowdfunding projects or limited edition collaboration products with established softgoods brands. He stays on the pulse of the EDC industry by attending trade shows, participating in online interest communities, and actively engaging with fellow gear enthusiasts on social media.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief and main social media personality for EverydayCarry.com, Bernard is an avid gearhead and collector in general. His personal collections span technical bags, fountain pens, digital cameras, retro gaming hardware, personal hi-fi audio gear, and mechanical wristwatches, to name a few. Bernard Capulong is a prominent figure and trusted authority in the everyday carry industry with a career dedicated to helping people discover this hobby and stay prepared with quality gear.

Discussion (24 total)

Logan Corkey ·
I think the Boker Kwaiken should be in this list.
Shane ·
I think the CRK Sebenza would have been a solid contender to be on this list.
It's got classic graces that let it fall into the gents category but a tough construction so it can be used pretty hard.
Still a great article, good work.
Nate X ·
The CRKT Ripple (v1 or v2) should be on this list. Perfect gentleman's knife.
Matthew Otto ·
Thank you for including the mnandi in this list.
Will ·
My modern EDC gent's knife is the Spyderco Domino. Basically a longer version of that Dice.
TKsovereign ·
Man this was another outstanding article and I look forward to what others have to comment on as to their choices. My mind was expanded today and I'll be looking into a few of those listed. As it is, my gent's knife is a Klecker Cordovan Lite and it is a beautiful knife. I'd prefer a better steel (s30v) but the Victorinox 12C style steel isn't to shabby.
Kristof Batizy ·
How is the SPYDERCO Hungarian Folder not on this list? It is an absolutely well-balanced truly modern piece with a nod to the old school fejesgörbe. This category was made for this knife!
Chris ·
Not a big SOG guy but that Arcitech is sick
Rudd Milam ·
Another to consider is the Boker Panatela.
Nathaniel P ·
Lucky One by Cold Steel.

S35-VN steel, carbon fiber scales, pocket clip, only 0.8 oz.

Carry mine every day, absolutely love it.
Jamie Mahoney ·
Enzo PK70 - S30V - Carbon fiber beats most of the knives shown hear hands down.
David Dupont ·
Zero Tolerance 0452CF is one of my favorite! Good article BTW :)

Check out my favorites list: www.knivesandswords.siterubix.com/
AFDavis11 ·
Great article. Some very interesting examples.
Fern ·
I prefer my benchmade 940-1 carbon fiber sv 90 knife. Light, handsome, durable, sleek like a fine rolled cigar.
Fern ·
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Christopher Resch ·
The 0452 is way too big to be a gentlemans folder. Should have opted for the smaller 0450
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