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10 Easy Pieces: Pocket Knives for the Gardener


10 Easy Pieces: Pocket Knives for the Gardener

November 15, 2016

If you need to cut a stem on the go, a pocket knife is your best friend. Good for foraging (with permission), making precise cuts to a flower’s stem, and tearing through knotted twine, here are our 10 favorites.

Robert Herder Lierenaar Folding Knife

Above: The Robert Kerder Liernenaar Folding Knife is made by hand in West Germany from beech and carbon steel. Liernenaar knives—the company says—are the same kind the 18th-century farmer would carry for cutting bread, scraping the hooves of horses, and chipping bark off a tree. This one is $57 at Hand-Eye Supply.

Jacob Brommwell Traditional Pocket Knife

Above: The Jacob Bromwell Traditional Folding Knife is an American-made knife in carbon steel and walnut; $124 from Jacob Bromwell.

Pallares Solsona Bone Pocket Knife

Above: The Pallares Solsona Folding Bone Knife (bottom) is a carbon steel and bone pocket knife I can vouch for (I was given one a few years back, and it holds up great); $159 at March.

Joseph Rodgers General Purpose Lock Knife

Above: The General Purpose Lock Knife is the kind of heavy-duty knife that means business in the garden. It’s made by Joseph Rodgers of high carbon stainless steel and has a locking feature; $53.95 at Kaufmann-Mercantile.

Opinel Folding Wood Pocket Knife

Above: The French Opinel Pocket Knife is a good standard with a beech handle, stainless blade, and priced right at $38 CAD ($28 USD). Available at Hold General Store in Vancouver.

Rosewood Flower Knife

Above: The Rosewood Flower Knife is made for pruning and cutting flowers with a short, angled blade, and African rosewood handle; $39 at Kaufmann Mercantile.

British Army Pocket Knife

Above: The British Army Knife is the closest on our list to a multi-function knife with a blade, bottle opener, and screwdriver. Made of stainless steel for £34 ($42 USD) at Labour & Wait.

Joseph Rodgers Pocket Knife

Above: Another Joseph Rodgers knife (see the General Purpose Lock Knife above), the British-Made Pocket Knife in English oak is £39 ($49 USD) at The Future Kept.

Berti Italian Pocket Knife

Above: The Italian Berti Gobbo Pocket Knife works like a pairing knife for small cutting and slicing tasks; $146 at Food52 Provisions.

Victorinox Swiss Army Floral Knife

Above: The simple Victorinox Floral Knife was the first pocket knife I used for floral design. It’s good, sharp, and a cousin to the trusty Swiss Army Knife; $22 at Wildflower Seed & Tool Company.

Svord Peasant Knife in White

Above: The Svord Peasant Knife is modeled after those carried by peasants in Bavaria and Bohemia in the 16th century. Made in New Zealand and available with different colored handles from Hand-Eye Shop. (Note that the knives are currently out of stock, but contact Hand-Eye Shop for restocking information.)

Burgon & Ball Classic Pocket Knife

Above: Burgon & Ball’s Classic Pocket Knife is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s made with a high carbon steel blade, oak handle, and brass housing; £37.95 ($47 USD) at Burgon & Ball.

Berti Italian Foraging Pocket Knife

Above: Another one from Berti, the Foraging Knife is made with a lucite handle and a carbon and stainless steel blade. It comes with a set of matches and twine; $144 at Food52 Provisions.

For pruning see our post 5 Favorites: The Best Pruning Knives. For the best of the best visit The Gardenista 100: Best Hand Tools.

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