Top 10 modern gentleman's knives
Gentleman's knives come in many different shapes and sizes. The two most popular types of gentleman's knives are the modern gentleman's knife and the classic gentleman's knife. Both types have many things in common. A gentleman's knife, for instance, has a luxurious and chic look and feel, it has a slim design and is compact, and they are a valuable addition to any outfit. And yet there is big difference between classic and modern gentleman's knives. In this top 10 we have selected our ten favourite modern gentleman's knives and we will explain what makes a modern gentleman's knife modern.
What is a modern gentleman's knife?
It is basically very simple. A modern gentleman's knife is a knife that is derived from a classic gentleman's knife, but has a modern twist. This could be a change in the design, or that the knife is enhanced with state-of-the-art materials such as titanium and carbon fibre. You will also notice that modern gentleman's knives are a lot more exuberant when you look at the design, or very minimalistic. While classic gentleman's knives mostly stay true to their origin, modern gentleman's knives look for paths less travelled.
Chris Reeve Small Sebenza 21 S21-1000 pocket knife
Perhaps the most legendary modern gentleman's knife in the world. The Chris Reeve Small Sebenza 21! Slim, chic and enhanced with modern materials. The Small Sebenza 21 has it all. It is therefore not that surprising that Sebenza pocket knives are often called ultimate 'grail knives', the holy grail amongst knives. The minimalistic sleek design looks amazing when combined with a nice suit or shirt. Perfect for the modern gentleman!
Benchmade Proper 319 Canvas Micarta Slipjoint pocket knife
The Benchmade Proper is, as the name might suggest, a 'proper' gentleman's knife. The proper is perfect for at the office. The blade of the proper can namely only be opened with two hands. As such your colleagues won't be spooked when you open the knife to peel an apple. The Proper is enhanced with a slipjoint mechanism. This means that the blade doesn't lock when opened. Just like a classic gentleman's knife. The use of modern materials make the Proper the perfect example of a modern gentleman's knife.
CRKT CEO 7096 pocket knife, Richard Rogers design
Talking about slim pocket knives. The CRKT CEO is one of the slimmest and most light-weight gentleman's knife in our range. The designer developed the CEO as such to make sure the knife could almost pass for a pen. Perfect for men (or women) who discretely wish to carry a gentleman's knife. Its low weight and thickness ensure that you hardly notice it in your pocket.
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Victorinox Pioneer 1 Alox, silver
Even though the Swiss pocket knife was first introduced in 1890 the Pioneer Solo with Alox (aluminium) handle can definitely be called a modern gentleman's knife. Originally one only used wood for the handle. Victorinox, however, decided that it was time for a modern, robust upgrade. That was how the Alox-collection was born. Because of the slim, compact design you will always have room for the Pioneer Solo in your outfit.
Viper Dan 2 5930FC Carbon N690, sheepfoot
The Viper Dan 2 collection is a stylish collection of gentleman's knives with a wide choice of handle materials. This specific edition of the Viper Dan 2 has a stunning handle made from carbon fibre. A state-of-the-art material that is even used for space travel. It makes the Viper Dan 2 indispensable in this top 10 of modern gentleman's knives!
WE Knife Schism 908A gold pocket knife
WE Knife produces some of the best modern pocket knives on the market today. You might wonder what a knife like the Schism does in this top 10. Simple! The straight wharncliffe-shape blade originally comes from the traditional pocket knife world. This, combined with modern materials such as titanium and S35VN steel, has turned the WE Knife Schism into a cool and modern interpretation of a classic gentleman's knife.
The James Brand Elko, bone G10 + black pocket knife
When we talk about gentleman's knives we talk about style and class. The people at The James Brand understand this completely. Many design and fashion enthusiasts work at The James Brand. They have a different view on what a pocket knife should look like all their own. The result is a stylish and unique pocket knife brand. This is clear when you look at the sleek and unique design of the Elko. Because of its size the Elko is perfect to accompany your bunch of keys. As such you can open a box or letter in style. No matter where you are! This is a cool tuxedo version. Perfect for a black tie event.
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LionSteel TRE GY Titanium, grey
Indispensable in this top 10 is the LionSteel TRE. A cool gentleman's knife made in Italy. The fact that LionSteel produces stunning gentleman's knives is well known in the knife world. The LionSteel TRE, however, definitely stands out. The tasteful and slim design has made the titanium TRE one of the most beloved gentleman's knives in the world. Want to start somewhere with collecting modern gentleman's knives? If so the LionSteel TRE is a great choice!
Mcusta MC-33D Shinra Take Folding knife, handle/blade: Damascus and Damascus
We travel the world and move from Italy to Japan. When you think of Japanese gentleman's knives you often find yourself looking at Mcusta. An optimal price-quality ratio and eccentric designs have turned Mcusta into a beloved gentleman's knives brand. The MC-33D Take with the damasteel blade and handle is perfect for anyone looking for a unique modern gentleman's knife. A fun little detail is the attention paid to the nicely woven storage cases.
Spyderco Chaparral Carbon fibre C152CF pocket knife
Last, but certainly not least, is the Spyderco Chaparral. This gentleman's knife is so popular that it is also called one of the best gentleman's knives ever produced. This is mainly due to the amazing finish on the knife and the amazing combination of materials used. The G10 handle with carbon fibre laminate makes the knife look very chic. The Spyderco Chaparral is also very thin which makes it comfortable to carry on the inside of your jacket pocket!
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