Top 10 classic gentleman's knives
Gentleman's knives come in many 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. All gentleman's knives have a luxurious and chic look and feel, a slim design and they are 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 classic gentleman's knives and we will explain what makes a classic gentleman's knife classic.
What is a classic gentleman's knife?
The literal meaning of classic is 'antique' or 'belonging to the antiquity'. This, of course, doesn't mean that all our classic gentleman's knives are hundreds of years old. When we are talking about a classic gentleman's knife we mean a knife that has remained true to the gentleman's knives that were produced in the past. Think of the design or the materials used. Classic gentleman's knives, for instance, are often made from wood, brass and stag horn. In addition, classic gentleman's knives are often enhanced with a traditional openings and locking mechanism. A slipjoint lock, for instance, or a nail nick in the blade to open the blade with your nail.
When we think of classic gentleman's knives there is always one that immediately comes to mind. The Buck 110! The Buck 110 is indispensable in practically every top 10 list. This knife definitely belongs on this list. It is very likely that you might have come across a Buck 110 or a variation of this gentleman's knife at your grandfather or grandmother's house. The traditional design and the use of classic materials such as brass and ebony wood have turned this into a timeless knife. When you hold the Buck 110 in your hands, you truly hold a piece of history.± 1 month£64.95
The Böker Barlow is a classic slipjoint. Everything about this gentleman's knife can be called classic. The blade, for example, has a traditional clippoint shape and you open the knife with two hands. The wooden handle with the steel bolster also remained true to how gentleman's knives were produced in the past. Because of its compact size you will always have room for the Böker Barlow. In the chest pocket of a neat jacket, for example.± 1 month£76.95
Fällkniven designed the U2 as a small all-round pocket knife for real gentlemen. What's remarkable about Fällkniven's U2 is the choice of steel for the blade. The blade is made from laminated powder steel, which Fällkniven calls Super Gold Powder Steel. A costly material to process, but it does leave you with long-term sharpness. You open the Fällkniven U2 with two hands and a solid backlock keeps the blade in place.In stock£76.95
Stylish and elegant. It is the best way to describe Laguiole! These gentleman's knives are produced in France from the most amazing materials. This classic gentleman's knife has a handle made from olive wood and a decorative pin pattern. Because of the slim blade the Laguiole en Aubrac Classic is the perfect tool for at the office to open a letter or peel an apple. In short, indispensable in the gear of every gentleman!In stock£130.00
It is a fact that Fox makes beautiful and unique gentleman's knives, the Livri is another great example of this. The perfect knife for anyone looking for a classic gentleman's knife. The handle is made from micarta: a strong composite material made from linnen and synthetic resin. The sheepsfoot blade is made from Böhler M390 steel. A premium type of steel, in a classic design.In stock£79.24
The Fontenille Pataud Gentleman is a classic gentleman's knife. Almost completely made by hand in Thiers according to French tradition. The craftsmanship in combination with the use of natural products in the handle ensures that each knife is unique and has a classic look. The hand-filed back spring is a trademark of Fontenille Pataud, and it has been wonderfully executed for this knife as well. A chic, handmade gentleman's knife for true knife lovers.In stock£228.45
Again, a classic gentleman's knife from Böker. Perhaps this is the knife you picture when you think of a generic classic pocket knife. This is how they were made in the past! In the United States they also call this a 'Boy scout knife'. A knife you open with two hands enhanced with a slipjoint. Nothing more, nothing less. But really cool! Böker also chose a classic type of steel. The knife is made from O1 steel, a traditional type of tool steel that hasn't been changed in years.In stock£103.95
Of course, this list of classic gentleman's knives wouldn't be complete without an Opinel knife. These classic French knives are very popular amongst campers. However, if you enhance the knife with a walnut wood handle you end up with a stunning gentleman's knife! Because of the thin blade, this Opinel is great for at the office to peel an apple or open a letter.In stock£14.45£15.95
Everything about the Japanese Higo no Kami pocket knife radiates tradition. In Japan everyone, including school children, used to carry a knife like this. Today, however, it is considered to be a classic gentleman's knife. What makes this gentleman's knife so special is that it is still produced in a traditional way. A nice piece of history for real gentlemen who want to stand out!In stock£38.95
Real Steel Stella Natural Canvas Micarta 7056 Knivesandtools Exclusive pocket knife, Poltergeist design
Number 10 of this list features a Knivesandtools exclusive pocket knife. A wonderful collaboration between Real Steel from China and Poltergeist design from Poland. The subtle design of the handle and the sheepsfoot blade give this knife its classic look. In addition, the knife features a beautiful micarta handle.In stock£47.95
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