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10 Seriously Small Knives


In this world of big-box stores and 128-ounce sodas, some say the bigger, the better. In the world of knives, however, that’s not always the case. Sure, you could get a truly massive folder like the Cold Steel Espada XL (which has a 7.5-inch blade) for hard-core tasks, but what about when you need to carry something light that can cut some twine or open a package.

That’s when smaller is better.

For those who want a lightweight knife that will slip unnoticed in any pocket or attach easily to a keychain, we searched our store for the smallest knives around. There are a lot of tiny knives out there, but these come with blade lengths around 1.5 inches and under.

Bear & Son Mini Executive Lockback


Blade length: 1.5 inches
Overall length: 3.75 inches

The Mini Executive is a small gentleman’s folder that comes in a few different styles, but the one we’re looking at is the Bear & Son Cutlery Abalone Mini Executive Lockback. This slipjoint knife has a drop point blade that’s only 1.5 inches long with a nail nick to engage it. The handle material is a very handsome and elegant abalone.

Spyderco Bug


Blade length: 1.27 inches
Overall length: 2.9 inches

Spyderco makes some minuscule knives like the Ladybug and HoneyBee, but the Spyderco Bug is the tiniest of all. This cute little guy fits in the palm of your hand with a 1.27-inch blade. When engaged, the knife comes in at less than 3 inches long.

The great thing about this knife is that it looks like all the other Spydercos. From the picture above, you couldn’t tell just how small it is, but it will fit on your keychain with no problem.

Schrade Old Timer 1OT Small Lockback


Blade length: 1.57 inches
Overall length: 3.8 inches

The Old Timer 1OT Small Lockback is the smallest of the Old Timers. It’s a simple knife with a blade that’s a little more than 1.5 inches. Unlike many of the other knives on this list, the 1OT uses a lockback to keep the blade engaged, making it better for tougher tasks.

It comes with a keyring for easy carry.

SOG Micron


Blade length: 1.5 inches
Overall length: 3.38 inches

With a name like the SOG Micron, you better believe this is a small knife. The Micron is the smallest tactical knife out there, with its 1.5-inch tanto blade. It has a hole in the butt of the handle to carry the knife on your keys.

Boker Medallion


Blade length: 1.25 inches
Overall length: 2.875 inches

The Medallion is another one of those knives that comes in a few different styles, but we’re focusing on the Boker Medallion Cocobolo.  The blade length is 1.25 inches and the overall length is only 2.88 inches. So far, this is the smallest knife on the list.

The handle is made from cocobolo wood and has a good-looking reddish-brown coloration. The blade is even mirror-polished. One thing’s for sure, you’re getting a quality knife.

Buck Knives Metro


Blade length: 1.14 inches
Overall length: 3.5 inches

The Buck Metro is an interesting tool with a small 1.14-inch liner-locking blade. Made in the USA, the Metro has a bottle opener and can opener and easily attaches to a keyring. It may not look like a traditional knife, but it will cut like one.

Spyderco Dog Tag


Blade length: 1.23 inches
Overall length: 3.23 inches

Speaking of untraditional knives, we have the Spyderco Dog Tag Folder. This unique folder is designed to be worn on a chain, similar to a dog tag (hence the name). This small knife uses premium S30V steel for the blade and fits nicely on a chain or in the pocket.

SOG Key Knife


Blade length: 1.5 inches
Overall length: 4 inches

Then, of course, there’s the SOG Key Knife. This is a convenient little knife that’s designed to blend right into your keys. It features a 1.5-inch blade and an overall length of 4 inches when fully engaged. Just remember to take it off before you go to the airport.

Cold Steel Urban Pal


Blade length: 1.5 inches
Overall length: 3.13 inches

All the knives so far have been folders, but fixed blades can be small too. Take the  Cold Steel Urban Pal for example. This push dagger has a 1.5-inch blade and an overall length of 3.13 inches.

The Urban Pal is designed to hang around the neck and be pulled to action when you need it most.

Boker Plus Toucan Knife

Boker Plus Toucan

Blade length: 1 inches
Overall length: 3 inches

The Boker Plus Toucan Knife is another fixed blade knife, but this is more of a multitool. The cutting blade on the tool is a mere 1 inch, but the overall length is 3 inches.

The tool also comes with a nail puller/prybar, a bottle opener, and a screwdriver.


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  1. Used to carry a Spyderco Ladybug as a wallet knife until the real thing appeared. Still use a CRKT mini K.I.S.S as a money clip.

  2. You left off the best tiny knife of all. The Victorinox SD.

  3. Left the Kershaw shuffle off the lost. Too bad; hreat little knife.

  4. The Ruike S11-G is a terrific little knife.

  5. Rudolf O. Roffel

    April 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Nice knifes, but sorry to say, your smallest is at least double te size as mine.
    I just got one from “Rough Rider”.
    Closed it is 23 millimeter just 2.5 Millimeter short of one inch, the blade is 17 millimeter, and it has an overall lengt of 40 millimeter.
    The blade is made of hardend steel and the grip is just steel.
    My problem is how to keep in on me without loosing it.
    In despite it size it is a real knife with a really sharp blade.
    Regards Rudolf

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