To some people, weight is no issue in a knife. They will happily EDC a large half-pound folder made of steel because they love the design or appreciate the heft.
For others, even just a few extra ounces can feel like extra pounds when they’re carrying it around all day every day.
If you’re a weight watcher, then you’re in luck. We’ve been working on posts about knives within certain weight limits. The first post from a few months back dealt with knives that weighed under an ounce. This post focuses on the best knives weighing under 2 ounces (more specifically 1-2 ounces).
See which knives made the cut.
The Eros from CRKT is a thin folder that is easily identifiable as a Ken Onion design. CRKT calls the original the one that pioneered the “gentleman’s tactical” category. While you can find a version closer to the original, this upgraded Eros boasts better material and a lighter weight.
The blade is 3 inches of Acuto 440 steel while the handle is 6AL4V titanium with a frame lock.
Weight: 1.4 oz
Al Mar Hawk Cocobolo
Al Mar was a legend of his time. The knifemaker was a US citizen, the son of Chinese immigrants, who served in Vietnam. After the war, he earned a master’s degree in industrial design and eventually worked for Gerber. He designed some fine knives there but created his own company in 1979 with awesome designs like the Hawk, Eagle, and Osprey series.
The knives are lightweight gentleman’s folders with front lock mechanisms, AUS8 steel (which performs above its pay grade), and fine materials like cocobolo. This Hawk has a 2.5-inch blade and weighs under 2 ounces.
Weight: 1.5 oz
The Gerber Ultralight LST made the list of best knives under an ounce, so it only makes sense that the Gerber LST makes the list of knives under 2 ounces. This knife has a ton of history and some even call it the father of the EDC. It is pretty small with a 2.63-inch blade and lightweight synthetic handle materials.
Weight: 1.2 oz
KA-BAR BK13 Becker Remora
Not many fixed blades can stake a claim on these lightweight lists, but the skeletonized KA-BAR BK13 Becker Remora is one of them. The knife has an overall length of only about 5.1 inches and is made of 1095 Cro-Van steel. This knife is made in the United States and comes with a sheath (that adds to the weight of the knife unfortunately).
Knife Weight: 1.4 oz
Boker Plus Urban Trapper Carbon Fiber
Most of the knives on this list are small folders, which is what the weight limit allows. The Boker Plus Urban Trapper in Carbon Fiber offers an alternative. The blade is long at 3.5 inches but cuts down on the weight by being thin and narrow. Also, it has lightweight carbon fiber handle scales. This keeps the weight at a mere 1.8 ounces.
The Urban Trapper is often mentioned as an ideal EDC because it opens quickly with the flipper and IKBS ball-bearing pivot. It is also just really lightweight and slicy.
Weight: 1.8 oz
The Kershaw Chive is in the same Ken Onion family as the Leek, and there are many similarities. However, the condensed nature of the design gives it a whole new look and feel in the handle. The blade is under 2 inches and the handles are stainless steel. It opens with SpeedSafe and locks with a frame lock.
Weight: 1.7 oz
The Gerber US1 is in the same vein at the LST but with a few modern updates. The blade is still 420HC stainless steel but it features a black coating and nail nick to facilitate easier opening. It uses textured glass-filled nylon with rubber overmold for the handle and a backlock.
The knife weighs 1 ounce, which is the lightest on this list.
Weight: 1 oz
Spyderco Dragonfly II
The Dragonfly II is a perennially favorite among knife enthusiasts everywhere. The small design seems counterintuitive, but its blade shape and compactness make this an excellent EDC. People whose rumination about knives I trust often call it one of the best EDC knives ever.
I am quite fond of the green version in ZDP-189 steel. However, the original DFII in VG-10 is just as worthy.
Weight: 1.2 oz
The Bugout is a fascinating design from Benchmade. The company recently discontinued one of its lightest models — the 530 Pardue — but wanted to break the lightweight folder market. That’s where the Bugout comes in.
Benchmade uses a lightweight polymer material with no internal liners to keep the weight low. The blade is 3.24 inches of S30V steel and uses the AXIS mechanism. It feels big in the hand but also odd because it is so light.
Weight: 1.85 oz
Case Small Stockman
I couldn’t get through this list and not include a traditional folder. Any Small Stockman from Case could have been on this list, but the small stockman in the Working Series is among our best-sellers. It has brown synthetic handles and three blades — clip, sheepsfoot, and pen.
This is a small knife but a true classic that you can take anywhere comfortably.
Weight: 1.2 oz
The Minimalist seems to always make it to the list of best knives in different categories because it’s so darn versatile. The Wharncliffe version is among the best Wharncliffe knives, it makes a solid EDC fixed blade, and it weighs what feels like nothing.
The design is minimalist but feels big in the hand — which is no easy feat.
Weight: 1.1 oz
I’m not sure if the name is intended to be commentary on the weight, but Kershaw definitely says that the knife weighs in at a “Fraxion” of the weight of similar knives in its description. The Fraxion is an all-black flipper folder with a 2.75-inch blade and G10/carbon fiber handle scales.
This is a budget folder, so it’s a knife you won’t mind beating to the ground.
Weight: 1.9 oz
Buck Bantam BBW
Right above the Nano series and right below the BLW series, the Buck Bantam BBW series is in that sweet spot for everyday carry. The blade is 2.75 inches and the handle is injection molded. Unlike the Kershaw above, the knife uses a lockback mechanism and is assembled in the United States.
Weight: 1.5 oz
SOG Centi II
SOG has been experimenting with slip joint folders over the past few years. Some of them have been really intriguing like the Centi I and Centi II. With a small 2.1-inch blade and a stainless steel handle, this is a knife you can take nearly anywhere without legal trouble.
The knife has a cutout in the blade that further helps keep the weight low.
Weight: 1.3 oz
There are a few Swiss Army Knives that could made it on the list, but the Cadet is the worthiest in my opinion. It has nine essential functions — like a blade, screwdrivers, can and bottle openers, and nail file. What makes this a great choice is the high-grade Alox scales that feel and look great.
When you need a small multitool at under 2 ounces, it’s nearly impossible to beat the Cadet.
Weight: 1.6 oz