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Best knives for the city?

Black Oak Bladeworks

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My recommendation would be the Mora companion stainless for a fixed blade. (Depending on laws it may not be legal though) Do you have a budget you would like to stay under?
 

Bob Denman

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If you want to (and legally can) carry a knife: get yourself any small folding pocketknife, and keep it in your pocket: not your backpack.
Backpacks get stolen...
 
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They have this in a mini now. It's called the Rambette. The sawtooth top edge is handy if you have to quickly go through a bunch of wooden matchsticks. It comes with a very tiny Panerai wristwatch.

Of course, I could be wrong about this.
 
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I’m pretty sure where I live the limit is a 3” blade……
*unless you’re going to use it for work, camping/fishing etc….
So basically unless you’re a known criminal you could always just say you’re coming back from fishing or work and I doubt anyone would give you crap about it.
 

Velitrius

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When I have no idea what I may be running into and want to have the most utility, I lean toward a multitool.

Yeah, this is me. An urban emergency to me involves cutting the split end off my radiator hose and tightening the hose clamp back up. Multi-Tool to the rescue.

You can get a decent array of emergency-busting tools in a very small carry.... Victorinox Tinker or Pioneer, Leatherman Squirt or Skeletool, Gerber Dime or Suspension.

An emergency can come in many forms and require many solutions... solutions that call for more than cutting stuff. A multi-tool will stack the odds in favor of you carrying a solution.

Myself, I carry either a Leatherman Sidekick or Wingman.
 

Chronovore

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Good questions about the local laws. Also, why in a backpack versus a pocket? What is the purpose of the knife? Do you or can you carry other tools in the backpack?
 
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An example of an urban emergency is eating takeout or canned food and being caught without a fork, or your cheap takeout plastic fork breaks (what the fork!) The MKM Malga is handy for such situations. Or check out the slightly oversized Victorinox Outrider with locking blade etc.

Actually nowadays an urban emergency would be your cellphone running out of power. They should make a Swiss army knife with a mini rechargeable power bank built into the handle.
 
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Mossyhorn

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A Fallkniven LTR ,(Legal to Carry) with a non-locking 2.3" pen blade and aluminum scales would be a good choice.
 
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An example of an urban emergency is eating takeout or canned food and being caught without a fork, or your cheap takeout plastic fork breaks (what the fork!) The MKM Malga is handy for such situations. Or check out the slightly oversized Victorinox Outrider with locking blade etc.

Actually nowadays an urban emergency would be your cellphone running out of power. They should make a Swiss army knife with a mini rechargeable power bank built into the handle.

That's the trouble with living in cities. We never get to have any fun emergencies. Grizzly bears in downtown Cleveland, Sharknado in The Bronx . . . .
 

K.O.D.

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I carry a small bag for my medications with me wherever I go, and besides meds, I keep a Victorinox Super Tinker in it. Perfect for most situations. I rarely use the blades as I have a dedicated locking folder clipped to my pocket for cutting tasks.

As others stated, I'm not sure why you need a knife in your backpack if you are in the city.

When I go into Chicago, I have my small med bag with SAK, a pistol IWB, and a Kershaw Launch 8 as last ditch backup.

 

Bob Denman

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I do like the design of the Leatherman Skeletool pocketknife a lot...
For the money: it's a winner!
 
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celticrogues

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The Smatchet is always a good choice...

...except for Sunday Church services.
For Sunday church services you need your “Gentleman’s Smatchet”.

For the OP: +1 on the "you can’t go wrong with a SAK" crowd. If you’re in an environment that you think a knife might draw unwanted attention, a SAK with the red plastic scales is probably the most ubiquitous "this is just a tool, nothing scary" knife I can think of.
 
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