Do you have a "Dress Knife"?

May 21, 1999
Last week, when I was getting dressed to go to church, and after I tied my tie, I slipped my BM910 into my right front pocket. My wife said “do you have to bring that, it’s so’ooo ugly?” I had to agree. So later that night I had a brilliant idea, what about a dress knife? First, I went to Darrel Ralph’s web page and showed her a picture of his Krait Damascus and said, “ do you think this looks like a dress knife”? After she stopped laughing, and that took a while, she had to admit that it was beautiful and indeed was a dress knife. Unfortunately, she knew exactly where I was going with this. But, I have to tell you, it has opened new door and my 10½EE is stuck right in the middle.

I’m sure everyone else, except me, has a dress knife so feel free to let me know which one meets your standard.

Decorated Fly Sebenza. The small one has a 2.9" blade and is the perfect dress knife IMHO. Beautiful, high quality, and not so big that it will scare people or overfill your pocket.
A Spyderco Calypso Jr. in black micarta or any of the Al Mar Ultralights, also black micarta, are fine dress-up knives.

Moving upscale, we have more choices, including the Benchmade 850 and anything by William Henry.

My dress up knife is a BM330, but then I guess that speaks for how I dress up.
I went to a friend's wedding a little while back and I just had my chic all black EDI Genesis I with me - it complimented my suit very well. No one even knew I was carrying a knife
. Come to think of it, it doesn't matter what I wear, the Genesis I goes with everything.

The Jesse Horn is chic, too, with the black clip and gold spyderco emblem on it: slim lines
Mine's a Spyderco Centofante. Gotta love that edge.



The beautiful blue anodized titanium clip on my William Henry carbon Fiber Lancet is a great compliment to any dressy attire. It's my "Sunday-go-to-church" knife.

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Deo Vindice

I sure have one, a Benchmade Mel Pardue (model 850). Sometimes I carry my Kershaw Wild Wild Turkey too. Been thinking of acquiring a decorated Umfaan, or a small Sebenza lately.

Umfaan is the ultimate elegant-carry small pocket knife...though it isn't cheap!

BM makes a beautifull Mel Pardue...I think its the 850....with anodized Titanium Bolsters, and White Micarta scales...even your wife should appreciate it. You'll know she approves when it disappears in her pocketbook!
I "dress up" every day in a suit and tie and alternate between an AG Russell One Hand with ivory micarta grips and a small Sebenza engraved with my initials. Sometimes I carry a well used SAK Tinker or a Benchmade 850 thats never cut anything. Its just too pretty!

Dan Harris
My "church knife" is a steel handled Spyderco Pegasus, that has been engraved. There is a picture of it some where on the internet. Its a nice little knife that fits my hand well, and looks good also.

When I get dressed up (shoes and all) I usually slip a little Jess Horn Micarta in the pocket. It's a classy little knife, and lightweight. I hardly even know it's there.
An Al Mar light-weight, Jess Horn folder, Spyderco Calypso Jr. with micarta handles, Benchmade Pardue 350, and definetly anything William henry would make a fine dress knife.

My dress knife is my Benchmade Pardue 350bt, it's easy to deploy, has a PC blade length of 2.9 inches, slim profile, and comfortably symetrical.

"All of our knives open with one hand, in case you're busy with the other"
I've always liked the idea of a 'dress knife'. When it comes time to dress up and 'be seen', I not only carry a Genesis of some sort, but a little somethin' special from my friend Matt Conable @ WILLIAM HENRY KNIVES. Matt wanted to give Micheal Collins and myself a knife for some engraving that Micheal did for Matt[some of you guys saw THAT piece of work at BLADESHOW]. Micheal wanted the mother of pearl LANCET, but Matt could tell I wasn't as excited. I'm just not a mother of pearl kinda guy. But I did have some nice aged elephant ivory on hand. This went to Matt. I now have a stunning LANCET with ivory scales and an opal thumbstud! Its way too nice for a South Carolina redneck like me. But the chicks dig it......

Stay Sharp!
Will Fennell
President-EDI Knives
While I'll admit to carrying any number of knives on dressy occasions, I like the WhiteWolf PocketPro to be a "snappy" dresser. My real preference for a dress knife is a Battle Mistress....Now THAT let's the suits know who is boss.

Dances with lemmings

So far my dress knife is a delica II plain edge. When I get wiser, older, and a little advanced in the monetary arena I plan on adding something else..

In public, a Jess Horn Lightweight.
Among friends, a small, stag handled, Hubertus auto.

"When I die, I would like to go peacefully, in my sleep,
like my grandfather did.
Not screaming and yelling like the passenger in his car."
- Jack Handey -