Neck knife, as the name implies, is worn over the neck with a cord and made mainly for a utilitarian purpose.  The best neck knives should not just be good looking but also safe to wear. Neck knives are a great alternative if you don’t want to keep a knife inside your pocket. They were used ages ago when earliest men used them as weapons. Today, neck knives have small fixed blades that come in either handle down or handle up design. Various types of cords are also used, from synthetic or Para cord to ball chain or leather thong.

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Summary: Top 5 Most Popular neck knives.

ModelSizeEditor's Rating
1. ESEE Knives Izula II Knife6.75 inches (full length)4.8/5.0
2. Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker Neck Knife6.75 inches (full length)4.5/5.0
3. Buck Knives 0616BKS Ops Boot Tactical Knife6.25 inches (full length)4.4/5.0
4. Tactical 5.11 Side Kick Rescue Tool Knife5.75 inches4.3/5.0
5. Anginstar Outdoor Survival Ghost Claw Tactical Knife5.78 inches (full length)4.8/5.0

Neck Knife Reviews

1. ESEE Knives Izula II Knife

Izula II is small and lightweight, but it is powerful. The 0.156 inch thick drop point blade is constructed out of 1095 high carbon steel and is powder coated in various finishes including black, olive drab and desert tan. It is the second version of the original Izula, which is smaller by half inch. The steel is very tough, making the knife great for outdoor and survival use. It is less likely to break and is easy to sharpen.

The handle of Izula II comes with canvas micarta scales that wear well and feel good. They are attached with allen bolts so they are removable. The lightly textured micarta feels good to grip in dry and wet conditions. It also comes with lightweight, molded plastic sheathes made of durable polymer. The sheath retains blades excellently as the knife locks with a snap. It doesn’t rattle and is tight enough not to pop out. It can be mounted in various ways. You can use the smaller eyelets to attach a paracord or the larger one for a lanyard and the slot for webbing or belt.

2. Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker Neck Knife

BK11 is a popular military neck knife, but it’s certainly best for other uses as well. Any huntsman, knife collector or even a chef would love to have a handy knife that’s light on the pocket, literally. It’s a fixed blade skeletonised knife designed for easy carry. It is constructed out of high grade 1095 steel body. That means it can hold sharpness longer.

The blade is 3.25 inches long, with the knife having an overall length of 6.75 inches. It weighs almost 70 grams and comes with a glass filled nylon sheath and paracord. The handle is perfectly sized; it is designed with an index finger cut out to maintain a good grip. The case firmly keeps the knife in place and is built with an authoritative snap.

3. Buck Knives 0616BKS Ops Boot Tactical Knife

Buck Knives Ops Boot is lightweight at 2.5 ounces, designed for easy access. It has a 3-inch modified tanto style blade made of 154CM steel, a material that boasts excellent sharpness retention and powerful cutting. The blade shape is best for scraping, piercing, prying and other heavy duty use.

The US made knife measures 6.25 inches overall. The handle is made of G10 and securely snaps in a polypropylene and leather sheath. Aside from the neck, it can be carried on your belt or boot. You can sharpen the blade on an Rc 59-61.

4. Tactical 5.11 Side Kick Rescue Tool Knife

Tactical 5.11 tool knife is another affordable option for a neck knife, but is powerful enough to be used for combat operations. It is originally designed for the military, but it can serve many purposes.  It is easily concealed but you can wear it around your neck or carry it on your belt or boot.

The Taiwan made knife’s blade is crafted from AUS 8 stainless steel that features 4 millimeters thick, 2-inch long combo edge blade. The skeletonised design blade is also coated a with no-glint black oxide that makes it light and well-balanced. The package comes an with ambidextrous sheath that attaches to MOLLE webbing.

5. Anginstar Outdoor Survival Ghost Claw Tactical Knife

One of the best tactical neck knives in the $50 range, Anginstar Ghost Claw knife is the perfect choice if you are looking for an affordable knife. It might be low in price, but definitely not in quality. It has a D2 blade that boasts lasting sharpness and corrosion resistance. It is treated using thermal vacuum cryogenic method. It features a unique, attractive design, excellent sheath, and solid handle.

This knife has a mercerized facet and fixed blade with a smart size. The blade is 2. 13 inches long, 0.8 inches wide and 0.32 inches thick. The handle is made of Miketa and offers a good grip and a thick base. It is comfortable to use in both reverse and traditional grips. It is built with a finger ring with a diameter for easy handling. It has 58-60 HRC hardness rate so it can penetrate in almost anything.


Neck knives come in a variety of styles, sizes, features and prices. In order to choose the best one, determine your needs by considering a few things. Are you using it for self-defense, hunting, fishing, camping or everyday use? The construction of the knife should meet your purpose. In deciding the product to buy, make sure it is easy to carry, easily accessible and easily concealed. It pays to read product descriptions well to learn more about it and check out some actual customer reviews to see how the knife works with real users. Doing your homework and making an informed decision allows you to invest on a quality neck knife that suits your needs.

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