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Everything to Look for When Choosing a Money Clip Knife

Imagine this: you’re out on the street after a night out, and suddenly, it gets quiet. Too quiet. You’ve turned down an alleyway, and suddenly you realize that you’re being followed by someone who might want to mug or attack you.

You wish that you had brought one of your knives with you, such as your OTF knife. But because you were out and didn’t think you’d end up in this situation, you didn’t bring it along.

This is when a money clip knife would come in handy. With this type of knife, you can keep all your money and cards with you for going out while still having the protection you need.

If you’ve been thinking of buying a money clip knife, you might not be sure what to look for. After all, there are so many options out there, so the search can be overwhelming. How do you find the best one for you?

That’s why we’ve put together this article. In it, you’ll learn everything to look for when choosing a money clip knife. Finally, you can enjoy going out safely. Read on to learn more.

Design Preference

When you have a money clip knife, it’s something you take out often because you’re also using it as your wallet. For this reason, you need to choose a design that suits your style. Do you prefer a minimalist, sleek look? Or do you want a knife that looks tough?

The blade itself will always be metal, but the body is usually metal or plastic. It can also come in colors such as black, orange, and red.

When you’re looking at options for knives, you can start cutting down your list based on design preference.


Because money clip knife providers know that you want to use your money clip when you’re on the go, they’re usually designed to be lightweight compared to other types of knives. However, some will still be heavier than others.

Depending on what you plan to do when you’re out, the weight can make a difference.

Keep in mind that any knife of more than two ounces is probably larger than it should be and won’t be comfortable to store in one of your pockets.


There are money clip knives out there that are designed for utility. Even though they won’t be as complex as a larger multi-use knife, they’ll still come with features such as a nail file, nail cleaner, and scissors.

Depending on what features you need, you might want this type of knife.


When it comes to money clip knife uses, you do sometimes have to get the blade out and use it to protect yourself. Of course, you don’t want to end up in this situation, but if you do have to use it against an attacker.

For this reason, when deciding on the right knife, you should think about what type of handle you want.

Do you want one that’s larger and made of strong steel? Or do you prefer a handle that has a grip so you can more easily hold onto it?

Testing out how the handle feels in person can also help you figure out which handle type is best for you.

Room for Cards and Money

Depending on what you take with you when you leave the house, you might need a certain amount of room for cards and money. Often, money clip buyers forget about this factor when choosing a money clip knife, focusing more on the blade and handle.

But if you don’t think about what requirements you have in terms of space for your payment and ID cards, as well as cash, then you won’t be able to use this knife the way you’re supposed to.

Blade Length

With a money clip knife, you aren’t going to have an incredibly long blade. However, even within the limited sizes available, they do vary between one inch and three. So to make your decision, you have to think about what you plan on using the blade for.

For example, if you want to use it to cut through packing tape at your job, then the length won’t matter much, and you can go for a smaller money clip.

However, if you want to use it for protection in the evening or to cut through larger items, you should choose a blade length that’s closer to three inches. Note that the blade length will have an impact on the…

Total Length

When choosing the right money clip knife, you also want to decide on the total length of the clip. The blade length is shorter than the total length as it has to be tucked away when not in use. For this reason, the total length is going to be closer to two or three inches.

If you’re going to stow the money clip in your pocket, then you need to measure how much room you have in the majority of the pants you wear.

The last thing you want is to buy a money clip knife you can’t take with you anywhere.


For the same reason given above, you also need to think about how thin you want your money clip knife to be. If it’s too bulky, it could end up protruding in an unsightly way through the pockets of your jeans. If you wear loose pants, it’s not a big deal, however.


Depending on where you plan to go with your money clip knife, you might not want the knife part to be seen if someone looks at your money clip when you’re paying for the night’s drinks or another round of pool at the bar. Getting kicked out would ruin your night.

You also wouldn’t want to end up in a situation where someone might get the wrong idea and feel threatened.

If you plan on being discreet with the fact that there’s a knife in your money clip, you should go for a thin, minimalist design that hides the blade.

Keychain Feature

If, on the other hand, you want to show off your money clip knife or want it to be more accessible, you might want to choose one that has a keychain feature. Then, you can easily clip it onto your keychain, backpack, or belt buckle while still keeping your money in it.


Comparing knife prices will also help you decide which money clip knife to buy. Generally speaking, you don’t want to go for the cheapest knife since this could mean that it’s lower quality and dangerous to keep in your pocket.

However, like when making any purchase, research what all the prices are out there and come up with an average.

This way, you’ll know the minimum you have to pay for a high-quality knife. Then if you want to spend a bit more for additional features, you’ll know you aren’t paying for an overpriced knife.


You also want your knife to be durable. Make sure that it’s made from the best materials available and that it’s rust-proof. If you aren’t sure, take a look at customer reviews to find out how long the money clip knives you’re considering usually last.

Locking Mechanism

You also want to make sure that the locking mechanism and the parts of the knife that move when you take out the blade work properly. Depending on your needs, you might want a knife that comes out more easily or with a bit more resistance.

If you aren’t sure which preference you have, try out different money clip knives to find out which type of locking mechanism you’re most comfortable with.

The different locking mechanisms available are the slip-joint mechanism (which isn’t actually a lock), frame lock, and lock back design.

Looking for the Right Money Clip Knife or OTF Knife?

Now that you know about everything to look for when choosing a money clip knife, you might be on the search for the right one for you. Or maybe you’re looking for other types of knives, too, such as an OTF knife. But where do you get started?

At TK TackKnives, we’re experts when it comes to every type of knife you need. So if you have any questions or are looking for the right knife for you, we can help. To find out more, check out our products now.

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