No Box Single Folding Knife Review

No Box Single Folding Knife

By Sara Baird

I exist within a family of campers, wilderness seekers, Boy Scouts, and hunters. It can be said that we are a family that knows the value of a good pocket knife. So much so, pocket knives are frequently gifted for holidays and special occasions. As our children grew into teens and began seeking their own adventures, we found we needed an ample supply of pocket knives to quickly replace the knives lost to a lake, left behind at a campsite, or handed over to TSA. With this in mind, I jumped at the opportunity to review the No Box Single Folding Knife.

 

No Box Tools

According to the No Box website, https://livenobox.com, No Box Tool’s mission is to live outside the box. It was founded by a group of people who aspire to live their lives outside the box and to make the products that they use for their hobbies and passions. Their goal is to source “durable, functional, and beautifully designed” products that will inspire others to live outside the box as they see fit. They also pay careful attention to sourcing their products from artisans in sustainable ways with a focus on global enterprise and entrepreneurship.

I could not find information regarding the source of this pocket knife so I sent an inquiry to No Box Tools and received a quick reply. The No Box Single Folding Knife was created by one of No Box Tool’s founders, Robert Workman, and his son Erik who was inspired by his memories of scouting and is currently raising two boys involved in scouting. The knives are intended to inspire the next generation to “explore, unplug, and have fun outside the box”. These knives are intended to last a lifetime. The knife was designed by Mr. Deng, a long-time business partner of Rober workman and the designer of the No Box’s first product, the chef knife, and are produced in China.

 

The Single Blade Folding Knife

The knife arrived in an envelope and a small box with little packaging waste. This knife has a 4-inch handle made from stabilized wood with brass pins. The handle fits nicely in my average size hand and is easy to handle. It’s not bulky like some of the knives I’ve used and I found this knife easy to use. I do not experience the struggles I have opening and closing the knife that I often do with other folding knives. This blade opens easily and locks open. The lock on the back of the knife is a breeze to compress and close. Due to the ease of use and fit in my hand, I feel more confident with this knife than I have with others.

I set out to test the function and the quality of the blade. I started by slicing some tomatoes and found it sliced them better than my chef knife did (time for a new chef knife I think). I set to work testing how well the blade held an edge and was impressed. I whittled some wood, cut some branches, and cut up some cardboard for a craft project. I then resorted to slicing up an entire box into small strips and still found the knife sharp as when I opened it. I have no doubts that this blade will sharpen nicely when it finally does dull but I’ve been using it for three weeks now and there is no reason to sharpen it yet.

 

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Pros

Slim form fits in hand nicely

Easy to open and close

A quality blade that holds an edge well

Affordably priced

Little packaging waste

 

 

 

Cons

I could not find any reason not to recommend this knife besides your own personal preference for locking mechanisms.

 

This is a quality knife that I will be happy to carry with me as a tool for adventure and everyday tasks. This appears to be a knife that could easily last a lifetime but with a regular price of $35 would be replaceable during those inevitable times it gets lost. I appreciate that No Box Tools is aspiring to provide reasonably priced equipment to others to inspires their lives outside the box and that the product arrived with very little packaging waste. It is a knife I would be happy to use myself and proud to gift to the young adventurers I know.

 

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I am an adventurer at heart, always looking for the next opportunity to learn something new. I spend my winter days working with high school students to explore their interests and develop passions.

I spend my evenings and summers developing new hobbies and being outdoors as much as possible.  I enjoy camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and biking.

47 thoughts on “No Box Single Folding Knife Review

  • January 28, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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    It seems like a handy knife that would pack easily for on the go. I often find that I need a knife for various reasons while I’m out and about – especially for food. I don’t mind that it doesn’t lock!

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  • January 24, 2020 at 2:49 am
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    We just started learning about pocket knives with my little boy-scout.

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  • January 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm
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    that is an effective tool, it is good that you mentioned pros and cons !!!

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  • January 20, 2020 at 5:44 pm
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    This one looks like it’s a good size too to be able to carry around and not take up much space!

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  • January 20, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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    I am passing this review along to a friend of mine, who may need this. Thanks for sharing.

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  • January 20, 2020 at 6:21 am
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    This knife looks really handy! I think it’s an essential for every outdoors person.

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  • January 19, 2020 at 11:51 pm
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    We have a huge collection of knives. Most of which we use a few times then they sit in the drawer. We like to travel with a knife (in checked bags) because we are often away for longer times and picnic quite a bit. So having a good knife is critical. I liked the fact that you said this was easy to open. So many folding knives are not. Hubby will like the fact that it will hold an edge well. Thanks for this suggestion for a knife to try.

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  • January 19, 2020 at 10:58 pm
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    It does look like a great knife and does the job well. But is it better than the swiss army knife. That knife I always use when I am traveling but to honest, I never use it. I thought I would use it for my outdoor/hiking adventures but seriously, the actual knife I probably never used and used the corkscrew on it more. If I needed a knife, I would consider buying this but I dont think I would take it on my travels. (However, I do like the handle of the knife, looks a bit stronger and wider, so for me, a better grip when using it).

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  • January 19, 2020 at 3:01 pm
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    Looks like a really nice one to have on hand when you need one. I think I will get one to keep in the glove compartment of my car.

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  • January 19, 2020 at 4:30 am
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    Looks like a useful tool to have and keep. I’ve never had a pocket knife ever but now I’m cosidering to get one!

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  • January 19, 2020 at 4:13 am
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    We recently went camping and my husband was saying how he missed the knife he had. This looks like a great option.

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  • January 19, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Looks like such a handy tool to have on hand. So versatile!

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  • January 18, 2020 at 8:46 am
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    Looks like a great camping tool. This knife looks really handy for many situations.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 7:01 am
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    Pocket knives are really useful especially for campers and other uses. Love these knives nice review!

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  • January 18, 2020 at 6:21 am
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    Just sounds like something that I would need. I think it’s ideal to at least have this for all of us. Must have!

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  • January 18, 2020 at 3:56 am
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    This sounds like a great pocket knife. I would love to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 3:50 am
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    Interesting. Never been camping and the most I’d do is glamping but it’s great to know these skills and have the right tools.

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    • January 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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      Pocket knives can come in handy for glamping and everyday. Once you carry one you will suddenly find all sorts of uses.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 2:52 am
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    Thanks for sharing. We use lots of pocket knives around here. We also give them as gifts often. It’s nice to have a new option.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 8:02 pm
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    While I don’t have a use for a knife, this one does look nice enough. Thank you for sharing this review.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 6:07 pm
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    Looks pretty cool. I should show it to my husband, he loves folding knives and multitools.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 4:20 pm
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    I can always use a great pocket knife and this one looks really good. I like that it comes with little packaging.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm
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    It looks like that it is a great quality knife. Very useful for cooking and camping trips (when you need to cut veggies and cook a meal).

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  • January 17, 2020 at 3:22 pm
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    It’s an attractive looking knife! I would like to get one for my purse, but I’m waiting until all my kids are old enough to know not to touch it.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 2:39 pm
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    Helpful article .Thanks for sharing your review. I will forward this to my brother. He loves to go camping.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm
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    I grew up in Montana and this knife would have been wonderful for all types of activities!

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  • January 17, 2020 at 8:21 am
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    But is that okey to bring in your carry on, on the plane?

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    • January 18, 2020 at 1:43 pm
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      I’m not fluent in the rules for what you can fly with but I understand that TSA agents make the call for smaller items like this. My daughter forgot a favorite pocket knife was in her bag and ended up handing it over. She was kicking herself for not leaving it home.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 3:26 am
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    It looks like a really nice knife! Would be great to have on hand!

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  • January 17, 2020 at 3:25 am
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    Looks and sounds like a perfect little knife to have on hand. I know my brother would appreciate this as he is quite outdoorsy.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 3:14 am
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    That looks like a pretty handy knife! I had no idea that this was even available, I’ll have to get this.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 2:13 am
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    Having a reliable knife on you, when appropriate, is important and makes total sense. I really liked your review and I felt it was very honest.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 1:10 am
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    everyone needs a good knife. sadly you can’t bring your swiss army knifes on planes anymore i think but you can def use a good knife when camping. thanks for putting together the helpful pros/cons list!

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  • January 16, 2020 at 11:23 pm
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    Nice looking knife. It looks heavy duty enough to do a decent job of cutting. I would definitely get one when in need.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 10:26 pm
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    This looks like a great product! I’ll have to check it out!

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  • January 16, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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    My husband and I both keep folding knives on us at all times. You never know when you’ll need one. I love the handsome look of this one.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 9:47 pm
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    I haven’t been camping in way too long! This looks like something I would like to take with me.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 9:35 pm
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    Nice review! Looks like it would be a good camping tool.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 9:15 pm
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    What a great review! Will definitely consider buying a no box folding knife.. but quite disappointed it comes in a BOX, even though it’s named no box……. 🙂

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    • January 17, 2020 at 1:41 am
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      I was really curious to sew if it would arrive in a box. It does inspire living outside the box though so I gave it a pass.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 8:31 pm
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    This looks like a great one for keeping in the car for emergencies, or to take camping with you to help out. You wrote a great review on this! I will look into this to add to our camping gear.

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    • January 17, 2020 at 1:42 am
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      Thank you! This is a great product!

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    • January 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm
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      It is a nice review. It’s something I think I would not just use but also recommend. Thanks for this.

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