This article was originally published in 2015 but has been updated to include more and newer models.
If you look at all the colors that knives and their handles come in, you’ll notice a trend. Yup, they’re pretty much all black. Black is a popular color for knives because of its lowkey appearance and versatility.
While the majority of people opt for those sexy black knives, it’s the other colors that don’t get enough love. So we decided to do a series of posts dedicated to those knives in different colors.
So today we’re looking at orange knives.
1. KA-BAR Dozier
First up on the list is the KA-BAR Bob Dozier Folding Hunter. This iteration of the popular EDC features the blaze orange handle with a black blade and thumb stud. This blade is usually considered one of the best budget EDC knives around because of its reasonable 3-inch blade and relatively low cost.
Next is the ESEE-4 with Orange Handle. The ESEE-4 was previously named a Badass Knife of the Week because of its extreme durability. The knife’s bright orange G-10 handle scales are brought to life even more by the green blade.
3. Spyderco Endura 4
Many people love the way the knife pops with its bright orange handle. There’s also the Delica 4 in orange if you want something a little smaller.
4. Delta Force OTF Orange
The OTF or Out-The-Front automatic knife is a simple and intuitive design that’s popular and legal in many states. If your state happens to be one of the lucky few to allow the carry of OTFs, this Delta Force OTF is a great option.
Its high visibility orange handle contrasts with the satin blade while black accents give the knife an even stronger Halloween feel.
5. Kershaw Leek
Is there any knife more iconic or beloved than the Kershaw Leek? We can’t think of any. Due to its resounding success, Kershaw made the Leek in a ton of iterations like this orange Leek. The anodized-aluminum handle is made brilliant orange with a fade-resistant, scratch-resistant dye, meaning it’ll stay just bright and clean for years to come. This is truly for the orange lovers out there.
6. Cold Steel Finn Wolf
The Finn Wolf is a folding puukko with a strong Tri-Ad lock and a long 3.5-inch blade. Because the knife has become pretty popular, Cold Steel decided to make it in several different colors, including this one in Blaze Orange.
7. Case Sod Buster Jr.
The Sod Buster is one of the best classic designs because it’s a no-nonsense slipjoint that works great as an EDC. This Jr. version of the nonlocking folder features orange synthetic handle scales.
8. Boker Magnum Medic Knife
Yet another knife focused on emergency personnel (or those who fancy themselves as people who like to be prepared) is the Magnum by Boker Medic Knife. This Magnum by Boker folder with orange anodized aluminum handle features the blue and white paramedic logo.
Also on the handle is a seat belt cutter, glass breaker, and good-looking pivot screw.
9. KA-BAR Wharnstalker
The Johnson Adventure Wharnstalker collaboration with KA-BAR Is an excellent fixed blade with a versatile wharncliffe design that provides a straight cutting edge and a piercing point. The handle is textured Zytel.
10. Fallkniven Model PC
This knife was actually suggested by someone in the comments, and I couldn’t help but agree. The new SOG is on the pricier side, but it’s a beefy knife that you’ll instantly fall in love with.
11. Kershaw Barricade
The Kershaw Barricade is billed as a budget rescue knife that’s quick and inexpensive, a perfect knife to keep in your car for emergencies. The assisted blade is 3.5 inches long with black oxide coating.
Of course, the orange handles feature a seatbelt cutter and high visibility coloring.
12. Gerber Haul
The Elementum is one of the best EDC knives ever made due to its simple yet effective design and highly competitive price. This knife is available in tons of variations, but for this post, the Elementum with orange G-10 scales and a black blade is perfect.
13. Condor Terrasaur
Condor has a great collection of inexpensive yet reliable outdoor fixed blade knives. The Terrasaur is another worthy addition.
This version of the fixed blade features a mottled 4.25″ 1095 carbon steel blade with an orange polypropylene handle. It comes with a sheath as well.
14. CRKT Fawkes
Alan Folts is best known for his Minimalist design for CRKT, but his most recent folder shows off his range. The Fawkes was named after the phoenix from Harry Potter because this knife was made using leftover scraps in Folts’ workshop.
The knife has a 2.74-inch 1.4116 stainless steel blade with an orange and brown G-10 handle.
15. Byrd Cara Cara 2
Finally, there’s another dedicated rescue folder for those on a budget. The Cara Cara 2 is a rescufied and budget version of the Endura. It has a fully serrated 3.9-inch blade with a bluntish tip and bright orange handles. The back lock is good to depend on in any emergency situation.