10 Great Phrases to Have Engraved on a Knife

Personalized pocket knives can make a sweet, sentimental gift for your loved one. But sentimentality isn’t the only reason to have your pocket knife engraved. There are tons of great phrases to have engraved on your knife that have nothing to do with birthdays or anniversaries. If you’re a lover of puns, witticisms, or just fun quotes, here are 10 great phrases to have engraved on a knife.


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I Cut, Therefore I Am

Your inner philosopher will get a little chuckle every time you see this on your personalized knife. A paraphrase of Descartes’ Cogito Ergo Sum (I Think Therefore I Am), I Cut, Therefore I Am is perfect for whenever your knife is trying to determine whether they’re real or fake.

Stick It with the Pointy End

If you’re a Game of Thrones lover, this is the perfect quote to engrave on your pocket knife. It will allow you to channel your inner Arya next time you’re opening a package. Of course, this is also just good advice for any pocket-knife novices.

Then again, if you don’t know to stick it with the pointy end, you might not be ready for a knife.

Let’s Cut to the Point

Not a fan of lots of extra chat? Let people know what you want out of life with this punny knife engraving. If you’re lucky, it will encourage people to cut to the point when they talk to you. If not, at least you’ll have a knife that’s able to cut to the point.

This is Not a Knife

If you enjoy both art and philosophy, then you are familiar with Rene Magritte’s The Treachery of Images. Of course, putting This is Not a Knife on the handle of an actual knife is not the same thing, but it’s still a fun nod to the original picture and will be enjoyed by nerdy friends everywhere.

Have a Knife Day

Sometimes, you need a little encouragement throughout the course of your day. This knife pun is simple and cute enough to make you smile when you’re having a rough afternoon. It’s also a great way to remind the people around you to have a nice day.

Would You Like to Equip?

Video game loves will enjoy this engraving. In video games, you can only have so many items equipped at a time. Knives are often one of many types of weapons you can choose from. So, if you want life to be a little more like a video game, you can actively decide to equip your personalized knife before you use it.

Chop It Like It’s Hot

Popular culture may encourage you to drop it like it’s hot, but with your personalized knife, you can instead choose to chop it like it’s hot.

For “Easy Open” Packages

There’s a truth in life that we all know and don’t often talk about: Packages marketed as “easy open” never are. When you need scissors, teeth, and a heavy-duty knife to break into a package, you can almost guarantee it will be labeled as “easy open.” Admit the truth with a knife that knows its purpose in life is to cut open supposedly easy-open packages.

The Sharp Employ the Sharp

If you don’t mind tooting your own horn a little bit, this clever phrase is the perfect engraving. It tells the world that you’re smart for using a sharp knife. Of course, for this phrase to truly work, you have to take care of your knife and ensure it always has a sharp edge. Otherwise, you run the risk of insulting yourself with it instead.

Choosing what to engrave on your personalized pocket knife can be fun. Let yourself relax a little and choose a phrase that will make you smile the next time you go to use your pocket knife. After all, everyone needs to smile a little more often.