EDC Knives

What is EDC? EDC or “Every Day Carry” means the stuff you carry with you every day. Naturally, an EDC knife is a knife that you carry with you every day. These EDC knives aren’t primarily designed to be used as weapons, instead they are meant to help out with common tasks like opening mail, preparing food, breaking down boxes and handling all the other chores of every day life.

Depending on where you live and what you do your definition of “EDC knife” could vary greatly. EDC to someone working in an office and someone working on a ranch are likely to be very different. I don’t have a hard and fast rule when defining an EDC knife, but if I had to assign some numbers they tend to have a blade length of 3.5″ or under and a weight of 3.5 ounces and under.

Again, that is just a ballpark, many of the knives in this section do not adhere to those guidelines. My advice is to carry what you like, and to not get bogged down with arbitrary lengths and weights. If you are interested in my most highly recommended EDC knives you can find them here. If you want to skip the list of reviews below and read about what I personally look for in a good EDC knife then click here to check that out.

EDC Knife Reviews:

  • GEC #47 Viper Review GEC Viper

    I have recently seen a resurgence of interest in classic slipjoint knives. Maybe folks are getting tired of shelling out $200+ for the latest framelock flipper. Or maybe they like the idea of carrying something their ... continue reading

  • Kershaw CQC-6K Review Kershaw CQC-6K Review

    Occasionally a knife comes along that I feel almost obligated to review. Almost as if I would be doing the site a disservice by not reviewing the knife. My goal with the website from day one was to build a resource, ... continue reading

  • Buck Marksman Review Buck Marksman Review

    You may have noticed a lack of reviews of Buck knives. I have nothing against Buck. I reviewed the Vantage a couple years back, and haven't gotten around to reviewing anything else because nothing else in their lineup ... continue reading

  • Boker Kwaiken Flipper Review Boker Kwaiken Flipper Review

    Back when the original Boker Kwaiken came onto the scene I was pretty excited. Modeled after knifemaker Lucas Burnley's custom offering, this sleek design looked too cool to resist. That is, until, reviews started to ... continue reading

  • Rick Hinderer Knives XM-18 3.5 Review Hinder XM-18 3.5 Review

    In the past I have compared knife collecting to mountain climbing. Certainly there isn't the element of physical accomplishment, as the only thing that really gets a workout is your wallet, but there is that spirit of ... continue reading

  • LionSteel TiSpine Review LionSteel TiSpine Review

    Especially astute readers may note that I debuted a review of the LionSteel SR-1 a while back, and then published the world's first review of the TM-1 not so long ago, but I conveniently skipped over the other folder ... continue reading

  • Zero Tolerance 0562 cf Review Zero Tolerance 0562 Review

    By this point we have seen quite a few of Hinderer / KAI collabs hit the market, and I have covered them extensively on the blog. We started with the heavily built 0550, moved to the critically acclaimed 0560, a knife ... continue reading

  • Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza 25 Review Chris Reeve Sebenza 25 Review

    How do you improve on perfection? That may have been a question asked by the engineers at Chris Reeve when they approached the Sebenza 25. I wasn't in the room, so I really have no idea. The Sebenza has received incre ... continue reading

  • Emerson Roadhouse Review Emerson Roadhouse Review

    I've mentioned a couple times before that every now and then I get the urge to pick up an Emerson, and make it my EDC. I know the knife is going to be too large for me to comfortably carry, and way overboard when I st ... continue reading

  • Zero Tolerance 0801 Review Zero Tolerance 0801 Review

    Titanium framelock flippers. Are we sick of them yet? No? Great, because I've got another titanium framelock flipper review for you today. Given the rapid influx of titanium framelock flippers on the market, I initial ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Chaparral Review Spyderco Chaparral Review

    They say that a good way to measure the quality of a production knife is to take it apart and then put it back together. A high quality knife will come back together just as easily as it comes apart. I recently to ... continue reading

  • Fantoni CUT Flipper Review Fantoni CUT Flipper Review

    We are in the midst of another Italian Renaissance. This time around it's not a blossoming of politics and art, but of steel and titanium. The Italians are making some absolutely beautiful knives, and I can think of f ... continue reading

  • LionSteel TM1 Review LionSteel TM1 Review

    I hope the regular readers are interested in high end knives, because the next few posts are all going to be doozies. The TM-1 is so mythical a knife, that it isn't even out yet, although LionSteel tells me that they ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Knockout Review Kershaw Knockout Review

    I have always been a huge fan of user knives. Blades like the Benchmade 710, Spyderco Gayle Bradley, and Cold Steel American Lawman have always resonated with me as great knives because they are great tools. As a coll ... continue reading

  • Boker Plus Titan Review Boker Plus Titan Review

    Have you ever bought a knife while drinking? I'm not sure if this is a common thing or not, but I was putting back a few beers while recording yet another morally suspect episode of GearGeeksLive when I decided to pic ... continue reading

  • Lionsteel SR-1 Review Lionsteel SR-1 Review

    A topic knife nuts love to ponder is the age old question of "is it worth it?" This question is probably as old as knife ownership is itself. I imagine that first cave man who showed off his fancy new blade hewn from ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Injection 3.0 Review Kershaw Injection 3.0 Review

    These days in the world of high value folding knives we have some pretty stiff competition. Old standbys like the Spyderco Tenacious and CKRT Drifter continue to be tough to beat while recent contenders like the ESEE ... continue reading

  • Chris Reeve Mnandi Review Chris Reeve Mnandi Review

    When I think Chris Reeve Knives, I first think of the Sebenza, their flagship blade. Then my mind wanders to the Umnunzaan, their amped up tacticalicious offering. Only after sampling both of those knives did I ever t ... continue reading

  • CRKT Swindle Review CRKT Swindle Review

    I have been on a bit of a high value folder kick recently, focusing especially on the $30-40 segment. I've neglected this part of the market over the past year or two, favoring fixed blades and higher end folders, but ... continue reading

  • ESEE Zancudo Review ESEE Zancudo Review

    By now most people are well acquainted with ESEE knives and their variety of fixed blade offerings. Hallmarked by their thick powder coatings, 1095 steel, USA origins, and unlimited lifetime warranty, I have grown to ... continue reading

  • Ontario Rat II Review Ontario Rat II Review

    Not everyone who reads the site knows about this, but I do have a couple sections dedicated to knives I have reviewed and recommend. Of particular interest could be the recommended EDC knives section, and the recommen ... continue reading

  • Svord Peasant Knife Review Svord Peasant Knife Review

    Over the years I've had the fortune to be friends with several excellent chefs. What's funny is that when I ask them what and where they like to eat, they don't tell me about some 5 star restaurant or spout off some o ... continue reading

  • Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 21 Review Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 21 Review

    For many the Sebenza 21 is a knife obtained on the steep ascent to the upper echelons of production knife collecting. It's not a starter knife. It is something to be gradually aspired to, pined over, and then climatic ... continue reading

  • Strider SJ-75 Review Strider SJ-75 Review

    I have come to really enjoy my Strider SnG. Perhaps its because I won it in a contest, and therefore, had no qualms about carrying and beating the crap out of it. Regardless, it is a knife I have really enjoyed. But h ... continue reading

  • Zero Tolerance 0566 Review Zero Tolerance 0566 Review

    I have recently been making regular appearances on the GearGeeksLive podcast with Tony and Andrew. Tony and I recently had Thomas Welk from KAI (Kershaw/Zero Tolerance) on the air for an episode about KAI. Although it ... continue reading

  • Case Sod Buster Jr Review Case Sod Buster Jr. Review

    I recently reviewed the Victorinox Cadet. This is a time honored knife, but frankly I was unsure whether many people would be interested in reading a review on it. The feedback was actually really good. So much so tha ... continue reading

  • Victorinox Alox Cadet Review Victorinox Alox Cadet Review

    Think back to your first experiences with a pocket knife. If you are anything like me, it probably came in the course of exploring your father or grandfather's desk drawers or perhaps rifling through that treasure box ... continue reading

  • Strider PT Review Strider PT Review

    One of the best parts of blogging about knives is checking out other people's blogs, and seeing what they really like. It often piques my interest and expands my collection into all sorts of unhealthy directions. Case ... continue reading

  • Benchmade Volli Review Benchmade Volli Review

    I'm not sure how to put this delicately, so I'll just come out and say it: Benchmade hasn't done a whole lot of exciting stuff in 2013, and it has resulted in a lack of reviews on new Benchmade knives. This isn't nece ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Domino Review Spyderco Domino Review

    The Domino is a knife that I almost wasn't going to review. I've been following the Titanium Framelock Flipper Arms Race closely ever since the ZT 0560 took the production knife market by storm. Like pretty much every ... continue reading

  • Hogue EX04 Review Hogue Ex04 Review

    It's fun covering the latest knife trends. Case in point, the whole titanium flipper framelock schtick has has been an absolute blast. That said, I love it when a knife company completely bucks the trend and comes out ... continue reading

  • Emerson Horseman Review Emerson Horseman Review

    I have bought a number of Emerson knives under the guise that they were going to be my next EDC. Ernest's blades have an American bravado to them that I really enjoy, and on several occasions I've found myself say, "O ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Southard Flipper Review Spyderco Southard Flipper Review

    If you have been following the production knife scene the past couple years, then you know that titanium framelock flippers have gotten extremely hot. This has a lot to do with custom and mid-tech makers that often se ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Turbulence Review Kershaw Turbulence

    I've mentioned in previous reviews that I sometimes find that Kershaw's product line falls into a bit of a slump. In the $20-50 range you have a number of what I feel are quite frankly, forgettable knives. Typically i ... continue reading

  • Strider SnG Review Strider SnG Review

    For many knife collectors the Strider SnG is a holy grail of sorts. Much like the Chris Reeve Sebenza, the Strider SnG represents the top of the line for production grade folders. Toss in a Hinderer XM, and you have w ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Cryo Review Kershaw Cryo Review

    At long last, the Kershaw Cryo. This is another one of those Hinderer/KAI collabs that tantalized knife collectors back at SHOT Show 2011 (or was it 2012? the years just blend together). Whichever year it was, we wait ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Techno Review Spyderco Techno Review

    The Spyderco Techno is a small titanium framelock folder with all the fixings. It is designed by Polish maker Marcin Slysz, who doesn't seem to have much in the way of background information on the internet. According ... continue reading

  • Brous Blades Silent Soldier Flipper Review Silent Soldier Flipper Review

    Ah, it seems like only yesterday I was sitting down with up and coming knifemaker Jason Brous. Jason is a maker that caught my eye early on - his wild designs and youthful ambition told me this would be someone to wat ... continue reading

  • ESEE Candiru Review ESEE Candiru Review

    Small, sharp, and damn near indestructible. If you want the short version of my Candiru review, that was it. Coming from ESEE, a company with a pedigree for making tough as nails outdoors and survival blades, that sho ... continue reading

  • Cold Steel Mini Tuff Lite Review Cold Steel Mini Tuff Lite Review

    When you get into collecting knives it is easy to get caught up in the moment. There is so much cool stuff out there that if you aren't careful you can easily get sucked away in a torrent of carbon fiber and titanium. ... continue reading

  • Hogue EX01 Review img-hogue-ex01-01-thumb

    Hogue, a company best known for their gun grips and rifle stocks, has recently entered the realm of high end production knives. This is a pretty bold move for any company. After all, to quote Borormir in the the Lord ... continue reading

  • Boker Pipsqueak Review Boker Pipsqueak Review Thumbnail

    The Boker Pipsqueak is a "little big knife" designed by Neil Blackwood of Blackwood Custom Knives and manufactured by Boker in Solingen, Germany. As an urbanite who primarily carries a knife for utility purposes, I ha ... continue reading

  • Famars Lama Prima Edizione Review Famars Lama Thumbnail

    A relative newcomer to the cutlery scene, Famars is a company best known for crafting extremely high end shotguns. In fact, they happen to be the largest high end shotgun manufacturer in the world. Headquartered in Ga ... continue reading

  • Benchmade 940 Review Benchmade 940 Review

    If you are as obsessed with knives as I am, you may be on the hunt for "the perfect EDC knife." You know, the one blade that has it all. Naturally, it is the perfect size, features great materials, is beautifully desi ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder Review Spyderco Lum Chinese Review

    Having previously reviewed a number of Bob Lum's creations (including the Spyderco Lum Tanto and the Benchmade Onslaught) I have always enjoyed Lum's elegant approach to designing knives. The Lum Chinese Folder is no ... continue reading

  • CRKT Ikoma Sampa Review CRKT Sampa Review

    This is a guest post by my buddy Eric, aka "Ebbs" from HausofGuns.com. Eric is the founder, editor, and main contributor to HausofGuns.com, a Gun & Gear Review website for the Average Joe Shooter. After 12 months of r ... continue reading

  • CRKT S.P.E.W. Review CRKT Spew Review

    Ah, the CRKT SPEW... So we need to get one thing out of the way; the name chosen for this knife is a little funky. I kind of danced around that issue in my video review, but I'm just going to straight up say it here. ... continue reading

  • Buck Vantage Pro Review Buck Vantage

    I know my father has a couple Buck Knives stashed away in a sock drawer somewhere, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that a majority of American men over the age of 40 are in a similar position. Buck is known for m ... continue reading

  • Benchmade 581 Barrage Review Benchmade 581 Review

    Benchmade has always struck me as a company that both innovates and inspires. They can take a functional object, refine it's performance, and give it a slight twist to elevate a knife something beyond mere G10 and ste ... continue reading

  • Iain Sinclair CardSharp 2 Review Iain Sinclair CardSharp 2 Review

    I can safely say that the Iain Sinclair CardSharp 2 is unlike anything else I have previously reviewed. A few months back the folks at Iain Sinclair contacted me about reviewing their latest version of their lightweig ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Review Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Knife Review

    I get reader requests from time to time to take a look at a particular knife. I try to oblige, although it isn't always possible. I really appreciate the feedback and it's extremely humbling to hear that someone wants ... continue reading

  • Zero Tolerance 0350 Review Zero Tolerance 0350 Review

    My Zero Tolerance 0300 got a lot of looks when I carried it around. At over 9" long and with a weight of 8.6 ounces, it definitely raised some eyebrows. The excellent S30V blade was a force to be reckoned with, and I ... continue reading

  • Benchmade Mini Griptilian Review Benchmade Mini Griptilian Review

    As much as I enjoy discussing the latest and greatest knives, sometimes we need to stop and appreciate the modern classics. As someone who tries to stay on top of all the new stuff coming out, I can tell you that the ... continue reading

  • SOG Visionary II Review SOG Visionary II Review

    To many, SOG is known for their more inexpensive knives. As far as folders go, when you say "SOG Knives" people often have images of the Aegis, Trident and Flash in their head. Perhaps a SEAL Pup fixed blade might be ... continue reading

  • Cold Steel Voyager Review img-cold-steel-voyager-01-thumb

    New for 2011, the updated Cold Steel Voyagers are taking the knife world by storm. There was a lot to like about the original CS Voyagers, but as technologies advance old classics need updating. And I gotta say, the n ... continue reading

  • Chris Reeve Knives Umnumzaan Review CRK Umnumzaan

    The ink had barely dried on my Sebenza review. I was sitting peaceably at my desk and distinctly remember saying how it would be a good while before I got my hands on another Chris Reeve knife. Shockingly enough it wa ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Nerve Review Kershaw Nerve

    I could probably spend all of my time writing about Kershaw budget EDC blades. Their roster is deep, and for many it can be a challenge to pick out just one. Thankfully they are all pretty good so the odds are great t ... continue reading

  • CRKT Shenanigan Review img-crkt-shenanigan-01-thumb

    I find myself typing this review as I usually do, in the wee hours of the morning. Dregs from a once cold beer are drying on the side of the glass at my desk, and knives scattered across the room are glinting faintly ... continue reading

  • Benchmade 890 Torrent Review img-benchmade-890-torrent-01-thumb

    It has been decided - I am a total sucker for a cool "gentleman's tactical folder." I remember first drooling over the 890 Torrent when it came out in 2009. Flash forward a couple years, and today I am the proud owner ... continue reading

  • Chris Reeve Knives Small Sebenza 21 Review Chris Reeve Knives Sebenza 21 Review

    I don't think many people get into the hobby of collecting knives with the idea that one day they will buy a pocket knife that costs hundreds of dollars. Well, at least I didn't start out my little edged adventure ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Volt II Review Kershaw Volt II Review

    It's been too long since I've examined a nice budget EDC blade. This time around I picked up a Kershaw Volt II, and could immediately tell that I grabbed a real winner. First off, the original Kershaw Volt is a true c ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Dragonfly Review Spyderco Dragonfly Review

    The Spyderco Dragonfly is a knife that, frankly, I didn't think I would like. As far as every day carry goes, I'm into medium to large size folders. Maybe it's a macho thing, I really don't know, but I just felt like ... continue reading

  • CRKT M16 Review CRKT M16 Review

    My recent reviews of the CRKT Minimalist and the Drifter have proven that CRKT is legitimate contender in the affordable EDC game. But for many this is old news as knives like the popular CRKT M16 have been around for ... continue reading

  • Boker S2 Review Boker S2 Review

    I've been drooling over Sniper Bladeworks custom knives for a long time now. For the uninitiated, Sniper Bladeworks is the brainchild of Lance Abernathy and Jody Muller. Jody handles fabrication and Lance comes up wit ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Delica 4 Review Spyderco Delica

    Ah, the Spyderco Delica - is there a more classic EDC design? Well, if we are talking about modern folding knives, I'd argue there really isn't. One of Spyderco's most popular knives, the Delica 4, is the brand's brea ... continue reading

  • SOG Aegis Review img-sog-aegis-03-thumb

    The term "aegis" has ancient roots. Commonly used in Greek mythology, aegis means "protector" and has been often symbolized in the form of a shield. In many ways the SOG Aegis is emblematic of a protector as well. If ... continue reading

  • Benchmade Bone Collector Mini Review img-benchmade-bone-collector-06-thumb

    I must confess I never grew up hunting. It was something my family never got into, and so I was deprived of that early introduction to the classic hunting knives that so many Americans get to enjoy. (My family was big ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Needs Work Review Kershaw Needs Work Review

    In my opinion the wharncliffe is one of the most under-appreciated blade shapes out there. Many may write the shape off as a novelty, but in my experience a wharncliffe blade can be incredibly useful for a lot of ever ... continue reading

  • Cold Steel Recon 1 Review img-cold-steel-recon-1-01-thumb

    I love it when knife companies refine their existing designs. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for new and exciting models, but I'm almost more excited when a "good" knife turns into a "great" one. Cold Steel did just that ... continue reading

  • SOG Flash II Review img-sog-flash-ii-01-thumb

    SOG is a company that has always intrigued me. They have eschewed the more mainstream model of production knife design, which typically involves a team of in-house designers and a deep roster of freelancers, instead f ... continue reading

  • CRKT Drifter Review CRKT Drifter Review

    For those who can't get enough high value EDC knives, or simply need a tool for every day use that is both well made and inexpensive, I think it's going to be tough to ignore the CRKT Drifter. For some, this may be th ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Sage 1 Review Spyderco Sage 1

    A while back I took a look at the Spyderco Sage 2. The Sage 2 is an absolutely fantastic knife and with it's eye catching titanium handle, I find that the Sage 1 often plays second fiddle. Case in point, it has taken ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Blur Review Kershaw Blur Review

    While I enjoy reviewing all kinds of knives, it's the mid size edc "working man's" knives that I especially enjoy reviewing because these mid size EDC's are what spend the most time in my pockets and in my hands. The ... continue reading

  • CRKT Ripple Review img-crkt-ripple-01-thumb

    The CKRT Ripple is a design that had me doing a double take. The flowing lines and sharp looks were very "Ken Onion-y" and upon closer inspection the knife was in fact designed by Ken Onion. It turns out Mr. Onion has ... continue reading

  • CRKT Folts Minimalist Review CKRT Minimalist Review

    The CRKT Folts Minimalist is an intriguing design from acclaimed custom knifemaker Allan Folts. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Folts (there may be an Alan Folts interview in the mix - stay tuned) an ... continue reading

  • Benchmade Dejavoo 740 Review Benchmade Dejavoo

    Today I am taking a look at the ultra classy Benchmade Dejavoo. Designed by the late Bob Lum, known for his simple and elegant designs and the Dejavoo is no exception. Now that he is no longer with us, his custom piec ... continue reading

  • Al Mar Hawk Ultralight Review Al Mar Hawk Review

    From big to small, I review them all. That little jingle may be pretty lame, but it is also pretty true. My last review was of the ESEE Junglas, 16 inches of high carbon steel. Worth a look if want a knife that you ca ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Manix 2 Review Spyderco Manix 2 Review

    The Manix 2 is one of those knives that I have been meaning to review pretty much since the start of this website. I've examined a lot of blades since then and now I finally have my thoughts on the Manix 2 together an ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Junkyard Dog II Review img-kershaw-junkyard-dog-ii-05-thumb

    To the average person the pocket knife has remained virtually unchanged over the years. But as collectors and enthusiasts know, this industry is full of innovation. In fact, I argue that there has been more innovation ... continue reading

  • Mcusta MC-1 img-mcusta-mc1-2-thumb

    Nestled in the heart of Seki Japan, Mcusta has been a part of Japan's renown knifemaking industry since 1964. Often compared to Solingen, Germany, Seki is a knife-nut's dream. Rich in resources such as iron sand, char ... continue reading

  • Emerson CQC7 Review Emerson CQC7

    With so much buzz about tactical knives these days, it's easy to get swept up in the latest trends. While I have seen a lot of great new knives come out recently, I'm still drawn to the classics... and you can't talk ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Sage 2 Review Spyderco Sage 2 Review

    Today I am looking at another beautiful knife, the Spyderco Sage 2. The Sage series is designed to pay homage to various pioneers in the knifemaking industry and to recognize some of the talented custom knifemakers th ... continue reading

  • Boker SubCom Review img-boker-subcom-01-thumb

    Boker has recently done some great collaborations with custom knife makers (like the previously reviewed Boker Eskelibur). The Boker SubCom is another collaborative effort, this time with designer Chad Los Banos. A ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Endura Review Spyderco Endura Review

    The Spyderco Endura is a knife that you won't fully appreciate until you hold it in your hand. I remember when I first saw this blade at a local gun show. I had heard a lot about the Endura from friends and on various ... continue reading

  • Benchmade Griptilian Review img-benchmade-griptilian-01-thumb

    The Benchmade Griptilian is practically a household name in the knife world. It is one of Benchmade's most popular designs and it appears in countless variations. And for each of these variations I know there are cou ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Leek Review img-kershaw-leek-01-thumb

    The Kershaw Leek is a very popular EDC knife designed by legendary custom knife maker Ken Onion. Between the Zero Tolerance knives and a couple other Kershaw reviews I have done, Ken Onion knives have received a lot ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Gayle Bradley Review Spyderco Gayle Bradley Knife Review

    The Spyderco Gayle Bradley (C134CF) is one of those knives that was built for use and abuse, but is so nice I wasn't sure if I could bring myself to really scuff it up. I guess the only reasonable answer is to buy two ... continue reading

  • ESEE Izula II Review ESEE Izula II Review

    Ah, the ESEE Izula, one of the most iconic small fixed blade knives of our time. Named after an infamous South American Ant, the Izula was designed to be a small, sharp, and incredibly tough blade for outdoor and ever ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Native Review img-spyderco-native-thumb

    On paper the Spyderco Native looks like a truly awesome knife. Made in Golden Colorado, its light weight and small footprint make it ideal for EDC while it's S30V blade is made from some of the finest knifemaking ste ... continue reading

  • Cold Steel AK-47 Review img-cold-steel-ak47-thumb-01

    The original AK-47 rifle was designed by Russian Gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1946. These guns were designed to be simple and rugged, and for these reasons the AK-47 design has enjoyed much popularity for over 60 ... continue reading

  • Benchmade 14210 Heckler and Koch Snody Review Benchmade HK 14210 Review

    For those looking for a rock solid edc knife with a sub 3" blade, the Benchmade 14210 may be just the ticket. This knife is part of Benchmade's Heckler and Koch (HK) line, which is a partnership between the two compan ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Caly3 Carbon Fiber Review img-spyderco-caly3-cf2-thumb

    Hands down the best part about operating a site like bladereviews.com is the excuse to play around with bad ass knives like the Spyderco Caly3 Carbon Fiber. This special version of the Caly3 uses exotic Japanese lamin ... continue reading

  • Boker 01BO001 - Exskelibur I Review Boker Exskelibur

    Every now and then I see a knife that I absolutely have to own. Now, believe it or not, my collection of knives is small in comparison to the size (and value) of many knife collectors, so I like to think I exercise so ... continue reading

  • Cold Steel American Lawman Review img-cold-steel-american-lawman-thumb-01

    When I hear the words "hard use folder" it's often accompanied by a mental image of dollar signs. For whatever reason, we have equated hard working blades with titanium, super steel, and triple digit price tags. Those ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Skyline Review Kershaw Skyline Review

    High value EDC knives always catch my eye so today I will be taking a look at the ultra high value Kershaw Skyline. The Skyline is an American-made, lightweight, EDC knife with all the features you would expect from a ... continue reading

  • Benchmade 950 Rift Review Benchmade 950 Rift Review

    Ah, the Benchmade 950 Rift. What a sweet piece of steel. The Rift originally came out in 2008 as part of Benchmade's "black class" which are designed to be military and police grade blades built for extreme duty. Des ... continue reading

  • Kershaw Ken Onion Scallion Review Kershaw Scallion

    The Kershaw Ken Onion Scallion is another one of those timeless EDC knives that should be considered by collectors and enthusiasts alike. The Scallion is a remarkable little blade that shares some great similarities ... continue reading

  • Spyderco Tenacious Review Spyderco Tenacious Review

    I found the Spyderco Tenacious when I was looking for a good sized EDC knife on a budget. I did some research and saw the Spyderco Tenacious ticked a lot of my boxes. At the time I was interested in a knife with a fu ... continue reading

  • Smith & Wesson CH400DLB Cuttin Horse Smith and Wesson Cuttin Horse Review

    The Smith & Wesson CH400DLB Cuttin Horse is another unusual offering from S&W. This knife is actually 2 knives in one, and for $15 I think it is just a plain cool knife. Lets take a closer look at what makes the Cutti ... continue reading

  • Smith & Wesson SWMP5LS M&P Review Smith and Wesson SWMP5LS

    The Smith & Wesson SWMP5LS M&P is an interesting looking EDC blade that is the subject of today's review. What we have here is a second generation MAGIC assisted opening knife. If you are unfamiliar with the MAGIC sys ... continue reading

  • Smith & Wesson SW423B Oasis Linerlock Knife Smith and Wesson 423b Oasis

    Smith & Wesson's SW423B Oasis is a robust liner lock knife. This is Smith and Wesson Knives' bread and butter; a no frills, rock solid folding knife done right at a price anyone can afford. The entire knife is ... continue reading

  • Schrade SMEDB/SMEDY California Issue Knife img-smedb-thumb

    The Schrade SMEDB California Issue is often referred to as a large version of the Schrade SCALY a very popular small folding knife that can be easily converted in to a "California Legal" automatic knife. Mo ... continue reading

  • Schrade Extreme Survival Assisted OTF img-extreme-survival-otf-thumb

    I was at a gun show outside New Orleans when I first saw the Schrade Extreme Survival Assisted Out The Front (OTF). I think I said something like "Dang that is COOL" when I first shot the blade out the front of the kn ... continue reading

  • Schrade Old Timer: Sharpfinger Schrade Sharpfinger

    The Schrade 152OT, more commonly referred to as the Schrade Sharpfinger is one of Schrade's most iconic designs. The Sharpfinger was originally produced in 1974 and has been in production now for over 35 years. It's ... continue reading

  • Schrade SCALY California Issue Pocket Knife Schrade SCALY

    The Schrade SCALY is small knife that has received a large amount of attention. There is a lot of interest in a discrete, legal, automatic knife and the Schrade SCALY claims to be just that. Below is my review of the ... continue reading


What to Look For in a Good EDC Knife

Over the years I have found out what I like in an EDC blade, and I will attempt to discuss that for those wanting a little more guidance in selecting their own EDC knife. Naturally, there are a lot of EDC knives to choose from and it’s largely a decision made on personal preference. What is about to follow here is just my opinion so please keep that in mind.

General Dimensions

I have found that I really like carrying a smaller knife for EDC. I have several reasons for this. First, I like something lightweight that doesn’t take up much room in my pockets. I simply prefer a more minimalist style of EDC and have a slimmed down wallet, key chain and flashlight so it only makes sense that I reach for a slimmed down knife as well. This isn’t always the case, and it depends on what I’m doing that day, but for my “urban carry” I find a knife like the Spyderco Dragonfly works just fine. Some might think I am “undergunned” with this knife but I find it’s got plenty of performance for common tasks and doesn’t alarm the public. I may pair this with a larger tactical knife or I might go with something slightly larger with say a 3″ blade – like a Spyderco Sage or something along those lines.

Blade Steel

Believe it or not, the blade steel isn’t a huge factor for me. Don’t get me wrong, it needs to have a decent steel but I find that I’m pretty particular about sharpening and maintenance so if it starts to lose it’s edge I give the knife a touch up. VG10, 154CM, heck even 8Cr13MoV works fine for me when it comes to my EDC blade.

Corrosion resistance may be a property people look for in their EDC knife steel – and if you use your knife for a lot of dirty jobs or food prep, I might be inclined to agree. That said I think most modern steels offer plenty of corrosion resistance – it’s gonna come down to where you live and what you do.

Handle, Ergonomics and Pocket Clip

Handle material doesn’t always play a huge role for me either. I like a quality material but I especially appreciate a handle design that is lightweight, strong and offers decent grip. This could be anything from FRN (reinforced plastic) to Carbon Fiber over stainless steel liners.

Good ergonomics is one thing I find absolutely essential in my EDC knife. These blades get a lot of use so it must work well in my hand. It’s gotta be big enough to provide a comfortable grip and I prefer features like thumb ramps and choils for added control.

The pocket clip is another crucial factor to a good EDC knife. I like tip up carry, and I like a nice discrete carry. The clip needs to be sturdy, have good retention and not stand out so much. I like a nice blackened clip or a small wire clip. For me the clip doesn’t have to be an ultra deep carry clip, but it should ride fairly low in the pocket.

Deployment and Lockup

A good deployment system is very important if the knife is going with me every day. Thumb studs or a thumb hole are my preferred methods – but a good flipper works too. The important thing is that the knife opens easily and consistently without a lot of concentration.

Lockup isn’t super important in an EDC knife. Obviously it needs to be decently secure with little to no blade play, but I don’t require my EDC blade to lock up like Fort Knox. I tend to gravitate towards lockbacks, liner locks and axis lock knives for EDC but really anything could work here – as long as its strong enough for regular tasks and is easy enough to disengage.

Selecting the right EDC Knife – Final Thoughts

These were just some general guidelines for you to consider based on my own experiences. Really you are going to want to try out a few different knives to see what you really like – and as you do that your tastes will change. For me a nice discrete knife that doesn’t weigh me down or scare the public is what I like best. Then again I often find myself in an urban environment. If you work on a ranch or need a strong utility knife then my idea of EDC and yours will be very different. The important thing is find something that works and to carry what you like.

Comments

  1. says

    for me, an EDC knife is all you described., emphasis for me should be on one hand, ,thumb hole opening. ergonomics, as you call it, is also important. i have to like the way the knife fits in my hand or the whole thing is sort of an exercise in futility!blade shape is also an important consideration for me, tho not so much quite so.

    • says

      Thank you Mike! I agree, ergonomics (well, how it fits in your hand) is critical – otherwise it just doesn’t get used. Thanks for stopping by my friend. Take care.

      Dan

  2. Bill says

    In regards to your review of the Cardsharp 2…

    I purchased a couple of the original Cardsharp some time ago. One to leave in the box and the other to actually use. I have to say that the original incarnation of this knife was as sharp as the devil right out of the box. I did the paper test the same as you did in this review and it took nearly no effort. I was quite impressed, actually. I received my order for the Cardsharp 2 in the mail today with high expectations. I’ll put it mildly by saying it was not the highlight of my day. The condition of the blade was exactly as yours. I’m actually surprised they even sent it to you and requested you review it. I would be embarrassed. The only improvement to the design is the locking mechanism. The first one only had a minor lip which the blade tucked under to keep it in place. Maybe quality suffered on this model because they wanted to meet demand faster this time. Their first model was hard to get your hands on unless you were willing to wait a month or so. But at least that one was worth it. As a backup blade, this thing is great (if it’s as sharp as the first one). Anyone expecting more and bashing it for not being so may as well go and give a Prius a bad review for not keeping up with a Lamborghini.

    • says

      Hey Bill,

      Thanks for the insight, it’s great to have someone here that owns both the first and second generation of this knife. I do not know what exactly was going on with the edge – I thought maybe I got one of the earlier versions of the CS 2, and maybe they were still working out the kinks. To be honest, it’s not a huge deal for me since I was able to put an edge on it without much effort, but it’s a pretty large detail to overlook for a knife.

      That said, I think you summed it up well – this is a backup blade at best, and you really shouldn’t expect full size knife performance out of it. It’s also a cool design for people who appreciate that sort of thing.

      Thanks again,

      Dan

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