EDC knives are a must-have for enthusiasts. The concept of EDC or everyday carry is to have a set of items you carry around with you daily. Common components of an average EDC kit include a multi-tool, in addition to a flashlight, and of course, one of the better and more reliable EDC knives.
It’s hard to decide which of the many wonderful EDC knives are best suited as well as compatible for you. There are a ton of factors to consider which might make you feel overwhelmed. Well don’t let your blades get dull while you weigh your options, we’ve done the legwork for you. Check out our list of the best EDC knives out there.
How do you go about choosing which of the EDC knives suit you? A simple rule of thumb is whatever you choose, you have to be comfortable carrying it around with you all the time. If it’s too big or bulky for your pocket, then that’s a no go. Furthermore, if it doesn’t fit your hand well you shouldn’t go for it either.
Next, you’ve got to think about what you’ll be using the knife for. If it’s for simple things like opening letters or screwing screws, something lightweight is fine. If you’ve got more heavy-duty tasks in mind like cutting rope, whittling or even dressing wildlife, then you’ll need something sturdy.
1. Columbia River Knife & Tool Squid frame lock knife
Affectionately referred to as the Squid because of its shape, This CRKT knife was designed by Lucas Burnley. It’s compact but has a bunch of features. It has a low profile pocket clip to keep it secure, in addition to a lanyard hole for an additional keychain and friction grooves for enhanced grip. It uses 8Cr13MoV steel. While not top end, if you sharpen it correctly and care for your blade properly it will do the job well.
2. Ontario Rat II
Rat II is one of Ontario’s more popular EDC knives. It’s a folding knife so it’s very compact when you aren’t using it. It’s made from Japanese AUS-8 steel. AUS-8 is considered upper range steel. It’s hard, tough and corrosion-resistant. Rat II uses a thumb stud deployment method. This means it is easy to get out should the need arise.
3. Benchmade Bugout
A bugout bag is a bag that you keep prepared with essentials in case of an emergency. The Benchmade Bugout is one of the perfect EDC knives to carry and suit that mentality. It uses CPM-S30V steel which has been proven to be more effective in cutting. CPM-S30V is considered a premium grade steel.
The Bugout is a flick knife, with a drop-point blade. It is compact, and to us, its high-quality steel is a huge plus factor.
4. Spyderco Paramilitary 2
Spyderco is a company that prides itself on constant improvement. Their Paramilitary 2 knife has several improvements over its earlier iteration. The handle is narrowed, improving the ergonomics, the blade profile is thinner as well making holding the knife more comfortable.
The Paramilitary 2 is also ambidextrous, perfect for left-handers. All in all the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is an amazing EDC knife to carry.
5. Benchmade 940
The Benchmade 940 is considered one of the classic EDC knives. It is slim, stylish and sturdy. It uses high-end to premium CPM steel and comes with an aluminum, carbon fiber or G10 handle. Definitely one of the go-to EDC knives.
6. Benchmade 581 Barrage Folding Knife
Another entrant on this list from Benchmade, the Benchmade 581 Barrage Folding Knife is simple and elegant. It is lightweight and functional. While some might consider the size of the knife a bit too big to be classified as EDC, we believe it’s a good marriage of EDC knives and tactical knives.
The handle is boxy but not uncomfortable and it has a good balance. It’s a great knife and a testament to Benchmade’s quality.
7. Kershaw 1555TI Cryo SpeedSafe
The Cyro by Kershaw is an amazing choice for EDC. It’s designed by Rick Hinderer, an ex-firefighter and EMT. It’s practical and sturdy. The Cyro is made from pure stainless steel and coated with titanium. It’s tactical and suitable for hard and tough use.
8. Spyderco Tenacious
The Spyderco Tenacious has a G10 handle with steel liners that increase the handle’s rigidity and strength without making it unnecessarily bulky.
It has a leaf-shaped blade made of 8Cr13MoV steel, this allows for increased cutting performance. You can release the blade one-handed with your thumb. This is extremely useful, especially when you need your other hand to steady or hold something else.
9. Boker Plus Subcom F
The Subcom from Boker is very unique looking when compared to other EDC knives. It uses AUS-8 stainless steel and comes in black or grey. The blade is partially serrated, which is great for cutting through harder objects. It will also stay sharper for longer. The liner in the handle also allows you to grip the knife comfortably despite its small size.
10. Kershaw Blur (Black)
The Kershaw Blur is equipped with a big, slightly recurved blade that’s ideal for multitasking. Multitasking a crucial factor for an EDC knife. The shape of the blade makes it ideal for slicing and piercing.
The material is corrosion-resistant and hard. The handle of the blade is made from aircraft aluminium making it light and durable. It can be opened with one hand and comes with a reversible pocket clip for tip-up or tip-down carry.
11. Spyderco Dragonfly 2
Another in the Spyderco series of EDC knives, the Dragonfly 2 features improvements over the original. It has a mid-sized blade, ergonomic handle, a front-finger choil, and a spine cusp. It also comes with a high-performance flat-grind blade for extra sharpness.
The Dragonfly 2 fits the hand ergonomically and is a great EDC option.
12. Gerber Paraframe Mini
The Paraframe Mini by Gerber is a small lightweight knife. It has an open frame which helps to reduce its weight. Being easy on the pocket is a good quality of an EDC knife. The minimalist design contributes to its clean look. Weighing just two ounces, it’s an option to consider if you’re looking to reduce your load.
13. Boker Magnum Lil Friend
The Magnum Lil Friend by Boker is a nice mini knife. It has a drop-point blade and is incredibly sharp. Made from 440 steel, it comes with a Kydex sheath so you can safely carry it in your pocket.
14. Benchmade Triage
If you live in an area prone to natural disasters, the Benchmade Triage is perfect for you. It’s a dynamic triple utility tool. It has a knife, a safety hook and a glass breaker. The glass breaker is very useful for emergencies as it is specifically designed to break the glass.
It’s good enough to break your front windshield glass which is usually designed to be extra resistant. Using a glass breaker instead of your blade will help to keep your tools in good condition.
15. Al Mar Mini Sere 2000
This knife was designed for the US Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) school. It was designed in the ‘80s and since then, there have been no modifications to it. That’s a testament to the efficacy of its design.
In addition, it comes with a 3” blade and weighs 3.5 ounces. That’s a fair weight and size for an EDC tool. It’s an all-rounder, combining great piercing capability with good strength and slicing performance.
16. Gerber GDC Tech Skin Pocket Knife
The Gerber GDC Tech Skin Pocket Knife is everything most of us look for in our EDC knives. It’s compact, stylish and practical. The GDC is wrapped in rubberized material. This makes it incredibly easy to grip. In addition, it is also covered in a non-scratch coating. You can confidently carry the GDC in your pocket or leave it in your bag without worrying about your other devices suffering scratches.
17. SOG Spec Arc Folding Knife
A good EDC knife should be versatile. The Spec Arc folding knife is designed with multi-purpose use in mind. It uses an Arc-Lock which allows the knife to be used ambidextrously. It also utilizes high-end Japanese steel. The steel can maintain a high level of hardness without becoming brittle.
18. Gerber 06 Auto Knife
Gerber knives are EDC knives known for their strength as well as their durability and they are specially made for heavy use. The 06 Auto Knife has an oversized release button which you can depress while wearing safety gloves and it also has a slide safety that can be engaged in both open and closed positions. It’s an ideal work knife that also doubles as a cool EDC item.
19. Hardcore Hardware MILF Knife
What a cool looking folding knife. Beyond looking cool, the MILF knife from Hardcore Hardware isn’t messing around. The MILF has a Torx head pivot point. This allows you to adjust the speed of the knife draw to suit your preference. The handle is 3D textured for a firm grip. It also comes with a removable stainless steel thumb stud. You can adjust the thumb stud to any of the three holes located on the blade. A versatile blade for enthusiasts.
20. Cold Steel American Lawman
The American Lawman is named as such because it’s designed to be used by those in law enforcement. This is a big rugged knife that doesn’t mess around. It’s designed to perform in any environment but still, be comfortable and easy to use and carry. It has blades that are also Diamond-like coated (DLC) to make them stronger and resistant to corrosion.
It is important though to keep in mind the laws of the area you’re residing in. Some places prohibit the carry and use of blades of a certain length and others require you to be licensed. Always be aware of the safety regulations you need to adhere to, and you won’t go wrong.
Overall, being an EDC enthusiast is cool – it’s gratifying to know that you’re always prepared for any eventuality.