“EDC”, stands for the term “Everyday Carry”, which is used for categorizing items that can be carried around consistently anywhere/everywhere. These items help us in dealing with our day-to-day tasks or even emergency situations. Popular EDC items include the likes of flashlights, knives, multi-tools, smartphones, wallets, notebooks, pens, etc. Among these, the EDC knives play a key role, whether they are used indoors or outdoors. The small but sturdy handle and blade allow it to be easily carried around in fanny packs, small day packs, cargo pant pockets or even long boots. Their uses can be very versatile from acting as a utensil/tool in your daily household tasks to a life saver in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking or hunting. These are the best EDC knives currently available in the market for 2017.
1. Kershaw Leek EDC Knife
Priced just under 40 bucks, the Kershaw EDC knife is a very popular one in the ‘Leek Series’. The award-winning custom knife maker, Ken Onion’s unique designs are clearly visible in the Leek knife and the most prominent of these features is the ‘SpeedSafe’. With this special knife opening system, you can easily use it with only one hand (whether it is right or left). The spring action that is unique to ‘Kershaw’ knives gives it the feel of an ‘automatic’ knife. Both the blade and the handle are made of Stainless steel with a cosmetic finish (via bead blasting). This allows for a slimmer look and makes it quicker to draw out too. The USA made knife’s weight is around 85 grams (3 ounces) which make it lightweight and easy to use. The blade length is 3 inches (7.6 centimeters), overall length is 7 inches (17.9 centimeters) and the closed length is around 4 inches (10.3 centimeters).
2. Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Knife
Spyderco’s Tenacious Plain Edge Knife is one of the top entries in this best EDC knives list. With a great lock up mechanism and added features, it is well worth the price of just over 40 bucks. The material of the handle is ‘G-10’ and is black laminated, which allows for a steady hold. The steel liners that are skeletonized inside the handle increases the knife’s handle strength. They make its use very easy without adding unwanted bulkiness to the handle. The blade is made of ‘8Cr13Mov’ stainless steel with a length of 3 3/8 inches (86 millimeters). It is shaped like a leaf and the spine to cutting edge is ground flat, making its cutting performance excellent. The knife’s large round hole coupled with the spine that is textured, allows you to place your thumb on the spine and open the blade in a slip-proof easy way. With a weight of 115 grams (4 ounces), it also has a jimped liner and 4-way pocket clip that enables you to carry it either left-handed or right-handed (tip-down or tip-up).
3. Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife
The Ontario RAT knife comes with an open post construction feature which allows for easy cleaning. The handle is black colored; the 4-way position pocket clip and lanyard hole give a wide array of carrying options. The locking mechanism of this knife is called ‘Liner Lock’, which makes the opening/closing of the blade very smooth. The make of the blade itself is ‘AUS-8 Steel’ with a 55-56 HCR hardness which allows for a good balance and a perfect sharpness. With a good weight of just around 5 ounces the knife’s nylon made a handle and spine jimping, creates a perfect ergonomic design which grants a great control. It’s open length is 8.5 inches and closed length is 4.5 inches and ‘Thumb Stud’ mechanism makes one-hand opening very easy as well. The flat ground blade and satin finish of this knife make it worthy enough of a price of just under 30 bucks.
4. Kershaw Ken Onion Leek Folding Knife
This knife is another perfect specimen of Kenshaw’s Leek knives series with its serrated shape and ‘Sandvik 14C28N’ stainless steel blade. The specialized handle is made from ‘410 stainless steel’ with an advanced coating that provides a technologically augmented performance. Both the handle and blade have a cutting-edge, sleek bead-blasted finish. Weighing nearly 3 ounces, its blade length is around 3 inches and the closed length is nearly 4 inches. Made in the USA, this knife also comes with a special pocket clip that allows easily reversible handling (tip-up/tip-down). Designed by the world renowned custom knife maker, ‘Ken Onion’ this knife is a perfect knife for your everyday carry for a price of just under $40. His signature feature, known as ‘SpeedSafe’ grants a method to open the blade by one hand, whether it is by your left hand or right hand. This makes it very safe and easy to use the ‘K.O. Leek knife’ in your daily activities.
5. Ontario RAT II Folder Knife
Priced just under $30, the Ontario RAT II folder knife has a superb 3-inch finish of satin and a plain edge blade that is taper grind and fully flat. The look and feel of this EDC knife are very “high-end” and the lightweight, compact design assures a good performance and comfort. When open it has an overall length of 7 inches and when closed it measures around 4.1 inches. The blade has a hardness rate of 55-56 hrc and is made out of ‘Aus-8’ stainless steel and also comes with a handle made of nylon. The 6 scales of black nylon on the handle grant a good grip and the interlock steel frame opens/ closes the knife with a solid click. The 4-way reversible pocket clip and the dual thumb studs make it ambidextrous and a great gift item for sure.
6. Kershaw Ken Onion Black Leek Folding Knife
Kreshaw’s Onion folding 1660CKT, is a classic knife in the ‘Leek’ range that also happens to come in a matte black coating. Both the ‘Sandvik 14C28N’ blade and ‘410 stainless steel’ handle are coated in a special substance called DLC (Diamond like Carbon), which makes it a hardy, scratch resistant one. It is a perfectly easy to carry the knife with a 3 inches, blade length and 7 inches, overall length. The frame lock locks the blade securely when using and the Tip-Lock slider can lock the close blade when folded (with a 4 inches length). The “SpeedSafe” feature allows for an easy one-handed opening of the blade regardless whether you are right or left-handed. It can be configured for tip-up or tip-down carry and the lanyard can be also used to secure the handle. Weighing 3 ounces and pricing just under $50, this EDC knife is manufactured in the USA.
7. Benchmade – Mini Griptilian 556 Knife
This Benchmade Mini Grptilian knife made it to this list of best EDC knives due to its Zen aesthetic look and perfectly balanced finish. Only with 2.68 ounces of weight, 29.1-inch length, and Drop-Point style, the blade is very slender and razor-sharp. Features like resistance against corrosion, toughness and good edge make it’s a well-rounded blade, which is made from American stainless steel (with a hardness rating of 58-61). It’s reversible tip-up coated clip, injection molded GFN (Glass Filled Nylon) handle and stainless steel liners are all made of durable materials. It also includes a mechanism that is made from 2 omega-style springs called, ‘AXIS’ which strengthens the locking bar to hold the knife tang firmly. Even though at a price of just over $90, this is a perfect, well worth knife for carrying around whether for use at work or any other outdoor activity.
8. Kershaw Black Blur Glassbreaker Knife
Just over $60, Kershaw’s black colored Glass breaker knife comes with a safe speed opener and a special locking system known as ‘Liner Lock’, which makes it truly worth the price. The ‘Sandvik 14C28N’ stainless steel blade that is coated with a ‘Diamond-like Carbon’ (DLC) coating has nifty partial scallop serration. The ‘6061-T6 anodized aluminum’ and the DLC-coated handle has ‘Trac-tec’ inserts that allow for a good grip. Weighing around 4.2 ounces, the overall length of the EDC knife covers 7.9 inches with a blade length of 3.4 inches and closed length of 4.5 inches. This USA made knife also comes with a handy pocket clip that can be used for tip-up or tip-down carrying. The specialized feature of it is the glass breaker tip that is built into the handle, made of Carbide. Its strength rivals the strength of steel which will surely make this a very resourceful tool in your day-to-day activities.
9. Outdoor Edge Razor-Lite EDC Folding Knife
This folding knife’s blade is very well-made of ‘420J2’ stainless steel and can be easily replaced. The strong steel spine of the Razor-Lite knife can be used for any cutting chores. It comes with a replaceable pocket clip that is used to easily carry the knife as well as the replacement blades. A sharp new blade can be inserted simply by pushing the lock button and removing the old one. The blade replacing can also be done quickly and efficiently with less trouble. The blade holder is coated with a black oxide that allows for added strength to hold the blade in place. The grivory (glass/nylon) handle that has rubberized TPR (Total Physical Response) inserts provide a non-slip, secure grip even when the knife is wet. The sizes of the blade and overall length of the knife are 3.5 inches and 8 inches respectively with a weight of around 2.8 ounces. Priced just over 20 bucks, the replacement packs that contains six blades has to be bought separately.
10. Buck’s Knight EDC Knife
With an elegant finish and stylish look, Buck’s knight knife is surely an EDC knife made for carrying around anywhere and everywhere. The blade is made from ‘420HC’ USA steel and comes with a closed length of 1 7/8 inches. This stainless steel is a type of chromium steel that allows the blade to resist corrosion. The carbon alloys used in it also gives it added durability and grants the opportunity to sharpen the blade easily as well. The blade is also dropped point and comes with a Rc 80, Rockwell hardness. Its weight is around 1.5 ounces and the Rosewood/Dymondwood handle which is combined with Nickel Silver bolsters makes it really eye catching. The easy to open, nail notch and the blade dropping down towards the tip (which reduces the risk of accidental puncturing) truly make this a very versatile and strong work knife.
11. Kershaw 1660PUR Leek Folding Knife
With a 3 inches blade length, a 4 inched closed length and a 7 inched overall length, the Kershaw 1660PUR knife, makes for a versatile knife with a good razor sharp edge. The ‘Sandvik 14C28N’’, bead-blast finished steel makes it excellent for piercing and slicing. The handle is also bead-blast finished and its purple color makes it a unique stand out in the Kershaw EDC knives collection. It’s permanently bonded to the aluminum and also resistant to fading and scratching. That means the colorful look and finish will remain for a long time. The special ‘SpeedSafe’ feature will allow it to be used single-handedly, using either hand very easily. With just a weight of around 3 ounces, it comes with a pocket clip that allows the knife to be carried tip-up or tip-down. The blade can be locked open when using, with the help of a special ‘locking liner’ and it can be closed when folded, with the aid of a ‘tip-lock slider’. Both these features provide added security and ease of use for this knife.
12. Benchmade – Griptilian 551 Knife
Even though this is the highest priced knife in this best EDC knives list, its design and durability make it a fine entry worthy enough of a price of just over $110. The American made ‘Griptilian 551’ has a drop-point style blade and the overall weight is around 3.88 ounces. The ‘154CM’ steel make of the blade allows a very good resistance to corrosion and retention to edge. The Glass Filled Nylon or GFN made the handle, offers a considerable strength to weight resistance as well. The 2 omega-style springs feature (known as AXIS) grants the toughness for the locking bar in order to hold the knife tang firmly in place. With the features of a 3.45 inches blade length, an 8.07 inched open length, a 4.62 inched closed length, a 0.115 inches blade thickness and a 0.64 inched handle thickness, the Griptilian 551 will surely be a knife well worth the money you spend.
13. Outdoor Edge RL-10 Razor Lite Knife
Priced just over $30, the Outdoor Edge RL-10 gives a solution to your dull blade problems via a 6 blade pack that can be used to easily replace over and over. Whenever the current blade gets dull and unusable, by simply pushing the lock button you can easily remove it and insert a sharp new blade, and will be good to go! The stainless steel blade made of ‘420J2’ steel is very sharp and is ideal for outdoor activities such as hunting and camping. The black colored handle provides a secure, non-slip grip (even when wet), as it is made of a rubberized ‘Total Physical Response’ or TPR material. Weighing nearly 6.4 ounces and measuring 8 inches overall (with a 3.5-inch blade), the RL-10 razor lite knife also comes with a black nylon belt sheath that grants easy everyday carry.
14. Buck Knives 0425 Folding Knife
Even though this knife is the lowest priced one in this best EDC knives list, it is definitely at the top of its game, when it comes to everyday carry and overall performance. The 0425 Buck knife is made in the USA and for a price of just over $10 its durability and usefulness is very high. The blade is ‘420HC’ steel made with the ‘lockback’ design that offers the best safety as well as strength. The drop point also allows a perfect retention of the edge and resistance to corrosion. With a 2 7/8 inched closed length and a 4 ¾ inched open length; its textured Valox handle comes in black color and grants a very firm grip. The 1.0 ounces of weight makes it practically weightless and its ability to be easily attached, even to a key chain allows for an effortless everyday carry.
15. Benchmade – Mini Griptilian 556 EDC Knife
The ‘Griptilian’ knife range always offers a high functionality and versatility when it comes to performance, and the mini ‘Griptilian 556’ is no exception. The knife made in the USA is made from durable materials and inventive mechanisms that make it a great ambidextrous tool. Its special AXIS feature (two super strong springs on each liner) gives extra strength and the reversible clip grants easy tip-up carry for the EDC knife. The 154CM stainless steel blade offers a razor sharp cutting and the GFN (Glass Filled Nylon) handle makes gripping smooth and firm. It’s 79.66 grams of weight, 7.39-centimeter blade length, 17.22-centimeter open length and other added features makes it well worth the price of just over 90 bucks.
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