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Best EDC Knife: Hints for Choosing Your Every Day Carry Knife

EDC knives review
Mark Foster
Written by Mark Foster

Choose one of the best EDC knife products for sale can seem like such a daunting task. The decisions you have to make can prove to be cumbersome if you do not know what to expect as you shop. You should spend some quality time becoming familiar with all the different types of EDC knives for sale.

Learn about features and discover what is available to you in terms of function and price. Concerning function, you need to approach the shopping task with a full understanding of what you plan to use the EDC knife for as well; just because you are shopping for one of many Every Day Carry knives, it does not mean they all have the same features, function, or purpose.

EDC Knife Blade Structure

So many features will play a role in the knife you choose, so it is important that you understand the basic structure of a knife. In understanding the basic design, you can begin to understand the available features that will serve your needs. An EDC knife has folding parts so it can be easily transported without injury.

EDC knife blade structure

The folding mechanism keeps the blade tucked away so you can put it in a bag, in your pocket, or clip it to your belt. The folding knife has unique mechanisms and tolerances. You will have to continue to maintain the blade of the weapon to ensure it is in working order once you have chosen one to buy.

Length of The Weapon

One consideration you face as you shop is the length of the knife. The average knives range in size from about two inches in length to five inches or more. If you opt for the smaller knives, it affords you greater control over the weapon when you are using it.

EDC knife length

The longer the blade, the more difficult it is to control the blade. Bear in mind that the laws where you reside may limit you to the size of the blade you can carry around with you as an Every Day Carry knife. It is your responsibility to find out the laws in your area to make sure the blade you buy falls within the specifications defined by law.

Types of Blades and Points

Of the parts of the knife, the blade is the most important. There are different style blades and the shape determines what you can use the EDC knife for as well as how the knife performs during use. Some knife models will be sold with different blade shapes as well to appeal to a wider audience of buyers and knife users.

EDC knives types

First things first – here are some of the basic blade design options in an EDC knife:

  • Clip Point: This type of blade features a crescent-like shape at the tip and looks as the blade’s tip has been taken off. The clip point blade is relatively popular, ranking among the top three-blade choices EDC knife buyers choose. The other popular options are the spear point and the drop point blades. The clip point has one sharp edge and one dull, but the clipped area can also be sharpened to intensify the effectiveness of the knife. This is the blade of choice if you are more concerned with depth of knife penetration versus control of the weapon.
  • Drop Point: This blade affords you greater control over the weapon when it is in use. The spine slopes naturally from the knife handle to the tip. Hunters commonly choose this option as it is a durable, sturdy blade. The drop point brings the edge of the knife together with the spine such that the tip is properly aligned on a center axis. The weapon is also ideal for daily use and tasks.
  • Tanto Blade: This blade is short, but is also considered among the strongest you can buy. The tanto blade has a thickness that is even throughout the spine as it moves to the tip. The point is made extra durable for secure stabbing and piercing motions. The tip of the blade features a flat grind and high point. This is a blade option when you need a very strong knife to do the job.
  • Trailing Point: This type of blade is thin. It ends up tapering even on each side and the point of the weapon curves upward. The upper point trails higher than the rest of the weapon. The cutting area on the blade is both generous in size and curved. Hunters have come to appreciate this blade for use in skinning animals. This type of knife is also excellent to serve as filet and butcher knives when appropriate.
  • Sheepsfoot Blade: If you opt for this blade, you are getting a knife featuring a spine that slopes downward and remains unsharpened. The blade meets the spine creating a false point. This blade is best for flat cutting surfaces and you get an exceptionally clean cut when you use it. The blade ensures greater control and is one of the safer choices when it comes to blade types as it protects you, to some degree, from self-injury. The name of the blade is appropriate since such blades have been used throughout history by farmers that end up having to trim the hooves of sheep.
  • Spear Point: Consists of a spine and blade sloping inward to meet at a pointed tip. Each side of the blade mirrors the other in a symmetrical style. The tip of the spear point is reliable and durable, allowing you to pierce into objects with considerable ease. This type of blade is often likened to the needlepoint blade, but it has to be said the spear point is stronger because it features a belly that can be utilized for the purposes of slicing.

Now that you’re aware of the various kinds of EDC knives that exist in the market, let’s take a look at some of the top rated blades so that you have a starting point on what to look for.

Top Products

Columbia River Knife and Tool Edge Knife

Columbia River Knife and Tool Edge Knife

Weight: 1.8 ounces

Dimensions: 6.5” x 1.5” x 0.8”; Blade 6.5”

Specifications: Model number K410KXP, black knife, IBKS Pivot System, Plain Edge blade with a hollow grind. Satin finish on the 8Cr14MoV stainless steel. Anodized aluminum handle. Drop point blade. Lightweight body. Comes with a Lifetime warranty.

Best Uses: Every day use, daily tasks, outdoor enthusiast’s blade

Description: The Columbia River Knife and Tool K410KXP is priced affordably at $32.94. The inclusion of the IKBS pivot system ensures the blade remains tough and that you get no blade play when the weapon is in use.

The ball bearings make for smooth motion of the blade when it opens and closes. The blade fits tightly into the handle and the system ensures there is little to no maintenance required of the blade. This blade is a Ken Onion Drop Point so you get good control over the blade as you handle it.

This weapon is ultra light making it an ideal EDC knife of choice. The blade is made of durable stainless steel while the handle is made of corrosion-resistant aluminum. The satin finish helps keep the blade attractive.

Related: Columbia River Knife K401BXPColumbia River Knife and Tool K415KX

Spyderco ParaMilitary2 G-10 Plain Edge Knife

Spyderco ParaMilitary2 G-10 Plain Edge Knife

Weight: 3.83 pounds

Dimensions: 8 9/32 inches overall length; 3 7/16 inch blade; 3 5/64 inch cutting edge

Specifications: Full flat grind, patented ball bearing lock, CPM S30V Steel Blade, full flat grind, and textured black, G-10 skeletonized liners. Finger choil for safety and a textured handle for sure grippage. A four-way clip and lanyard for portability options. Ergonomic styling.

Best Uses: Hunting, survival, do-it-yourself, every day usage

Description: Spyderco ParaMilitary2 G-10 is a new adaptation of an older version of the knife, with the new design stemming from changes introduced in the 2010 version of the Para Military 2.

The G-10 handle on this knife has intentionally narrowed to give the weapon improvements in the area of ergonomics, feel, and control. Both the blade and the handle of the weapon now present with a handle and blade of even thinner proportions: This means you can remove the weapon with ease and when necessary.

The manufacturer has incorporated a special compression lock and has intentionally made the weapon one that is friendly to the ambidextrous with its four-way clip.

Speaking of the clip it carries left, right, tip up or tip down. A finger choil is included for additional safety, and the special bushing pivoting system gives the blade an opening action that reveals a flawless continuity of motion. The lanyard makes for additional transport options for the user.

The handle sports a texture that ensures exceptional grip, even in a sweaty palm. The overall performance of the blade has been enhanced, along with the entire design of the weapon. Priced at $122.97, which exceptional, considering this piece’s superior design.

Related: Spyderco Cricket Folding Pocket Knife, Spyderco Manix 2 Black G-10 Knife, Spyderco Delica4 Lightweight Knife

Spyderco Delica4 Lightweight FRN Flat Ground PlainEdge Knife

Spyderco Delica4 Lightweight FRN Flat Ground PlainEdge Knife

Weight: 2.5 ounces

Dimensions: 7.125” open length 4.25” closed; 2.56-inch blade

Specifications: The Spyderco Delica4 has a stainless steel G-10 blade; gray handle; four-way clip; fiberglass reinforced nylon handle; dual skeletonized liners; refined cutting edge; available in four alternative colors.

Best Uses: Every day carry; outdoor tasks; do-it-yourself, repairs, survival

Description: The Spyderco Delica4, a weapon in its fourth incarnation, is priced at $65.96 and considering the brand name and amazing design that is a good deal. This knife is gray in color, but do not let its simple color scheme fool you.

It is made of only the best materials on the market, the manufacturer makes certain to test the durability and quality of the weapon before it is sold. The knife comes with a four way clip ideal for the lefty or right handed and the screw together design ensures a durable weapon.

The knife features a full flat stainless steel blade. The handles are made of fiberglass reinforced nylon materials (FRN), and you can get this knife with a brown, green, purple or blue handle as well, so it is easy to meet your visual preferences.

Dual skeletonized liners made of stainless steel are found inside the handle of this weapon: this makes the knife strong without putting more weight on this ultra light selection. You get a fully refined, thin, cutting edge and the inclusion of bronze washers gives you a tool that opens with fluid motion. Comes with a limited warranty.

Related: Spyderco Endura4, Spyderco Manix2Spyderco Dragonfly 2

Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife

Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife

Weight: 2.5 ounces

Dimensions: 3.1” blade length; 4.25” inches closed; 7.4” overall length

Specifications: Sandvik 14C28N Stainless steel blade; manual operation; flipper; tip up/tip down clip; stonewashed style; corrosion-resistant.

Best Uses: Survival, do-it-yourself, repairs, every day use.

Description: The Kershaw 1760 Skyline features a durable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel blade and is priced at around $43.72. The knife has a blade made of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, which is a top grade type of metal bringing together superior resistance to corrosive properties, exceptional cutting and edge performance, and excellent metal hardness.

The knife has a flipper allowing it to simply flip open with fluid ease. The unit is also absent of ball bearings or springs, so you are purchasing a manual knife if you choose this weapon. The clip that comes with the weapon is reversible with tip up/tip down carrying options. The handle is a G-10 durable design with a stonewashed, visually appealing finish.

Related: Kershaw Little Lockback Folding Pocket Knife, Kershaw 3410 Chill Knife

Cold Steel 27TLT Recon I Tanto Point

Cold Steel 27TLT Recon I Tanto Point

Weight: 5.3 ounces

Dimensions: 4” blade; 35mm thick blade; 9 3/8” overall length; 5 3/8” handle

Specifications Stainless steel blade; resistant to corrosion; textured G-10 handle; thumb disc; black finish; sold with an ambidextrous clip.

Best Uses: Survival, do-it-yourself, repairs, every day carry, hunting, fishing, hiking, outdoor adventure

Description: When it comes to the Cold Steel 27TLT Recon I Tanto Point this weapon is no lightweight as it is nearly double the weight of other EDC knives on the market and it weighs in at over five ounces.

This knife hosts a sub-zero quenched stainless steel, durable blade so it is resistant to rust and corrosive properties. The G-10 handle is equally durable and features texturized surface giving the appearance of scales; the latter feature is scalloped, contoured, and laminated for the ultimate grippage.

The weapon opens with impressive ease, thanks to the included thumb disc, and the pocket clip makes the unit convenient to carry around. With a black finish, this unit can resist rust with greater ease, and there is no glare or reflections when it is in use. The black finish also serves as a lubricant to ensure the blade can slip through tough materials with considerable ease and reduced friction/resistance.

Related: Cold Steel 27TXLT Recon 1 Tanto Point, Cold Steel Mini Recon 1 Tanto Tactical, Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Tanto

Columbia River Knife and Tool 2903 Hissatsu Folding Knife

Columbia River Knife and Tool 2903 Hissatsu Folding Knife

Weight: 4.8 ounces

Dimensions: 3.88” inches blade; 5.1” x 1.6” x 1.2” inches

Specifications: Model number 2903; color black; made of AUS8 Japanese stainless steel; Samurai design, black coating; non-glare, non-reflective; opening mechanism is an outburst assist; auto LAWKs safety feature; textured handle featuring Zytel scales in black

Best Uses: Personal, survival; do-it-yourself, repairs

Description: The Columbia River Knife and Tool 2903 is priced at $49.94. The knife has a traditional Samurai design so it offers superb power when it comes to slashing and penetrating. The blade is made of durable AUS 8 steel making it resistant to corrosion and strong.

The edge retains nicely on this weapon and the black coating makes it stain resistant. The opening mechanism is patented – it is an outburst assist feature sporting a spring that forces the blade open rapidly up to 30 degrees.

The weapon adheres to regulations but a screw set can be used to disable the burst open mechanism if jurisdiction demands. Promises rapid deployment and ease of handling. The patented AutoLawks feature ensures the weapon remains closed until it is put to use.

Related: Columbia River Knife & Tool Hammond Desert Cruiser, Columbia River Knife & Tool Crawford Kasper

Benchmade 275BKSN Plain Edge Black Coated Blade

Benchmade 275BKSN Plain Edge Black Coated Blade

Weight: 7.70 ounces

Dimensions: 3.82” blade; 0.160 blade thickness; 0.730 handle thickness; 8.70 overall length; 4.88” closed length

Specifications: Locking mechanism (AXISA®), ambidextrous opener/thumb stud; drop point blade; tactical style weapon; tip up pocket clip with deep carry, reversible features. Non serrated blade. The weapon comes with a Molle Pouch handle, and a D2 Tool Steel blade.

Best Uses: Self-defense, survival, hunting, fishing, camping, every day carry

Description: The Benchmade 275BKSN is priced on the higher end of the scale with a tag around $178.50. This knife is a choice among police and law enforcement. The weapon is fitted with a drop point, tactical blade and a hearty G10 handle for extra durability.

This knife is part of the series created by Shane Sibert in an effort to honor the countries’ fighting heroes. The unit has an AXIS locking mechanism for ensuring it remains closed until you are ready to use it.

You can open it with either hand with just your thumb thanks to its ambidextrous design. A lanyard hole makes for an extra portability feature. Full stainless steel liners steady the weapon and strengthen it simultaneously.

Related: Benchmade Pardue Design Axis Griptilian Drop-Point Blade, Benchmade SOCP Combo Drop Point Serrated Knife, Benchmade 943S Osborne Axis Lock Knife

Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife

Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife

Weight: 5 ounces

Dimensions: 3.5” plain edge blade; 8.5” open; 4.5” closed; 5” x 1.8” x 1”

Specifications: AUS 8 Stainless Steel blade; non-corrosive properties; open post design

Best Uses: Personal; hunting, fishing, outdoor activities

Description: The Ontario 8848 RAT has a corrosive resistant, strong, and durable AUS 8 blade manufactured out of the best stainless steel. The unit is priced at $24.94 so it is highly affordable. The weapon is fitted with an open post construction so you will have a super easy time maintain the blade and keeping it clean.

The hearty handle is made of nylon and you get greater control thanks to the spine jimping. The pocket clip is a four-way position option. Liner locks increase the longevity of the weapon, and the thumb stud allows you to open the unit with one hand alone. You get no glare or reflection off the Satin finished flat ground blade.

Related: Ontario 8846 RAT Folding Knife, Ontario 8604 RAT-7 Knife, Ontario 8632 RAT-3 Knife

Benchmade Knife 940 Plain Satin Blade Green Handle

Benchmade Knife 940 Plain Satin Blade Green Handle

Weight: Just under 1.3 ounces

Dimensions: 4.47” closed; 3.40-inch blade; 0.115-inch blade thickness; 0.41” handle thickness

Specifications: Anodized handle; stainless steel blade; plain edge knife; reverse tanto blade; ambidextrous controls; reversible tip up clip; satin finish, and stainless steel liners.

Best Uses: Survival, hunting, every day carry, fishing, hiking, repairs, do-it-yourselfers

Description: The Benchmade Knife 940 is priced at around $182.75 so it is on the higher end of the scale when it comes to every day carrying options. The knife is of superior quality though and well worth your consideration.

The knife comes with a plain edge; a satin finish for non-glare and non-reflective properties, and the Reverse tanto blade promises some amazing durability and cutting performance.

The stainless steel liners fortify the weapon and the backspacer is crafted out of a durable form of anodized titanium. If you are ambidextrous, left-handed or a right-hander, this weapon is easy to flick open with the included thumb studs. This weapon comes with a reversible tip up clip for portable solutions. The handle is crafted out of Anodized 6061-T Stainless Steel for extra strength.

Related: Benchmade Knife 943 Osborne Modified Clip Point BladeBenchmade – 940-1, Benchmade Knife 580SBK Barrage Osbourne Folding Knife

Buck Knives SpitFire Folding Knife

Buck Knives SpitFire Folding Knife

Weight: 3.2 ounces weight

Dimensions: 4 ½” closed; 3 1/4″ blade;

Specifications: Aluminum, lightweight handle; 420HC Stainless steel blade; stainless still clip; lockback design; one hand open function; multiple colors.

Best Uses: Every day carry, do-it-yourself, repairs, self-defense

Description: The Buck Knives SpitFire sports a price of about $54.19. The folding knife moves with splendid ease and is light enough to carry in your pocket. The blade is made out of durable 420HC stainless steel so it is resistant to rust. The handle is made out of anodized materials and is gray in color.

The carry system is a removable clip also made of high-quality steel. The blade delivers up spectacular, super sharp cutting performance. One hand opens the lock on the device thanks to the lockback design of the weapon.

The aluminum in the handles keeps the weapon light and sleek in appearance. You can order this weapon with or without serrations as you prefer. You can also get in green and orange colors. The blade is a drop point style for smooth, deep penetration.

Related: Buck Knives 722GRS Spitfire Green

Getting A Knife to Meet Your Needs

Your personal preference ultimately plays a huge role in the ECD knife you end up buying. You might even end up buying more than one if you need a knife for extreme, environmentally-defined scenarios.

For example, the knife you use at home for do-it-yourself projects might not suit you so well when you are in need of a knife for the office setting or one where you are in the wilderness and require a heavy duty knife for survival tasks.

EDC knife that meets your needs

Whatever unit you end up choosing, it needs to be durable, long lasting, and it should meet your needs in different situations, whether every day mundane tasks and chores, or for emergency purposes. Thankfully, there are plenty of blades to choose from, so you can find an affordable option to meet your personal preferences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Foster
Mark Foster

Mark Foster loves to push his limits when it comes to survival in the wilderness. He might go for a 30-days adventure without any food or equipment except for a survival kit and a knife. We should mention that his survival kit has 122 items in it, so he know what he is doing. Mark is working on his book to share with the world all his experience gained during those brave adventures.

  • Beatris Bronson

    I think Buck spitfire is one of the best edc knives you can find on the market, for under $30. This knife is razor sharp. It’s lightweight. Easy open, too. The quality is very good! It is definitely the best knife I’ve owned! I like how easy it is to sharpen it.

  • Mark Foster

    I’ve been collecting knives for a long time and this is one of my favorites. I love how it looks and the price tag is just great! The many features of this knife suits OUR needs perfectly, right? Good choice on this one!

  • Jake Bryan

    There are more expensive knives on the market but for personal safety, the Columbia River knife is one of the – if not, the – best options out there. I don’t think it’s meant to be used on a day-to-day basis whilst camping and the like. I think it’s more a case of only use it if you really have to. I’d highly recommend it from a personal safety point of view!

  • Mark Foster

    Even with an affordable price, this blade is tough – don’t let the price tag fool you. It can be used everyday if you need to. This is one of those knives that you can safely tuck in the glove compartment of your car for easy access to just about anything, including self-defense.

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