CAPTCHA Image
Reload Image

CAPTCHA Image
Reload Image

The Latest Selection Of Pocketknives To EDC

Pocketknives are made in so many variations that it can be intimidating to shop for if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

When you leave the house, which pocket essentials do you reach for first? Your smartphone, wallet and keys are must-haves. Other essential tools most likely include a pocketknife and flashlight. If you don’t already carry a knife, we highly suggest doing so. It may not seem like it, but you’d be surprised just how much use you get out of a knife throughout the day.

This ageless tool serves a variety of purposes and can be used many times a day without the user even realizing it. From opening freshly delivered packages to slicing up fruit on your break time, the pocketknife comes in handy for too many daily uses to list.

In emergency situations, a knife can even be a lifesaver. Breaking glass to rescue someone stuck in a crashed vehicle or deployed as a defensive weapon, a knife can be an indispensible tool to have with you.

Pocketknives are made in so many variations that it can be intimidating to shop for if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Where do you start your search for your every day carry  (EDC) knife? We recommend considering your intended practical use, desired size and your budget.

What does your daily routine look like? Do you spend most of the day in the office or are you usually out in the field all day long? How much do you carry in your EDC setup? How do you dress? Do you tend to keep things simple and carry only what fits in your pockets or do you prepare for all eventualities and haul a bag around with you? What’s your budget? What tasks would you need a knife for? Addressing these questions realistically will give you a better idea of what kind of knife you will want to carry.

Other aspects that one should think about include the way a pocketknife feels when held. Does it feel comfortable and secure? Can you deploy its blade and control it easily? Your knife should be balanced and controllable, also it should be easy to open and close its blade if you’re looking at a folding or automatic knife. Also don’t underestimate its looks. It should fit your sense of style as you will be carrying and using it day in, day out.

The following guide features a wide variety of popular everyday carry pocketknives. This collection is purposefully varied in terms of style, purpose and budget. Let’s take a look at which knife, or knives, you will carry with you on the daily. EDC

1. Morakniv Eldris Knife

Type: Fixed Blade
Overall Length: 5.6 in.
Blade Length: 2.3 in.
Weight: 2.8 oz.
Blade Material: Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Synthetic

MSRP: $30
industrialrev.com

2. Gerber Vertebrae

Type: Fixed BLADE
Overall Length: 6.4 in.
Blade Length: 2.4 in.
Weight: 4.4 oz.
Blade Material: 7Cr17MoV
Handle Material: Textured Rubber

MSRP: $31
gerbergear.com

3. Kershaw Antic

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 5.5 in.
Overall Length Closed: 3.75 in.
Blade Length: 1.75 in.
Weight: 3.1 oz.
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
Handle Material: Stainless steel, blue PVD coating

MSRP: $33
kershaw.kaiusaltd.com

4. Benchmade Boost

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 8.26 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.83 in.
Blade Length: 3.43 in.
Weight: 4.49 oz.
Blade Material: CPM-3V
Handle Material: Versaflex

MSRP: $190
benchmade.com

5. Kershaw Faultline

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 7 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4 in.
Blade Length: 3 in.
Weight: 3.4 oz.
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon, rubber insert

MSRP: $46
kershaw.kaiusaltd.com

6. Outdoor Edge Knives/Tools Razor-lite EDC

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 8 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.5 in.
Blade Length: 3.5 in.
Weight: 2.8 oz.
Blade Material: Japanese 420J2 Stainless
Handle Material: Grivory with TPR inserts

MSRP: $42
outdooredge.com

7. Kershaw DuoJet

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 7.75 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.5 in.
Blade Length: 3.25 in.
Weight: 4.8 oz.
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV, titanium carbo-nitride coating
Handle Material: Stainless steel, titanium carbo-nitride coating, dual carbon fiber inlays front

MSRP: $52
kershaw.kaiusaltd.com

8. CRKT Prequel

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 6.56 in.
Overall Length Closed: 3.87 in.
Blade Length: 2.72 in.
Weight: 3.8 oz.
Blade Material: 8Cr14MoV
Handle Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon

MSRP: $70
crkt.com

9. Ruger LCK

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 7.5 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4 in.
Blade Length: 3.33 in.
Weight: 2.6 oz.
Blade Material: 8Cr13M0V Steel
Handle Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon

MSRP: $28
ruger.com

10. Spyderco Lil’ Native

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 5.92 in.
Overall Length Closed: 3.47 in.
Blade Length: 2.45 in.
Weight: 2.5 oz.
Blade Material: CPM S30V
Handle Material: G10

MSRP: $180
spyderco.com

11. Tops Knives Backup

Type: Fixed Blade
Overall Length: 5 in.
Blade Length: 2.38 in.
Weight: 1.6 oz.
Blade Material: 1095 RC 56-58
Handle Material: 1095 RC 56-58

MSRP: $75
topsknives.com

12. Gerber Obsidian

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 7.06 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.13 in.
Blade Length: 3 in.
Weight: 4.6 oz.
Blade Material: 440
Handle Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon

MSRP: $43
gerbergear.com

13. Benchmade Tactical  Triage

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 8.33 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.85 in.
Blade Length: 3.48 in.
Weight: 5.28 oz.
Blade Material: CPM-S30V
Handle Material: G10

MSRP: $235
benchmade.com

14. Spyderco Endela

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 8.1 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.69 in.
Blade Length: 3.41 in.
Weight: 3.1 oz.
Blade Material: VG-10
Handle Material: FRN

MSRP: $123
spyderco.com

15. Zero Tolerance 0460TI

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 7.5 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.4 in.
Blade Length: 3.25 in.
Weight: 2.9 oz.
Blade Material: CPM 20CV
Handle Material: Titanium

MSRP: $220

URL: zt.kaiusaltd.com

16. CRKT Ripsnort  with D2

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 7.75 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.47 in.
Blade Length: 3.25 in.
Weight: 5.8 oz.
Blade Material: D2
Handle Material: POM with 2Cr13 inlay

MSRP: $80
crkt.com

17. Zero Tolerance 0393GLCF

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 8.25 in.
Overall Length Closed: 4.75 in.
Blade Length: 3.5 in.
Weight: 5 oz.
Blade Material: CPM 20CV
Handle Material: Titanium with glow-in-the-dark carbon fiber overlay

MSRP: $280
zt.kaiusaltd.com

18. Boker Plus 01BO753

Type: Folder
Overall Length Open: 8.4 in.
Overall Length Closed: 5 in.
Blade Length: 3.4 in.
Weight: 5.7 oz.
Blade Material: D2
Handle Material: G20

MSRP: $120
bokerusa.com

 

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the EDC Buyer’s Guide Winter, 2020 print issue of American Survival Guide.