If you’re looking to buy an EDC Knife you may not be entirely sure where to start. Amazon have a range of many “Every Day Carry” Knives which can be used outdoors and for many daily tasks. Amazon’s range are versatile and suit every budget but which ones are the best, let’s take a look at the top ten and see what both their pros and cons are.
Eafengrow EF80 EDC Folding Knife
This knife is 7 inch and the blade length is 2.9inch. It is made of Sanding Stainless Steel Blade, with a Hardness over 58 HRC. It is both durable and weight, with solid heavy duty built that is made to last and is really easy to grip, easy to lock and can be folded easily with a wrist action. The practicality of the knife is incredibly versatile and can be used with camping, fish, DIY activities, survival, self defense and is great for many other tasks. Solid, well constructed with smooth action it cuts through things easily and comes with a liner lock and it is also renowned for being a relatively well priced knife in general terms. Good value for the money.
The pros of the knife include its ability to fold away easily, it is incredibly durable and long lasting which makes it a worthwhile investment and it is very multipurpose in terms of what it can do and the tasks you can undertake with it. The drawbacks of this knife seem to be relatively small, it is relatively heavy but it can still fit in the pocket. There are other smaller knives out there but this size is standard and is best suited to all tasks. It is fully functionable and durable which makes this a good choice for an everyday knife.
Kershaw Leek Pocket Knife
This versatile knife is available in multiple colours and is made with a 3.5 inch blade, it is incredibly high performing and boasts good features. Such as increased hardness, corrosion resistance and edge retention. The stainless steel alloy is exceptionally durable, with a sleek slim style which is compact and slots into the pocket easily. The weight is around 3 ounces so it’s not particularly heavy. It’s functionality is very practical and is known as high performance steel that also looks good. It’s sleek and sophisticated and the lock system is particularly easy and won’t open up.
The pros are that it is thin and sleek, fits in nicely to pockets and is unassuming and inobtrusive. The knife itself is razor sharp and can cut finely which makes this a great choice. The cons include issues with the steel itself as it seems that it may not age well and can rust after some months of usage, which could affect the productivity of the blade itself. The quality of the finish can be easily misleading on photos and may not look as shiny and new when coming out of the box but the practicality remains the same. It is a generally good knife but may rust easier than some others.
Sanrenmu New 7010 Blade Steel Knife
This stainless steel knife is incredibly sharp and durable. The handle is designed ergonomically which also means it’s comfortable to hand and will rest nicely in your hand when using, good grip and practical. The blade length is 69.6mm / 2.74 in and the thickness is 2.5mm / 0.10 and the overall weight is around 3g. The knife has no plastic on it at all which contributes to its durability and sturdiness when using. It works well for camping, hunting, hiking, adventure and even home use if needed, so it is multi-purpose.
One of its pros is that it comes with a clip on handle which allows you to conveniently carry it around either on your bag, belt, or anywhere you desire which makes it less easy to lose and ensure it won’t drop out of your pocket. The pros are that there have been a couple of issues with the closing mechanism over time as well as difficulties closing it which may lead to an accident and will require extra care. Overall however, it is a good knife, incredibly sharp and is easy to contain and carry around with you on a daily basis.
Benchmade Mini Barrage Knife
A high quality EDC knife which is made from 154CM stainless steel, proves to be both tough, rust resistant and is incredibly stable during usage. The blade is 7.39cm long and is lighter and well designed which means that it is incredibly easy to carry around. It may be a little more expensive than some other knives but it has some benefits such as quick deployment, part of the knife is serrated for multi purpose tasks, it is incredibly hard wearing and can last many years.
The pros of this knife are, very long lasting which mirrors the price of this knife, it is not cheap which is also a drawback depending on what your budget is and how much you want to use it. It has excellent precision and the knife itself feels sturdy and durable. It is however expensive, and with the quality of the knife, it also comes incredibly heavy, which some may find a little more difficult to use/navigate depending on the task. The knife is generally very long lasting, works exceptionally well and despite the price tag, seems to have many positive reviews.
GANZO Firebird FH61-CF Carbon Fibre Knife
With a flipper lock, this D2 blade is easy to handle and the material of the handle is carbon fiber. This makes it a lightweight knife which is resistant to chemicals and will maintain its colour and efficiency. The length of the knife in total is 170. 1mm and looks nice as well as doing a great job with functionality.
The pros of this little knife is that it is sharp with a texturized handle that is relatively big and chunky when holding but it has smooth action and will feel lightweight in the hand when using if this is something that is important to you when buying. The cons are that the carbon fiber is not of a high quality, which means that it is likely it may wear quicker but it still can last upto years with the right care and attention. The steel is not of the highest quality but this matches the affordable price but it still does work well cutting through many things and for many types of tasks.
CRTK Ripsnort ECD Folding Pocket Knife
This knife is a little larger and wider than the previous knives we have talked about. With a smooth fine blade it cuts through things incredibly well. The blade is cleaver style which gives it a little more weight but it comes with locking liner safety because the blade is much bigger. It is heavy and durable and although the handle is plastic, it is easy to use. The dimensions of this knife are 7.8 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches and the finish is satin.
The pros are that it is small and convenient, slips into the pocket, or has a clip if you choose to use that, no sharp corners despite it’s cleaver style and comfortable in the hand. The cons of this knife is that the tip remains a little impractical and isn’t sharp enough to pierce through anything, as well as the blade itself, which is not necessarily the sharpest. The blade is duller than most but its shape means different functional uses but overall it is less sharp than some others but still compact enough to slip into the pocket.
QSP EDC Folding Pocket Knife
This knife has a 440C Blade complete with Jimpping and a Satin Finish, with a non-slip G10 handle which is lightweight and easy to hold. The knife is fitted with copper washers which makes opening and closing it easy and effective. Finish and quality is good value for money and the blade itself is 4 x 1 x0.5 inches and it is around 2.4 ounces in weight which is lighter than some of the previous knives mentioned. The handle material is G10 and the 440 steel is very durable and good quality. Razor sharp, opens and closes well and above all it has a lovely finish which makes the knife look particularly attractive.
The pros are that it is very durable for its price made with good quality steel; the pocket clip is reversible and , although one of its drawbacks is that the stiffness and quality of the deployment may falter but it is worth oiling it to ensure it opens and closes with ease over time.
Boker Plus Kansei Nori Liner Lock Pocket Knife
This attractive slimline knife is copper plated, it looks and feels smooth and is made of high quality VG-10 steel with substantial copper handle and a unique branding design that makes this look attractive. However, it is not necessarily style over substance. The overall length is 7 inches and it is lightweight. The blade is sharp and durable cutting edge and the stainless steel pocket clip makes it secure for everyday usage.
The pros are that it looks attractive to the eye and would make a lovely gift, as well as having relatively good functionality and is easy to clean and maintain. The pros are that it is not named as one of the top ranked in terms of the type of blade but it is a middle of the road with an additional extra of it’s look and feel.
Gerber Swagger Knife
This knife is a tactical blade for any job, with a smooth finish and a one-handed assisted opening which makes it easy to open and close. If the blade becomes blunt in any way, there is a way to sharpen the drop point blade and continue using. It is also partially serrated and the length of the blade is 3.25 inches. The black titanium nitride coating means that it is relatively resistant to all corrosive elements and weather resistant. The handle is made of G-10 composite which means it is durable and very easy to grip. The weight is 2.8 ounces.
The pros are that it is durable, sharp and despite being serrated, it works in numerous ways that can be convenient for users and has a satin black finish. It also has a push button body lock and takes a lot of uses before the opening mechanism becomes much less stiff. Overall a durable and very easy to grip knife.
What is an EDC Knife?
An everyday carry (EDC) knife is a knife that is meant for day-to-day use. This can include self defense as well as utility functions. EDC knives are meant to be easily portable so they’re usually small knives with folding functions. They can be used for regular tasks like peeling vegetables, cutting rope and more. You really never know when you might be caught in a jam requiring a knife, and that’s exactly the purpose of carrying an EDC knife.