Best EDC Knife List

Best EDC Knife - The Best EDC Knife for Everyday Carry

These knives are widely recognized as the Best EDC Knives for all around value, strength and utility.

The EDC Knife is the one that is almost always with the user in order to serve in everyday carry utility tasks. An EDC knife is used to open letters, packages, cut an apple for lunch or trim a loose thread from a shirt.

Two big factors in selecting an EDC knife is the weight of the EDC knife and the length of the blade. The best EDC knife will be lightweight so that it is not a burden to carry. The best EDC knife will also have a blade length that is long enough to be useful but not too large to be used for delicate cutting. Many times there are also legal considerations since some jurisdictions do not allow large knives to be carried without a permit. The best length for the EDC knife seems to hover around three inches.

Cost
$ = Under $75
$$ = $75 to $125
$$$ = $125 to $200
$$$$ = $200+

Look for detailed reviews of each EDC knife in the main area of the blog.
ItemQuick ReviewCost
Spyderco DelicaPossibly the best EDC Knife ever. Very lightweight, with the classic Spyderco shape and thumbhole opening. Quality Japanese construction and VG-10 steel with a value price.$
Benchmade 940 Carbon FiberA beautiful EDC knife in S90V steel with carbon fiber scales. This EDC knife is one of the smoothest actions that you will find. It is also available in aluminum at a lower price$$$$
Benchmade 530 Under two ounce weight with a blade nearing three inches. Excellent minimalist EDC knife with 154CM steel.$$
Benchmade 950 RiftA premium EDC knife for those who want to carry a larger blade. Unique reverse tanto blade shape and G-10 scales that are scalloped to create plenty of grip. 154 CM steel for the blade of this heavy duty EDC knife.$$$
spyderco-paramilitary-2-eRegarded as one of the best EDC knives from Spyderco. It is a downsized version of Spyderco's Military knife. This blade is very light for its size and features steel liners nested into its G-10 scales. EDCGearBlog.com Review here$$
Benchmade 556 Mini GriptilianA blend of performance and price. 154CM blade steel, smooth and reliable AXIS lock with synthetic scale material for grip.$$
Zero Tolerance 560 Hinderer Hard use EDC Knife. Larger size, but still has suprising smoothness due to bearings on the pivot. Titanium frame with a G-10 scale. Elmax blade steel.$$$$
Benchmade 940 Osborne Design Knife


An excellent EDC knife. Not too big, not too small. Very smooth action. A perfect gentleman's folding knife.$$$
Kershaw SkylineLightweight with grippy G-10 scales on the handle. Excellent value EDC knife.$
Spyderco TenaciousExtreme performance for the money on this EDC knife. G-10 handle gives plenty of grip, and the flat ground blade cuts smoothly. Jimping on the spine gives grip for harder use. Blade is made of 8Cr13Mov steel$
SOG Flash ICompact EDC knife that has a AUS-8 steel blade and a grippy zytel handle. This EDC knife has an assisted deployment that makes it very fast. Great value as well.$

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