If you're looking for a compact everyday carry knife, you might think that a folding knife is your only option. But have you considered a fixed blade? At first glance they might not seem like the best for EDC, but you'd be surprised. They actually offer a few advantages over their folding counterparts that make them better-suited for your EDC. In this guide we'll break down the benefits of fixed blades and show you 10 excellent options that offer serious performance at a size and weight that puts some folders to shame.
Best Flip & Pocket Knives reviewed by Everyday Carry
Flip & Pocket Knives
If you've seen photos of what people carry every day, you might be wondering, “why do so many people carry a pocket knife?” The answer is different for everyone, but it all comes back to the idea that a handy pocket knife is an indispensable tool.
People use their EDC knife everywhere, whether they're at work (say, opening a package) or at home (making a quick repair around the house). Having a knife can also potentially save your life in an emergency (cutting a seatbelt) or in a survival situation if you spend time outdoors.
That said, knives may be restricted depending on where you live and what your local laws are, so be aware of those before deciding what kind of pocket knife you can carry.
The Best Pocket Knife for Everyday Carry
When picking the best pocket knife for your everyday carry, you should consider a bunch of factors: how big the knife is, how it opens, how it locks (or doesn't), how you'll carry it, how durable it needs to be, and so on.
Remember, you'll want a knife that's comfortable (both in your hand and in your pocket), built to last, safe to use, and legal to carry.
Different Types of Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry
Because different people have different requirements their knife needs to meet, you'll find tons of different kinds of pocket knives. They serve different purposes, have different designs and styles, and come at a range of different price points.
Some are classic and recognizable, like the all-in-one Swiss knives with multiple tools built in, or the traditional old timer knives your grandpa used to carry with wood or bone handles. Tactical knives and fast-opening flipper or flip knives are more popular these days for their advanced features and attractive designs.
Scroll down to discover some of the best and most noteworthy pocket knives on the site.
"If you’ve been carrying a 3- to 4-inch bladed folding knife in your EDC rotation, you know that even titanium can’t overcome the bulk factor of such a cutter. Bomber & Company engineers have overcome that obstacle with the B-2 Nano Blade, the world’s smallest tactical pocket knife (note: it’s much smaller than it looks). Inspired by the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the Nano Blade is concealable, tough, and utilitarian meets badass. The Nano’s blade is split with serrated and sharp edges utilizing a chisel ground and..." (via GearHungry)
While mass-produced knives can get the job done, there's a difference between a knife that simply cuts and one that slices with style. And when you put together three industry icons' heads together to design and produce a knife, you can bet the result is nothing short of extraordinary. Designed by Ferrum Forge, a small operation out of San Diego that's big on custom design and quality, manufactured by WE Knife Co., a solid production company already making waves in the knife world, and produced by Massdrop, the hobbyist and enthusiast destination, extraordinary is exactly what you get with the Ferrum Forge Falcon.
Simply handling the Falcon gives you an idea of how scrutinized its design and features were, as expected of a custom knife from Ferrum Forge. S35VN steel was selected for its blade, the flagship steel from Crucible Industries and Chris Reeve that gives impressive performance and edge retention.
Don't be fooled by the blade's compact 2.9” length (you'll appreciate being able to carry it in more places, though). It features a bold, drop point design with details that draw your hand towards a secure grip. These include a large finger choil to lock your index finger in place while cutting, and a concave cutout with jimping along the blade's spine for a secure thumb grip.
The Falcon's understated handles belie the fit, finish, and function within them. 6AL4V titanium gives the knife an excellent strength while keeping a light weight, and titanium's springiness lends itself to a more reliable frame lock. The Falcon's blade deploys through Ferrum Forge's caged bearing flip action, giving it a smooth and effortless action that lets you get to the cutting much faster.
While engaged, the blade is held in place with a hardened steel lockbar insert, designed for the long haul to keep the knife safe even with hard use. A reversible 3D-machined titanium clip rounds out the Falcon's handle features, letting righties and lefties alike carry the knife with ease.
Thanks to WE Knife Co's production capability and Massdrop's enthusiast reach, the Falcon can reach the hands and pockets of every knife user, from collectors to hard-use outdoorsmen. Check out the link below to grab this one-of-a-kind collaboration for yourself.
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One look at Kershaw's new Reverb and you already know it's a knife built for everyday carry. It's clear from the sweeping edge on its blade to its minimalist construction, not to mention the built-in carabiner. The Reverb—true to its name—echoes features on both urban and outdoor knives to give you a unique blade that fits any EDC. As an ultralight pack knife it's indispensable as much as it is invisible, and as an everyday knife it's as capable as it is compact.
While its 8Cr13MoV steel blade measures only 2.5”, it makes the most of its length with its excellent blade geometry. Its modified drop-point shape, sweeping belly, and piercing point let it handle a variety of cutting tasks. It conspicuously doesn't come with Kershaw's SpeedSafe assisted opening, thumb stud, or flipper tab (meaning nothing to snag on your gear). But thanks to a recess on the blade, manually opening the Reverb one-handed is easy.
Dual-material handles give both style and strength where they're needed. G-10 with a contoured carbon fiber overlay keeps the Reverb's front handle light, while its rear handle comes in steel to lend extra strength to its frame lock. These handles are also home to a pocket clip and carabiner, giving you plenty of options for carrying the knife, whether clipped in your pocket or hanging off your pack. And at only 1.6 ounces, it's one of the most versatile ultralight knives you can add to your EDC. You can pick up the Reverb from Kershaw at the link below.
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It's hard to find the right EDC knife for an office environment. That's because traditional knives, even classy ones, can bring unwanted attention. If you want a knife that's low profile and discreet at work, the Boker Plus Office Survival is for you. It's an ergonomic pen knife that looks right at home at your desk or clipped to your pocket like any other pen at work.
The Office Survival is a collaboration design with custom maker Jim Wagner. It emphasizes tactical ergonomics and light duty performance in a familiar, discreet form factor. With a flick of the thumbstud, you'll find a useful 1.75" 440C stainless steel drop-point blade. Its shape and long ergonomic handle makes it great for cutting open letters and boxes. And unlike most penknives, the blade has a liner lock that keeps it safe and in place during more strenuous work. While you won't be able to write with it, it does include a tablet stylus protected by a screw cap.
If you haven't felt comfortable with your office EDC options, try out the Office Survival. It's a great way to carry a capable knife where you need it without raising too many eyebrows. Pick one up for yourself at the link below.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That could be said about the Ontario RAT-1, one of the most popular tactical folding knives in the EDC community. But if you want a change of pace from the tactical look, Ontario Knife Company offers this excellent blade as a hard use, bona fide gent's knife. And it's not just a stylistic change, either. With the addition of a stronger blade steel, a handle with better grip and premium materials all around, the RAT-1 D2 CF is worth checking out.
The original RAT-1 has always been known as a hard-use knife. Moving from AUS-8 to an even hardier D2 steel in the blade solidifies that role. D2 is a higher carbon steel that's also more durable. This means that this premium RAT-1 will hold a sharp edge longer than the standard model. Everything else that makes the RAT-1 great hasn't changed: It keeps the 3.625" drop point shape that's excellent for all of your cutting and slicing needs. It also keeps the top jumping next to the handle, giving you extra control during close up work.
The new handle does away from the glass-filled nylon found in the original. In its place is the far more premium combination of a carbon fiber panel on one side and G10 scaling on the other. This both maximizes your grip on the knife while providing an attractive set of patterns to look at when you aren't using it. Aside from that, the handle shape conforms to your grip, providing a guard against accidentally cutting yourself on your own blade. Last but not least, it also features a super convenient four way pocket clip. Whether you carry in your left or right pockets, tip up or down, this knife will work for you.
If you're looking for a tactical folder to make a part of your everyday carry, take a look at this new update to an old classic. It's a tried and tested design that's only gotten better with time. Even if you're a satisfied owner of the original, the new steel and handle is definitely a step above.
Nowadays, you have a ton of options to choose from when picking out a good EDC knife. Hands down, one of the most important things to consider is what type of locking mechanism it has. In terms of strength, a frame lock is tough to beat. This kind of lock is usually found on expensive, high-end knives — for good reason. Luckily for us, they're recently becoming popular on much more affordable designs. Today, we're highlighting 5 frame lock knives that won't break the bank.
When it comes to everyday carry, a folding knife seems like the obvious choice. But you have more options than you might think. For example, plenty of EDCers prefer a fixed blade for the ultimate reliability and ease of use they offer. Unfortunately, they tend to be far too big to carry comfortably. If you want a fixed blade you can actually EDC, the Boker Plus Mini Slik Tanto is for you. It's a small, minimalist knife made in collaboration with custom knifemaker Rob Amsler.
This is one of the smallest and lightest fixed blade knives you can EDC. At 4.9" in length, you can cover it in the palm of your hand. At that size, it's also no wonder that it only weighs a mere 1.7 ounces. But don't let its size fool you. It's a featherweight knife that punches far above its weight class. That's because it features a sharp 2.1" 440C tanto blade that excels both at cutting and piercing. And because it is a full-tang fixed blade, you can rely on it for serious hard use unlike some folding knives.
Size isn't everything, and the Boker Plus Mini Slik Tanto proves it. If you've been on the fence about carrying a fixed blade for EDC, this is the one to do it with. Plus, it's stunning to look at, with its beautiful titanium scale handle and sharp angles on the blade. Make one of these beauties yours at the link below.
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The Leek is one of Kershaw's most popular products, thanks to its EDC-friendly size and versatile features. With a new suit of carbon fiber on its handles and packing high-performance CPM 154 steel, the new Leek CF takes one of the best and makes it even better. The best part: we're giving one away for free! This week, we're giving a lucky winner this updated classic, brought to you by our sponsor Kershaw.
"Tops Knives’ Bartender Defender is a bit of survival kit with a unique twist, mainly designed for survival situations that involve opening tightly sealed bottles of beer to stave off death by dehydration. The mini knife couples a 0.38-inch 1095 high carbon steel blade to a bottle opener sitting at its base. Its contoured skeletonized handle and..." (via GearHungry)
How do you improve upon a knife that's already an EDC crowd favorite? For Kershaw and their popular Leek knife, all it takes is a fresh set of premium materials. With its upgraded blade steel and gorgeous carbon fiber handle, the new 1660CF Leek just got prettier, lighter, and stronger.
Instead of using heavy stainless steel handles, Kershaw gave the Leek the gentleman's knife treatment by swapping in stunning carbon fiber. This attractive patterning allows this new Leek to operate in a more dressy ensemble than the original. But it does more than just look great: the carbon fiber handle actually makes for a lighter knife. Weighing in at only 2.3 ounces, the Leek CF weighs 25% less than the classic Leek.
Kershaw also opted for CPM 154 blade steel in the Leek CF as a more premium option compared to the Sandvik 14C28N steel you can find on the standard Leek. CPM 154 has a higher carbon content and toughness, allowing it to hold an edge longer and last against hard use. It retains its excellent modified drop-point blade shape, making it great for cutting tasks. It also keeps the fast one-handed SpeedSafe assisted flipper opening.
If you haven't yet picked up a Leek for your everyday carry, this is the model to get. Even if you have the original Leek, the new one cuts it that much better. Make it a part of your EDC today at the link below.
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As useful knives are as tools, the sad fact is not all knives can be carried everywhere. Local laws all over the world often limit the features in a knife you can EDC. SOG is one of the companies helping bridge what's legal and what's useful as a tool, and the Terminus is their knife to strike that balance. Putting together safe, non-threatening features with high-performance materials, the Terminus gets the job done in places most other knives can't.
The Terminus is designed to be an all-purpose knife, with its clip point blade shape that allows versatility with both slicing and piercing tasks. This blade is made from BD1 steel, a workhorse steel that's easy to maintain and sharpen. The rest of the Terminus is designed around its “friendly” aspects.
The blade itself is 3”, opens with a nail nick using both hands, and secures with a slipjoint mechanism, a combination of features that works well with most knife laws. This blade folds into rugged but lightweight G10 handles. With a slim profile, light weight (totaling 2.9 ounces), and a reversible deep-carry pocket clip, the Terminus is an excellent choice for an EDC knife.
The SOG Terminus takes old-world construction and design into the modern age of materials, giving you a knife that's both friendly and useful. You can pick up at the black Terminus at the link below, and be sure to also check out its tan alternative.
If you're looking for an affordable new EDC knife, don't let the newest releases from CRKT slip under your radar. They’ve teamed up with knife designer Jesper Voxnaes to produce durable knives that look way more impressive than their price tag would suggest. As part of their newest collaboration, the Pilar is a compact EDC folder that’s packed with features and design you’d expect in a much more expensive knife.
His minimal, nordic-inspired designs are both functional and tough. Sandwiched between two stainless steel handles is a 2.4” blade made from 8Cr13MoV steel. The small blade is easy to control, and the unique bevels add both strength and visual appeal. Since the knife is on the smaller side, there’s a generous index finger choil between the blade and handles ensure you can get a secure grip. The Pilar’s blade stays in place with an integrated frame lock system that has an interesting engraved pattern where the steel is thinned out.
Carry options include a two-way pocket clip will accommodate most carry preferences, and a lanyard hole. At just under forty bucks, this EDC folder is sure to be up there with the classics. Check it out and pick one up for yourself via the link below.
When you think of a gentleman's knife, you probably picture something old-fashioned, like a knife you'd find in your grandfather's pocket. There's definitely something appealing about a knife with such a simple, classic style. But when it comes to adding one to your own EDC, you probably can't get past the fact that those knives rely on old, outdated technology.
Good news — modern gent's knives are a thing, and they embrace the design tenets and advanced materials you'd expect on a knife today. These include frame locks, flipper assists, and lightweight materials, to name a few.
And just like their traditional brethren, modern gent's knives aren't huge tactical folders that draw unwanted attention. They look sharp and sport cutting edge technology. Finding a knife that balances both advanced features and a refined, timeless style can be tough. We've laid out 10 solid options to get you started.
"A modern hunting knife with a traditional bowie shape. It’s got a substantial 7″ black powdercoated blade, and a durable composite nylon/fiberglass handle offering a solid and stable grip, embossed with..." (via TheAwesomer)
Opinel knives have all the hallmarks of an everyday workhorse that make them an EDC favorite. They're inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to carry. Not to mention, they have a rust-resistant blade with enough length for precision slicing, a unique locking collar, and lightweight wood handles that drop the weight while still providing great grip. The No8 Trekking knife adds a few more features that make it a great addition to a weekend or bug out bag.
Starting with the blade, the No8 Trekking knife retains the signature Opinel slim drop point blade. At 3.25” and made from resilient 12c27 Sandvik Stainless steel, it's an ideal slicer when you need long cuts or for food prep. The Trekking knife series features a few handle colors besides the usual tan/yellow, so matching it to your EDC's color scheme is easy. Also unique to the series is a leather loop on the No8's handle, giving you more options for pocket retrieval or attaching it to your bag for use as an outdoor knife.
Opinel's knives are simple and effective additions to any EDC. With the Trekking knife series, they've added just the right options to make the No8 and even more versatile performer both in and outdoors. Pick one up in your choice of color from Amazon at the link below.