Best Flip & Pocket Knives reviewed by Everyday Carry

Ontario RAT-1 D2 CF

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.

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5 Framelock Knives Under $50

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.

Boker Plus Mini Slik Tanto

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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Giveaway: Kershaw Leek CF

Update: Congratulations to Tony D., winner of this week's giveaway!

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.

Bartender Defender

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Kershaw Leek 1660CF Carbon Fiber

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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SOG Terminus

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.

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CRKT Pilar

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.

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10 Modern Gentleman's Knives

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.

CRKT Ruger Muzzle-Brake Knife

"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)

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Opinel Trekking Knife

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.

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QuietCarry Mini Q 2.0 and Shorty Titanium Key Organizers

If you're still relying on a carabiner to carry your keys, it might be time to cut the noise. You can try to tuck them into your pocket, but then you're stuck with an awkward pile of keys and less pocket space for the rest of your gear. QuietCarry is no stranger to silent key organization, and their latest project might be the answer to your key dilemma: the Shorty and Mini Q 2.0. These new titanium key organizers let you flip out your keys when you need them, while giving your EDC an extra edge to boot.

The Mini Q 2.0 and Shorty both have a compact build designed to keep your keys silent while adding an interchangeable locking blade to your carry. A well-placed thumb stud gives you quick and easy access to the blade, so whether you’re slicing an apple for lunch or tightening down a screw you can get the job done with one hand. You can choose between either a clip point, bottle-opener, or multi-tool blade on both models, and if you ever need to switch it up you can buy the blades separately as well.

The Mini Q 2.0 comes with a few welcome upgrades over its predecessor that make it lighter and easier to carry. It now has an AUS8 blade steel, a recessed keychain loop, and smarter clip placement all in a body that’s slimmer and sleeker than the original. The blade measures 2.3-inches while the body comes in at only 2.9-inches in length. It’s made for EDC, so you can hold 1-4 keys (can take more than eight with extension posts).

If you don’t carry as many keys, the Shorty is a minimalist option with an even smaller 2.3-inch body. You can hold 1-3 keys (up to five with extension posts) and still have a 1.75-inch blade made with AUS8 steel blade. It weighs only 1.6oz (a full ounce lighter than the Mini Q 2.0), but thanks to their Grade 5 Titanium build, both of these key organizers are durable enough for everyday tasks.

The Mini Q 2.0 and the Shorty both come in bead blasted, satin, or stone washed finishes so you can pick the flavor of titanium that suits you. If you want to back the campaign or learn more about either of these organizers, check out their Kickstarter.

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10 Classic Gentleman's Knives

Your EDC knife says a lot about you. And while any standard everyday carry knife can get the job done, chances are it'll raise some eyebrows and awkward questions depending on when and where you use it. That's why carrying something that can fly under the radar is often a good idea. A tactical folder probably isn't the best fit for this, especially when you need to dress up a bit for the occasion. What you want is something your coworkers won't bat an eye at. Something that looks as sharp as it cuts. That something, for a lot of EDCers, is a gent's knife. Thankfully, there's a wide variety to choose from when it comes to gent's knives. In this guide, we'll focus on 10 of the more “old school” options with traditional designs and timeless charm.

Ontario Carter Prime Flipper Knife

Usually if you want a substantial titanium knife, you’d expect to pay top dollar. But custom knife maker Robert Carter partnered with Ontario Knife Company, known for their great budget knives, to produce a flipper called the Carter Prime. This sturdy knife brings the fast flipping action from this 3rd generation knife maker’s work to your EDC at a more accessible price point.

The Carter Prime features a stonewashed sheepsfoot blade made of D2 steel and a titanium handle that’s built to last. The titanium build also extends to the tip-up pocket clip, which keeps the knife accessible, peeking over the top of your pocket. Combine that with a fast action deployment and you get knife that goes from your pocket to doing work in no time. While in use, you can work without fear of accidentally closing on you thanks to its sturdy frame lock system.

When open, the entire knife is a little under 8” in length with a 3.3” blade. Unfortunately, you won’t find cleverly placed notches for your fingers on this knife. But jimping along the spine and towards the bottom of the handle provides a strong grip for everyday slicing. At 5 ounces the Carter Prime isn’t the lightest EDC knife out there, but its extra heft could be perfect if your everyday tasks are a little more heavy duty.

If you’re looking for a capable flipper with a unique design, the Carter Prime could be the knife for you. You can pick up this knife via Amazon at the link below without breaking the bank.

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Böker Plus Caracal

You see them everywhere, from our recent staff picks to trending appearances the past few months in our roundups. The market's flooded with titanium framelock flipper knives. It takes a significant knife to swim against a tide like that, and the Böker Plus Caracal is up to the task. With a hefty blade in a heavy-duty steel and a handle that's all about the grip, it's a tough knife for the toughest EDC tasks.

Its edge over its peers comes in the form of a 3.5” drop point blade in D2 tool steel, deployed through a ball-bearing system. It's one of the best steels at staying sharp, and when paired with the versatile shape and length makes short work of even the hardest cutting jobs. But a large blade is unwieldy without the proper support, which is where the Caracal's ergonomic handle comes in.

Rather than the titanium/steel handles you would expect from most modern flippers, Böker made use of G-10 for a better shape without adding the weight of a heavier metal. And the metal it does use, with its stainless steel liners, is put to good use through exposed jumping and ending in a lanyard hole that doubles as an impact tool.

And despite its heft, the Caracal can still manage as an EDC knife. With an overall length of 8.375” and weighing 5.6 ounces, it trades a bit of pocket space for quite a handful of robust utility.

There's a new flipper in town, and it's ready to get to work. Pick up the Böker Plus Caracal from the Amazon link below.

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Spyderco Para 3

When Spyderco created one of the most popular and iconic knives on the market with the Para Military 2, following it up would be a daunting proposition. It's a balancing act of respecting the original design while giving it fresh legs for the next generation of owners. Spyderco strikes that balance with the new Para 3. It's taken everything great about the Para Military 2 and made it EDC-friendly without sacrificing usability and utility.

It all starts with the handle. It's now much shorter at 4.29” long, but still retains its ergonomic shape for a full grip. It keeps the textured G-10 material and pairs it with a slight curve along the top for even better handling. Its compression lock mechanism is embedded into the handles to cut down weight, making the Para 3 even friendlier on the pockets.

The blade is the most drastic change the Para 3 has over its predecessor. While still made from hardy CPM S30V steel, it's now a much more compact at 2.95”.  It hits below the magic EDC number of 3” that lets it fall under most knife laws. While it's a shorter blade with a steeper angle, it's actually thicker than the Para Military 2's along the spine (0.145” vs 0.141”). That means despite saving on length, you're not missing out on cutting performance—especially with its long belly and precision tip.

The Para 3 continues its name's legacy with a design for everyday carry that reaches (and cuts) far beyond its size. Pick one up at that Amazon link below.

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