Best Flip & Pocket Knives reviewed by Everyday Carry

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Spyderco Polestar

When you put your trusty knife to hard work day in and day out, it doesn't always make sense to spend big bucks on your EDC. Now, that doesn't mean you should settle for a cheap, flimsy knife you'll have to replace every few months. What you want is real value, and few other knifemakers deliver as well as Spyderco in that department. One excellent example you've probably seen is the Tenacious (it's such a crowd favorite you might already even own one!). As a larger option in Spyderco's newest value series, the Polestar gives you even more bang for your buck thanks to its improved materials and ergonomics.

While the Polestar's design was originally inspired by the Byrd Raven 2, EDC enthusiasts might notice similarities with the Spyderco Tenacious for good reason. At its core, the Polestar fills a very similar role and shares many of the same specs. It features a generous 3.3” blade that's almost entirely usable cutting length throughout, due to the lack of an index finger choil. The blade's leaf-shaped, full flat ground geometry offers excellent slicing performance for general tasks, too. You can deploy the blade with either hand thanks to the large, ambidextrous thumbhole and 4-way pocket clip. A stainless steel liner lock secures the blade, while jimping on the spine and grippy G10 scales offer control when in use.

Although those are all features you'd want in a general EDC knife, the Polestar's added value comes from two key details. The first is its CTS BD-1 blade steel. It's an American steel formulated for improved corrosion resistance, sharpness, and edge retention compared to the 8Cr13MoV steel found on the Tenacious and most other knives in this category. Secondly, its handle is more slender with a subtle curve for a comfortable, ergonomic grip. The G10 scales on it also sport a new, woven-like pattern for added texture and a deep grey color.

If you're looking for a new EDC knife to put through its paces, or just want an upgrade to the trusty Tenacious you've been carrying for years, consider picking up the Polestar at the link below.

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