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.

For a few ideas, check out our guide to the Best Pocket Knives Under $50. If you live where knife laws are a bit more strict, check out some of our non-locking blade recommendations too.

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.

Opinel No 12 Explore

There's a reason so many people rely on the classic Opinel knife for tasks both big and small. Despite its traditional looks, it's one of the sharpest knives you can get for your money. The new Opinel No. 12 Explore shakes things up, bringing Opinel's everyday reliability to the outdoors. While it swaps out materials and adds in some survival essentials, you still get the efficient ergonomics that make an Opinel ideal for your everyday carry.

Fiberglass-reinforced polyamide replaces the traditional wood handle you find on a standard Opinel knife. This new handle is more durable, and especially resistant against cracking due to moisture when you're outdoors. It features an attractive high-visibility two-tone styling with grip surfaces etched into the handle that are made to look like topographic map contours. At the hilt, there's a built-in 110 decibel whistle for emergency situations, a cutting hook, and a fire starter. The blade on the Explore is made of highly corrosion-resistant 3.94” Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel. This makes it much more resistant to the elements when you're outdoors than the standard carbon steel blade you find on a regular Opinel knife. And it can cut well too, with a thin blade and a clip-point shape that's suited for all tasks large and small. Like other Opinel knives, opening is manual via a nail nick, and the blade locks into place with a ring at the handle.

The hardy design of the Opinel Explore makes it a great choice for outdoors EDC, but everyone can appreciate its more modern styling and the emergency survival essentials it packs into its pocketable frame. With the No. 12 Explore, you'll be ready for the challenges life throws at you, wherever you may be. Check it out at the link below.

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10 New EDC Knives Under 3" in 2018

When it comes to everyday carry knives, bigger is not always better. Sure, bigger knives are great for large tasks, but their added heft can them impractical in some situations and a burden on your pockets. And even if you did have the pocket space for a bigger blade, they're not always legal to carry depending on where you live. That's why smaller, more compact, pocketknives under 3 inches enjoy wide popularity in the EDC community. With the right design, materials, and build quality, they can handle your daily tasks, and even more, when the time comes. Today is a great time to be in the market for such a knife, with plenty of new and innovative designs released this year. In this guide, we'll highlight some of our favorite recent sub-3" knife releases and show why they belong in your everyday carry.

The James Brand Elko

10 New Production Knives by Custom Designers

For many, being able to carry a custom knife represents the pinnacle of what it means to EDC. That's because custom knives feature unique and innovative designs, meticulous construction, and super-premium materials that make them a cut above what you can find off the shelf. Unfortunately, the high cost of ownership and limited availability of these knives make them unattainable for most EDCers, which is why custom knives are sometimes referred to as 'grails.' But all is not lost: a number of the everyday carry knife manufacturers you already know and trust have entered into design collaborations with some of the best custom knifemakers out there. The result is a high-quality product with the custom design language you want that's more accessible in every way. In this guide, we'll round up 10 of our favorite recent custom designer collaboration knives.


Gerber Flatiron

When it comes to EDC, it's all about matching the right tool for the job. And if the task requires superior slicing or capable chopping, then it's a cleaver that's worthy of a carry. Instead of settling on a slim profile meant for precision work, cleavers are designed to be solid and beefy enough to drive those heavy cuts home. The Flatiron is Gerber's bold foray into the realm of folding cleavers, offering formidable features at an affordable price.

Since a cleaver first and foremost needs to chop well, then it needs the blade to do it. The Flatiron comes with a 3.8” 7Cr17MoV plain-edge blade in the traditional cleaver design, giving you plenty of room for large cuts. You get a slight upsweep near the blade's tip for a bit more control on long slices, while towards the handle you get a large finger choil that allows secures your grip when choking up the knife. And for deployment, a thumb hole is cut into the blade's beefy spine for ambidextrous opening.

Speaking of grip, the Flatiron's substantial handle offsets and balances the knife's large blade, giving you full-handed coverage with its 4.8” length. On one side you have textured G-10 for reliable purchase for your fingers, while a machined aluminum frame lock graces its opposite side. One feature on the knife that you don't usually see on frame locks is an over-travel guard that prevents you from bending the lock too much in the wrong direction, minimizing wear and tear for regular use. Finally, a low-profile pocket clip and built-in lanyard hole lets you EDC the Flatiron as needed.

Whether needing chopping prowess or just preferring the bold style of a classic cleaver knife, the Gerber Flatiron's got what you need. Pick up this robust folder from Amazon at the link below.

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Coin Claw Pocket Knife

"If you’re looking for the smallest blade outside of the ones in multi tools, check out Serge Knives‘ Coin Claw Gen2. It’s a 1 5/8″ disc with a 1″ knife that swings out from it. It weighs only 1.5oz. It will be available Fall 2018 in..." (via TheAwesomer)

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10 New Flipper Knives for Everyday Carry

When every second counts, a quick-deploying flipper knife is a great choice for your EDC blade. Unlike other knives, there's no need to fumble around for a thumbstud or nail nick, and you don't even need both hands free to open a flipper. Instead, a quick flick of the flipper tab opens the knife so you can get right to work. And when a flipper knife is paired with an assisted opening, operation is lightning fast. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite recent flipper designs. Each knife in this list exemplifies thoughtful and innovative design with solid construction and the performance you demand for EDC.

Benchmade Mini Crooked River

All too often when you look for a pocket knife with the right modern features and performance to be your daily driver, you'll find your options skew towards the tactical side of things. But if a tactical design doesn't suit your needs or style, what's left? Hunting knives offer a more traditional style, but they're usually too big for EDC and lack common features from modern blades. So leave it to Benchmade with their decades of experience in American manufacturing of both tactical and hunting knives alike to fill the void with the Mini Crooked River. It's a scaled down and more EDC-friendly version of their original Crooked River hunting knife, which paired classic styling with premium materials and modern features.

Although it might look like it upon first glance, The Mini Crooked River isn't your grandfather's hunting knife. You'll find modern materials throughout the knife: aluminum bolsters, contour-stabilized “Dymondwood” handles, and high-vis hunter orange details in the G10 backspacer and pivot accent. It still features a classic clip-point shape on its 3.40” blade, but it comes in a premium CPM-S30V steel.

Materials aside, the Mini Crooked River operates and performs like a present-day knife thanks to its ambidextrous thumbstud manual deployment and AXIS lock mechanism. Slight jimping near the spine of the blade offers a bit more control, but its otherwise smooth handles and sweeping lines result in an elegant overall aesthetic. Its tip-up pocket clip makes it easy to carry and retrieve while its 4.5” closed length, 0.5” handle thickness and 3.3 oz weight keep bulk to a minimum too. For an EDC experience from Benchmade that's less tactical and every bit as practical, check out the Mini Crooked River at the link below.

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Rexford Rut V3 Titanium Multitool

"Rexford Knives partnered with Gallantry to create a special edition of its RUT utility blade multitool. The RUT V3 has a titanium body. It comes with a black blade but fits standard boxcutter blades. It also has a screwdriver, a bit driver, a bottle opener and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The James Brand Titanium Knife Collection

When you think about your EDC knife, it's easy to focus on just the blade. But that's only half the equation — the handle and materials also play a huge role. Aluminum handles might seem more tactical while G10 handles fit in an outdoorsy carry for example. In the case of The James Brand family of knives, with its focus on everyday utility blended with modern styling, there's no better fit than titanium. The new Titanium Collection now has a knife in every EDCer's favorite metal, whether you want a keychain option, a classier slipjoint, or a hardworking framelock for your kit.

For their first materials-focused collection, The James Brand dressed up a well-balanced trio of their knives in matte Grade 5 titanium scales. Titanium has amazing physical properties that are perfectly suited for EDC gear: it's uniquely strong yet flexible, light weight, and resistant to corrosion. It also complements the sleek, minimalist silhouettes on these three knives.

If you're looking for day-to-day performance and a solid lock for hard use, the Chapter knife covers your bases. It features a usable 2.8” long, drop point D2 steel blade to tackle most cutting jobs. It deploys quickly via a manual thumb stud and locks up securely into its titanium frame lock. For a dressier, more modern take on a classic pocketknife, there's the County. Its 2.5” Sandvik 12C27 blade requires a two-hand open and doesn't lock, making it a viable EDC in places where large, locking knives or open carry are restricted. Last but not least, the titanium Elko knife can ride on your keychain and handle quick cuts, opening mail, and other smaller tasks thanks to its 1.74” blade and built-in screwdriver/keychain attachment point.

Check out the full titanium collection here, or grab the titanium Chapter at the link below.

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Kershaw Faultline

At the end of the day, the EDC knife in your pocket is a tool first and foremost. So when you need a solid tool knife for the job, you should reach for something that's built to last and designed to put in hard work. The new Kershaw Faultline delivers the performance and design cues you'd expect from a much larger, beefier knife, but dials in the proportions to make it a comfortable and compact EDC. It has the design and materials that make for a perfect companion to your toolbox with more modern features fit for daily carry as well.

One look at the Faultline's blade should tell you it's a utilitarian knife with a tactical edge. It features 8Cr13MoV steel with a durable black oxide coating to bolster its corrosion resistance. The 3” clip point blade gives plenty of cutting edge while keeping fairly compact. The overall shape handles both slicing and piercing well, while jimping that extends from the tip of the blade down to the back of the spine provides unparalleled grip and blade control, even when you're wearing gloves.

Opening the knife is easy too, thanks to Kershaw's KVT ball bearing system and flipper tab. It flicks open and stays in place via a sturdy, inset liner lock. The handle of the Faultline is made from comfortably contoured glass-filled nylon with a rubber overmold on top. The result is a knife that's easy on the hands and easy to control in all conditions. Learn more about this rugged knife and pick one up for yourself via the link below.

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Benchmade 486 Saibu

What makes for a good everyday carry knife? It's all in the details. And in the case of the new Benchmade 486 Saibu, it's chock full of 'em. Designed in collaboration with custom knifemaker Seiichi Nakamura, the Saibu not only offers an EDC-sized blade made of premium steel, but it also comes in a unique, attractive design that's built to stand up to your day-to-day. The name of the knife literally means "details," and they all come together in this decidedly modern gent's EDC folder.

The Saibu features a premium CPM-20CV stainless steel drop point blade that's super sharp and wear resistant. At 2.98” it offers plenty of cutting edge for EDC tasks while keeping compact, making it an excellent option for EDCers in places with stricter knife laws. It's a plain edge knife with a high flat grind that lets it tackle slicing tasks with ease. But the curve at the tip lets you get in close for detail cutting work when needed.

The Saibu also sports dual thumbstuds and Benchmade's AXIS lock, providing fully ambidextrous operation. That AXIS lock sits within a beautiful ergonomic handle made primarily of lightweight G10 scaling for superior grip and control. Windows are cut into the handle to save on weight, but also to add gorgeous cocobolo wood inlays, giving the Saibu a refined modern gent's look.

But beyond the looks, the practicality of the design also means that this knife only weighs 2.7 ounces, making it barely noticeable in your pockets until you need to use it. The reversible tip-up deep carry pocket clip adds further versatility and convenience to carrying this stellar knife around everywhere.

True to its name the Saibu is a detail-oriented modern gent's knife that has the design and the materials that make it an excellent choice for EDC. It's attractively-styled yet immensely practical, it's a knife that both looks great in hand and feels great when you actually have to use it. Check it out at the link below.

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Maker Knife

"The Maker Knife is a sleek holder for utility blades. It features an adjustable and intuitive locking mechanism that kicks in when the blade reaches the top and automatically releases when..." (via TheAwesomer)

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CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool

"CRKT’s Knife Maintenance Tool gets its name from its ceramic honing edge and tungsten carbide sharpener, so you can sharpen your pocket knives on the go. It also has folding T8 and T6 Torx heads, a flathead screwdriver and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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10 New Fixed Blades to EDC This Summer

When you think of an everyday carry knife, chances are you will have a folding knife in mind. But when you absolutely need a knife that cannot and will not fail on you, a fixed blade knife is the best option. Fixed blade knives don't have any moving parts to break or opening mechanisms to fumble around with when you're in a rush. Plus, in many jurisdictions, a fixed blade knife might be your only legal carry option. And if you have the idea that folding knives are too big for everyday carry, know that not all of them are built like the comically huge knife in Crocodile Dundee. There are plenty of EDC-friendly fixed blade knives out there, and the designs released this year are especially nice. In this guide, we'll round up our favorite recent fixed blade knife releases, and go over why they deserve a place in your own carry.

Petzl Spatha Knife

"Petzl’s knife is perfect for climbers or anyone who needs to cut rope, thanks to its carabiner-compatible center hole, and a dual-edged blade with smooth and serrated edges. The blade notch makes bare-handed opening easy, while the..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Buck 110 Folding Hunter Pro

If you were to picture a classic pocket knife like the one your grandpa used to carry, chances are it'd look a lot like a Buck knife. The Buck 110 hunting knife is as traditional as they come, but that also means it isn't exactly on the cutting edge when it comes to features. That all changes with the new and improved 110 Hunter Pro. It's a fresh take on a classic with new materials and construction, resulting in a modern gent's knife that doesn't compromise what made the original so great.

The familiar design of the original 110 returns with the Pro. But instead of wood grain on the handle, the Pro features jet-black G10 scaling. G10 helps you get a solid grip on the knife, even in wet conditions. It's also more durable and than traditional wood panels. And while G10 is often aggressively textured on modern EDC knives, the scales on the 110 Pro are smooth enough to keep in line with its gent's knife styling and to slip in and out of your pocket without snagging.

The centerpiece of this knife is the upgraded 3.75" clip-point blade. Instead of softer 420HC, the Pro sports premium S30V stainless steel. At 59.5-61 RC, S30V is harder than 420HC at 58 RC. This means the Pro can get sharper compared to the regular 110. The blade on the Pro is also more apt to keep that sharp edge longer through daily use. The addition of S30V is a big upgrade that thrusts the 110 into the modern era. It's still a gent's knife, though. Opening the blade on the 110 Pro remains a two-handed affair via nail nicks on either side of the blade.

Despite the upgrades, the new 110 Pro wouldn't look out of place in your grandfather's vintage EDC. It's built with better materials. Think of it as a heirloom knife you'd be comfortable actually using as a daily driver. Grab one for your EDC at the link below.

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