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.

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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The Best Assisted-Opening Knives for Everyday Carry

You keep an everyday carry knife handy to have the best tool for the job. With an easy-opening blade, you can spend less time opening a knife and more time actually using it. You might think that the only way to get this kind of speed is with an automatic knife, but you'd be wrong. The technology in assisted-opening everyday carry knives is now at the point where their speed rivals that of automatics.

There are a lot of different options out there for picking an assisted-opening EDC knife. We've put together a list of the best from what's available so far in early 2017.

Gerber GDC Zip Blade

"Whether you need to slice through rope, open packages, or cut open boxes, this tiny everyday carry knife will get the job done. It’s perfect for hanging from your zipper, thanks to its quick-release clip. Measures 2.26″ long overall, with..." (via TheAwesomer)

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CRKT Amicus Compact

Renowned knife maker Jesper Voxnaes teamed up with CKRT to design the original Amicus, a solid knife overall. The thing is, you may find it a little too big and heavy for everyday carry. Thankfully, the newer Amicus Compact comes in at a much more manageable size. It takes all the sturdiness and beefy design features that made the original Amicus great, then scales it down for a more compact carry.

The Amicus Compact isn’t just smaller, it’s lighter too. Instead of two steel handles, one is made of G10. This resin material is much lighter than steel and it's textured for better grip. Your pockets will appreciate the drop in weight too. The Compact comes in at just 3.8oz— just about half the weight of the original. The blade is scaled down from 3.4” to an EDC-friendly 3”. It’s a slightly different shape too, falling somewhere between a tanto and a drop point, ideal for a variety of slicing and piercing tasks. You still get the premium features and attention to detail seen in the larger knife including the framelock, grippy backspacer with lanyard hole, and inset pocket clip.

The CRKT Amicus Compact is a great knife for both fans of Jesper Voxnaes and those looking for a solid, yet budget-friendly blade. You can pick one up at the link below for right around thirty bucks.

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The Best EDC Gear from SHOT Show 2017

This past week, EDC brands you know and love came together to show off their latest and greatest gear at the industry's biggest annual trade show—SHOT Show 2017.

The show is massive, with literally tons of new products on display within the tactical, hunting, and outdoor industries.

We scoped out some of the biggest names in the EDC scene to check out what they're bringing to the table this year.

In this quick post-show recap, we're giving you a sneak peek at some of our favorite new knives, lights, and other EDC gear we saw that should definitely be on your radar.

Victorinox Hunter Pro

Having a fancy folding knife doesn't mean much if you're fumbling to get it open when it counts. Especially when you're working with your hands in the outdoors, wearing gloves to fight off the cold. This is exactly the type of environment the Victorinox Hunter was designed to thrive in. With a large blade, easy-opening thumb hole, and ergonomic handles, its simple efficiency gets the job done.

Its 4” blade comes in a high carbon stainless steel making it ideal for rough conditions, not to mention being easy to re-sharpen. Thanks to the extra-large thumb opening, one-handed deployment of the blade is easy whether or not you're wearing gloves. It stays in place during use thanks to a lockback sytem built into the Hunter's contoured handles, shaped to help you get a better handle on the larger knife. An included nylon belt pouch even lets you carry the Hunter as part of your EDC or strapped to your outdoor pack.

In the great outdoors, simplicity spells efficiency. Grab the walnut wood version at the Amazon link below, or check it out in black or hi-vis orange with textured polyamide scales.

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Cool Hand Super Light Knife

"A svelte, compact, and lightweight knife with a cool textured G10 handle, and a polished 3″ black ceramic blade. Choose from a variety of handle colors. Looks super slick with..." (via TheAwesomer)

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Kizer Vanguard Kane Flipper Knife

Looking at this knife, your first thought was probably like ours: this thing must be expensive. With its great blade shape and clean lines, you'd think it's got to be a custom, right? Think again. The Kizer Vanguard Kane—a collaboration with custom knife maker Matt Degnan—is actually a production knife. And as far as those go, the Kane is a rare combination of good build quality, versatile materials, and an affordable price.

The Kane keeps its price low by making use of more common materials, namely VG-10 steel for its blade and G10 for its handles. But don't judge a knife by its spec sheet. Its 3.5” drop point blade is large and versatile for even heavy cutting tasks. The G10 scales seamlessly join with stainless steel at the handle, bolsters, and liners for a sleek, streamlined look. Combine this with clever touches like a large finger choil for secure grip and a bearing pivot system for smooth opening  and you've got yourself a knife ready for comfortable use. And while it is on the larger end of EDC knives, a slim profile and spring titanium clip lets you slip the Kane into your pockets for everyday carry.

Let's also not forget the best part: this is a lot of knife for under a hundred dollars. If you need something beefy and gets the job done and looks great while doing it, pick up the Kizer Vanguard Kane from Amazon at the link below.

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Giveaway: Work Sharp Sharpeners

Update: Congrats to Ron G and Barclay M, winners of this week's giveaway!

A dull knife is a useless (and dangerous) knife. These tools are at their best when they're in hair-popping shape, and with a little maintenance with the right tools, you can keep yours in top condition for a lifetime. The best part? We've got some great sharpeners on hand, and we're giving them away for free!

This week, we're giving two lucky readers a sharpening system each, brought to you by our sponsor, Work Sharp. They've been in the business of keeping an edge for over 40 years, making some of the industry-leading sharpening tools right in the USA.

This contest is sponsored by Work Sharp.

Boker Plus Toucan

If you're looking to get more done with fewer things in your pockets, a solid multi-tool is your best bet. “One-piece” tools are especially good at consolidating your carry because they give you plenty of functionality despite their small size and simplicity. The Boker Plus Toucan boasts that kind of performance but edges out the rest with an integrated neck knife in a conveniently pocket-sized design.

The Toucan wasn't designed to simply look like one—in the hand, it's ergonomically shaped for a proper grip when using its 1” long, 440C stainless steel blade edge. The two curves towards the bottom allow a two-finger grip, while jimping along the top of the “beak” give added control.

Behind the “head,” you'll find the rest of its functions as a multi-tool. That includes a bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, nail puller and pry bar. They're all usable even in the Toucan's included Kydex sheath, which protects the edge and makes the tool easy to carry on your EDC keychain or on a lanyard like a traditional neck knife.

Whether you need something opened, cut, or driven, this bird's got you covered. Pick up the Boker Plus Toucan at the Amazon link below.

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CRKT Buku

While you could spend time and money chasing the latest and greatest blade steel, sometimes all it takes is a new angle to make your cutting tasks easier. An efficient angle and larger blade make the 'kukri' an excellent knife design, but it's those same features that make it a little hard to carry. With design help from custom knifemaker Lucas Burnley, CRKT put forth their take on a kukri knife in a convenient folding form factor with the Buku.

The Buku delivers on the main draw of a kukri knife: a uniquely angled blade. Having the blade at that angle allows you to make short work of your everyday cutting and chopping tasks. The deep curve on the blade also gives it the usable cutting length of a longer knife while keeping a compact profile at just 3.75" of actual blade length. Finally, its 8Cr13MoV stainless steel ensures the blade retains an edge well and can be easily maintained.

At 7.7 ounces, this is a hefty knife, but its deep pocket clip makes for a more manageable EDC. When it's time to put it to work, the large thumb slot in the knife lets you open with one hand, even if you're wearing gloves. Once deployed, the blade secures thanks to a solid stainless steel framelock.

With such a strong design pedigree, you'd expect a mini folding kukri to run you a pretty penny, but you'd be surprised. The Buku is available at an accessible price point at the Amazon link below.

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Minimum Basic Knife

"Ensizen Design’s absolutely stunning handmade friction-folding knife has a VG10 damascus steel blade, sandwiched between Titanium 6AL4V scales which almost look like concrete, along with..." (via TheAwesomer)

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One Star Leather Goods EDC1 Organizer

As popular as they are for everyday carry, old-fashioned pocket knives and space pens don't always come equipped with pocket clips. That can be a big drawback, especially if they end up bouncing around in your pocket and scratching everything up in the process. But with a proper pocket organizer, like this leather one from One Star Leather Goods, it doesn't have to be. The EDC1 gives your EDC knife and jotter a secure spot in your pocket, meticulously stitched and crafted from premium materials worthy of protecting your favorite gear.

While there's no one-size-fits-all layout when it comes to sheaths, the EDC1 was thoughtfully designed to accommodate common EDC picks. Its dedicated knife pocket fits knives up to 9cm long—ideal for traditional penknives or smaller Swiss Army knives in your collection. It's paired with an exposed pen slot, sized to fit two of the most popular pocket pens: the Fisher Space Bullet Pen and the Kaweco Liliput fountain pen.

In addition to careful proportions, the EDC1 ensures a great fit and finish by using high quality leather from some of the most respected tanneries around. For example, natural veg tan leather from Herman Oak picks up a dramatic patina, aging beautifully over time. Horween's Dublin tanned leather is both hardwearing and easy to maintain. With some breaking in, these leathers mold to your gear. Finally, the cases are stitched by hand in the USA using heavy-duty waxed thread for lasting durability.

If you're still carrying your gear loose and want to straighten out those pockets, check out these organizers at the link below.

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Malvaux Number 1 Pocket Knife

"It’s like your familiar Swiss army knife, with a twist. Or rather, a bend. A single hand-polished stainless steel blade folds into the Malvaux Number 1 Pocket Knife and it’s easier than before to open, without needing to put much strain on your fingernail. Actually it’s got no fingernail groove at all and instead can be gripped between thumb and forefinger. Its innards that hold the non-locking blade in the open position are water-jet cut just like the blade itself and..." (via GearHungry)
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