Best Flip & Pocket Knives reviewed by Everyday Carry

Readers' Choice: Top 3 EDC Knives in 2018

With the new year right around the corner, there's plenty of new gear in store for us to look forward to. But until then, now's a great time to look back on the gear that served us best through 2018. We polled our community in our exclusive Facebook group and asked what their favorite EDC gear was in the past year. In this quick round-up, we're starting with EDC knives. We've narrowed it down to the top three answers among the community — read on to see what your favorites were, and stay tuned for more gear to come in our Readers' Choice series.

The James Brand Folsom

From quick cuts to tough tasks, one of the best tools for the job is the humble liner-lock knife. You've probably seen enough of them as full-on tactical folders or as old-fashioned hunting knives. But for many EDCers, those designs don't quite fit in with their day-to-day lives and the rest of their essentials. That's why The James Brand designed the Folsom — their modern classic re-imagination of the tried-and-true liner-lock. Despite its stylish looks it's no shelf queen, pairing hardy materials with a simple yet effective design resulting in a knife that's ready to get to work, stay by your side for the long haul, and look good doing it. It's a capable companion for the adventurous EDCer who relies on their knife around town, out in the backcountry, and everywhere in between.

The Folsom comes as a more substantial knife, with a 3.4 oz weight, fuller proportions, and a balanced blend of clean lines and gentle curves for a comfortable, ergonomic grip. Its 4” closed length and slim G10 handles give plenty of control and durability you'd want in a workhorse knife while keeping weight and bulk down in the pocket. A large, triangular thumbhole allows for easy, ambidextrous one-hand deployment when it's time to get to work. Its 2.75” blade length makes it easier to carry both in the pocket and in locales with stricter knife laws, while its classic drop point shape maximizes cutting edge to make it cut like a larger knife. Featuring Carpenter CTS-BD1 steel for its edge retention, corrosion resistance and low maintenance, combined with a stainless steel liner lock, the Folsom was designed to truly be put through the paces.

Since the best knife is the one you have on you, the Folsom comes equipped with a beefy 416 stainless steel reversible pocket clip for easy, tip-up EDC. A contrasting lanyard hole towards the back end of the handle opens up more carry options as well. The Folsom's simple format lays the foundation for tons of customization options so you're sure to find a Folsom that fits your needs. You can go with G10 scales for performance and grip on par with modern blades, or opt for Micarta or Ebony Wood scales for that traditional look and organic feel in hand. The blade comes in stainless or PVD coated black, and in a classic straight edge or a versatile serrated combo edge as well. Whatever Folsom you choose, you can get it in your hands quickly with free 2-day shipping direct from The James Brand at the link below.

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3 Awesome New EDC Essentials from Victorinox Swiss Army

With decades of experience and iconic tools and products behind them, it would be a simple affair for Victorinox Swiss Army to rest on their laurels. But the thing about pioneers and trailblazers is, “stop” just isn't part of their vocabulary. So even with a catalog packed to the brim with the most tried and tested EDC gear, the brand still pushes the envelope to make even more essentials worth carrying. Below are three of the best new products from Victorinox Swiss Army, dressing up your EDC with gear designed to cut, clock in, and carry your way through the day.

Kershaw Bareknuckle

Iconic gear often comes with a story, and the Kershaw Bareknuckle comes with a good one. Inspired by the original Zero Tolerance 0777, the Bareknuckle takes the original acclaimed design and gives it a sleeker, lightweight profile with excellent materials and a price that won't break the bank. It puts together the best parts of the 0777 and Kershaw's user-friendly features, giving you a made-in-the-USA knife with a storied past and solid performance to last.

Just like the original, the Bareknuckle's 3.5” blade is a beast. Made from Sandvik 14C28N, the steel was developed as a partnership between Kershaw and Sandvik to produce a high-performance, high-resistance steel that can be hardened to 58-60 Rockwell. This gives it a considerably longer edge longevity compared to most steels, which comes in handy as a blade designed for cutting with its long, sweeping belly in a modified, upswept sheepsfoot shape. Deployment comes from a manual flipper tab, utilizing Kershaw's KVT ball-bearing system and rotating on an eye-catching, oversized pivot.

The Bareknuckle's anodized aluminum handles sports its second key feature—Kershaw's Sub-Frame lock. One side of the handles is fitted with a steel plate integral to the frame that moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. It allows for an extremely secure lock while maintaining a light weight; crucial for larger knives like the Bareknuckle so they don't weigh you down as an EDC blade. A reversible, deep-carry clip rounds out the knife's handles, ensuring ambidextrous carry and use for any cutting task.

The Bareknuckle carries with it a legendary history, but it's more than ready to carve out its own. Pick up Kershaw's new high-performance, made in the USA EDC knife at the link below.

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Ridge Titanium Summit Knife

At its very core, the everyday carry knife is a simple tool built for regular tasks. However, that simplicity often tends to get lost in modern knife design. You've probably seen a few knives out there billed as suited for EDC yet sporting needlessly busy design with complicated ergonomics. They might look pretty in your hand, or in a display case, but can't help you get the job done when you need it. That's why Ridge leaned the other direction with their practical and minimalist Summit Knife. As a new release from the same team behind the ever-popular Ridge minimalist metal wallets, the Summit leverages a smart, no-frills design to give you a premium compact EDC folder that's ready to get to work.

The uncomplicated design of the Summit has an understated elegance that makes it unique. At a length of 3.9 inches when closed, the handle gives you enough surface area to get a full grip without being too big for your pockets. Its design also makes it pair well with the Ridge Wallet, a big plus if you already EDC one.  And because the handle is made of grade 5 titanium, it's strong and durable while being ultra-resistant to corrosion. There's a notch in the handle that exposes the right-handed manual thumbstud opening for the blade. That notch makes identifying and manipulating that thumbstud an easy task, even in the dark. With just one flick, the 3.25” D2 tool steel blade is revealed, and held in place by the titanium frame lock. The D2 steel provides excellent edge retention, and the drop-point design makes for a good all-around cutting tool for your daily tasks. When work is complete, you can close the blade up and make the Summit disappear into your pockets thanks to its stainless steel deep-carry pocket clip.

If you're looking for a no-nonsense knife that gives you the performance and premium materials you demand for everyday carry without all of the fuss, look no further than the Summit Knife. It's available in two different colorways: black with a silver-finished blade, and a more discreet gunmetal design that blacks out the blade and the pocket clip. And with a two year guarantee, you can rest assured that the Summit can reliably handle what you throw at it. For a limited time only, you can also save 10% off on the Summit Knife by purchasing it at the link below and using code EDC10 at checkout.

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Deejo Customizable Knives

Finding the perfect knife can be tough. From performance to aesthetics, there are plenty of factors to consider, especially for something you're going to carry every day. Thankfully, companies like Deejo are here to make the choice a little bit easier. They've set out to make their ultralight pocketknife customizable to your exact specifications with a system that lets you create a one-of-a-kind knife. It's a unique, high-tech way to have the perfect knife to match your needs—and your style.

The Deejo knife itself is one of the most subtle and classy designs you can find. Composed of a slim 3.7” blade that folds into an ultra-minimalist handle that integrates a liner lock, it manages to be a fully capable everyday blade while still staying as light as possible. A large pivot and friction opening makes one-handed deployment possible, and while the skeletonized handle precludes space for a clip, each Deejo knife comes with with an elegant holster so you can slip it in and out of your pockets with ease.

Creating the ideal Deejo knife starts with their online platform, MyDeejo. With its sleek 3D interface, you instantly get a preview of your finished blade. Which helps because with more than a thousand combinations of customizations available, you can be satisfied with your unique knife long before it reaches your hands. You have options of blade finish and design engraving, and your choice of color, material, and wood for the Deejo's handle, along with custom text engraving should you please. With over 60 tattoos to choose from, you can create a Deejo that truly resembles you. They offer a wide variety of styles to resonate with you and all your interests, whether it be the outdoor, biking, watchmaking, nature or even music, you can be sure to find a tattoo for you.

Whether building the perfect blade to match your EDC's aesthetic or giving a truly special gift, Deejo's customizable knives are yours for the making. Start on yours today by visiting MyDeejo at the link below.

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QuietCarry MARQ Multi-functional Moneyclip

Most minimalist wallets these days get as slim as they are by sacrificing a convenient way to carry cash. However it's usually a matter of when, not if, you'll need to deal with loose bills. You could carry a money clip separately, but it'll be dead weight in your pocket for whenever you aren't carrying cash. The QuietCarry MARQ, on the other hand, brings tons of extra functionality to the table with its folding tool “blade” built right in. Whether you use it as a money clip or a multi-tool, it'll cover your bases without wasting precious pocket space.

The overall shape of the MARQ was inspired by a vintage money clip, but it features modern materials and plenty of hidden functionality concealed within its discreet design. Slim handles and a wide-set clip made from machined titanium make up the frame of the money clip. It can accommodate once or twice-folded bills depending on how many you're carrying or how slim you want it to fit in your pocket. At just 2” long, 0.2” thick, and just over an ounce in weight, it adds virtually no extra bulk to the pocket.

The “blade” on the MARQ sets it apart from most money clips, featuring 10 total functions including a box opener, rope cutter, bottle opener, and pry bar to cover your bases. It's made of a hardy Bohler N690co steel to be tough enough for daily tasks. The UK-friendly blade swivels out via a thumb hole and locks into the frame, while jimping along the spine provides extra grip to maneuver such a compact tool.

The MARQ comes in black and silver colorways to fit right into most EDC setups. It makes for an excellent companion to your wallet and main blade, but can pull double duty as an all-in-one wallet and tool for your minimalist EDCers. As a stretch goal, QuietCarry are looking to offer a dog-tag style blade variant of the MARQ too. You can secure a MARQ for yourself at QuietCarry's fully funded Kickstarter campaign linked below.

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5 Best New EDC Knives Under $50 in 2018

When you're on a tight budget, it's easy to think that good EDC knives are out of reach. But it's actually entirely possible to pick up a solid everyday carry knife with the right design and craftsmanship, all without having to spend a pretty penny. In the past year or so in particular, several standout knives have been released that could change any negative preconceptions you might have about “budget” knives. In this guide, we'll round up five of our favorite knives under 50 dollars.

Best Budget Knives for EDC 2018

Victorinox Hunter Pro Alox

It seems for as long as people have been EDCing, Victorinox's iconic, candy-red Swiss Army Knife has found its way into pockets around the world. But avid EDCers, knife enthusiasts, and collectors alike especially enjoy the metal-clad “Alox” versions of these tools for their improved durability, grip, and portability. And now after a long wait, Victorinox's take on the classic hunting knife finally gets the Alox treatment. Their new Hunter Pro Alox debuts as a full-sized, dedicated folding knife inspired by the outdoors and styled for the city, featuring their best Alox handles yet.

If you're used to the popular small and slim Alox models like the Cadet and Pioneer, the first thing you'll notice about the Hunter Pro Alox is its larger size. Its 5” handle and 3.875” blade make the knife even more capable and comfortable for tougher tasks. Instead of having a pen knife as one of its many functions like on most Swiss Army Knives, the Hunter Pro Alox is a dedicated knife with the ergonomics and features to match. The aluminum oxide handles are slim, tough, and light, with its signature ribbed texture finish and finger grooves for excellent grip and control. They pair well with the high carbon, bead blasted stainless steel drop point blade both in terms of performance and aesthetics. The blade deploys via a large thumbhole and locks with a lockback mechanism in classic hunting knife fashion.

As such a substantial knife, the Hunter Pro Alox comes equipped with a removable deep carry pocket clip (a rare but welcome new addition on a Swiss Army Knife) and a paracord lanyard. Thanks to the larger size of the knife, the clip can double as a money clip in your urban EDC as well. The paracord lanyard offers improved retrievability from the pocket as well as emergency cordage when you take the Hunter Pro Alox outdoors. Last but not least, a tonal logo on the front of the knife and room for engraving on the back handle add to the knife's refined, understated styling.

Fans of Victorinox's stainless steel blades and aluminum oxide handles will appreciate their application in their purest forms on the Hunter Pro Alox. The locking mechanism, one hand open, deep pocket clip and paracord lanyard combined with its classy silver colorway make it well equipped as a larger EDC around the city, up the trail, and everywhere in between. You can grab one for your kit from Victorinox at the link below.

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Giannini Friction Folder

"Minnesota metalsmith Giannini Forge offers up a unique series of handmade folding knives, each made with a 1095 steel blade, and a perforated handle made from natural aluminum, duracoated aluminum or steel. Blade measures 2.5″, with a 6.5″ length when..." (via TheAwesomer)

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StatGear Slinger

You might think that you need a large knife to take on large tasks, but that's not always the case. Size isn't everything, and with the right design and build quality, even a compact folding knife can do the trick. Take the upcoming Slinger by StatGear as an example. With its beefy tool steel blade and overbuilt handle, the Slinger is built tough to deal with hard use and the biggest of your EDC tasks. The design inspires confidence while still remaining compact and lightweight in your pockets, making it a great choice for everyday carry.

The highlight of the Slinger's design is its stout, modified drop-point blade. Its unique design with its combination hollow-ground straight-edge, curved slicing belly, and sharp point makes for immense versatility, despite it being only 2” long. And since it's made out of venerable D2 tool steel, the Slinger's blade features excellent edge retention and the ability to take some abuse when the situation calls for it. The strength of the Slinger's blade is matched with the ergonomic stainless steel handle that's shaped to afford you a proper grip on the knife during use despite its smaller 3” size. The handle also features internal ball bearings at the pivot point, making the Slinger's flipper opening smooth and easy to actuate with one hand. You can be sure the Slinger's blade will stay open when you're using it thanks to its frame lock mechanism. When you're ready to put it way, it has a skeletonized tip-down stainless steel pocket clip for your convenience.

The StatGear Slinger is available in three beautiful colorways: one with a stonewashed blade and a blue handle with gold toned hardware, another with a grey handle and blue hardware, and a more tactical-leaning all-black edition inclusive of the blade. Its initial run is being crowdfunded by StatGear, and they have a long history of designing and delivering quality EDC knives this way.

The Slinger itself is born out of the success of StatGear's Pocket Samurai and Ausus crowdfunded knife campaigns. It sits between the two, delivering premium construction qualities and high performance at a size that isn't too big or too small for you to get things done. Secure one for yourself now by making a pledge with StatGear on the Slinger's Kickstarter page at the link below. Rewards are set to ship in early December just in time to make a great gift for the holiday season.

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Kershaw Flythrough

There's more to a knife than a blade, some handles, and a few screws to hold it all together. It's how those pieces all come together that makes a design unique, and for many EDCers, something closer to a functional piece of art than just a tool. That's especially true for Kershaw, who works with esteemed knife designers to bring their designs to production at accessible prices. The new RJ Martin-designed Flythrough is an excellent example of this with its unique “See-Through Pivot” as the centerpiece. But that's not all—the Flythrough is chock-full of the practical features you'd expect from Kershaw in an everyday carry knife.

When you pick up the Flythrough, you'll immediately notice the heft and ergonomics of the sculpted steel handles that provide a firm, comfortable grip. A quick flick of the rear flipper tab on the Flythrough deploys the blade with ease, making the most of Kershaw's KVT bearing system and RJ Martin's visually striking see-through pivot. A deep cutout on the spine of the blade combined with generous jimping gives you more control to make precision slicing and cuts even easier. At 3 inches, the 8Cr13MoV blade is sized right for everyday utility. It can handle tough tasks thanks to its sturdy frame lock. A cutout in the handle lets you see into the knife, exposing the lockup point between the tang and frame lock for added visual effect. Other details like a deep carry pocket clip and a matching blacked out blade keep this knife low profile.

The Flythrough is available in an all-black finish for just over sixty dollars. Kershaw is also offering a specialized tool to adjust the see-through pivot of the knife. You can tighten or loosen the pivot to dial in your preferred action. The Flythrough has an overall discreet presence that can fly under the radar, until you get a look at its unique design cues up close. Check it out in all its detail at the link below.

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Opinel No. 8 Black Oak Edition

The venerable Opinel No. 8 remains one of the most popular traditional folding pocket knives you can have in your everyday carry. Its combination of a high-performance blade with classy styling make it a top choice. And now, with the new Black Oak edition of the No. 8, it takes on a more modern look with its new blacked-out blade and dark hardware. The high-contrast blade mixed with a premium black oak wood handle makes a classic knife even more unassuming for a discreet, no-frills EDC.

The stand-out feature of the Black Oak edition is definitely the black blade and ring lock hardware, which contrasts nicely with the dark-veined French black oak wood grain handle. The blade is made of treated 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel, and at 3.25” long with its extremely thin razor edge, it's ready to take on all tasks. And while 12C27 steel is very corrosion-resistant, the dark treatment helps stave off the effects of even the worst the elements can bring to bear on your trusty EDC knife. The black oak handle isn't just for show either, its high tannin content makes it resistant to wear and tear from age, including insect and fungi growth. And at the handle lies the Virobloc ring lock system—also treated with a black color—which lets you keep the blade open during use and keep it closed when its in your pockets for safety.

If you're looking to pick up an Opinel knife for the first time, or if you just want to shake things up a bit with its more modern bent, consider picking up the new Black Oak edition of the No. 8. It's a sharp knife with a modern twist to a traditional style that won't raise any eyebrows when it comes time to use it everyday. Check it out at the link below.

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Nitecore NTK10 Titanium Utility Knife

If there's one versatile piece of gear you might not be carrying but probably should, it's a utility knife. It's purpose-built to handle everything from breaking down boxes to precision craft work. And since the blade is replaceable, maintenance is just a matter of swapping in a new one when it starts to get dull. But the run-of-the-mill utility knife at your local hardware store might not match the performance and build quality of the rest of your EDC gear. The new NTK10 is the popular flashlight manufacturer Nitecore's take on a utility blade optimized for daily carry. Its durable titanium construction and EDC-focused features make it worthy of a spot in your pockets.

The NTK10's frame is made of precision-machined aerospace-grade titanium alloy, which gives it the durability to stand up to daily heavy-duty use while staying light in your pockets. Fully loaded with its razor-sharp replaceable Japanese OLFA CKB-2 craft utility blade, the NTK10 weighs in at a mere 2.38 ounces. And despite its small 4.5” size, the 30 degree slant on the OLFA blade, combined with its pointed tip, make it quite versatile and able to take on your everyday slicing and piercing tasks with ease. With jimping on both sides of the frame, the NTK10 also lets you get a solid grip to accomplish bigger tasks, even if things get a bit slippery. And with its blade locking mechanism, you also have the assurance that the blade won't retract on you when you're not expecting it as well.

But what truly sets the Nitecore NTK10 apart from the standard utility knife are the extra EDC features built into the frame. The first is the bottle opener built into the tip, ready to go when the blade is fully retracted. The second is the glass breaking tip on the pommel, which makes it a useful tool to have in an emergency rescue situation. And unlike dollar store utility knives, the NTK10 has a removable pocket clip for convenience. If you're looking for a serious upgrade to your current utility knife, the NTK10 might be the right tool for the job. You can grab one at the link below.

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WESN Titanium Micro Knife

Sometimes the biggest surprises come from the smallest knives. While it may look like it belongs on your keychain, the WESN Titanium Micro Knife is a bona fide EDC blade, complete with features you wouldn't expect on a knife this small. It doesn't skimp on materials, performance, or carry options. Packing a flipper deployment, pocket clip, titanium scales, and a locking blade that's built for EDC use into its tiny design is no small feat, but the WESN gets the job done.

The entire WESN knife might be smaller than just the blade on your current EDC at just 2.25” long when closed, but don't count it out. Its 1.5” AUS8 stainless steel blade deploys in a flash by way of either a thumb stud or the much-welcomed flipper tab on a knife this small. The shape of the modified drop point blade maximizes the cutting edge, giving you a lot more to work with than you'd expect for a smaller blade. Once deployed, the blade locks up into a stainless steel frame lock — a secure and convenient alternative to slipjoints and back locks. The flipper tab also acts like a finger guard to let you really put the knife to work. 

The WESN isn't just compact, it's lightweight and durable too thanks to its grade 5 titanium handle. The entire knife weighs just one ounce, making it a breeze to carry whether you use its included pocket clip or make use of its lanyard attachment hole. For a more premium carry option, slip it into its matching, made in the USA leather sheath. A knife this compact can be extremely versatile in your setup as a primary blade, a backup, a keychain option, or even as a makeshift moneyclip. You can pick one up on Amazon at the link below.

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MecArmy EK3R Slipjoint

Depending on where you work or live, your options for an EDC knife can be pretty limited. You've got to consider blade length, how it locks (if at all), and if it'll draw unwanted attention when you use it. This usually means a keychain knife, which can be too small for some tasks, or a traditional knife with an outdated design and materials. Luckily the MecArmy EK3R measures up as a full-sized albeit compact knife option with a non-locking slipjoint mechanism and low profile styling that makes it a viable modern carry option even in the strictest locales.

Between its length and low profile, the EK3R falls in the sweet spot between keychain knife and full-sized folder as a dedicated compact EDC. It's 3.8" long when closed, and its stainless steel handles bring the knife's thickness down to just 0.5" overall. The Sandvik 12C27 steel blade comes in at 2.65", clearing the common sub-3" length restriction while giving you plenty to work with. The upswept wharncliffe blade shape offers all-around utility and manages most light EDC tasks. A larger thumb hole takes the place of a nail nick to make its two-handed operation deploy the blade in a literal snap thanks to its non-locking slipjoint mechanism.

Unlike lots of traditional slipjoint knives, the EK3R boasts all-metal construction and an included clip for tip down, deep-pocket carry. You can remove the clip to keep the knife as discreet as possible and make use of its lanyard hole for easier retrieval, too. The EK3R is available with a plain stonewashed handle or opt for either a "curl" or "skull" patterned laser-engraved handle at the link below.

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