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8 Ultralight Pocket Knives for EDC in 2019

Your typical EDC knife is likely the heaviest part of your kit. And when you combine it with the other essentials in your pockets, it all can start to feel cumbersome. You might think that's just the price you have to pay to carry a competent pocket knife. After all, good steel has to weigh a ton, right? Actually, there's a category of knives that tip the scales in the other direction. These lightweight knives give you the features and ergonomics you'd want from an EDC while measuring under 3 ounces, with some designs shaving grams into ultralight territory at under 2 ounces. We're not necessarily talking tiny keychain knives, either—these full-sized knives can handle your daily tasks with ease. To help you navigate this world of ultralight everyday carry knives, we've put together this guide with some of our favorite examples for you to choose from.

Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight

When the Spyderco Para 3 came out 2 years ago, it had big shoes to fill. After all, it was following up on one of the most popular and timeless knife designs ever, the Para Military 2. The Para 3 set out to be a better option for EDC, by offering a smaller, but nonetheless useful blade in an easier-to-carry package. With the Para 3 Lightweight, Spyderco drops some weight (and the price) to elevate the knife even higher. With a new steel, better ergonomics, and one of the lightest materials available for handles, it's a solid contender for an all-day, everyday carry knife.

The biggest, most noticeable difference between the original Para 3 and the new Lightweight is in the handles. While the older model used G-10 scales, the new version features injection-molded, fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) scales covered in a bidirectional texturing pattern, providing a solid grip. The handles are also more rounded and chamfered on the edges, making the new knife more comfortable to hold. The design and material choices on the handle contribute a lot to the weight savings, making the Para 3 Lightweight nearly thirty percent lighter than its predecessor, tipping the scales at a pocket-friendly 2.4 ounces. Similar to other Spyderco FRN models, the handles allow use of a wire clip, a design that shaves off even more weight while allowing a deeper pocket carry than the original Para 3. This allows a more discreet carry while still keeping the knife easily within reach.

A new, streamlined version of Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock mechanism—the first they've incorporated into a model with FRN handles—handles the deployment and closing of the blade, allowing familiar, one-handed operation. With the blade deployed, whether via the classic Spyderco thumb hole or with a flick, you get access to a 2.92” blade in the leaf-shaped, full flat-ground profile that traces its roots back to the original Para Military 2. It's a versatile shape useful for everyday tasks, from food prep to precision cuts. The blade uses CTS-BD1N steel (another first for Spyderco), and replaces the CPM-S30V of the original Para 3. Additional Nitrogen in the alloy gives it better edge retention and corrosion resistance, making it ideal for hardier tasks. And at under 3 inches, it's able to take on most tasks while still adhering to common knife laws.

Refinement and upgrades usually come with a cost, but the Para 3 Lightweight loses numbers on the price tag as well. True to its name, it's a lightweight knife in both the pocket and on your wallet, giving you a solid option for your next EDC knife. Get your own at the Amazon link below.

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Sometimes all it takes to get the job done is no-frills, utilitarian knife without all the bells and whistles. And when that's the case, you shouldn't have to pay more for features you might not need. That's what SOG's newest knives aim to do: deliver the essential SOG knife experience at a more accessible price point. The Aegis FLK debuts as a budget friendly, entry-level version of one of SOG's best tactical knife designs. With its full metal construction, fast deployment and practical blade, it delivers excellent value for new EDCers and veterans alike.

While the Aegis FLK serves as a budget version of one of SOG's best models, it still packs EDC-friendly features you won't find even on its premium predecessor. For starters, the Aegis FLK opts for a fully manual deployment as opposed to the original's assisted open. To give it that smooth, quick deployment, SOG equipped the FLK with a rear flipper tab as well as dual thumb studs. It's an excellent alternative for EDCers who can't carry assisted knives but still want fast access to their blade.

Unlike the original Aegis's piston lock, the FLK secures with a more familiar frame lock built into the knife's stainless steel handles. The blade itself closely resembles the original, measuring 3.4” long with a plain edge and 8Cr13MoV steel. Its drop point shape, full belly and flat grind make it a practical slicer with plenty of cutting edge to work with. Jimping on the spine and lock bar add grip to an otherwise sleek handle, while the flipper tab also acts as a finger guard to let you really grasp the knife.

The Aegis FLK features a deep, tip-up carry pocket clip to manage the knife's 5.2 oz weight, as well as a slim profile to easily slip into the pocket. If you've been wanting to try a SOG knife on a budget and prefer a sleeker style to their other offerings, the Aegis FLK is definitely worth a look, especially with its low cost of admission. Grab one from SOG at the link below.


Benchmade Bailout 537

Since its debut in 2017, EDCers have been bugging out over how good of an EDC knife Benchmade's Bugout 535 proved itself to be. It was even voted as the most popular EDC knife of 2018 with our own readers—an especially impressive feat considering the outdoors-inspired, ultralight 535 wasn't originally intended for EDC. Benchmade's new Bailout 537, on the other hand, is. It builds upon the Bugout's winning formula with a few tweaks and improvements to make it better serve as a tactical EDC. The result is a slim and light folder that's tougher, more discreet, and perfectly dialed for urban daily carry.

Similar to the Bugout, the Bailout 537 sports a slim silhouette that's low-profile enough for a tactical EDC. It tacks on a few grams over the ultralight Bugout, measuring at 0.4” thick, 4.7” closed, and 2.05 oz total, but for good reason. The added length offers a better grip for hard use while remaining fairly pocket friendly and lightweight. Other changes to the handle include a flare guard for a more secure grip during hard use and piercing tasks. Its lightweight Grivory handles now come in a discreet, tactical black as opposed to the Bugout's high-vis bright blue, and still offer ample grip with its diamond-shaped texturing. Rounding out the handle is a rear pommel for emergency applications and added carry configurations, made from aluminum for its strength-to-weight ratio.

The Bailout's blade also measures a touch longer at 3.38”, maximizing cutting edge while keeping as light as possible. A tanto blade shape and serrations at the heel of the blade give it all-round performance for piercing, slicing, and cutting through tough materials. Benchmade equipped the Bailout to handle such hard use with CPM-3V tool steel, an exceptionally tough steel that resists wear and chipping. It's even finished with tactical grey Cerakote, a durable ceramic coating commonly used on firearms.

The blade deploys quickly via ambidextrous dual thumbstuds and locks with Benchmade's signature AXIS lock, just like the Bugout and other popular Benchmade EDC knives. And when the Bailout isn't working hard, it rides inconspicuously in the pocket thanks to its slim profile and reversible tip-up deep carry clip. Its integrated aluminum pommel handle also accommodates a lanyard for more carry options. You can finally get your hands on this made-in-USA tactical follow-up to a recent crowd-favorite from Amazon at the link below.

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Is the Spyderco Tenacious Worth It in 2019?

When it comes to making no-nonsense tactical knives that are perfect for everyday carry, Spyderco tops the list with high-quality designs made in a manufacturing language that is uniquely their own. There are plenty of everyday carry knives to choose from, but none cut quite the same look and perform the same in hand as a Spyderco. Unfortunately,  you usually have to spend a pretty penny to get your hands on one. But when Spyderco introduced the Tenacious, it turned that idea on its head. That's because the Tenacious was made to provide just about everything that made a Spyderco knife great for EDC at a much more accessible price point than many other Spyderco models. While it was a budget knife, it punched above its weight, making it a strong value for the money that was hard to ignore. But it's been a decade since its introduction, and we've seen a lot of changes in the EDC knife industry since then. So, is the Spyderco Tenacious worth it today? Read on to see whether it's still the choice to make, and how it holds up against the competition.

Kershaw Cinder Copper

Putting together utility, collectibility, and affordability in a compact package that's designed to be carried easily is a winning formula for EDC. Fortunately, Kershaw is no stranger to high-value knives with a low cost of entry. With their new Cinder Copper, they've teamed up with custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer to design the ultimate utility knife. With practical features, touches of Hinderer's bold design language, and an exotic copper accent that only gets better with age, the Cinder is an all-around performer that makes short work of everyday tasks.

Even with just 4” of overall length to work with, Kershaw and Hinderer made sure to make the most out of the Cinder's space. The knife's curves and tight shape are designed to give you a comfortable 3-finger grip that feels good even when choking up for harder cuts. The curved spine on the 1.4” 3Cr13 blade offers a platform for your thumb, while a bottom curve between tang and handle acts as a large finger choil for better purchase. An upswept sheepsfoot shape makes the most of the blade's limited belly, working well with the overall knife shape. And while not ambidextrous, one-handed opening is still possible with a thumb stud on the medial side of the blade.

As its name suggests, the Cinder Copper's key feature is its eye-catching copper handles. It gives a three-fold benefit of displaying the handles' geometric pattern, giving a glimpse and access into the skeletonized liner lock by way of a large cutout, as well as developing a patina unique to the knife's user over time. And while the use of copper seems like it would add a bit of weight, the Cinder only still clocks in at 0.9 ounces. This makes it ideal for its purpose as a keychain utility knife, especially with a backspacer that houses both the Cinder's keychain ring as well as a bottle opener along the top for added functionality.

Kershaw and Hinderer sought to make the ultimate keychain utility knife with the Cinder Copper, and thanks to its solid features, exotic accents, and affordable price, it's hard to disagree. Pick up the Kershaw Cinder Copper from Amazon at the link below.

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The James Brand Hell Gap

When you think of a minimalist EDC knife, it's likely you don't have a fixed blade in mind. But when you think of it, a fixed blade is actually the height of minimalist design when it comes to knives: there's no complication involved in folding the blade up and getting it ready to go when you need it. You can simply unsheathe the knife, get to work, and put it right back away while you go about your business. The James Brand has taken that simple formula and mixed it with the minimalist design language that they've become known for in making their brand new Hell Gap knife. The premium materials and made-in-USA construction make it a top-notch, reliable tool, and the smart looks of the design give it an attractive aesthetic and a low profile. Whether you take this knife outdoors to its namesake, the Hell Gap archaeological site in Wyoming, or carry it on your belt as a daily driver, it's a compelling choice for a hard-working EDC.

The blade on the Hell Gap is the star of the show here, with a no-frills design and the performance you'd expect from a knife made of premium materials. Other knives boast about the superior strength and hardness of Crucible S35VN stainless steel, but there are still compromises to be made when it's used on a folding knife. None of that applies to the Hell Gap, which provides you a potent 3.8” saber-ground S35VN edge on a full-tang, fixed blade knife that has no moving parts to fail or collapse on you, even during the roughest of use. The canvas micarta handles will also stand up to wear and tear from use both indoors and outdoors, while the grippy nature of the material offers solid control to make precise cuts. And unlike other fixed blade knife designs that skew towards something out of high fantasy or science fiction, the Hell Gap takes a less-is-more approach with a simple and effective drop point shape. There's a distinct lack of huge branding and tactical cues like aggressive serrations, resulting in a utilitarian look with performance that speaks for itself.

Despite its big performance, the Hell Gap remains relatively small enough for EDC. At 7.8” overall, it's the right size to carry on your belt, in a pocket, or with your gear. To accomplish that, the Hell Gap comes with its own fitted kydex sheath. There's also a lanyard hole at the pommel of the handle for carry that way if you prefer. This makes it easy to find and retrieve if you leave it in the glove compartment of your truck or pack it in a gear bag for a hike, for example.

With the Hell Gap in hand, you have a knife that you can count on when the stakes are highest and you can't trust a folding knife. The James Brand stands by their made in the USA knife with a limited lifetime warranty. Learn more about the James Brand's newest knife, available now at the link below.

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These days, knife enthusiasts and EDCers are spoiled for choice when it comes to designs for both traditional and modern gentlemen's knives. And while the term “gentlemen's knives” may evoke images of expensive ultra-svelte premium knives, there are some more affordable gems to find if you look hard enough. Enter the CRKT Ruger LCK, a modern, distinctive, and attractive design by custom knifemaker Matthew Lerch. It is meant to be a slim, easy-to-carry, and affordable option for those looking for a practical gentleman's flipper.

Sporting a 3.325” blade made from the affordable yet ubiquitous 8Cr13MoV steel, the LCK is currently available with either a satin-finished drop point shape designed for cutting and piercing, or a discreet black modified sheepsfoot blade best suited for slicing. In spite of its minimal profile, the blade's extra length and finger choil allow for a better grip and optimal control while in use. The blade deploys via flipper tab from the LCK's glass-reinforced nylon handles, and secures with a familiar locking liner. The handles themselves feature design cues inspired by the LCK's firearm namesake, the LCP II, as shown in the textured diagonal grooves on the scales to add both an improved grip and sleek design. The LCK (Lightweight Compact Knife) also borrows from the LCP's name (Lightweight Compact Pistol) for both design inspiration and functional intent—at only 2.6 ounces and with a closed length of 4.125”, the knife is pocketable and discreet, especially with its slim profile and deep-carry pocket clip.

With gentleman’s folders enjoying great popularity due to their practicality and portability, the CRKT Ruger LCK could be your diamond in the rough: a slim, light, and affordable gentleman's knife designed to feel good in hand and fit well in your pocket. You can pick one up at the link below.

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Benchmade 380 Aller

Compact and highly functional are two features that don't often go together, especially for a pocket tool. But if anyone can pull it off, it's Benchmade. Known best for their robust and popular knives, they designed their new 380 Aller friction folder knife with French knifemakers Patrick Famin and Eric Demongivert to be the ultimate travel companion. The 380 is a one stop shop for six essential functions, legal to carry almost everywhere, and sized in a unique form factor that's perfect for everyday carry.

There are plenty to details in the 380 Aller that reflect the thoughtfulness put into its design, but its most upfront striking feature is its size. When closed, the knife is a mere 3.3”, smaller than just the blade of most production knives. But even while closed the 380 packs a feature punch thanks to a screwdriver/pry tool with built-in bit driver and a bottle opener built into the blade's tang, which also acts as its deployment mechanism. Applying pressure to this exposed tang swings out the 380's 1.6” CPM S30V wharncliffe blade, a premium steel with a good balance of toughness, wear, and corrosion resistance in a versatile shape ideal for precision cuts.

The blade's compact length and non-locking design also lends itself adherence to knife laws the world over, supporting the knife's role as a travel essential. The 380's blade and tools extend from textured G-10 handles, offering a familiar and resilient grip, and a reversible pocket clip and lanyard hole round out its EDC carry options.

Whether looking for your next jetsetting essential or looking to consolidate your everyday tools into a compact, tough platform, the Benchmade 380 Aller is built for everyday versatility. Add one to your pockets by picking it up from Amazon at the link below.

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SOG Terminus XR

When the original Terminus was released, it showed that SOG could deliver on an urban, everyday knife that broke free from the aggressive, tactical stylings the company was best known for. The sleek slipjoint was subtle, discreet, and designed to perform well for EDC. The new SOG Terminus XR takes the original's foundations and beefs them up in every way for EDC, from premium materials, versatile deployment, to an all-new locking mechanism that makes it even smoother to operate. The Terminus XR finishes what its predecessor started, earning its spot as a rock-solid choice for an all-around, high-performance knife.

A modern design with updated features and quality construction using premium materials come together to make the Terminus XR a knife built to handle most EDC tasks. For starters, its handles are made from G10 and carbon fiber, a robust combination that offers an exceptional strength to weight ratio. Together they provide excellent durability while allowing both enough texture via milled out grooves to give ample grip in hand and smooth retrieval from your pockets. Skeletonized stainless steel liners also serve as the backbone of the XR lock while keeping the handles lightweight and balanced.

The Terminus XR's namesake lock mechanism offers versatility not only in securing the blade, but deploying it too, letting you get to the cutting action in three different ways. A jimped flipper tab found on the back allows traditional high-speed deployment, with the blade flipping out with a nice and smooth flick and closing with a satisfying snap. Dual thumb studs allows ambidextrous handling as its second approach, uncommon on knives where a flipper is present. Finally, disengaging the XR lock itself (built with two spring-loaded latches found on both sides of the knife) allows the blade to slip out freely. Once deployed, its 2.95” blade capably handles both piercing and general slicing tasks thanks to a clip point geometry and premium CTS BDZ1 steel, known for its outstanding hardness and edge retention to stand up to daily use.

If you're looking for a practical knife that offers a sleek appearance and great performance, all without breaking the bank, then the SOG Terminus XR is a great place to start. Grab one today by visiting the link below.

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Case XX CG01

When you think of a Case knife, chances are you have a traditional gent's folding knife in mind. But make no mistake, Case is no one trick pony. One look at their new CG01 knife and you'll see it's not your grandfather's knife. A collaboration with Southern Grind breathes a modern life into the traditional design, with premium materials to boot. Whether used for traditional work or carried for modern utility, the CG01 is an attractive carry for every occasion.

Unlike the older gents knives in the Case line, the CG01 features a respectable and modern S35VN stainless steel on its blade. It's orders of magnitude harder and more durable than the old time knives, and it takes a wicked edge that'll stay sharp and stand up to constant daily use. The 3.42” blade is available in a drop-point shape that's great for cutting and slicing; and if you do more piercing tasks, the CG01 is also available in a tanto variant.

And unlike traditional Case knives, with their two-handed nail nick deployment, opening the CG01 is easy thanks to its quick index flipper tab. The modern design notes extend to the 5” anodized aluminum handle, with a streamlined silhouette that's long enough for you to get a full grip on the knife while you work. Gone is the lockback mechanism you find in older Case knives, and in its place you get a secure frame lock that'll stand up to hard use.

With the CG01, you get a Case knife that's relevant for modern EDC with its performance and features while keeping a design that evokes its traditional roots. Check it out and pick one up for yourself at the link below.

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Cold Steel AD-15

Some tactical folding knives tend to be too ungainly for most people's EDC, an unavoidable consequence of having a large blade and handle as part of the design. With the new AD-15, Cold Steel has put ergonomics at the forefront with an innovative and easy-to-use ambidextrous lock and a sleek design that can tackle almost any task. Built around the Scorpion Lock, the AD-15 is the brainchild of Cold Steel's head of R&D, Andrew Demko. Together, they've brought technology from Demko's original custom knife to a more accessible and affordable EDC option.

The secret to the Scorpion Lock's ease of use is the compression spring built into the rear of the handle. This allows the top steel liner to move in behind the spine of the blade after it's opened manually with a thumb stud. The spring mechanism, the liner, and your grip on the knife itself help keep everything in place during even the roughest of use. And because all it takes is a simple upwards lift of the steel liner to disengage the lock, closing the blade is as easy as making a single wrist flick with either hand.

And when it comes to actually using the AD-15, you'll appreciate its premium sub-4” S35VN stainless steel blade for its hard sharpness and superior edge retention. The saber-ground edge, combined with the spear-point blade shape, makes the AD-15 great for all sorts of cutting, slicing, and piercing tasks.

The top jimping on the spine and the tactical false edge at the top of the blade help you manipulate the blade for fine control when you're doing more delicate work. A deep, ergonomic cut out in the grippy textured G10 nylon scale further enhances your control of the blade. When it's all said and done, you have plenty of ways to carry the AD-15 thanks to its left- or right-handed tip-up carry pocket clip.

The best part is that the AD-15 is no longer a custom exclusive knife, Cold Steel has finally made it available as part of their regular line of everyday carry knives. Take this opportunity to add this unique and capable tactical knife to your gear ensemble, and purchase it today at the link below.

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Bomber B-2 Nano Blade

There's a lot to like about tactical knives: they're made for in-your-face performance, with zero apologies given. But their typically larger size, their look, and their aggressive features might lead to more trouble than it's worth in some places. There are also times when you just don't want to carry a bulky knife. That's where the B-2 Nano Blade from Bomber & Company comes in. Billed as the world's smallest tactical knife, this micro-sized EDC folder fits tactical features in a compact size. And even better, readers of the site can score one for their EDC at 30% off.

Stealth is the name of the game when it comes to the B-2 Nano Blade, and like its name sake, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, it's designed for discretion. It starts with its incredibly small size for a folding knife: at 3.14” overall, it's smaller than the blades of most compact everyday carry knives. It's also featherweight, weighing in at less than an ounce. The 1.18 inch 440C stainless steel blade also falls very much underneath most size restrictions you'll encounter on a day-to-day basis.

But its thoughtful design still lets it perform like bigger knives: its reverse tanto shape makes it great for utility box slicing, cord cutting, and fire starting duties, among many others. The combo serrated edge makes short work of rough cuts despite the size. In keeping with the streamlined stealth theme, there are no annoying flipper tabs to accidentally actuate while the knife is in your pockets. Opening the B-2 Nano Blade is a two-handed manual affair, with the three eye holes cut into the blade itself. In terms of control, there's a significant amount of jimping on the top of the blade for fine work, and a solid frame lock holds it all in place during use. The 1.8” handle has just enough length to get a grasp on the blade, and there's a hole for keychain attachment or a lanyard for easy carry options.

Fully opened, you can make out the wing shape that evokes the B-2 knife's namesake. But unlike a stealth bomber, the B-2 Nano Blade slips right into your pockets until the next time you need it. And for a limited time, you can save 30% off on one of these stealthy EDC knives with the code “EDC30” at the link below.
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Trayvax Trek Field Knife

Making an ideal everyday knife is a daunting task. From size to shape to steel, there's a lot of thought that can go into making one as versatile as possible. And though a fixed blade carried in a leather sheath isn't a common pick for an EDC knife, if there's anyone who can make one to the highest standards, it's Trayvax. For the past 5 years, Trayvax have been making some of the most popular wallets, belts, and accessories for EDC, and the latest product to demonstrate their prowess with leather and metal is the Trek Field Knife. From simple everyday tasks to rigorous field duties, they designed the Trek with thoughtful details and the best materials on the market to create the toughest and most reliable knife you can carry.

The Trek kicks off its features with its minimalist, CNC-machined design. Its business end features a 3.5” blade with serious attention to detail, such as a 40-degree leading edge that makes for a durable tip and a condensed belly with a sweeping edge for control and precision for even delicate slices. It also comes with a long, 3/4 flat bevel grind that allows for consistent performance when using the Trek for chopping or batoning tasks while retaining a full spine for strength.

A skeletonized handle makes up the Trek's second half, which maximizes its minimalist design. The “cutouts” allow for light weight while maintaining structural strength, and also offer customization by allowing you to use paracord or custom handles to make your Trek uniquely your own. The bottom of the Trek's tang ends in a blunt spear point, letting you poke or pierce if the need arises.

Two of the highest quality steels were selected for the Trek, standard 440C and CPM S35VN premium steel. The more affordable (but highly capable) 440C is a high-carbon, high-alloy steel, whose unique composition allows for precise hardening and sharpening. The CPM S35VN option is one of the highest tiers of steel used for high-end knives, offering exceptionally hard and highly-resistant performance while still allowing ease of maintenance.

The Trek's minimal fixed blade design leaves little room for carry options, but this is where Trayvax's leather expertise comes to play. Each Trek comes with a custom 6 oz vegetable-tanned leather sheath sourced from the elite Horween Leather Co. tannery, which may be familiar if you've ever owned a premium leather wallet or bag. The sheath comes in two options, one with a combo layout allowing for both vertical and horizontal carry, while a traditional layout that allows for low-riding, right-handed carry.

The entire process of making the Trek Field Knife from its materials to manufacturing is 100% sourced in the USA, and backed by Trayvax's 65-year heirloom warranty. Their Kickstarter campaign is already completely funded with plenty of time for you to pledge, with stretch goals in the works for an even more customizable final product for backers. Check out the Trek's campaign page at the link below.

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WESN Allman Knife

Sometimes you don't need every feature under the sun for gear to perform well. When you want a no-frills, high-performing knife, it's better to get back to the basics. The WESN Allman is a sturdy, compact folding knife designed to do just that. This premium, minimalist EDC knife features an elegant design made of premium materials that deliver top-notch cutting potential. And if you remember WESN's successful Kickstarter for the Micro Blade, think of the Allman as sizing it up for the better.

The Allman, like the Micro Blade before it, sports a unique modified clip-point blade with a stout profile that makes it a strong tool while keeping things discreet at 2.75” in length. The design offers a beefy straight edge for larger utility tasks, a fine belly for delicate slicing, and a strong tip for piercing through the toughest of objects when you need it. And because it's made of premium S35VN steel, you can rely upon the hard blade on the Allman to maintain an edge through repeated daily use. That premium edge is paired with your choice between a minimalist precision-machined titanium handle and a durable, grippy G10 scaled version of the knife. With the titanium version, you get the benefit of a full frame lock, while the G10 comes with an equally-respectable liner mechanism to hold the blade in place despite rough use. Either way, you get a 3.8” full-size handle that's big enough to get a firm grip. And with its high-index flipper tab, the knife is easily opened a single hand, especially with ball bearings in the pivot. For carry, you can use the titanium clip to attach the knife to your pockets, but there's also a gorgeous natural vegetable-tanned leather sheath if you prefer a more classy, timeless option.

With the WESN Allman, you get a no-nonsense, highly-practical everyday carry knife with a smart design made of premium materials featuring a unique and handsome minimalist aesthetic that doesn't go overboard. You can reserve your very own WESN Allman today, in the configuration of your choice, at the fully funded Kickstarter link below.

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CRKT Seismic

When it comes to work knives, safety and reliability is key. The last thing you want is for your knife to break or buckle when working on tough tasks and materials. So when it came to the Flavio Ikoma-designed CRKT Seismic, right next to ease of use and utility is an innovative locking mechanism that takes blade lockdown to the next level. Taking inspiration from bank vaults while still offering a blade that's simple and easy to use, the Seismic is an incredibly strong contender for your next work knife.

With 3.969" of 1.4116 stainless steel to work with and a long belly offered by its drop blade shape, the Seismic is suitable for any cutting task. Towards the handle you'll find Veff serrations, a different take on the standard 3-point style that's easier to both manufacture and maintain. Blade deployment is two-fold, with your choice of thumb studs or a flipper tab for ease of one-handed opening, with the latter paired with an IKBS ball bearing pivot for a quick and smooth action.

Speaking of action, the Seismic's handle is where it all happens. Forgoing the usual liner or framelock, CRKT are instead introducing their new Deadbolt lock, which is exactly what its name suggests. Beefy steel bolts interlock with both the blade and the liners much like how it would secure a safe or a door, offering an unprecedented lockdown while deployed. No slip, no play, just an incredibly strong lock. It's also as simple as it is strong, with a single large button at the pivot that disengages the lock while keeping your fingers away from the blade's path while it's closing. Textured and contoured G10 handles offer a solid grip in hand, while a skeletonized backspacer and clip give you versatile options for EDC.

The CRKT Seismic sets a new standard as a secure and strong slicer, and it's a solid choice for when the tasks get serious. Check it out at the Amazon link below.

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