The Best Large Folding Knives for EDC in 2019

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The Best Large Folding Knives for EDC in 2019

When it comes to finding the best knife for everyday carry, smaller knives often dominate the discussion. That's because a smaller knife can work well when pocket space and local laws restrict what you can carry. But it doesn't mean they're always the best tool for the job, especially when the task at hand calls for a bit more grip and blade to work with.

Larger blades over 3” give you more of a cutting edge as well as a more secure and comfortable grip during heavy duty cutting. In colder weather, when you've got bigger coat pockets and you're wearing gloves, a bigger blade is both easier to carry and to use with control and confidence. It's that confidence that makes many people EDC larger knives a part of their normal carry, no matter the season.

It also helps that with modern design, larger knives don't have to come with cumbersome heft. There are plenty of knives with blades over 3" with designs that are friendly for EDC. In this guide, we'll introduce you to some of your best options for making a large knife a part of your everyday carry.


10 Best EDC Knives Over 3"


Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 21

Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 21

Purchase
Key Features
Hollow-ground edge
Made in the USA
Specifications
Steel
CPM-S35VN (59-60 HRC)
Blade Length
3.625“
Weight
4.7 oz
Materials
6Al4V titanium
Deployment
Thumbstud
Lock
Reeve Integral Lock (Frame Lock)
Reviews


Price
$$$$
This is a popular grail knife for a reason: innovation as well as performance. CPM-S35VN was developed for use in this knife and the titanium Reeve Integral Lock is better known nowadays as the frame lock.
Kershaw x Emerson CQC-4KXL (D2)

Kershaw x Emerson CQC-4KXL (D2)

Purchase
Key Features
Reversible left/right tip-up pocket clip
Lanyard hole
Specifications
Steel
D2 tool steel
Blade Length
3.875“
Weight
6.1 oz
Materials
G10 and 410 steel
Deployment
Wave-shaped feature, thumb disc
Lock
Frame lock
This Kershaw x Emerson collaboration provides the public with signature Emerson tactical design and that unique wave-shaped opening at an accessible price point. With the wave-shaped opening, the blade deploys as you draw the blade because it catches on your pocket in one smooth motion.
Zero Tolerance 0920

Zero Tolerance 0920

Purchase
Key Features
KVT ball bearings in pivot for smooth opening
Based on a custom Les George design
Specifications
Steel
CPM-20CV
Blade Length
3.9“
Weight
5.4 oz
Materials
Titanium
Deployment
Flipper
Lock
Frame lock
Reviews


Price
$$$$
Based on Les George's custom Harpy knife, the ZT 0920 is a full-size knife designed to do serious work. It features a modified clip-point flipper blade made of CPM-20CV super steel. Its recurve edge enhances the slicing experience, but it also retains a tip for ease of use in piercing. The 3D-machined titanium handle is a nice touch, affording a solid frame lock while the blade is in use.
Hinderer XM-18 Harpoon Spanto

Hinderer XM-18 Harpoon Spanto

Purchase
Key Features
Unique ‘Spanto’ blade shape
Made in the USA
Specifications
Steel
CPM-S35VN
Blade Length
3.5“
Weight
5.6 oz
Materials
Titanium and G10
Deployment
Flipper and thumbstud
Lock
Frame lock
Reviews


Price
$$$$
Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 is an iconic full-size tactical knife design, and the 3.5“ harpoon "spanto" variant is perhaps the best. As its name implies, this knife features a sort of cross between a traditional tanto blade shape and a more useful clip-point design. The top swedge is reminiscent of a harpoon, and it cuts an aggressive shape that’s fitting for how sharp this knife can get.
Victorinox Hunter Pro Alox

Victorinox Hunter Pro Alox

Purchase
Key Features
Ambidextrous operation
Full-size ergonomic handle
Specifications
Steel
1.4110 stainless steel
Blade Length
3.75“
Weight
6.6 oz
Materials
Aluminum
Deployment
Eye-hole
Lock
Lockback
Reviews


Price
$$
The Hunter Pro Alox features a large blade and a durable aluminum handle that’s far more versatile than what you find in a standard keychain-sized Swiss Army Knife. It’s 3.75“ with a drop-point shape and an ambidextrous thumb-hole opening that makes it great whether you use it for its intended hunting purpose or for everyday carry closer to home.
Benchmade 537 Bailout Tanto

Benchmade 537 Bailout Tanto

Purchase
Key Features
Reversible deep carry pocket clip
Ambidextrous operation
Specifications
Steel
CPM-3V
Blade Length
3.38"
Weight
2.05 oz
Materials
Grivory
Deployment
Thumbstud
Lock
AXIS lock
Reviews


Price
$$$
Just because you want to carry a full-sized knife doesn't mean that you have to settle for something a bit too heavy for your pockets. The Bailout weighs in at a barely there 2.05 ounces in hand thanks to its lightweight Grivory handles. It still packs a premium 3.38" CPM-3V tanto blade that'll make short work out of your everyday tasks.
Spyderco Native Chief

Spyderco Native Chief

Purchase
Key Features
Full flat grind
Reversible clip
Specifications
Steel
CPM-S30V
Blade Length
4.08“
Weight
3.9 oz
Materials
G10 and stainless steel
Deployment
Spyderco Round Hole
Lock
Lockback
Reviews


Price
$$
Spyderco modernized their time-tested Native design by giving it premium S30V steel and textured G10 handles. They also extended the blade length to a more capable 4.08“ while keeping the overall design slim, pocketable, and lightweight at just 3.9 oz. The design is linerless, and the blade is held in place during operation using a precision-machined lockback mechanism.
CIVIVI Baklash

CIVIVI Baklash

Purchase
Key Features
Attractive price point
Flipper tab acts as a finger guard
Specifications
Steel
9Cr18MoV
Blade Length
3.55“
Weight
6.6 oz
Materials
G10
Deployment
Flipper
Lock
Liner
Reviews


Price
$
The Baklash proves that you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to get modern EDC design in your hands. And compared to other knives at its price point, CIVIVI fitted this knife with a harder steel that’ll last longer in everyday use. This lets you put its 3.5“ spear-point hollow-grind blade right to work with confidence.
CRKT Jumbones

CRKT Jumbones

Purchase
Key Features
Slim and thin blade
IKBS ball bearings in pivot for smooth opening
Specifications
Steel
AUS-8
Blade Length
4.845“
Weight
5.6 oz
Materials
6061 aluminum
Deployment
Flipper
Lock
Liner
Reviews


Price
$$
True to its name, the Jumbones is a sized-up version of the Crossbones, which won Import Knife of the Year at SHOT Show back in 2017. And aside from the more full-size and capable 4.845“ AUS-8 blade, there isn’t a lot of change from the original formula. Despite the blade size the Jumbones’s slim design makes it extremely pocketable while also adding to its classy look. The thinness of the knife (4.01mm) makes it suitable for delicate work as well.
Bestech Malware

Bestech Malware

Purchase
Key Features
Futuristic design
Versatile wharncliffe blade
Specifications
Steel
CPM-S35VN
Blade Length
3.875“
Weight
3.68 oz
Materials
Titanium
Deployment
Flipper and eye-hole
Lock
Frame lock
Reviews


Price
$$$
While the Malware’s styling is anything but subtle, its design isn’t just for looks. Made in collaboration with Tood Knife and Tool, this high-performance design is surprisingly light weight at 3.68oz. That 3.875“ CPM-S375VN flat-ground flipper blade sports a thin Wharncliffe-style shape that’s great for utility work. It retains a sharp, pointy tip for piercing tasks as well. The satin finish complements the ergonomic stonewashed and 3D-milled titanium handles, while ball bearings in the pivot make getting this full-sized knife open an easy, one-handed task.
Buck 110 Folding Hunter Pro

Buck 110 Folding Hunter Pro

Purchase
Key Features
Premium gent's knife
Made in the USA
Specifications
Steel
CPM-S30V
Blade Length
3.75“
Weight
7.7 oz
Materials
G10
Deployment
Nail nick
Lock
Lockback
Reviews


Price
$$
The 110 Folding Hunter is one of the most iconic vintage everyday carry knife designs, and Buck’s "Pro" model brings that design into the modern era by bringing premium materials into the mix. Aside from the harder S30V blade steel and the more durable G10 scaling in the handle, everything else that made this iconic model great remains the same: manual clip-point blade, lockback operation, and a lifetime warranty.
TOPS Mini Scandi Folder 4.0

TOPS Mini Scandi Folder 4.0

Purchase
Key Features
Full Scandi grind
Ball bearings in pivot
Specifications
Steel
N690Co
Blade Length
3.25"
Weight
3.5 oz
Materials
Micarta
Deployment
Flipper
Lock
Liner
Reviews


Price
$$
To get a knife with a Scandi grind, you usually have to settle for a big and bulky fixed blade knife. Luckily, TOPS has managed to emulate one of their popular fixed models in the frame of a folding knife with a 3.25“ N690Co blade that’s far more convenient for everyday carry. The canvas micarta handles offers resistance against the elements, which is useful if you take the Mini Scandi outdoors. It also offers a great ergonomic grip that really lets you get to work with it in hand.
OKC RAT 1A

OKC RAT 1A

Purchase
Key Features
Easily maintained blade
Assisted opening
Specifications
Steel
AUS-8
Blade Length
3.75“
Weight
6.6 oz
Materials
G10
Deployment
Eye-hole
Lock
Liner
Reviews


Price
$
The RAT 1A is a perennial EDC-community favorite, and with its affordable combination of great ergonomics, capable materials, and lightning-quick assisted-opening technology, it's easy to see why. It's available in a multitude of colorways and blade finishes, but each variant provides you an easily-maintained 3.5“ AUS-8 stainless steel drop point blade with a full-flat taper that'll cut through what you need on a daily basis.
Cold Steel American Lawman

Cold Steel American Lawman

Purchase
Key Features
DLC-coated blade
Rugged construction and sturdy lock
Specifications
Steel
CPM-S35VN
Blade Length
3.5"
Weight
6.6 oz
Materials
G10
Deployment
Thumbstud
Lock
Lockback (Tri-Ad)
Reviews


Price
$$
Cold Steel is at the top of the list when visualizing full-size (and even larger) folding knives for everyday carry. Their American Lawman straddles a happy middle ground, being big enough for large tasks without being so big that it can't fit in your pockets. And while it retains a decidedly tactical bent in both design and materials with its premium S35VN blade, it's subtle enough to not draw unwanted attention.
Opinel No 8

Opinel No 8

Purchase
Key Features
Razor-thin and yatangan shape
Great value
Specifications
Steel
Carbon steel
Blade Length
3.35"
Weight
1.6 oz
Materials
Beech wood
Deployment
Nail nick
Lock
Virobloc safety ring
Reviews


Price
$
With how affordable the Opinel is, it’s easy to leave it out of the conversation. But it’s been a venerable everyday carry knife for generations now, and for good reason. The No 8 features an extremely thin, razor-sharp 3.35“ high carbon steel blade that’ll cut through just about anything especially when you lock the blade in place using the iconic Opinel Virobloc safety ring. Its classic design and two-handed manual nail-nick operation also won’t raise eyebrows in public.

Do you prefer more compact blades, or knives on the larger side? Let us know your favorite EDC in the comments below!

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WOW! I'm really digging this new layout for the "Top 10 ____ List" type articles! The specs and features of each knife are in a nice little chart right under the image, and there's a 2-3 sentence write-up at underneath that gives us the familiar, supplemental info. I'm looking forward to future articles in the same format. GREAT JOB!
We're using this format moving forward (and slowly converting past guides into it), we're glad you like it!
Just FYI, the weights on the a couple of these knives are WAY off. If the CIvivi Backlash is 6.6oz, then I’m 6’4, 225lbs, with 4% body fat. 😂😂
Great list-- well put together.

And per usual-- my unsolicited opinion: The Kershaw AM-4 is a nice full-size folder in a slim package, for a good price
The link provided for the Kershaw x Emerson CQC-4KXL (D2) opens an Amazon page for the older and less costly version of this knife with the lesser 8Cr14MoV steel.
Thanks for the heads up! Fixed the link. :)
TRM (Three Rivers Manufacturing) Neutron and Atom should have been on the list.
Glad at least 1 benchmade made it to this list
Would gladly to let my cold steel spartan break any of these
Would've loved to see the Kershaw Link on this list. It's a nice assisted drop point with an m390 blade, all for around 80 bucks.
Well opinel 8 can be carbon or inox (modified sandvik) and can be found in various handles materials.