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Staff Picks: 5 EDC Knives We Want Right Now

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Everyday Carry
Reviewed by:
Bernard Capulong
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
14+ Years Reviewing EDC Products
Staff Picks: 5 EDC Knives We Want Right Now

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It's almost the end of the year, and it's been a good one for EDCers. From knives to lights to bags to tech, there have been plenty of releases primed and ready to be added to our kit. We obviously love talking about gear around here, and with this series, the Everyday Carry staff have put together a few lists of the ones we can't wait to get our hands on. We hope it gives you a good idea of products that you may have missed throughout the year, and gets you as excited as we are to pick up the latest and greatest gear for your EDC.

Before we begin, we want to know…

What new knife is on your EDC wishlist?

We'd love to hear about what knives you want that came out the past year. Leave a comment below with the knife you want, and we'll feature your picks in a follow-up article! To get the ideas rolling, we'll start things off:

5 Knives We Want Right Now

Kershaw AM-3

Jonathan Tayag: I've been looking for a good travel pocketknife, and the Kershaw AM-3 fits the bill. For a tactical knife, it has a low-profile aesthetic that won't draw too much attention when I'm away from home. Plus, the 3.1" 8Cr13MoV spear point blade should also be legal for carry in most places. While it's not a premium steel, it's capable enough and also easy to maintain. The steel choice also helps keep the price down, and it means that if I lose it during my travels it's not too major of a loss. I love the G10 handles that buck the trend towards stainless and titanium in recent designs. The extra grip they impart is very important to me, especially with how slim the knife is. The flipper itself acts as a choil guard for the blade in rough use. The sturdy framelock also gives me confidence to use it for tougher tasks.

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Kizer Feist

Adam Molina: Like so many EDCers a new pocket knife purchase can always be justified. In the case of the Kizer Feist I don’t even have to try that hard. As a physical object it’s gorgeous, but throw in the titanium handle, a 2.8” drop point blade made of CPM-S35VN steel, and a sturdy pocket clip, and this minimal flipper seems to be perfect for my needs. This front flipper has jimping along the spine for quickly getting to work when you need it, but it also allows for discreet deployment when you prefer to keep a low profile. My current EDC knives also tend to be a little on the wider side and take up too much pocket space, which results in them being left at home more often than not. They’re also more on the rugged side, so a gent knife like the Feist which isn’t as aggressive looking but still has a durable build is an attractive option to me.

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Kizer Guru

Ed Jelley: The Guru is a new design for 2017 from Kizer knives. It’s based on Matt Degnan’s custom “MC” model, but without the hefty price tag and rarity associated with custom knives. I’ve been wanting to add the Guru to my collection since it was announced last year at Blade Show. The 3.0” blade is a functional, yet sleek sheepsfoot shape that my current collection is lacking. The premium materials, bearing-mounted flipper pivot, and excellent construction that Kizer is known for puts this blade at the top of my “want” list. The only problem with the Guru is picking which configuration I want. It’s available with or without the flipper, and with or without milled holes in the titanium handles.

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Zero Tolerance 0055

Mikey Bautista: I'm generally very picky about knives, preferring either high-performance materials or opting for the most minimal form factor I can get my hands on. So when one comes along that impresses me, I tend to break all my own rules. The ZT0055 is one such knife. Originally the GTC Airborne, a revolutionary custom flipper fetching four figures, the design found its way into Zero Tolerance's main production lineup. The collaboration brings with it the Airborne's futuristic styling, size, and signature hidden flipper tab, while adding a few conveniences like S35VN steel for its 3.75" blade and a reversible pocket clip. Practical? Not always. Eye-catching and impressive in its features? Absolutely.

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The James Brand Elko

Bernard Capulong: While I really appreciate so many of the new knives that came out this year, I unfortunately can’t actually carry most of them where I live. It limits my choices to smaller, non-locking knives. That’s why the new Elko knife from The James Brand caught my eye. They’ve imparted their minimalist design language into a street-legal keychain knife and added a little extra functionality to boot. It’s a two-hand open slipjoint knife using a generous nail nick. CTS-BD1 steel makes up the 1.8” drop point blade, anodized aluminum on the handles keep it lightweight, and stainless steel pry bar/bottle opener/screw driver/lanyard hole cover a ton of extra bases.

Check It Out

Hopefully this list got you thinking about which knife your EDC could use next. Leave a comment below with the knife you want with a chance to be featured in our next round-up.

For more reader's picks, check out the 5 EDC Lights the community recommended.

Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Reviewer
Bernard Capulong is an everyday carry (EDC) gear expert, entrepreneur, all-around nerd, and the founder and editor-in-chief of EverydayCarry.com—the largest online community for EDC gear enthusiasts. Since founding Everyday Carry in 2009, he’s built over a decade of experience in the industry, reviewing and highlighting brands and products, including pocket knives, flashlights, wallets, watches, bags, pens, and much more.

Bernard is known for bringing everyday carry out of obscurity and into the mainstream, having been published or featured in various publications such as GQ, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, VICE, HYPEBEAST, and many others. He has also played a part in curating, designing, and developing digital and physical products, resulting in successful crowdfunding projects or limited edition collaboration products with established softgoods brands. He stays on the pulse of the EDC industry by attending trade shows, participating in online interest communities, and actively engaging with fellow gear enthusiasts on social media.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief and main social media personality for EverydayCarry.com, Bernard is an avid gearhead and collector in general. His personal collections span technical bags, fountain pens, digital cameras, retro gaming hardware, personal hi-fi audio gear, and mechanical wristwatches, to name a few. Bernard Capulong is a prominent figure and trusted authority in the everyday carry industry with a career dedicated to helping people discover this hobby and stay prepared with quality gear.

Discussion (13 total)

Currently eagerly awaiting delivery of a StatGear Ausus.
Thomas ·
I just got mine today...giving it the "wear and see " test .
Leif Thorson ·
Gerber 06 Auto with Tanto blade is up next for me
I'm with Bernard, the Elko is next on my list.
Auto knives were just legalized in Michigan. The knife I'm currently drooling over is a Benchmade CLA. My only gripe about the knife is that it doesn't carry a CPM steel like S30V or even the CPM154 that the Kershaw launch series uses. Other than that I'm gonna be owning one soon.
It’s kind of rediculous to spend $200+ on a EDC knife like the Zero Tolerance 0055. I appreciate quality and style, but EDC items are inheriently mobile and are used often. If I lost any single item in my daily carry (outside of my phone and wallet of course) I would be annoyed, but I could replace it without forking too much out.
Darren Tong ·
I certainly understand that sentiment but everybody’s idea of what is acceptable as a user and edc is different. Many have no problem using and beating up a several hundred dollar knife. On that end, people may feel that quality fit and finish and premium materials like expensive blade steels are more fit for long lasting use
The list of knifes overall was pretty well balanced in terms of cost, quality, and style. I’m not knocking on the knives by any means.
Tyson Ray ·
I'd really like to get hybrid hands on a GM3 by Giant Mouse
Those knives listed up there are merely a MEH for me. I have an aching for the Tanto Blades. Drop Points are great and i have plenty of all varietys but my favs are the Tanto Blades.
Kev: Just got mine yesterday! Loved the fact that I was able to order more at the Kickstarter price as well as a kydex holster. I got the black body/black blade with the holster. The holster was a real treat, makes it way to easy to want to carry it everyday.
Gents. I’d be interested to hear your first thoughts about your new knives.
Kev: my 10 second first impression is that the Ausus knife is bigger and more weighted then I imagined it to be. It isn’t a bad thing though. It feels rock solid in the hand.

The texture and feel of the grips is interesting, it has a paper cloth feel to it. It is very eye catching and classy. It definitely has an air of quality in terms of fit and finish. Like I said, the optional custom kydex holster was worth every penny! It literally begs to be carried everyday. You won’t be disappointed.