Everyday Carry


Authored by:
Jonathan Tayag

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Sometimes tactical folding knives are a one-trick pony when it comes to everyday carry. Some tend to be more like pure self-defense weapons rather than a useful tool that you can also use to get through your daily tasks with ease. Overly-aggressive blade shapes aren’t the best when you’re mostly going to use your knife for utility tasks, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want good tactical features for when the situation calls for it. That’s why the smart balanced design of the CRKT Xan, made in collaboration with special ops veteran Darrin Sirois, deserves your attention. It features quality materials and an ergonomic design that gives you the utmost of control whether you’re opening boxes or getting yourself out of a scrape in an emergency.

The Xan’s blade shape is quite versatile, with a downward angle when locked open that makes it great for chopping work. The placement of the point at the same level as the pommel of the knife makes it easy to pierce through hard material in a pinch as well. The corrosion-resistant 1.4116 high carbon stainless steel blade is 3.6" long and it has a slight recurve that helps it slice like a larger knife. Opening the blade is easily done with a single hand, because the Xan features CRKT’s signature Outburst assisted technology that springs the blade out after you start things off with the thumbstud on either side. A secure frame lock keeps everything in place even during hard use, and the aggressive G10 scaling on the other side of the handle ensures that you can keep your hands on the knife even when things get wet.

In Greek, Xan translates to “protector,” and that designation is fitting for such a capable knife. And the best part is you won’t have to pay a pretty penny to get this tactical EDC folder in your pockets. With its solid construction and quality materials married with its smart ergonomics, the CRKT Xan is a great choice for your everyday carry. Check it out and buy one for yourself today at the link below.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

Discussion (4 total)

Brian Hinz Sr ·
First impression... where is the rest of it? By only using one handle scale it looks unfinished or a poor attempt at being cool.
David Hughes ·
It seems to be a bit of a trend. Hopefully one that will be short lived when the designers realise that we are not amused.
J_425 ·
I believe this is normal in a frame lock knife: you can't apply a rigid scale on a part that is intended to flex.
Gerald T Adams ·
Hmm, does this come in a left handed model? Doesn't appear you can reverse the scale to the other side.