10 New Flipper Knives for Everyday Carry 2018

When every second counts, a quick-deploying flipper knife is a great choice for your EDC blade. Unlike other knives, there's no need to fumble around for a thumbstud or nail nick, and you don't even need both hands free to open a flipper. Instead, a quick flick of the flipper tab opens the knife so you can get right to work. And when a flipper knife is paired with an assisted opening, operation is lightning fast. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite recent flipper designs. Each knife in this list exemplifies thoughtful and innovative design with solid construction and the performance you demand for EDC.

Kizer Vanguard Kane Flipper Knife

Looking at this knife, your first thought was probably like ours: this thing must be expensive. With its great blade shape and clean lines, you'd think it's got to be a custom, right? Think again. The Kizer Vanguard Kane—a collaboration with custom knife maker Matt Degnan—is actually a production knife. And as far as those go, the Kane is a rare combination of good build quality, versatile materials, and an affordable price.

The Kane keeps its price low by making use of more common materials, namely VG-10 steel for its blade and G10 for its handles. But don't judge a knife by its spec sheet. Its 3.5” drop point blade is large and versatile for even heavy cutting tasks. The G10 scales seamlessly join with stainless steel at the handle, bolsters, and liners for a sleek, streamlined look. Combine this with clever touches like a large finger choil for secure grip and a bearing pivot system for smooth opening  and you've got yourself a knife ready for comfortable use. And while it is on the larger end of EDC knives, a slim profile and spring titanium clip lets you slip the Kane into your pockets for everyday carry.

Let's also not forget the best part: this is a lot of knife for under a hundred dollars. If you need something beefy and gets the job done and looks great while doing it, pick up the Kizer Vanguard Kane from Amazon at the link below.

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Kershaw Link

Few knives manage to pack in features while still maintaining a reasonable price tag. Kershaw aims to change that with the Link, what they believe to be the perfect “link” between quality and price. Usually a lower price tag means a smaller blade, but that’s not the case with the no-compromise 3.25” edge on the Link. Quickly open the knife with help from Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assist mechanism and flipper lever. The blade is securely held in place by a liner lock, and easily closed with one hand. Wrap it up with a stonewashed blade for increased scratch resistance, and textured glass-filled nylon scales to ensure a firm grip. If you’ve been looking for a budget folder with an impressive spec sheet, consider this knife for your new EDC.


The Best Pocket Knives Under $350

A symbol of preparedness, the pocket knife is widely regarded as a staple of everyday carry (EDC) gear. A knife is like a truck – just having one expands the kinds of things you can get done. Most EDCers will use a knife for general utility: opening packages, cutting thread, or mild food preparation. A 3” blade and most types of locks will be sufficient to perform these tasks. Choosing the right EDC knife and budgeting a purchase can be daunting. We’ll save you the headache of the trial-and-error process of the upgrade treadmill and present our favorite EDC knives under $350 in the first installment of Carry Smarter.