Everyday Carry

The Drop: Vosteed Labrador Knife

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Vosteed Labrador Knife

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

While we tend to feature compact knives for everyday carry and highlight how a smaller blade size can still accomplish a great deal, sometimes having a longer blade is exactly what you need for EDC. Look at the new Vosteed Labrador folding knife, for example, with its sizable 3.74" drop point blade and a long organic cutting edge, making it an excellent slicing and piercing tool. While a smaller knife could do similar work, the longer edge makes for a more effortless cut, especially when tackling more significant tasks. And the Vosteed Labrador, with its comfortable ergonomics, is well-suited to be your big knife for EDC.

A large folding knife gives you two advantages over a smaller option: a large blade that can handle more significant tasks and a more extended handle that lets you fully grip the knife. On the Labrador, the larger blade features a special 154CM stainless steel that's been heat treated to 60 Rockwell units, making it harder and potentially sharper than run-of-the-mill blade steel without garnering the expensive price tags of knives that use premium steel to accomplish a similar goal. The canvas Micarta handle scales and ergonomically-shaped grip make it a joy to hold this knife after you've deployed the blade via the flipper opening mechanism or manual thumbstud. And underneath the handle scales is a secure liner lock that holds the blade in place during use.

And unlike many larger knives focusing on a tactical or outdoor survival design note, the Vosteed Labrador features their signature urban-friendly EDC design. Whether using this as your daily driver pocket knife during regular errands or taking this knife to the great outdoors, the Labrador is a great everyday carry option when you need a larger blade.

What we like: The larger drop-point blade helps you accomplish tasks requiring a blade more significant than most. The superior ergonomics of the Vosteed Labrador also make it easy to accomplish those tasks without having to fight the tool while doing it.

What to watch out for: While the heat treatment on the 154CM stainless steel is higher than most budget blade steel knives, it's undeniable that it's older blade steel that doesn't have the same advantages you would get if you shelled out more money for a premium blade. But if you sharpen and maintain this knife, you will get good value for money.

Final verdict: The large size of the Vosteed Labrador might not be for everyone, but it's a great option if you're in the market for an accessible everyday carry blade that gets you hefty cutting power without a matching price tag.

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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.

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