The 11 Best EDC Knives 2020

January 29, 2020 | No Comments » | Topics: Buying Guides

An Everyday Carry (EDC) Knife is something that you won’t need until you do, and when that happens, you’ll find yourself very thankful that you’re carrying one with you. They’ll come in handy in remedying and facilitating all sorts of situations, from cutting rope to opening packages to skinning a hare. But not all everyday carry knives are the same.

The Best EDC Knives 2020:

SOG Flash II

SOG Flash II  everyday carry knife

An 8-inch folding knife, the Flash II uses an AUS-8 steel blade with a black finished glass-reinforced nylon handle. The 3.5-inch straight edge blade measures just right. Meanwhile, it uses the patented SOG Assisted Technology for convenient one-handed operation.

It’s also relatively safe to handle, thanks to its safety lock. You also don’t have to worry about carrying the Flash II because of its reversible low-carry pocket clip.

Perhaps the best thing about the Flash II is that, it comes with all of these nifty features but don’t necessarily weigh a lot. In fact, the Flash II only weighs just 3.1 ounces. That’s relatively light considering the quality of the blade and how solid the construction of the Flash II feels.

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Spyderco Delica 4

Spyderco Delica 4 everyday carry knife

There is a reason why the Delica has been a fan favourite for over twenty years. The simple and unassuming design is effective. The 2.875-inch blade is made out of VG-10 and the overall size, as well as weight of the knife makes it perfect for carrying without necessarily feeling a little bit too light and flimsy. The Delica 4 also retains its edge quite well and comes with a Boye dent locking mechanism for safety purposes.

If you’re looking for something that you can rely on but won’t necessarily garner you a lot of looks, the Delica 4 is arguably the best everyday carry knife on our list.

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Kershaw Blur

kershaw blur everyday carry knife

The Kershaw Blur weighs just a little over 4 ounces, making it quite beefy for a knife with a blade that measures just under 3.5 inches in length. It also uses the 14C28N material for its blade, albeit a more expensive S30V steel variant is also available.

For safety and ease of use, the Blur comes with a liner-lock mechanism and SpeedSafe technology. It is also available in a variety of models, such as tactical, black, or with partial serration.

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Benchmade Bugout 535

Benchmade Bugout 535 everyday carry knife

The Benchmade Bugout 535 weighs less than 2 ounces and uses CPM-S30V corrosion-resistant and edge-retaining steel that’s both strong and versatile. The ergonomic textured grip is molded from durable glass-filled nylon material and comes with an axis-locking mechanism to ensure smooth operation and safety. The clip of the Bugout 535 is also reversible, with a lanyard hole for additional carrying options.

With a blade length of around 3.24 inches and open length of 7.46 inches, the Bugout 535 is the ideal companion for hardcore survivalists and anyone who’s interested in heading out into the outdoors.

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Zero Tolerance Hinderer

Zero Tolerance Hinderer everyday carry knife

Designed by the famous custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer, the Zero Tolerance 0562 was built with rugged use in mind. It’s perfect for hardcore users, like electricians, hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, first responders, contractors, and even active military personnel. This is mainly because it uses S35VN stainless steel blade, which has excellent wear and corrosion resistance properties and are exceptionally tough.

The 0562 also uses a KTV ball-bearing system with steel lockbar inserts and stabilizer to make it easier to open using just one hand while ensuring that it doesn’t close or open all suddenly.

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Spyderco Paramilitary 3

Spyderco Paramilitary 3 everyday carry knife

Spyderco is known for producing some of the best everyday carry knives on the market, and the Paramilitary is one of their finest.

Already in its third iteration, the Paramilitary 3 checks all of the boxes for both beginners and advanced users alike. The best part? It’s got the premium feel, materials, and features without the price commonly associated with premium knives.

The Paramilitary 3 has everything you would ever need from an everyday carry knife. This includes a CPM S110V blade, a pocket-friendly and lightweight construction style with textured G-10 scales, as well as a high-strength mechanism Compression Lock that allows users to close the knife safely without having to use more than one hand.

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Ontario Rat 1

Ontario Rat 1 everyday carry knife

If you’re looking for an affordable everyday carry knife that won’t disappoint you, the Ontario Rat 1 makes little to no compromises despite its low price point. The quick-opening AUS-8 blade is made out of stainless steel that’s secured by a frame lock, with a textured nylon handle that’s comfortable to use with both hands as it comes with dual thumb studs, as well as a pocket clip that’s reversible and removable.

Weighing less than 3 ounces and measuring less than 7 inches in length, the Rat 1 is relatively easy to recommend, especially when you consider how affordable it is.

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Buck 110

buck 110 everyday carry knife

If you ask the older folks what they think is the best everyday carry knife, there’s a huge chance that they’ll tell you that it’s from Buck Knives. The reason for this is simple, their products are excellent if not revolutionary.

The Buck 110 is a good example of a revolutionary knife. This is because it changed the knifing industry, using a reliable locking system that ensures that the blade doesn’t just close out of nowhere when you’re using it.

Ultimately though, we can tell you the long list of features of the Buck 110, or we can just tell you that the Buck 110 has sold more than 15 million times since it went into production back in 1964.

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Benchmade 940

Benchmade 940 everyday carry knife

The slim profile of the Benchmade 940 is all thanks to the creative genius of Warren Osborne. But don’t let its slim design fool you. Despite weighing just 2.44 ounces and being slimmer than most knives, the 940 comes with a 3.4-inch CPM S30V steel blade, which means that you shouldn’t take it lightly (get it?). Also, speaking of the blade, it’s available with a plain edge or with a serrated edge.

The aluminum handle of the Benchmade 940 is also just 0.44 inches thick and comes with a reversible pocket clip. Finally, it uses Benchmade’s own AXIS locking mechanism to secure the blade and make sure that it doesn’t just close or pop out all of a sudden.

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Spyderco Dragonfly 2

Spyderco Dragonfly 2 everyday carry knife

The successor to the wildly successful Dragonfly, the all-new Spyderco Dragonfly 2 puts the light in lightweight. It weighs just 1.2 ounces and is only around 3.33 inches long when closed, making it easy to carry and conceal. The 2.3-inch stainless steel blade further adds to the compact profile of the Dragonfly 2. The Dragonfly 2 also comes with the all-popular Spyderco Round Hole to help make one-handed operation easier and a back-lock mechanism to keep the blade secure once it’s fully opened.

The fiberglass-reinforced nylon is injection-molded and comes with a bi-directional textured pattern for a better grip. The handle also comes in bright colors to help make it easier to find the Dragonfly 2 whenever you lose it, especially in the dark.

Other usual features include a lanyard hole and a reversible pocket clip.

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Benchmade Mini Griptilian

Benchmade Mini Griptilian everyday carry knife

The Benchmade Mini Griptilian is a popular everyday carry knife among average users, and for a good reason – the drop point blade uses 154CM stainless steel and measures around 2.91 inches, with a textured glass-filled nylon as its handle for the ideal combination of a sharp blade with a secure grip handle.

The Mini Griptilian also comes with Benchmade’s AXIS lock for added security, as well as a lanyard hole, reversible pocket clip, and fast, one-handed deployment. You can also buy the Mini Griptilian with a serrated edge or with a coated blade.

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To help you make an informed choice and end up with the best everyday carry knife for your purpose, we decided to break down everything you need to know about everyday carry knives, including how to choose one and which ones are worth a look.

There are a lot of things that you should consider when shopping for an everyday carry knife, such as:

Blade material

The best everyday carry knife is made out of high-quality steel. However, there are lots of steel materials to choose from, which can make choosing confusing.

To simplify this process, we recommend that you only choose knives that use the following blade materials:
• D2 Tool Steel
• 420HC
• 8Cr13MoV
• 440C
• AUS-8
• 154CM
• VG-10
• CPM-S30V / CPM-S35VN

If the material is not listed there, you’re better off looking at something else. Or, at the very least, doing further research on the material to see if it makes for a high-quality blade that’s relatively easy to sharpen and is prone to corrosion and/or rust.

Serrated vs Plain Blade

Plain blades are great for making clean cuts, like when carving or slicing. They’re also relatively easy to maintain and keep charge. However, plain blade knives aren’t great for cutting soft and tough materials. On the other hand, serrated blades are the exact opposite – they’re difficult to sharpen and are better suited for the tougher stuff.

Partially serrated blades attempt to combine the convenience of plain blades and the toughness of serrated blades but don’t necessarily specialize in a particular material. They’re great if you don’t want to switch between two different types of knives. However, in most cases, you’re better off buying one of each edge.

The Blade Shape

There are six different types of blade shapes used in everyday carry knives, namely: Clip Point, Drop Point, Sheepsfoot, Spear Point, Needle Point, and Pen Blade.

When it comes to all-around use, clip point knives are best, while sheepsfoot blades are considered the safest. But each blade shape have its own set of advantage and disadvantages, so you might want to do further research so you can choose the best everyday carry knife.

Weight and Length

Since you’re going to carry the everyday carry knife on your person at all times, it’s best to go with something’s reasonably short and lightweight. For this very reason, fixed-blade knives aren’t a good idea. Instead, you’re better off choosing pocket or folding knives. Although they’re not the best performers, they are the most practical.

Ideally, you’ll want an everyday carry knife that’s no heavier than 4.5 ounces and with a blade length that’s no longer than 3.5 inches.

Blade Coating

In general, it’s widely accepted that blade coatings are more of a luxury than a necessity. This is because they will wear off eventually, and once that happens, you can’t really do anything about it. However, there are specific types of blade coatings that you can reapply yourself if you insist on having the blade of your everyday carry knife coated.

Handle Material

The handle of an everyday carry knife can be made either out of wood, plastic or laminated, metal, bone/stag, rubber, and mother of pearl.

Of those materials, we recommend handles made out of hardwood. This is because they’re durable and have a good grip. Not to mention, they have a tendency to last a long time and, depending on your tastes, can look better as they age.

Opening Mechanism

There are generally three types of opening mechanisms used in carry knives, namely manual, switchblade, and assisted mechanism.

The manual is the traditional way of opening pocket knives. This typically requires you to use a fingernail to pull out the knives, although recent innovations have made it easier for users to open the blade easily with just one hand. But if you prefer one-hand usage, the switchblade uses a button to make the spring-loaded blade swing out or come out straight through the hand’s top.

Finally, the assisted mechanism is just a variation of the switchblade. The main difference is that you have to apply some force to make the blades pop out. This makes this type of opening mechanism the safest and most sensible option.

How Much Does It Cost?

The best everyday carry knife doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. There are quality knives for just about any budget.

 

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