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36 Of The Best Pocket Knives For Your EDC

Unlike many other websites that claim to have a former SEAL, Green Beret, firefighter or cop testing every day carry (EDC) knives for them by running through a jungle barefoot while battling three tigers with only their trusty little knife, I won’t make the same claim. And if that’s the kind of knife you’re looking for, may I suggest looking at some of the best camping knives available. That said, I do have an appreciation of pocket knives that are not only well built, but also reliable, and to go further with the theme of this site, somewhat fashionable and minimalist.

Because let’s get real… sure you’ll use your knife in some capacity that will justify its price at some point, most likely on a camping trip or when you’re fixing something up around the house. But for a lot of gentlemen of discerning tastes these days, they also want their EDC knife to look as good as it functions. So with all that in mind, I went scouring the depths of the retail web in search of some the the most beautiful and best-rated EDC knives that should feel right at home in your pocket, but also match your sense of fashion and decor. Here I present to you some of the best pocket knives you’ll find anywhere.

1. Zero Tolerance - 0562TI Hinderer KVT Stonewash Pocket Knife

Zero Tolerance 0562TI Hinderer KVT Stonewash 20CV 2TN Pocket Knife

This knife from Zero Tolerance (a very high-end brand of pocket knives I’m told) caught my eye immediately because of its uniform colour that perhaps serves some unknown tactical advantage of cloaking where the blade ends, and the handle begins. Nevertheless, it’s not a cheap knife, and that’s because it’s made of high-quality materials and as Zero Tolerance puts it… nearly indestructible. Now I don’t know about that claim, but the fact that it’s a premium 3.5″ long stainless steel blade with an excellent looking titanium handle and includes a unique and reversible pocket clip, makes this one badass knife. Oh, and one more thing… straight out of the package, it’s terrifyingly sharp, so mind your bits as the Brits would say.

Key Features

 Stainless Steel Blade
Blade style: Drop Point
Blade grind: Flat
Handle made of titanium (that partially explains the cost).
Includes a reversible pocket clip.

Specifications

 Brand: Zero Tolerance
 Model: 0562TI Hinderer KVT Stonewash 20CV 2TN
 Overall length: 8.25″
 Blade Length: 3.5″
 Blade Thickness: 0.16″
 Handle Length: 4.75″

2. Spyderco - Delica 4 Lightweight 7.15" Signature Folding Knife

Spyderco Delica 4 Lightweight 7.15

One of the things that I like most about this particular knife is that it’s been around for a long time. The Delica line of knives has been produced since 1990, which should tell you something about their quality and popularity. The Delica 4 folding knife is a lightweight, clip-carry (that means it includes a clip with it), one-handed instrument that has a blade fashioned out of VG-10 Stainless Steel. For the uninitiated, you may be wondering what VG-10 stainless steel is. Put simply; it’s a cutlery grade stainless steel made in Japan. The alloy contains 1% Carbon and 15% Chromium, amongst other insane materials.

The VG-10 stainless steel was initially designed for the Japanese chef market but eventually found its way into more casual, sport knives like this. All this to say, this is a very high quality, compact EDC knife with some terrific features, including the shape of the blade. And if you’re concerned about the colour of the handle, don’t worry it comes in 7 different colours.

Key Features

Full flat ground VG-10 Steel
Large 13mm opening hole
Ultra-lightweight
Slip-resistant ergonomic handle

Specifications

 Brand: Spyderco
 Model: Delica 4 Lightweight 7.15″ Signature Folding Knife
 Blade Length: 2.75″
 Overall Length: 7″
 Lock: Back Lock

3. Benchmade - 585 Mini Barrage Knife

Benchmade 585 MINI BARRAGE KNIFE

This American made pocket knife from Benchmade, first, comes with a lifetime guarantee. So that should begin to tell you something about its quality. Made with, what they call an AXIS assist opening technology, this is one of the easiest knives to open on the market. Additionally, it comes with a very lovely looking valox handle and a sturdy and reliable 154CM steel-drop point plain edge blade. As with most pocket knives, it comes with a reversible pocket clip and is quite lightweight at only 3.4oz. Available in silver and black blade finishes, I love the stealthiness of this pocket knife. And of-course its compact nature means you’ll be able to fit it into even the most crowded of pockets.

Key Features

Valox handle scales designed for a better grip
AXIS locking mechanism
AXIS assisted opening
Made in the USA
Lifetime guarantee

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: 585 Mini Barrage Knife

 Weight: 3.4 oz

 Blade length: 2.91″

 Overall length: 6.91″

4. Columbia River Knife & Tool - Crossbones EDC Folding Pocket Knife

CRKT Crossbones EDC Folding Pocket Knife:

This sleek and compact folding pocket knife from the Columbia River Knife & Tool company is made of a very nice brushed aluminum two-tone handle and also features a lifetime warranty. The satin finish on the blade makes it easy to clean, and it comes with a patented flipper opening technology. It features one of the slimmest blades on this list if you prefer relatively narrow knife blades on your EDC knife. The defining design feature of this knife that caught y eye is the slightly perforated diamond-shaped holes in the handle along with the “H” shaped polished aluminum that gives this knife a unique look. Discreet, fashionable, and functional, this Crossbones knife is a terrific and versatile every day carry knife for nearly any application.

Key Features

 Full flat grind blade
IKBS Ball Bearing Pivot System
Satin finish on the blade

Specifications

 Brand: Columbia River Knife & Tool
 Model: Crossbones EDC Folding Pocket Knife
 Blade length: 3.54″
 Blade thickness: 0.12″
 Full length: 8.06″
 Weight: 2.4 oz

5. SOG - Snarl 2.3 Inch Sheepsfoot Blade

SOG Sheepsfoot Blade

You know those movie scenes where the bad guy always does that sneaky pull out a tiny knife out of their tiny little boot pocket or sleeve or some other impossibly tiny space where no pocket knife belongs move and then proceeds to cut the good guy? This is probably the type of knife you’ve been seeing. Designed as an ultra-stealthy blade, this satin-polished stainless steel knife is extremely compact and can be carried on your boot, belt with its clup-equipped hard-moulded sheath, or even around the neck with the included chain. It’s great in the hand as a capable and compact utility knife that you can have on your in almost any situation.

Key Features

2.3″ Satin-polished sheepsfoot blade (it’s called that cause its shaped like a sheep’s foot)
100% stainless steel blade
Snap-fit hard-molded sheath and chain

Specifications

 Brand: SOG
 Model: Sheepsfoot Blade
 Overall length: 4.3″
 Blade length: 2.3″
 Weight: 1.9 oz

6. The James Brand - The Duval

The James Brand - The Duval Knife

Dubbed as “The Modern Gentlemen’s Pocket Knife,” the Duval uses an American-made (is that good or bad in the knife world?) Crucible s35n stainless steel for the blade. So while its origin I’m unaware of whether it bestows any particular advantage, what I have learned is that Crucible S35N Stainless steel is necessarily the best stainless steel for knife making available anywhere in the world. The chemical breakdown of this stainless steel alloy is the following: Iron: 79.1%, Carbon 1.4%… wait, who cares about that technical mumbo jumbo, all that matters is this blade is probably the most hardened knife blade you’ll find anywhere. The chemical engineers and metallurgists behind this alloy have made this steel ultra-tough and chip-resistant, which is to say it makes for a fantastic choice for the Duval Knife to use.

Taking some cues from mid-century design, the knife is a very nice looking combination of retro and modern with a frame-lock design. With a front-flipper opening style, this is an easily handled one-handed knife that combines a beautiful symmetry amongst its slim body.

Key Features

 Blade shape is a modified sheepsfoot
Opening style is front-flipper
Lock type is Frame Lock

Specifications

 Brand: The James Brand
 Model: The Duval
 Blade Length: 2.6″
 Weight: 2 oz.
 Overall Length: 6.4″

7. Zero Tolerance - 0350 Folding Pocket Knife

Zero Tolerance 0350 Folding Pocket Knife

This is a knife whose expressed purpose is to be stealthy. That’s why the blade is covered in a non-reflective black Tungsten diamond-like carbon coating. Paired with a black handle, which is moderately scaled, it makes for a very sleek but aggressive-looking knife. Made from S30V steel, which is a hardened and corrosion-resistant steel developed by Crucible Industries. I’m going to spare you more of the technical details, you can see some of those below or by clicking through to the product page, but suffice to say, this is a very nice pocket knife that will fit nicely amongst your other black EDC gear that you tote around.

Key Features

 Built in the USA
Non-reflective tungsten DLC
Quad-mount picket clip for right or left-handed carry.
General all-purpose pocket knife.
Secure locking system

Specifications

 Brand: Zero Tolerance
 Model: 0350 Folding Pocket Knife
 Blade Length: 3.25″
 Overall Length: 9″
 Weight: 6.2 oz

8. Quiet Carry - The Chase (OR) LC200N

The Chase (OR) LC200N

I love simple, clean lines of this knife along with the silver-coated blade. Additionally, the orange handle completes a lovely look. The Chase, from Quiet Carry, is an exceptionally rugged knife that’s been designed to look both at home in the office and the woods. The included clip allows for a deep pocket carry and coming in at a mere 2.7 oz in weight; it’s very light.

Key Features

 Made with CPM 20-CV Steel
Can be opened with a rolling thumb action
Included deep pocket clip
Blade type: Drop Point

Specifications

 Brand: Quiet Carry
 Model: The Chase
 Blade Length: 2.95″ 
 Full Length: 6.91″ 
 Blade Thickness: .104″
 Weight: 2.7 oz
 Liner Lock

9. Kizer - Gemini Framelock Pocket Folding Knife

Kizer Gemini Framelock Pocket Knife

Probably my favourite part of this EDC knife’s design is the blue accents on the ball-bearing pivot, screws and blue anodized pocket clip. It’s this accent colour when framed against the backdrop of the gorgeous silver blade and handle that makes it a feast for the eyes. The handle is made of bead-blasted titanium, and a steel lock bar insert. The full-flat ground blade is a bit stonewashed and is made of CPM-S35VN steel — a genuinely great flipper EDC knife, made of very high-quality materials.

Key Features

 Flipper knife
CPM-35VN steel blade
Stonewash finish
Blade grind is flat

Specifications

 Brand: Kizer
 Model: Gemini Framelock Flipper Pocket Knife
 Blade Length: 3.125″
 Overall Length: 7.25″
 Blade Thickness: 0.12″

10. CRKT - XOC EDC Pocket Knife

CRKT - XOC Folding Pocket Knife

With an overall length of over 10 inches and a blade length of 4.26 inches, this is definitely one, if not the largest knife on this list. Sure, it’s a bit overkill for what one would normally consider an EDC knife, but the XOC folding knife has a unique feature amongst many folding pocket knives. Brazilian designer, Flavio Ikoma created a discreet torx screw in the handle for customizing the detent for an easier or more powerful flip. I would say that this is no gentleman’s knife. There’s not much overly subtle about it, and yet I had to include it on this list because I still believe it a very nice looking knife with some traditionally minimalist design values.

Key Features

Deadbolt lock innovation provides a huge amount of knife integrity and strength
Blade is made of CTS XHP steel
Carbon fibre handle with Titanium inlays

Specifications

 Brand: CRKT
 Model: XOC
 Blade Length: 4.26″
 Blade Edge: Plain
 Overall Length: 10.38″
 Weight: 11 oz.

11. Baiying - BYKCO EDC Folding Pocket Knife

This simple EDC knife offers rapid, one-handed deployment and is a very compact knife designed to be a sort of “starter” EDC knife. It’s obvious that with the hollow core of the handle, and at only 1.9 oz. this knife has also been designed to be extremely light and covert in your pocket. As with most pocket knives this knife comes with a nice pocket clip and will serve as an excellent knife for your every day carry needs, or to bring along on your hunting, fishing, hiking or camping trip.

Key Features

 Light enough to be hung on a keychain or necklace.
Easily carried in even the smallest of pockets
Comes with a pocket clip

Specifications

 Brand: Baiying
 Model: BYKCO EDC Folding Pocket Knife
 Blade Length: 2.13″
 Overall Length: 5.31″
 Weight: 1.9 oz

12. Civilware - Clipper Folding Knife

Civilware - Clipper Folding Knife

From a minimalist design perspective, there is one thing that would make this knife perfect. The removal of the company’s logo. But even with that minor transgression, this is a sharp-looking knife. Minimalistic, clean lines along with the choice of fine materials, and excellent finish on all the elements of the knife, including the screws, lock and even pocket clip, make for an outstanding design.

Key Features

Frame lock
Full titanium handle makes this a very lightweight knife
Slim profile

Specifications

 Brand: Civilware
 Model: Clipper Folding Knife
 Blade Length: 3″
 Overall Length: 6.75″
 Weight: 4.15 oz.

13. Buck Knives - 0345BKS Vantage Select Folding Knife

Buck Knives 0345BKS Vantage Select Folding Knife

Without a doubt, Buck Knives is an old master at making knives. They’ve been doing it for over 110 years. Using exclusive heat-treating technology, Buck Knives blades that are made from 420HC stainless steel are superior in both durability and corrosion resistance. Another bonus of this heat-treating is a blade that is easier to resharpen. Easily opened with one hand, this EDC knife exudes a classic knife look with minimalist features. I particularly appreciate this manufacturer’s resistance to blasting their brand name in far too large font across their blade.

Key Features

 Thumb hole on the blade makes for one handed opening
Stainless steel liner lock.
Ergonomic grip made from injected molded reinforced nylon
Includes a removable, reversible, deep pocket tip-up carry clip
Made in the USA

Specifications

 Brand: Buck Knives
 Model: 0345BKS Vantage Select Folding Knife
 Blade Length: 3.25″/span>
 Weight: 3.7oz

14. Grovemade - The Minimalist Knife

Grovemade - Black Minimalist Knife

Better known for its wide variety of products that take advantage of gorgeously shaped wood, Grovemade has now made their foray into the world of pocket knives. And with a name such as this, how could I not include this stunning knife on this list. Available in two finishes including this Black treatment, this minimalist EDC knife was inspired by the classic Japanese Higonokami which is a type of folding pocket knife which originated in Miki, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan all the way back in 1896. The ever-so-slightly curved blade nestles exceptionally flush with the handle providing no wasted space. A gorgeous blade and body, I may need this one in both finishes.

Key Features

 Just like the original Japanese knives, this knife comes with no locking mechanism, instead it uses friction to keep the blade open and closed.
Made in the USA
440C Blade Steel with an Aluminum with Cerakote Finish

Specifications

 Brand: Grovemade
 Model: Black Minimalist Knife
 Blade Length: 2.8″
 Weight: 1.9 oz

15. Cold Steel - Recon 1 Tactical Knife

Cold Steel Recon 1 Tactical Knife

This knife, in addition to being sexy looking, is rather popular with military, law enforcement and fire and rescue crews. At least that’s what the manufacturer claims. Sharp as a scalpel and tough as a tank, this tactical folding knife has been over-engineered on purpose. With a black coated finish, the blade has three significant advantages, including rust resistance, elimination of glare and light reflections and coated with a lubricant, which causes the blade to slip through even the toughest of materials. An incredibly sharp knife with incredibly sharp looks.

Key Features

S35VN Alloy Blade with DLC Coating
Ambidextrous Pocket / Belt Clip
Tough PTFE Finish resists rust
Handle’s G-10 laminate scales contoured and scalloped for superior non-slip grip

Specifications

 Brand: Cold Steel
 Model: Recon 1 Tactical Knife
 Blade Length: 4″
 Overall length: 9.375″
 Weight: 5.3 oz.

16. QuietCarry - Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife

Quiet Carry - Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife

You usually don’t think of pocket-knives as being travel friendly, but in the case of the Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife, we can easily throw it into that category. Why? Cause it’s primarily considered a micro-knife. With a size that is no larger than a standard house key, I’d almost liken this to an Exacto knife, except that it’s gorgeously made and tough as nails. Designed as a super-handy, super accessible knife, the Bandit is a distinct every-day-carry item that comes in three or four finishes. Attach it to your keychain, zipper or necklace to cut through life’s daily tasks.

Key Features

Secure grip
Lock-back design
Blade Type: Clip point
416 Stainless Steel Blade
Blade Grind: Hollow

Specifications

 Brand: Quiet Carry
 Model: Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife
 Blade Length: 1.2″
 Full Length: 3″
 Weight: 0.7 oz

17. Off-Grid Knives - Original Fat Boy Utility Folding Knife

Off-Grid Knives - Original Fat Boy Utility Folding Knife

Another very small, and very every-day-carry friendly knife, the Fat Boy utility folding knife is made out of Japanese AUS8 steel. This means the blade is imbued with relatively low carbon content, meaning it resists rust quite well and is easy to sharpen. One of the disadvantages, however, of low-carbon blades is that they will become dull a bit faster than their high-carbon content cousin blades. That said, the button lock-release on this small knife along with all of its other design flourishes makes for an attractive looking knife.

Key Features

 Upper-mid-range Japanese AUS8 Blade Steel
Button lock release
Comfortable for hands of all sizes.

Specifications

 Brand: Off-Grid Knives
 Model: Original Fat Boy Utility Folding Knife
 Blade Length: 2.24″
 Weight: 5.1 oz

18. OPINEL - No. 8 Outdoor Survival Pocket Knife

OPINEL - NO. 8 OUTDOOR SURVIVAL POCKET KNIFE

Another knife maker that has eclipsed the century mark of existence, Opinel certainly has the experience of making a tremendous folding knife. That said, the quality of knife you get here for the meager price of only $35.00 (at the time of this writing) is a remarkable achievement. No matter whether you’re planning on this being your everyday carry knife or simply occasional utility knife you like to bring on your latest adventure, the partially serrated Sandvik stainless steel blade is married to a fiberglass-reinforced polyamide handle that’s shock, humidity, and extreme temperature resistant. Available in four color handle options, including the orange pictured above, the knife also features a 4-10mm shackle key and all-weather 110 decibel emergency whistle.

Key Features

Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel Combination Blade
Fiberglass-reinforced polyamide handle
Virobloc Safety ring lock

Specifications

 Brand: Opinel
 Model: No.8 Outdoor Survival Pocket Knife
 Blade Length: 3.35″
 Closed Length: 4.25″

19. Maxpedition - FRMLCKS Excelsa Small Framelock Folding Knife

There’s something about the drop point blade shape that makes my heart flutter. Sure it’s not quite as nice as the Tanto or Sheepsfoot or even the Wharncliffe, but there’s still something very flattering about this blade shape. The blade grind is a full height flat grind and the handle is made of a Titanium alloy that houses a concelead lock over travel limiter mechanism. If you don’t care about any of that technical mumbo jumbo I just spewed at you, what you should care about is that this is a very nice knife at a very reasonable price point.

Key Features

Titanium handle
Very lightweight
Sleek and minimalist look and feel for a fitted finish

Specifications

 Brand: Maxpedition
 Model: FRMLCKS Excelsa Small Framelock Folding Knife
 Blade Length: 2.9″ 
 Blade Thickness: 0.11″ 
 Full Length: 6.7″
 Weight: 2.7 oz

20. James - The County Pocket Knife

James - The County Pocket Knife

A single straight-bladed knife in a slim, and modern form is what the County EDC pocket knife presents. But it’s not just that. It’s extremely reminiscent in shape and form to what you could see in your grandfather’s knife. A classic, yet modern interpretation of the non-locking slipjoint. With an overall length of 6″ and a blade length of 2.5″, it truly is a beautiful pocket knife you can be proud of just tossing on the table with your other EDC gear.

Key Features

 Sandvik 12C27 Stainless Steel blade
Three wodden handle finishes available
Modified Straight Back Blade

Specifications

 Brand: The James Brand
 Model: the County
 Blade Length: 2.5″
 Overall Length: 6″
 Weight: 1.96 oz

21. Benchmade - Griptilian 551 Knife

Benchmade - Griptilian 551 Knife

Not only is this a very high-quality knife, at a reasonably affordable price, it also comes in a variety of choices for both the blade and handle. That means you can choose from four different handle colours as well as choosing either a serrated or plain edge and also choosing between a satin or coated finish. With a lifetime guarantee, this Benchmade pocket knife is intended for everyday outdoor or tactical use, comes with a standard lanyard hole and a nice reversible clip. Definitely a super sharp, flick-open knife you can depend on.

Key Features

 154CM Stainless Steel Blade
Manual Opening blade

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: Griptilian 551 Knife
 Blade Length: 3.45″
 Overall Length: 8.07″
 Blade Thickness: 0.115″
 Weight: 3.88 oz

22. SOG - Escape - Clip Point, Black Serrated Knife

SOG - ESCAPE - CLIP POINT, BLACK, SERRATED KNIFE

While this is not an overly subtle pocket knife, the ESCAPE is an incredible and awesome looking knife. Just look at it… it looks so impressively aggressive. It’s been designed and optimized in consultation with active-duty SEALS and has been built with 9CR18MOV steel. With a smooth and rapid one-handed opening mechanism, the knife has been designed to be opened in one of three ways. If you want a beautiful and aggressive looking everyday carry knife, you’d be hard-pressed to go wrong with this one.

Key Features

 Handle includes a line-cutter
Partially serrated spear point blade
Fixed clip

Specifications

 Brand: SOG
 Model: ESCAPE
 Blade Length: 3.4″
 Belt Clip Type: Fixed
 Edge Type: Partially Serrated
 Blade Thickness: 0.13″

23. Cold Steel - 27TDS Micro Recon 1 Spear Point Knife

Cold Steel 27TDS Micro Recon 1 Spear Point Knife

Another fine looking tactical looking EDC knife on offer here with the Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Spear Point (someone over there needs to learn how to shorten their product names). Also popular with law enforcement and rescue crews, this is a very nice looking tactical folding knife that is available in a variety of blade lengths, from 2″ all the way up to 5.5″. The smaller versions of this knife make for a very versatile and lightweight keychain EDC knife, while the larger versions can easily be used in a wider variety of situations. While most key-chain sized knives are made with poor materials, the Micro Recon knife is the opposite. Made of high-quality Japanese AUS 8A Stainless steel, this knife is quite frankly a powerful little workhorse.

Key Features

Overengineered to provide tough and reliable function.
Tri-Ad lock to protect your fingers
Tactical keychain folding knife

Specifications

 Brand: Cold Steel
 Model: 27TDS Micro Recon 1 Spear Point
 Blade Length: 2″
 Blade Thickness: 2.5mm
 Overall Length: 4.37″

24. Gerber - 06 Auto - Tanto, Plain Edge Pocket Knife

There’s just something about a Tanto shaped blade that I can’t resist. It’s probably the perfect blade shape as far as minimalistic and stylish features go. Apart from possessing an incredibly sexy blade, this EDC knife can easily fall into the tactical category with a premium design and corrosion-resistant S30V steel blade. In addition to that drool-worthy Tanto shaped blade, the knife also a unique design for the handle with diagonal slots designed to increase grip.  Finally, the bottom fo the handle includes a striking pommel and a lanyard hole.

Key Features

Over-sized release button for use with gloves
Stainless steel pommel with a strike point
Contoured aluminum handle

Specifications

 Brand: Gerber
 Model: 06 Auto – Tanto, Plain Edge
 Overall Length: 8.7″

25. Sanrenmu - 7010 8CR14Mov Blade Steel Handle Knife

Sanrenmu New 7010 8CR14Mov Blade Steel Handle Outdoor Camping Survival Hunting Utility Knife Super Military EDC Pocket Tool 710

This silver finished comfortable EDC knife is compact, lightweight and incredibly sharp. It’s one of the cheapest knives on this list, so don’t expect that it will compete with some of the premier pocket knives on this illustrious list of everyday carry blades, but in a pinch, and if you’re currently penny pinching as many of us are, it’s definitely a nice little blade to take with you. Shhhh, it’s a Sebenza clone, but for pennies on the dollar.

Key Features

 Liner lock mechanism
Manufactured in China

Specifications

 Brand: Sanrenmu
 Model: 7010 8cr14Mov
 Blade Length: 2.74″

26. Deejo - Carbon Fiber Composite Black 37G

DEEJO - CARBON FIBER COMPOSITE BLACK 37G POCKET KNIFE

Elegant, stylish, and unbelievably light. That’s a nice summation of this stylish take on a classic everyday carry knife. With a black titanium-coated 420 stainless steel blade along with a matte finsihed carbon fiber handle, this is one of the most uniquely shaped knives on this list. Aggressive, functional and sexy, this black pocket knife is an extremely handsome addition to any EDC outfit.

Key Features

 Liner lock and belt clip included
Extremely light
Carbon fiber and stainless steel handle
420 Stainless Steel Blade

Specifications

 Brand: Deejo
 Model: Carbon Fiber Composite Black 37G
 Blade Length: 3.75″
 Overall Length: 8″
 Weight: 1.31 oz

27. BOKER - BOP586-BRK Plus Subcom Knife

Boker BOP586-BRK Plus Subcom Knife

This unsual and tiny knife exactly for its dimunitive size. Lightweight and seemingly entirely made of the same metal the straight edge blade is made of a VG-10 Steel with a titanium frame lock. While made in China, which doesn’t often denote the highest quality of blades around, the price of this micro-knife, or rather one that you could easily slip into a boot or carry on your keychain is very affordable. Makes for a great backup or small EDC knife along with a “cool” factor that is as Tim Cook would say… OFF THE CHARTS!

Key Features

 Available in a Titanium or Black finish (which is serrated)
Limited lifetime warranty
VG-10 Steel Blade with Titanium Frame Lock

Specifications

 Brand: Boker
 Model: BOP586-BRK Plus Subcom Knife
 Blade Length: 1.875″
 Overall Length: 4.5″
 Weight: 2.3 oz

28. CRKT - Seismic Black with Veff Serrations Pocket Knife

CRKT - SEISMIC™ BLACK WITH VEFF SERRATIONS Pocket Knife

Going from one extreme to the other, this is definitely one of the larger knives I’m going to include on this list and once again it comes from CRKT. This partially serrated EDC knife is finished in a beautiful black that carries another focus. Its G10 handle (G-10) is a type of fiberglass laminate that is terribly good at being both strong but also provides low moisture absorption and a high level of electrical insluation. Additionally the handle’s design is particularly good at providing superior grip in all weather conditions. Let’s add to that the fact that it’s an extremely good looking knife, and although I’m usually not a fan of partially serrated blades, this knife makes even that look good.

Key Features

 Deadbolt locking mechanism
Flipper opening
Veff Serrations provide superior cutting of fibrous materials
Blade Steel: 1.4116 (German steel)

Specifications

 Brand: CRKT
 Model: Seismic Black With Veff Serrations Pocket Knife
 Blade Length: 3.97″
 Overall Length: 9.44″
 Blade Thickness: 0.15″
 Weight: 6.3 oz

29. Gerber - Pocket Square EDC Knife

Gerber Pocket Square EDC Knife

Just one quick glimpse at this knife tells you that someone with a mind for meticulous design must have envisioned this. With a unique yet somehow still minimalistic flair, this EDC knife is not exactly made out of the same level of steels seen in some of the other more expensive knives on this list. But perhaps what it lacks in that department, it more than makes up for in style. With a removable and reversible pocket clip, this knife gives you the ability to execute various carrying options and makes for the perfect daily companion.

Key Features

 Blade Material is 7Cr17MoV Stainless Steel
Lift by thumb mechanism
Aluminum handle

Specifications

 Brand: Gerber
 Model: Pocket Square EDC Knife
 Blade Length: 3″
 Overall Length: 6″

30. The James Brand - The Elko EDC Knife

The James Brand - The Elko EDC Knife

This, for lack of a better word… cute EDC knife from The James Brand, is just the type of knife you might want to hang on your keychain as a backup to your main EDC knife. Why? First, it comes in a huge variety of handle colors and blade finishes. So matching the rest of your outfit as well as the rest of your EDC gear is easy to do. Second, the Elko comes with a very compact, yet capable Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade and an included pry bar that doubles as a key ring, bottle opner, screw-driver or pry tool. That’s a whole lotta capability from a very small EDC knife. But of-course without a sense of minimalism and design that tickles my fancy, this knife, despite all that functionality would have never made it on to this list.

Key Features

 Drop point blade shape
 Slip joint lock type
 416 Stainless Steel blade

Specifications

 Brand: The James Brand
 Model: The Elko
 Blade Length: 1.74″
 Overall Length: 4.33″
 Weight: 1.3 oz

31. Lion Steel - Three Rapid Exchange Folder Knife

Lionsteel - Three Rapid Exchange Pocket Knife

Made by Italian manufacturer LionSteel, this everyday carry folding knife is may perhaps be the perfect pocket knife for any adventure you may encounter. Light and equipped with an M390 Sintered steel satin finished blade, it includes a frame lock system that allows for rapid and smooth blade movements. In addition to its awesomely curved and sculpted lines, particularly on the handle, this knife is unique for one major innovation. As is its namesake, the T.R.E. (Three Rapid Exchange) is a unique and patented system that allows the knife to be opened in one of three ways. This is no miser’s knife, it’s not cheap, but I guarantee that it is made with the most utmost quality.

Key Features

 M390 Stainless Steel Blade
 Satin finished blade
 Fame lock locking system
 Titanium handle

Specifications

 Brand: Lionsteel
 Model: TRE
 Blade Length:  2.91″
 Overall Length: 6.89″
 Weight: 2.61 oz

32. SOG - Cash Card - Garnet EDC Knife

SOG - Cash Card - Garnet Pocket Knife

Another beauty of an EDC knife comes from manufacturer SOG (Studies and Observations Group) who have made this light, simple and compact minimalist tool that can double as a money clip. The thin and well designed handle is the first thing that drew me to this knife because of its judicious use of empty space and matching silver colored bolts. Small, capable and utterly charming, that’s how we like our EDC knives around these parts.

Key Features

 Folding Knife
 Linerlock locking mechanism
 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel blade
 Handle also made of stainless steel

Specifications

 Brand: SOG
 Model: Cash Card – Garnet
 Blade Length:  2.75″
 Weight: 2 oz

33. True - Classic Series Gentleman's Knife

TRUE - Classic Series Gentleman's Knife

This, once again, is the type of pocket knife that your dad or granddad would be caught wearing. With an obvious nod to classic pocket-knife design, closed, this knife almost resembles what you would expect to see at your local barber shop as a shaving knife. That said, despite its classic shape, the Gentleman’s Knife from True is packed with modern features. Made with slipjoint opening the blade is made from finely crafted and dependable 8CR13MOV stainless steel which provides a superior measure of strength and sharpness. And to top it all off, the handle is made from real rosewood which will feel absolutely terrific in your hand.

Key Features

 Drop Point blade shape
 Blade steel is 8CR13MOV Stainless Steel
 Non locking slipjoint
 Rosewood and stainless steel handle

Specifications

 Brand: True
 Model: Gentleman’s Knife
 Blade Length:  2.5″
 Overall Length: 6.125″

34. Kershaw - Blur Black Everyday Carry Pocketknife

Kershaw Blur Black (1670BLK) Everyday Carry Pocketknife

This knife, from Kershaw, who is one of the companies dominating the everyday carry folding pocket knife market, was created with the idea that the company could create a nearly perfect knife out of a slightly recurved blade, which is ideal for both piercing and slicing. This knife features a blade constructed out of Sandvik 14c28CN steel, which provides an excellent level of corrosion resistance and hardness. The DLC coating on the blade also adds extra hardness and low friction. Anodized for colour, this EDC knife also has a lightweight aluminum handle designed for durability and scratch resistance. And of-course, perhaps what I like most about this EDC knife is its availability in a decent variety of colours and blade finishes.

Key Features

 Fast deployment via torsion bar and SpeedSafe assisted opening system
 Blade steel is Sandvik 14c28N
 Secure liner lock locking system
 Durable handle with convenient pocket clip

Specifications

 Brand: Kershaw
 Model: Blur Black Everyday Carry Pocketknife
 Blade Length:  3.4″
 Weight: 4.2 oz

35. Schrade - Stainless Steel Assisted Opening Folding Knife

Schrade SCHA5B 7.6in Stainless Steel Assisted Opening Folding Knife

This is the type of knife that just simply looks like it was transported along into the past from some distant future. Perhaps equipped by some super-soldier or the Terminator himself, the Schrade knife is an all-around tactical knife that can easily complement your EDC gear with its black blade and handle.

Key Features

 Blade is made of AUS-8 Stainless Steel
 Handle is an anodized titanium
 Includes a pocket clip
 Blade includes a thumb hole for easier opening.

Specifications

 Brand: Schrade
 Model: SCHA5B 7.6in Stainless Steel Assisted Opening Folding Knife
 Blade Length:  3.3″
 Overall Length: 7.6″

36. The James Brand - The Carter Everyday Carry Knife

The people at The James Brand dub this as their most advanced everyday carry knife, and it may well be. But luckily, while outfitting this fantastic pocket knife with all the bells and whistles, they didn’t forget to pay attention to the aesthetics of this drool-worthy knife. Using slide-lock technology, this knife is designed for use with one hand and includes a symmetrical thumb-disc on top of the blade, making it extremely easy for one-handed opening.

Key Features

 Ambidextreous Slide Lock
 Blade steel is: VG-10 Stainless Steel
 Edge type os Straight Edge

Specifications

 Brand: The James Brand
 Model: The Carter
 Blade Length:  2.75″
 Overall Length: 6.55″
 Weight: 3.0 oz

Sebastian Arciszewski

Sebastian Arciszewski

An enthusiast of all things minimalist. I love the simple design and always look for an aesthetic that complements how an item works. Because after all, a design is how a thing works. You can find me on twitter: @sebastian_a