A knife is one of the most versatile and useful tools known to man. Everyday carry pocket knives are small to medium in size and are meant to be carried in your pocket or in a sheath on your waist. A good EDC pocket knife is a tool that can be used for general utility, self defense, emergency situations and more.
We have reviewed countless EDC pocket knives for and compiled our list of the 15 best pocket knives for everyday carry 2019.
Buying a pocket knife for EDC should not be an overwhelming process but with the many styles and choices available from traditional to modern it can be. For our purposes we stuck mostly to modern day folding pocket knives for Everyday Carry Gear.
|Knife Name||Blade Length (inches)||KNIFE WEIGHT (oz.)||PRICE|
|Kershaw Clash (EDITOR’s CHOICE)||3.1 in||4.3 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Gerber Paraframe II||3.35 in||4.2 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Case Stockman||2.55 in (main blade)||2.5 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|CRKT Drifter||2.875 in||3.04 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Spyderco Tenacious||3.375 in||4.0 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Kershaw Blur||3.4 in||3.9 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Buck Knives 110 Famous Folding Hunter||3.75 in||7.2 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Benchmade Griptilian 551||3.45 in||4.17 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Kizer Knives V4423A3 Tactical||3.58 in||4.6 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|SOG Trident Tanto||3.75 in||3.60 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|KATSU Camping Pocket Folding Japanese Knife||3.9 in||5.11 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|CRKT Homefront EDC||3.539 in||4.3 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Benchmade Mini Barrage 585 2||2.91 in||3.76 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|Kershaw Cyro||2.75 in||4.1 oz||CHECK PRICE|
|SOG Fielder Folding Knife||3.3 in||4.4 oz||CHECK PRICE|
Kershaw Clash – Editor’s Choice
At 3.1 inches the Clash can take on almost any task and makes for a great EDC folding pocket knife.
It is a drop point blade that you can get partially serrated or just a fine edge blade. It’s made with high performance 8CR13MoV stainless steel. It is a strong blade that stands up well to tough use and is highly corrosion and wear resistant.
The Clash is equipped with Kershaw’s speed safe assisted opening system which allows you to open the knife very fast with one handed operation. You simply push down on the thumb stud and the blade smoothly slides out and snap locks open.
A great feature of the Clash is the secure locking system. You will have full confidence in this blade to stay locked open while you use it.
Also something to note is the weight at 3.2 ounces the knife is light but extremely sturdy. Pocket clip is attached by 3 mounting screws and can be mounted to carry either tip-up or tip-down depending on your preference.
High performance, fast deployment, secure locking system, speed safe assisted opening and extremely durable has earned the Kershaw Clash my Editor’s Choice top recommended pick for Best Pocket Knife 2019
Gerber ParaFrame II
The Gerber Paraframe II is a high carbon stainless steel blade knife that has a minimalist skeleton style handle design to help keep the knife lightweight and very easy to clean.
At 4.2 oz the knife is lightweight, it has a 3.35 inch blade and knife is 4.8 inches when closed and an overall open length of 8.27 inches. It comes with a Framelock handle design which keeps the knife locked open safely and securely when open and in use.
The handle is also stainless steel and has a unique open skeleton style design. The handle design is different from most common EDC pocket knives, however this makes the knife easy to carry, easy to clean and easy to open. It has a pocket clip for secure travel and carry use.
The Paraframe II is a clip point blade that you can get in multiple blade variations. This knife embodies the characteristics of a large folding carry knife in a unique, sturdy and tough design that does the job of a everyday carry knife.
The Case Stockman is an classic pocket knife that is great for everyday situations and outdoor activities like camping, hunting and working.
You can get the Stockman in 3 different sizes small, medium and large. We personally like the medium it is a great size that gets the job done well and fits in the pocket comfortably. This is a classic pocket knife that has no pocket clip and comes with 3 different blades types.
Case Stockman comes in a convenient yet practical 3 blade design. You get a clip point main blade, a Sheepsfoot blade and a Spey blade. 2 of the blades sit on one side the pocket side and 1 sits on the other side the cap end as it is known. The blades are what Case refers to as Tru-sharp surgical stainless steel bades that you can get in synthetic or bone handles.
The clip point blade is a common blade that is great for cutting and slicing. Sheepsfoot blades are great project blades like for jobs around the house or wood carving and even cutting through cord and rope. Spey blades are also a common utility blade that you can use for common small tasks.
Case knives are made in the USA since 1889 and have the reputation to back them up. A very good limited lifetime warranty comes with every knife.
The Colombia River Knife and Tool Drifter is a well made basic pocket knife that is a great and affordable EDC folding pocket knife. The blade comes in at 2.875 inches and weighing at just over 3.0oz the Drifter is a great easy to carry and easy to use knife that gets the job done well.
The handle is a black G10 with a texture style grip. It’s well designed and feels good in the hand.
It comes with a drop point blade that you can get in a fine edge or partially triple point serrations. It has a stainless steel blade which is strong and corrosion resistant. The frame lock keeps the firmly in place when open and it has ambidextrous thumb stud for opening and closing.
The Drifter is a very good no nonsense practical pocket knife that you can use and abuse daily that won’t break the bank. It’s simple yet stylish and tough and you can pick one up in a few different color and blade variations to fit your personal preference.
Spyderco Knives are some of the best in the industry they truly strive to make quality knives and the Tenacious is one of them. Coming in at 7.75 inches in totals length when open, 4.438 inches closed with the blade length at 3.375 inches. Weighing 4.0 ounces.
It comes with a stainless steel blade made of 8CR13MOV steel. The spine of the Tenacious has a jimbed texture which is meant to allow for you to push down on the spine without slipping for added force when cutting. Also, comes with a Walker liner lock with a jimped liner.
Their is 4 way pocket clip which allows you to set your carry and draw preference.
The handle is G 10 so it is plenty durable and tough to stand up to everyday use. Spyderco mills their handle with what they refer to as prolonged fatigue free cutting in mind. You can get the handle in a few different color options as well.
Spyderco Knives are some of the best because of the rigorous testing they put their knives through. When you buy a Spyderco you are buying a high quality, reliable knife that was designed and manufactured for performance and comfort.
The Kershaw Blur is a great looking pocket knife and a great everyday carry knife. It weighs 3.9 ounces and has a blade length of 3.4 inches.
Stainless steel blade made with S30V powdered steel which gives the blade excellent toughness and corrosion resistance. This knife is great for piercing, slicing and cutting and it has great edge retention.
It has a aircraft aluminum handle that has Trac Tec grip tape conveniently placed to help provide secure gripping power. The handle is anodized which gives it superior strength while giving it excellent resistance to scratches and fading. Comes with Kershaw well known speedsafe assisted opening like on the Kershaw Clash. Thumb stud and liner lock for safe and secure one handed operation.
This Blur is available in multiple color and style variations to accomodate your personal preference and style.
The Blur is a very well made knife that has a reputation of toughness and durability. You would not be disappointed with a knife like the Blur for EDC.
Buck Knives 110 Famous Folding Hunter
The Buck knife 110 is made in the USA and comes with Buck’s FOREVER WARRANTY. The Buck 110 has been around for 50 years now and is still one of the best selling knives of all time. This is a classic style pocket knife that will stand the test of time because of the integrity of Buck’s craftsmenship and their awesome forever warranty. You will be able to hand this knife down from to your kids and them to theirs.
Buck Knife 110 comes in a clip point blade that is 3 3/4 inches 420HC stainless steel blade that is extremely sharp and strong. The blade is corrosion resistant and keeps a nice edge that sharpens well. Clip Point blades are great for piercing and detail work.
Beautiful classic woodgrain handle and brass ends give this knife and iconic look. The knife has a lock back that locks the blade open when you are using the knife for increased safety and strength. The knife weighs 7.2 ounces which is the heaviest knife on our list. This knife is strong and sturdy and the weight makes it feel great in my hand.
This knife also comes with a leather sheath that snaps closes and has a belt loop to carry on your hip if you prefer.
I would highly recommend this knife to almost anyone it is great for just about anything you could imagine from general daily use to camping and hunting. The Buck 110 Famous Folding Knife is a great pocket knife and I truly can’t wait to hand mine down to my son one day.
Benchmade Griptilian 551
The Griptilian 551 is a drop point blade that is very versatile all around knife that is great for everyday use. Fully ambidextrous AXIS lock by Benchmade. You can open and close with ease single-handedly.
Blade length is 3.45 inches, full opened length is 8.07 inches and closed length 4.62 inches. Weighing in at 4.17 ounces it is lightweight but still sturdy and comfortable to hold and use. Griptilian comes with a CPM-20CV corrosion resistant stainless steel blade that gives great edge retention and easy low maintenance.
G10 handle that gives the knife great durability and strength to moisture, extreme temperature changes and general wear.
One of the very best qualities of Benchmade knives is their warranty. GUARANTEED FOR LIFE Benchmade offers a limited lifetime warranty and lifesharp service to help you take care of your knife. If your knife needs repair or sharpening Benchmade will take care of it for you.
Kizer Knives V4423A3
This blade is VG10 steel which has superior cutting and corrosion resistance. G10 handle material with a unique design style and pattern. Although this handle looks a bit awkward it happens to be quite comfortable and it grips well.
Very quick one handed operation and a secure liner lock. Has a nice thumb stud that makes it very easy and convienant to open the knife.
Kizer knives are not as well known as some others on this list however, this knife impressed us every step of the way. Sharp out of the box and well made, I will be looking into some other Kizer knives for review after being so impressed with the V4423A3 ( Yes Kizer does need to work on the names of their knives!)
SOG Trident Tanto
SOG Trident Tanto is a spring assisted folding knife that gets you into action quickly. It comes in at 3.75 inches with a AUS 8 stainless steel blade. Full closed length comes in at 4.75 inches and weighs about 3.60 ounces. The folding blade has a tanto shape with a very strong tip that’s ideal for piercing, sharpens easily and makes quick work of any task.
S.A.T. SOG Assisted Tech plus ARC Actuator is SOG’s spring assisted system and it is a very fast and firm feeling when opening the knife. One handed opening with a strong lock and easy release.
The Trident Tanto is a great everyday pocket knife, camping knife, survival knife, tactical knife. The Digi-Grip variable pattern provides a secure, no-slip grip and the base of the handle sports a groove that allows the user to cut paracord, fishing line and other cord-sized objects without having to open the blade.
Their is a strong metal pocket clip the reversible belt clip provides a low and discrete carry for right and left handed users or can be removed for pouch storage.
KATSU Camping Pocket Folding Japanese Knife
What a pleasent surprise the KATSU knife was to review. When I first got my hands on this knife it was a complete unknown but after some use I will be keeping it in my rotation of EDC pocket knives that I use regularly.
It has a 3.9 inch blade made of VG 10 steel and is 5 inches when closed and 9 inches when opened fully. Their is a titanium pocket clip and a titanium and carbon fiber handle that has an anti-rust property.
The knife is comfortable to use and it also has a frame lock that keeps the knife locked open when using. Also a unique feature is the Japanese style thumb notch opening lever and a ball bearing system gives you the ability to open the knife one handed fast and smooth.
This knife came in razor sharp and is perfectly balanced and centered. It comes with a really neat sheath and pouch. A very different and unique knife that is great for cutting and slicing.
CRKT HomeFront EDC
The Homefront is a sweet little EDC pocket knife that has CRKT’s breakthrough FIELD STRIP technology innovation. Ever use your knife while camping, hunting, hiking, working or just outdoors then you know that dust dirt and debris can collect everywhere within your knife.
Field Strip (Designed by Ken Onion) allows you to easily disassemble your knife without the need for tools for cleaning. The ability to easily strip your knife down for cleaning is a great option especially if you really use your pocket knife outdoors, in the bush or for work where dirt and grime can work their way into the knife.
Features of the knife, the blade length is 3.53 inches while the knife fully opened is 8.25 inches. Weight is 4.3 ounces so the knife is lightweight. 1.4116 blade steel with a glass reinforced nylon handle.
To disassemble the Home front EDC when the knife is in the closed position, push the front release lever away from the blade, then spin the turn release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft. Once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure, allowing for practical, quick maintenance where you stand.
The CRKT Limited Lifetime Warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship
Benchmade Mini Barrage 585 2
The Mini Barrage 2 comes with a drop point utility blade made from CPM S30V stainless steel. Their is a G10 handle which is extremely durable and tough. It makes for a great outdoor everyday carry knife.
Blade Length is 2.91 inches, full open length 6.91 inches, closed length is 4.0 inches and it weighs in at 3.76 ounces.
Quick and easy one handed operation fully ambidextrous. Fairly lightweight knife the is comfortable and easy to use. Also, comes with a reversible pocket clip so you can set up and carry your knife your way. Benchmade has a great warranty and lifesharp service to keep your knife working at its finest.
I pretty much take my knives to their limits, and the mini barrage has put up with a lot! Its been my go-to knife for the past few months now. Prior to this knife, I was previously using the Kershaw Clash which happens to be my favorite EDC pocket knife. The barrage sits well in my hand, fits comfortably in my pocket, holds an excellent edge (I have not had to sharpen yet!!). The high standard of quality and craftsmanship, I would purchase a second just to have, but I dont see this knife ever falling apart. Its one of those purchases you only have to make once and youll never be disappointed you did.
Designed by renowned custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer and engineered by Kershaw Knives this is a 2.75 inch 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade that stands up well to corrosion and has good edge retention.
This is a reliable EDC knife great for anyone looking for a durable tough well designed knife. It has all steel construction and is coated with a titanium carbo nitride which makes the blade hard, gives improved edge wear and overall life wear.
It has a thumb stud for easy manuel flipping open and close. The Cyro has a frame lock and lockbar stabilizer for secure locking. Speed safe assisted opening and 4 position deep carry pocket clip. Like all Hinderer knives the Cyro is made to be sturdy and feel good in the hand, it has hard use looks and comes at a very affordable price.
The Cyro is a sweet everyday carry pocket knife, its a great size for conceal carry daily. I have owned many Kershaw knives over the years and they just make good knives at very affordable prices. The Cyro is no different well desgined, sharp, keeps a good edge and works everytime.
SOG Fielder Folding Knife
The Fielder is a 3.3 inch clip point shaped 7Cr17 stainless steel blade with a G10 handle. Overall length is 7.8 inches. Straight edge blade that cuts well and sharpens easily.
The G 10 textured handle is lightweight and feels balanced in my hand. It has a non slip type finish and the knife weighs in at 4.4 ounces. Has a liner lock system which gives the ability one-handed opening of the blade.
Polished stainless steel bolsters and includes a steel pocket clip.
The SOG Fielder is a great blend of classic asthetic beauty and quality craftmenship. It is a really well balanced knife and the clip point blade makes this knife good for almost any job cutting, slicing, chopping, piercing and detail work. The price is super affordable and comes with SOG’s limited lifetime warranty.
Why Carry a Pocket Knife
A knife is one of the most versatile tools known to man. A pocket knife is an indispensable and convenient tool that can be easily carried in your pocket or attached to your pocket with a pocket clip. The uses and benefits of carrying a pocket knife far outweigh the concerns of carrying one.
Utility – pocket knives are a multifaceted tool that when used correctly and purposefully can make your life safer and easier. The general basic purpose of any knife is obviously to cut. Benefits of an EDC pocket knife is the ability and convenience to easily carry with your a tool that can be used to help your cut, chop, slice almost anything. From pesky packaging to tinder to start a fire to the ability to defend your life. Throughout daily life there are just so many tasks that a knife is very effective at getting the job done.
Self Defense – one of the biggest reasons to carry a pocket knife today is for personal self defense. While, a knife is not a guarantee against harm from an attacker it does significantly add to your chances. Often times just brandishing a weapon like a knife is enough to deter an assailant to leave your alone. You should never use your knife to harm another person and we would never advocate for that, however we do think your should be able to defend yourself if the need arises. A knife is just one means of everyday carry personal self defense weapons your can carry check out Best Personal Self Defense Weapons for more ideas.
Emergency Situations – We never want to imagine ourselves in an emergency situation and I hope your never find yourself in one. That doesn’t mean your shouldn’t be prepared for when disaster strikes and a good tactical pocket knife can be a really helpful tool in such situations. Many come equipped with a glass breaker in case your need to smash a window to escape or even to perform a rescue. Maybe your need to cut a seat belt to get out or cut your clothing that’s keeping your stuck. A pocket knife can serve to be a fantastic survival tool.
What To Look For In A EDC Pocket Knife
There are some basic things to consider when it comes to your everyday carry pocket knife. The design of the blade is an important factor to consider as some designs are better suited for more specific uses compared with others. Handle design, blade size, blade steel, and pocket clips are all items to consider when searching for your next pocket knife.
Blade design is another feature that ultimately comes down to user preference. Yes some designs are more well suited for certain tasks but generally speaking your should be able to accomplish almost any task with any blade style. When choosing a modern pocket knife the best direction is to first decide the purpose of your EDC knife.
There are several types of blade designs like straight tip, drop point, clip point, tanto, spear point and more.
Some are great multi-taskers like the drop point, clip point, spear point and many design styles are better suited to more specific tasks.
Designs like the clip point, drop point are good design styles for multi use purposes and activities. Like self defense and survival situations as well as wilderness activities. These blade designs keep the tip of the blade close to the center of the blade and they have lighter tip which give your more control and a better user experience, especially if your are a novice user.
Decide what your are looking for in your next EDC pocket knife, are your looking for the best all around style that will provide your with the most bang for your buck. Or do your have a specific use in mind like self defense or one do help your do cutting and slicing while your working or camping.
One last design element your will need to consider will be if your want a straight edge blade or a straight edge with partial serration blade. A full straight edge gives your the most cutting edge possible in a folding EDC pocket knife and is probably the most common type used. Whereas a partially serrated edge does give your slightly less cutting edge the serrations are great for certain tasks like sawing and cutting of certain materials.
I personally carry an EDC pocket knife because I want to be the most prepared I can for any outcome and having a knife that is the most multi use capable in my opinion is a partially serrated blade. The best way to combat this is to get a knife with a blade between 3.5 to 5.5 inches so your have plenty of the straight edge left.
Knife Handle Design and Material
The design and material used for EDC pocket knifes can vary greatly and really just comes down to personal preference and intended uses for your pocket knife.
Many of today’s modern designs are simple and were made with use and functionality in mind. Many materials used are synthetic which are common because of the abundance, durability, price and ease of use. There is of course natural materials as well such as hardwoods, stag antler bone and more.
Handle shape and design varies greatly and there is no one size or design for every hand. Yes there is popular style choices like the Stockman but it really does come down to your personal choice.
When it comes to everyday carry pocket knives then general speaking I recommend a tough material such as Derlin or Kirinite. Decorative material is great to look at but as the purpose of a EDC knife is to be prepared to take on any task. I want to carry a knife that gets to job done and is not worried about looking pretty.
When considering your next EDC pocket knife blade steel is something to consider. There are 2 common steel types to choose from stainless and non stainless steel and high carbon tool steel. Each type of steel has its own positive’s and negative’s.
Stainless steel is a high carbon steel that has had chromium added to it which gives it excellent corrosion resistance. They are durable and hold there edge very well however, with that being said it does not get to a super fine edge very well and they take more work and patience to get them sharpened.
Carbon Steel blades sharpen easily and they take a fine edge extremely well. This steel is tough and durable however it is more prone to corrosion and especially if not well taken care of.
The way knife steel hardness is measured is usually by the Rockwell Scale C often referred to as Rockwell Hardness. This can be a good factor to help your decide on your blade steel. This scale determines the hardness and refers to it through the use of number measurements. A good average of soft and hard blade steel will fall somewhere between 54-57, while 50-53 is soft but tough and 58-62 is a very hard blade.
Remember soft blades are easier to sharpen and take on a nice fine and sharp edge. Harder blade steels are going to be somewhat more difficult to sharpen but the edge it does have will hold up well.
Most modern EDC knifes today are made from stainless steel. You can find carbon tool steel blades out there as well they just are not quite as common and often more expensive then stainless steel knives.
You can get pocket knives in many sizes from small, medium and large. Most good working size EDC pocket knives are medium to large. There is no perfect blade size for everything. It falls mainly on personal preference and use. For instance a small folding pocket knife with no pocket clip is great for formal or professional situations where your might be wearing something like slacks. It will be discreet and hidden away easily from view but nonetheless there when your need it.
Most modern pocket carry knifes are going to be medium to large and are equipped with a vertical pocket clip that makes them easy to carry and quick to deploy. Also, a medium to large size folding pocket knife sits somewhere between 3 inches to 6 inches. These are good size blade lengths that are great for self defense, EDC, hunting, camping and general survival.
Pocket clips are metal clips that are attached to folding pocket knives so your can attach them vertically inside your pocket. They enable your to quickly grab and deploy the knife for easy use. Most modern day tactical folding pocket knives offer a pocket clip as they are the preferred way to carry today for most instances. The best and strongest pocket clip designs are attached using a 3 point of contact secure mount.
Knife Sharpening Tips
Keeping a sharp edge on your blade is important to your safety when using your knife. When your keep your knife sharpened properly it will perform better and the way it was meant to. Cutting with a dull edge will cause your to use additional force to cut which greatly increases your chances of serious injury.
Basic knife sharpening is a relatively simple task once your understand some basic principles. The key to knife sharpening when using a stone is mastering the angle your need for your blade and then work from coarse materiel to a finer material. The most important part of sharpening is practice, practice, practice and consistency. A great way to master knife sharpening is to pick up a cheap knife so that your can work on technique and the feel of getting the correct angle.
When stone sharpening is not an option I recommend picking up a good pocket sharpener. I recommend checking out Smiths Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener from amazon. These are small sharpeners that usually your can carry in your pocket or a backpack that allow your to quickly and easily sharpen your knife blade. They have a coarse slot and a fine edge slot that your simply pull your knife blade through a few times to sharpen. These are extremely handy and are great when your are going to be outdoors or just away from home for sometime and don’t want to bring a sharpening stone with your.
Knife sharpening is not rocket science! With a little time and practice your can become quite good at getting a sharp blade for your knife. Sharpening your knife when it becomes dull will make cutting and slicing easier and much safer.
Having a pocket knife for everyday carry is something I would highly recommend for everyone of proper legal age. The benefits far outweigh any downsides. You can easily carry a pocket knife in your pockets, purse, backpack and car. They are lightweight and easy to conceal tools that you can deploy and use within moments.
General utility, survival, emergency situation, the reasons a pocket knife is a must EDC tool are endless. Whether it be cutting a box open, cutting a seatbelt off or for self defense from an attacker everyone should be prepared and have a pocket knife with them every single day.
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