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Best edc Knives

Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Andrew Hamilton on 10/29/2018

Best EDC Knives

Are you interested in picking up a new EDC (everyday carry) knife? If you’re sick and tired of opening boxes with your keys, desperately need an upgrade, or just have some cash burning a hole in your pocket, we’ve got all the best EDC knives from brands like Spyderco, Benchmade, Kershaw, and more!

In addition to an overview of the specs and details of each knife, I’ll also be featuring a review of each knife left by one of our beloved customers.

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1. Benchmade Bugout: $136

Benchmade Bugout EDC Knife

The Bugout is a staff favorite here at Blade HQ. It doesn’t matter what type of business you get into with your knife. No knife has ever combined such a lightweight package with excellent ergos and premium blade steel. Equally at home in the great outdoors or the office, the Bugout supports a non-threatening, tool-like styling perfect for any EDC loadout. The Bugout takes the cake for the best EDC knife. Check out our comprehensive Bugout Review to see what makes it so great.

  • 3.24" CPM-S30V Drop Point Blade
  • Polymer Handle Scales
  • 1.85 oz. Weight
  • Made in USA
Benchmade Bugout EDC Average Star Review

Jake C. says...

"I work at a retail store where opening boxes, cutting zip-ties, and other general knife tasks are a common occurrence. After roughly a month of carrying this knife as an EDC, I can say it's the best small knife I've had. The lockup is solid, as should be expected with the Axis-lock. The S30V blade comes out of the box razor sharp. The deep carry clip is a nice touch..."

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2. CRKT Pilar: $28

CRKT Pilar EDC Knife

The Jesper Voxnaes designed CRKT Pilar takes inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s sailboat, Pilar. This knife is small in form, but big in utility. A large and ergonomic finger choil provides the perfect grip. Thanks, Jesper!

Check out our CRKT Pilar Review for a closer look at this knife.

  • 2.40" 8Cr13MoV Sheepsfoot Blade
  • Stainless Steel Handle Scales
  • 4.20 oz. Weight
  • Made in China
CRKT Pilar EDC Average Star Review

Craig B. says...

“This is my EDC knife. I love the Pilar! This knife feels like it was made for me. Great ergonomics fit my hand perfectly. Great blade shape and built like a tank makes this the perfect knife for my EDC. Great build quality, perfect blade centering and zero blade play. I highly recommend this knife.”

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3. Spyderco Paramilitary 2: $141

Spyderco Paramilitary 2 EDC Knife

The Paramilitary 2 is arguably the most well-known and lauded EDC knife produced by Spyderco. Slicey at the tip and with enough blade to get any EDC job done with ease, the PM2 is a classic everyday carry workhorse worthy of a spot in any collection. If you need a more in-depth dive to the PM2, check out our full Paramilitary 2 Review.

  • 3.44" Clip Point CPM-S30V Blade
  • G-10 Handle Scales
  • 3.75 oz. Weight
  • Made in USA
Spyderco Paramilitary 2 EDC Average Star Review

Cody F. says...

“Best EDC hands down. The reason I love the Paramilitary 2 is because it has a slim profile while clipped in my pocket, holds an edge well, and blade length is just right for my needs. Before I placed my order, I thought it might be too big, but when I got it I was happy to feel that it was a perfect fit for both my hand and pocket. This knife has been my EDC for the past three months and I don't see any other knife replacing it anytime soon. If you're the fence about getting this one, just buy it already!”

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4. Benchmade 940: $187

Benchmade 940 EDC Knife

If you’re looking to take a deep dive into the Osborne 940, look no further than my 940 comprehensive review. With a sterling reputation for bombproof durability and Goldilocks, ‘just right’ sizing, the Osborne 940 is one of the best in any EDC load-out.

  • 3.40" CPM-S30V Reverse Tanto Blade
  • 6061-T6 Aluminum Handle Scales
  • 2.60 oz. Weight
  • Made in USA
Benchmade 940 EDC Average Star Review

John H. says...

"Classic for a reason. This knife is the perfect combination of materials, aesthetics, and practicality. Sturdy enough for hard use, slim and light enough for an EDC, and pretty enough for a gentleman's folder. This knife covers all of the bases.”

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5. Zero Tolerance 0450: $188

Zero Tolerance 0450 EDC Knife

The ZT 0450 shines as an absolutely undeniable value proposition. A made in USA, titanium frame lock knife with premium CPM-S35VN blade steel under $150? Hard to believe it’s real, to be honest. And let’s not fail to mention it’s a design from the always exciting and inspired, Dmitry Sinkevich.

  • 3.25" CPM-S35VN Blade
  • Titanium Handle Scales
  • 2.90 oz. Weight
  • Made in USA
ZT 0450 EDC Average Star Review

Eric H. says...

“Perfection? As far as I know, this is the perfect EDC knife. I haven't had the chance to carry and use all of them, but I can't imagine one doing what I need to do better. Action is smooth, lockup great, terrific ergos, looks great, holds a good edge, and I'm confident the warranty would be great if I ever need to use it. Overall, just a great knife.”

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6. Kershaw Injection 3.5": $15

Kershaw Injection EDC Knife

If grabbing a great knife on a tight budget is your priority, the Kershaw Injection is one of the best EDC knives out there. This knife is slim and grippy with its G-10 handle scales. The blade steel sharpens easily, and resists rust well.

  • 3.50" 8Cr13MoV Drop Point Blade
  • G-10 Handle Scales
  • 4.40 oz. Weight
  • Made in China
Kershaw Injection EDC Average Star Review

Richard W. says...

“Grand slam. Hard to beat this knife for the price! Solid G-10 handle, good grip, even in my large hand. 8Cr13MoV blade takes a wicked sharp edge in quick fashion and has good edge retention. A slicer, a stabber, and an all-around great EDC for less than $15! Better than some of my $50 knives!”

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7. Boker Kwaiken: $150

Boker Kwaiken EDC Knife

Boker teamed up with Lucas Burnley to produce this compelling and, dare I say, gorgeous flipper everyday carry knife. Boy-oh-boy, this Boker Kwaiken doesn’t disappoint. Sleek, balanced, and refined, for the gentleman’s EDC few knives are better.

  • 3.50" VG-10 Drop Point Blade
  • Copper/Carbon Fiber Handle Scales
  • 5.38 oz. Weight
  • Made in Taiwan
Boker Kwaiken EDC Average Star Review

Ed B. says...

“Beautiful fit and finish. Very smooth open and close. Feels assisted, but it's not. It's that smooth. Love the materials combination. I've planned to purchase one of Burnley's designs for a while and just kept waiting. Until now. And I'm glad I did. I have to give this my highest recommendation.”

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EDC Knife Meaning

EDC Knife Meaning

Simply defined, an EDC is the selection of items you keep on your person throughout everyday life. Everyone knows a guy that carries nary more than just keys and a cellphone. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there's folks toting around fanny packs that could get you through Armageddon effortlessly (I'm looking at you Nutn... Gear Check me!). It's fun to select items carefully that represent your personal taste and aesthetic. Explore the question, what does EDC mean to you?

So now you've got all our recommendations, but Blade HQ has got way more knives than just the 7 featured here. Give our wares a browse, and find the perfect piece for yourself. Once you've got your EDC knife situation dialed in, email me a picture and few words about your EDC philosophy at We'll feature the best submissions on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Still unsure of the best EDC knife for you? No sweat. This video shows the best-selling everyday carry knives of 2017, each of which are still amazing to carry today.

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*Customer reviews may be condensed for clarity and edited for grammatical errors. You know we have to make our high school English teacher proud. Check product listings for current pricing.