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Best EDC Knives
1. Spyderco Para Military 3
Spyderco’s best-selling Para 3 folding knife distilled all the key qualities of their time-tested Para Military 2 model into an ultra-compact, format. Now this groundbreaking design takes another quantum leap forward by incorporating injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) scales and a streamlined version of Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock mechanism to create the Para 3 Lightweight.
2. Benchmade Griptillian 556 Axis
The Griptilian® with G10! Upgraded blade steel improves edge performance and the layered gray and blue G10 enhance strength. And, of course, integral grip texture offers the traction that is quintessential to the Grip family. Made in USA.
3. CRKT Pilar
Arguably the most popular knife from CRKT. The Pilar is a super compact everyday carry folder with distinctive minimalist design and an epic tale behind its name. It’s low profile and understated when tucked away, and carefully designed to punch above its weight when in use.
4. CIVIVI Elementum
Elementum. The word invokes a sense of the inevitability of nature—the consistent tides, tearing winds, or devouring fire. There is a certain balance that exists in nature. The CIVIVI Elementum is awesome in its own right and succeeds in establishing a natural balance. These elements come condensed, landing between too big and too small, high quality and affordability, plain and extravagant. The resulting knife is modest, ergonomic, and extraordinary fictional. It is topped off with a lanyard hole, deep-carry pocket clip, buttery-smooth flipper action, and a liner lock for solid lock up.
5. Boker Plus Lancer
From brilliant knife maker, designer and all round genius, Serge Panchenko, comes this, the Boker Plus Lancer. It’s a classic Panchenko design, and one that opens as smooth as you’d like. The Boker Plus Lancer is a proper folding pocket knife with a stonewashed 440C spear point blade, G10 scales and a strong liner lock.
Essentially all the ingredients to make an excellent all-round knife. It has a really lightweight feel, but equally it still feels really robust and sturdy.
6. Spyderco Dragonfly 2
The Spyderco Dragonfly has always represented an extraordinary blend of compact size and full-service cutting performance. Now that performance takes another quantum leap forward with the addition of a Wharncliffe blade profile. The blade of choice of many savvy knife users, the Wharncliffe’s perfectly straight cutting edge offers extreme cutting power near the heel and scalpel-like precision at the tip—especially when combined with a low-friction, full-flat grind.
7. Benchmade BugOut 535BK-2
The Bugout® they’ve all been waiting for. Blacked out from tip to tail, this Bugout® will be a favorite amongst customers of all lifestyles. Re-engineered with Benchmade’s new CF-Elite™ handle technology, the 535BK-2 weighs in slightly lighter than its predecessors, yet boasts greater rigidity under pressure. Just when you thought the Bugout® couldn’t get any lighter…
8. Gerber Paraframe 2
The largest of the eight knives in the Paraframe series, the Paraframe II is based on the same minimal frame-lock design. It’s a beautifully simple open frame knife with a serrated locking blade that is lightweight, easy to clean and opens effortlessly. Built with a smooth stainless steel handle and a clip for secure travel, the Paraframe II embodies everything that a larger everyday carry folder should be.