Best Every Day Carry Knife
Ultimately the best EDC Knife varies from person to person and what their specific needs and preferences are. From drop point or tantō, full flat ground or hollow ground, serrated vs non-serrated, there are plenty of options available for every price range. This is a quick overview to give a quick view of our suggested knives selection from different styles as well as price ranges.
Knives are as personal as one’s clothing. All blades come with different sizes, weights, materials, shapes and uses. As these are all every day carry knives, they all have similarities but they all have their nuances as well. Price does not always dictate quality. To find the best EDC knife for yourself you need to have a rough idea of what you like. The easy place to start are on appearance and style. Once this has been sorted out it is much easier to move on to weights, brands and what you are willing to spend.
The blade grind is usually determined by materials used, overall shape of the knife and how the knife should function. There are multiple forms of grinds from the hollow grind to the flat grind. The hollow grind is razor sharp yet requires significant care as it is fragile and requires stropping. The flat grind has a heavy spine and a very thin yet strong edge which holds an edge with ease and little maintenance.
The blade point is also determined by purpose and dictates the shape of the knife. Two commonly used points are the drop point and the tantō. The drop point tip has a convex arc from the spine, is very strong and is very easy to control. Hunting knives are a good example of this as it is primarily for slicing and slashing. The tantō tip is very straight and takes full advantage of the strength of a full flat grind. This provides a very strong edge which is excellent when working with thicker and harder materials
Best Every Day Carry Knife Over $200
The Benchmade 940-1 is lightweight and compact compromising neither strength nor quality. This knife is very versatile with its folding design, S90V reverse tantō stainless steel blade and carbon fibre scales.
The 940-1’s predecessor is the Benchmade 940 which was on the market for well over a decade proving that this is a blade which has stood the test of time and use. It’s unique look is eye-catching and draws a prospective buyer to it over and over.
The one drawback to the Benchmade 940-1 is its price. Priced over $200 it is not a knife you would buy just to “see if you like it.” This is a purchase one makes after careful consideration and one that is designed to last decades if not a lifetime.
All in all, the Benchmade 940-1 is a solid investment if you are looking for a reverse tantō style, versatile knife that is as good on paper as it is in real life. The fact it is made in the USA instead of being outsourced is just icing on the cake.
Best Every Day Carry Knife Under $200
The Spyderco ParaMilitary2 is another versatile blade made in the USA. This knife is on the larger side with a drop point blade typical of Spyderco blades. It does come in different coatings for those who don’t like the look of the satin finish there is a diamond like carbon coating available.
The ParaMilitary2’s predecessor is the ParaMilitary which was on the market for years before this knife was released in 2010. It was slightly larger in the handle which made it less ergonomic and a little more cumbersome. The shape of the ParaMilitary2 is almost an hourglass shape which allows for a deep hold when you want to do some detail work.
It is hard to come up with any drawbacks for the ParaMilitary2 as the quality speaks for itself. This is a staple for any serious collectors for its versatility, value and quality.
Best Every Day Carry Knife Under $100
The Kershaw Cryo II is a modestly priced knife which upholds Kershaw’s exacting standards with its design and the materials used. This blade is comparable to knives much more expensive than itself and is a pleasant surprise to be found in the under $100 category.
The Cryo II is a heavier knife than its award-winning predecessor the Cryo as it is quite thick allowing for a change to the current trend for those who prefer a knife to have more substance. The blade comes pre-sharpened and is tight in the scales which always imparts confidence as the last thing one wants is a loose blade or a failing locking mechanism.
One drawback to the Cryo II is that the thumb studs are not very effective when attempting to deploy the blade. The other is that the weight is quite a bit heavier than most people are looking for in a knife, for those who are looking for a more hefty knife, this will only be a plus.
In all, the Cryo II is a knife exceeds the standards of other knives in its price category and offers the Kershaw quality without the price. As it comes in both plain stainless steel and BlackWash coating, one would expect the price to be much higher than it is.
Best Every Day Carry Knife Under $50
For those looking for an EDC knife at without the premium price tag the Gerber Paraframe is a terrific option.
The Gerber Paraframe II is an economic option for those looking for a light, tantō styled tactical-styled knife that is easy to carry. It is lightweight with a 3.5 inch blade with black titanium nitride coating to prevent rust.
This is a very attractive and sleek knife that catches the eye of buyer and onlooker alike. The blade has a smooth tip which allows for detail work while the serrated section of the blade allows for work that requires “chewing.”
A couple drawbacks to this knife are that it is designed for right-handed people. This is not generally an issue, however, for those who are left handed, the knife does come out backwards and the unlock mechanism is only on the one side so it adds a bit of confusion and two hands.
This is a good knife for the price and as a starter knife. Depending on what you are looking at doing with the knife, this may be a great place to start. It excels at light daily use and looks great while you’re using it.
This knife is also available in a smaller size and has hence been dubbed the mini Paraframe II.
Best Every Day Carry Knife Under $30
The Case Sod Buster Jr. is another blade made in the USA, has a very affordable price tag and has either a carbon steel or stainless steel blade (depending on the option selected).
Its relatively small blade and slender scales make this a convenient knife to slip into your pocket and off you go. This design has been around for over 2 decades and has definitely withstood the test of time. The blade is held tightly and it does not slip despite not having a lock.
It is hard to find any issues with this knife as it is amazing quality for the price. If I had to find one thing wrong with it, I would say that the edge may not hold as well as some harder steel but that is not to say it will not hold an edge, depending on use any knife will need to be sharpened.
This great little knife is one I would suggest for a graduation present, to have around the house and for everyday use. Again, it is nice that it is not made of outsourced materials which allows for the strict quality standards to be upheld.