The 5 Best EDC Knives For Everyday Life

A good pocket knife should be a part of your everyday carry, but if it’s not we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best EDC knives… in our opinion. These knives are reliable enough, they are priced reasonably, and will do what they are made to do, cut things.  All of the knives on this list are folding knives which we prefer due to the fact that they lock closed and won’t accidentally cause any harm to you or your property (if they are in a bag). You can certainly purchase a different type of knife for EDC if you desire, but we recommend folding knives for the everyday person.

Top 5 EDC Knives

EDC KnivesOverall LengthBlade LengthPriceWeight

Spyderco Paramilitary 2

spyderco paramilitary 2 knife
Kershaw 1556BW Cryo II
w/ Blackwash SpeedSafe

kershaw cryo 2 knife
Gerber Hinderer CLS

gerber hinderer knife
Benchmade Griptilian 551

benchmade griptilian 551
Cold Steel Recon 1

cold steel recon 1

In choosing an everyday carry knife, you want to ensure that you are comfortable with the knife. You want to make sure that it’s not too large and not too inconvenient to carry around with you at all times. You want to make sure that it is easy to open and easy to close, and you want to make sure that it’s not going to break when you go to use it. The knives we’ve compiled in this list hit all of those requirements and any of these would be a great knife to have with you in life.


Spyderco Paramilitary 2

spyderco paramilitary 2 knifeThe Spyderco Paramilitary 2 remains one of the most popular knives on the market, and for good reason. It is extremely dependable, durable, and aesthetically looks great. This is the knife that a member of our team carries on a regular basis and he absolutely loves it. It feels great in your hand, the all black finish is very sleek and it does what it’s supposed to do. It’s got a 3.44″ S30V steel blade with a G10 scaled handle. The release on the knife, only found in this design on Spyderco knives, allows for fairly quick release of the blade, although not the greatest execution we’ve seen.

With the lightweight and sexy look of this knife, it’s hard not to recommend it for EDC use. It’s a solid choice for anyone looking to purchase a quality knife that will last a long time. It’s not the cheapest knife on our list, but in our opinion it’s worth the money.

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Kershaw 1556BW Cryo II w/ Blackwash SpeedSafe

kershaw cryo 2 knifeThis is the knife that I carry with me on a daily basis. It was a gift from a friend who knows his shit when it comes to knives, so I have no doubt that this one should be on the list. The design is simple, and it just feels like it’s sturdy (which it is). I like how the knife feels in my hand, it’s got a fair amount of weight to it, but not enough to make me feel like it’s dragging me down when I have it in my pocket. The black-oxide BlackWash finish on the blade and the handle of the knife give the knife a very sleek, cool look to it, it’s almost like a gunmetal. My favorite feature on this knife though is the SpeedSafe assisted opening. Need to open this knife with one hand quickly? Never fear, Kershaw has you covered. The SpeedSafe quick release is incredible and makes it unbelievably easy to open with one hand and with some practice you can easily close it with one as well.

The blade on this knife is 8Cr13MoV steel and comes in at 3.25″. The handle is 410, with a titanium carbo-nitrate coating. The overall length of the knife is about 20% larger than the original Cryo coming in at 4.4″ when closed and 7.75″ when opened, and weighs in at 5.5 ounces. You can’t go wrong with this knife especially at this price point.

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Gerber Hinderer CLS

gerber hinderer knifeThe Gerber Hinderer Combat Life Saver (CLS) is another solid knife for the everyday carry enthusiast. It’s a little bit longer than the other knives mentioned in this list, but that’s because you’re getting a bit longer of a blade. Overall the knife comes in at 8.5″ when open, 5.0″ when closed, with a blade length of 3.5″. The blade itself is made of 440A steel and coated with a stealth non-reflective black finish, it is also partially serrated which the other knives above do not have. In addition to just being a knife, the Hinderer CLS offers a few unique features that most knives don’t. This knife includes a seat belt cutter, a window punch, and an oxygen tank wrench. Now these may not be features that you’ll need in everyday situations, but I can think of a couple of those extras that I would love to have if the need ever presented itself.

This knife is a solid choice for your everyday carry knife even though it is a little on the larger side. Gerber has a history of quality and craftsmanship, so you can be sure that you’re getting a quality product. As far as the price on this one goes, it falls right around the same price as the Kershaw Cryo II above.

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Benchmade Griptilian 551

benchmade griptilian 551In our opinion the best Benchmade knife is the Griptilian 551. This knife is as solid as they come, and not to shabby to look at. It feels great in your hand, we love the drop-point style blade and the details put into the grip. The blade is made from 154CM stainless steel (American) and has amazing edge retention. We put this thing through the ringer and never had to sharpen it once. This knife is also made completely in America at Benchmade’s Oregon-based factory. The blade measures in at 3.45″, around the same length as the Spyderco and it weighs in at 3.88 ounces.

Now of course not every knife on our list is going to be absolutely perfect, and this one comes with one gripe. There is no true locking mechanism, so there is a chance it could open in your pocket. We never had an issue with it, but it’s definitely something to consider based upon how you think you’re going to be carrying around this particular knife. We don’t think that should deter you from using this one, but at a price point of around the same as the Spyderco above, we would probably choose that one over this one.

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Cold Steel Recon 1

cold steel recon 1The last knife on our list is the Cold Steel Recon 1. We were between this knife and a SOG knife when considering the last knife for this list, but ultimately the Recon 1 won out. The Recon 1 just feels sturdier in your hands, it’s got some ass to it, it feels like something I would be comfortable trusting if I needed to cut something. The SOG knife didn’t give us that same feeling, and almost felt kind of cheap, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad knife, we just didn’t care for the feel/weight of it. The Recon 1 performed very well in all of the tests that we put it through and remained razor sharp until the end. This knife is extremely popular with members of law enforcement, military, rescue crews, firefighters as well as everyday Joe’s like me and you.

There are multiple version of this knife with varying blade lengths. 2″, 3″, 4″, and 5.5″ blades are available so we’re sure you’ll find a length that is suitable for your needs. The model we tried was the 4″ blade which has the full open knife clocking in around 9.5″ with a weight of 4 ounces. In terms of pricing, this knife comes in between the Spyderco and the Kershaw listed above. So while it’s not the cheapest knife on our list, it is still one of our favorites.

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We know that there are thousands of different knives out there that you can choose from, and the knives above are just our opinions, but these knives above are some of the best EDC knives we’ve used recently and you won’t be disappointed with any of them.


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