EDC stands for “everyday carry,” which usually refers to gear you take each day for any given situation. These items can mean your wallet, phone, car and house keys and yes, even your folding knife.
In general, gear designed for EDC is typically lightweight, durable, compact, and multi-functional, making it easy to carry or conceal in a pocket, belt, or backpack. The use and function of these knives can be accomplished effortlessly and quickly and likewise do not take up a lot of storage space. It, therefore, packs a punch without taking up too much space.
You may want designs that can reflect your style while giving you optimal functionality. So it’s important to consider your lifestyle, interests, and needs before choosing the best edc knife for you. Choosing a great or perfect knife is subjective, but there are a few things to consider regarding the knife features.
Identifying what you intend your folding knife to be used for will give you a good idea of what type of edc blade would best suit your needs.
A folding knife can come in handy if you want extra utility options. Each type has its pros and cons when considering what you want to use your knife for in everyday situations.
Sheepsfoot blade shapes are suggestive of their names. They provide a long cutting surface when compared to other knife shapes. It has one continuous edge. An unsharpened back spine curves down to meet the sharp edge. The main purpose of this type of knife is for heavy-duty tasks such as chopping and slicing without worrying about damaging your food with its pointy tip.
A clip point is one of the three most common blade shapes. The unsharpened edge starts at the handle and continues to a point between 1/3-1/4th of its length up from the base, where it then tapers in thickness either straight or curved like an S shape before ending with a sharp-pointed tip below, above, or lined up with central axis depending on design preference. This thinning false edge of this knife shape can be sharpened, adding to its versatility.
Drop point knives offer the strength and durability that comes from being thicker on one side, while still offering an angled edge for precision slicing. The drop in height along the length of the blade lends its balance.
Spearpoint blades are similar to a needlepoint, as it makes for precise cuts or piercing. They are usually sharpened on both edges but will have a spine in between that looks like some sort of dagger. This shape can pierce through the material while minimizing drag and increasing accuracy, because of its symmetrical design. The tip aligns on the center-line adding to its sharpness.
A Tanto Blade is a Japanese style of knife that was traditionally used by Samurai as their sidearm. It has an angled tip that resembles a chisel or ice pick. The angle of the point can vary between steep and less steep, which impacts its strength. Most blades have a little belly or up-sweep in the main edge as well.
The upswept blade design dates back to Persia (modern-day Iran). This blade shape can be seen in the design on the Persian Dagger, which has an upswept blade in the shape of a letter “S.” It was believed that the pointed upcurved tip of this dagger design would keep a wound from closing and allow blood to flow freely.
The blade is often considered the most important feature when it comes to choosing an edc knife. The type of blade steel can mean the difference between a few hundred dollars or even a few thousand dollars. Folding knives are made of various materials, such as stainless steel, carbon steel, and titanium blade material. Materials need to be durable for use in a variety of activities and tasks.
A stainless steel blade may be beneficial for use outdoors, camping, and fishing as this type of material has a high resistance against rust. They are also considered lower maintenance.
Carbon steels have long been used for everything from hatchets, razor blades, kitchen knives, and folders. They have good edge retention and require extra maintenance to inhibit rust.
Titanium has a lower hardness compared to other steels. Because of this, their sharpness does not last. Titanium is non-corrosive, lightweight, and low maintenance. However, edc pocket knives made of titanium are more expensive when compared with those knives made of stainless steel.
Suppose you’ve compared blade materials before; you may have wondered what makes damasteel so special. Damasteel blades are made by a process called sub-zero forging. High-quality edc folding knives made with Damasteel are forged at the temperature of 1475 degrees Fahrenheit and then quenched in cryogenically treated stainless steel. If you’re interested in this type of blade, check out the new line of Integral 18 and L1 knives from the LMD collection.
Some edc knives come with materials such as wood, aluminum, and synthetics for their handles. Titanium handles are durable and lightweight. For knife handles, the titanium is typically bead blasted and or stonewashed, then anodized. Wood scales for folding knives have an aesthetic appeal; however, they might not be as durable as synthetic handles.
Liong Mah Design offers edc knives crafted with premium quality materials such as G10, Titanium, Carbon fiber, Mokuti, and Micarta.
These materials may be lightweight or strong, standard or premium but either way, you should consider choosing a handle that is comfortable to hold and use. Contoured handles can feel good in your hand as it has been designed specifically to give you a secure grip. Contoured handles on pocket knives do require more handwork to construct.
One-handed opening – A lot of edc knives can be opened and operated with one hand. One-handed operation means deploying the folded knife blade with a single hand using an opening hole, flipper, or button. It also means that even if you have only one working arm, it’s possible to use the knife without any problems.
Some everyday carry knives are spring-assisted, making them convenient in handling as they do not require much force to deploy the blade. Both the single-hand use and spring-assist features make these pocket knives ideal for self-defense purposes. Spring-assisted folders can also be helpful when using the knife in situations where both hands are required (e.g., building construction, emergency personnel, law enforcement, military).
You may want your everyday carry to have a secure locking mechanism to prevent accidental closures. Pocket folding knives with locking mechanisms are fairly common. Lock types can be a liner lock, frame lock, lock back, button locks, or bolt action. These mechanisms allow the blade to be locked into place when open or closed for added safety.
An edc knife with a pocket clip makes it easy to carry in your pants or shirt pocket. It is also easy to slide on and off your belt when you are wearing it. Pocket clips take the weight off the knife by placing it on a pocket seam instead of sinking to the bottom of a pants pocket. Also, the pocket clip ensures that the user knows the location of his knife. Not needing to locate it at the bottom of a pocket or backpack. Edc knives with a clip make them very convenient for recreational activities or tasks that require both hands.
A safety lock is an extra mechanism built into locks to add another layer of safety. These knives with built-in safety locks help prevent the blades from accidental openings. EDC folding knives with safety locks may be safer when you want to avoid unwanted openings, but they also require more time to disengage the lock when closing the folder blade.