The best edc folding knife knife informer

Benchmade is a respected manufacturer of high quality, dependable pocket knives based in Oregon, USA. They sell more Griptilian models than any other knife and the reason is simple – this is arguably the best all-round EDC knife under $100. The Griptilian with patented Axis lock has won the hearts of knife enthusiasts since it’s original release several years back. Make no mistake, this is a top quality knife that excels in almost every department and still costs less than $100 which makes it a bargain.

The standard Griptilian (model 551) with its 3.4″ blade is not a small knife but still small enough to qualify as an EDC and weighs surprisingly little at under 3.5 ounces. The 154CM stainless steel blade is impeccable and the Noryl GTX (think fancy plastic) handle performs very nicely and offers superb strength to weight ratio.


If the standard Griptilian feels a little on the large side to you’re in luck as Benchmade also offers a Mini Griptilian (model 556) which is is about half an inch shorter, weighs closer to 2.5 ounces and costs about $10 less. To spoil you for choice, Benchmade also recently came out with a higher spec version of the Griptilian so check that out too if you have more to spend. Either way, the Griptilian is a firm contender for the best EDC knife dollar for dollar.

The Manix 2 is an outstanding pocket knife in a class of its own. Served up in premium S30V stainless steel as standard, it’s technically a better steel than the 154CM used on the Griptilian yet both knives are in similar price brackets (though the Manix 2 tends to go for a little more). At close to five ounces it’s a little bit heavy for an EDC but for those looking for something more meaty this is a real workhorse. Let me just say what it loses in the weight category it more than makes up for in its capabilities. The Manix 2 is built like a tank and more durable than most any EDC folding knife we know.

Spyderco decided on a ball bearing lock for the Manix 2 which leads to a super solid lock-up – that blade won’t be going anywhere when opened up. The handle uses Spyderco’s textured G-10 material and the overall ergonomics are supremely tuned for optimum control. This may not be the EDC for your average Joe but if you’re looking for something with a little more ‘oomph’ and tough enough to laugh in the face of the meanest of tasks then the Manix 2 is for you. Here’s my full review on the Manix 2.

There comes a time in every man’s life when you say to hell with the cost, I just want the very best. Thus, I present to you the Chris Reeve Large Inkosi. Over the year the Chris Reeve brand has become the very symbol of manufacturing perfection with a price tag to match. Sure, the Sebenza model has been the company’s lifeblood and still today commands all the attention but in our opinion the Inkosi is the new chief. Yes, Inkosi means Chief in Zulu so you know what we did there. With its wide hollow ground S35VN blade, perforated phosphor bronze bushings, ceramic lock bar interface and strengthened pivot, the Inkosi checks all the boxes. But for your $445 smackers what you’re really getting is the best that American small-shop manufacturing has to offer, with insanely tight tolerances and quality control. Sure it’ll cut things, but you don’t buy this knife to open your Amazon boxes. You buy it to admire, cherish and eventually pass down to your grand kids. How to choose an EDC knife

First off, since you’re going to be carrying your EDC knife almost every single day you want it to be reasonably small and light. Forget about fixed blade knives and focus on pocket or folding knives for your EDC. Sure, there are bigger and better performers out there but an EDC is not always about having the best performance, it’s about practicality. We recommend a pocket knife blade length of no more than 3.5 inches and an overall weight of no more than 4.5 ounces. The sweet spot for me is typically 3-inch blade, 4-inch handle, 7-inch total and weighing 3.5 oz. Materials

We’re talking about the blade and the handle. The blade steel needs to be tough enough to withstand wear and tear and keep its edge for as long as possible. You won’t want to be sharpening your EDC every week. Now we can’t all afford premium steels like S90V, Elmax or M390 but these days it doesn’t cost much to get an excellent all-round steel like S30V. Alternatively, a good reasonably affordable choice is something like 154CM or VG-10 on the higher end or even taking it a notch down with 440C, AUS-8 or 14C28N. Stick in this range and you’ll do well. For the handle we would recommend the ever popular G-10 that is super tough or perhaps Zytel which is a bit grippier. Either of these will feel great in your hand which is key for an EDC. Features

In terms of features and functionality it’s important to compromise. Sure, a 15-function multitool will serve your every need but at the expense of it feeling like a brick in your pocket. In general a single blade will cater for 90% of your needs but a partially serrated blade adds additional functionality for those times when needed. A sharp tipped blade is also recommended as we are regularly presented with tasks that call for a sharp point. You should also look for knives with a pocket clip which allows you to keep the knife handy at all times. I tend to prefer pocket clips that keep the knife tip facing upwards as they allow for swifter deployment. Quality

Again, let me stress that you’re not looking for the world’s best pocket knife here but it’s important that your EDC knife be of sufficient quality to perform time and time again. We recommend buying a knife made in the USA if possible. We’re not against knives made overseas but we do tend to find the American made knives are of superior quality in general. More importantly, you should ensure the knife has a robust lockup mechanism – the last thing you want is for your EDC to close up accidentally which can cause injury. Price range

No golden rule here but we tend to find that the price of admission starts at $25 to fulfill the basic requirements listed above. There are many decent choices in the under $50 range as you can see from our picks above. As you move into the higher priced categories you’ll start to see the quality and durability of materials increase. That translates to less maintenance required on your end (sharpening, tuning-up, etc.) but remember a budget knife can perform just as well as a pricier blade if it’s well maintained. Don’t feel you need to splash out more than $200 on your first EDC pocket knife. Start low and work your way up as you begin to get a feel for what’s important to you in a knife. So why do we call it EDC anyway?

For the uninitiated it’s worth reflecting a little on what exactly EDCmeans. EDC stands for “everyday carry” (or “every day carry”) and refers to things that you carry with you all of the time. These are items that are either essential to your normal daily routine or things that you would not want to be without in an emergency situation. There is no standard list of EDC items as each of us value certain items a little differently depending on our personal situation.

However, there are a number of items that are fairly common among most of us these days and include things like a cell phone, keys, a watch and ID cards. An increasing number of us are also choosing to carry items that prepare us for a variety of unforeseen situations ranging from the somewhat boring to life threatening. Such items include things like a flashlight, writing implements, first aid kits and of course the trusty pocket knife! This is what we mean by EDC knife.

Some people take the EDC concept very seriously indeed and these “EDCers” are well prepared for most any type of emergency or survival situation that comes their way. Others simply choose to carry those items needed for their job or to provide peace of mind. While we don’t think everyone should necessarily become a walking survival store we do agree it is important to carry a pocket knife at all times (where permitted of course) and hence we do highly recommend you pick out an EDC knife.