Last week, we brought you the best EDC fixed blades from our 2023 Buyer’s Guide. This time, we’re talking EDC folders! An EDC is with you all the time and it gives you confidence that you can tackle any challenge you’ll face during the day. An everyday carry knife resides quietly in a pocket, yet stands ready to open packages, make immediate repairs, improvise solutions to problems large and small, and, in a pinch, encourage a hoodlum to make a hasty retreat. Fixed or folder, having an EDC blade on hand is a must. Check out our top picks for the folder variety here.
Versatility in a knife is a good thing. So, why not add one more task to the list of things you want the knife you carry to perform: self-defense. Some of the knives in this section can be used for everyday chores but are also at the ready to save your life whether as a close-quarters backup weapon or as a primary weapon in places you can’t carry a firearm. Personal protection calls for serious personal choices, so please make those choices wisely.
We knife enthusiasts cannot live by the blade alone. We need other cool gear, too. In this section, we take a quick peek at some interesting products and survival gear. Some of these are designed to care for your knives and others made to take along either on your daily grind or your next adventure. One handy kit to have around is the Leatherman Tool Maintenance Kit. While this kit is designed specifically with multitools in mind, its generous capacity allows you to make this your general-purpose maintenance kit. Read on to see why you may want to pick one of these up, and read about a few of the best lights, spork multitools and sharpeners to have in your arsenal.
Got a knife lover on your Christmas list but unsure what kind to buy? When deciding to buy a knife, consider what tasks the knife is expected to perform. If you need a knife for the kitchen, a thin blade that will slice vegetables and meats is required. However, if you purchase a military/survival pattern knife to use for kitchen tasks, I believe it would frustrate even the Iron Chef. Conversely, if you are looking for a perfect knife for military service and purchase a thin-bladed kitchen knife, it may snap in two the first time it is used to pry open a crate of ammo. How the blade is thinned to produce the cutting edge determines the best uses for the perfect knife, which is why the blade grind is so important. Read on for tips about grinds, materials, handles, profiles and more!