Is there a perfect EDC ?

The opinions of the perfect knife to go into that pocket is as varied as the answers to old questions about the best beer, bourbon, supermodel or sports team. Everyone has a different opinion.

The knives here are 14 choices for what we think fits the bill of a good knife for EDC.


It is even difficult to keep up with what that knife commonly carried will be called. Knife terminology has changed. The knife that rode in a pocket most of the time used to be called a “work” knife. Today, there are not as many people who actually do work with their knives as there once were.

Sunday required a different knife, and most knife owners had at least a two-knife inventory. Those “Sunday” knives were smaller, less likely to make a bulge in dress pants, and not likely to be called into heavy-duty use while sitting in a pew at church.

I suspect the reasons that Sunday knives were carried along to church was more because there are plenty of us who do not feel completely dressed unless there is a knife somewhere on our person.

In today’s terminology, there are no more work knives or Sunday knives—now, they are all inclusive under the moniker “everyday-carry,” or as texting has taught us to abbreviate, the “EDC.”



Today, a knife’s requirements are different. We rarely need a four-Blade length knife for lifting bottle caps off a soft drink, opening a tin can, scraping wire or mending a harness. Today’s knife owner is much more likely to use his EDC for opening packages, light-duty cutting and those unexpected moments when someone else asks, “Anyone got a knife?”

For me, the perfect EDC knife is as elusive as the perfect daypack or smart phone. There are always features I like about the last one I owned and things I wish someone would come up with for the next one. No one has yet put all the extras I like [without] all the extras I do not like in a single EDC knife.

Your EDC does not stop with your choice of knife, though. There is even a website devoted to members who photograph their EDC items—knife, wallet, cell phone, watch, flashlight and other do-dads—and discuss those choices.


Whether these are the “best” knives for that purpose—that depends on you and how you feel about it after you have you’ve carried it in your pocket for a couple of months. I venture to say that depending upon whom you talk with, every one of these knives is the very best EDC—for someone.

If you choice is not here, drop us an e-mail (bvoyles@beckett.com) to let us know about your favorite EDC; you can also post a photo of your favorite on our Facebook page.



EDC is not limited to knives. Wallets, flashlights, keyring tools, watches and other pocket accessories are all up for discussion these days. One website devoted to that discussion is www.everyday-carry.com.

Everyday carry knife





Overall length       6.375 inches

Closed length       3.635 inches

Blade length                   2.625 inches

Steel                     Explosion Damascus

Handle                  CNC’d G-10

Lock                     titanium frame lock

Weight                  2.8 ounces

MSRP                  $599


Comment: Designed by Jens Anso for someone who wants that something special for EDC. Limited to 199 pieces.


Boker Knives, USA

1550 Balsam Street

Lakewood, CO 80214-5917






Model 284

Closed length       3 ¾ inches

Blade length                   2 ¾ inches

Steel                     420HC

Handle                  textured ETP

Options                Mossy Oak patterns available

Lock                     Midlock

Weight                  1.5 ounces

MSRP                  $20


Comment: Also available in a larger size.


Buck Knives

660 S. Lochsa Street

Post Falls, ID 83854-5200





By J. Bruce Voyles

Photos by the various manufacturers