An EDC (Every Dy Chores) knife is used daily for different tasks and is nice to have on your person to use as and when necessary. They can also be used for self-defence if necessary but are not specifically designed for this purpose. An EDC knife is generally carried around in some one’s pocket, tool box, camping kit or any other place that it might be necessary. Often in the workplace, a person finds themselves looking for a cutting tool to open a parcel, cut a cord or having to pierce a tin and this is when an EDC knife comes in useful and will save time as it is easily accessible.
EDC knives are tools and they need to be of high quality to make sure that they can withstand the daily use and the harshness of some tasks that it will be used for. The knife needs to be small enough to carry about in one’s pocket but not flimsy. The main features to look out for are:
- The first and most important feature is the quality of the knife and the steel that that blade is made from.
- How well the knife has been made because they generally have a spring assisted blade and if it is poor material or construction this mechanism can fail.
- The size of the knife and the length of the blade because it needs to be comfortable to carry but at the same time the blade long enough to carry out the tasks efficiently.
- The value for money. A person does not want to spend money on an EDC knife and find that it needs to be replaced only after having it a short while
- What other features it might offer to assist you in your daily chores.
Snake Eye Tactical Spring Assisted Opening Knife
The Snake Eye knife is made with a sharp tanto blade and comes with a lanyard and heavy duty Cordura sheath. The blade is made from 440 type steel and is hard enough to sharpen well and keep the edge. The Snake eye is 5″ long when folded, has a G-10 Handle and the blade is spring assisted which opens the blade as soon as the button is pressed. The liner lock is easy to release but does not release accidently which makes it safe to carry with confidence in your pocket.
This Snake Eye knife is well constructed, very solid and sturdy which can be used for all types of tasks such carving wood, cutting meat and other chores that require cutting such a wires. The Snake Eye tactical knife is larger than most pocket knives but being offered at under $21 it is a good choice for doing heavy duty cutting work and as a self-defence weapon.
Alpha Tek Spring Assisted Knife
This knife is a part knife, part saw and part bottle opener. The Alpha Tek allows quick access to the blade through its top finger flip which it opens reliably and quickly, The blade can be opened with one hand even if you are wearing a glove because of the top finger flip. The blade is made from 440C high carbon steel with the handle machined from G-10 reviewed as the toughest resin laminates and the best handle material available. The pocket clip works very well and you can put the knife in your pocket and feel confident that the knife will not fall out which make it perfect as a workman s knife.
This EDC knife is designed to be carried every day. It is light, durable and with the serrated edge blade can be used for lots of different tasks and with the bottle opener is a useful accessory. Some people prefer fixed blade knives but if you are a spring loaded EDC knife fan the Alpha Tek is a top choice.
Kershaw Knives 1556TI Cryo II
The Kershaw Cryo II is designed by Rick Hinderer with a speed safe equipped blade and is designed for the pocket knife lover. The Cryo II is larger than its counterparts it is outstandingly slim and fits comfortably in your pocket with its deep carry clip. The EDC pocket knife is manufactured from pure stainless steel and coated with matte grey titanium carbo-nitrate for a no fuss look. It is fitted with the Kershaw Speedsafe assisted opening and it can be opened either by using the built-in flipper or the thumb stud. When it is in use the Cryo II is fitted with a tough frame lock with lock bar stabilization.
The bigger Cryo II feels much better in the hand than its smaller predecessor and the blade is good quality which keeps its edge well. It might need sharpening when it comes out of the box but the blade is perfectly aligned. The Kershaw Locking device works very well and with the Cryo II being offered at less than $30,00 it is a good value for an everyday EDC knife.
BlizeTec Survival Knife
The BlizeTec is one of the top emergency tools that you can carry on you. It is designed to help you get through those car accident emergencies with its seatbelt cutter and window breaker. On top of that, it also has a bright LED flashlight, magnesium alloy fire starter, and serrated saw. This EDC knife can be used for any occasion whether it be for day to day chores or for the adventurer who loves outdoor activities. The Blizetec is fitted with a drop point blade made of durable 420 stainless steel which is ultra sharp. It is not the original rescue knife but it has the vital features that might be required in an emergency such as the fire starter.
From the customer reviews, the BlizeTec has successfully been used for regular cutting, using the serrated portion of the blade to cut small shrubs, carving wood, starting fires and other general chores. As a survival tool, the BlizeTec Survival Tool is the perfect knife to have and well worth considering.
Ontario 8846 RAT Folding Knife
The Ontario 8846 EDC knife is a simple in design but not low on quality. The blade is made from high quality AUS-8 Japanese stainless steel with a Rockwell Hardness of 58-59. It is flat ground, satin finished, drop point blade with jimping on the spine. The total length of the knife is 8,5 inches (21,6cm) and folded it is 5 inches (12cm). It is not spring assisted but uses thumb studs which are suitable for right or left handed users. The handle is a finely textured, glass-reinforced nylon and a four-position pocket clip.The blade is locked in place using a stainless steel liner-lock.
The Ontario RAT folding knife is not top of the range but as an EDC knife, it does the job. It is very reasonably priced and able to do all the daily EDC tasks that need to be done. It feels good in your hand and the blade has no fancy spring systems to worry about and which stays sharp. If you need a good basic EDC pocket knife at under $30,00 the Ontario is for you.
Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife
If ever you required an EDC knife that you would not even know is in your pocket the Kershaw 1760 is that knife weighing in at just over 2 ounces (56 grammes). The blade is made from Sandvik 14C28N which is supplied razor sharp and has high corrosion resistance. The handle is made from G-10 to provide a secure grip and with the deep index finger, contour design which enhances the grip. To open the blade pull back on the flipper and add a slight roll of the wrist and the blade opens. The left or right hand can be used to open the knife.
The Kershaw Skyline’s ratings are good and it is a popular knife for all those who carry a pocket knife on a daily basis. If you have never carried a pocket knife and would like to do so the Kershaw Skyline would be a good knife to start with. With the price at under $40,00, it is worthwhile whether you are a first-time buyer or would like to try a different EDC knife.
Kershaw 1990 Brawler
The Kershaw 1990 Brawler is a good EDC knife and the blade is made from 8Cr13MoV the best steel for knife blades. The blade is black oxide coated and with the handle being G-10 shaped to fit the hand comfortably the Brawler offers excellent cutting capacity. It is easy to open with one hand using the flipper and the pocket clip can be positioned so that the knife can be tip up, tip down, left or right handed carry. The liner lock makes sure that the blade is securely locked open to ensure safe cutting. The Brawler’s straight belly enhances its cutting ability and is perfect for bearing down on a task and makes for easy sharpening. The Brawler is an excellent utility knife and with an added safety feature with the blade deployed the flipper acts as a finger guard.
The Brawler is made to Kershaw’s high standards and their use of high-quality materials make the Brawler a good utility knife and great value for money.
Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Knife
The Spyderco EDC knife is designed to be tough and made from the best knife making materials available and that is why it is better than its competitors. The Spyderco handle is made from G-10 and milled with fatigue-free cutting in mind. Inside the handle there are extra steel liners increasing the handle’s strength and durability.The blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, leaf-shaped and ground flat from the spine to the cutting edge for extreme cutting performance. The pocket clip can be positioned in 4 different positions tip-down, tip up, left carry or right carry. The blade in the open position has a textured spine jimping position to place the thumb and ready for you to get to work.
The Tenacious is sold at under $30,00 and it outperforms most of the more expensive knives and often from the reviews even if users have other makes of knives at their disposal they find that reach for the Tenacious. It only weighs 4 oz (115g) and the perfect knife to carry daily.
Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife
The Ontario RAT model 1 is the best EDC pocket knife to own and with its open post construction is very easy to clean. The nylon handle and spine jimping create a great design and at the same time gives great control. The Ontario is fitted with a 4-position clip and a lanyard hole to make it convenient to carry as you the user would like. The overall length of the Ontario has a total length of 8,5 inches (21.6cm) and closed 4,5 inches (11,4cm), the blade is flat ground, satin finished and a hardness of 55-56 HCR. The knife is fitted with a thumb stud for easy one-handed opening and a liner locking mechanism to ensure the blade is secure when it is open.
Ontario use AUS8 steel for the blade and it seems to hold the edge for longer but like all low budget knives, the coatings do start fading after a while. The Ontario RAT is not a small knife but at the total length of 8,5 inches is not large and does make cutting a lot easier due to the larger blade. As a low budget EDC knife, the Ontario RAT is good value for money.