Chances are, your knife is probably the most utilized tool in your EDC arsenal. Everything from opening boxes to trimming rogue threads on your clothes, and beyond. Finding a knife that fits your lifestyle and needs is important. I’ll be covering a handful of my preferred EDC knives, their features, and why I opt to carry one of these beauties everyday.
Top 4 EDC Knives
Because I have a variety of needs, the choices in my EDC knives vary greatly. Each one has it’s strengths and weaknesses, and depending on the situation I will carry one over the other.
- Kershaw Brawler – Tanto style blade with assisted opening
- KA-BAR USMC Knife – Fixed blade, great for people who love the outdoors
- Gerber Paraframe I & II – Versatile EDC blade, has both straight and serrated edge
- Gerber Gator Machete Jr. – For people who spend a lot of time in the woods
So this little folder right here is my EDC 5 out of 7 days of the week. I work in the corporate world, so the likelihood that I’ll need a serrated edge is next to none. I’ve had this guy for a couple of years, and even though I bought a second one, I’ve never had to carry it because the first one has been so reliable.
It has an assisted opening blade, which means it’s quick and easy to deploy with one hand. It has a 3 inch blade, which is the limit in VA as to what size your pocket knife can have. The tanto style blade has been helpful when I need to pry something small out and need the leverage of the full length of the knife but need a wider surface to wedge under the object.
The carry clip can be adjusted so it’s either at the top of the handle or bottom depending on how you prefer to carry. I’ve always had clips at the top, so I left it at the stock configuration, as it’s what I’m most accustomed to. Locking the blade in place is automatic when the knife is opened, and closing is simple. Just press the locking bar, and apply pressure to the back of the blade to return it to it’s folding position. I can usually do this one handed, using either my index finger or my leg to apply the pressure needed.
There was no break-in time to get the blade to move seamlessly. I’ve never had the lock bar give way, and my girlfriend who doesn’t EDC her own knife has used this one effortlessly. I highly recommend the Kershaw Brawler (Amazon link) knife for any cubicle warrior, office jockey, or for general use.
KA-BAR USMC Style Knife
The tried and true KA-BAR (pronounced k-bar) knife has served me well on my property. This is definitely the type of knife that you open carry, and is useful in heavy duty applications. Being strong enough for the Marine Corps should speak volumes about how sturdy and dependable this blade is. Be sure your locale allows you to carry a fixed blade knife of this size. I’m not allowed to in VA, but I also live on some property that backs up to a forest, so I use this around the house mostly.
The KA-BAR is a fixed blade knife, no fancy deployment methods, or potential weak points. You pull it out of it’s sheath and it’s ready to go. The leather handle ensure proper grip of the knife. It measures just shy of one foot in length from butt to blade tip, with a 7 inch blade.
This knife comes complete with a leather sheath with the USMC logo emblazoned on the front. A snapping clasp keeps the blade from moving around much, but also allows for ease of deployment. The sheath has a belt loop for easy attachment to your belt.
Despite the narrow tang design, this blade has served me well, and I highly recommend the version of the KA-BAR available on Amazon. You won’t be disappointed.
Gerber Paraframe I & II
So I’m posting both versions of the Gerber Paraframe design, because they look to be almost identical in structure. If you’d prefer the newer model, get the Paraframe II. However, for the purposes of the review, I’ll be discussing the Paraframe I design.
Similar to the Kershaw Brawler, this is a folding blade. However, it doesn’t have the assisted opening feature like the Brawler. Use your thumb to apply pressure to the opening knob to start the process. Once you begin the opening of the blade, simply flick your wrist firmly and the blade will open and lock into place.
Closing the knife follows the same process as above, requiring you to move the locking bar while applying pressure to the back of the blade. The blade itself is what makes this knife different. It has combination serrated and smooth edge. I’ve used this countless times on weekends to cut rope/cord that would have been much more difficult with a straight edged knife.
Because of the bare-bones design of the Paraframe, this knife is extremely light. The grip is sufficient for cutting most items. However, I did manage to gash my middle finger on the attachment clip when I went to stab the knife into a picnic table because my hand slid down the handle. I also chipped the tip of the blade when I did this, because I wasn’t aware that I stabbed directly into a nail head. It wasn’t fun, but my own stupidity was to blame, not the knife.
Overall, this knife makes the list because it is light, easy to use, and the serrated edge is handy. It’s also priced very reasonably on Amazon. I highly recommend the Gerber Paraframe I or Paraframe II for your EDC.
Gerber Gator Machete Jr.