Having a quality EDC knife at your side each day is important, it is a part of living a lifestyle of preparedness along with the rest of your every day carry. When looking at the best everyday carry knife it’s a personal preference based on the size, blade type, handle shape, material, opening or locking mechanism and weight of the knife.

We all have our personal preferences about what makes the best everyday carry knife. That’s why I can’t tell you without a doubt which EDC knife will be the best for you. Instead I have put together a chart that you can sort and look through. This chart has a wide range of options that will help you narrow down your search.

Best Everyday Carry Knife Comparison Chart

Everyday Carry Knives
Fixed or Folding Blade
Length of Blade
Price
Rating
Spyderco Paramilitary 2

Syperco-Paramilitary-2
Folding3.375$$$4.8
Benchmade 710

Benchmade-710
Folding3.9$$$$4.4
Kershaw Skyline

kershawn-skyline
Folding3.125$4.7
Al Mar Ultralight

Al-Mar-Ultralight
Folding2.75$$$4.7
Kershaw Zing

Kershaw-Zing
Folding3$4.3
Benchmade 940

Benchmade-940
Folding3.4$$$$4.8
Benchmade 530

Benchmade-530
Folding 3.25$$$4.7
Manix 2

Spyderco-Manix-2
Folding3.39$$$4.8
Spyderco Endura

Spyderco-Endura
Folding3.75$$4.8
Spyderco Tenacious

Spyderco-Tenacious
Folding3.37$4.7
Spyderco Delica

spyderco-delica
Folding2.8$$4.8
Kershaw Leek

Kershaw-Leek
Folding3$4.7
SOG Flash 1

SOG-Flash-1
Folding2.5$4.1
Buck Paklite Skinner

BUCK-Paklite-Skinner
Fixed2.8$4.2
Ka-Bar Becker BK11 Neck Knife

Becker-BK11
Fixed3.25$$4.5
ESEE Izula

ESEE-Izula
Fixed2.5$$4.7
DPX Hest

DPX-Hest
Fixed3.25$$$4.6
Cold Steel Safe Keeper Push Dagger

Cold-Steel-Safemaker
Fixed2.5$4.6

Some of the most trusted names are Benchmade, Kershaw, Spyderco, Bark River, Ka-Bar and DPX.

The Spyderco knives seem to be the best value coming in at extremely high ratings from users while being very easy on the price. Most of their knives rank with a 4.7 or higher and cost less than $50. Great value knives that are easy to carry.

Things to Consider for an EDC Knife

The best everyday carry knife typically will fall into one of the following categories.

  • Folding Knife
  • Fixed Blade Knife with Sheathe
  • Neck Knife
  • Push Dagger

Something you will find on quite a few of the knives is the option for either a straight or serrated edge on the blade. A serrated edge can make tougher tasks easier since the teeth on the knife blade can dig in and cut the object much like a saw. However, if you keep your knife properly sharpened even a straight edge knife should be able to make quick work of just about any object.

edc knifeOther things to consider are how easily a folding knife will open. If you require a blade that is easy to open with one hand then pay close attention to what others have said about the opening or locking mechanism for the knife.

Neck knives and push daggers or punch daggers can be on the small side, but utility and rigidity is often very good. The Cold Steel Safe Keeper push dagger is ideal for hand to hand combat because no knife fighting technique is needed.

Finally when choosing the best everyday carry knife for your life, pay close attention to the materials used in the knives construction. Opt for american steel that will hold a blade longer and will be more durable. You also want to avoid any plastic coverings or plastic parts, instead look for aluminum or another highly durable metal.