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Knife recommendations for EDC

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Hobbes118, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Hobbes118


    Aug 12, 2018
    hey all I'm looking for a good edc knife. I'm not looking for anything specific.
    Anything helps
    Nothing over 200 hundred bucks
    steel doesn't matter to me much
    I live in ca so not oft or autos with blades over 2 inches (stupid ca law teeaarrss)
    Nothing too massive, mid size. preferably something lightweight or thin but not a big deal if it isn't.
    Sorry for not being specific before noob to blade forum

    I'm seeing a lot of questions and I will do my best to answer them if I didn't answer your questions, forgive me I am a lowly peasant:)

    -Locking mechanism can be anything but I don't prefer slip joints they annoy me
    -Handle material can be anything, I really don't have a preference yet
    -Many people asked what I would be using the blade for, I will using it for utility, I haven't had a situation where I needed to use a knife to defend myself and even if I do, I have a cold steel tri lite and I think that will do the job nicely
    -under 100 would be amazing but I know many high quality edc knives are not in that range so I say under 200 because if it is a knife I love I am willing to save my pennies for it.
    -Someone recommended a leather-man squirt, I already own a leather-man wave and I don't think I need a SAK (I already have a knockoff too) if I have my leather-man
    -I saw a couple of people say things about sharpening and I shouldn't get a super steel if I don't know how to sharpen well because I will end up messing up the blade. I am noob at sharpening so I don't think it would be a good idea for me to get a super steel, I just want a steel that can get the job done
    -Blade grind, Someone asked about what would be my blade grind preferance, I really am okay with anything but I love that full flat grind like in the rat 1 and 2 and in the benchmade bugout (that thing is beautiful) but if it isn't not a big deal I will check the knife out anyway

    Dang that was long, hope I answered some questions
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2018
  2. Tommy-Chi


    May 25, 2017
    Length? Handles materials? Fixed? Folder? Steel?

    Dagger? Slicer? Wharncliffe? Spanto?
  3. PWatkins

    PWatkins Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Price range?
  4. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    We need a price range and a preferred size atleast.

    Are you talking about an edc folding knife?

    Spyderco Delica or Native are always a good place to start. Benchmade griptillian or freek are other good options.

    For something abit higher end but reasonably priced check out Kizer knives.
  5. spyderg


    Sep 28, 2014
    Way to open of a question really. But, start looking at a Spyderco Delica, or a GEC #15 and go from there.
  6. salduchi

    salduchi Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2007
    Their should be a damned tariff imposed for these kind of questions.
  7. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
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  8. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Nothing specific eh?

    How about a zHunter? They’re the undisputed tactical king of knifes.

  9. Trevor_Phillips


    Aug 22, 2016
    Hey, now. Look at the profile. The guy's new to the forum. Maybe new to knives in general. If he wants something that doesn't cost an arm and a leg that won't scare people, I'd tell him to grab a Spyderco Delica and call it a day
    Dr Blazer, snapshot2017 and Deinos like this.
  10. JupiterPaladin

    JupiterPaladin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2016
    Ok the profile says you're 16 so I'm guessing the cost will be an issue. I'll suggest a few under $40 that will be solid choices if you just want 1 good knife to do most EDC stuff.

    Steel Will Modus or Cutjack in D2
    Ruike P801 in 14c28n
    Rat 1 or 2 in D2
    Esse Zancudo in D2

    If you go up about $12 or so, you can get entry level Kizers in VG-10. Lots of good budget stuff to choose from.
  11. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    Get whichever Victorinox SAK appeals to you. You cannot go wrong with a SAK and even if you later on buy more expensive, dedicated tasks knives... the SAK will never be out of place. I think that SAK's (in general) have been the very first knives of many of us here in the forum.

    They pack a bunch of nice to have tools into a single non scary package. And they are cheap!
    WalterEgo and Steve1950 like this.
  12. red mag

    red mag

    Apr 12, 1999
    You may search on one of the large online stores' pages.
    You can narrow your search there and you will be lead to an array of knives that fit into the borders you choose.
    You may soon find there are lots of possibilities decision's to make.
    Question you encounter here too.
    So far the price is your first.
    Hope this helps
    PS: I like Spyderco, i.e.: the Delica (even this comes in a variety of flavors).
  13. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    opinel, sak, svord
  14. Mr K

    Mr K

    Aug 12, 2018

    My first was a Kershaw Blur and although it doesn't get as muck pocket time as others I still enjoy it. But a SAK never fails and always is a good starter
  15. Ourorboros


    Jan 23, 2017
    I'd include usage as a specification.

    Kizer Feist, Victorinox Cadet, Peanut - Case or Queen, Moki Blakiston Fishowl - large or small, Spyderco Dragonfly.

    My recommendations are all over the place for a reason. But all <$200.
  16. mauiblue


    Aug 1, 2006
    Opinel is a fabulous knife to consider. Buck knives are also a great classic to consider. Spyderco is also a good brand to check out. Shop around and see what appeals to you personally.
  17. Earl1

    Earl1 Basic Member Basic Member

    May 11, 2016
    If you are looking for something inexpensive but decent check the byrd knives from spyderco. They are good entry level knives that will work for edc. A rat 2 is always a good option. 40 bucks or so for a knife with d2 steel. If ya need one easier to sharpen the aus 8 version would be a great option for 30 bucks or so
  18. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    And I thought @OlamicCutlery did magma finish well...damn :D;)
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  19. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    And to be a bit more helpful.
    I would pick one of these three:
    - Spyderco PM2 or PM3
    - WE Knife Practic
    - Steel Will Modus or Cutjack

    Or you try something more Budget-y:
    - Keshaw Atmos or Concierge
    - OKC RAT 1 or RAT 2 in D2 Steel
    - Spyderco Delica

    Lots of options out there. So you can get very specific and very niche with your requirements. Personally it helps if you get a knife and see what you like or dislike about it and go from there, extended use shows what you might want to change, so if it is your first EDC go cheaper and improve in a couple weeks. Happy knife shopping.
  20. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Swiss Army knife or Buck (modern or traditional), then maybe think about a small multi tool like a Leatherman juice or squirt.

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