What size blade is the perfect EDC for you?

What is your preferred EDC knife blade length?

  • <2”

    Votes: 7 3.6%
  • 2”-2.25”

    Votes: 3 1.6%
  • 2.25”-2.5”

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • 2.5”-2.75”

    Votes: 7 3.6%
  • 2.75”-3.0”

    Votes: 39 20.2%
  • 3.0”-3.25”

    Votes: 48 24.9%
  • 3.25”-3.5”

    Votes: 33 17.1%
  • 3.5”-3.75”

    Votes: 22 11.4%
  • 3.75”-4.0”

    Votes: 19 9.8%
  • >4.0”

    Votes: 13 6.7%

  • Total voters
    193
  • Poll closed .
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EDC for me is a 4.5" fixed blade. I have larger, I have smaller, but this is what I prefer. And the knife I carry only comes in the one blade length, unless I want to spend a lot of money.
 

Bob Denman

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Under 3"...
But I'm liable to be carrying almost anything! 👍
 

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RLB0414

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Depends on the plan(s) for the day. Still working remote so still in apartment. 2.75"-3" for those days. Getting out for the day, there is always a lock blade in 3.5-4" range, a granddaddy barlow with a 4+" blade and possibly a trapper in the 3.0-3.25" range.
 
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This was a hard vote. I have different folders with relatively close blade lengths that represent different of the choices. My top EDC are the Bugout, Para 3, ZT0350 and 562CF. A of them fall between 3" and 3.5" which is the sweet spot for my liking.
 
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There is a disturbing lack of votes for 4” blades and up.

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There is a disturbing lack of votes for 4” blades and up.

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I am retired and live in a rural , semi-wilderness area .

Work and play mostly on my my own land ...so I carry whatever I want or need .

I tend to carry larger knives , because I can . Used to carry more BAK fixed blades / machetes , but now usually just big folders .

Routinely, a pair of Cold Steel 5.5" blade folders . Unless I need something bigger for the day's work :







When going to town , I usually opt for something smaller , 4" or even less . Just to be sociable . ;)
 
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David Mary

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There is a disturbing lack of votes for 4” blades and up.

I would have voted that one, except that I find all the fixed blades that I make for my own EDC purposes end up being almost exactly 3.75". However, the Resilience, at 4.25", is my favorite EDC folder of all time. But to me that's a little too big for an EDC fixed blade, so I went with the 3.75"-4" vote.
 
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I would have voted that one, except that I find all the fixed blades that I make for my own EDC purposes end up being almost exactly 3.75". However, the Resilience, at 4.25", is my favorite EDC folder of all time. But to me that's a little too big for an EDC fixed blade, so I went with the 3.75"-4" vote.
It’s your favorite EDC folder? Nice! 😀 Way up there for me too. Would’ve been great if Spyderco offered this in 14C28N or something nicer, but the 8Cr is serviceable. The full flat grind is amazing. It’s like a mini chef knife.
 

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Of course I am thinking of small fixed blades, somewhere between 3 to 4 inches. I voted for 3.25 to 3.5 since I feel that hits the sweet spot. For folders I think 2.5 to 3.5.
 
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