FOR SIMPLE CUTTING CHORES OR DEFENSIVE BACKUP, THESE NEW KNIVES ARE UP TO THE TASK
An EDC knife can mean different things to different people. You might carry a blade for hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related activities, or it might be an easily carried tool for opening packages and other everyday cutting chores. To still others, an EDC knife serves an emergency survival or last-ditch defensive role. Whatever your intended purpose for a knife, these new designs will help you get the job done.
01. COAST FX200
The FX200 is a new minimalist pocketknife from Coast. It features a 2-inch drop-point blade of 3CR13 stainless steel with a frame lock. The unique design incorporates a bottle opener and a money clip. The handle is nylon. Small and lightweight at just 1.4 ounces, this is a knife that will be easy to carry every day.
WEB: www.Coastportland.com MSRP: $15
02. WHITE RIVER ATK
ATK stands for “always there knife.” This handy little fixed blade from White River Knife and Tool is certainly one that, at a mere 1.7 ounces, you can take with you every day. The knife features a 2.15-inch general purpose drop-point blade of CPM S35VN steel that’s 0.13 inch thick. Included is a Kydex sheath that can be worn on a belt, right or left side horizontally, vertically or at an angle. The belt attachment can be removed and you have a neck knife with the included cord. The handle can be wrapped with 550 cord to make the handle more robust if desired. All parts and materials are made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Whiteriverknives.com MSRP: $80
03. VICTORINOX PIONEER NESPRESSO LIVANTO
Alert to all coffee drinkers. If you want a classy little pocket knife that’s environmentally conscious with the traditional versatility of a genuine Swiss Army knife, the Victorinox Pioneer Nespresso Livanto is for you. This limited-edition version of the Pioneer features attractive bronze-colored handle scales that are made completely from 24 recycled aluminum Nespresso capsules. This collaboration from Victorinox and Nespresso includes a large knife blade, reamer/punch, can opener/small screwdriver and bottle opener/large screwdriver/wire stripper.
WEB: www.Swissarmy.com MSRP: $55
04. SPYDERCO NATIVE 5 CARBON FIBER
Spyderco has taken its Native 5 and added a fluted carbon-fiber handle and high-performance CPM S90V stainless steel blade. The sunburst pattern on the handle provides an effective non-slip texture. The pocket clip can be positioned for left, right, tip-up or tip-down carry. The blade is 2.95 inches long with a flat grind and features the company’s trademarked Round Hole for easy one-handed opening. This lockback knife measures 4 inches closed and weighs a slight 2.8 ounces.
WEB: www.Spyderco.com MSRP: $360
05. FIRSTEDGE HR-1
The FirstEdge HR-1, created with self-defense instructor Ryan Hoover, is designed primarily as a fighting/backup knife, but the little fixed blade could easily be employed for any task demanded of an EDC blade. The Elmax steel slightly down-turned tanto blade has a 1.75-inch bottom edge and a 0.875-inch tanto tip edge with flat grinds. The overall length is 7.125 inches, including the finger ring and striking pommel. A molded Kydex sheath includes a clip for inside-the-waistband or MOLLE carry, but it also has two lanyard holes to allow the HR-1 to be carried as a neck knife. An unsharpened aluminum trainer is also available.
WEB: www.Firstedgeusa.com MSRP: $130
06. GERBER US-ASSIST
The US-Assist is Gerber’s new assisted-opening folder made in the company’s Portland, Ore., plant. The knife features the company’s B.O.S.S. Tech stainless steel ball-bearing system and angled thumb studs for smooth one-handed opening.
The CPM S30V steel blade has a stone-washed finish. The drop-point blade is 3 inches long. The knife incorporates the company’s Plunge-lock with a cross-bolt safety that locks the blade open or closed. The knife carries Gerber’s limited lifetime warranty and is made in the U.S. A less expensive model using 420HC blade steel is also available.
WEB: www.Gerbergear.com MSRP: $119
07. SPYDERCO SALT 2 FRN YELLOW
The Salt 2 from Spyderco is an update of earlier models in that it combines design enhancements of the company’s Delica 4 with the 100 percent rustproof properties of nitrogen-based H-1 steel. The blade is 3 inches long and is available in a plain edge or the fully serrated SpyderEdge. The lockback knife features better ergonomics and the company’s high-traction Bi-Directional Texturing on the fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) handle in the new high-visibility yellow handle. The black-coated pocket clip can be mounted in four different positions.
WEB: www.Spyderco.com MSRP: $125
08. BEAR ALUMINUM SIDELINER WITH TRIGGER
New to the Bear Edge family of knives from Bear &
Son Cutlery is the affordable addition to the Sideliner lineup, model 61105. This knife is equipped with what the company calls a “trigger,” which is a flipper mechanism at the rear of the blade that provides fast one-handed opening with either hand. Ball-bearing washers enhance the smoothness when deploying the blade. The 440 stainless steel blade is 3.25 inches long in a slight clip configuration with a taper grind. The handles are a textured aluminum with a bead finish. The reversible pocket clip is positioned for tip-up carry. This knife is made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Bearandsoncutlery.com MSRP: $50
09. BENCHMADE BUGOUT
New from Benchmade is the Bugout series of folding knives. The company is promoting it as being “designed for the modern outdoor adventurer.” The Bugout features a satin-finished drop-point blade of CPMS30V steel that’s 3.24 inches long and .090 inch thick with either a plain or partially serrated edge. The knife features dual thumb studs for easy one-handed opening, and the blade is secured with the company’s reliable Axis locking mechanism. The handle is an attractive blue nylon composite—Grivory—that’s easy to spot if you set it down. The pocket clip is reversible. This knife is made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Benchmade.com MSRP: $135
10. BEAR SIDELINER ASSIST
The Sideliner series of folding knives is part of Bear & Son Cutlery’s Bear Edge family of blades. This model, the 61103, features black aluminum handles and an assisted opening mechanism that’s smoothed with ball-bearing washers. The 440 stainless steel blade is 3.5 inches long with a curvy, drop-point configuration and a taper-ground edge. The liner lock is simple and effective. The reversible pocket clip is positioned for tip-up carry. This knife is made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Bearandsoncutlery.com MSRP: $60
11. CRKT PROWESS
This new knife from Columbia Knife & Tool was designed by Ken Onion, so you know it will be excellent. The Prowess is everything you need in an
EDC blade and nothing you don’t. It features an AUS 8 steel blade with a plain edge and a satin finish. The drop-point blade is 3.368 inches long with plenty of belly. The knife incorporates an assisted opening mechanism with a flipper and the company’s IKBS ball-bearing pivot system for easy opening with either hand. A liner lock secures the blade when open. The handle is trouble-free glass-reinforced nylon. The pocket clip is positioned for tip-down, right-hand carry. The Prowess is also being offered with a matte black, partially-serrated blade.
WEB: www.Crkt.com MSRP: $80
12. GERBER CENTER-DRIVE MULTI-TOOL
An EDC knife doesn’t need to be a knife at all. For many, the utility of a multi-tool provides a handy solution to getting jobs done without the need to go running to the tool box. Gerber has made multi-tools for years, but the new Center-Drive has some interesting features. The tool has a one-thumb opening design, giving you access to the spring-loaded needle-nose pliers. The full-size 3.25-inch fine edge knife blade is accessible from the outside of the tool without the need to open the entire tool. Another innovation is the 3.2-inch long, center-axis bit driver that provides longer reach and aligns with the tool’s handle similar to dedicated screwdrivers. The tool also includes rotatable wire cutters and strippers, a pry bar/nail puller/bottle opener, serrated blade, awl/ file, magnetic flathead and Philips screwdriver bits, lanyard hole and sheath.
WEB: www.Gerbergear.com MSRP: $119
13. BENCHMADE ANTHEM
Sometimes you just want to own something very special. The Anthem is Benchmade’s first Axis locking knife with a handle made from a single billet of anodized titanium. This manual-opening knife with dual thumb studs features a satin-finished drop-point blade of CPM-20CV that is 3.5 inches long and 0.112 inch thick. It has a closed length of 4.56 inches and it weighs 3.66 ounces. The reversible pocket clip provides for tip-up carry. This knife is made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Benchmade.com MSRP: $500
14. CRKT CROSSBONES
This new offering from Columbia River Knife & Tool earned the honor of Imported Knife of the Year at the 2017 Blade Show. The Crossbones—named for its bone-like handle shape—is modeled after a custom design of Jeff Park, who has studied his craft under master designer Ken Onion for the past 10 years. The long, slim blade is 3.536 inches long. Park calls it a semi-tanto point, but it resembles that of a fillet knife. The AUS 8 steel blade has a satin finish and a flat grind. It is an assisted-opening design with a flipper and features a ball-bearing pivot system for smoothness. The blade is secured with a liner lock. The two-tone bean-blasted aluminum handle features jimping on the backstrap for added control.
WEB: www.Crkt.com MSRP: $100
15. BUCK MARKSMAN TANTO
New this year from Buck Knives is a tanto blade version of the company’s Marksman knife introduced in 2014. The 3.5-inch blade is made of 154CM steel with an oxide-coated blade and stone-washed finish. It features the SLS (Strong Lock System) strap-locking mechanism created by Grant and Gavin Hawk. Although technically not an assisted opener, it opens just as quickly and easily with one hand. Push the flipper and lock strap and the blade flips open along the ball-bearing pivot. The pocket clip is removable and reversible and is positioned for tip-up carry. This knife is made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Buckknives.com MSRP: $155
16. FIRSTEDGE TACTICAL HUNTER
The FirstEdge TrackAssist Tactical Hunter is an assisted-opening folder with thumb studs for one-handed opening. The company’s TrackLock locking mechanism is used in this design. The drop-point blade has a black oxide finish and is available with either a plain or partially serrated edge. The blade steel is Elmax and the blade is 3.2 inches long. The handles are a coarsely textured G-10. This knife is made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Firstedgeusa.com MSRP: $150
17. COLD STEEL COUNTER POINT 1
The Cold Steel Counter Point 1 has gotten a face lift. This is the mid-sized model in the Cold Steel’s Counter Point series. It still sports the company’s Griv-Ex synthetic black handle scales, but now they are textured instead of smooth for a better grip. The grip scales are reinforced with aluminum liners. The knife features a 4-inch stiletto-inspired spear-point blade with a pronounced false edge on the back side of the tip. It’s made of American CTS BD1 Alloy Steel, known for its corrosion resistance and durable edge. The knife features Cold Steel’s bombproof Tri-Ad locking system. Other versions of this knife are available with a 3-inch blade (Counter Point 2) and a 6-inch blade (Counter Point XL).
WEB: www.Coldsteel.com MSRP: $110
18. RUGER ALL-CYLINDERS +P
In the gun world, +P means higher pressure, which translates to more velocity and more power. With the new Ruger All-Cylinders +P, the +P means bigger knife—the largest in the All Cylinders lineup. This Bill Harsey design features a large 5-inch blade of 8Cr13MoV steel that’s 0.188 inch thick. It measures 11.25 inches overall when opened. Its drop-point blade has a black, stone-washed finish and is secured with a liner lock. It features thumb studs for one-handed opening and a pivot point that resembles the cylinder of a revolver, hence the All-Cylinders name. The handle scales are G-10 and includes a two-position pocket clip. This knife is made by CRKT under license from Sturm, Ruger and Co.
WEB: www.Ruger.com MSRP: $75