EDC KNIVES

FOR SIM­PLE CUT­TING CHORES OR DE­FEN­SIVE BACKUP, THESE NEW KNIVES ARE UP TO THE TASK

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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

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