The 15 Best EDC Pocket Knives for 2022

By Staff Writers  |  Updated April 22, 2022

The 15 Best EDC Pocket Knives for 2022
 

Since long before anyone ever uttered the acronym EDC, a trusty pocket knife has been considered an everyday essential for men. Today is certainly no different, except that instead of a few simple folders to choose from, there are endless options. From size & design to tech materials and niche features, it can be a lot to cut through. So we trimmed the fat to make a lean & mean list of The Best Pocket Knives.

Using the right tool for the job is the noble aim of every self-respecting man. But sometimes, all we’ve got is what we pull from our pocket. In these instances, you’ll be much better served by a knife chosen carefully for its unique features and functions; for the utility & versatility of its design. And the choices are many.

What is the best pocket knife you can buy today?

In putting this list together, we went deep, exploring everything from featherweight micro-blades to kinematic self-defense knives & modern liner locks to blades of hybrid ceramic-titanium. So before choosing your next EDC implement, take a look at our list & see what made the cut.

Also check our list of the best EDC (Everyday Carry)



Epic EDC: WESN’s Samla Knife

WESN The Samla


 

The Samla pocket knife from Detroit’s WESN brand is a sharp little friction folder with a flat blade and a streamlined design. Designed for reliable, everyday use, the 2.45” blade is constructed of Sandvik 14c28n stainless steel with scales in your choice of either Rosewood or Grade 5 Titanium.


The Provoke Compact from CRKT is a Stealth Self-Defense Blade

CRKT Provoke Compact


 

With a handy kinematic mechanism, this classic EDC knife pops open instantly for self-defense with the press of a button. Weighted by the heft of its aluminum handle, it is perfectly balanced for sure-handed use. Its curved 2.26” blade is made of hardened D2 steel. A low-profile pocket-clip keeps it ready at your fingertips.


Fresh Cut: TJB’s Redstone Pocket Knife

James The Redstone


 

Designed as a lightweight, go-anywhere pocket knife, The James Brand’s Redstone folder is a versatile piece of EDC. With 6.2” overall length it features a locking Sandvik 12C27 stainless blade with partial serrations, a sprung wire pocket clip, and soft silicone grips.


Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a Sharp, Pocketable Multi-tool

Gerber Gear Prybrid Utility


 

Blending the best of a replaceable utility blade knife and a compact multi-tool, Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a pocket and keychain-friendly EDC implement offering 8 different tools, including wire strippers, bottle opener, Standard Utility blade, and more.


Coast Knives Cuts No Corners with ‘1919 Reserve’ Collection

COAST RX357 1919 Reserve Limited Edition


 

Known for their hardworking blades and tools since 1919, Coast merges classic design with modern function in their ‘1919 Reserve’ Collection. These knives feature stainless steel blades and patented locking systems plus practical design features. Choose from 3 highly functional folders and one 4” full tang fixed blade.


WESN Goods Makes Titanium EDC Even Better

WESN Microblade


 

The Microblade 2.0 marks yet another solid entry into the EDC category from Detroit’s WESN Goods. It keeps the titanium construction that made it so popular but has been nicely upgraded with a high carbon, high chromium D2 tool-grade steel blade for even better hardness, toughness, and abrasion resistance. The locking blade is 1.5” long and the knife is 3.75” overall when open.


Benchmade Tengu Flipper Makes EDC Look G-O-O-D

Benchmade Tengu Flipper


 

Merging traditional design and modern technology, the 601 Tengu from Benchmade is a slim and classy classic flipper packed with detail. From its traditional 2.77” Tanto blade made of CPM-20CV steel to the dual-colored G10 handles, it mixes premium materials with understated good looks. Complete with a black leather carry sleeve, the Tengu is a hardworking piece of EDC that is anything but ordinary.


Grovemade’s Task Knife is One Sharp Office Implement

Grovemade Task Knife


 
$70-120

Despite its heavy-duty, single-piece construction, Grovemade’s Task Knife is designed for your desk—so it’s really for opening Amazon packages and snail mail. Certainly looks like it could do much more. Choose from solid brass, stainless or black, each includes a wooden stand to keep the 4.75” knife handy & protected.


The Vargo Sobata 398 Stays Sharp 5X Longer & Weighs Almost Nothing

Vargo SOBATA 398 Titanium Framelock


 

Vargo’s lightweight EDC folder called the Sobata 398, boasts a blade made of sintered titanium-ceramic, which the brand claims will hold an edge 5-times longer than hardened steel. Weighing just 2.3 ounces, the mix of titanium & ceramic gives the blade a unique feel that is more like a serrated knife while resisting wear.


Foldable, Functional EDC: Leatherman Free K Multi-Tool Knives

Leatherman Free K4


 

Leatherman’s Free K Collection merges the convenience of a folding pocket knife with the utility of the brand’s multi-tools. The collection includes 4 different models, all featuring a serrated 3.3 inch folding stainless blade & a unique array of tools. Each of the additional fold-out implements is housed on the outside of an ergonomically refined aluminum body for easy access, so you’re never left fumbling in a pinch. Made in Portland, Oregon and covered by a 25-year warranty.


Gerber’s Keynote Micro-Knife is a Solid EDC Blade

Gerber Key Note


 

It’s about as small as functionally possible & it’s a Gerber. That means reliable, hella sharp, & definitely versatile. Keep on your keychain & you’ll have a legit utility blade on hand at all times. It’s got a locking, dual-edge hardened steel blade, aluminum scales, and the keyring loop is removable. Available in black & coyote brown.


Spyderco’s Dragonfly 2 Now Opens Up & Deploys Automatically

Spyderco DragonFly 2


 

The DragonFly 2 from Spyderco is a very capable & versatile EDC pocket-knife. But what really sets it apart is the addition of an Emerson Opening design. First developed in the 1990s, it uses a mechanism that opens & deploys the blade instantly as you draw it from your pocket—snapping out & locking into position as fast as you can whip it out. The 2.28-inch VG 10 steel blade is cradled between glass reinforced nylon handles, & features jumping for solid grip on both the top & bottom of the blade.


The Nitecore NKT05 Knife Makes Small Cuts with Surgical Precision

Nitecore NTK05


 

CNC machined from TC4 titanium alloy, Nitecore’s NTK05 is an ultra lightweight & portable EDC knife. Designed to go everywhere attached to your keychain, it weighs basically nothing: .0194 ounces & uses super sharp & easily replaceable common scalpel blades.


Deejo Knives Let You Customize Your Every Day Carry

Deejo Ultra-Light Folding Pocket Knife


 

The slim, ultralight EDC knives from Deejo can now be customized with the introduction of the My Deejo online customization tool. Choose from over 60 “tattoo” graphic designs for the blade as well as options for blade color, choosing the material for the grip, including colors, woods: olive, juniper, ash, or carbon fiber. You get 35 words in 5 different fonts for a custom message on the blade. The knives are available in 3 different weights and 7 lengths.


CRKT Revives Their Award-Winning Snap Lock Knife

CRKT Snap Lock


 

Designed by Ed Hoy in Abingdon, Virginia, CRKT’s Snap Lock knife won the Most Innovative Knife Award at the 2004 Blade Show. Now almost 20 years later, it returns in an updated design. The unique snap-lock mechanism is still every bit as interesting and makes this 6.5” EDC folding knife as fun as it is functional.


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