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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

10 Best EDC Pocket Knives 2013

Unlike more nerdy EDC gadgets like flashlights and watches, there doesn't seem to be as much innovation in pocket knives. There's no 'Moore's Law of Cutlery' where they get lighter, faster and cheaper every year. While there is some innovation, it tends to be more from the usual suspects than the new players, and it tends to be more incremental.

Spyderco Delica 4
So, it's not a big surprise that most of the best EDC pocket knives you can buy have either been around for a while, or are incremental improvements over previous versions. And unlike other industries, the field is still dominated by American companies, though usually outsourced to different countries--sometimes with fantastic results.

For the list, I wanted to keep it to mainstream production knives under about $100, which is why you won't see higher end brands like Zero Tolerance on the list. All are locking except where I gave a nod to the Victorinox because so many people carry it, and locking knives aren't always legal.


#MakeModelProsCons
1SpydercoDelica 4- Good VG-10 Steel
- Lightweight
- Superb Ergonmics
- Superb Build Quality
- Not much more blade surface than Dragonfly
- Too light for some people
- Slow opening
2SpydercoDragonfly 2- Good VG-10 Steel
- Extreme Lightweight
- Compact
- Biggest bang for buck
- Superb Build Quality
- Just a hair too small for average size hands.
- Too light for some people
- Slow opening
3BenchmadeMini-Griptilian- Superb 154CM Steel
- Axis Lock
- Made in USA
- Fast opening
- Superb Build Quality
- A little heavy for its size
- A little bulky for its size
- More likely to be illegal
- Expensive
4BenchmadeGriptilian- Superb 154CM Steel
- Axis Lock
- Made in USA
- Fast opening
- Superb Build Quality
- A little bulky for EDC
- More likely to be illegal
- Expensive
5SpydercoTenacious- Superb Value
- Superb Build Quality
- Built Like a Tank
- Liner Lock
- Cheap steel
- A little bulky for some people
- A little heavy for EDC
6KershawCryo- Made in USA
- Frame Lock
- Fast Opening
- Decent Steel
- Good Design
- Good Value
- "Flippers" are also more likely to be illegal
- Not the best ergonomics
- OK quality
- Cheap Steel
7KershawSkyline- Good Sandvik Steel
- Made in USA
- Fast opening
- Decent Steel
- Good build quality
- Liner Lock
- "Flippers" are also more likely to be illegal
- Not the best ergonomics
- Not the best pocket clip

8OntarioRAT- Good Build Quality
- Good Value
- Liner Lock
- Cheap steel
- Not the best ergonomics
- A little heavy for some people
9VictorinoxCadet- Good Steel
- Good Build Quality
- Legal Most Places
- Non locking
- A little big for a non-locking knife
10SanRenMuGB-763- Usually under $20
- Superb Value
- Quality Rivals USA
- Cheap Steel
- Knock-off of Axis lock
- Can be hard to find

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