What is an edc knife? – The short answer

The phrase EDC has been popping up more and more in the online community. Simply, EDC means everyday carry. It is a term that refers to the items you carry in your pockets on a daily basis. From torches, pens, smart phones to wallets and knives. But what exactly is an edc knife?

I will cover this topic through 4 points:

  1. Purpose
  2. Features of an EDC knife
  3. Popular examples
  4. Online presence

It is important to note that different countries or states have different laws regarding carrying knives every day. You need to familiarize yourself with those laws before carrying knives or you may run into a lot of trouble.

Purpose – More than just a knife

Everyday carry allows people to be prepared. Thinking about the things that are commonly carried, pens, torches, smartphones, wallets. They all perform a certain function and so do knives.

I personally like to categorize edc knives into 2 main functions. Utility and emergencies.

UtilityLettuce and cucumbers that has been chopped by a knife.

Most people carry knives for utility. In your daily lives, knives can perform a variety of functions.

1. Opening things – Thinking back, how often do you struggle to open letters? What about parcels? All those parcels late night Amazon shopping binges. Now how easy were they to open? A knife could make those jobs so much easier, and cooler.

2. Food processing – Imagine you’re having a barbecue outdoors, someone brings out a huge piece of steak, everyone is having a good time. BUT DISASTER STRIKES! No one brought a knife, panic ensues, children are crying, adults are panicking. Except for you, because you are prepared, and you have a knife you carry around every day. You become their hero and savior.

EmergenciesA red coloured emergency vehicle with blue lights. The background is blurred.

Knives are extremely handy when it comes to emergencies. What tool is found in every survivor show? A knife. Edc knives can be used to defend yourself or to survive in the wild. Often you don’t need to use them, but when an emergency does occur you’ll be glad you have one on you.

After I starting writing this I realized we could be here all day talking about the purposes of edc knives. In a nutshell, a knife has a huge variety of uses. From whittling wood, to being a fidget toy. From impressing your friends to defending them.

Features of an edc knife – What to look out for

Edc knives come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not all edc knives are created equal so you must look for one that will suit your needs. There may be experts out there that tells you that you need this feature of that feature. But I don’t subscribe to that type of thinking.

I believe the best edc knife is a knife that you like. There is no knife that can do everything and there is no such thing as a perfect knife. I will give you a few things to look out for and the rest of the decision is up to you.

Folding knives or fixed blades?

The most popular edc knives are folding, and there is a very simple reason. Edc knives are meant to be carried in your pockets daily, so they must be compact and easy to lug around. Folding knives fit this requirement easily.

However, this isn’t to say fixed blades can’t be edc knives. If you really like a fixed blade knife you may enjoy carrying it around on your belt or with a sheath. They can make great edc knives too. Don’t limit yourself to only folding knives.


Side view of wooden logs stacked on top of each other.Blades are made from all sorts of different metals. They can be categorized into 3 categories, stainless steel, carbon steel and tool steel. The most common being stainless steel and carbon steel. Generally you must make your choice between the two of them.

Stainless steel are more rust resistant. But it is weaker than carbon steel and may not hold an edge as well as its counter part. With stainless steel knives you don’t have to be as meticulous as carbon steel when it comes to cleaning.

Carbon steels are more prone to rust. However, they are more durable and can hold up an edge really well. With these knives you’ll be spending more time taking care of it and cleaning it to prevent rust.



Make sure you choose a knife from a reputable brand. Some knife makers will stand behind their knives and provide lifetime support and warranty. While others just imported their knives from who knows where and started selling them on eBay. Choose wisely. You want a reliable knife when it comes to everyday carry.

There are many other things you need to consider when it comes to picking out an edc knife. The above 3 factors I believe are the most important. There are a myriads of other things you may need to consider, such as size, sheath, function and blade design etc. I can go on all day, but in the interest of keeping thing short I will stop here.

In the future I may come up with a guide to pick out your edc knife in the future.

Popular examples – My recommendations

Before we start, in the interest of full disclosure. I must inform everyone that I am an amazon associate, and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Meaning if you do decide to click on the links provided in this article and decide to purchase something, I will earn a small percentage of the sale (at no extra cost to you).

The knives I’ve listed below however are my honest opinion and me being an associate has not compromised my opinion or my preferred knives. The list is made of my previous experience with these knives and the general opinions of the edc community.

Spyderco Paramilitary

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One of the most popular knives on today’s market. It is stylish, reliable and comfortable. This is also one of my personal favorites. Being a relatively common knife it also has a lot of support in the community. I found it incredibly easy to source knife scales when I wanted to change mine, parts are also easy to come by. It is definitely worth a look.

Benchmade Bugout

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This is my ol’ faithful. If I ever have trouble deciding which knife to carry, my first go to is the bugout. Please note that I’m talking about the full size bugout, not the bugout mini. Personally I just find it a bit too small for my liking. I find the bugout stylish, it doesn’t look flashy or unique, but instead it boasts a certain refinement.

It features a drop point blade which provides a lot of versatility, making you ready for anything that may come your way. Benchmade also features a killer warranty, you won’t have to worry about any issues coming from the manufacturer.

Fiddleback forge bushfinger

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The last two knives were all folders, so of course I would have to include one of my favorite fixed blades onto this list. Fiddleback forge is relatively well-known in the knife community. It is a forge started by Andy Roy, all knives are handmade and unique. They boast high quality and reliability.

I prefer their bushfinger knife. You just can’t go wrong with it. It is a stylish fixed blade that is easy to carry and ergonomic. It features a dagger point blade which is great in survival situations. Definitely worth your attention.

Online presence – Join the community

I cannot talk about edc knives without talking about our online community. The online knife community is large, but we are a family. There are members all over the world, readily offering advice and help.


While forums are being used less and less, there are still many forums out there, each is a treasure trove of knowledge. Some good examples are:

There are many more out there, all you have to do is look.

Social media

Needless to say this is where a huge number of community members gather and communicate.

Facebook groups are available for specific countries and regions, there are also just general ones you can join.

Twitter has many hashtags dedicated to edc, such as #EDC or #edcknife. The sky is the limit

Instagram cannot be forgotten. There are thousands or photos posted daily, I run an account of my own to try to connect the community, you can find it @outdoor.knife. Some common hashtags you can use are #everydaycarryknife, #edc or #everydaycarry. These are just a few that I pay close attention to.


In a nutshell, edc just means the tools you carry every day. But when you get down to the nitty gritty, it can be a community, a knowledge base. Edc can be a way of life. There is a lot of joy to be found with edc so stick around the community and see how you go. Maybe you’ll end up enjoying yourself.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article, feel free to stick around for my other guides or give me any feedback. If you have any questions feel free to leave them down below.


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