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Title: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: shaunw8lftr on January 03, 2014, 08:04:07 PM
Discuss   :)

I know there are other topics that are like this on here but I thought I would refresh and look for new feedback.... whats new and good what old and true..

Thanks

Shaun
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Oldhomestead on January 04, 2014, 08:55:43 AM
I think that question comes down to almost pure personal opinion and really depends on what you CAN carry where you are.

For instance, at my job (office environment for a large insurance company) even pocket knives are prohibited. However I do carry a small three-bladed Old Timer pocket knife simply because I feel naked without it after having one in my pocket for 30 years.

Down in the truck, my GHB has a One Hand Trekker from Victorinox (http://www.victorinox.com/us/product/Swiss-Army-Knives/Category/Hunting/One-Hand-Trekker-Black-Blade/54884) and I carry that anytime I’m not at work. It has worked for me without fail for years.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: flyfisher66048 on January 06, 2014, 07:13:37 AM
Cold steel voyager or a spyderco with a plain blade.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: inconel710 on January 06, 2014, 10:01:00 AM
I bet you're the guy that always starts the 9mm vs 45ACP debate. :)

I carry a SAK Pioneer Alox, but I'm in an office environment on a military base.  Someday, I'll upgrade to a SAK Farmer Alox to get the saw blade.

For a working blade, the Kershaw "Needs Work" is pretty nice.  A little thick in the handle for dress slacks, but a good grip and hard working blade.

If I had the $$$, there would be a Zero Tolerance folder in my pockets.  Those are some nice looking blades and everyone I know that has one raves about it.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: shaunw8lftr on January 06, 2014, 12:18:51 PM
I bet you're the guy that always starts the 9mm vs 45ACP debate. :)

I carry a SAK Pioneer Alox, but I'm in an office environment on a military base.  Someday, I'll upgrade to a SAK Farmer Alox to get the saw blade.

For a working blade, the Kershaw "Needs Work" is pretty nice.  A little thick in the handle for dress slacks, but a good grip and hard working blade.

If I had the $$$, there would be a Zero Tolerance folder in my pockets.  Those are some nice looking blades and everyone I know that has one raves about it.

LOL!  No... I know where I stand on that one... but I am on the quest for the perfect knife...  I suppose cost is an issue... it would be hard to put past the wife a 140+ dollar pocket knife....  those Zero tolerance knives look sweet though.....

I like the idea of an assisted open.  Any of you guys have experience with the SOG trident?  Looks good price is right....?  I am digging on a cold steel too.... I may buy them both but please.... don't tell the wife!  Of course then I'd be doling out almost as much as a XZT.....  :)
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: David in MN on January 06, 2014, 12:37:31 PM
I own 2 SOG Tridents. I recommend the tanto model. It's a medium tough beater. I don't feel bad using it. I wouldn't recommend the concept but I hear gluing down the safety might be a good idea...

There's a million great knives out there. I prefer (but protect) my Kershaws. My brother in law has some massive lockback he got in Germany that he uses as a beater/hunter knife. I'd keep it in a glass case.

Lots of good knives out there.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: DanielBoone on January 17, 2014, 07:14:30 PM
I have a "custom" mini griptilian I ordered off Benchmades site.

It has a D2 steel sheepfoot blade with a thumbhole.  D2 tool steel is pretty rugged and I like a sheepfoot style blade on a EDC because the tip is not as prone to breaking when using it as a prybar.  The large thumbhole makes one handed opening easier.

I choose high vis florescent green G 10 handle scales.  I feel brown, forest green, camo or all black handles on a EDC workday knife don't make much sense..if you drop a knife in a pile of leaf litter or on the bottom of a stream you want it to stand out so you can find the damn thing not blend have it blend in.

Finally I think that the axis locking mechanism it had is one of the strongest most reliable folding mechanism available.

Anyhoo thats my personal choice for a EDC.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Coctailer on January 17, 2014, 08:31:34 PM
The title has "greatest" in it.

Strider is the "greatest" qualities I have experienced.

The "greatest" I have carried personally would be my Surefire Charlie.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: shaunw8lftr on January 24, 2014, 06:35:59 PM
I picked up an SOG Trident.  I don't think it's the best... but it's very good... light... sharp out of the box and is spring assisted.  I don't like the way it is done though I think putting a little tab on the back is a better way to go but that is just me...  :)  I wanted the spring assist and this was the best quality knife I could find that had it but I suspect I missed some stuff.....
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Mortblanc on January 24, 2014, 11:01:01 PM
The "greatest EDC" is going to be entirely different for a Doctor or Lawyer and the guy that drives a bulldozer or an EMT.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: alan123 on January 25, 2014, 12:16:28 AM
My EDC is a Gerber EAB razor knife that I bought originally when Jack reviewed it a couple years back. I use it all the time. I like having a razor sharp blade that is easily changed when dull or gunked up. It is small too, so it is always in my pocket. I did a review of it on my blog
http://madebyalan.com/gerber-eab-folding-razor-knife-review/
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: InquiringMind on December 23, 2014, 10:59:19 AM
I agree with all those who have said it depends on your needs. A knife is a tool, so an Every Day Carry should be whatever best serves your typical needs.

For me, having a lightweight, compact knife with a moderate length blade balances its utility with comfort and discreetness. I work in an office where pocket knives are allowed, but a 6" fixed blade probably wouldn't go over too well...

I've carried a Gerber Paraframe I for 6-7 years now. The carved out frame makes it unnoticeably light, and the half-serrated 3" blade is pretty much all I need. The ambidextrous thumb peg and blade lock design make one-handed opening and closing easy, and for $16, I'm not too concerned if it gets dinged up.

As a plus, it fits perfectly in the loop on the right hip of Carhartt B151 pants, which I wear probably 200 days a year.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: bcksknr on December 23, 2014, 04:23:56 PM
     The best survival knife, of any description, is the one you are always carrying. It's the one you will use when the chips are down, just like an EDC flashlight or EDC firestarter. Any survival item that you can afford and always carry, is better than one you can't afford or leave at home. There will never be one "best" survival item because the situations you find yourself in will be different and will "best" be handled with different items. If you're lucky, and can tuck some basic multi-use items and simple tools in your pockets, wallet and on a key chain, you will be miles ahead of the unprepared. I try to be more general in my EDC and carry what might be useful in the most common scenarios. 
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Carl on December 23, 2014, 04:47:06 PM
Don't laugh...but it is a GERBER-Bear Grylls SCOUT. It is half serrated blade,thin in the pocket,and feels good in the hand,easy to sharpen and EASY TO FIND with it's orange accents on the handle. PLUS I use my knife and at under $20 ,I won't cry if I break or lose one...I have several in different kits ,boxes and drawers.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: FreeLancer on December 23, 2014, 07:05:22 PM
The "greatest EDC" is going to be entirely different for a Doctor or Lawyer and the guy that drives a bulldozer or an EMT.

Back when I was dressing like a doctor every day, I carried the small Buck Vantage because it carries low and discretely.  Now, despite being able to dress like the guy driving a bulldozer, I'm still carrying the Vantage, usually in the large size.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: endurance on December 23, 2014, 08:19:16 PM
I usually carry a simple 3.1" H&K folder, but for the vfd I've been really happy with my Skeletool since I got it. Comfortable to use, lots of carry options with case, clip or carabiner and of course a great variety of tools to play with. Hard to go wrong with it.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: nelson96 on December 23, 2014, 10:17:17 PM
My two cents....  The only "great folder" is a small knife.  I say this because I feel a folder is an EDC knife and an EDC knife should be small & discreet (fit in a pocket).  More importantly, a folder is meant for small jobs, those don't require a knife of great caliber and integrity.

For that reason, I have three EDC knives that I switch back and fourth from depending on my activity.  Those are my;

Kershaw Ken Onion Chive (2" Blade)
Folding Utility Knife (Standard HD Utility Blades)
Havalon Piranta (#22 and #60A Blades)
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Badhog on December 23, 2014, 11:11:23 PM
In non tactical situations if you are doing a job that a SAK can't handle you should probably get a fixed blade. The Farmer has a ticker blade, but the Fieldmaster has scissors and a Phillips.

If you want just a larger fixed blade buy a Rat model 1. Again, if you are doing a non tactical job that a Rat-1 can't handle go find your fixed blade.

There are obvious exceptions, but a Rat or SAK can handle most jobs pocket knives are designed for and you will save a ton. If you are using it to cut boxes all day buy a box cutter. If you want it to stay sharper longer and don't mind spending a lot of time sharpening it get a Becker BK24 with the D2 steel for $40 on Amazon. Use the price difference on another fixed blade or other toys you want.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: bcksknr on December 24, 2014, 11:50:14 AM
   Don't underestimate the utility of a small, quality lockback folder. I once saw a young guy gut a deer with what must have been an 8" "Bowie" knife. His technique was to stab it in below the sternum bone, to the hilt, and then chop and slice his way, through the guts to the tail. Most pitiful thing I've seen deer hunting. I use a classic Buck lockback to gut and skin all my deer. In a pinch, you can do it with a jackknife. It's all a matter of the right tool for the job and the knowledge of how to use it.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: nelson96 on December 24, 2014, 12:15:07 PM
I use a classic Buck lockback to gut and skin all my deer. In a pinch, you can do it with a jackknife. It's all a matter of the right tool for the job and the knowledge of how to use it.

I used the Havalon noted above, with the #22 blade, to field dress my elk this year.  That's not saying much though, it doesn't take much of a knife to field dress an animal of any size as long as the blade is sharp and you don't have to cut through a lot of bone (ie sternum). 
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: chrisdfw on December 24, 2014, 06:25:23 PM
SOG Twitch

Fast to deploy, which is the most important thing if I need it for social use.

I carry a Twitch XL and Twitch II

The 2 is nice small size, but the clip is not reversible, so I carry the larger XL on my left and the twitch II on my right.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Cryptozoic on January 21, 2015, 10:38:31 AM
On my belt is a
Victorinox Swiss Army knife which has the essential tools in it.
In my pocket this
http://www.knivesofalaska.com/item.asp?id=37&r=store%2Easp%3Fc%3D44
It's a good combination.
When I am out of town, in my emergency bag is
http://survival.instantestore.net/pd_buckhood_punk.cfm
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: dpreppers on January 21, 2015, 11:04:26 AM
For my uses I carry a Kershaw Cryo II.  For the office where dress clothes are required it is small enough to slip in a pocket, but also has a nice sturdy clip for when it can be carried clipped to a pocket or belt.  I really like the weight of it and the all metal frame.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: msparks on March 22, 2015, 09:19:39 AM
Just so hard to have One for EDC. Everyday is a different day. The one I carry to the farm is going to be different than the one I carry in my business suit. Matter of fact I've just bought the smallest knife I've ever owned, a Case Peanut.

My Current EDC choices consist of  Case Peanut, Carhartt Peanut, Queen Stockman, Boker Trapper, Buck Lite Max Large (great cheaper knife) Benchmade 710, a Camilus CUDA in D2.

Of these the peanut, stockman and trapper get the most use. The Benchmade is way to large and heavy for most of my needs (I do carry it when on National Guard Duty).

Normally I carry a small folder and a medium fixed blade on my belt, which is currently a Bark River Gunny.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: headush on July 20, 2015, 02:21:28 PM
I have two EDC's. One is a Cold Steel folder that I have had for 25 years. My other is a Benchmade spring assisted folder. Both are great tools. The CS is what I use for heavier work and the Benchmade for everything else.
I really like the way the Benchmade opens. It opens with a vengeance!
I enjoy them both!
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: r_w on July 20, 2015, 06:37:09 PM
I do carry a zero tolerance most days.  It is an AWESOME half pound of steel and titanium, but it is a half pound and takes a large portion of a pocket.  If you want one at an affordable price, go to kershawguy.com and wait for a blem.  You don't get a warranty, but there blemishes do not affect the use.  Out of three we bought, one had a speck in the tiger stripe-not a hole in the coating, just silver dot inside the black; one had a slight misgrind on the blade-touched up in normal sharpening, and we never found the blemish in the third. 

I also have a benchmade Doug Ritter.  MUCH lighter, good design, but just not as strong and almost as bulky.

I need to get a Kershaw leek or similar as a dress up edc. I bought one for my wife thinking she wouldn't like it and give it back to me, but she loves it. 
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: kid_couteau on July 21, 2015, 09:11:04 AM
Hi All
At work I carry a SAK Farmer. Not even supposed to have that but I need it to open boxes and cut line and such.

Off duty lately I have been carrying a Cold Steel XL Voyager or an XL Cold Steel Espada G10...sometimes both.

Kid
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Giff Sheriff on September 03, 2015, 03:07:51 PM
CRKT clams that their double locking liner locks are as strong as a fixed blade, but I honestly doubt it? If in fact it's true, they would be my folder of choice. Anybody, have a stress test review?
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Carl on September 03, 2015, 04:08:29 PM
The lock on the COLD STEEL POCKET BUSHMAN is incredible
but the knife is all metal and a bit thin to keep a good grip .
The lock though....is rock solid.

http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Pocket-Bushman-Stainless/dp/B001DZT4WQ
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Gulo gulo on September 04, 2015, 12:59:42 AM
Opinel no. 7 ;)
I like assisted opening, no particular reason.
If I'm using a knife for self defense, I want a fixed blade. I don't like knives for that tho, and I plan to not have to resort to it.
My current EDC is a Zero Tolerance 0350, cuz I have it (gift from a friend). the s30v steel is nice, but I don't dare to sharpen it myself. Can barely get my softer steeled knives sharp.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: r_w on September 04, 2015, 11:00:22 AM
I just upgraded my dress carry to a ZT 0566.  The Kershaw leek is too small, I would nick my palm if opening in a hurry.  The zt is just big enough to not do that plus still small enough to sit in the pocket nice.

I have lost 60ish pounds over the last year, and have found that I am now into sizes where the pocket openings are considerably smaller.  It is impossible to get my wallet in/out of my front pocket with the big zt clipped in place. 
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Mark Shadow on September 05, 2015, 02:48:13 AM
Well price is a factor....Chris Reeve, Zero Tolerance, Lion Steel, etc.

Best Budget Folder:  I have been messing with a Sanrenmu from Amazon for about $12.00. At that price point it is  quite a value.

Best Folder at the "not too expensive" price:  Spyderco Endura.  Big and tough enough that it has tactical applications.  Light enough you forget that it  is in your pocket.  Decent steel.  Comes in lots of colors too.

YMMV
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: SloSheepdog on June 01, 2016, 11:30:18 AM
Kershaw/Emerson CQC has the super sweet wave feature and is a bargain. My Buck Vantage carries lower and easier, but the wave feature is just too nice once you get spoiled by it. Both are great knives for real use.
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: DheereCrossing on June 14, 2016, 05:52:43 PM
Depends on your intended use.  If you believe Cody Wranglerstar, it's the Benchmade 940 - hard to argue for those who understand a $200 pocketknife.

Out of all my knifes, I carry a Spyderco Manbug.  It fits in the coin pocket nicely, doesn't get me in trouble, opens boxes, cuts apples, etc.. all I need for working in an office doing computer support and inventory control.  It has the Japanese VG-10 steel and a solid lockback.  Anything bigger and it becomes noticeable to me (heavy, pokes me when sitting down).
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Steve Cover on June 22, 2016, 02:28:24 AM
I bet you're the guy that always starts the 9mm vs 45ACP debate. :)

I carry a SAK Pioneer Alox, but I'm in an office environment on a military base.  Someday, I'll upgrade to a SAK Farmer Alox to get the saw blade.

For a working blade, the Kershaw "Needs Work" is pretty nice.  A little thick in the handle for dress slacks, but a good grip and hard working blade.

If I had the $$$, there would be a Zero Tolerance folder in my pockets.  Those are some nice looking blades and everyone I know that has one raves about it.
People still use the whimp 9MM???

LOL

(Sorry, it was there I had to say it)

Steve
Title: Re: In search of the greatest EDC folder!
Post by: Steve Cover on June 22, 2016, 02:49:26 AM
Discuss   :)

I know there are other topics that are like this on here but I thought I would refresh and look for new feedback.... whats new and good what old and true..

Thanks

Shaun
Hi Shaun,

Like what already has been asked… What reason are you carrying it?

For many years my EDC was a Buck 110 Folding hunter.
I roughed up the left side of the blade so I could open it one handed.

(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t175/SteveCover/Knife%20Collection/JeansSheath-Buck11001.jpg)
Easy access was a problem until I had my wife sew a sheath to the inside of the right rear pocket of my jeans.

(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t175/SteveCover/Knife%20Collection/JeansSheath-Buck11002.jpg)
The design allows full use of the pocket and presents the knife for easy reach without having to play with snaps or a flap.

(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t175/SteveCover/Knife%20Collection/Buck110Modified004.jpg)
As you can see, it was used as a tool not a weapon.

(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t175/SteveCover/Knife%20Collection/JeansKnifeSheath001.jpg)
This configuration proved very handy,

For the few times I carried a knife for protection instead of my 357 Magnum, a different knife was chosen.

(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t175/SteveCover/Knife%20Collection/JeansSheath-GerberCovert01.jpg)
This is the full size Applegate/Fairbairn folding fighting knife.

The Applegate has a thumb knob on the blade and is easy opening.
Once open there is a locking mechanism that keeps the blade locked in the open position.

When I wore this knife, I also wore a light weight Jack-Shirt that covered my rear pockets.
This way I was not advertising that I had a knife but a quick swipe of the hand could bring it out in a hurry if need be,

Steve