What Is the Best EDC Folding Knife? See Our Top 5 Favorites

What Is the Best EDC Folding Knife? See Our Top 5 Favorites

Jun 27th 2019

Whether you’re a knife enthusiast, a collector, or someone who actively uses them for outdoor activities, there are many great EDC folding knives choices. A quality EDC folding knife should have a smooth deployment, a reliable locking mechanism, and outstanding edge retention. Here are a few of the best EDC folding knives available on the market.

WingManEDC Santiago "Yurei" Stealth Model 1 DLCCustom-made by knifemaker David Santiago, this knife has a titanium frame lock folder and is finished with a dark acid stonewash. The M390 steel blade has a tanto edge and is finished with belt satin. The WingmanEDC Santiago is a true collector’s piece for the person who appreciates unique, artistic pieces that are as beautiful as they are functional.

Zero Tolerance/Hinderer Glow Carbon FiberOutfitted with glow-in-the-dark carbon fiber outlays, the Zero Tolerance Hinderer is as useful at night as it is during the day. The aggressive 3.5-inch drop point blade is crafted from premium CPM 20CV for a versatile balance of edge retention and ruggedness, making it ideal for EDC. The KVT ball-bearing opening and a simple yet elegant flipper allow for smooth deployment, while the titanium handle features a G10 overlay, which not only enhances the grip but also provides you with the characteristic Rick Hinderer custom style.

Microtech LUDT: The LUDT-made Microtech knives are household names in the knife community. The LUDT evolved from a need to blend form and function into a powerful knife with an explosive deployment mechanism, yet with a lightweight design. Modern versions of the LUDT feature a drop point blade with a partially serrated edge for added versatility. The grooved, contoured aluminum handle ensures that the knife won’t slip, and the automatic push-button mechanism deploys a 3.4-inch blade that is ideal for everyday use.

WingManEDC/JI Knives SparK Model 2 Titanium/Copper Kickstop: This Wingman EDC knife comes in two distinct versions: titanium with copper inlay and titanium stonewash. Both blades are elegantly finished with M390 machine satin and come with a kick-stop flip feature. You’ll also get a tool that allows you to take apart your knife, which is ideal for keeping it in clean, functional condition.

Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight: Developed as a scaled-down version of the popular Spyderco Para 2, the Para 3 comes with a 3-inch blade suitable for areas with strict blade length laws and everyday carry for mobile individuals. The blade is a serrated clip point with a Spydie Hole opener. It’s crafted from outstanding CTS-BD1N steel, which offers the perfect combination of toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. Featuring their patented compression locking system, this knife is easy to use and deploys lightning fast, providing extreme lock strength.

Other Factors to Consider

  • Weight and Size - An EDC knife should be lightweight but with enough heft to complete most daily knife tasks. A good EDC knife is typically 4-inches long and weighs about 3.25 lbs. But comfort levels vary, from person to person, according to their knife experience and EDC needs.
  • Length and Shape of Blade - For everyday tasks, blades between 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches are ideal, as they are within the legal limit for most states. The blade shape impacts the functionality of your EDC knife. A spear point offers the best tip durability, making it suitable for piercing and thrusting actions. However, a drop point blade provides better versatility due to the long, thin cutting edge.
  • Handle Material - You’ll want your knife handle to be comfortable but also able to maintain a good grip. G10 is one popular handle material, known for its lightweight, reliable grip. Other knife enthusiasts prefer materials such as wood or anodized aluminum.

How to Keep Your New Knife from Rusting

While many modern knives are made to be rust-resistant, if your blade comes in contact with moisture, it will more likely collect rust over time. To keep your blade in top condition and ready for use, here is how to clean rust off a knife using simple products you have at home.

  • Baking Soda - Mix half a cup of baking soda with 2-4 tablespoons of lemon juice to create a paste. Apply the mixture to your blade and scrub gently with a toothbrush or steel wool. Wipe clean after letting the mixture sit for a few minutes.
  • VinegarSoak the blade in distilled white vinegar for up to five minutes. Wipe the blade clean and protect it with a thin layer of mineral oil.

Find High-Quality EDC Folding Knives at eKnives

You can’t go wrong with the outstanding selection of folding knives at eKnives, as each one is made with precision and care and is created to last. For more information on our range, contact us at 423-525-9477 or follow us on social media.