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How To Pick Out An Everyday Carry Knife

The phrase everyday carry (often referred to as EDC) is used to describe the items, normally tools, that a person carries with them each day. One of the most discussed EDC items is the EDC knife. This type of knife is meant to be carried everywhere, everyday. Because of this, there are particular issues that need to be looked at when choosing an EDC knife.

Here is what to think about when choosing an EDC knife.

It Should Be A Folding Knife

There’s a time and a place to have a large bowie knife, but these knives are certainly not meant for everyday carry. Neither are fixed blades. What you want to look for is a knife that can be folded.

A folding knife, such as the Benchmade Griptilian, is a perfect example of what you should look for. It is small, compact, and can be folded. This allows the knife to be carried in your front pocket, or jacket.

The goal of an EDC is for it to be easy to carry. You don’t want a knife that needs to be stored away in a backpack. You want something that can be on your person at all times. For this reason, you want a folding knife.

It Should Be Lightweight

Just because a knife can be folded doesn’t mean it is lightweight. There are heavy tactical knifes that are folders. These are not practical for everyday carry. They will weight down your pants.

The better quality knife makers use lightweight resins instead of metal or wooden handles. A resin is strong enough to not break like common plastic, and it also has the advantage of being super lightweight. High quality knives like those made by Benchmade will often use materials such as Valox or Santoprene.

It Should Have A Locking Mechanism

Be sure to get a knife that has a locking mechanism. This will make sure the blade doesn’t slip shut while you are using it. Some knives don’t have locking mechanisms. These are actually popular in places like NYC where police are zealous in enforcing knife law and will prosecute those carrying almost any variation of a locking knives.

However, if you live in an area where it is legal to carry a locking knife, then it is better to get one, for your own safety. You don’t want the blade to slip shut and cut your finger while using it.

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