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7 Best EDC Knives to Keep in Your Pocket

A pocket knife can be one of the most convenient tools in your everyday carry (also known as EDC) kit. Whether you consider yourself a present-day MacGyver who can defuse any situation with a multi-tool or you’re just looking to have access to a useful piece of gear when the circumstance presents itself, we have assembled a selection of the best pocket knives that run the gamut of price and features.

DPx HEST/F 3.0

DPx HEST F 3

Designed by Robert Young Pelton for DPx Gear, this is the brand’s first all-American folder (and perhaps the last knife you will ever need). Pelton, the author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places, is an award-winning knife designer and has secured more than a dozen patents for the brand. Manufactured in Italy, the updated HEST/F 3.0 is the latest iteration of the popular HEST/F line.

Note: Due to the coronavirus, these new knives are just beginning to arrive from Italy as this roundup is published. If you want the latest from one of the finest knives on the market, keep checking the DPx site. If you just can’t wait for the 3.0, the brand has a multitude of knives that will surely become an everyday favorite.

Leatherman Free

Leatherman Free

What began with the original Leatherman tool, also called the PST (Pocket Survival Tool), has become an array of multi-tool options. The Free T4, pictured above, is under four inches long (closed) and contains an impressive 12 tools. If you want something slightly larger that contains a more robust blade with a still-impressive nine tools to tackle nearly any project, go for the Free K4X.

The James Brand The Carter

As functional as it is beautiful, the brand touts this knife as its most advanced EDC option. The Carter can be operated with just one hand.

Gerber Fastball

Gerber Fastball

This American-made knife is a premium addition to the Gerber quiver of specialty knives. Utilizing ball bearings, the Fastball quickly and consistently deploys with each use.

CRKT M40-02

CRKT M40-02

Founded in 1994, CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) collaborates with some of the best blade designers around the globe. The M40-02 was inspired after being discovered in the private collection of the late Kit Carson, who passed away in 2014. We also like the more affordable Chehalem, whose handle was inspired by the antique hammers the designer often went searching for with his grandfather.

SOG Flash AT

SOG Flash AT

SOG was founded on a reproduction of a combat knife that was used by elite soldiers during the Vietnam War. Today, the brand touts itself as “building the best situation-ready gear for professionals, adventurers, and everyday users.” The new Flash AT is the next generation of knives for the everyday user.

Victorinox Climber (AKA Swiss Army Knife)

Everyone who was inspired by Richard Dean Anderson, aka MacGyver, has probably carried a Swiss Army knife at some point or another over the last several decades. The iconic everyday-carry knife comes in a multitude of options to choose from. A go-to would be the Climber. We never leave home without a model containing scissors (such as the Climber or the Classic Alox Limited Edition). The bottle opener and corkscrew also come in handy.

If you need something a little sturdier, here are the best fixed-blade knives, survival knives, and all-purpose camp knives. If you’re traveling, you might want a multi-tool that’s TSA-friendly.

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