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Overall best EDC?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by thegreatwhite, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Stumpy72


    Jul 5, 2018
    Since “best” isn’t defined, I don’t think your question in answerable. There are a lot of major determining factors that go into defining one person’s definition of “best” and those factors differ widely from one person to another. One person’s “best” could be another’s “worst”.
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  2. eugenechia1989


    May 15, 2017
    Spyderco Endura 4 :D Just a very well-rounded knife. It's a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to larger folders.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
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  3. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
  4. luke2236

    luke2236 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    For me it’s the Spyderco Gale Bradley 1. It just does everything for me. Close second would be the Spyderco stretch 1. I carried one for years and when it was finally time to retire it the GB1 replaced it.
  5. BadComrade

    BadComrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2017
    I've gone through a lot of expensive folders and always seem to come back to my Benchmade 940. It's perfectly sized for any edc task, discreet in the pocket, has a good reliable s30v blade and backed up by a great warranty service.

    I know there have been a lot of QC issues at BM, but if you do get a good one (by going to the store to buy yours to ensure good F&F) then you will not be disappointed.
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  6. GermanyChris

    GermanyChris Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2015
    One mans overhyped is anothers perfect
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  7. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    I agree that there is no such thing and BEST EDC. I like my GB1, but that's me and I would never say everyone should have one for their EDC. There are just too many great knives these days.

    Never heard of a Gayle Bradley? Well here he is!

    If I could cover the cost I would like to EDC a couple of these! The Delaware Maid knives.

    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  8. Venice

    Venice Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2017
    Since I am retired the Manbug meets my requirements. Disappears in the pocket.
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  9. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    AHAHAH! YES! you sir have won.
  10. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    For me, it's either my Small Micarta Sebenza or my Walter Wells Flipper. These two knives are probably the knives I would keep if all the others had to go.


  11. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    I think people's EDC preferences break out differently in three ways: size (full sized vs small), carry preference (pocket clip, belt holster, front pocket loose, rear pocket vertical) and style (modern vs traditional).

    I have a buddy who prefers a very small knife, loose front pocket carry and modern styling. For him, the Chive is perfect.

    I prefer full sized knives. I prefer to carry them in my right rear pocket vertically (no clip). I strongly prefer traditional styles. My EDC rotation is (in decreasing order of frequency): Aluminum bolstered Buck 110 (from Copper & Clad), Opinel #9 Inox, and a Large Case Sodbuster (pictured). These knives are always paired with a Leatherman Micra carried in my RFP.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Pinnah, on Flickr
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  12. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    Small Sebenza 21. Its about the closest thing to a perfect EDC for me that I've found. Fits my hand well, easy to carry, tough, good cutter, easy to maintain, top notch build quality...the list goes on.
    I currently own 3: a micarta inlay, a Bocote inlay, and a WC Star-Benza. I love them all!
  13. SeppukuSamurai

    SeppukuSamurai Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    Glad you're pleased with your EDC. It's always a bittersweet day when you've found something that will likely never be bested.

    For me, I carry a wide variety of knives as not one knife does everything best, plus, I enjoy variety. I'm not in this for the sole purpose of finding "the best EDC." While it certainly started that way, over the years I have gravitated towards owning a small variety with the overarching theme being dominated by Jake Hoback Knives, specifically the Kwaiback. Don't tell the A15s...

    One of the main reasons, besides Jake being an awesome guy (look into the charity work Jake does, it's amazing. All of his knife boxes/leather pouches are produced with the help of blind employees.) he is also first and foremost a machinist/engineer and that's a quality I feel truly shines in all of his designs. He understands and is capable of doing certain things I don't believe a lot of knife makers are because of his history outside of knife making. He creates folders and axes with extensive internal milling that are as structurally sound as they were when they were whole. A 9in OAL knife with huge blade stock and titanium slabs weighing in at 5oz? That's pretty cool.

    Out of all of your criteria, Hoback knives stand out as one of the best in the industry save for a single criterion....factory edge. While I have never received a dull knife from Jake, I have received some pretty shoddy bevels. For my purposes, I don't care as I can always correct them later if I choose and I usually strop my knives for maintenance which saves me from having to do any real sharpening for the most part. I would really like to see this remedied as it's the only weak link in my opinion.
  14. lieferung

    lieferung Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2016
    I love the hole opening on Spydercos so to me that's the best EDC. Their quality, especially the factory edge, is also quite high for the price so that's another plus.

    Besides that I also really like the front flipper on my Kizer Feist, though overall it is too small and not as slicy as I would like (though as a gentleman's folder it is perfect). If I ever get around to getting a Boker Exskelibur or a Shamwari I night be satisfied with that as another perfect-for-me EDC.
  15. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Overall best EDC? HA! No such thing. A ton of choices for top contender, though!!
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  16. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    My two favorite brands are Olamic, and Emerson. I know, right? I have a lot of really nice knives, but those two are my favorites.

    I have an Emerson Seax that's so sharp, I could probably split atoms with it. I also have a custom Busker that's my dress-up knife. I have a really large rotation of EDC knives, so for me, there's no one best.
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  17. Smooth_Operater


    Apr 8, 2013
    I agree with you! Only have a small micarta sebenza insingo that looks better and better with use. I also enjoy my Para 3's too.
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  18. P2P

    P2P Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Always wanted to get one of these reground, my only complaint is how thick the blade stock is.
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  19. AlphaDog86


    Mar 30, 2015
    I currently have 16 knives in my edc rotation so it’s hard for me to just choose one or even a couple to call my favorite. That also doesn’t include any upcoming acquisitions that I know I’ll spend some time bonding with:D Even though my preferences are constantly evolving I still enjoy carrying ALL of my users. And because of that I doubt that I’ll ever find my end all be all edc knife. That’s both the beauty and downfall of my knife collecting addiction:confused:
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  20. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    I have a Rivers Edge Para 3 that I enjoy very much also. At one point I had 4 Para 3s, but 3 were sold to help fund 2 of my small 21s :D.

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