This article is going to be covering some of what I consider to be the best EDC folding knives. Having a good EDC knife is an important part of any preppers gear, because this is going to be the knife you carry on a regular basis. You're going to want a knife that is going to stand up to everyday punishment and still function at a high level when the time comes you really need it. In my quest to find the best EDC folding knife I looked at several factors such as price, blade material, durability, and style. We're going to be looking at six of the best edc folding knives: Smith and Wesson Border Guard, Kershaw Ken Onion Blur, Gerber Bear Grylls Survival AO, Ka-Bar Dozier, Ontario Rat and the Spyderco Delica4.
If you're on a budget and looking for a good EDC folding knife I suggest you take a look at Smith and Wesson's Bord Guard 2. You can pick one of these up for about $20 on Amazon and they come with some nice features. The Border Guard 2 has a 4.4 inch blade that is made from 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel. Which isn't the best steel out there but it does offer good corrosion and wear resistance. For an EDC folding knife you have to love the fact that this knife comes with a seat belt cutter and a glass breaker. The knife is very durable and sturdy although it is a little bit on the heavy/bulky side and weighs in at about 10 oz. Which depending on what you're going for in a folding EDC knife this may or may not be a problem.
The Kershaw Ken Onion Blur is a great US made EDC folding knife with a total closed length of 4.5 inches and a blade length of 3.4 inches. As the name entails this knife was designed by the blade master Ken Onion. He is a custom knife maker and oversees the production of the Ken Onion series of knives. The blade on this EDC folding knife is made from Sandvik 14C28N Steel which provides good edge sharpness, edge retention and corrosion resistance. The handle of this EDC knife is made from 6061-T6 anodized aluminum keeping it light weight. Kershaw's Ken Onion Blur also features there speed safe assisted opening design making it easy and smooth to operate. The Kershaw Ken onion Blur also comes in a couple different colors as well and you have the option of serration if you choose too.
We've all heard of Bear Grylls and his line of knives and tools with Gerber. I like Bear's designs because they are geared for survival which is why I had to include the Survival AO in my list. The Gerber Bear Grylls AO is a great EDC knife with a drop point blade made from 7Cr17MoV steel and measuring just 3 inches it's a nice small knife that works really well as an EDC folding knife. The Survival AO is another assisted opening knife which is something I really like in an everyday carry knife because you have the blade out in an instant if you need it. As with a lot of Gerber knives and tools this EDC knife has great texture on the handle with the over mold rubber that is integrated into it. You can also make a paracord lanyard and attach it to the lanyard hole provided in case you need a little cordage.
Here's another one of the best EDC folding knives out there this one was designed by Bob Dozier another custom knife maker who has been making blades for over 50 years. Like the Survival AO the Ka-Bar Dozier has a small 3 inch blade but is made of AUS 8A Stainless Steel. I personally love the way this knife looks it has a nice blade profile. It also combines the more modern look with the kind of old school lock back design which is pretty cool. When I first found this knife I was expecting it to be around $50 since its a Ka-Bar and I know they make great knives, but it is actually surprisingly affordable and sells on Amazon for around $25. It's sharp durable and has the Ka-Bar name so you know its good quality. You also have a few selections in color as well which is always nice. Another cool thing I like about this EDC knife is that it has added versatility because you're able to change where the pocket clip is located by simply unscrewing it and screwing it back onto the other side of the handle.
Ontario is another great knife making company and the Ontario Rat-1 is no exception. Weighing only 5oz this is a lightweight EDC folding knife and won't weigh you down. The Rat-1 has a 3.5 inch blade made of AUS-8 Stainless Steel it holds an edge well and comes shipped very sharp. It looks great and locks back very well so there is no need to worry about it closing on your fingers. This is another one like the Ka-Bar Dozier where you would think it costs a fortune because of the name but it's another affordable EDC knife and that's why I included it into the list of best EDC folding knives. It also has a nice 4 way position pocket clip and lanyard hole which gives you multiple options of carry. You'll love the durability and toughness of this knife overall I would recommend to anyone looking for an EDC knife.
The Spyderco Delica4 has got to be one of the best EDC folding knives for your money. The unique blade style gives it a great tactical look measures 2.8 inches making it a nice compact knife for your everyday carry. The blade is made from VG-10 Stainless Steel which is great for the price you pay for this knife. Like the Rat-1 the Spyderco Delica4 also features a 4 way pocket clip design. The VG-10 stainless steel gives this blade very good resistance to wear and will retain an edge quite well because of that. One thing to keep in mind however is that because the knife is so resistant to wear it does make it slightly harder to sharpen but with a little bit more downward pressure you should be able to put that razor sharp edge back on your knife. The thumb hole or spyder hole allows great grip on the blade when opening it and allows for a smooth quick open. Also the Delica comes in a variety of colors to fit your preference.
These are just of a few of the EDC folding knives out there on the market but these are the best EDC folding knives that I found affordable,durable and versatile. Hopefully this article will help you out when you're looking for your next EDC knife. If you have any questions or comments just leave them down below we'd love to here your thoughts. Thanks for reading and check back soon for more articles from Preppers Unlimited.