Best Fixed Blade EDC Knives | We Have 20 Options To Carry Daily

Can you carry a fixed-blade knife for EDC? Yes, of course, you can! There are no rules as to what you choose to carry for EDC. It’s all personal preference.

Maybe you have been thinking about using a fixed blade for your everyday carry; maybe you want to know some good options, or maybe you just like reading knife-buying guides. Whatever the reason, I have 20 of my personal picks for EDC Fixed Blade knives.

How Did I Choose These Knives? I have real-world, hands-on experience with every knife manufacturer on this list. I either own or have owned the knife below or have personally handled it, and I also have experience with other knives that the company produces. Beyond that, I am a knife guy! I can talk about knives all day long and use pocket knives daily.

Schrade  SCHF24 Fixed Blade

Schrade used to offer three or four knives like this with different blade styles. Right now I only see two on Amazon, so grab them while you can. They are fantastic fixed-blade knives for less than $40, usually. Solid, well built, and a solid value. It’s got full tang construction for increased strength. This Schrade knife is both robust and versatile. The comfortable TPE handle and drop point blade design make it suitable for various tasks and an excellent addition to our list.


  • Full tang construction offers increased strength and durability.
  • Comfortable TPE handle for extended use.
  • Versatile drop point blade design.


  • Sheath quality might not be up to par with the knife itself.
  • May be bulkier than other EDC fixed-blade knives.

CRKT Catchall Fixed Blade Knife

CRKT Catchall Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath: Heavy Duty Hunting and Outdoor Blade, Nylon with Rubber Overlay Handle and Thermoplastic Sheath 2866, Silver
  • Easy to Sharpen: High carbon stainless steel blade takes an edge well
  • Useful Utility: Sheepsfoot blade shape provides cutting utility
  • Classy Appearance: Satin finish blade has a modern look
  • Strong and Lightweight: Glass-reinforced nylon handle is durable and lightweight
  • Secure Grip: Contoured handle for exceptional control

A versatile and lightweight option, the CRKT Catchall is ideal for those who value portability in their EDC knives. With its compact design and durable stainless steel blade, this knife is perfect for tackling various tasks, earning it a spot on our list.

This sleek and versatile option is designed for those who value a functional yet compact everyday carry knife. Crafted with a durable stainless steel blade and a streamlined handle, the Catchall ensures a comfortable grip while tackling many tasks. It’s a little on the big side for EDC, but if you can rock a bigger knife, then this is a fun and good-looking option.


  • Lightweight and compact design, making it suitable for everyday carry (EDC).
  • Durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel blade.
  • Versatile for various tasks, from cutting to self-defense.


  • Blade length may be too short for some tasks.
  • Handle design might not provide the most comfortable grip for extended use.

WE Knife Co. Reazio Fixed Blade Knife

Known for its premium materials and ergonomic handle design, the Reazio offers outstanding performance and durability. Its CPM-S35VN steel blade and custom Kydex sheath make it a premium EDC knife all around. It is definitely expensive, and you can get other cheaper knives, but if you want a BMW, than you should try this guy. I was surprised at the whole package because there are mixed YouTube reviews, mostly people choking on the price.


  • High-quality materials, such as CPM-S35VN steel for the blade, ensure durability and longevity.
  • Ergonomic handle design for comfortable use.
  • Comes with a custom Kydex sheath for secure storage and carry.


  • Higher price point compared to some other EDC fixed blade knives.
  • Blade length may not be suitable for all tasks.

Spyderco Ark Salt

Spyderco Ark Salt Fixed Blade Knife with 2.56″ H-1 Corrosion-Resistant Steel Blade and Premium Injection-Molded Polymer Sheath – PlainEdge – FB35PBK
  • Reliable High Performance: With a Salt Series fixed blades, you can brave the elements with complete confidence. Each blade is made with advanced nitrogen-enriched alloys that are incredibly corrosion resistant.
  • Always Ready Knife: The ARK is a lightweight tool that can literally be carried anywhere.
  • Superior Blade Steel: The heart of the ARK is its deeply curved clip-point blade ground from H-1 steel: a nitrogen-based alloy that is extremely corrosion resistant.
  • Ready For Anything: To ensure universal carry, the ARK includes an injection-molded polymer neck sheath with a breakaway ball chain. Best of all, the ARK and its sheath together weigh only 2.0 ounces, so you

Designed for wet environments, the Ark Salt stands out with its corrosion-resistant H1 steel blade and highly-visible yellow handle. Its lightweight and compact design makes it a unique and specialized option for EDC. Listen, it’s a Spyderco!


  • H1 steel blade offers excellent corrosion resistance, ideal for wet environments.
  • Lightweight and compact design for easy EDC.
  • Highly-visible yellow handle.


  • Limited versatility due to its specialized purpose.
  • May be too small for some tasks.

Morakniv Garberg 

Renowned for its reliability and durability, the Garberg offers a robust full tang construction and a Scandinavian grind for excellent cutting and carving capabilities. Its comfortable handle ensures a secure grip, making it a top choice for EDC.


  • Robust full tang construction.
  • Scandinavian grind provides excellent cutting and carving capabilities.
  • Comfortable and durable handle.


  • Relatively heavier compared to other EDC fixed blade knives.
  • May be too large for discreet EDC.

Cold Steel SRK

With its tough SK-5w stainless steel blade and versatile clip point design, the SRK is built for demanding tasks. Its comfortable Kraton handle adds to its appeal, making it a worthy addition to our list of best fixed-blade EDC knives. I have had the SRK for over 5 years, and I love it. It has more of a tactical look, but I picked it for the fixed-blade EDC list for a few reasons. First is price, usually it’s under $50, plus there is a smaller version out now that is a little cheaper. Secondly, it just works in a wide variety of situations.

With a blade length of approximately six inches, the SRK strikes a harmonious balance between being compact enough for precise control and substantial enough to tackle demanding tasks. The clip-point design, coupled with a razor-sharp edge, allows for precise piercing and slicing, making it ideal for intricate tasks such as preparing firewood, building shelters, or processing game….and of course, opens up a whole world of options for EDC.

With its decent build quality, versatile design, and budget-friendly price, this knife will be your steadfast companion, empowering you to overcome challenges and conquer the great outdoors or daily EDC tasks with confidence.


  • Tough VG-1 stainless steel blade.
  • Versatile clip point blade design.
  • Comfortable Kraton handle.


  • Larger and heavier than other EDC fixed blade knives.
  • Sheath quality may be lacking.


Compact and lightweight, the Izula II is perfect for those who prefer a smaller EDC knife. Its 1095 high carbon steel blade offers excellent edge retention, and its versatility makes it a great choice for a variety of tasks.


  • Compact and lightweight design.
  • 1095 high carbon steel blade offers excellent edge retention.
  • Versatile for various tasks.


  • Blade is prone to rust if not properly maintained.
  • May be too small for some users.

Hogue Knives Extrak

This was actually the very first Houge knife I have ever owned, and it’s a beast! The Hogue Knives Extrak is a premium fixed blade knife that combines both form and function, making it a standout choice for those who desire a high-performance EDC tool. The CPM M4 blade steel is exceptionally well done here, and the knife has great edge retention. This is starting to get a little on the large side for what I consider a true daily EDC fixed blade and the included sheath is not ideal for EDC as it’s more of a hunting knife sheath; it’s still a worthy consideration. 


  • High-quality stainless steel blade offers excellent edge retention and cutting performance.
  • The Ergonomic G10 handle provides a comfortable and secure grip, ensuring better control during use.
  • Durable full tang construction adds strength and longevity to the knife.
  • Versatile design makes it suitable for a wide range of tasks and situations.
  • Hogue Knives is a reputable brand known for its quality products, which adds to the knife’s appeal.


  • Premium materials and craftsmanship may result in a higher price point compared to other EDC options.
  • The overall size and weight of the knife may not be suitable for those who prefer a more compact EDC option.
  • Depending on the specific model and features, the sheath provided may not be of the same quality as the knife itself, potentially requiring an upgrade for better retention and ease of use.
  • The unique design may not appeal to everyone’s taste or preferences.
  • Limited availability or distribution channels may make it more difficult to find or purchase this knife.

CRKT Minimalist Bowie

This one has been around forever, and I am sure it’s recognizable to you. CRKT has several awesome small fixed-blade options for EDC, but I choose the legend for this list. A classic design in a smaller package, the Minimalist Bowie Knife offers a versatile Bowie-style blade and comfortable finger grooves on the handle. It’s a compact knife that easily slides into a pocket. Remember this is a small knife, and you need to think about your daily needs.


  • Compact design for easy EDC.
  • Versatile Bowie-style blade.
  • Comfortable finger grooves on the handle.


  • Blade length may be too short for some tasks.
  • Limited handle options for those with larger hands.

Bradford Guardian 3

If you are going to be a serious fixed-blade EDC guy, then the Guardian is what you need to buy! It’s a premium package from the start. It’s also what started me thinking I could always carry a fixed blade for EDC. Built to last, the Guardian 3 features a durable CPM-3V steel blade and an ergonomic G10 handle. It’s a custom leather sheath, and its versatile design makes it a top choice for daily EDC carry. The sheath is the real stand out here also, and it comes with a cross draw loop making it perfect for carrying in the small of your back on your belt.


  • High-quality CPM-3V steel blade for durability and edge retention.
  • Ergonomic G10 handle.
  • Comes with a custom leather sheath.


  • Higher price point compared to some other EDC fixed blade knives.
  • Blade length may not be suitable for all tasks.

Boker PLUS Nessmi Pro

BÖKER PLUS Nessmi Pro Black Copper Fixed Blade Knife, Designed by Jesper Voxnaes, Micarta Scales, D2 Steel Coated Blade, Leather Sheath
  • Instant Classic Vox Design: Danish Knife Maker Jesper Voxnaes is known for his practical and innovative knife designs, and the Nessmi Pro is no different. Full tang construction coupled with a blacked out, tactical look
  • Added Flair: the Nessmi Pro features practical and grippy black Micarta handles, with hollow copper rivets that immediately catch the eye. Over time, each knife will form it’s own patina, a well known badge of honor among knife enthusiasts
  • EDC Friendly: It is tricky to find a fixed blade that works for EDC, but the Nessmi Pro meets the mark. 6.1 Inches long total, weighing in at just 3 ounces, and supplied with a handsome leather sheath to boot.
  • D2 Steel: This knife was made to be used in a wide variety of situations, not to sit on a shelf. High hardness D2 steel can stand up to years of use and abuse.
  • Nitty Gritty: 6.10in. Total Length, 2.76in. Blade Length, 3 ounces carry weight, Black Leather Sheath Included. Made in Asia

The Boker PLUS Nessmi Pro  Pocket Knife provides a compact and versatile option with its quality German steel blade and lightweight design. Ideal for those who need a reliable yet discreet EDC knife, the Boker PLUS Nessmi Pro is just plain badass! When you think of small, wicked fixed blades, this is what comes to mind. I love it for the style and, of course, the micarta scales!


  • Compact and lightweight design.
  • Versatile blade shape.
  • Quality German steel for durability.


  • Smaller size may limit its functionality.
  • Handle material may not be as comfortable as other options.

Gerber Gear Principle

Offering affordability and reliability, Gerber Gear fixed-blade knives are available in a range of styles and sizes. Their versatile blade designs and accessible price points make them a good option for EDC. I reviewed the principle in-depth here and while I was not really impressed as a bushcraft knife, the Principal actually make a decent little EDC knife.

The Principle delivers excellent edge retention and cutting capabilities suitable for a wide range of tasks. Its ergonomic handle, made from durable rubber over mold, ensures a comfortable and non-slip grip, even in wet or challenging conditions. The sheath is still stupid and ruins the whole package; however, the rest of the knife is Ok in the eyes of what you would need for a fixed-blade EDC,


  • Affordable price point.
  • Versatile blade design for various tasks.
  • USA Made


  • Sheath is lackluster
  • May not be as durable as higher-end EDC fixed blade knives.

Eafengrow EF107 Fixed Blade Knife D2

The Eafengrow EF107 Fixed Blade Knife D2 is a versatile and reliable option for those seeking a durable everyday carry knife. I bought this when I saw it on Amazon one day because I was very impressed with the EF223 I reviewed on our budget EDC list.  This knife features a high-quality D2 tool steel blade and exceptional edge retention and wear resistance, making it suitable for various tasks. The comfortable G10 handle ensures a secure grip, even in wet conditions, while the full tang construction enhances its strength and durability.


  • D2 tool steel blade provides excellent edge retention and wear resistance.
  • G10 handle offers a comfortable and secure grip, even in wet conditions.
  • Full tang construction ensures added strength and durability.
  • Versatile design is suitable for various tasks, making it a great EDC option.
  • Comes with a Kydex sheath for easy and secure carry.


  • D2 steel is not as corrosion-resistant as some stainless steel options, requiring proper maintenance to prevent rust.
  • The overall size of the knife may be too large for some users who prefer a more compact EDC option.
  • The quality of the sheath may not be on par with the knife itself, potentially requiring an upgrade.

Generies Hidden Canyon Hunter

Generies Brands Outdoor Hunt Hidden Canyon Hunter EDC Fixed Blade Knife 2.79″ 8Cr13Mov Drop Point, G10 Handles, Kydex Sheath,Gift For Men (G10 Handle)
  • 【Specification】Length: 16 cm Blade length: 6.5 CM Blade width: 3.5 CM Blade thickness: 2.8 MM Blade material :8Cr13Mov stainless steel Handle length: 9.5 CM Weight: 117G Total weight: 184G (including sheath weight)
  • 【Handle】Richlite composite handles are also durable and weather resistant. Attached to the full tang blade with black hardware over a high contrast orange G10 base, the scales are contoured for comfort and ergonomic use with ramps down to the blade for added comfort in a forward pinch grip. With a compact footprint and light weight, the Hidden Canyon Hunter is well suited to backcountry use where every ounce counts.
  • 【Advantages of Design】Hunter is a premium hunt fixed-blade designed for hunters around the globe. Though the knife have compact profile, it provides ample real estate throughout the handle and cutting edge. The newly redesigned sheath creates a slim and reliable housing for convenient storage in your pack. Improvements to the overall geometry, ergonomics, and material will make the last cut feel just as effortless as the first with the help.
  • 【A wide range of uses】You can use it for camping, fishing, general use, and daily cutting housework. Undoubtedly, this excellent Damascus knife is a great gift for men or women.
  • 【Easy to carry】This mini knife is equivalent to pocket knife for everyday carry. It is very convenient to carry and can be used at any time.

I had never heard of Generies before but kept seeing the Hidden Canyon Hunter while looking to expand this list. I decided to give it a try and was surprised. The Generies Brands Hidden Canyon Hunter is a compact, high-performance fixed-blade knife designed for those seeking a reliable and versatile tool for hunting and everyday carry, with a keenly sharp blade crafted from quality stainless steel.

The steel is on the cheaper end of the spectrum, but I wanted to include the knife here because of its cool looks and price point. The 8cr13Mov is OK and offers halfway decent edge retention and cutting capabilities. The steel is at least easy to sharpen.

If you are checking around Amazon and think this knife looks familiar, it’s because it’s a cheap clone of the original Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter. There is no comparison to the real Benchmade.


  • Compact design makes it suitable for everyday carry and easy to handle during various tasks.
  • Quality stainless steel blade provides excellent edge retention and cutting capabilities.
  • The ergonomic handle ensures a comfortable and secure grip, even in challenging conditions.
  • Versatile enough for both hunting and urban environments, catering to a wide range of users.
  • Comes with a sheath for secure storage and carry.


  • The brand may not be as well-known or reputable as some other knife manufacturers, which could raise concerns about long-term quality and support.
  • The stainless steel used in the blade may not be as high-quality as that used in more premium knives, potentially affecting its overall performance and durability.
  • Some users may find the compact size limiting for certain tasks or prefer a larger knife for improved leverage and control.
  • The sheath’s quality may not be on par with the knife itself, potentially requiring an upgrade for better retention and ease of use.

Kershaw Brace

Kershaw Brace Drop Point Pocket Knife, 2-in. Blade, Molded Neck Sheath, Fixed Blade (2085) , Black
  • KERSHAW BRACE NECK KNIFE: A full-tang neck knife for travel and utility, the Brace might have a small profile, but it doesn’t overlook function. With multiple features to enhance grip during use, you’re able to get the most out of its 2-inch blade.
  • DROP POINT PLAIN EDGE FIXED BLADE BLADE: Made from strong 8Cr13MoV steel for a blade that takes a sharp edge and offers excellent edge retention and hardness. A stonewashed finish helps hide scratches.
  • STAINLESS-STEEL HANDLE: Contoured for a comfortable grip, with a removable glass-filled nylon overlay. Features jimping and a front handle cutout for an alternate thumb grip. Silver and black with stonewash finish. Includes keyring pocketclip.
  • DESIGNED WITH SAFETY IN MIND: Includes a molded polypropylene neck sheath with adjustable cord, webbing slots for secure carrying. Knife can be stored in sheath whether flipped left or right.
  • SIZE SPECIFICATIONS: Blade Length: 2in. Overall Length: 4.9in. Weighing in at 0.9oz. with sheath: 1.6oz. Backed by Kershaw’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

On the budget side of things, the Kershaw Brace is a good option. When you buy from one of the main manufacturers, you get a known quantity when ut comes to fit and finish. The Brace is a lot of knives for just a few bucks. I also like that even though they call this a “neck knife”, the sheath is well done and has good latching points that can attach to your belt or similar easily.


  • Compact and lightweight design, making it easy to carry and handle for everyday tasks.
  • Features Kershaw’s high-quality 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade for good edge retention and corrosion resistance.Integrated bottle opener adds functionality to the knife.
  • Affordable price point, making it accessible to a wide range of users.


  • Blade size may be too small for some tasks, limiting its versatility.
  • As a compact knife, it may not provide the same level of control and leverage as larger knives for more demanding tasks.
  • The handle design may not provide the most comfortable grip or for users with larger hands during extended use.
  • 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, while decent, may not have the same edge retention or overall performance as higher-end steel options.

KA-BAR 2486 Hinderer Hell Fire

The KA-BAR 2486 Hinderer Hell Fire is a rugged and robust fixed-blade knife designed for those who demand superior performance and durability. I didn’t know much about this knife until a friend gifted it to my son when he graduated Boot Camp from the Marines.

Created in collaboration with custom knife maker Rick Hinderer, this knife boasts a high-quality stainless steel blade with a distinctive tanto-style shape, offering exceptional cutting power and versatility. 

The textured G10 handle ensures a comfortable and secure grip, while the full tang construction guarantees added strength and longevity. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, first responders, and everyday carry, the KA-BAR 2486 Hinderer Hell Fire is a reliable and formidable tool that commands attention and respect.


  • High-quality stainless steel blade offers excellent edge retention and cutting performance.
  • Tanto-style blade shape provides versatility and strength for various tasks.
  • Textured G10 handle ensures a comfortable and secure grip during use.
  • Full tang construction adds strength and durability to the knife.
  • Collaboration with renowned custom knife maker Rick Hinderer adds to the knife’s appeal and credibility.


  • The aggressive design and blade shape may not be suitable for all users or everyday carry situations.
  • Larger size and weight may not be ideal for those who prefer a more compact EDC option.

Schrade SCHF16

I am adding another Schrade to the list! When I was getting all the knives together to take a picture, I forgot I had this guy. It’s a perfect, budget-friendly;y EDC fixed blade. If you want to test out if a fixed blade for EDC is for you, then start here. The 9Cr18MoV is good enough for the money and can easily get a good edge.

The knife’s G10 handle features a contoured design that ensures a comfortable and secure grip, while jimping on the spine adds extra control during use. The full tang construction enhances the knife’s overall strength and durability. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, survivalists, and everyday carry, the Schrade SCHF16 is an excellent option for those seeking a dependable and cost-effective fixed blade knife.


  • High carbon stainless steel blade offers good edge retention and cutting performance.
  • Contoured G10 handle ensures a comfortable and secure grip during use.
  • Full tang construction adds strength and durability to the knife.
  • Jimping on the spine provides extra control for precision tasks.
  • Affordable price point makes it accessible to a wide range of users.


  • High carbon stainless steel may require more maintenance to prevent rust and corrosion compared to some other stainless steel options.
  • Blade size and overall design may not be suitable for all users or everyday carry situations.

BPS Knives Citizen

BPS Knives Citizen – EDC Tactical Knife with Micarta Handle – Fixed-Blade Stainless Steel Knife with Plastic Sheath – Everyday Carry Utility Knife – Full Tang Survival Knife
  • ✅ EDC Construction – This Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife is crafted with 5Cr14MoV Stainless Steel and is great for EDC, Camping, Hunting, Bushcrafting and other Outdoor Activities. Its full tang construction with Micarta Handle offers maximum durability and is essential for any outdoor enthusiast
  • ✅ Sharp for Life – This tactical knife is constructed with a hardened stainless steel blade, providing superior sharpness and durability. Its 5Cr14MoV steel is hardened to 56-58 HRC, ensuring a long-lasting, razor-sharp edge
  • ✅ Dimensions – Total length – 8 inches(205 mm). Blade length – 4 inches(100 mm). Handle length – 4 inches(100 mm). Blade thickness – 0.02-0.11 inches(0,5-3 mm). Weight without sheath – 3.5 oz(100 grams). Weight with sheath – 5.6 oz(160 grams)
  • ✅ Unique Grip – This Tactical Knife has been designed with an ergonomic Micarta Handle that fits into your hand securely, providing a comfortable and secure grip. Its design ensures maximum control when in use
  • ✅ Comfortable Sheath – This tactical knife is great for Every Day Carrying with you— it’s lightweight and comes with a plastic sheath for easy transport. The included sheath with Belt Clip keeps the knife secure and provides a convenient way to carry it on a belt

This is a recent addition to my collection and was sent to me by BPS Knives to test and review. You can look for an in-depth write-up soon, but this knife is definitely worthy of consideration for your fixed-blade EDC knife. More of a tactical / dagger-style knife, it’s well made and has a great sheath with a clip that easily attaches to a belt or strap. 

XHM Awesome

Another no-name knife I stumbled across that has earned a spot in my gear rotation. I will never understand these crazy names that the overseas guys give their products, but here is the XHM Awesome…and it’s pretty awesome. It’s totally cheap steel, but the knife is well done. I actually love it. The leather sheath is deep carry, so you can shove the whole thing down in your pocket if you don’t want to strap it to a belt, etc. For under $30 you can’t really go wrong here.


  • Full tang construction adds strength and durability to the knife.
  • Ergonomic handle design ensures a comfortable and secure grip during use.
  • Versatile design is suitable for a wide range of tasks, making it an appealing choice for everyday carry.
  • Affordable price point.


  • 7Cr13Mov stainless steel, while decent, may not have the same edge retention or overall performance as higher-end steel options.
  • The brand may not be as well-known or reputable as some other knife manufacturers, which could raise concerns about long-term quality and support.

CIVIVI Tamashii

I bought the CIVIVI Concept 22 a few weeks ago, intending to review and test it for a daily EDC knife. Besides looking cool, it’s a lousy knife in the real world. That’s the problem with CIVVI knives; they are all over the place. So I wanted to give the brand a second chance ad tried out the Tamashii. I’m glad I did; this is a really great knife. The blade was very sharp out of the box, and it really feels awesome in the hand. Great balance, a good fit and finish, and a decent sheath. It’s starting to push the size for a daily EDC, but nonetheless, it does perform well. There are a few YouTube reviews, but again, CIVVI does not deserve all the fawning it gets from guys on Instagram or YouTube; they must be drunk.


  • High-quality D2 tool steel blade provides excellent edge retention and cutting performance.
  • Contoured G10 or Micarta handle options cater to user preferences and offer a comfortable and secure grip.
  • Full tang construction enhances the knife’s durability and overall strength.
  • Versatile blade design makes it suitable for a wide range of tasks, from outdoor adventures to everyday carry.


  • D2 tool steel, while highly regarded, may require more maintenance to prevent rust and corrosion compared to some stainless steel options.
  • The overall size may not suit all users or everyday carry situations.
  • The price point is a little higher for what you get, but you are paying for the brand name. If it was $10 cheaper it would be amazing.
  • The unique design may not appeal to everyone’s taste or preferences, as some may prefer a more traditional or minimalist look.

Can I Carry A Fixed Blade Knife For EDC?

Knives have been a part of human civilization for thousands of years. From hunting and self-defense to food preparation and camping, knives have countless uses.

However, when it comes to everyday carry (EDC), many people wonder whether carrying a fixed blade knife is legal or practical. In this article, we’ll explore the topic of carrying a fixed blade knife for EDC.

We’ll discuss the differences between fixed blade and folding knives, legal considerations, how to choose the right knife for EDC purposes, maintenance and care techniques, and more. As someone who has carried a fixed blade knife for both personal protection and everyday use, I can say that there are many benefits to carrying one.

However, it’s important to understand the laws in your area before carrying any weapon in public. Let’s dive into this fascinating topic.

Personal Experience with Carrying A Fixed Blade Knife

I started carrying a fixed blade knife several years ago when I began hiking in rural areas with my dog. It quickly became an essential tool for everything from cutting rope to preparing food on the trail.

As someone who values self-sufficiency and preparedness, having a reliable knife on hand made me feel safer and more confident. Eventually, I began using my fixed blade knife as an everyday carry item as well.

While some people might find it unusual or even intimidating to see someone with a large blade on their hip or in their pocket, I’ve found that most people don’t even notice it. Of course, there are some situations where it’s not appropriate or legal to carry a knife at all.

That’s why it’s important to know the laws in your area before making any decisions about what you can carry and where you can carry it. In the next section of this article, we’ll dive deeper into the legal considerations of carrying a fixed blade knife for EDC.

What is an EDC Knife?

An EDC knife stands for “Everyday Carry” knife. This type of knife is designed to be carried with you at all times, whether it’s in your pocket, on your belt or in a bag.

It’s typically smaller than other types of knives and has a blade length of 3 inches or less. EDC knives are multi-functional, meaning they can be used for various tasks throughout the day, such as opening boxes, cutting rope and even self-defense in extreme situations.

Definition of an EDC Knife

The definition of an EDC knife varies from person to person depending on their lifestyle and needs. However, the general consensus is that it’s a small, lightweight and versatile knife that can be carried comfortably and discreetly on a daily basis. Many people choose to carry an EDC knife because it’s convenient and can come in handy in unexpected situations.

Importance of carrying a knife for everyday use

Carrying a knife for everyday use can provide many benefits. For example, if you work in an office environment where you often open packages or cut paper, having a small blade readily available can save time searching for scissors or using your teeth! If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor activities such as camping or hiking, having an EDC knife can help you perform tasks such as cutting rope or food prep.

In addition to practical applications, carrying an EDC knife could also prove useful in emergency situations where self-defense may be necessary. It’s important to note that using any type of weapon should only happen as a last resort when all other options have been exhausted!

Fixed Blade vs. Folding KnifeWhen it comes to choosing a knife for everyday carry (EDC), one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go with a fixed blade or a folding knife. Both types have their pros and cons, and choosing the right one will depend on your specific needs.

Differences between fixed blade and folding knives

The main difference between the two types of knives is, of course, the way they’re constructed. Fixed blade knives have blades that are permanently attached to the handle, while folding knives have blades that fold into the handle when not in use.

Because of this difference in construction, there are several other differences to consider. For starters, fixed blade knives tend to be bigger and heavier than folding knives.

They also usually come with sheaths for carrying on your belt or attaching to your backpack. Folding knives are more compact and easier to carry in your pocket, but they don’t offer quite as much cutting power as a larger fixed blade knife.

Pros and cons of each type for EDC purposes

When it comes down to it, both fixed blade and folding knives can be great choices for EDC depending on what you’re looking for. Fixed blades offer more cutting power, durability, and versatility overall but can be less convenient to carry around due to their size and weight.

They’re also harder to conceal than folding knives. On the other hand, folding knives are more discreet and easily concealable but aren’t as durable or versatile as fixed blades due to their moving parts.

Folding knives also tend to require more maintenance over time due to wear and tear on hinges. There’s no right choice when it comes down between a fixed-blade knife vs a folding knife; it all depends on what you need from your EDC tool.

If you want maximum cutting power without worrying about bulk and weight, a fixed blade knife is probably the way to go. If you’re looking for a more discreet option that’s easy to carry around and requires less maintenance over time, a folding knife may be the better choice.

Legal Considerations

Carrying a fixed blade knife for everyday carry (EDC) purposes has its legal considerations. While carrying a knife may seem harmless, laws and restrictions differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws in your specific location before carrying a fixed blade knife.

Laws Regarding Carrying Knives in Public

In most states, it is legal to carry a fixed blade knife openly in public, as long as the blade length is within the legal parameters and the carrier has no ill intent. However, some states have banned the carrying of any type of knives in certain locations or situations such as schools, government buildings, or sporting events.

It is important to note that even if it is legal to openly carry a knife in public, doing so may attract unwanted attention from law enforcement or others who may feel threatened by your presence with a weapon. It’s always best to keep your knife stored away safely and out of sight when not in use.

Restrictions on Blade Length and Type

Each state has its own laws regarding the maximum allowed length of blades that are permissible for EDC purposes. For instance, California limits any blade length over 2 inches while Texas allows up to 5 1/2 inches. Be aware that there are also restrictions on certain types of knives like switchblades or daggers which are prohibited in some areas.

Before purchasing a fixed-blade EDC knife, make sure you research local laws regarding allowable blade lengths and types. Always ensure that the blade you choose falls within these regulations before venturing out with it.

Concealment Laws

Many states have strict concealment laws regarding knives as well – this means that if you’re carrying one on your person or within reach inside your vehicle without it being visible at all times (e.g., tucked into your waistband), you could face legal consequences if caught. It’s important to note that even open-carry laws may have restrictions on the location of the knife.

For example, some states require that the knife be carried in a sheath visible on one’s hip or belt, while others permit concealed carry as long as the blade is not concealed with intent to commit harm. Always familiarize yourself with local regulations regarding carrying a fixed-blade EDC knife before purchasing and carrying one around.

Choosing the Right Fixed Blade Knife for EDC

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Fixed Blade Knife for EDC

When it comes to selecting a fixed blade knife for everyday carry (EDC), there are several factors you should consider. Firstly, the blade length is an important consideration as it can affect how easy it is to carry and conceal the knife.

A shorter blade is generally easier to carry and conceal than a longer one, but a longer blade might be necessary if you plan to use your knife for heavy-duty tasks. The handle material of your fixed blade knife is also crucial.

The handle should provide you with a firm grip and be comfortable to hold even during extended use. Handles made of materials like G-10, Micarta or carbon fiber are popular as they offer excellent grip and durability.

Additionally, consider the weight of the knife as this can impact its portability and ease of use. A heavier knife will generally feel more solid in your hand while lighter knives might be easier to carry all day long.

Popular Brands and Models for EDC Use

There are many brands that offer great fixed blade knives suitable for everyday carry purposes. One such brand is Benchmade which produces quality knives with ergonomic grips, sharp blades, and durable construction. Their Griptilian model has become increasingly popular due to its versatile design that makes it perfect for EDC usage.

Another popular brand in this space is Gerber who offers several models suitable for everyday carry purposes like their StrongArm model which features a full-tang stainless steel blade that provides excellent durability while being easy to sharpen due to its shape. We cannot forget about Spyderco which has carved out a niche in producing some of the best folding knives on the market today but also produces great fixed-blade knives too – their Street Beat model being one such example thanks in large part to its unique handle design that provides exceptional grip even in tough conditions.

Maintenance and Care

Proper maintenance techniques to keep your fixed blade knife in top condition

Keeping your fixed blade knife well-maintained is crucial in prolonging its lifespan and ensuring that it remains functional every time you need it. One of the first things you can do is clean your knife regularly. You can use a mild soap and warm water to remove dirt, stains, or any other debris from the blade.

Be sure to dry the blade thoroughly after washing it. To avoid rusting, apply a thin coat of oil to the blade before storing it.

Another important aspect of taking care of your fixed blade knife is maintaining the handle. Some handles are made of materials that can be damaged by exposure to water or harsh chemicals, so be sure to follow manufacturer recommendations for care.

Leather handles should be conditioned periodically with leather oil or wax, while wooden handles should be oiled occasionally with food-grade mineral oil. By keeping your handle in good condition, you’ll prevent cracking or splitting that could render the knife unusable.

Sharpening tips and tricks

A dull fixed blade knife is not only frustrating but also inefficient for everyday use. To ensure that your knife remains sharp, make sure you use a proper sharpening tool such as a sharpening stone or honing steel. Sharpening stones come in different grits (coarseness) depending on how dull your blade is- choose one based on how much work needs to be done on the edge.

When sharpening a fixed blade knife, maintain a consistent angle between the sharpening surface and the edge of the blade (usually around 20-25 degrees). You also want to make sure that you apply even pressure across the length of the edge while running it along the sharpening surface several times until it becomes sharp again.

Remember; don’t over-sharpen as it may damage the blade by removing too much material. With these techniques and some practice, you can maintain a razor-sharp edge on your fixed blade knife for years to come.

Are You Ready To Rock A Fixed Blade For EDC?

Throughout this article, we’ve explored the ins and outs of carrying a fixed blade knife for everyday use. We’ve learned that an EDC knife is an essential tool to have on hand and that a fixed blade knife is often preferred due to its durability and strength.

We also examined the differences between fixed blade and folding knives, legal considerations when carrying a knife in public, how to choose the right fixed blade knife for EDC purposes, and proper maintenance techniques to keep your knife in top condition. As we’ve discovered, there are many factors to consider when it comes to selecting the right fixed-blade knife for EDC use.

Blade length, handle material, weight, and overall comfort are all important factors to keep in mind. It’s also crucial to be aware of local laws regarding carrying knives in public, including restrictions on blade length and type, as well as concealment laws.

Final thoughts on carrying a fixed-blade knife for EDC

Carrying a fixed-blade knife for EDC purposes can be a wise decision for those who need a reliable tool at their side. With proper research and consideration of legal restrictions in your area, you can select the best possible option for your needs. Additionally, by taking care of your knife with regular maintenance and sharpening techniques, it will always be ready when you need it most.

Overall I strongly recommend considering adding a fixed-blade edc-knife into your everyday carry gear as it has plenty of uses, from opening boxes or letters to being used as self-defense if needed (within legal limits). Choose one that fits comfortably within your grip, whether small or large- always make sure you’re comfortable with how you grip it since you might have some resistance during emergencies!