As you know there are a ton of choices out there when shopping for EDC knives. We have the advantage of testing and evaluating a lot of these knives in order to give you the reader an educated decision, so we have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t. I asked a few of the Loadout Room writers to give me their top picks were for EDC knives and why they choose what they did over all the others available on the market.

Spyderco Yojimbo2

Some knives are carried for their utility and some for self-defense. Individuals that are serious about self-defense will carry a dedicated fighting knife in their EDC. And you’ll never see them cutting open a box or prying something with that knife. A dedicated fighting knife should be kept in a pristine, sharpened condition as if your life depends on it. The Spyderco Yojimbo2 is one such knife. I’ve decided to take self-defense more seriously and the Yojimbo 2 is my new companion on this journey.

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Kershaw Blur

The Kershaw Blur is the current “King of the Hill” when it comes to EDC blades for me.  The well-balanced assisted open, aggressive texture on the handle and the scary sharp edge on the tanto blade keep this on me ahead of all others.

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Hogue X5

Durability and craftsmanship are two of the things I look for in any knife I decide to put in my EDC lineup. These reasons are why I have chosen to carry my recently acquired Hogue X5 Folding Knife. With a name like Hogue, I know that a lot of time and effort have gone into designing a quality product. With a blade designed by Allen Elishewitz, I know that absolutely no corners were cut during its creation.

The smooth opening action allows me to get the knife into play quickly, no matter what the situation is. A spear point blade is perfect for just about any application, and the CPM154 steel is strong enough to withstand the daily use that I will be putting it through. Although I haven’t carried it for long, this great knife has quickly found itself in my short list of EDC knives.

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