We’ve done a few EDC articles in the past where we covered the basics. Those basics typically included: a knife, handgun, and light. In this article we’re going to discuss the importance of always carrying a blade, knowing how to strike with the blade, and where to strike. Again, as with most things EDC, the blade carried will differ from person to person. Some carry tactical folding blades, some carry the simple swiss army knife, and there are those who carry a concealed fixed blade.

Folding knife or fixed blade?

The folding knife is by far the most popular. They come in many different designs and sizes. Growing up my dad always had his Swiss Army Executive knife on him whether he was wearing a suit, or pair of jeans. He used it for everything from opening envelopes and boxes, to stripping insulation off wires when working on electronics, and occasionally picking locks using on of the available blades on the knife that he modified. When I was in the Marine Corps, I always had my Gerber Gator folding knife on my belt and used it for anything and everything while out in the field, or on deployments. Now as a civilian, I’ve been using Emerson Knives for the past several years. For a long time it was the Emerson CQC7, but have recently transitioned over to the Emerson Knives CQC10. In my honest opinion, the CQC10 is Emerson’s best blade design. As with all Emerson knives they have found a great combination between: blade designs, outstanding ergonomics, wave opening feature, making them one of the best all around blades for daily tasks, as well as a ‘weapon’ to defend yourself with.