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Buying guide: everyday carry knives

EDC knives are made for daily use: everyday carry. These knives are always compact, enjoyable to use and easy to carry. If you ask us, everyone needs an EDC knife. This also makes them the most popular type of knife. No wonder there are thousands! Choosing the right knife can be difficult. So we created this buying guide to help you on your way.

EDC knives and knife law

Before delving into the world of EDC knives, it is important to consider the following: the legislation. An EDC knife is made to carry with you every day. There are a few things to consider here. This doesn't mean that this knife is legal to possess or be carried in the region you are in. It's just like the fact that some cars can safely drive 250 km per hour, but of course you can't do that everywhere. Legislation differs per country and sometimes even per city. Therefore, check the knife legislation.

EDC knives and your region

Okay, you've read the knife law. Great! However, it's also good to keep your environment in mind. The Spyderco Paramilitary 2, for example, is a super cool knife and you can carry it in many countries. But if you use it to peel an apple in a public environment, it could frighten passers-by. So make sure to choose an EDC pocket knife that suits your environment. Need inspiration? Have a look at our Top 10 public-friendly EDC knives.

I'm looking for an EDC knife

Already certain you want an EDC knife? Then we are happy to help you a step further with choosing the right folding knife. We have many options available, from tiny to really quite large. And from affordable budget knives to premium collector's items!


I'm looking for a fixed EDC knife

A fixed knife for EDC use? Yes! You don't hear it often, but there are plenty of fixed knives that are suitable for everyday use. Mostly neck knives, but also other (small) fixed knives are often suitable for EDC. It just comes down to what you prefer.


Having difficulty choosing? Or do you still want to see all EDC pocket knives? Have a look at our Top 10 EDC pocket knives for some inspiration! Or go back to all EDC pocket knives.