Price: About $150 The Good: Top notch S110V blade, tough handle, well made and classic design The Bad: Perhaps a little too heavy for some Bottom Line: Solid EDC choice for those wanting super steel in a sturdy package
Price: About $295 The Good: Good quality, impressive well machined handle and clip, smooth action The Bad: Blade coating will show wear after moderate use Bottom Line: Another interesting WE Knife design that’s good value
Price: About $285 The Good: Impressive quality, striking design, action is smooth The Bad: Some uncomfortable hot spots after prolonged use, strong clip needed two hands Bottom Line: Beauty and quality at a very reasonable price in today’s market
Price: About $105 The Good: Light weight, easy to carry, 4 way pocket clip, thin geometry, ZDP-189. The Bad: ZDP-189 might be hard to sharpen for some, could stain in harsh environments. Bottom Line: Great EDC for those wanting the longer blade and superior performance.
Price: About $175 The Good: CPM S110V steel, very high quality, excellent performance The Bad: Right hand carry tip down only (for some), CPM S110V may be hard to sharpen for some. Bottom Line: Excellent extreme performance EDC for those who need a knife that will just keep cutting.
Price: About $185 The Good: Impeccable fit and finish, feels great in the hand, smooth action, excellent cutting ability The Bad: Uninspiring pocket clip, some blade loosening after heavy usage, challenging to sharpen. Bottom Line: A whole lot of knife for under $200 with good looks to boot
Price: About $80 Pros: Emerson opener attracts attention, remarkably light, cheap compared to a real Emerson Cons: Can attract the wrong kind of attention, waving opening can damage the lock, no forward choil Verdict: Decent option if you’re set on a Wave opener, but consider the drawbacks.
Price: About $220 The Good: Top notch build quality, excellent button lock, smooth action, neat handle design The Bad: Blade shape compromises performance, no forward choil, could use a steel upgrade Bottom Line: A fascinating knife, emphasis on aesthetic/tactile appeal than practical applications
Price: About $110 The Good: Classic styling, oozing with charm, solid lockup The Bad: Average ergonomics, could be sharper out of the box Bottom Line: Well made EDC that nicely blends both classic and modern styling
Price: About $110 The Good: Outstanding S110V blade, lightweight, classic design, value for money The Bad: Handle is only so-so, no love for the pocket clip Bottom Line: Decent EDC option for those looking for a lightweight knife with ‘super-steel’
Price: About $180 The Good: First-rate steel, remarkably good ergos, beautiful design, solid feel, excellent performance The Bad: Non-stainless steel in an EDC knife, painful lock release, out of production Bottom Line: Get one while you still can, a modern classic
Price: About $160 The Good: Same excellent design as before, first rate CPM-20CV steel, G-10 handle rocks, deep carry clip The Bad: May experience minor production flaws Bottom Line: Simply one of the best smaller EDC’s you can buy, and it’s sexy too