Marfione Custom Knives Blade Show Strider Knife Review

In 1994, just a year after the first prototypes were created in Anthony and Susan Marfione’s apartment, the release of the UDT marked the official beginning of Microtech. The company began renting a building in Vero Beach, Florida, which quickly expanded to nearby empty buildings as the demand for a larger facility became apparent. Since then, Microtech has carved itself a place in history by building a long-standing tradition of innovation and quality that leaves an impression on its customers. Some of their memorable moments include:

  • 1995 brought the release of the HALO, which has become a prominent line throughout Microtech’s history and earned the cover spot of the 1995 edition of Fighting Knives magazine.
  • In 1999, the Ultratech, the most popular Microtech ever, first hit production. Microtech also earned Blade Magazine’s Manufacturing Quality Award for the second year in a row.
  • In 2000, Microtech released the company’s first balisong knife, the Tachyon, which was later followed by the Tachyon II and the Metalmark in 2012. The Lightfoot Compact Combat was awarded Blade Magazine’s Knife Collaboration of the Year, and Anthony Marfione was also featured in “Le Chasseur a L’arc” for the uniquely designed Tomahawk.
  • In 2004, the MTX2 was awarded American Made Knife of the year by Blade Magazine, while the original, limited run of the Currahee was produced for testing by the United States Special Forces.
  • In 2005, after the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Microtech relocated from Vero Beach, Florida to their current factory in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
  • In 2007, Microtech’s sister company, Microtech Small Arms Research engineered the original STG-5.56, becoming the first knife company to establish a firearms division.
  • IN 2009, with their recent expansion in the firearms industry, Microtech & MSAR set up a second shop in Fletcher, North Carolina to better meet the increased production demands.
  • In 2011, Microtech’s Select Fire won Most Innovative American Design at blade Show 2011.
  • In 2012, after a successful Blade Show, where the Socom Delta won American Made Knife of the Year, Anthony Marfione entered into a collaboration with Mick Strider to create the DOC. 2012 also marked the launch of the Siphon, Microtech’s first high end pen. Both of these pieces were originally only launched as Marfione Custom’s production.
  • In 2013, MSAR introduces the new line of XM Series magazines.

Today we will be going over the Marfione Custom Knives Blade Show 2017 Antique Green Strider MSG 3.5 Titanium Flipper Knife, with copper inlay and a bronzed satin blade.

Marfione Custom Knives Blade Show Strider
Marfione Custom Knives Blade Show Strider

The Blade:
The blade on this custom knife is made out of M390 stainless steel. This is an ultra-premium stainless steel. It is also considered one of the new super steels on the block. This steel is manufactured by Bohler-Uddeholm. This steel uses third generation powder metal technology and developed for knife blades requiring excellent corrosion resistance and very high hardness for excellent wear resistance. Added into the steel is chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, and tungsten to promote sharpness and outstanding edge retention. This steel actually has most of its carbides formed by vanadium and molybdenum, which leaves more “free chromium” to fight corrosion. M390 steel usually hardens to about a 60-62 HRC. The manufacturer calls this steel “Microclean” and it can be polished to achieve a true mirror. This steel is relatively hard to sharpen, but as long as you have the right tools, you will be able to manage it.

The steel has been polished to a bronzed satin finish. A satin finish is created by sanding the steel in one direction with an increasing level of an abrasive. This abrasive material is usually sandpaper. The satin finish is one of the most common blade finishes that you can find on a knife, but Marfione Custom Knives has switched up this classic finish to give you a unique finish that you aren’t going to normally find. With the bronzed finish, you get all of the benefits from having a satin finish, but the blade is more aesthetically pleasing than your average blade. The satin finish is a semi-shiny finish. This finish is not matte, such as a blasted finish, but it also is not reflective, such as a mirror finish. This finish does provide you with average corrosion resistance, cuts down on wear, and slightly cuts down on glares or reflections. This finish is added to knives to show off the bevels and fine buffing lines in the steel. This finish does create extreme hand skill to accomplish. This blade has been bronzed, which does help to make this knife more of a collector’s edition. Because let’s be real, how many quality knives have you seen with a bronzed blade?

The blade on this Marfione and Strider knife has been carved into a spear point blade shape. The spear point blade is relatively similar to the needle point blade because they are both designed to be good piercers. The spear point blade shape does prove to be superior though, because the point is stronger than the point on the needle point blade and it sport a small belly, that gives you the ability to slice with this blade. To describe the shape of a spear point: the spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center lien of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of this shape of blade rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. One of the benefits about a spear point blade shape is that it does have a lowered tip, which makes a blade controllable and able to perform fine tip work. All in all, the spear point blade shape has a phenomenal balance between its piercing and slicing ability. It does sport a belly that is usable—but when you compare it to the drop or clip point, the belly seems very small. And, it has the sharp point of a dagger style blade with the strength of the drop point blade. Overall, this is a very functional design because of how great the hybrid is. This custom knife does have plain edged blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of anodized titanium, with copper inlays. Titanium is a very popular knife handle material and for very good reason. For starters, titanium is a lightweight metal alloy and it offers the best corrosion resistance of any metal. While it is a little heavier than aluminum (its younger brother), it is still a lightweight metal and it is much stronger than aluminum. So while it is a little heavier than aluminum and more expensive to machine, you get phenomenal return on investment: for a little bit of weight, you get a lot more strength. A fun fact about titanium is that it is one of the rare metals that has a warm feel to it. This comes in handy when you are working with your knife during the winter, because it won’t bite into your hands like aluminum would. Unfortunately, titanium is prone to scratches. The titanium handle is given its unique color through the anodization process.

Anodizing is an electrolytic passivation process used to increase the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. This process is called anodizing because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. The anodization process increases the materials resistance to corrosion and wear. This process also changes the color of the metal. This custom knife has been anodized to an antique green finish.

The inlays on this knife handles are made out of copper. Interestingly enough, copper was one of the first metals that was ever extracted and used by humans and since then has been used for a very wide variety of uses. Some of the best benefits about copper in this knife is that it is very resistant to corrosion (copper can even be submerged in sweater and not corrode), it is very durable and strong, and it is also easy to work with.

The handle on this knife is one of the most unique aspects of the knife. The handle is almost triangular, with the butt of the handle flaring heavily. There is jimping near the butt of the handle, helping to provide you with grip and control over the knife. There is a large finger groove, keeping your fingers comfortable and safe during use. The spine of the handle is completely straight.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is also made out of titanium and is statically designed for tip up carry only. The clip is also anodized to an antique green and is completed with its own copper inlay. The clip on this knife is kept in place by a large copper screw. The clip also is triangular, with a circular end. All of the hardware on this knife is bronze.

 

The Mechanism:

There are two ways to open this knife: you can either open it with the ambidextrous spine flipper or the unique thumb window. This custom blade is outfitted with a frame lock.

Let’s start by talking about the thumb window—because that is the more traditional opening mechanism. What started out as a thumb hole mostly on Spyderco’s has developed into a new, very popular opening mechanism. And there is a big reason for so many knife companies jumping on the wagon—it works and it works well. Opening a folder equipped with a thumb window is just like using a thumb stud. And by its very design, it is ambidextrous. Plus, it is out of the way, unlike a thumb stud, because it is carved out of the knife instead of being screwed into the blade.

The other option for your opening mechanism is the flipper. This is a sharks’ fin shaped protrusion that juts out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. To open a knife that is equipped with a flipper, you pull back on the flipper and it flips the blade out of the handle and then locks it securely into place. The flipper by design, is also naturally ambidextrous. And, if you are worried about the safety of your fingers, I would recommend that you use the flipper as opposed to the window, because it keeps your fingers out of the way during the whole process. As a total bonus, the flipper acts as a finger guard when the knife is opened.

The frame locking mechanism is basically the liner lock on steroids. Frame locks are stronger than liner locks, because instead of an internal spring bar moving into place, it is a metal piece of the handle that slips into place. To close a knife with this locking mechanism, you just push down on the spring bar so it no longer blocks the butt of the blade, remove your thumb form the pat, then fold the knife closed.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this custom knife is 3.5 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4.75 inches long. The overall length of this Marfione knife is 8.25 inches long. The knife weighs in at 5.9 ounces. This knife was made in the USA. This is a custom collector’s knife and BladeOps has the serial #008.

 

Conclusion:

Marfione Custom Knives (MCK) are well known for their high-end custom knives and products that feature exotic materials that turn mere tools into works of art. The MSG 3.5 is a collaborative effort between Tony Marfione and Mick Strider of Strider Knives that showcases an integral frame–meaning the handle was milled out of a single piece of titanium. Additionally, the Hinderer Lockbar Stabilizer™ that each model is outfitted with makes for a solid and consistent lock up without fail. Every frame lock designed MSG 3.5 model rides seamlessly on a ceramic bearing system and can be operated with the ambidextrous spine flipper or the unique thumb window. This Blade Show 2017 exclusive model features a titanium handle in an antique green finish, a copper inlay on both the front handle scale as well as the pocket clip, standard bronze hardware, a spear point style blade in a hand-rubbed bronzed satin finish and the titanium pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only. Package comes complete with a presentation box, zipper pouch as well as a certificate of authenticity.

This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this knife, so contact BladeOps today to get 008!

 

CRKT Raikiri Knife Review

CRKT® (Columbia River Knife and Tool®) was founded in 1994. They say, “From day one, we put innovation and integrity first. We made a commitment to build knives and tools that would inspire and endure. We collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing we can give our customers is Confidence in Hand®.”

This is an American knife company that is currently based in Tualatin, Oregon. The company was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these men were employed by Kershaw Knives formerly. They left Kershaw knives to pursue their own knife designs. Their company did not have a big start, and it wasn’t until three years after the founding that it took off. This was when they introduced the K.I.S.S folding knife, which was designed by Ed Halligan. The knife was such a success that within the opening days of the show the years’ worth of the product was sold out. They sold at 4-5 times original production numbers, which resulted in a tripling of production efforts.

CRKT is known for producing a wide range of fixed blades as well as folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. CRKT collaborates with some of the best designers in the world. They also own fifteen patents and patents pending.

When you get a CRKT knife, you know that you are getting a quality tool that is going to assist you in any of your needs. Today we will be talking about one of CRKT’s newest knives, their Raikiri.

 

The Designer:

This knife is designed by Drew Hara, who is from Seki, Japan. CRKT says, “Dew Hara is a product of his environment… literally. Makers in his hometown of Seki, Japan, are famous for designing and producing some of the best fine kitchen cutlery in the world. He also carries the world-famous Hara name; his father, Koji Hara, is one of the most respected designers alive. Dew’s work stands solidly on its own, though—his ability to infuse elements from the natural world is unparalleled, and he’s only just scratched the surface of what’s sure to be a long and productive career.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1.4116 Stainless Steel. This is the steel that is often used in Swiss Army Knives. The steel is a great steel if you are a beginner sharpener, because it is a little bit softer. Surprisingly, the steel has high corrosion resistance levels and does tend to be extremely tough. Because of the softness of the steel, it is not going to hold an edge well. However, because it is easy to sharpen and soft, it is easy to get a razor sharp edge on, you’re just going to have to keep re-sharpening it.

The steel has been finished satin, which is one of the most common steel finishes in the cutlery industry to date. This finish is classic and pairs well with most handles, which is why it is used so often. It also does reduce glares, reflections, and some corrosion, so it is good in the field as well as prolonging the life of the blade. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive. The abrasive is usually a sandpaper, and as a key, the finer the sandpaper and the more even the lines, the cleaner the steel is going to look. The satin finish shows off the bevels of the blade as well as showcasing the fine lines of the steel. With the satin finish, you know that this knife is not going to go out of style. Plus, the blade does not steal the show from the unique handle.

The blade is also unique, with more angles than curves. The blade does not sport a belly, so it is not going to be good for slicing or using this knife as an everyday carry knife. The spine of the knife angles down towards the tip, which is not lowered. The blade shape is similar to the sheepsfoot blade, which has a completely straight edge with a spine that convexes down to meet the edge at the tip of the blade. The sheepsfoot blade doesn’t have an actual tip, while the Raikiri does have a slight tip. This knife will be really good for safety tasks, because it will be hard to stab someone. If needed though, you will be able to stab a little bit. Knives with similar shapes have often been known to be used on ships, because the seas get tumultuous and they can keep you a little bit safer.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of ADC12 Aluminum that has been cast into the unique shape and textures. Aluminum is a very durable material, especially when used for knife handles. This is a low density metal that provides a nice, hefty feel to the knife without actually weighing the knife down. This characteristic is a major advantage because you want to feel like you have the heft to take on the tasks without actually having the weight that gets in the way of having this knife on you.

When a knife is textured right, the user will have a secure grip that is also pretty comfortable even if you use it for extended periods of times. However, aluminum does have high conductive properties, which means that this knife is going to feel extremely cold if you are using it in the winter or colder environments.

The overall benefits to an aluminum handle is that it is going to be strong, lightweight, durable, and extremely resistant to corrosion. The disadvantages to this steel is that it is going to be cold to hold, it sometimes doesn’t give you the best grip, and aluminum is susceptible to scratches and dings.

The Raikiri’s handle is the most unique feature about the knife. Just like the blade, the handle sports more angles than curves. The spine of the knife angles upward at a slight angle until about 2/3 of the way across the knife. At this point, it angles down towards the butt, which is squared off. The belly of the handle is less of a belly and more of a straight line that slightly angles upwards to the butt. Instead of a finger groove, there is a small section of jimping that is going to give you a more secure grip, while the flipper steps in as the finger guard. The actual handle has been cast to have a few ridges and grooves that will give you the texture you need to feel secure while you are working in the field.

 

The Pocket Clip:

             The pocket clip on this knife is not reversible. The handle has only been drilled for attachment on the traditional side of the handle for tip down carry. The clip matches the blade, being silver, and contrasts with the grey handle. The clip is kept in place by two silver screws. The rest of the hardware on this knife is dark grey to match the handle. The clip is rectangular, although it does look as if it has been clipped, because it moves from the thicker rectangular to a much thinner clip.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that sports a locking liner as well as a CKRT Field Strip innovation.

Because it is a manual folding knife, you don’t have to worry about many strict laws that surround this knife. If this knife was an automatic, it wouldn’t be legal in all states, cities, or areas. Since this is a manual knife, it should be legal in any area that allows people to carry knives.

The Raikiri has been equipped with a flipper, which is a sharks’ fin shaped protrusion on the blade. It extends off the bottom of the blade and out of the handle when the knife is closed. The user uses their finger to pull back on this piece of metal, which will flip the knife open and lock it into place. Some of the benefits of the flipper is that by its very design, it is ambidextrous. The flipper also does not get in the way, because it comes off the blade instead of out of the blade, like a thumb stud would. And, once the knife is opened, the flipper acts as a finger guard for extra protection. One of the biggest advantages to a flipper is that it keeps your hands out of the path of the blade while you are opening this knife. This makes it a much safer opening mechanism to use than a thumb stud would be. Unfortunately, the flipper does take a couple of practice runs to really have the hang of it.

The Raikiri has also been equipped with a thumb hole, which is very similar to the nail nick. It rests in the same positon that a nail nick would, but it is fully skeletonized. The thumb hole was really made popular by Spyderco, but has evolved since their introduction. Just like the flipper, the hole is ambidextrous by its design and does not get in the way when the knife is opened. This opening mechanism is going to be easy and simple to use.

The locking liner is easily the most popular knife lock found in folding knives. This style of locking mechanism was invented in the early 80s by knife maker Michael Walker. Soon after it’s invention, it began to be used in a number of all the biggest knife designs. This mechanism works with one section of the liner angled inward toward the inside of the knife. Form this position, the liner is only able to go back to its old position with manual force, which locks it into place. The tail of the liner, which is the section that is closest to the blade, is cut to engage the bottom of the blade under the pivot. If the user wants to disengage the lock, they have to manually move the liner to the side, away from the blade bottom.

The CRKT Field Strip is an award-winning breakthrough. This innovation comes from the shop of legendary knife craftsman Ken Onion. This is a no-tool take apart technology that allows for practical and efficient tool cleaning and maintenance in the field. To disassemble: start with the knife in the close positon, push the front release lever up away from the blade, then spin the release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft—once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. The knife will come apart in three sections. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure.

 

CRKT Raikiri
CRKT Raikiri

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.759 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.134 inches. The handle on the Raikiri measures in at 5.112 inches long. The overall length of this knife measures in at 8.938 inches long. The Raikiri weighs in at 5 ounces, which is a heftier knife, but for such a large knife, it does tend to be lightweight. This knife is not going to be too heavy to use as an everyday carry knife.

 

Conclusion:

When CRKT is describing this knife, they say, “When you want a sword but need an EDC. The Raikiri™ everyday carry folding knife has a serious namesake in the world of modern Japanese lore…the legendary sword is said to have sliced a bolt of lightning in two. Even if that particular need doesn’t arise, the carefully designed curves, shapely lines, and innovative Field Strip technology will make each job conquered feel just a bit more heroic.” The steel is tough and can get a razor sharp finish. The finish on the steel is classic and will never go out of style. The handle is tough, durable, corrosion resistant and provides you with a secure grip. You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

Spyderco ParaMilitary 2 Knife Review

About three months ago I finally broke down and bought the Spyderco ParaMilitary 2 Knife for everyday carry.  I had to see what everyone was talking about.  I know they have been out for several years now, but I had never purchased one.  I’m glad I finally did.

Spyderco ParaMilitary 2
Spyderco ParaMilitary 2

First off, if you haven’t owned a Spyderco knife before, the quality of construction and the materials they use are superb.  The ParaMilitary 2 features a CPM S30V blade and G10 handle scales.  You can pick up the knife with the standard variations of blade finish, either black or satin. You can also choose between a few different G10 handle scales including the standard black or DigiCamo.  I went ahead and picked up the DigiCamo version with a black blade for a couple of reasons.  First, I have many knives with black handles and I was in the mood for something a bit different.  Second, I went with the black blade because I wanted to see how the black finish held up over time.  I’ll address that in a bit.

The very first thing you notice about the ParaMilitary 2 is the size.  It is the perfect size for everyday carry.  The handle measures just under 5″ at 4.81″, thickness is not quite 0.5″, and width is about 1.25″ at the widest points.  This means it fits great in the hand but doesn’t take up too much space in my pocket.

The very next thing I noticed was how easy it was to open and close.  The iconic SpyderHole makes the blade simple to one hand open with your thumb.  Unexpectedly, the blade is just as easy to close one handed.  Just press the spine compression lock with your finger and give the knife a little shake.  Voila, the blade closes up and you can put the knife right back in your pocket.  Since you are able to do everything with one hand, what the ParaMilitary really delivers is freedom, speed, and ease.  You are able to get more things done in a faster time period because you don’t have to use both hands to access and deploy your knife.  You don’t even need both hands to close it and put it away.

The blade opens smooth.  The ParaMilitary 2 uses the Bushing Pivot System.  What is this?  It’s a fancy name for smooth as silk, smooth as butter, smooth as a cat, smooth as … whatever you want to put in here next, it fits.  Take my word for it, the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 opens smooth.   And once you have the blade deployed, the delight factor just keeps rising.

The blade delights with its classic Spyderco style and shape.  With a classic drop point blade curve on the cutting edge, the spine tapers down to a point to create a uniquely Spyderco look and style.  The SpyderHole has a steep thumb ramp behind it with fairly aggressive jimping.  When you hold the knife in the classic saber grip, your thumb is lined up right down the center of the blade to deliver maximum blade control and power.  I haven’t met a cut I don’t enjoy with my ParaMilitary 2 knife.  The sharp tip allows you to pierce everyday things with ease and the classic blade edge shape gives you serious cutting power.  The blade has classic flat grind which allows you to make slicing cuts with ease.  One of my concerns about the ParaMilitary 2 was the elongated shape of the tip.  I was nervous I would “tip” it (knife lingo for breaking the tip off your knife–generally happens when you aren’t using the knife blade to pry rather than cut).  I have used my knife hard over the past several months and have not broken the tip off.  In fact, we have sold hundreds if not thousands of these ParaMilitary 2 knives over the past few years and I haven’t heard of a single case where someone has broken the tip off.  So it appears my concerns were unfounded.  The blade has passed every hard use test I have put it through over the past few months with flying colors.

About a month ago, my oldest son was up visiting.  He saw I had the ParaMilitary 2 and asked if he could use it for a few days to see if he liked it.  I said sure and let him take my knife.  I have never missed one of my knives more. I tried carrying an older knife I used to carry.  It just wasn’t the ParaMilitary 2.  So after a week, I broke down and bought another one–this time with a black blade and a black handle.  Then I drove down to see my son and traded him the new one for my old, trusty Spyderco knife.

The knife carries good, cuts great, and is strong enough for hard work.  In my mind, the Spyderco ParaMilitary 2 is one of the best EDC knives on the market if you are looking for a mid sized folder that delivers.  Check it out, I’m glad I did.  By the way, the black finish on the blade still looks great.

Now introducing….Survive! Knives

SKGSO5.0TBKCSurvive! knives have quickly become one of the most popular and highly sought after knife brands on the market today. Specializing in high-end fixed blades and neck knives, Survive! knives have quickly caught the attention of many knife enthusiasts, but especially those who are big proponents of outdoor/survivalist knives.

SKGSO4.1BMM390CYBased out of Pennsylvania, Survive! knives owner Guy Seiferd stands behind his products 100% and offers a lifetime warranty just like many of the big manufacturers today. These elite fixed blades offer a wealth of options including bow drill divots, ferro notches, different micarta handle colors and even sheath colors. For blade steel they are utilizing mostly CPM 3V and even CPM 20CV–both offering superior edge retention, corrosion resistance and great impact strength for even the toughest of applications–just like a true fixed blade should be.

SKGSO5.1TBRBRThe most recent knives to hit our shelves has been the 6.75″ blade 7/7 model which is only just the 5th production model to be released from Survive! knives. Previously we have seen the necker knife, the 4.1 model, the 5 model and finally the 5.1 model. The model numbers due in fact correlate with the blade size so make sure you keep an eye out for future models such as the necker II, the 3.5 model, the 6 model and even the 10 model.

SKNECKBLKSKGSO7.7TBKBKAll in all, Survive! fixed blades have without a doubt earned their place in the knife industry and its exciting to see the demand grow for these almost on a weekly basis. To find out more information on Survive! knives feel free to visit them at www.surviveknives.com and to check out the lastest selection here at BladeOps, make sure to click here

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Come check out our new section dedicated to Paracord.  You can now get 100 foot lengths of paracord in a bunch of different colors for just $11.99–shipped for free just like everything else on our site.  Paracord items such as bracelets, lanyards, and monkey fists are also available.  Order 100′ of paracord and you will be amazed at how often it comes in handy.  You can use it to wrap knife handles, carry in your bug out bag, or just use around the house.  Incredibly strong, Paracord 550 can hold up to 550 pounds.  The US military depends on it daily.  Get some and pretty soon you will be finding all kinds of uses for it.  To me, paracord is like Duct tape–it solves all kinds of problems and is amazingly handy.

What is your favorite EDC?

Looking for the perfect every day carry knife (EDC) can be somewhat like choosing a pair of pants.  Everybody is looking for a fit that is comfortable and looks good.  When you go out to buy a new EDC knife, here are my ideas of a few things to focus in on. 
First, make sure you get the right size.  Just like a pair of jeans, if you get the wrong size, things will just not be right.  As you think about what you need your EDC for, what is the largest size blade you need, and what is the smallest size blade you can function with.  If you are going to just be opening boxes–a short Cali legal size blade (under 2″) will most likely be perfect for you.  If you are going to do some heavy duty, large scale cutting–you need to get a bigger blade.  By deciding the right size blade for your needs, you will immediately eliminate a whole bunch of knives from the discussion.  The last time I was deciding on a new EDC–about a month ago–I realized that for most of my needs, a small blade was preferable because it gets the jobs I need done as well as not taking up tons of real estate in my pocket.
Next, you should decide about blade material.  Do you want to step up to a nice, high quality steel blade like an S30V?  The different steel qualities will make a difference in how often you need to sharpen your blade as well as how sharp it will stay.  Here is a quick, down and dirty guide to blade steels:

S30V:  American made premium quality stainless steel created specifically for knife blades.  Powder made steel with extremely high corrosion resistance and keeps an edge.
154CM: American made premium quality stainless steel developed for industrial applications but used by many knife makers.  High corrosion resistance, high edge strength and ability to keep an edge.
D2:  Air hardened tool steel which serves for hard use situations.  Good corrosion resistance and very high in durability.
440C:  High chromium stainless steel with a good balance of corrosion resistance and hardness.  Takes an edge fairly easy.  Less expensive.
AUS8:  Japanese made high chromium and medium carbon stainless which gives a nice balance of corrosion resistance, strength and durability, and sharpness.  Used by many different knife manufacturers. 
8Cr14MoV:  Chinese made steel with similar characteristics to AUS8–used often for it’s value price. 
1095:  Steel used primarily for heavy usage.  Easy to resharpen and great for field work (outdoor heavy use).  Will rust over time and must be maintained.

Of course, there are a much wider variety of steels than those I listed briefly here.  These are just some of the more commonly used steels and should get you started.  If price isn’t an object for your EDC decision–I would bump up to S30V, 154CM, or D2 depending on what I will be using my knife for. 
Next step in choosing an EDC knife is to determining handle material.  There are an amazing number of different materials that you can pick from.  Some of the most common are 6061T6 aircraft aluminum, stainless steel, G10, micarta, or almost any combination of these materials.  Many knife manufacturers will produce a knife with a 6061 T6 or a stainless steel frame and then top off the handle with some type of overlay or inlay including such materials as carbon fiber, different rare and common woods, G-10, various types of micarta, or nearly any other material known to man.  The biggest thing for me, when choosing an EDC is to make sure the frame is built from material that will stand up to my level of use.  I am hard on my knives and so I prefer to get a 6061 T6 handle.  The other, possibly even more critical part of choosing a handle is to make sure it is COMFORTABLE in your hand.  If it doesn’t feel good–don’t get it. 
The next decision is to choose what type of locking mechanism you get in your knife.  There are several choices including automatic, linerlock, framelock, button lock and fixed blade to name just a few.  Part of this decision revolves also around how you want your knife to open.  Do you want a manual, a spring assist, an automatic or one that is always ready to go (a fixed blade)? 
Just for the record–my newest EDC is the Benchmade Impel Automatic Knife–a Lerch design.  Here is why I like it.  Small enough to barely feel in my pocket.  Auto open with a button lock.  Has a nice sliding safety right by the trigger button that makes it easy to use one handed if I need to.  A very nice aluminum handle with black G-10 inlay that provides a little extra grip when I need it.  And, it feels great in my hand.  The clip point blade is S30V steel with an incredibly hard black finish that has not scratched even a little with a month of fairly rigorous use. 
Now tell me what your EDC is and why?

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