The EDC Emergency Survival Blade, by N.W.

EDC Emergency Knife
EDC Emergency Knife

In an actual survival situation, what blade would you prefer to have on your person in order to help you survive? Think about that perfect blade, now forget about it. Survival situations do not happen on your schedule, and unless you EDC that perfect survival blade on you every day of your life, it is not going to help when the situation calls for it. Natural disasters or the inopportune flat tire in the middle of no where arejust a couple examples of when an emergency survival blade could be employed.

An emergency survival blade is any blade you happen to have on you when chaos strikes, for most individuals this would usually be a folding knife of some sort. There are pocket survival kits that are available which are normally housed in an Altoids tin and have just enough room for a small knife or razor blade, along with a way to start a fire, etc. However, considering one of your most important tools in a survival situation is a cutting device, a tiny knife or a razor blade can only be used to a certain point. A much more beneficial option is the folding knife you carry every day.

On a regular basis, your EDC may only be used for light tasks such as opening letters, cutting boxes, etc. Although this may be the image you think of, your EDC is capable of so much more. Nearly any folding knife can be put into the role of an emergency survival knife, because honestly, at the time you have no choice. You would have to use what you have available.

The edge itself is the most important aspect of the knife, which is why we use knives in the first place. But once the user knows the physical limitations of the knife, the strengths of the model’s design, and efficient techniques in using the knife for which ever type of task, the capability of the knife is increased one hundred fold. The basis for this knowledge and ability comes down to personal experience with the particular knife, skills, and knowledge of edged weapons.

Manual folders, spring assisted, old design styles, automatics, and well made OTF knives are all capable of filling the role as an emergency survival blade. This is not to say that the user should simply buy which ever knife is the cheapest, though it can be compared to the old firearm saying, “a .22 in the hand is better than a .45 at home.”

Which ever knife you choose to carry will fill multiple roles in its lifetime, from every day utility tasks to self defense. Look at your EDC and ask yourself, “If I had to, could I use this in an survival situation?” Do you have the experience to use the blade to it’s full potential? If not, what do you have to learn to make it so? A knife is limited only by the skill of the user.

Every Day Carry (EDC) Knives, by C.C.

EDC Knives
EDC Knives

Ever thought about the best option for an everyday carry knife? Or why not carry multiple knives for different uses? In my everyday life whether at home or work there are many different scenarios that I could find myself dealing with. Anything from cutting an apple, opening boxes, tightening a screw, or opening paint cans, I choose to be prepared for whatever I may come across. Because of this mindset my Everyday Carry is not one but three different tools. I carry a small fixed blade, an assisted opening folder, and some sort of knife with tool options (such as a screw driver). The following three are the particular knives I am carrying currently; an ESEE Izula 2, a Benchmade Mini Barrage, and a Camillus Military issue pocket knife.
First I would like to go over my ESEE Izula 2. I began buying ESEE products because of the awesome no questions asked warranty. I figured that if I was hard on the knife and it broke the ESEE company would replace the knife, which is exactly true because the warranty is for the knife, not the original owner of the knife but the knife itself. ESEE does not ask questions about purchase dates or receipts, if the knife breaks they will replace it. That being said I bought an ESEE Izula and loved it because it stayed sharp and could handle anything for its size. The one reason I personally got the Izula 2 was because it had a slightly larger handle and I have large hands. But seriously these little knives are users; I don’t believe there are many tasks that an ESEE couldn’t handle, even if that task was prying open a car door. I personally cut through some electrical wire with mine after I broke my wire cutters on the same wire, and to my absolute pleasure the knife was still sharp enough to use. Bottom line is that ESEE knives are absolutely great products and come highly recommended by many people.
Now I chose to carry the Benchmade Mini Barrage for some pretty simple reasons. I needed a nice quality folder because sometimes people get a little sheepish if a person pulls out a fixed blade knife no matter how small or big it may be. This knife has an ambidextrous thumb stud which makes it easy to open no matter which hand a person grabs it with, plus it is assisted open and let me tell you, it is lightning fast and locks up tight. The blade is 154cm stainless steel so if I’m cutting up my apples it is easy to clean and will not rust. Benchmade makes some of the nicest knives I have ever used and I have a few that I’ve owned for more than a decade and they are still going strong.
My option of a knife with some sort of tooling really just makes me feel a little better when out and about. I guess it is just the MacGyver side of me surfacing from child hood. But currently my Camillus knife is what I am carrying. This little guy was made originally for all branches of the military and came with a spear point blade, a screwdriver, can opener, and an awl. Plus it has a very sturdy ring for attaching it to key rings or whatever a person wanted to attach it to. I carry mine on my keys and use it regularly for little tasks like tightening screws or using the awl to get a stubborn knot out of a rope. I love mine because it gives me a little tool option and can easily be carried on my key ring. These can still be found in pawn shops or online for next to nothing and they are little tanks.
Well I hope this gives a little insight into a good EDC option for some people. Here’s to happy cutting and carving keep um sharp folks. Have fun out there fellow knife enthusiasts and always remember to play and work safe.

What Knife I’m Carrying Today

Boker Kalashnikov 73
Boker Kalashnikov 73

Today I am carrying the Boker Kalashnikov auto conversion, model 73.  This is one of my favorite little everyday carry knives for so many reasons.  First, the auto conversion is spectacular.  The button is raised and a simple push snaps the plain edge, bead blast blade out quickly.  The lock up is tight on the blade.  I haven’t had it happen yet, but even if the blade gets some side to side play in it, the play is easily remedied by tightening the pivot screw.

Second, the knife is so simple that it is extremely easy to take care of and maintain in good working order.  With the open body construction, I can easily slide a Q tip in between the handle scales and clean out any lint, dust, dirt or grime that accumulates.  About once a week, I clean out the handle.  It generally takes me just a minute or two.

Third, the size is ideal for pocket carry.  The 2 1/2″ blade is plenty big enough for most everything I run into on a daily basis.  Yet the handle only measures in at 3 1/4″ long by 5/8″ thick by 7/8″ wide (at the widest point).  This means that it leaves more real estate in my pocket for everything else I seem to jam into it.

Fourth, at the price, it doesn’t break the bank if I lose it.  Every one of us has had that terrible moment when we reach into our pocket to pull our knife out and realize the knife is gone.  The worst time I remember is back in 1988.  I had a brand new Victorinox.  It was one of the big boys with about 12 tools and several blades.  I was on my way to Guatemala for an extended trip.  Back then, everyone carried knives on planes.  It wasn’t yet verboten.  When I got off the plane in Guatemala City, I reached in my pocket to check my knife and apparently it had fallen out on the plane.  With no way to go back onto the plane, I had to bid a sad farewell to my knife.  That was a big disappointment.    But with my little Boker Kalashnikov 73, if I lose it, I’m only out about $30.00.  Not great, but not the end of the world either.

ProTech J4 Runt 4415
ProTech J4 Runt 4415

I have several other knives that I like to carry regularly.  For instance I really enjoy carrying my Benchmade 300SN Ball flipper.  That is a fantastic knife.  Other days, I carry my Gerber DMF auto knife.  That is a big knife–and extremely reliable.  I’ve got my eye on one of the Benchmade Auto Adamas knives for the past few months.  I had one for a while but gave it to a friend in need.  I need to get another.  And of course, I love to carry my ProTech Runt.  That little beauty is perfect.

What knife are you carrying today?  And why?