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.

Every Day Carry Knives — Blog Contest Entry

I’m not a man of many knives, but I do enjoy the ones I have and I have a couple stories. I’m not sure what this will include but I’d like to start with a treasure finding of my own.

Everyone should know by now that Mexico isn’t the safest place to travel on your own.  Around mid September of 2011 my mother and her sister, wanted to take a trip to Baja, Mexico to evaluate the house that my aunt took full ownership of.  Because of the recent cartel activity in the surrounding areas they took me for “protection,” I laugh at that idea, but was glad they thought of me. My aunt, her family and some friends build the house back in the 80’s and it hasn’t been used much since the late 90’s.  We arrived at the house and wrote down all that had to be done to make it more presentable except for one room.  My aunt divorced in the mid 90’s and the room my uncle had deemed his has been locked since then.  My aunt decided it was time to break it open.

With the use of a hammer and screw driver the door was wide open in seconds.  The room was right out of the 80’s.  The outdated TV, laced comforter, short green loveseat and green shaggy rug, an old Red Ryder leaning in the corner, the room was full of old stuff, nifty and crappy.  We then made way to the closet.  Inside was a tool box my aunt handed to me and said whatever I wanted I could keep.  I knew, and was right, everything inside was cheap and rusty Chinese crap, but I still went through it.  I soon came across cheap plastic box and when I opened it, I knew I was in luck!

I’m kidding, I had low expectations, it was full of cheap crap. Except for what I found hiding under half a handle of something broken.  To my surprise it was a Case Mini Trapper.  Without hesitating I tossed it in my pocket and passed on everything else.  After further investigation I found it was from the 1985 and in beautiful condition.  Made the trip worth it.  That’s all I have to say ‘bout that.

A second thing that I’d like to get out as it has been on my mind for sometime has to do with the perfect EDC knife.  I know every knife carrying man and woman have their own opinion but I believe mine can help those who are still looking for the perfect knife.  Let me start by saying that there is no perfect edc knife, only knife combos.  I use to search for the perfect knife, using what money I have to get what I thought was best.  I came to realize that there is no perfect knife.  After I had found the mini trapper in Mexico, that’s when I learned my lesson that perfect knife combos do exist.  My primary hard use “defensive” blade is between a Spyderco pacific salt and the Spydehawk which I carry as a rescue blade on rainy days.  I’m not a strictly Spyderco by any means, I just happened to acquire them.  I found my Case to be the perfect complement to these big blades.  The Mini Trapper has a big enough handle so I can use more than just two fingers when using it.  The overall “classic” look of the knife is extremely receptive to sheeple and won’t scare them at all.  The knife is ridiculously easy to sharpen and takes a breath shaving edge.  The combination of the big knife and small case is the perfect edc for me.  If you’re not getting it, what I’m saying is if you’re getting frustrated, or if you’re trying to look for the perfect edc blade, stop! And look for a combination of two different blades.  If you have the perfect blade that works for you than good on you! But those still searching try going for two blades.  Not only does it work but if you need a reason to buy more knives, having multiple edc blades and a variety to choose from is a good reason.  I haven’t been in the knife community for very long, but I know a vast majority of you carry more than one knife anyways.  And to those of you caring a “back up tactical blade” to the tactical blade you already have and just to anyone who carries a knife, remember, it would be better for you legally, to “go fists” with someone all day than to start off using a blade.  Train yourself, you body is just as important as your knife. And remember your knife is a tool, not a weapon.          -David