Black. It’s the quintessential tuxedo color. It’s the hue of Wall Street and the choice of G-men and women everywhere. It goes with everything, and is as timeless as darkness. Black can even make an appearance as part of your EDC equipment. Carrying black gear allows you to flesh out your wardrobe with accessories that match your Midnight suit and tie or set off that burgundy shirt you’re wearing to the pub. Always suave and never flashy, a black shade can make any item look natty and win you style points.
As one of the major cornerstones of your EDC load, having a black knife sets the tone of your pocket pack. It looks perfectly natural when going black tie or being pulled out of your BDU pants during a training op. But any knife can take a dip in a paint can to get that onyx tone. As a piece of everyday carry, we went after knives that were exceptional; able to hold up and stay the course through 365 days of wear and tear each year. Not only good but great, and not just dark but inky, we’ve got the 10 best black knives for EDC.
Gerber GDC Tech Skin
Safe & Simple: A nominal pocket knife for office workers, teachers, and the average urban dweller, it’s easy to forget you have it. Rubberized around the handle and onto the blade, the Tech Skin has a strong utilitarian look to it that is modern and understated. Professionals who crunch numbers during the week but like to breathe free and clear far from the city lights on the weekend can satisfy both their lives by putting this in their everyday carry rotation.
Deejo Black 37G
Gentleman’s Folder: Not every all-black EDC knife has to look like a tactical inspired pocket piece – and Deejo proves that with this beauty. The brand has taken their beloved 37G, and given it the all black everything treatment. The barely there knife weighs a next to nothing 37 grams (hence the name), is outfitted with a black titanium coated 420 stainless steel, and even includes a pocket clip for convenient carry. The gorgeous black granadilla wood handle is provides the perfect finishing touch for this 1.31 ounce piece.
Columbia River Knife and Tool Hissatsu
Ten-Hut: Tactical in design, this Hissatu is all about danger and elegance. A femme fatale of a blade jumps out of the GRN (Glass Reinforced Nylon) handle for slicing out a quick lemon zest for your gin & tonic, cutting guide lines off your boat, or opening your mail with a flourish. Using the OutBurst and AutoLawks systems of CRKT, you can expect it to move fast and stick true.
Single-Handed: The body may be fabricated without flourish to speak of, but the lean, competent look is markedly lupine and dangerous. The build of the Trident includes a notch that turns the closed blade into a seatbelt cutter. Built into the framework of the knife is SOG’s one-handed opening technology which springs the TiN (Titanium Nitride) blade into action with a blur and a click. Texture on the grip adds traction, and gives the knife a slight sheen that hints at danger.
Kershaw Ken Onion Blur
Omnipresent: Start talking EDC knives, and you can’t avoid discussing Ken Onion’s famous Blur from Kershaw. This time, we ignored the Sandvik 14C28N steel and the 6061-T6 anodized aluminum handle with the DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. We just took a look at how this blade appears, and were stunned. You can hide it if you so choose, but like a Montblanc pen, once someone really takes notice, they’ll see how this subdued piece manages to look confident and proficient even when holding still.
Benchmade Pardue Design Axis Griptilian
Comfortable Cuts: Only Benchmade could figure out how to make a knife with a 440C stainless steel blade that ranks in the 58-61 range on the Rockwell hardness scale, and somehow not make that the best part of the knife. The Griptilian’s ambidextrous sheepsfoot is a workhorse that can be used for hard labor and tough carrying in tight quarters. It’s soft to use, with a look that is somehow calming for such a truly tough knife. Chosen by gentlemen and workmen alike.
Spyderco ParaMilitary 2
Field Work: “Perfection” like “Genius” is a word that gets thrown around too often. Truly, there are flaws to this knife, but they fall away as you sit there playing with the compression lock that allows the high-grade CPM-S30V carbon-steel to swing effortlessly into and out of the G-10 scales. Artfully curved with a blade that is wicked, yet delicate, no one will jump when you pull this out, and it’s easy to use discreetly. It’s contemporary quality that slips deep into any pocket or holster without a bump or a tug.
Zero Tolerance 0095 Titanium Flipper BlackWash
Quiet Death: Underneath the gorgeous blackwash finish, it’s hard to tell where the titanium handle ends and the S35VN steel blade begins. Equipped with an ultra smooth KVT ball bearing deployment, the ZT Flipper is an unusual knife that will appeal to the connoisseur of oddities, or impress anyone who wishes to prove they have the sharpest knife in the drawer. Equipped with a stellar DLC coated “harpoon” style blade, this is an EDC knife knife that was built to put in work.
DPx Gear Heat/F Triple Black
Fixed Faker: In your hand, the solidly built HEAT/F is reminiscent of a bulldog – strong, compact and aggressive. It comes from the San Diego-based DPx Gear, who are clearly ready to cut their way into the market. G-10 scales provide a handle that can take a bullet and still lock your knife tight. It’s a stealth knife better for handling survival scenarios than typical days at the office. Buying one of these will guarantee you’ll break from the uninspired EDC crowd and have a tough, clever, unusual knife that is intended to work more like a fixed blade, for prying and batoning as much as trimming and slicing.
James The Chapter Knife
Digital Age Dagger: Sitting in your pocket, the broad clip is highly deceptive. It could be anything from a phone to an oversized thumb drive. The two obsidian scales on either side are 6AL 4V Titanium with D2 blade steel, all fitted into a body that looks like it has its own computer science degree. Despite the polished appearance, the top-notch hardware used to build this blade make it a happy addition to any camping trip as easily as a wingman for surviving a night on the streets of Hong Kong.