Titanium isn’t largely considered a precious metal unless you’re talking about EDC gear. Strong, striking, and lightweight, there’s few downsides to carrying a piece of titanium. When talking about knives, titanium also makes a tremendous material for use with your everyday carry blade. With titanium, you get a comfortable metal that is durable for less cutting fatigue and is generally softer while also being more attractive. These attributes make it good for handle material, but terrible for making a blade since it can’t hold an edge. Therefore, nearly all knives with titanium parts use a steel blade with a titanium grip. That way they can perform aptly while still giving off that titanium sparkle.
Looks aren’t all that we cared about in picking our knives. We chose those with an airy kind of steel to keep the whole piece light. We sought those that used high-grade titanium that wasn’t prone to breaking and damage when faced with extreme conditions. We made sure that all of the parts, right down to the screws, were able to pass muster and go for days on end. When all variations were considered, we cut away the fat, leaving only the 8 best titanium knives for EDC.
Pro: Carson flipper extension
Con: Screws tend to come loose at first
Holy Roller: When opened, the M16 is more than 9-inches in length, so you’d better be serious about your EDC. Since CRKT was making such a big blade, they managed to strip down the weight by not only using titanium for the handles, but putting in holes on the grip that helps prevent your hands from sweating, and gives you some texture to grab onto as you work. To keep your digits secure, the M16 has the AutoLAWKS system that gives the sensation of a fixed blade with the convenience of a folder. For the blade, AUS-8 steel was used, partly to allow for the sandblasted finish that the knife bears.
Maxpedition FRMLCKL Excelsa
Pro: No blade play
Con: Large handle
In the Rough: Not known as knifemakers, Maxpedition has really fashioned a fine item with the Excelsa. It has a full height flat grind that gives you an exact cutting edge on a balanced blade made from cryo-heated D2 tool steel. Hidden on the knife itself is a lock that disappears beneath the travel limiter mechanism, granting a simple way to fold and unfold the knife while keeping flesh wounds to a minimum. 58-60 on the Rockwell scale, this is a tough, smooth knife that is nearly underpriced. Buy it before Maxpedition realizes what they have and charges what it’s worth.
Boker Plus Epicenter
Pro: Reversible clip
Con: Internal equipment is cheap
Everyman: Todd Rexford is the name behind the design of the Epicenter, so it has come industry clout in its corner. The intent of the knife itself seems to be minimalism and strong functionality at a reasonable price. The beefy build is a little bulkier than you’re going to get with many EDC pieces, the reason being that it’s meant to be capable of prying and survival or tactical tasks. The cutting surface is a drop point blade made entirely of VG-10 steel. This steel is excellent for getting and retaining an edge, thanks to the high carbon content, and looks smashing with its satin finish.
Spyderco Sage 2
Pro: Comfortable but effective jimping
Con: Titanium locking mechanism degrades over time
Simple Pleasure: Flat ground for a more exact cut, the Sage 2 uses CPM-S30V steel with a spear point tip as it’s blade. The handle is flat titanium with a matte finish that has been screwed for security and to add an industrial sense of style to the knife itself. Using the Reeve integral lock, the scales act as a liner lock for the knife that is more secure and reliable than you would expect from a liner, without adding extra weight to the body of the knife. Easy to deploy and comfortably curved, this is always ready for a draw and comes with the Spyderco quality guarantee.
Zero Tolerance 0801BW Flipper
Pro: Blackwash hides nicks and scrapes
Con: Deep carry can make drawing difficult
Dark Horse: The BlackWash is a titanium flipper that’s downright invisible in anything but stark, direct light. Inside is a KVT ball-bearing system that allows for simple opening of the knife with just a little wrist action. Open it up and it extends to just over 8-inches, which is large for an everyday carry, but with a deep carry clip, it can still work with your other gear without sacrificing space. It’s made aggressively and intended for protecting yourself, not opening packages or cutting box strings. It’s a fighter from point to pommel and built for dealing with dangerous situations quickly, and quietly.
Benchmade 761 Titanium Monolock Knife
Pro: Zero hotspots, even with extended use
Con: Opening movement is stiff (typically loosens with time)
Inflexible: You can rest easy if you’re looking for a Benchmade knife that uses titanium. There’s few flaws to be found with the 761, since it’s built to be invincible. Delicate thumb studs adorn the sides of the knife, but they are low-profile enough to never catch improperly for accidental opening, or snag on other items in your pocket. The titanium handle has a sandblasted and oiled finish that shines without being distracting. It surrounds an M390 steel blade with a hardness rating that doesn’t drop below 60, which is the ideal counterpoint to the relative suppleness of titanium against your hand.
Chris Reeve Small Sebenza 21
Pro: Thick belly with drop point
Con: Striking the spine heavily can dislodge the lock
Shades of Gray: The Sebenza hit the market in 1987 where it was immediately met with acclaim. Since then it has received little improvements as CRK (Chris Reeve Knives) makes tweaks and adjustments, keeping this little titanium folder at the forefront of the EDC pocket carry knives market. Truly, it is still largely considered the everyday knife to have, whether you give a damn about the 6Al4V titanium or not. The blade blends wonderfully with the titanium handle, but it’s actually made out of S35VN steel, with a hollow-ground edge that perfectly distributes the cutting carbides for smoother slicing, even over time.
Medford TFF-1 Fat Daddy
Pro: Completely made in America
Hometown Hero: Constructed specifically to be used by military and law-enforcement personnel, the Fat Daddy is an ambidextrous folder that is ready for combat. It has a seriously dense and heavy liner lock that allows it to work more like a fixed blade. A D2 steel blade add gravitas to the TFF-1, not to mention being able to take abuse like a pry bar. Coming in at 9.5 inches, this is a huge cutter to carry every day, but if you’re in serious need to the best around or plan on heading into a combat zone sometime in the near future, there’s simply no excuse not to get a fat d.