The 10 Best Titanium Knives For EDC

Aug 19, 2020

Category: Gear

Like any industry, the everyday carry gear world is somewhat inundated with buzz words. However, unlike some communities (like those related to high fashion), most of the EDC buzz words actually hold some weight. For instance, Cordura is more than just a brand name of nylon and other synthetics; it’s a promise of quality, durability, and reliability.

Some of the biggest buzz words in the EDC industry are related to tools, especially knives. Hardware, manufacturing processes, and (of course) construction materials can all seem quite buzzy — but they also carry meaning and weight, altering the rarity, longevity, and even the price of gear. In this case, we’re interested in a near-mythic metal used in the construction of knife handles: titanium. Renowned for its strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion-resistance, titanium is one of the most desirable materials in the entire everyday carry universe. However, since the inclusion of titanium alone does not a good EDC knife make, we’ve scoured the industry to find what we believe to be the 10 best titanium knives for everyday carry around.

Photo: The James Brand Chapter

What Makes Titanium Special?

Strong, Light, & Durable

Though it seems entirely modern, the history of Titanium actually dates back more than 200 years. In fact, it was discovered all the way back in 1791 and then again, independently, in 1793. The reason titanium seems so modern and cutting-edge, however, is because the element wasn’t officially isolated until more than a century later in 1910. Furthermore, it wasn’t pared into a usable format until even later when the Soviet Union began to use it for military applications in the 1950s and 1960s.

The reason it took so long for titanium to become a usable metal is due to the difficulty in isolating the element. Rather than using traditional smelting, titanium required much more costly and complicated processes. As a result, titanium is more expensive and a good deal rarer than other, more traditional metals (like stainless steel).

However, there are a number of positive tradeoffs that help offset the rarity and priciness of titanium. For instance, titanium has roughly the same strength-per-volume as stainless steel but is far lighter — meaning it offers up a vastly superior strength-to-weight ration when compared to stainless steel. Titanium is also naturally more corrosion-resistant and rust-proof, so it can require less maintenance than stainless steel and will still perform at top levels when exposed to things like moisture and saltwater.

So, titanium is definitely not easy to come by — there have even been shortages in the recent past, which tend to occur when military production increases — but with its rarity and price come a variety of benefits that elevate it over cheaper, more common metals that make it more durable, tough, long-lasting, and desirable.

Zero Tolerance 0450 Sinkevich Knife

Now a legendary design in the everyday carry world, Dmitry Sinkevich’s ZT 0450 is one of the sleekest EDC knives around. And while it’s available in a number of materials, we’re particularly attached to this version with its titanium handle. Beautifully blending industrial design, minimalism, pocket-friendliness, and more, this gorgeous flipper knife features a DLC-coated S35VN stainless steel blade, a frame lock with a hardened steel lockbar, a timeless silhouette, and a total weight of just 2.9 ounces — which is nothing to scoff at out of a 7.4″ EDC knife. The high price for an “entry-level” titanium knife might seem high, but this is the kind of blade you could happily use for a lifetime.

Blade: CPM-S35VN
Blade Length: 3.25″
Lock: Frame
Total Length: 7.4″

Purchase: $152

Boker Plus Burnley Kwaiken Knife

While Boker, headquartered in Solingen, is a German knifemaking brand through-and-through, one of their all-time best everyday carry knife designs was heavily inspired by Japan. We’re talking, of course, about the Lucas Burnley-designed Kwaiken you see before you. Like many of Boker’s offerings, this knife is available in a number of different materials and finishes, but this titanium edition is, without a doubt, one of the ones that stands out the most. It still boasts the same clean minimalist katana-like silhouette, but this one comes with gray titanium handle scales that help elevate this already-impressive gentleman’s flipper even higher. Pair that with a high-end VG-10 blade, IKBS ball-bearing pivot for buttery-smooth deployment, and a reliable liner lock and you can see how this knife will remain handsome and reliable for years to come.

Blade: VG-10
Blade Length: 3.50″
Lock: Liner
Total Length: 8.375″

Purchase: $172

Kizer Sheepdog Knife

There is a pervasive sentiment, especially amongst more conservative Americans, that products made in China are inherently cheap and, therefore, inferior. In the knifemaking world, however, this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, there are numerous Chinese knifemaking startups that have proven time and time again that they can go toe-to-toe with the best of them. Kizer is one such brand and their Sheepdog is a perfect example of their prowess. This particular version of the cleaver-style EDC knife features a CPM-S35VN steel sheepsfoot blade, a hefty titanium handle with an integrated frame lock, a custom pivot and pivot collar, and a tip-up pocket clip. Its size and weight — 7.74″ and 6.03oz, respectively — may be barriers to entry for some. But those with enough room will find this to be a truly formidable and reliable everyday carry pocket knife.

Blade: CPM-S35VN
Blade Length: 3.3″
Lock: Frame
Total Length: 7.74″

Purchase: $204

WE Knife Co. Degnan Gnar Knife

Like stainless steel and aluminum, titanium can be anodized just about any color you imagine. As such, the stylistic options are a lot more versatile than many people might initially think. And the blacked-out Degnan Gnar knife from WE Knife Co. proves just how sinister and beautiful a titanium knife can look in an all-black colorway. Of course, even if it weren’t blacked-out, this would be a pretty formidable folder with its contoured 3D-machined titanium handle scales, integrated frame lock, CPM-S35VN steel blade, buttery-smooth ceramic ball-bearing pivot, and tip-up pocket clip. Not to mention the curves of the silhouette give it an almost futuristic appearance and offer up an ergonomic grip. Though not for the faint of heart, this knife is a great addition to any collection and/or loadout.

Blade: CPM-S35VN
Blade Length: 2.78″
Lock: Frame
Total Length: 6.88″

Purchase: $227

Spyderco Techno 2 Knife

Spyderco is quite renowned in the everyday carry and pocket knife industries. However, many of their folders tend to play in the tactical realm. That’s not the brand’s only specialty, however — not by a long shot. In fact, if you’re in the market for a titanium folding blade and you appreciate Spyderco’s dedication to craftsmanship and usefulness, but you want something with a little more refinement and slightly less aggressive styling than, say, their legendary PM2, you could always turn to the Techno 2. Measuring up at an easily-pocketable 5.98″ overall, this relatively-compact and lightweight folding blade boasts a tough titanium handle with a remarkably sturdy and reliable Reeve Integral Lock — the same one used on the famed Chris Reeve Sebenza — and a stout 2.255″ CTS XHP steel blade. This pocket knife isn’t here to make friends; it’s here to get the work done right the first go-around.

Blade: CTS XHP
Blade Length: 2.52″
Lock: Frame
Total Length: 5.98″

Purchase: $231

Reate K-2 Knife

Another superb example of a Chinese brand doing brilliant things in the everyday carry and knifemaking industries, Reate has been under-the-radar for a bit too long in our opinion. And you can see why they deserve more recognition and respect in their spectacular K-2 titanium knife. The silhouette hinges on a hefty 3.875″ CPM-S35VN tanto blade — boasting the same curve as you might see on a Japanese katana — mated to a bronzed titanium handle. Together, these two parts create a distinct and ergonomic silhouette that’s both striking and useful for everyday carry cutting tasks. Furthermore, the ceramic ball-bearing pivot ensures an ultra-smooth deployment every time you use the knife and the integrated frame lock is both durable and secure, making for trustworthiness in every task big or small. At 8.875″ total, this is on the beefier side of the spectrum, but it’s well worth the bulk for its quality and capability.

Blade: CPM-S35VN
Blade Length: 3.875″
Lock: Frame
Total Length: 8.875″

Purchase: $325

Terrain 365 Mako Flipper-AT Knife

If the name Terrain 365 doesn’t ring any bells, we can hardly blame you — the company has only been around for a couple of years (founded in 2018). However, in that short time, founders Patrick Ma (of Prometheus Design Werx fame) and Michael Vagnino have proven their blade-crafting prowess several times over. The brand hinges on the use of a knife blade material called Terravantium — a proprietary dendritic cobalt super-alloy — that’s guaranteed to be corrosion-proof for life. And while that’s incorporated into their aggressively-named and -styled Mako Flipper-AT knife, this ultra-tough folding knife also features a titanium handle with an integrated framelock and tip-up pocket clip. Use it in the outdoors, underwater, or anywhere else and you’ll see that this is not a blade to be trifled with — and it certainly lives up to its namesake, the mako shark.

Blade: Terravantium
Blade Length: 3.125″
Lock: Frame
Total Length: 7.1875″

Purchase: $349

Chris Reeve Sebenza 31 Knife

For 10 years, the Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 remained largely untouched — aside from the occasional new handle onlay and rare special-edition releases. And that’s because, by all accounts, it was already a near-perfect everyday carry cutting tool. However, after tinkering, testing, and further perfecting it, Chris Reeve updated it as the Sebenza 31, which turned out to be even more perfect than its predecessor (something that seemed impossible at the time). But that was always the point of the Sebenza family: to be the best pocket knives in the world. That was achieved (at least in part) by including a timeless and instantly-recognizable silhouette, premium materials (CPM S35VN steel standard for the blades and titanium base handle scales), and — of course — the near-mythic Reeve Integral Lock. Available in your choice of two sizes (8.40″ or 6.98″ in total length), this heirloom-quality EDC knife could feasibly be the only knife you ever need from here until the day you depart. And that means you could pass it down to your kids and they might pass it down to their grandchildren for generations of continued usage.

Blade: CPM-S35VN
Blade Length: 2.99″ or 3.61″
Lock: Reeve Integral
Total Length: 6.98″ or 8.40″

Purchase: $375+

The James Brand Chapter Knife

For a very long time, most pocket knives were styled quite aggressively, suiting the tastes of the tactical and outdoor crowds much more than those of urban city dwellers. Nowadays, however, there are plenty of brands that are offering more refined and minimalist everyday carry gear than ever before. The James Brand is one such company and their catalog is amongst the best of the best — due chiefly to their dedication to two particular facets of tool design: minimalist design cues and the procurement of top-quality materials. They didn’t want to just make good looking blades and tools; they wanted to make incomparably useful ones, as well. And their flagship offering, The Chapter, is the perfect example of that synergy. This edition of that very knife is even more special, as it boasts an absolutely gorgeous and reliable Damascus steel drop point blade alongside a reliable and sturdy titanium handle with an integrated frame lock. With a blade length of just 2.81 inches and a handle that’s not much longer than that, this is an easily-pocketed refined EDC folder for the modern man — and few others come close to its spectacularness.

Blade: Damascus
Blade Length: 2.81″
Lock: Frame
Total Length: 6.5″

Purchase: $395

Benchmade Anthem 781 Knife

Benchmade gets a bit of flak amongst some of the grittier members of the everyday carry community, as the brand has a reputation for offering somewhat expensive knives that might seem out of reach for those with lower budgets. And while disdain for the high prices is understandable, those prices are not unwarranted. After all, Benchmade does manufacture some of the highest-quality production everyday carry knives around. Take, for example, the Anthem 781 you see here. This handsome blade boasts a billet titanium handle that’s incredibly strong and both slim and lightweight. In fact, despite the fact that this knife measures up at 8.06″ overall and has a CPM-20CV steel blade, it weighs just 3.66oz in total. Furthermore, it comes equipped with the brand’s signature AXIS lock, it was made here in the USA, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee. We’d put money down that, between its pedigree and quality, you’re not going to find anything even remotely comparable for less.

Blade: CPM-20CV
Blade Length: 3.5″
Lock: AXIS
Total Length: 8.06″

Purchase: $445

The 15 Best Ultralight EDC Knives

Titanium has a better strength-to-weight ratio than steel, but its inclusion in a folder does not inherently make it lightweight. The blades on our list of the best ultralight EDC knives, however, were made specifically with the idea of keeping the ounces down to a minimum.

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