The 5 Best New EDC Knives Of August

Aug 17, 2020

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A true knife collector’s work is never really done — which is an inexorable fact for a number of reasons. For starters, if you really value blades as tools, you’re going to want to use them day-in and day-out — meaning the ones you presently own will, over time, wear out and/or break and, eventually, require a replacement.

Furthermore, knife designers and knifemaking brands are always trying to come up with the latest and greatest designs, figure out new and interesting ways to apply materials, and just generally keep things in the everyday carry and knife communities interesting. This month, we’ve got five more superb blades to add to your own collection, perfect for both those just getting started and lifelong veterans of the industry alike.

Kershaw Brandywine Slipjoint Knife

Typically, Kershaw trades in more modern folding knives — offering interesting, up-to-date designs. But even they understand that, in order to do something new and interesting, you sometimes have to harken back to the past. And that’s what they’ve done with their Brandywine Slipjoint knife you see here. This non-locking folder is based on old-school workman’s knives, but it actually features materials familiar to today’s knifemakers and EDC fanatics — including a synthetic G10 handle and a trio of blades built from 7Cr17MoV steel. It’s not a game-changer, but at this price point, this is a spectacular blend of old-school style and modern materials.

Blade: 7Cr17MoV
Handle: G10
Blade Length: 2.60″
Total Length: 6.20″
Type: Gentleman’s Knife

Purchase: $25

Spyderco RockJumper Knife

Spyderco is well known in the EDC world for building some of the best folding knives around, especially in the tactical category. For their latest folding knife release, the RockJumper, they’ve turned their attention to the world of the outdoors. You see, this FRN-handled and VG-10-bladed Wharncliffe pocket knife was made specifically for those that like to get out into nature and climb, hike, trek, and adventure. It’s lightweight, reliable, easy to maintain, and can even be used reliably in inclement weather.

Blade: VG-10
Handle: FRN
Blade Length: 2.83″
Total Length: 7.49″
Type: Outdoor Folder

Purchase: $87

Kizer Nick Swan Matanzas Knife

There’s certainly something to be said for unique silhouettes, especially in knifemaking. While there are only so many materials out there that can be reasonably used in the construction of an everyday carry knife, their combination alongside an interesting format can make all the difference in helping a blade to stand out. And that’s exactly the case with the Nick Swan-designed Kizer Matanzas you see here. This slim flipper boasts a recurve tanto blade built from high-end CPM-S35VN steel, a lightweight and durable titanium frame lock handle with Micarta inlays, and they’re joined at a buttery-smooth caged ceramic ball-bearing pivot for quick deployment every time you use it.

Blade: CPM-S35VN
Handle: Titanium & Micarta
Blade Length: 3.44″
Total Length: 8.00″
Type: EDC Folder

Purchase: $176

CRKT Provoke Kinematic Morphing Karambit

Joe Caswell’s game-changing “morphing karambit,” known now as the CRKT Provoke, has forever altered the everyday carry and tactical knife industries for the better. And while the original all-black version is stellar (as is the stormtrooper-inspired white-and-black version), we’re particularly excited about this new Desert Sand colorway. Of course, it still boasts its revolutionary morphing deployment system, a D2 steel hawkbill blade, and a lightweight and durable anodized aluminum handle. Truly, this blade just gets better and better.

Blade: D2
Handle: Aluminum
Blade Length: 2.41″
Total Length: 7.37″
Type: Tactical Folding Karambit

Purchase: $200

GiantMouse ACE Sonoma Knife

The very first frame lock EDC knife in the GiantMouse ACE lineup, this is a sleek and slender flipper perfectly suited to everyday carry enthusiasts with a flavor for high-end gear that’s still hardworking and durable. Produced for the brand by Reate Knives, the blade is built from Böhler M390 steel, the handle is crafted from solid titanium, and it boasts a ball-bearing pivot for ultra-smooth one-handed deployment. This isn’t your typical EDC knife; it’s the elevated final form of that hard-use folder of which you’re so fond.

Blade: Bohler M390
Handle: Canvas Micarta
Blade Length: 3.375″
Total Length: 7.875″
Type: EDC Folder

Purchase: $265

The 5 Best New EDC Knives Of July

If these new releases haven’t quite scratched your itch, you’ll find five more spectacular offerings on last month’s guide to the best new EDC knives.

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