The 5 Best New EDC Knives of December 2022

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The best gifts are the ones that actually get used by their recipients — a fact that makes everyday carry items a stellar option when shopping for presents. And with the holiday season right around the corner, we’ve scoured the latest releases on Blade HQ to deliver this guide to the best new everyday carry knives of the month. So, whether you’re shopping for a friend, a family member, or rewarding yourself with a new knife after a long year, this list has got you covered. 

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Schrade Slyte

Made in America, the Schrade Slyte is an affordable frame-locking folder that offers solid performance in a compact package. Weighing less than 3.5oz, the knife is comprised of a black stonewashed stainless steel handle that’s mated to a 3.00” D2 blade with a hybrid Wharnecliffe-tanto profile. Measuring 0.10” thick, the blade is also deployed via a flipper tab and guided by a ball bearing pivot. 

Blade: D2
Handle: Stainless Steel
Blade Length: 3.00”
Total Length: 7.50”
Lock Type: Framelock

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Kansept Knives Egress

Offering incredible value and bang for your buck, the Kansept Knives Egress is an immensely capable everyday carry knife that punches well above its weight. Spanning 8.25” overall, the knife is constructed around a liner lock-equipped stainless steel frame that’s been cloaked in a set of grippy Micarta scales. Paired with the Egress’ handle is a 3.80” satin-finished Wharncliffe blade that’s smoothly guided via a ball bearing pivot and opened via a uniquely-shaped thumb hole or flipper tab. In addition to being 0.13” thick, the blade is also crafted from premium CPM S35VN steel. 

Blade: CPM S35VN
Handle: Micarta
Blade Length: 3.80”
Total Length: 8.25”
Lock Type: Liner Lock

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Benchmade Barrage Limited Edition

In 2009, Benchmade introduced the Barrage, an everyday carry-specific folding knife that marked the Oregon City outfit’s first-ever AXIS-lock folding knife to sport an assisted-opening mechanism. The immense popularity of the knife has ultimately prompted Benchmade to produce followup versions, such as this top-shelf limited edition variant that gains a set of white FRN scales and an ultra-premium black-finished S90V blade steel. In typical Benchmade fashion, this knife has also been bestowed with a dual thumb-stud setup, a reversible tip-up pocket clip, and an AXIS lock mechanism — the latter of which is backed by an auto-style safety lock located just above the knife’s back-spacer. 

Blade: CPM S90V
Handle: Polymer
Blade Length: 3.625”
Total Length: 8.45”
Lock Type: AXIS

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The James Brand The Kline

Engineered from the ground up for workhorse duties, The James Brand’s The Kline Knife is an American-made EDC folder that’s characterized by its immense utility, premium materials, and stellar craftsmanship. Alongside benefitting from ultra-exacting tolerances and precision manufacturing, The Kline is further elevated by its constructions — a CPM MagnaCut blade steel paired with a Micarta handle set. On top of a low-profile pocket clip, The Kline also comes equipped with an AXIS-style TJB Slide-Lock mechanism. And, with a hollow grind, 3.40” length, and a thickness of 0.12”, The Kline is more than capable of taking on years of hard work and daily use. 

Blade: CPM MagnaCut
Handle: Micarta
Blade Length: 3.40”
Total Length: 8.00”
Lock Type: Slide-Lock

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Böker Plus ME 109 Damast

An incredibly special limited edition knife, the Böker Plus ME 109 Damast sports a 3.15” blade that was sourced from a downed WW2 fighter jet before being forged into a beautiful high-carbon, high-cut 80-layer Damascus blade steel by Chad Nichols. Loaded with nods to the Luftwaffe fighter it sourced its materials from, the knife features an aircraft cockpit-inspired thumb hole opener and a landing gear-inspired flipper tab. The blade has also been mated to a titanium frame locking handle that’s equipped with a set of equally premium Toxic Storm Fat Carbon Fiber scales. 

Blade: Messerschmitt Damascus
Handle: Toxic Storm Fat Carbon Fiber
Blade Length: 3.43”
Total Length: 7.09”
Lock Type: Framelock

The Best New EDC Knives of November

Didn’t find what you were looking for on this month’s list? Then be sure to check out last month’s guide to the best new everyday carry knives for another hand-selected array of newly-released blades.