The 5 Best New EDC Knives of March 2022

Mar 21, 2022

Category: Gear

Presented By

For years, the everyday carry space was a fairly niche segment that was unknown to most individuals outside of military or law enforcement circles. Over the last decade, however, the EDC sector has absolutely exploded in popularity, being embraced by more and more people each day. In response to the hugely increased demand, we’ve been treated to more novel knife releases than ever before — both from reputable, tried and true outfits and up-and-coming startups. And while this does give buyers more options from which to select than ever before, it can also make it exceedingly difficult to hone in on the few standout knives of each month’s new releases. Well aware of this reality, we’ve kept our finger on the pulse of the industry, keeping constant tabs on freshly-unveiled blades in order to deliver this curated guide to our favorite new everyday carry knives this month.

SOG Stout FLK

Though it’s by no means a top-shelf model, SOG’s Stout FLK offers a shocking amount of performance and utility for a $60 knife. The Stout FLK features a 2.62” CRYO D2 steel clip point blade that’s deployed via either a flipper tab or nail-nick-thumb-hole hybrid and is smoothly guided by a set of ball bearings. Decorated in a stonewashed finish ,the blade is mated to a framelock-equipped handle comprised of a stainless steel chassis adorned with a G-10 scale on the side opposite the locking mechanism.

Blade: D2
Handle: G-10 & Stainless Steel
Blade Length: 2.62″
Total Length: 6.39″
Lock Type: Framelock

Purchase: $60

The James Brand The Ellis V2

A newly-released second generation of The James Brand’s popular Ellis multi-tool, the Ellis V2 retains its predecessor’s handle shape and construction and 2.6” partially-serrated Sandvik 12C27 steel drop point blade, however, the gen-one’s fold-out bottle-opener has been jettisoned in favor of a set of Swiss Army Knife-style scissors. The nail-nick-opening blade can also now be secured using a lockback mechanism. Equipped with an integrated pry-bar and bit driver at the bottom of the handle, this knife is also offered in multiple color options, and with either G-10 or Micarta scales.

Blade: Sandvik 12C27
Handle: Micarta
Blade Length: 2.75”
Total Length: 6.5”
Lock Type: Lockback

Purchase: $99

Ontario Ti22 Equinox

While it may sound like a bold or hyperbolic statement, we’d argue that you’d be hard-pressed to find a truly-premium everyday carry knife that offers more value or bang for your buck than Ontario’s Ti22 Equinox. Crafted from materials that are typically reserved for knives that cost two-to-four times the MSRP of the Ti22 Equinox, this knife is comprised of a bronze-anodized set of framelock-equipped titanium handles that are paired with a 3.15” black Tanto blade that’s crafted from top-shelf CPM S35VN and opened using a flipper tab.

Blade: CPM S35VN
Handle: Titanium
Blade Length: 3.15″
Total Length: 7.43″
Lock Type: Framelock

Purchase: $100

GiantMouse ACE Farley

The ACE has long been one of GiantMouse’s most popular knives, and as such is produced in a slew of different variants. And while the Jesper Voxnaes and Jens Anso-designed knife has previously been offered with frame or liner locks, the Italian cutlery outfit has now debuted a more old-school slipjoint variant of the knife that retains the locking version’s top-shelf material array. This means that the ACE Farley gets a set of milled brass handles that house a 2.80” drop point blade crafted from ultra-premium Böhler M390 blade steel.

Blade: Böhler M390
Handle: Brass
Blade Length: 2.80″
Total Length: 6.50”
Lock Type: Slipjoint

Purchase: $165

Microtech UTX-85 II Signature Series S/E

If you’re partial to something a little more tactical for your EDC, then it’s hard to beat an OTF model from Microtech. More conducive to everyday carry and slightly more pocketable at 15% smaller than Microtech’s wildly-popular Ultratech OTF model, the UTX-85 II Signature Series S/E packs a partially-serrated 3.125″ Böhler M390 drop point blade that shoots out of a double-action aluminum handle with a textured thumb-slide and an engraved and bead-blasted, tip-down pocket clip. And, while this knife is illegal to carry in some regions, Microtech does also sell California-legal automatic OTF knives.

Blade: Böhler M390
Handle: Aluminum
Blade Length: 3.125″
Total Length: 7.50″
Lock Type: Double-Action Thumb-Slide

Purchase: $346

The 5 Best New EDC Knives of February 2022

Still haven’t found the right knife? Then be sure to check out our guide to last month’s best new knives for an additional handpicked array of five of the best new blades released in recent times.

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Gear

Carhartt’s Force Work Short Is the Perfect Choice to Withstand the Summer Heat

Like the other members of the company's Force line, these shorts wick off sweat thanks to the FastDry technology.

Posted By Ethan Brehm

Partner

JackRabbit Rolls Out the Ideal Urban Commuter With a Sweat-Free eBike

A pedal-less eBike with a 300-watt motor, 10-mile range, & a 20mph top speed.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner
Featured Image

The 10 Best Rooftop Camping Tents for 2022 Excursions

Get a better night's sleep off of the cold, wet ground with these great alternatives.

Posted By

May 24, 2022

Featured Image

BUILTBYLEGENDS’ IMONO Key Is a Functional Relic for JDM Fans

The Tokyo-designed key is crafted from 303 stainless steel.

Posted By

May 24, 2022

Featured Image

Gerber Unveils an Ultra-Premium, American-Made Everyday Carry Knife

The Savvy is one of the EDC favorite's most premium pocket knives ever.

Posted By

May 23, 2022

Featured Image

Carhartt’s Force Work Shorts Wick Sweat and Move with You on the Job

Enjoy a comfortable fit all the way through thanks to Rugged Flex stretch technology.

Posted By

May 23, 2022