The 5 Best New EDC Knives Of September

Sep 22, 2021

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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: knives are tools that are meant to be used and we encourage everyone to carry one with them at all times and utilize it as often as possible. however, there are also consequences to actions and, no matter how much we’d love for our everyday carry gear to last forever, we often find ourselves looking for upgrades or just expansions of our collections. Thankfully, these tools are also fairly easy to come by, so long as you have some spending money.

And that’s what this guide is all about: presenting a collection of what we think are five of the best new knives you can buy on Blade HQ right this very moment. Whether you want a super-casual, budget-friendly folder you can truck around on the daily or you want a high-end auto knife to add to the rotation, you’re going to find it below. And, who knows, you might just want to pick up all five and add them to your ever-growing collection. Whatever the case, you’ll find a worthy blade amongst these new releases.

Kansept Knives Prickle Knife

Yes, the Kansept Prickle looks a little bit like a cyborg ninja might be carrying it around, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. What it means is this knife is sleek and, when in view, intimidatingly beautiful courtesy of its black finish with bronze accents. But it’s also well-constructed, boasting a combination G-10 and stainless steel handle, a reliable liner lock, an aggressive tanto-shaped 154CM steel blade, and more.

Blade: 154CM
Handle: G-10 & Stainless Steel
Blade Length: 3.5″
Total Length: 8.125″
Lock Type: Liner

Purchase: $74

Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Exclusive Tanto Knife

Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 is a legendary folding knife, full stop. But the only place you can get one with this Japanese-inspired tanto blade shape is through Blade HQ, which makes this version all the more enticing. Of course, you still get the nigh-unbeatable Compression Lock that has garnered the brand plenty of accolades, as well as a superb CPM-S30V steel blade and grippy G-10 handle scales. If you can swing the investment, this is definitely a must-have knife.

Blade: CPM-S30V
Handle: G-10
Blade Length: 3.44″
Total Length: 8.28″
Lock Type: Compression

Purchase: $180

Benchmade Bugout 535BK-4 Knife

If you’re reading this, there’s probably a good chance you’re already familiar with just how much we love Benchmade’s Bugout folding knife. Well, get ready for more because this unique special edition, marked by a gorgeous machined aluminum handle and a black-finished Bohler M390 steel blade, is a gorgeous and reliable workhorse cutting tool you’ll want to show off every chance you get. Even priced at $234, we think this knife is a steal.

Blade: Cerakote-Finished Bohler M390
Handle: Aluminum
Blade Length: 3.24″
Total Length: 7.46″
Lock Type: AXIS

Purchase: $234

Pena Knives X-Series Exclusive Swayback Flipper

For proof that a more traditional, old-school silhouette can be elevated with unique, modern materials, go no further than the Pena Knives X-Series Swayback Flipper you see here. This version of the Swayback is a Blade HQ exclusive, meaning you’ll only find it through the famed knife retailer’s site, and comes with natural G-10 handle scales, an upscale Bohler M390 steel blade, and — our favorite bit — a subtle and discreet frame lock that doesn’t detract from the knife’s minimalist design.

Blade: Bohler M390
Handle: G-10
Blade Length: 2.875″
Total Length: 6.5″
Lock Type: Frame

Purchase: $274

Microtech Exocet Stormtrooper Automatic Knife

Microtech is one of our few favorite go-to automatic knife brands because everything they make is outstanding, pretty much without exception. And it should come as no surprise that you’ll find more of the same with this version of their OTF Exocet with its all-white finish, double-edged (one plain and one serrated) premium steel blade, and its aluminum handle. Furthermore, this knife is actually legal to carry in California, which makes it an especially hot ticket, as CA-legal auto knives are hard to come by. And it doesn’t hurt at all that it was made in the USA.

Blade: CTS-204P
Handle: Aluminum
Blade Length: 1.98″
Total Length: 5.625″
Lock Type: N/A (Automatic)

Purchase: $429

The 5 Best New EDC Knives Of September 2020

While they’re no longer brand-spanking-new, the bladed tools on our guide to the best knives on Blade HQ from September of 2020 is still chock-full of outstanding folders that are very much worth your hard-earned cash. If newness isn’t an absolute necessity to you, we suggest checking them out.

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