Prepping for everyday challenges or the occasional zombie apocalypse? EDC knives are the perfect for both. From folding knives to fixed blades, having a knife you can carry at all times, for any situation, is crucial in today’s world. 

Whether you're a dedicated outdoor enthusiast, a tactical professional, or simply someone who values the functionality and design of a great blade, we’ve put together a list of our favorite EDC knives.

Toor Knives has dedicated the past decade to delivering top-quality EDC gear to enhance your preparedness and convenience. We stand behind our knives and continue to grow our line-up of blades made right here in the USA.

BEST FOLDING: Merchant 2.0 S




What to consider when it comes to choosing an EDC knife.

Selecting the right EDC knife involves several crucial factors. Initially, it’s important to assess the design and specific purpose of the knife. Is it tailored for general everyday tasks, or is it designed with specialized features for specific applications? Understanding the primary use of the knife will guide your selection process.

Material and sharpness of the blade are next on the list. A high-quality, sharp blade is essential for effective and efficient cutting, crucial for daily tasks. Consider the type of steel and edge retention to ensure your knife stays sharp longer.

The size and weight of the knife are also vital; a good EDC knife should be comfortable to carry and not feel like a burden. It should be compact enough to fit in your pocket or on your belt without impeding movement.

Don’t overlook the handle of the knife. The design and materials of the handle affect grip and comfort, which in turn influence control and fatigue during use. A handle with good ergonomics will provide better control and reduce strain during extended use.

Lastly, personal comfort and familiarity with the knife should not be underestimated. Confidence in handling your EDC knife, particularly in urgent or challenging situations, is crucial for effective use.

Merchant 2.0 S

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Best Folding: Merchant 2.0 S

If you're looking for a reliable EDC folding knife, the Merchant 2.0 S might just be the perfect pick (at least in our biased opinion, don’t @ us). This knife follows the design of its popular predecessor but comes with some great updates. It now features slimmer handles, making it lighter and easier to carry around in your pocket. Plus, it has a deep carry pocket clip that lets it sit lower in your pocket, making it more comfortable to carry throughout the day.

The Merchant 2.0 S is designed to be the ultimate EDC knife. It has a standard, curved blade that makes cutting smooth and easy. It’s also built with a special kind of titanium, called 6al-4v, for the handle and the frame lock, making it very durable and strong. The blade itself is made from CPM S35VN steel, known for staying sharp and being easy to sharpen when needed. Every part of this knife, including the screws and the back spacer, is custom-made in our facility, also from the same high-quality titanium.

The blade moves smoothly thanks to phosphor bronze washers, so it folds easily and safely. You can choose the Merchant 2.0 S with a Black KG Gunkote Titanium handle and Black Oxide blade, or a Raw Titanium handle with Black Oxide blade. Whichever you choose, you're getting a knife that’s proudly made in San Diego by skilled craftsmen dedicated to creating the best tools for EDC use.


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Best Fixed Blade: Krypteia

If you need a sturdy and dependable fixed blade EDC knife, the Krypteia is a standout choice. This knife is known for its concealability and low profile, thanks to its KYDEX® sheath that makes it easy to carry discreetly. Whether you’re working in law enforcement or carrying it as part of your everyday gear, the Krypteia offers both versatility and a sense of security, making it one of our best-selling knives.

The Krypteia is designed for practicality and ease of use. It features a textured handle that provides a firm grip in various conditions. The handle also has a thumb ramp with jimping, which is particularly useful for drawing the blade quickly and safely in reverse grip. Additionally, there’s a lanyard hole at the end of the handle, perfect for attaching retention cords to keep the knife secure.

The blade itself is flat-ground nearly to the spine, which not only gives you a razor-sharp edge but also extends the life of the blade by making it easier to sharpen. This design ensures that the knife can handle a wide range of cutting tasks with ease.

Every Krypteia knife is proudly made in the USA and comes with a black KYDEX® sheath. This sheath is not only durable and protective but also compatible with any of our sheath mounts, allowing for various carrying options to suit your needs. Whether you’re in the field or on the street, the Krypteia is a reliable knife that you can count on for EDC and those awesome pocket dump photos.

Jank Shank S

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Best for Budget: Jank Shank S

For those looking for a high-quality EDC knife without breaking the bank, the Jank Shank S is an excellent choice. This knife has been updated with new features that make it more effective and easier to use, all while keeping it affordable.

The Jank Shank S now comes with a Standard blade shape, making it versatile for various everyday tasks. It's crafted from CPM M4 steel, known for its exceptional strength and edge retention, ensuring that the knife performs well even in the toughest conditions.

We've listened to your feedback and improved the scale patterns on the handle of the Jank Shank S. The new design provides better retention and grip, making it more comfortable and secure in hand, even in demanding environments. This is crucial for anyone relying on their knife for frequent tasks.

Each knife comes equipped with a DuoTone™ KYDEX® sheath, which features easy retention adjustability. This sheath is designed to eliminate blade rattle through multiple friction offsets, ensuring your knife is securely stored and silent when on the move.

Available in new SOCOM Black and Phantom Grey colorways, the Jank Shank S offers style along with functionality. Like all our knives, the Jank Shank S is proudly made in San Diego, CA, by our skilled manufacturing team, guaranteeing a product that meets our high standards of quality and craftsmanship. With the Jank Shank S, you get a dependable EDC knife that’s easy on the wallet and ready for whatever comes your way.

Chasm XLT

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Honorable Mention: Chasm XLT

We couldn’t leave without dropping in another one of our top folding knives, the Chasm XLT. This model features a Tanto blade variation, popular for its strength and precision, with an impressive thickness of 0.2 inches that adds significant mass to the steel at the tip for enhanced durability.

The knife incorporates a billet titanium milled clip, machined from 6al-4v titanium to ensure longevity and resistance to wear. The thickness of over 0.2 inches guarantees that the clip can handle rigorous use over a lifetime. The Chasm XLT is also equipped with a custom-machined titanium lockbar overtravel screw, designed to prevent lockup failures and maintain the knife’s functionality under stress.

An innovative thumb stud design with a smooth, tapered finish aids in improving the lockup action, securing the knife in an open position reliably. The thumb studs are fitted with a T8 Torx driver head to maximize thread retention, enhancing the knife's overall structural integrity.

Additionally, the Chasm XLT features a G10 backspacer with a lanyard hole, which adds to the knife’s rigidity. The backspacer is designed with jimping notches to ensure a firm grip, making the knife comfortable and secure in hand during use.

Each knife showcases a Black Oxide finish on CPM 154 steel and is complemented by a textured G10 show-side scale, available in Stealth or Carbon options. With its exceptional build and materials, the Chasm XLT is a prime example of advanced knife engineering, suitable for both everyday tasks and demanding applications.

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