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When you leave the house, which pocket essentials do you reach for fi rst? Your smartphone, wallet, and keys are must-haves. Other essential tools most likely include a pocketknife and fl ashlight. If you don’t already carry a knife, we highly suggest doing so. It may not seem like it, but you’d be surprised just how much use you get out of a knife throughout the day.

This ageless tool serves a variety of purposes and can be used many times a day without the user even realizing it. From opening freshly delivered packages to slicing up fruit on your break time, the pocketknife comes in handy for too many daily uses to list. In emergency situations, a knife can even be a lifesaver. Breaking glass to rescue someone stuck in a crashed vehicle or deployed as a defensive weapon, a knife can be an indispensible tool to have with you.

Pocketknives are made in so many variations that it can be intimidating to shop for if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Where do you start your search for your every day carry knife? We recommend considering your intended practical use, desired size and your budget. What does your daily routine look like? Do you spend most of the day in the office or are you usually out in the field all day long? How much do you carry in your EDC setup? How do you dress? Do you tend to keep things simple and carry only what fits in your pockets or do you prepare for all eventualities and haul a bag around with you? What’s your budget? What tasks would you need a knife for? Addressing these questions realistically will give you a better idea of what kind of knife you will want to carry.

Other aspects that one should think about include the way a pocketknife feels when held. Does it feel comfortable and secure? Can you deploy its blade and control it easily? Your knife should be balanced and controllable, also it should be easy to open and close its blade if you’re looking at a folding or automatic knife. Also don’t underestimate its looks. It should fit your sense of style as you will be carrying and using it day in, day out.

The following guide features a wide variety of popular everyday carry pocketknives. This collection is purposefully varied in terms of style, purpose, and budget. Let’s take a look at which knife, or knives, you will carry with you on the daily. EDC

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