EDC Knife

J.KB over at the Gun Free Zone has a post up today about people asking to borrow one of his knives.

When I lived in Chicagoland, my redneck self was usually the only person with a knife so colleagues and coworkers would ask to borrow mine.

I don’t live in Chicago, but also being a repurposed redneck, I live in a city full of dependent urban dwellers who’s idea of being prepared is having their AAA membership paid up and their apartment maintenance guy on speed dial.

I left a comment but it started to wander off into a review of what I carry everyday; it got too long for a comment so I decided to bring it over here.

My comment was regarding the fact that it seems to be the very people who “poke fun” at me for always carrying a knife are the very ones who ask to borrow it constantly.

I mentioned that although I own many knives, I only carry one routinely, and that’s what almost led me down the rabbit hole of discussing my EDC knife. Here’s the part that I decided to move over here:

I have lots of knives for various different things, and I may carry more than one of them with me when I’m engaging in specific activities, but I really only have one “EDC” knife that I always have with me.

I have a very specific way I like to carry my knife: I like it clipped to the inside of my strong hand front pocket with the blade down and the back forward. This allows me to pull it out of the pocket and it’s ready to deploy without having to change my grip.

This sounds simple, except that I’m left handed and there aren’t a lot of knife makers who cater to it. Most of them only offer clip positions intended for point up or point down carry in the right pocket. For that reason, my choices are a little limited.

The one I’ve found and like the most is the Kershaw Cryo 2. Yes, I know the blade is Chinese and I admit it doesn’t hold an edge for long…the upside is that it does sharpen easily and I can get it back to razor sharpness in a couple of minutes using my stones and a strop. Even one of those ceramic “v” sharpeners work reasonably well in restoring the edge and that only takes a few seconds.

It’s all steel so it’s extremely durable and it’s inexpensive enough that I don’t concern myself with carrying it every day and abusing the blade by using it in situations for which it was never intended. If I lose it somewhere (which I’ve done more than once) or bend or break the blade (which I’ve never had an issue with so far), no big deal, I can get another one for less than $40.

I’d be a lot more reticent to really use the blade as a general use tool if I had $200 into the knife.

Other than the blade steel that’s softer than I’d like, the only other downside is that it’s an “assisted opening” knife which some states consider a switchblade and will arrest you for, so you’ve got to be careful when traveling and carry an alternative if you’re leaving free America.

A good alternative non-assisted opening knife is the Spyderco Tenacious. It uses the same Chinese steel as the Cryo 2 for the blade but the clip can be mounted in any of the four possible positions so it will work for me. It’s quite a bit more expensive than the Cryo 2 ($52 vs $32 on Amazon) but still relatively inexpensive. It’s also lighter having G10 handle scales rather than being all steel. The reason I’d choose the Cryo 2 for my main EDC is that I prefer the assisted opening as long as I’m in a place it won’t get me into legal trouble, and I like the blade profile of the Cryo 2 better than the Tenacious….but if I need a non-assisted knife, the Tenacious does the job.

By the way, the original version of the Cryo 2…the Cryo…is exactly the same as the Cryo 2 only scaled down a little bit (actually, to be technically accurate, the Cryo 2 is a scaled up version of the original Cryo, but you get the point). The Cryo has a 2.75″ blade while the Cryo 2 has a 3.25″ blade, so the Cryo 2’s frame is proportionally bigger as well. Otherwise, they’re identical. I’ve got both and I prefer the bigger version, but some may like the smaller one. YMMV.

I’ve also seen a Tanto blade version of the Cryo and Cryo 2 on Amazon, but I prefer the drop point style and I don’t see the Tanto blade version on Kershaw’s website so I don’t know if they stopped making them or what.

Anyway, if you’re interested in what knife I carry and why…there you go. If you’re not…why are you still reading this??? (just kidding…you’re more than welcome to read my humble scribblings whether you’re interested or not. No additional charge for the rambling, stream of consciousness, boring stuff.)

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3 thoughts on “EDC Knife

  1. Picked up the cryo 2 a couple of days ago, based on your recommendation. Nice solid knife! Really like the feel of it in my palm. The blade works just fine for me (went for the tanto), and it sharpens up fairly quickly with an insta-sharpener I picked up at a gun show a few years back. Nice job all around there Chief! It goes with me everywhere now.

    • Wow, I’m humbled. I wasn’t sure anyone was even still reading considering how inconsistent my posting is and for someone to regard me highly enough to take a chance on accepting my opinion…well…thanks. I’m glad you’re as happy with the knife as I have been with mine.

      • You’re a Navy man, so you’re already one up on most folks (nudge nudge, wink wink). Besides, I enjoy your posts when they’re available and your reasoning was sound on the blade. Here’s to red skies at night, fair winds and following seas. Be well!

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