Almost everyone that has carried a knife with them on a regular basis can agree that an everyday carry knife is almost necessary for all the tasks that we humans have to take on each day. Personally, I love a good everyday carry knife, so much so that I have two knives that I switch off carrying because I can’t decide which one I like more. Problems, am I right?!
My two favorite and recommended everyday carry knives are the CRKT Ignitor and the CRKT Fulcrum 2 Compact. While these knives might not be the most expensive or popular everyday carry options, they are both amazing and useful knives that can do everything that I need them to on a daily basis.
When it comes down to what knife you will carry around with you daily, it is mostly personal preference. Most knives made by reputable companies will get the job done and work well for everyday carry, these are just my personal recommendations and favorites.
My Two Recommended Everyday Carry Knives
While it is just a personal opinion, I prefer my everyday carry knives to be folding knives. I just find that folding knives are easier for me to carry around and I’m not going to be doing anything too intense on a daily basis, so a folding knife will work just fine for me.
I’ve had the Ignitor for a while now and it is still impressing me just as much as it was when I first received it.
It’s just a really sturdy and durable folder that is also very versatile. I’ve carried it around with me off and on (switching between the Ignitor and the Fulcrum 2) and I am very impressed with its ability to just tackle any task that I put in front of it.
The form factor of the Ignitor is also super great and it fits in my hand and pocket with ease. Even if I’m doing something that takes a lot of work or pressure on the knife, the handle doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold.
Overall, the CRKT Ignitor is a really useful, durable, and easy and comfortable to use folding knife that makes an excellent everyday carry blade.
The CRKT Fulcrum 2 and the Fulcrum 2 Compact (just a smaller version of the Fulcrum 2) are really great knives for everyday carry and general use.
If you are doing jobs commonly that take a little bit more of a durable knife, I would definitely choose the CRKT Ignitor over the Fulcrum 2. That is not to say the Fulcrum 2 isn’t durable, it is just not ideal for super-intensive tasks.
While the Fulcrum 2 is a super cool and useful blade on its own, the thing that sets it apart from others similar to it is its unique opening system. The blade on this knife is also very strong and durable and also holds a nice edge for a long time. For a full review of the CRKT Fulcrum, check my article about it here.
Overall, the CRKT Fulcrum 2 is a really great knife for everyday carry. The materials that it is made of are nice and top quality and the unique opening system is a nice feature that is sure to impress your friends.
Other Great Everyday Carry Knife Options
While I highly recommend the CRKT Ignitor and Fulcrum 2, there are many other great options out there.
Over the time that I’ve spent using and carrying around a knife for everyday carry, I have used a lot of good and a ton of bad blades. Below are some of my favorite that I recommend if you already own the Ignitor and Fulcrum 2, don’t like them for some reason, or just want some more amazing everyday carry knife options.
|Everyday Carry Knife||Low Budget||Medium Budget||High Budget||Folding or Fixed Blade|
|Cold Steel Tuff Lite||✔||Folding Blade|
|CRKT Fulcrum 2||✔||Folding Blade|
|CRKT Ignitor||✔||Folding Blade|
|Spyderco Tenacious||✔||Folding Blade|
|Benchmade Bugout||✔||Folding Blade|
|Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker||✔||Fixed Blade|
|ESEE Izula II||✔||Fixed Blade|
|Benchmade Hidden Canyon||✔||Fixed Blade|
This knife is a little bit on the small side of things but is so handy and useful. It has a solid construction and is a really good knife just to stick in your pocket and forget about it because it is so lightweight.
The Cold Steel Tuff Lite is a really cool knife that has all the functionality that is expected from a good everyday carry knife and the price is really reasonable for what an amazing tool you are getting.
One of my personal favorite knives for everyday carry, I cannot recommend the CRKT Fulcrum 2 enough. The opening system is just so cool! And the entire knife is super durable and useful. Totally worth it.
You can read more about the CRKT Fulcrum 2 in my full review here.
Overall, the CRKT Fulcrum is just a super amazing knife for everyday carry that I fully recommend without any hesitation.
Again, one of my favorite knives for everyday carry along with the Fulcrum 2. This knife is just really a champ and a beast. It is super useful and versatile, while at the same time being stylish and reasonably priced. Love it.
The CRKT Ignitor is an all-around great choice for an everyday carry blade that is sure to serve you well and be extremely useful.
Sporting the Spyderco signature thumb hole in the blade, this knife is a great option for everyday carry and is super durable. Out of all my recommendations, this knife is one of the most durable blades. It just keeps working even when it gets old and beat up.
Overall, the Spyderco Tenacious is a great and durable knife that is amazing for everyday carry and anything else you throw at it.
While a little on the expensive side out of all the everyday carry knives that I recommend, it is also one of the best and most reliable. Really, you get what you pay for with this knife. And let me tell you, you are paying a handsome price so you are receiving a top-notch tool that works well for everyday carry.
The Benchmade Bugout knife is extremely high quality and makes an elegant and functional addition to anyone everyday carry knife collection.
Made of really great materials and sporting an awesome and practical design, this fixed blade knife is a great choice for an everyday carry blade. This knife is so durable that you could even use it for super-intensive tasks like bushcraft and survival if you needed to.
Overall, the Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker is a great all-around knife that makes a super awesome everyday carry knife but can double as a blade for more intensive uses if you need it to.
A super popular option for a fixed blade everyday carry knife, this blade does not disappoint. The design and entire knife is just on point (no pun intended) and can really do whatever task you throw at it. The super ergonomic handle of this knife makes it really comfortable and easy to hold, even for long periods of time.
The ESEE Izula II is a great and useful everyday carry knife that is sure to last a long time even if you use it for hard tasks.
Of course, its made by Benchmade, this knife is super high quality and very well built. The handle of this knife is also really easy to hold and fits very well in the hand. That’s really all that I have to say about this knife. It’s just amazing.
The Benchmade Hidden Canyon is a very well designed and made knife that is the ultimate everyday carry knife if you can afford the hefty price tag.
How to Choose the Perfect Everyday Carry Knife
Each person has a different set of needs that they want their everyday carry knife to be able to complete. This means that there is no one size fits all knife that will make the perfect everyday carry knife for everyone.
Below are the few things that I like to look at in a knife before I consider it a candidate for an everyday carry knife for me. There are obviously more things to consider that the things listed, but they are a good starting place to get your mind moving.
Fixed Blade or Folding?
The first thing that I consider when choosing a new everyday carry knife is whether it should be a fixed blade or a folding knife. When deciding this, it really comes down to what you will be using your knife for as well as personal preference.
Most tasks that you will encounter will be able to be completed with either a folding or fived blade knife. If these are the only types of tasks you intend to do with your knife, just base your choice on personal preference. However, if you want to be able to use your knife for intensive and harder things, you might want to go with a fixed blade knife for everyday carry just for the added strength and stability.
For me, being able to just slip it into my pocket and have it be lightweight is really important so I prefer a folding knife as my everyday carry blade. But it really comes down to what you want to do with your knife as well as what you prefer.
Materials and Build Quality
The next thing that I look at in a knife is the build quality of it and what materials it is made of. For an everyday carry knife, you typically want it to be pretty sturdy and made of good materials. This will ensure that you get a lot of miles out of the knife and will make you more confident that your knife can handle most of the tasks that you will commonly run into.
Everyday carry knives are constantly being banged around in your pocket as well as being used for some pretty strange tasks, so it is probably a good idea to find a knife that will hold up pretty good.
Blade Type and Grind
The type of blade that you have on your everyday carry knife will reflect what tasks you will be able to complete with ease. If you are doing tasks often that will need a bit of a saw-like blade to cut through things, I would consider a serrated or partially serrated blade.
For me, I don’t intend to do a lot of cutting or activities where a serrated blade would come in handy, so I prefer and blades with non-serrated edges. But again, that’s just me and it all depends on what you intend to use your everyday carry knife for.
Last of all, but still a very crucial part I think, is the aesthetics of the knife. I mean, if this is your everyday carry knife you are likely going to be carrying it almost everywhere and you would hate to have an unfashionable knife on you. Just choose a knife that you wouldn’t mind being seen with.
The mistake that a lot of people make is choosing a knife based solely on how it looks. Actually, now that I think about it, I have done that as well. Well then, let me just tell you that the functionality of an everyday carry knife should come before how it looks. You will thank me later.
Overall, everyday carry knives are very subjective, but this was my attempt at sharing some of my favorite knives for everyday carry after trying so many different blades. My absolute favorite knives for everyday carry are the CRKT Fulcrum 2 and the CRKT Ignitor.
It can often be quite confusing sometimes because there are so many different options out there, but these are some of my favorite knives for everyday carry that I can recommend without hesitation because they are all just that good.
- Cold Steel Tuff Lite
- CRKT Fulcrum 2
- CRKT Ignitor
- Spyderco Tenacious
- Benchmade Bugout
- Ka-Bar BK11 Becker Necker
- ESEE Izula II
- Benchmade Hidden Canyon
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Check out my recommended gear page on this site to see all the gear that I personally recommend and love. All of it is battle-tested gear and knives that I love and recommend without hesitation.