Part of your everyday carry, or EDC, kit should always be a good knife. It’s every bit as important as your defensive handgun, and I guarantee you’ll get to use it way more often. Folder knives are perfect for EDC because, well, they fold. Foldability allows your knife to have a decent length blade while still being easy to store in your pocket, making easy work of all your day-to-day cutting needs. Folders are useful for everything from cutting fishing line and prepping food to opening the box containing your latest order from

Sometimes equipped with a pocket clip, folder knives tuck themselves securely away in a front or back pocket of your jeans while remaining easily accessible for a quick and easy draw. Some folder knives offer multiple blades and/or a bottle opener. I can attest to the fact that the bottle opener comes in handy. 

Many folder knives have locking mechanisms, which lock the blade into the open position when fully opened. You’ll need to pay attention to the way a knife locks when unfolded and make sure you know whether or not your knife does indeed have a locking mechanism. A folding knife that doesn’t lock open can accidentally fold when you’re using it, especially if you change the direction of the pressure on the knife. This could leave you dealing with an injury if you weren’t aware of the fact you were using a blade that didn’t lock. 

Don’t get me wrong. Knives like those of the Swiss Army style rarely lock, yet they’re totally functional for quick cuts. Just make sure you know what you’re looking for when you buy an EDC knife. You’ll also need to know how to close a locking knife. Locking mechanisms vary, and I’ve seen grown adults fail at closing their new knife.

Regardless of the type of folder knife you’re looking for, has great options from some of the best knife manufacturers in the world. I’ve selected seven great folder knife options for you to check out, and I’ve listed them in alphabetical order below:

Columbia River Ignitor


CRKT Ignitor Folding Knife

This folding CRKT Ignitor features thumb studs for assisted opening. The blade measures 3.38 inches with an overall length of 5.75 inches when fully open. It has a great textured handle for a secure grip, and the blade locks securely to make sure there are no accidental opening or closings of the knife until you’re ready. It also features a pocket hook to keep the knife secured in your pants until you need it. 


Havalon’s Bone Collector Rebel


Havalon Bone Collector Rebel

The dual-blade design will keep you reaching for this knife time after time. Designed for the active hunter, the second blade is razor sharp for easy field dressing. With a main blade length of 3.05 inches, the Bone Collector Rebel features Havalon’s Quick-Change replaceable blade system and includes extra replacement blades for field dressing blade. It also comes with a zippered holster for easy carry on your belt. 


KA-BAR Dozier Folding Hunter


KA-BAR Dozier Folding Hunter

This is a great knife at an excellent price point. The blade length measures 3 inches, with an overall length of 7.25 inches once opened. Available in several colors, this KA-BAR Dozier Folding Hunter features an award-winning lockback design, reversible pocket clip, and thumb stud for easy opening. It’s an all-purpose, affordable knife that’s perfect for daily tasks. 


Kershaw Shuffle II


Kershaw Shuffle II

Small in size but big on functionality, the Shuffle II is larger than the original Shuffle with a blade length of 2.6 inches and an overall size of 6.3 inches when open. In addition to the tanto blade and aggressively textured handle, it also features a bottle opener, screwdriver tip, lanyard hole, and reversible pocket clip. It’s smooth and quick to open using the thumb studs. It’s a great choice for an all-around folder knife, and what I carry daily. 


Smith & Wesson SWAT


Smith & Wesson SWAT

This medium-sized SWAT knife from Smith & Wesson features ambidextrous thumb studs. It also offers a safety button so it won’t accidentally open until you’re ready. It has a drop-point blade with an aluminum handle, a lanyard hole and a pocket clip. The blade length measures 3.25 inches with an overall length of 7.5 inches. This tactical-style knife is a great addition to your everyday carry.


Spyderco Cara Cara 2 Lightweight


Spyderco Cara Cara 2 Lightweight

Its great size and lightweight make the Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara 2 a great EDC folder knife. With a blade length of 3.75 inches and an overall length that tops out at 8.563 inches, it’s one of the larger folding knives we carry. The textured grip offers a superior and secure feel when opened. It’s multi-position clip allows for basically any carry configuration. It’s a solid knife and a great value. 


Uncle Henry Senior Rancher


Schrade Uncle Henry Senior Rancher

Manufactured by cutlery giant Schrade, the Uncle Henry Senior Rancher features three blades to ensure you’re prepared no matter what job you face. The blades are all high carbon and stainless steel. It boasts a clip-point blade, a sheepsfoot blade, and a clip-spey blade. The largest blade measures 3 inches, with an overall length of 6.9 inches. Although it does not feature a locking mechanism or a pocket clip, it’s thin and small enough to slide right into your pocket until you need it. 


Folder knives are an everyday carry necessity. They’re comfortable, convenient, concealable, and super handy. It’s no wonder that folder knives are so well loved and carried by so many. If you don’t already have a folder that you carry every day – or if you want some more options – any of these would make an excellent addition to your EDC gear.

revolver barrel loading graphic