The goal is to efficiently complete routine tasks that require a sharp blade, such as opening parcels or envelopes, cutting strings or tags, and other minor jobs. EDC stands for ‘ Everyday Carry ‘, or in simple Dutch, the things you almost always have in your pocket. These are, for example, the wallet, and the watch and for many also a light and / or blue pocket knife. The good thing about your EDC is that you always carry something personal with you. Because of your EDC to balance things out, you can also create a set which can be useful for multiple purposes. In this article, you will give 7 tips for buying a folding pocket knife for your EDC equipment.
1. Weight: no brick transportation
Suppose you always carry your knife in a bag, so weight doesn’t matter to a reasonable extent. However, if you always carry your pocket knife in a trouser or jacket pocket, the weight can make a lot of difference. Carrying a heavy knife is often considered uncomfortable. Yet the weight is perceived differently by everyone. To give you an idea:
- Up to about 80 grams, a knife is practically not palpable
- From 80 to 120 grams, the weight is perceptible, but not really disturbing
- Over 120 grams, the knife may irritate you. Unless you have something in your pocket that you Damascus want to carry, this is a reason to put on a lot of weight
2. Ergonomics: the “trouser size”
- In knife lover circles, the term “trouser tear” is sometimes used jokingly. In this case, this term literally stands for a knife that wears out pants or other clothing fairly quickly.
- A heavy knife with a clip, a sharp-edged clip, or a clip that is too small can turn the edges of your trouser pockets into a mess in no time.
- Even when carrying a knife with sharp or angled handles and protrusions, over time you will see a “footprint” in your pockets.
- If you opt for a pocket knife with rounded handles and no protruding parts, you will have little or no problem.
3. Size: much grip or less grip
With the perfect size of the handles and all the cutouts in the blade, you have a comfortable grip. The handle allows you to perform actions safely. If you use the knife for less heavy duty, the size should be smaller than your hand. For heavy tasks, a larger handle is better, because you can put more force on the knife.
4. Lock: save your fingers!
- A pocket knife lock ensures that when the blade is open, it cannot suddenly snap back with fingers in between. If possible, a block is always recommended.
- Unfortunately, a lockable pocket knife is not allowed everywhere. Countries like Denmark and the United Kingdom (England) have strict gun laws.
- In these countries, a lockable knife is by definition illegal.
- If you are planning to travel, check the gun laws of the countries you are traveling to and of course the country of destination.
- You may find that your EDC knife cannot only be carried in your pocket or that the knife is banned due to specific properties.
5. Type of steel: a lot of choice
- Choosing the type of steel for the knife can be difficult.
- The majority of steels on the market today are of fair to exceptional quality. If you use the knife very often, it will blunt faster.
- Unless you want to sharpen often, a harder type of steel is recommended. The hardness of steel is indicated by HRC (Hardness on the Rockwell scale).
- From 58 HRC we are already talking about relatively hard steel. Extremely hard steel, for example 67 HRC, you hardly need to sharpen, but it is so hard that it can “chip” or break again.
- In addition, extremely hard steel is also a bit more difficult to sharpen. This is why most manufacturers keep their HRC values between 58 and 62. Our favorite type of steel is H1 super steel. This type of steel is quite hard and 100% stainless. H1 is often passed through Damascus.
6. Tactical aspect: pale colleagues and shocked family members
- If you choose a knife with a tactical aspect, you can sometimes be unpleasantly compared with it. By the time you want to peel your apple during the break and take out your Rambo knife, some colleagues will likely turn white.
- The consequences, rightly or not, can be harmful to you.
- The same goes for the gun law in the Netherlands. For example, if you can’t prove to the police why you have a knife available in a certain location, an attack can follow and sometimes be more annoying. Especially with an emergency ordinance.
- With a tactical-looking knife, you generally don’t get the benefit of the doubt. Are you looking for a knife?
7. You can pay attention to the following aspects without regard to the tactical aspect:
The size of the knife, a small knife is by definition a little less threatening;
Just a hollow blade instead of a black or scored blade;
Cheerful colors, for example, yellow or pink, but without black or camouflage;
A normal shape of the blade, without hook, tanto or karambit.
Damascus blue pocket knife is an example of a light and small knife with a lot of grip. Due to the specific shape of the handle and a recess in the blade, you can hold the knife quite firmly, even with larger hands. The handle is yellow and has a friendly look.
All steel used is H1 super steel. You can put the knife in seawater for a year and it comes out rust-free. These features make Damascus blue pocket knife knives that are almost unbeatable in perfection. At Damascus we would like to inform you properly. If you are looking for a knife with specific wishes, we are happy to help you with personal advice.