Top 2022 EDC Picks for Pocketknife Fanatics
If you're looking for a one of a kind item and are an EDC/pocketknife fanatic, Knife Pivot Lube's got your back with go-to ideas for your knife-loving, everyday-carrying self, friend or loved one.
Leading off the list is is Civivi's Mandate pocket tool! Utility knives have been gaining lots of traction in the EDC world, where knife carriers prefer replaceable blades for their ability to be abused without fear of edge damage or breakage.
Civivi's entry into the utility knife arena is particularly compelling, with a smaller form factor and all-titanium construction.
It also includes re-sharpenable 9Cr18MoV high carbide blades that hold an edge far longer than does a typical razor blade and a showy damascus steel spare.
As a bonus feature, the front end of the handle functions as a bottle opener, and the lanyard hole is a multi-size wrench. Incredibly fidget friendly, its the perfect gift for the knife guy that has everything!
If your giftee this holiday season is ultra-picky about their gear, you can rest assured that Aurora A9 Pro by Rovyvon will exceed expectations. Smaller than a AA battery, the A9 cranks out up to 700 lumens and features a light orange peel reflector for an ultra-smooth beam profile.
Machined from pure copper, it comes shiny but will rapidly develop a very unique patina after a few weeks of carrying and use.
This rechargeable light also features a constant-current controller, meaning it won't flicker like the cheap big-box store lights your friends carry. Choose the 90+ CRI Nichia 219C for ultra-fidelity color rendition and a beautiful neutral cast.
Knife lovers always need just one more! Ferrum forge dropped its more pocket-friendly version of the Archbishop this year and its been an absolute hit. Incredibly comfortable, with a large forward choil and tapered scales that fit the hand perfectly notwithstanding its compact size.
Designed in a slicey flat grind with a stonewashed finish and G10 glass-reinforced textured scales.
Even better, the blade comes in a premium Nitro-V, making it far tougher and more corrosion resistant than the inexpensive steels commonly used on low-end knives. Deployment action is stellar, with deployment via flipper tab or thumb cutout aperture.
Leatherman's shears took the existing market for trauma shears and turned it on its head when they were first introduced.
This folding tool has precision blades that cut through just about anything and it comes equipped with a carbide glass breaker, strap cutter, and a ring removal tool.
Made from alloy stainless, the blades far exceed the quality of lower-end disposable shears.
Knife Pivot Lube has long been recognized as the top-of-the-line knife lubricant and the choice for improving and preserving high-end pocketknives. With their recent launch of an ultra-lightweight lubricant KPL has rounded out their offerings with the inclusion of an extremely fast lubricant meant for flippers and automatic knives alike.
KPL's new Triple Combo Pack gives knife lovers a range of lubrication options to fine tune their pocketknives' actions, with options at a water-thin 5WT, all around lubricating 15WT, and a thick, washout resistant 75WT.
If overbuilt knives are your jam, the Mini Adamas might be the most robust-for-its-size knife Benchmade offers.
At an EDC-friendly 3.25", the swedged blade is made from a particle metallurgy produced CPM CruWear, offering an incredible ~20ft*lb toughness on the charpy impact test. This stout little guy is ROBUST.
G-10 glass handles over steel liners with grippy jimping and machined furrows give the knife a super locked-in feeling in the hand.
If you can find one in stock, snap it up because these knives have a tendency to sell out quickly.
No matter how amazing super-steels get, every knife will need regular sharpening, and diamond stones are essential for the high-carbide steels that have become popular due to their exceptional edge-holding capablities.
Further, unless you've practiced extensively, its going to be hard to get a crisp edge sharpening freehand. Not to worry -- screaming sharp edges are 100% possible even for a new sharpener with a guided jig like the KME.
The basic kit comes with diamond stones from 140-1500 grit, meaning it is capable of both reshaping edges and taking them to a near mirror.
Nalpak offers an awesome line of waterproof, airtight cases by Pelican, and Apache that include custom-machined foam inserts configured to fit pocketknives, wristwatches, flashlights, firearms, and even whisky tasting supplies. With all the selection available, it's easy to find an option that's perfect for the fear your giftee likes best.
Cases from Nalpak are used to protect high-end gear and electronics all over industry and have taken the EDC world by storm.
The cases provide scratch-free cushioning, shock protection, and maritime-grade water and sand exclusion.
For the stylish outdoorsman, choose a wristwatch that breaks the Apple mold with a totally different aesthetic.
The Garmin Fenix 6 is the perfect gift for skiers, hikers, trailrunners, cyclists, and outdoorsmen. The watch features an always-on 1.3” sunlight-readable display with bezels in stainless steel, titanium or black diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating.
The watch features sensors including temperature, altimeter, gps, pulse oximeter, gyroscope, compass, and NFC.
Best of all, battery life is an incredible up to 14 days in smart Watch mode, up to 10 hours in GPS and music mode, up to 28 days in expedition GPS activity mode, and up to 48 days in battery saver watch mode.
If you know an EDC guru, you know that person always needs one more bag, and the Mobius by Vanquest is sure bring a smile this holiday season.
This sling-style bag features one large 10x8x5 main compartment with a water-resistant ripstop storm cover that can cinch-closed.
I will also carry two 1-liter Nalgene bottles when needed. Best of all, the bag features a total of 27 slots and pockets to fit one of everything!
Nobody makes a better, more precise, or durable pair of pliers than Knipex, and they've recently turned their German engineering attention to the EDC world with the introduction of an ultra-small pair of pliers compact enough to be carried in a pocket every day.
Knipex has mastered the art of heat treating pliers, and the induction hardened teeth on this wrench will last forever without chipping or deforming.
The plier legs themselves are tough enough to take your full body weight when its time for a tough job. Best of all, the pliers are Instagrammably good looking.