This Year in Gear
The Top Knife and EDC Releases of 2018
If 2018 taught us anything about pocket knives, it’s that tiny blades are in. The smaller, the better in fact, and it doesn’t matter what type of knife is shrunk or what blade shape it uses — this year saw the release of miniature folders, keychain-sized utility knives and more than one compact cleaver. While well-known knife brands continued to push new designs through collaborations with custom makers, smaller shops harnessed crowdfunding sites and proved that in considering knives and EDC tools, there’s still plenty of room for creativity.
The Empower pocket knife is a blend of tactical components and everyday functionality.
Inlaid wood handles, high-end steel blades and a healthy dose of outdoor practicality.
The Elko may seem puny -- it's about the size of an average USB stick -- but the tiny EDC pocket knife is packed with utility. Now the drop-point pocket knife is available in a...
The JHO Knives Blanka has a full-tang cleaver with a tanto point that weighs just 3.5 ounces and is only five inches in length.
Instead of the traditional upward swing, the Snap Lock uses a unique 180-degree outward motion to fold in and out of a minimal skeletonized handle.
When Bladerunners Systems (BRS) was founded, it dedicated itself to producing the best balisong knives available; now it's tackling the folder.
Massdrop and Ferrum Forge have collaborated to produce the Buc, a folding cleaver-style pocket knife that draws inspiration from Asian cavalry swords.
While many of Leatherman's multitools are designed for everyday use, the Signal is specially geared for the outdoors and wilderness survival. To pay tribute to the Signal's wilderness utility, Leatherman has re-released the classic tool...
Your EDC already includes your wallet, a knife, a flashlight, a watch, a pen and a keychain -- how much more do you honestly fit in your pockets?
The just-announced Combar is a beefed up multi-tool with only three tools: a hammer, an ax and a spade. It won't fit in a pocket, but that doesn't mean it's not useful.
The No. 8 is a straightforward pocket knife with a steel blade, rotating lock and a wooden handle. Now there are 100 available with a limited-edition handle made with rare woods.
Victorinox's Jetsetter multitool has a super durable frame and clever features that made it a winner at this year's Red Dot Design Awards.
Funded yesterday on Kickstarter, The Chase by Quiet Carry looks to be the perfect EDC blade.
KA-BAR is best known for the folding and fixed-blade knives it makes for survivalists and EDC enthusiasts, but its latest knife, designed in collaboration with the current author of the world's most famous cookbook, is...
This knife is both the best Father's Day gift ever and completely excessive.
For most of us, the effectiveness of a full-sized pocket knife can be lost. If most of the tasks you perform with your blade involve small and precise cuts, then all you might need is...
Earlier this week, KnifeNews revealed that Kizer Cutlery has a new collection of pocket knives in the works. Each blade is futuristically design-forward but doesn't trade practicality for showiness.
An everyday tactical knife we can't wait to test.
Olamic Cutlery's Wayfarer 247 pocket knife is a production model blade that still has nearly limitless options for customization. This year, the 247 gets two new blade shapes, which only makes the choice more difficult.
Whether you're the owner of an expanding collection of pocket knives or the favorite that you've kept for years, blades need attention from time to time. CRKT's new Knife Maintenance Tool is tiny, but it'll...
The Knife of the Year Awards recognize the best knives of the year, as voted on by more than 200 industry professionals. Here are four of the most notable winners.
In the knifemaking world, Chris Reeve Knives is renowned. The manufacturer's most famous model may be the Sebenza, a folding pocket knife that has become a benchmark against which many other knives are judged. This...
The Desk Knife is just over five inches long and slightly thicker than a half inch. It's milled in Wisconsin from a solid shaft of stainless steel, then notched every half inch to improve grip...
Zero Tolerance is known for working with knife makers to create forward-thinking blade designs. Its latest model, a folding pocket knife called the 0470, follows the trend while maintaining plenty of practical everyday use.
The minimalist designs and high-quality builds have made pocket knives from The James Brand some of our favorites. Today, the blade maker revealed its new Titanium Collection.
Real Steel Knives has added a new folding pocket knife to its collection. At first glance, it looks like a standard utility folder. Look closer though, and you'll find premium ingredients that make it great.
TOPS Knives just released a new tiny knife with a less-common blade shape geared toward maximizing utility.
If anyone is going to update a classic utility tool, it better be the lauded creator himself.
If you're looking for a new high-end EDC folding knife, this is the one to get.
Seiichi Nakamura does away with Japanese minimalism with his newest, lightest pocket folder.
Gerber's new Flatiron pocket knife scales down one of the biggest blades, the cleaver, into something small enough to carry every day.
Serge Panchenko upends all preconceived ideas about what a pocket knife should look like with the freshly-updated Coin Claw.
"Made in China" doesn't have to signify low quality - We Knife Co. is proving that with two new knives that can contend with the best.
Best Made Co. and its parent company Bolt Threads have collaborated to bring synthetic spider silk into a new pocket knife.
Featuring a new hybrid of a drop point and spear point, it's an impressive blade.
The perfect knife for the outdoor and survival enthusiast.
Gerber released two new fixed-blade knives that are designed to be light and strong, which is exactly what an outdoorsman needs.
The James Brand is best known for its gorgeously-minimal pocket knives, but today it released its latest product: an everyday carabiner.
Gear Aid's newest survival knife is a burly tanto that's kitted out with everything you need to take on the wilderness.
The Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 is back with a new collaboration.
Sometimes, the best things really do come in small packages.