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In a recent trade with a blade-smith friend, I'm to get an every day cary knife of his making. All I've told him so far is small, thin and pointy with desert ironwood. Anyone have ideas about what makes a great EDC? He can do nice damascus but I'm leaning to carbon mono- steel. Looking forward to your opinions!

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This is what I have carried for the last 10 years or so, blade is about 3.5"

 

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This one I traded for a custom hat
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More like 5 inch blade

 

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Blacksmith rat tail edc  3 inch blades

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Check out the Creely Mako.

I have to design and make a small EDC fixed blade for a lady within fixed size constraints, came to the conclusion for that application the sheath is what makes or breaks the knife.

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EDC is dependent on your daily life. The needs of a cowboy and the needs of a warehouse worker are going to be different. A while back I forged a blade for myself for use around the shop and yard. By the time I got done, I had a stout box knife. I did a survival course back in the 80's. We were allowed one knife, I chose the Swiss Army Knife, which at the time was my EDC, and it easily did all that I needed.

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for edc I prefer stainless

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Thanks for the good ideas. When this happens I'll post what we come up with. I'm sending him photos of the last couple of small ones Jake Cleland recently posted, for inspiration. What a treat this to have input on ones own knife. 

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There is a reason that @jake cleland latest offering   was the EDC of its day and would still be a superb knife for the same chores today. 

 

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An ever day knife, first thought that comes to mind is keep it small. No more than 3 inches of blade, and a small palm held handle. A blacksmiths knife/ ladies knife comes to mind as the best edc for a fixed blade.

 

Pocket knife, my favorite pocket knife is a slim knife. Just about everything on the market today has some kind of fat blade that doesn't fit well in the pocket.  Old timer knives have it right.  For a while I got a kick out of some youtuber knife channel showing off all these new pocket knives, and in my opinion, very few of them are piratical. All of them big fat blades, big fat grips, and someone trying to use them like an axe. 

 

Of the few knifes I've made, I've found that I'm really liking stubby handles more than a knife that has a full hammer handed grip. They are just so much more agile in the hand. 

 

I personally have not carried a knife in over 10years now.  Most work places do not allow them anyway.  But I do find myself with a leather man more than anything when I'm at the home shop. 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Daniel W said:

No more than 3 inches of blade, and a small palm held handle. A blacksmiths knife/ ladies knife comes to mind as the best edc for a fixed blade.

Perhaps for some, but in many parts of the world, Rwanda comes to mind, EDC is a machete.

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On 10/13/2021 at 5:42 AM, Gerald Boggs said:

EDC is dependent on your daily life.

This.

This is the determining factor.

What is your daily life's needs for a knife? Mine are probaly very different from yours, and I used carry two knives daily, because my needs changed dramatically during the day. Now I can get by with a single folder with a narrow, 4 inch blade. If I were to carry a sheath knife on a daily basis, it would be this one, that I made a few years back.

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22 hours ago, parsha said:

Making a frame handle has been on my to do list for a long time. 

Parsha, I make a lot of frame handles. They are my favorite. Check out this thread. It is a little more complicated as it starts by showing a Damascus frame, but the second page shows a plain flat stock frame. As Alan pointed out, the technique is basically the same.

 

11 hours ago, Matt Walker said:

I'm a retiring damascus maker turning to jet boat trout fishing. 

In that case, I would go with something more like this. Full tang with stainless bolsters and stabilized wood for the scales.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

Parsha, I make a lot of frame handles. They are my favorite. Check out this thread. It is a little more complicated as it starts by showing a Damascus frame, but the second page shows a plain flat stock frame. As Alan pointed out, the technique is basically the same.

 

In that case, I would go with something more like this. Full tang with stainless bolsters and stabilized wood for the scales.

 

 

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Oh, That's sweet!

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I carry an slim bladed lockback folder, Joshua might know exactly which one :).

it use it mostly to open packaging and getting rid of splinters, where a big blade would be unwieldy.

 

As I live in a urban area, the most important characteristic of an edc for me is that it looks non-threatening, carrying a fixed blade is frowned upon here.

For a more outdoors lifestyle a bigger knife is handy.

 

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