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Modern EDC Slipjoints

If you don’t have a tactical folder that can hold the weight of a car, do you really have a functional knife?

Yes! The truth is for countless years people have successfully used nonlocking folders for all kinds of jobs. In fact, in more recent years, companies have started making slipjoint knives you can carry as an EDC folder.

While these knives aren’t something you’d want to baton with (get a fixed blade for that unless you’re Advanced Knife Bro), nonlocking folders are a great option for an EDC. You don’t have to settle for an old Case knife either (not that there’s anything wrong with that). You can now get a modern-looking slipjoint that uses higher end materials.

Here are some of the best modern EDC slipjoints currently available.

Byrd Tern

Unfortunately, Spyderco recently did away with many of its best slipjoint models — such as the Pingo and the PITS. OK, so the PITS isn’t really a slipjoint, but it’s still a nonlocking folder. However, the sub brand of Spyderco called Byrd Knives has an inexpensive slipjoint called the Tern that features a modern look.

The knife is essentially a cheaper version of the UK Penknife.

CRKT Symmetry

There was one point a few years back when CRKT discontinued most of its modern EDC slip joints. However, they’ve made a comeback. The CRKT is a relatively new slipjoint designed by Richard Rogers.

Boker Plus Wasabi

Boker is probably the brand with the most modern EDC slipjoints, as you’ll see farther down the list. One of the best and newest is the Wasabi, an interesting design from Kansei Matsuno.

Not only does the knife have carbon fiber scales, but it also has a front flipper mechanism. It doesn’t get more modern than that.

Kershaw Federalist

The Federalist is an example of a newer slipjoint that borrows off the designs of the past while upgrading materials. This modern take on the classics has a CPM 154 blade with a nail nick and Micarta scales. What really separates this is the ability to take it apart without much effort — something few traditionals allow.

Victorinox Electrician

OK, I had to sneak this on the list. Although the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is an ancient design, it remains a good option for a more modern EDC. How? The use of Alox scales gives it a modern look that most people don’t picture when you say Swiss Army Knife. The Electrician is an amazing version of the SAK tool.

Spyderco Roadie

What in the world is this knife? This modern slipjoint was actually born out of the abandoned policy that would have allowed some folders on airplanes. But this little folder captured the hearts of many knife enthusiasts so Spyderco kept it around. It has a 2.09-inch blade and FRN scales while coming in at a mere ounce.

Similar to most Spyderco models, there aren’t many knives that look like this.

Chris Reeve Impinda

A lot of renowned companies and knifemakers have dipped their toes in the slipjoint waters recently, including Chris Reeve Knives. CRK won the American Made Knife of the Year award at the 2018 Blade Show with the Impinda slipjoint. Designed in collaboration with William H. Harsey, the Impinda is a sleek and sexy knife that embodies the CRK ethos.

It has a 3.1-inch S35VN blade and titanium scales. It’s smooth as butter but goes for — brace yourself — $450.

Boker Chad Los Banos XS

Chad Los Banos makes a bunch of slipjoint knives for Boker, but one of the best modern models is the Boker Plus XS. It has a 3.1-inch 440C blade with a G-10 handle, one-handed opening thumb stud, and pocket clip.

Kershaw Platform

The Platform is an interesting slipjoint in that it has an integrated nail clipper and nail file. The modified sheepsfoot blade is 2.75 inches and opens via nail nick.

The textured handle is made from glass-filled nylon.

SOG Terminus

A few years back, SOG took on the slipjoint with a couple of new models. One of its best was the Terminus (not to be confused with the newer Terminus XR with a lock). Although the tactical slipjoint seems like an oxymoron, the knife works surprisingly well as an EDC. It has a 3-inch BD1 blade with G10 handle scales.

Spyderco UK Penknife

We already have the lower-end Byrd Tern on here, but we had to add the inspiration for that knife — the UK Penknife. This version of the UKPK has black FRN handle scales and CTS BD1 steel.

Cold Steel Lucky One

The Lucky is an interesting knife because it’s not what you picture from Cold Steel. It’s a more muted and modern gentleman’s folder. The Lucky has two S35VN plain and serrated blades. This is a slipjoint with carbon fiber handle scales.

CRKT Dually

The Dually is a dual-purpose tool that’s both a knife and a bottle opener. It uses a small sub-2-inch slipjoint blade that reveals a bottle opener when closed.

This little knife can easily fit on a keychain.

Spyderco Urban

The Urban is yet another member of Spyderco’s SLIPIT family. It has a smaller 2.61-inch blade with a black FRN handle.

It comes with a wire clip. It’s an overall great little modern slipjoint that’s easy to carry.

Boker Plus Slack

The Slack is a sleek and sexy knife with handsome cocobolo handle scales. The design hails from the traditional Navaja knife the Mediterranean region. The VG-10 blade is 3.2 inches.

2 Comments

  1. very informative please keep sharing.

  2. Great choices, overall, and a fun read.

    There are a ton of slipjoints out there, so someone will say, “What about this knife or this knife?” You can’t please everyone, for sure.

    p.s. – in the description for the Fallkniven, you should use “it’s” rather than “its.”

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