I personally am a fan of Kershaw Knives, but my other go-to EDC Knife is the CRKT Pilar 5311. The knife looks great, doesn’t look threatening to cubicle visitors, and holds a very sharp edge with minimal maintenance.
I love the fact that it’s more of a utility-type of knife, fits in the pocket well, and has features such as flipper open, liner lock and reversable pocket clip.
The blade is 2.4 inches in length, but CRKT offers a larger 2.7 inch version. The knife is said to be designed by Jesper Voxnaes, and the knife carries the namesake for Ernest Hemmingway’s boat, the Pilar – a 38-foot long vessel that he used for renegade surveillance of German U-boats during WWII.
JT’s Knife Life channel on YouTube does a wonderful review of the knife, and I have to agree that it’s a great knife to have in your pocket.
The knife blade is made of 8CR13MOV Steel, and really looks good, but not in that threaten-people’s-lives kind of way. It looks a lot more like an all-around good utility knife that dad or grandpa once used, but with the benefit of up-to-date mechanics.
One thing that really stands out is that the knife really feels good in your hand.
It’s exceptionally well balanced, and makes cutting duties easy on the wrists.
Coming in under $25, this is one knife that should be added to everyone’s budget EDC knife collection.