When it comes to your Every Day Carry items, having a good blade is an absolute necessity. Whether it be a multi-tool, a simple pocket knife, or a full-on fixed blade, having a good knife is one of those indispensable tools that everyone needs for tasks ranging from the simple envelop opening to full-on self defense. We also believe in supporting American businesses when possible, and some of the greatest EDC blades we own were purchased from true-blue Made in USA companies.
Of course, we want to preface this by saying there are plenty of knife manufacturers and bladesmiths outside the States who do incredible work, and we’ll probably write about them, too, at some point. But, for now, here’s our list of the best Made in the USA knives money can buy:
This EDC knife is all about the CPM S35VN Steel used to make its blade. It’s incredibly tough, beautifully retains its edge over time, has a higher resistance to wear and edge chipping over the grand majority of other blade steels in the world — and yet despite all this, it’s also an incredibly easy blade to sharpen. But more than that, the Banner’s CPM S35VN steel blade comes with a Cerakote coating, which makes it even more durable and resistant to wear and corrosion.
It’s also super light, at just 4.5 ounces, thanks to its aluminum handle and steel liners, and utilizes SOG’s patented assisted opening technology that whips the blade open with a simple push of the thumb stud. Everything on this knife is made in the USA.
Buck Knives 110 Auto Elite—$250.00
Every good man, at some point or another, should own a real-deal Buck Knives blade. They’re an American institution and have revolutionized the knife game for over a century (1902). Their 110 series knives have been a brand staple for the last half century. The 110 Auto Elite, however, is a fully automatic knife, which means it can be opened one-handed with the push of a button.
The blade is also made from S30V steel that contains carbon, as well as high amounts of chromium, molybdenum and vanadium. What that translates to is a beautiful blade with superb edge retention, high ductility and excellent corrosion resistance.
The handle is made from standard G10, but features the classic brushed nickel silver bolsters that make this knife so unique. And while the blade clocks in at just under 4 inches, it’s overall length is 8.625 inches and an impressive 7.3 ounces — it’s a heavyweight, for sure. Like all Buck Knives, it’s made in the USA.
Kershaw Launch 5—$179.99
Kershaw is definitely one of our favorite knife manufacturers, but we’d be remiss not to mention that not all of their knives are made in the USA. However, the company is very transparent about which knives are and aren’t made Stateside, which means you’ll never have to guess where your money is going.
That said, the Launch 5 by Kershaw is absolutely everything you’d ever want in a functional EDC pocket knife. Another full auto, the Launch 5 was designed by Emerson and USA-built by Kershaw. The CPM 154 powdered metallurgy blade offers more uniform distribution of carbides, making the knife incredibly balanced and smooth, and helping it maintain a uniform edge while resisting wear and corrosion. In other words, it’s tough as a bear trap.
The blade itself is stonewashed, so you’ll be less worried about keeping it looking “pretty” and use the damn thing for what it was designed for.
Both the handles and integrated backspacer are made of lightweight anodized aluminum, and the machine texture on the 6061-T6 anodized aluminum handle help give this knife some serious grip.
The blade, though stout, is also is less than 3.5 inches long, making it ideal for pocket or concealed carry.
Benchmade Mini Crooked River Family—$220.00
Another American institution, every single one of Benchmade’s knives are made in America — and have been since the company was founded in Oregon nearly 40 years ago. The Mini Crooked River Family is one of those knives that blends classic design elements with modern technological advances in order to create what is easily one of our absolute favorite knives on the planet.
It’s clip-point blade is made from CPM-S30V, which carries a hardness rating of 58-60, meaning these blades stay considerably sharper than cheaper knives but are also a little more difficult to sharpen (so be warned!). The handle is made from stabilized wood, which means it’s harder and less prone to chipping or breaking than untreated wood.
And, of course, this knife is 100 percent made in the USA. At 220 bucks it’s certainly not cheap, but what you’re paying for what you’re getting makes it more than worthwhile.
Spyderco Manix 2 Carbon Fiber CPM 154/S90V—$399.95
Spyderco is another one of those American brands that carries a reputation for making some of the best knives on the planet. Of the entire Spyderco catalogue, the Manix 2 Carbon Fiber CPM 154-S90V might be our absolute favorite.
From its ergonomics, to its beautifully curved 3.37-inch blade, to its ultra-light 4.1-ounce overall weight and everything in between, this knife is nothing short of a work of art.
Its crowning jewel is its CPM 154-S90V composite steel blade, which is made by Crucible Industries in New York. The manufacturing process for the blade alone involves encapsulating a plate of precision-ground SPM S90V steel in CPM 154 powder, then sealing them together in a vacuum and forge-welding them to create a three-layer composite steel that is virtually indestructible.
Zero Tolerance Sprint Run—$275.00
Zero Tolerance is a newer American made knife company, but new isn’t always bad. Case in point? The Zero Tolerance Sprint Run.
This beautiful and aggressive knife, designed by Rick Hinderer and manufactured by Zero Tolerance, features a harpoon-style version of Hinderer’s signature “Spanto” blade, made from an incredibly hard and resilient S35VN steel coated with niobium and vanadium carbides, which means it’ll maintain its out-of-the-box razor sharp edge even longer.
The handle is titanium with a G10 overlay for enhanced grip, and the whole knife is a mere 8.25 inches long and just five ounces. Not bad for the knife’s 3.5-inch blade.
The Sprint Run is a perfect example of what happens when beautiful, attentive design meets high quality manufacturing materials. And for less than 300 bucks, we’re really, really impressed with it.
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