- Buyer's Guide
Best EDC Champion 2020
The Best EDC 2020 focuses on smaller pieces with big functionality. Compact carry heroes that slip effortlessly into our daily setups and swoop in to handle diverse tasks and needs…
The James Brand have carved out a distinct space in the EDC knife niche. Their pieces are beautifully made and built to last, while nailing a pared-back, minimalist aesthetic that’s a refreshing change from the status quo. And the Carter dishes up all of these traits in a piece that feels premium but ready to roll its sleeves up and serve as a trusty daily workhorse.
The Carter features an ergonomic, comfortable and ambidextrous design that’s easy to open and use, with a compact form that carries neatly in a pocket thanks to the pocket clip. Quality materials, from VG-10 stainless steel blades and Micarta scales, and meticulous construction result in a piece that’s tough, eye-catching and made to perform dependably day in and day out.
If you’re looking for the utility that an everyday pocket knife provides, with super-clean aesthetics and excellent craftsmanship, look no further than the Carter. Stellar work, The James Brand!
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Leatherman have been pioneers in the multi-tool category for decades. And they’re back with new innovation in the form of their magnetic architecture, a key feature of the Leatherman FREE K4.
The magnetic architecture provides easy one-handed access to the tools. And its thoughtful range of tools means you’ll be well equipped to handle a variety of DIY and everyday tasks while retaining a compact, easily portable carry form you can clip in a pocket, on a belt, or in a bag. Well done, Leatherman!
Bellroy have made a name for themselves with slim wallets that cut down your pocket bulk. But the Apex Slim Sleeve takes their slim style and functionality to the next level, elevating your pocket carry with a tough and technical build that exudes sleek chic.
The Apex Slim Sleeve features pre-molded, precision-cut leather with stitchless, heat-bonded construction to keep the wallet as slim as possible. Additional features such as the fun magnetic closure and convenient pull tab for quick access to cards makes this wallet a pleasure not just to look at but to use too. Fantastic job, Bellroy!