Gentleman’s EDC revisited

Gentleman's EDC

Gentleman’s EDC knives are a wonderful niche to explore. My personal favorite is my blackwash D2 Kershaw Leek. Mine is combined with a Pop’s Custom Clips titanium deep-carry clip. It slides easily in and out of my pocket, classy when seen, slim and unobtrusive in the pocket when tucked away.

Currently, I have spending a lot of time with the new Jens Anso-designed Kershaw Method. It is a slim and light carry, the whole thing comes in at just 2.1 ounces, however it has a very solid feel for an inset linerlock. The 3″ blade is extremely nimble, and I do not mind 8Cr13MoV in a $40 folder. It has a smooth flipping action thanks to KVT bearing, and maybe I am just a sucker for the Kershaw Blackwash finish but I think it looks like a classy knife. It is probably the best “budget gentleman’s EDC” knife that I have personally used.

BladeHQ picked the Kershaw-Al Mar as their first budget offering in their list of Gentleman’s EDC blades. I think it is a solid list across many price points. But no Leek.



What is your favorite Gentleman’s EDC?




  1. Sam L. says:

    I have a gents’ folder, a black-handled, black-bladed William Henry, but no gents’ EDC. I do have a black Leek, but it stays at home.

  2. dph says:

    I don’t know if they are gentleman’s folders, but my main EDCs are a ZT450, Kershaw Dividend in M390, CRKT Swindle and a CRKT Crossbones. I have a Leek but for whatever reason it doesn’t get much pocket time, probably because I prefer the flippers more than the assisted openers.

  3. ad-lib says:

    alternates between a Spyderco Dragonfly 2 (presuming i’m a working gentleman and have blade-length considerations) and a Spyderco Centofante (if i’m just trying to look nice).

  4. cmeat says:

    i consider the d2- 12/28 leek fairly gentlemanly. the swindle that the boy has toes that line as well, as does the kommer full trottle. too bad the latter is aus8.
    mentioned in above post, dividend 390 is near perfect, but i’m no gentleman.

  5. My go to gentleman’s EDC is the Kizer Mini Sheepdog. Prior to that, I’d usually reach for my Damascus Skyline from Kershaw, but the Mini Sheepdog has all but kicked the Skyline out of my pocket completely.
    I love a wharncliffe and even more so, a folding cleaver.

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