Benchmade asks: What do you do with your EDC?

image via WideOpenSpaces

Benchmade Company shared a list of 24 uses for an EDC knife with our friends at WideOpenSpaces. Some are fairly common and mundane, some relatively creative, and a couple of pretty rare ones like cutting an entangled manatee free from a fishing net.

From WideOpenSpaces:

Know someone who still doesn’t carry a knife every day? Use this list to point out how valuable an EDC can be.

  • Use it as a measuring tool when you don’t have a ruler
  • Sharpen a pencil
  • Celebrate your New Year’s Resolution accomplishment by punching a new hole in your belt
  • Pop stubborn dead batteries out of gadget compartments
  • Cut parachute cord free when you’re hung up

  • Release a pack string when your mules are tangled
  • Cut rope out of the propeller on your fishing boat
  • Build a fire
  • Cut seat belts in an emergency
  • Clean your fingernails
  • Open mail
  • Open a bulletproof bag of chips
  • Free a baby manatee from a fishing net

As usual, I am not going to share a complete list. You are going to need to check it out for yourself.

But it got me thinking. I have done 16 of the 24 items on the list, the most unusual of which being actually cutting a seatbelt with a Spyderco Rescue in my firefighting days. I use my EDC to clean my fingernails and cut food all the time (cleaning it beforehand obviously). I have made fires many times, though never in an emergency. I have never had the need to free an animal, manatee or otherwise.

How many have you done? What did they miss with their list? What tasks do you do most often with your EDC?


  1. Keven A John says:

    Ive done 7 things on this list. I’ve also gutted a few critters, opened electrical panels, popped out fuses, opened cardboard shipping crates, dug mud from the lugs of my boots, cut and stripped wire on electrical jobs. Not a day goes by that I don’t use my knife.

  2. Cadeyrn says:

    Just an odd one here, not a normal every day thing. About 20 years ago I was driving an old beater and the A/C motor seized up creating a godawful racket (and a lot of unnecessary heat and drag on the whole system). I got out of the car, popped the hood, pulled my knife and cut off that fan belt (leaving the others alone, of course).

    The lady I was with at the time asked what the heck I was doing. I told her “Relax, I saw this one time on McGuyver.” She didn’t say anything but I think her eyes got wider and her nostrils may have flared a bit.

    When I got back in the car and tossed the old belt in the back seat, I said “Well, if it works for the first mile, it probably won’t blow up.” She looked at me with an epic deer-in-the-headlights look and I swear I saw her life pass before her eyes.

    Of course we made it. Good times.

  3. cmeat says:

    seven, of those, with fingernails, mail, pencils and batteries regularly.
    with a little patience and a shoebox lid you can also fashion a float bowl gasket for a dell’orto carburetor.
    and serrations are helpful whenever untangling any form of hugh manatee. or barbara.

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