The Best New Knives and EDC of July 2021

Two fast folders from CRKT, a Buck and Filson collab, an organizing pouch and more.

best new gear and edc knife, bad wrap, and field pouch

We have to start July's edition of The Best New Knives and EDC (or BNK&EDC for short, sort of) with news from June. Toward the middle of last month, Blade Magazine unveiled its Knife of the Year Award winners, and the list, which you can read here, is a sharp one. But before you ogle those soon-to-be-released knives, continue scrolling for what's new this month.

Glow Rhino

glow rhino edc knife
Glow Rhino

Presented by Glow Rhino

Your adventures shouldn't have to stop once the sun sets — and they won't have to with The Reactor Knife from Glow Rhino. This knife has self-powered tritium that allows you to locate it no matter what — even in low-light settings. The Reactor carries a classic drop point blade crafted from S35VN Steel and is offered in two colorways: Matte Titanium and Matte Titanium Black PVD. Additional features include a deep carry clip to make sure the Reactor sits low-profile in your pocket and a dual prybar lanyard attachment that can open a can of paint or your favorite IPA. This premium knife is the perfect balance of the latest technology with classic styling and is a must-have for summer.

Price: $250



crkt piet blue with d2 blade steel knife

Renowned designer Jesper Voxnaes usually dreams up knives at his Loegstrup, Denmark shop. But this one he sketched at the Portland International Airport after his first visit to the area. Boasting a light but sturdy D2 steel drop-point blade, a snazzy glass-reinforced nylon handle and an oversized thumbhole for easy deploying, it’s the perfect EDC for the Rose City — or any city, really.

Price: $54.99



crkt kova

Also new from CRKT, the Kova is imbued with EDC design simplicity, but its roots come from Scandinavia via designer Ken Steigerwalt, who has been making knives since childhood. The knife has a 3.5-inch drop-point blade made of high carbon stainless steel that's easy to sharpen, but more interesting is its front lock mechanism, which is similar to a lockback but with a more forward position that facilitates one-handed operation.

Price: $50


Civivi Ki-V

civivi ki v knife
Blade HQ

To make a compact EDC knife best suited to tasks like opening packages and sharpening pencils, designer Ostap Hel drew inspiration from a Japanese utility knife called a kiridashi. That's where its unique angled edge comes from, but its non-locking construction and tiny size — the Ki-V's blade is just 1.5 inches long — come from Hel's wish for it to fall within a wide range of knife laws.

Price: $45


Filson x Buck Knives 104 Compadre Camp Knife

filson x buck knives 104 compadre camp knife

Filson and Buck Knives' latest collaboration comes just in time for summer camping. The pair designed this fixed-blade knife and a small axe with tough steel and Micarta handles to handle rigorous outdoor tasks like processing kindling for a fire or skinning wild game.

Price: $155


Case Knives Modern EDC Collection

case knives modern edc collection
Case XX

Even after 200-plus years of knifemaking business, Case's folding pocket knives are still best known for their Americana-inspired designs. The brand's latest batch takes a different track, though, one that's more aligned with the sleek everyday carry trend. The collection includes two models, the Kinzua ($153) and the Marilla ($180). Both are made with S35VN steel blades and anodized aluminum handles and come in a few colors; the Marilla even won the American-Made Knife of the Year award at Blade Show.

Editor's note: At present, the entire collection is sold out. However, you can sign up to be notified if and when knives are restocked.


Terrain 365 Otter Flip-AT

terrain 365 otter flip at knife
Terrain 365

In accordance with its price, this new flipper doesn't skimp on ingredients. The scales are OD Green G10, the liners, hardware and pocket clip are titanium, and the blade is Terrain 365's own proprietary dendritic cobalt super-alloy, Terravantium. Notable for its edge-holding properties, the material is guaranteed rust-proof, enabling this knife to live up to the AT at the end of its name.

Price: $311


Peak Design Field Pouch V2

peak design field pouch v2
Peak Design

Peak Design understands that your EDC might not always fit so nicely in your pockets, so it revamped its Field Pouch with a new pocket layout to better carry cords, memory cards, keys, a small camera, your go-to pocket knife or anything else that'd get lost in a larger bag. It even comes with a strap, so you can rock it as a sling if you're traveling light.

Price: $45


Bad Wrap

bad wrap

The Bad Wrap takes the operating concept behind many camera bags — namely, protective padding surrounded by weatherproof fabric — and makes it far more versatile by laying it flat and adding a wire frame. The combination allows you to mold it over whatever needs protection inside your bag, be it a camera, tablet, headphones and so on.

Price: $18+


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