When you say EDC

24. června 2024

If Mikov had still used the term EDC for a knife at the end of the last century, this abbreviation probably wouldn't have meant much to anyone. The term EDC (Everyday Carry) has only started to become popular in the last two decades, and only became common in the first decade of the 21st century.

But the concept of EDC itself is much older. It has its roots in the ancient habit of people carrying basic tools and everyday items. This habit goes back to ancient times, when the necessary equipment was essential for survival in the wild. Today we may live in a different society, but carrying some tools, especially small knives, is still convenient.

Mikov has actually always made EDC knives from this perspective. Closing knives like the Hundred, the Fixir or Praktik or Hiker knives, the fixed blade Venado, and actually the regular Fish, are all typical EDC knives.

But how did the term get into the public domain? It is due to the internet communities that started using various abbreviations as written discussions developed. And these were created to make communication shorter and not have to write out words at length (a typical example is the acronym BTW, which stands for by the way). And so EDC gradually took over.

The knifemakers naturally responded to the development in the debate and started to label their products as such. This created a new category of knives, but it's not really new at all. But the abbreviation helps customers clearly identify knives designed for everyday carry and use. And so Mikov now refers to EDC knives as, for example, the List, Patron or Elipt closing knife.

So what features does the right EDC knife need to have? The knife must be compact and lightweight to be comfortable to carry. It is then designed for a wide range of tasks, from opening packages to minor repairs and self-defense. And of course, it must be made of quality materials and have a sturdy construction to withstand daily use and tough conditions.