This is our second generation 3″ EDC, the EDC2. The blade is a tiny tad thicker but the primary grind geometry is the same so the grinds come up a little higher as a result. The blade has less drop and I’ve pushed the belly of the blade out towards the point a little and we’ve trimmed down the scale thickness just a little. I’m leaving a little extra meat at the tip. We’re also trialing the new shallow S grind on it. The skeletonizing under the scales has been adjusted for the new stock thickness so the weight and balance are practically unchanged.
The 3″ EDC was designed as a collaboration with Lorien Arnold. It is a well made, no frills, high performance, small utility knife. The steel is Crucible CPM 3V at HRC 61-62 with a fully optimized heat treat with very good edge retention and edge stability. You’ll be surprised how sharp this gets and how well it holds an edge. If you have never used 3V this hard and thin, it is gonna blow your mind.
This steel with this heat treat will support a fine edge, so this was taken down to .015″ before sharpening (though I’m leaving some additional meat in the tip) and it was sharpened 18 degrees per side. This is relatively acute and it cuts very well, but is durable. They’re also lightly hand ground after machining to give it a shallow S grind that is slightly hollow in the center and convex at the shoulders.
Some might consider this a tactical knife but the point is not reinforced and it is not shaped or balanced as a weapon. It’s thin behind the edge. It is a hard working cutting tool, a tradesman’s knife and small woods knife.
It’s very light weight.
The handle is ergonomically designed for a standard forward, reverse, saber and pinch grips for an average to relatively large hand. Despite its compact size it fills the hand and allows extended hard work without hand fatigue. The tang is internally skeletonized. The scales are 3D sculpted CNC machined. The blade is made of 5/32″ 3V with a heat treat that has been optimized to maximize edge stability in rough use (see video). Despite being relatively thin it is very durable.
A side effect of this heat treat is a higher percentage of free chromium, so although it is not stainless, it is nearly so.
Delta 3V, 61-62 HRC, .145 thick at ricasso
Total length 7.6
Blade length 3.3
Weight 4.9 oz
Edge angle 18 DPS
Grippy 3D machined scales in micarta or G10
Black oxide treated 18-8 stainless steel fasteners