Is this sleek EDC knife as useful as it is beautiful?

An EDC kit can quickly spiral out of control unless it is reduced to just the essentials. There are plenty of accessories available to fill your pockets these days, but all you really need is a pair of sunglasses, a wallet, a small notebook and pen and of course, a knife.

Choosing the blade that will do the everyday cutting is an exercise in restraint – what’s best for your lifestyle? Personally, I use a blade to open boxes, remove tags from new clothes, do small repairs or alterations on the go, and remove stray strings and threads from clothes…everyday stuff, really. I’m not trimming tree limbs or bushwhacking to get to camp every day, so I’d like a knife that works for my activities and looks good, to boot.

That’s why I decided to give The Carter a try: it’s The James Brand’s most advanced EDC option, but it’s by no means overdone. After testing the pocket knife for a few weeks, here’s what I thought of it.

What I liked about The Carter

Hayley Helms

woman holding carter's knife

Hayley Helms

It’s minimal

As The James Brand says, the Carter is a mix of “muscle and good looks,” and that description is accurate. The Carter doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a multi-tool, nor the girth and presence of a Bowie knife or bushcraft blade. A smart and simple design characterizes this blade: what you see is what you get.

It’s well designed

The Carter is an excellent knife for the type of person who needs tools that are simple and beautiful in form, capable and diligent in function. Knife is just the right size: Crafted from corrosion-resistant VG-10 stainless steel, the drop-point blade is 2.8 inches long, while the overall length when open is 6.5 inches.

At three ounces, the Carter’s slim build is enough to handle a variety of tasks, without weighing you down or taking up too much space in your pocket. My favorite detail of the knife is the ambidextrous thumb disc – on the black-on-black colourway, it’s a satisfying lime green, and adds just enough flair to the knife to make it fun to use.

woman holding carter's knife

Hayley Helms

woman holding carter's knife

Hayley Helms

What I would change about The Carter

It is difficult to maneuver with one hand

The Carter features one-handed opening capabilities and a sliding locking mechanism for easy opening and closing. Although the knife was stable and smooth when opened, even the medium size was too large for me to comfortably open with one hand. After days of practice, I could engage the slide lock and open the knife with one hand, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable performing this maneuver in an emergency.

The verdict: Carter’s main attraction is her beauty, not necessarily her strength

woman holding carter's knife

Hayley Helms

There are many sharp knives on the market, and certainly more robust knives than the Carter, but that is not the point of this pocket knife: the Carter, like all of the James brand offerings, is a thing of beauty, a mixture of form. and function. Its main appeal is aesthetic in nature; the icing on the cake is that it is also a well-designed and capable blade. If you’re an aesthete with a penchant for handling, get The Carter today.

The James brand

The James Le Carter brand

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$139.00

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