EDC Knives was born out of The Academy of Fighting Arts, San Francisco in 1999. We had worked on defensive knife training as part of our martial arts regimen. We got serious about it when we started learning Filipino stick fighting from Grandmaster Rick Alemany. Shortly after that, we met the late H. Arthur Gitlin and began blade training regularly at the Gitlin Defensive Academy in Alameda, CA.
Since the Academy sold basic Martial Arts gear, it seemed only fitting to incorporate knives and trainers. What started with a single glass showcase and a handful of Benchmade knives has grown exponentially into the site you see here, ranging from high end custom knives from makers from the US and around the world, to Mid-tech knives and premier factory knives, to special exclusive knives designed and built just for EDC Knives.
Since we consider knives an essential daily tool, our focus has been on locating the highest quality handmade and production knives available, and matching that to our customer’s needs.
Namely knives that you would carry with you every day.
5111 Telegraph Ave., #150
Oakland, CA 94609