The 5.11 Wharn for Duty is an example of what most EDC knives are probably supposed to be. A very utilitarian blade meant for everyday cutting duties. It’s true that the blade design of this little everyday carry knife isn’t the first choice for self defense purposes. But it’s perfect for cutting boxes, rope, and other stuff you encounter day in and day out.
Note: This is a knife I purchased for my own use from Amazon.com and was not supplied by the manufacturer.
In this post I took a bunch of detailed photos so you can see the Wharn for Duty up close and share my thoughts on this EDC blade so you can determine if it’s worthy of a place in your regular EDC rotation.
The knife is compact with a decent clip to hold it in place. The “duty” comes with a tool so you can tighten any of the bolts used on the knife.
The gray textured grip helps you to keep a solid grip on the knife. As you can see in the above photo (far right) there are three additional holes pre-drilled so you can reverse the side of the knife you place the clip on.
The knife features a “wharncliffe” style which is perfect for a utility style knife.
The blade is made of AUS-8 blade steel and has a black oxide coating. AUS-8 blade steel is typical for a knife in this price range. My 5.11 Wharn for Duty was sharp out of the box. The wharncliffe style blade should lend itself to easy sharpening if you need to touch it up between usage.
As you can see from the shot above the knife blade thickness is fairly stout and the blade was well-centered without any noticeable side-to-side play. The fit and finish was more than acceptable for a lower end knife price point. The spine jimping aids with knife grip.
For most cutting tasks you’ll rest the thumb on the spine jimping which allow you to apply more power to your cutting action. The 5.11 Wharn for Duty can be opened and closed with one hand. The ovalized cut-out for opening the blade is adequate, but not as nice as the design on the Spyderco Tenacious. Overall the knife has a nice ergonomic feel and for a small knife feels quite comfortable in your hand.
The blade’s long straight edge and lack of a point probably rules it out as a purely self defensive blade. There are other 5.11 knives you might want to consider as alternatives if that is what you are looking for.
5.11 Wharn for Duty Specifications:
- Black oxide coated blade and liners
- Injection molded, textured grip
- Lanyard hole
- Engineered in partnership with Mike Vellekamp
- Liner Lock
- 2.85″ blade length
I bought my 5.11 Wharn for Duty EDC Knife at Amazon.com.