Best carry knife for 100$ - 150$


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robert45
February 1, 2014, 10:14 AM
Hello,

I am in the market for a new knife for everyday carry.
What kind of blade do you carry?

I like very much SOG Vulcan (http://inyboo.com/search?q=SOG+Knives+vulcan) series, what are some nice alternatives in this price range?

Thanks!

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Yo Mama
February 1, 2014, 10:52 AM
Totally depends on your style. The Vulcan is a real decent blade. If it speaks to you maybe you try it.

Other options: Spyderco Manix 2 or Benchmade Griptilian

Valkman
February 1, 2014, 06:44 PM
I'd go to www.knifeworks.com and look at the Benchmades and pick one you like!

Sam Cade
February 1, 2014, 07:18 PM
I am in the market for a new knife for everyday carry.


Fixed or folder?

herrwalther
February 1, 2014, 11:02 PM
My everyday carry knife is a Benchmade Adamas Axis. But that is probably outside your price range. Perhaps you could narrow down some of your preferences?

ugaarguy
February 2, 2014, 12:07 AM
For a folder under $150, get a Benchmade / Doug Ritter RSK MK1. It's a Griptilian with a better blade shape and the blade is made from CPM S30V. The Axis Lock is incredibly smooth, and it's one of the strongest locks made.

http://www.knifeworks.com/dougritterrskmk1bkcoateds30vbladeknifeworksexclusive.aspx

I can no longer recommend Spyderco based on all the problems I've had with them.

9mmforMe
February 3, 2014, 02:18 PM
Its a little above your price, but can be found just a tad above 150.00.
Benchmade Osbourne 940.


http://www.amazon.com/Benchmade-940-Osborne-Design-Knife/dp/B000QA9G2W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391451481&sr=8-1&keywords=benchmade+osborne+940

greyling22
February 3, 2014, 03:23 PM
the 940 osbornes run about 110-130 used on ebay and are my very favorite knife ever.

50 Shooter
February 4, 2014, 03:02 AM
Cut your price a little, the Kershaw Blur (Ken Onion) is a great knife. Look it up and the reviews, hard to beat for the price. My wife liked mine so much she took it and I had to buy another.

Everyone at work that's handled it has bought one, I would buy two for what you're planning on spending for one. Take a look, you might like it and that version is made in the USA.

hso
February 4, 2014, 07:54 AM
Another vote for the Ritter RSK http://www.dougritter.com/gear.htm

rbernie
February 4, 2014, 09:19 AM
I'd go to www.knifeworks.com and look at the Benchmades and pick one you like!
The recent thread about breaking Spyderco's made me so paranoid about breaking or losing my beloved MiniGrip 556 (http://www.benchmade.com/products/product_detail.aspx?model=556) that I went online yesterday in search of another. Along the way, I found a NOS Mini Bone Collector 15030 folder (http://www.benchmade.com/products/15030), and had to have it. :) It's on the way to me as I type this....

Elkins45
February 4, 2014, 10:25 AM
Spyderco Manix 2, Benchmade Griptillian, or a whole bunch of Kershaws can be had for <$100. If you want to spend just a tiny bit more I would heartily recommend the Spyderco Paramiliary 2. No other knife has just the perfect combination of size, features and ergonomics for me.

I spend a whole bunch of years buying knives, but once the Para 2 came around I pretty much ended my search for the perfect EDC.

zhyla
February 4, 2014, 03:40 PM
There are so many options... blade shapes... blade length... plain edge/serrated/combo... hollow ground/FFG... overall weight... handle materials... spyderhole/thumbstud/flipper/assisted -- it's like asking "what kind of car should I drive?"

Hard to go wrong with a Manix2. The higher end SOG folders are good too (the Visionary is a good knife with a terrible clip), though they tend to be pricy for what you get. Benchmade doesn't make anything bad it seems but are also pricy.

jutinlee
February 4, 2014, 05:36 PM
For folders, get you a Gerber or Kershaw (I own both- they are quality for what you pay for).
They may not be as high end as some of these others but for EDC you can buy 5 of these for one of some others named.
For fixed blades (and likely heavier use) I swear by Kabar knives. I own a few and love them. They have many different styles. They are all mostly within your price range as well.

CA Raider
February 5, 2014, 12:24 AM
for fixed blades, I also suggest that you look at this one ...

http://www.coldsteel.com/Product/38CSM/SRK_SAN_MAI_III.aspx

it is outside your price range by $50. but it is well worth spending the extra $50 for this knife. the blade shape is simple and strong. most importantly, this is a San Mai blade from Cold Steel. that means it is a laminated blade, with a hard steel core, and a softer steel "outer" on each side. Laminated blades are really outstanding, for the price of $200 this one is a steal.

good luck with whatever you choose.
have fun!

CA R

Sam Cade
February 5, 2014, 12:43 AM
for the price of $200 this one is a steal.

Well, I will agree that someone is getting robbed if you pay $200, that is for sure.

BLB68
February 5, 2014, 05:59 AM
WTH is inyboo.com? Why link to that search instead of the product page on the manufacturer's website or a dealer's site?

Last SOG I had was a Mini Tomcat that had the rubber handles disintegrate from carry, so I'm no help on the original question because I avoid the brand out of general mulishness.

Elkins45
February 5, 2014, 01:34 PM
Manix Wheel!

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm35/elkins_pix/IMG_0343.jpg

Two of the knives in this picture can still be had for <$100.

Outlaw Man
February 5, 2014, 04:26 PM
I'm also partial to the Griptilian, but there are lots of good knives that have been mentioned.

I've been happy with my SOG knives, all told, but I've always been afraid to give them the kind of abuse I do my other knives. Like BLB68 said, they don't feel as robust as many of my other knives. I won't go as far as to say they won't hold up, though. I've just been afraid to try it on a $50-fish knife. I've never owned one of theor higher-end knives, though at first glance they seem a little tougher.

BLB68
February 6, 2014, 05:35 AM
Just to be fair, I should add that I had that knife in the late 80s-early 90s, so it may not be a representative of current production stuff.

ejfalvo
February 6, 2014, 07:03 AM
I recently purchased two Helle knives. handmade in Norway - a Dokka (folder) and an Eggen, a fixed blade. Beautiful, super sharp, well made knives.

While they may not be what your looking for, its worth heading to their site to view their products, www.helle.no

Outlaw Man
February 7, 2014, 11:34 PM
That might be the most unfortunate (in English) website URL I've ever seen.

Good looking knives, though.

M&PVolk
February 8, 2014, 12:40 AM
Manix Wheel!

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm35/elkins_pix/IMG_0343.jpg

Two of the knives in this picture can still be had for <$100.

Man, I wish I could find the edc manix or the orange handle somewhere. I love my lightweight, but I would love one of those with the better steel also.

Inazone
February 10, 2014, 01:11 PM
My EDC rotation consists of knives (all folders) that I can afford to lose or break and not cry about. Depending on your preferences and requirements, some of these may not apply, but I have carried each of the following at one time or another, either for extended use or just for a "trial run" immediately after purchase.

Kershaw: Scamp, Vapor III, RJI, One Ton, Groove, Lahar
Gerber: Gator, Armor
SOG: Salute, Vulcan Mini, Trident Mini
Cold Steel: Recon 1 (tanto)
Boker: Gemini Badger
CRKT: Drifter, Ripple
Leatherman: Crater

Of the above knives, the Vapor III is my usual workplace EDC (along with a Leatherman Wingman) and the RJI is my "out and about" defensive knife. I originally bought the One Ton for more of a hard-use folder, but don't feel that it is quite what I was hoping for, although I do still carry it frequently. None of them has been unsuitable or otherwise below my expectations in terms of quality. As you might guess, I've found that I prefer Kershaw.

Elkins45
February 10, 2014, 02:38 PM
Man, I wish I could find the edc manix or the orange handle somewhere. I love my lightweight, but I would love one of those with the better steel also.
Make me an offer :)

Blade First
February 10, 2014, 10:41 PM
I'm experimenting with a new Zero Tolerance 0350 and like it quite well so far. Good steel, thin scales and a quick opener...carries quite well.

SG1
February 10, 2014, 11:12 PM
Another vote here for the Kershaw Blur. It has been my constant companion for a couple years and I have no complaints. It's hard to beat for the price and made in the US.

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