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Affordable EDC Knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Praxidike, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. Praxidike

    Praxidike Well-Known Member

    Can anyone give me a few suggestions for affordable folding knives around $25?

    I had but lost a:


    Gerber Bear Grylls folding knife I brought from Amazon, but it was almost impossible to open with 1 hand; otherwise, it was nice. Now I'm looking for a replacement.
  2. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

  3. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    I like my Buck Ecolite 112 and carry it in its nylon sheath on my belt just about every day.
  4. Carl Levitian

    Carl Levitian member


    Opinel's are fantastic cutters for the price of a couple beers at your local pub. A lot more rugged than most people think, and insane light weight for their size. Wide choice of sizes to choose from in either carbon steel or stainless. The saw works great for camping or survival use. Goes through wood like a beaver on crack.
  5. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Buck Vantage Select, you get an American made blade, lifetime warranty, and 420hc steel treated to it's full potential.
  6. 50 Shooter

    50 Shooter member

    I have a RAT I & II but prefer the Kershaw Blur, its spring assisted and faster then a switch blade knife. It rides perfect in your pocket, you can change the clip for tip up or down in your pocket.

    You can get one off of eBay for about $40 or check out http://kershawguy.com for deals
  7. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I've had a few standout EDC's, but nothing remotely resembling your last. If you would like to try something lighter and smaller, I'll second the Opinel. For blade length to weight ratio, it might be impossible to beat. My #8 still finds its way into my pocket, regularly. The blade is only 0.066" thick, so it has a little flex, but not enough to adversely affect sharpening. I don't much care for my floppy thin #10 Slim, though.

    Sam, do you normally hold the RAT-1 with your index finger in the choil? It looks like a good inch between the choil and where the blade starts. How does it handle when you choke your grip up to the blade? When I find a knife doesn't grip well, it usually becomes a gift for someone else. :)

    I really dug my Gerber LST, but that one seems like it wanted to slide out of my pocket too easily. I moved on after my third. I have had a few Kershaws and CRKT knives, and they were all solid. It's hard to find anything wrong with any of the major names, really. It comes down to your personal preferences. I've never broken a knife, before, even the $3.00 lockbacks made in Pakistan. And I have never failed to get a really nice edge on a knife, either.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014
  8. back40

    back40 Well-Known Member

  9. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    ^I've had that in my cart more than once. It's only a matter of time before I end up buying one or two. I haven't become overly fond of flippers, due to the choking up thing I seem to frequently do with my pocket knives. But that knife really hits a lot of notes to me!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014
  10. back40

    back40 Well-Known Member

    i did the same thing. i've had it on my wishlist for probably 3 months. for $19, i don't think you'll regret it.

    i also have the 'needs work' that a friend gifted me. the handle scales are horrible though. i much prefer g10.
  11. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    ^Ha, I used to move lots of random and sometimes sketchy things to my wishlist all the time. I assumed it was there only for me. When I found out it's actually a registry where anyone with your email address can see it, that was a shock! At one time I must have had 20 different knives on there.
  12. krupparms

    krupparms Well-Known Member

    I have become a big fan of CRKT knives. They have a number of knives that meet that criteria. I just picked up a Crawford /Kasper Tactical folder for $19.99. This is a great EDC knife. Their M-16 EDC series is a good place to start. Some of their EDC knives are called gentlemans knives, they are a little more cash but they are just as well made as the others. Spyderco is new to me but the one I was given has proved it is a good EDC. ColdSteel is at the top of my list also . They are not cheap but even the ones that fall within your price range will be one tough knife! I have been amazed at how tough these knives can be! I have seen other knives that are good blades & are good EDC knives also, like the classic Blackcat German blade. There are a few more out there. Also Master knives! Some of the S&W knives can also be good bargains. Good luck.
  13. Hullraiser

    Hullraiser Well-Known Member

    I like and often carry a KaBar folder which has pocket clip & thumb hole. It's not for any kind of utility though, strictly a defensive folder, unless you want a shave
  14. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

  15. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

  16. Praxidike

    Praxidike Well-Known Member

    Thanks.I knew there were older threads, but I figured I'd ask again just encase new models came out... So many options and recommendations that it's hard to choose. I decided that I rather have a small concealable fixed blade, and have been searching & researching everyone's recommendations and reviews all day... Still not any closer to making a decision.

    [edit] I'm thinking about getting either the ESEE Izula 1 or or Izula 2. I like that the latter has a longer handle, but I don't like the price. I think the Ka-Bar brand has comparible knives to the Izula 2 at a better price, but their warranty sucks compared to ESEE's...

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2014
  17. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    I have to once again sing the praises of the humble Opinel offerings.
    My work knife is an Opinel #12 in a leather sheath, my daily carry is a #10 carried in a belt flashlight holder and I have a #6 for my Sunday "go to meetin' "pants.
    I prefer the Carbon Steel versions for their ease of sharpening and edge holding ability.
    I use a Spyderco Sharpmaker finished off with a cardboard and/or leather strop.
    Shaving SHARP!
  18. Praxidike

    Praxidike Well-Known Member

    They look more like kitchen knives than self defense and/or utility knives. How would you rate the Opinel to the Izula? (I know there's a price gap, but still interested in knowing)
  19. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    The Opinel is a French peasant's pocket knife. They are very sharp out of the box, with an easy to sharpen high carbon steel blade. They are also very light weight. They have a simple but strong useful locking collar. They are also quite cheap.

    Downsides are two handed opening, the birch handle will swell if wet, making them hard to open and close. The carbon steel will tarnish easily, but there are stainless versions available if that is an issue. I have a carbon steel no.8 that I use as a go to knife at home and in the office, also a high polish stainless & rosewood display knife just because.

    I would not consider them a defensive knife due to the two handed deployment.
  20. Carl Levitian

    Carl Levitian member

    Is the OP looking for a general purpose knife or a fighting knife? Two different animals.

    The Opinel is a great edc knife for general use. Contrary to some beliefs, the wood handle will not swell much if treated right when you get the knife. I've experimented with mine and after being totally submerged in a glass of water for 30 minutes, will still open and close well. The swelling issue is over blown. When new, lube the joint well with food grade mineral oil. In fact, just set the knife down in a shot glass of the stuff hinge down. Let it soak in for a while. Wipe off and carry. Maybe once a month lube the joint with the mineral oil by dropping a few drops in and just go with it. Once the wood around the pivot is well lubed with the mineral oil, the knife gets pretty water resistant.

    The stainless bladed Opinel's are Sandvick 12C27, same as used by the Swedish Frosts mora knives. Very good stuff, better intact than the carbon steel that Opinel uses.

    If your looking for a knife to use for defense, the Opinel can be made to flip open with one hand very easy. They do this in France where the Opinel is popular with Paris street thugs because is can be ditched without much loss and replaced easy. But I don't bother with it as I just don't see a knife for a defensive weapon. If attacked by someone with a knife, just keep the heck away from it by blocking with anything in reach. Going knife on knife in a fight is Hollyweird BS. The winner of a knife fight is the guy who goes tot he ER instead of the morgue, or goes to the morgue later than the looser.

    For a general use cutting tool, an Opinel is tough to beat. For a defense weapon, carry something to bash with. Works better than a knife.

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