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Best knife under $500

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Hook'Em, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    I was thinking the same thing. IMO , the Military is an outstanding larger knife for EDC.
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  2. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    CRK and RHK come to mind first. I've heard Reate knives are well made too.

    Custom knife factory (CKF) makes good knives too.

    If you're looking for overbuilt, Medford knives I guess. I don't have any experience with them.
  3. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    I've taken a shine to the custom Praetorian T myself.
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  4. RBid


    Apr 6, 2014
    Have you ever handled a Medford? It’s ... let’s call it a polarizing experience.

    You will either drown yourself in Kool-Aid, and have “You Get What You Pay For” etched on your tombstone, or you’ll go, “this isn’t done, right? There’s still milling to be done. Lots of it.”
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  5. SharpieB


    Oct 31, 2017
    I own one and love it. It isn’t for everyone though. Something that must be handled before buying IMO.

    I paid under $500USD new for mine a few months ago.
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  6. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Sebenza is the most user friendly knife out there.As long you are not abusing it,Sebenza will be your trusty companion for long time.
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  7. Hook'Em


    Nov 2, 2018
    No I haven't handled a Medford before but, everything about a Medford is just right for me
  8. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    OP - ask yourself what the knife will be used for. Also, $50 is under $500, so a more specific price range like $350-$500 would be more meaningful. Nonetheless here are some of my favorites

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  9. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    I think the large PJ Inkosi can be interesting

    It has a good blade stock but can still cut
    The construction is simple and robust

    The pivot and stop pin are large enough to support some serious abuse


    Aug 7, 2010


    Aug 7, 2010
    I'm a proud drinker of the Medford Kool-aid and it's delicious. :D I have not owned a production Praetorian. I'm sure they are nice but not on the same level as the regular Medford mid-techs.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
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  12. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    A Sebenza will do all jobs a knife is made for and cut well also. Going to heavier stock(Hinderer would fit well) you give up some of the slicer qualities. There is a give and take to consider and only you can decide if what you loose is worth what you gain. If your prying-go to a pry bar or at least a fixed blade,
    There are plenty of other knives out there in your price range but I find the Sebenza to be a good all around user. You can even get into some customs(New and used) in that range, that are pretty interesting.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
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  13. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    While a custom Demko is going to be out of the question a Cold Steel 4-Max with the Triad lock will be below your budget and most likely be the strongest design overall for a folder. There are vendors here on the forum that may have them in stock.
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  14. reppans


    Oct 25, 2018
    Seems the general consensus is that Demko's tri-ad lock is the strongest folding lock and the 4Max is the strongest/most overbuilt production knife with that lock. Personally, I like the #2 in their line-up better... the SR1 (and own both).

    edit: haha... ^^ nato beat me to the button.
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  15. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    Aside the usual suspects from ZT, Spyderco, Benchmade, Boker, etc, I have a clear preference for semi-custom/low production full flat grind flippers from 3.5" to 4" in folders and fixed blades for general utility/work knives. Mostly drop points. Here are a few I have, am on a wait list for, or have my eye on. Manly deserves a mention too.

    CRK Impinda
    Skaha II
    Laconico EZC
    Laconico Keen
    Liong Mah Endevour
    Spartan Harsey

    Above $500 begins

    Sander Contra
    Shirogorov F3

    The Keen and F3 cover my EDC needs very well. An Impinda will fill the slipjoint slot for NYC laws. Just got a vintage Hackman Tapio Wirkkala Puukko, have two customs in the works, and a Cohutta Strebig finished and out for delivery Monday. A Wüsthof 4582/26, 6 3/8" French butcher's knife, a 10" serrated Victorinox Pastry knife, two cleavers and a 9-inch carving knife fill out the kitchen roles.

    I have a plan.
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  16. Gideons

    Gideons Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 9, 2015
    1) Zero Tolerance 0301
    2) Hinderer XM-18
    3) ZT 0560BW
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  17. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    Dauntless G&G Hawk Midtech Edition
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  18. ~Tu~


    Sep 25, 2018
    I have two current EDC Benchmades folders that i can't pick one over the other
    Benchmade 8600 Bedlam
    Benchmade 810-1401 Contego

    Until they make a fixed Bedlam, my top fixed is the Benchmade SOCP 178S ( however i greatly dislike the new folder version 390). I have carried the 178S everyday since purchased almost a year ago. Not your typical top choice, but it is perfect for me as a tactical & sooo utilitarian for EDC.
    Did i mention that i am a huge Benchmade fan?
  19. Pilot1

    Pilot1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    Another vote for Sebenza/Inkosi. However, the ZT 0562 in any variation punches above its weight especially for the price. You don't NEED to spend $500 for a great knife.
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  20. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    Oh, I don't know, 5 Spyderco PM2s?

    There are lots of great, well built knives well under $500. The PM2 is as good place to start as any.
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