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Looking for a good EDC knife under $100

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Ian Brandstetter, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. Ian Brandstetter

    Ian Brandstetter

    Aug 20, 2019
    I am looking for a good EDC knife under $100.
    If anyone has any experience with or recommendations that would be great.

    Thanks, Ian
  2. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    That's a pretty broad question. You'll get recommendations all over the map. If you narrow it down to some preferences you will get better advice. Things like blade length, steel preferences, and handle material.

    Just as a general recommendation, spyderco delica or the larger endura are always a good choice.
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  3. Mingecutter

    Mingecutter Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Any particular locking mechanism you favor? Do you have preferences on weight or method of carry (fixed w/ sheath vs folding w/ pocket clip or no clip)?
  4. Cowboyfromhell666


    May 13, 2019
    Yep pretty broad question...can't go wrong with spydercos and benchmade...
  5. GotSteel

    GotSteel Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    Any of the large knife dealers like BladeHQ or Knifecenter have a ton of ways to narrow their selection down - price, blade steel, blade style/pattern, manufacturers, designers, lock types etc. Also the what are you carrying today or knives & ____ threads and marketplace are good places to see what people on the forum are acquiring & carrying
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2019
  6. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 1, 2019
    Depends on what you like. More traditional there are Case and Buck quality folders. Spyderco has quality one hand openers with various locks. Kershaw has very well constructed US-made assisted flippers with liner lock. Cold Steel has solid Taiwan made folders. Victorinox makes great multi-tool folding knives for under $100.

    For myself I would probably choose a Spyderco Endura.
  7. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    A BK14, some of the OE scales (comes with 2 sets - black and orange) and a KSF pocket sheath and you can also likely get a custom kydex sheath made for cross-draw belt carry or just run some paracord through the stock sheath for the same effect.

    Alternately, you can get a delica of your choosing (I prefer. The Salt 2 serrated) and a deep pocket clip for IWB carry and ALSO get a Gerber EAB as a Wharncliffe backup or for harder, more abusive (on concrete) use.
  8. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Benchmade bugout is also quite a cool knife.
  9. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
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  10. bruno_go


    May 19, 2015
    The options I like:

    From Spyderco:
    Para 3 LW
    Native 5 LW
    Endura 4

    From OKC:
    Rat 1 or Rat 2 in D2

    From Buck:
    347 or 342

    From Cold Steel:
    American Lawman

    From Esee/BRK:

    From Lionsteel:
    Big Opera

    My "top 3 choices": Lawman, Endura and Big Opera.
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  11. bruno_go


    May 19, 2015
    The price on stores BRAND NEW is above $100
  12. Ian Brandstetter

    Ian Brandstetter

    Aug 20, 2019
    I am looking for something light weight with a single blade length of 2.5 to 3 inches. Don't really know what a good steel would be, just something that is reasonable to sharpen and holds an edge well. G10 or aluminum scales. One hand opening or spring assisted. A deep carry pocket clip would be nice. Currently I carry a leatherman wave and do not really need all the extra stuff all the time. Dropping the weight and size is what I am looking to do
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  13. xraso

    xraso Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2014
    Spyderco Para 3 or Para 3 LW
  14. Ian Brandstetter

    Ian Brandstetter

    Aug 20, 2019
    I have looked at the kizer cutlery begleiter, the crkt helical and the crkt crossbones. Not sure on steel or if these are any good but knives similar to these are what I am looking for.
  15. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    The Kizer begleiter has VG10 which is a great steel. I handled one and didn’t care for the ergonomics on that one, at all. I think it was because it was much smaller than I thought it would be.

    Kizer makes great knives at a great price.
  16. GotSteel

    GotSteel Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    I would take a look at Kershaw, they make some nice reasonably priced assisted knives
  17. bruno_go


    May 19, 2015
    Well...with g10 or aluminum it's really hard to weight below 4-4,5 oz.

    Maybe you should consider the Para 3 LW BUT it´s made with FRN scales. Weights less than 3oz (I think 2.5oz).
  18. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    It might be too big :D but the Cold Steel Recon 1 (I like the spear point myself) is a great knife for $99.95 .

    If you want something smaller :p (I'm on fire today ..) and a under budget (tax would take the Recon over $100) I would suggest ...
    - You can't go wrong with a Spyderco Delica 4 FFG, Endela, or Endura depending on what size blade you like/want.
    - I really like the Kizer Vanguard Degnan Roach. N690 + G10 for $80ish.

    Budget combo!
    Ontario Rat 1 or Rat 2 in D2 (get the D2 blade) $40ish + Swiss Army Knife (SAK) Explorer (my favorite) $45ish
  19. Ian Brandstetter

    Ian Brandstetter

    Aug 20, 2019
    Weight is not that big a problem when its just a few ounces, I mostly am looking for something lighter then my leatherman.
  20. bruno_go


    May 19, 2015
    Then, I would definitely get the Cold Steel American Lawman. s35vn, excellent g10, amazing lock, DLC coated, 3.2 in cutting edge, 4oz and $75-80 (ebay).

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