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10 EDC Knives Under $25


 

Jake picks 10 solid under $25 budget EDC knives. These knives are from a variety of brands, which are listed alphabetically below. 

Note: prices may be subject to change. Check the product page for current pricing.

Note #2: These knives won't have many Cons - as they are generally the best in this category.

A.G. Russell Simple 3" Lockback

A. G. Russell™ Simple 3inch Lockback

I use this as my letter opener on my desk, and carry it when I'm out exercising in gym shorts.

Price: $16.95

Pros

  • Super lightweight midlock knife
  • Great shallow hollow ground blade with 8Cr13MoV Steel

Cons

  • No pocket clip
  • Doesn't really close one-handed

 

Buck Rival (I, II, & III)

Buck Rival I & II

Price: $15.95 - $23.95

Pros

  • Slim, lightweight knife with midlock
  • Buck heat treated 420HC steel
  • Deep pocket clip
  • USA Made

Cons

  • Clip is not reversible

 

Buck Slim Select

BUCK - 112 SLIM SELECT - BLACK MOLDED NYLON HANDLE - 420HC STEEL

Price: $19.95 -$26.95

Pros

  • Strong blade with Buck's 420HC stainless steel
  • Reversible deep pocket clip
  • Lightweight knife with strong lock
  • Multiple colors, sizes, and steels available (higher grade steel goes above $25 cap)
  • USA Made

Cons

  • Can't easily close lockback one-handed.

 

CRKT K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple)

CRKT® K.I.S.S. -  Plain Edge

Price: $24.95

Pros

  • Very unique design with a chisel ground blade and open sided knife
  • Large pocket clip functions as a money clip
  • Strong Blade & Tip

Cons

  • Blade is very thick, and is made of a lower carbon 3Cr13 steel

 

 

CRKT Squid

CRKT - SQUID - 2-1/8 INCH 8CR13MOV STONEWASH FINISH BLADE - 2CR13 STAINLESS HANDLE - POCKET CLIP

Price: $19.95

Pros

  • Small but very stout framelock folding knife
  • Nice drop point blade with 8Cr13MoV Steel. Strong tip
  • Deep pocket clip

Cons

  • A little heavy (which is the cost of feeling sturdy)
  • Clip is not reversible

 

Kabar Dozier Folding Hunter

Ka-Bar Dozier design Spear Point Blade with Blue handles. Lockback

Easily one of the best budget buys.

Price: $17.95 - $21.95

Pros

  • Sturdy drop point blade of Japanese AUS-8 Stainless steel. Hollow sabre grind
  • Multiple colors, sizes, and blade shapes available. D2 steel version coming soon.
  • Midlock which can be closed one-handed
  • Clip and thumbstud are reversible
  • Strong Tip

Cons

  • Not a very fast action
  • Only one screw holding the clip in place, which might cause it to spin a bit after enough wear and tear

 

 

Kershaw Mix Tape

KERSHAW - MIXTAPE - 8CR13MOV STONEWASHED FINISH BLADE - GLASS- FILLED NYLON HANDLE

Price: $24.95

Pros

  • Slim, sleek design. Doesn't take up much pocket room
  • Good action, with an easy to use lock and thumbdisc
  • Unique looking design
  • Interesting Modified Sheepsfoot design with 8Cr13MoV steel blade at 54-56 Rockwell.
  • Strong tip

Cons

  • Pocket clip is not reversible (or easily removable)
  • At 54-56 Rockwell, steel might be a bit on the soft side. Easy to sharpen, but won't hold its edge as long

 

Outdoor Edge Chasm

Outdoor Edge Chasm lockback folder everyday carry knife, rubberized tpr inserts handle

Price: $14.95 - $17.95

Pros 

  • Lightweight, very grippy rubberized handle
  • A few different colors and sizes
  • Hollow ground blade with 8Cr13MoV

Cons

  • Closing lockbacks one-handed is difficult
  • Clip is not reversible

 

Swiss Army Tinker

SWISS ARMY - TINKER - GADSDEN FLAG - YELLOW WTIH SNAKE ON HANDLE - 12 TOOLS - SCREWDRIVER

Price: $23.99

Pros

  • Lots of tools (Philips #2, Two Flatheads/bottle/can opener, Punch, tweezers, toothpick, main blade plus pen blade)
  • Can go on your keychain
  • Very pocket friendly. Even floating in the pocket its rounded shape makes it much less annoying as a floater than other knives are
  • Very socially acceptable in almost any setting

Cons

  • No lock or pocket clip

 

Written 11/3/20 by Jake Broce

 

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