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10 Mid-Range EDC Pocket Knife Picks $50 - $100


 

Jake picks 10 solid $50-100 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 Gent's Folding Hunter II

Price: $75 - $145

Pros

  • Great aesthetics. It has a modern-traditional look to it.
  • Smoothest lockback action I have ever held.
  • Nice, full bellied full flat grind drop point blade
  • Deep reversible pocket clip
  • Lightweight, skeletonized steel liners
  • Multiple size and scale material options including a Cocobolo wood option. Good wood handles are becoming rare nowadays

Cons

  • No thumbstuds makes for a slower deployment (unless you flick it from the butt end)
  • Doesn't really close one-handed

 

A.G. Russell Sea Skorpion

Folding Sailor's knife with marlin spike and stainless steel handle. Flipper opening

Price: $59.95

Pros

  • Slim, lightweight profile with skeletonized steel handles. Light but still feels sturdy
  • Marlin Spike - great for untying knots and splicing line
  • Great blade shape & grind, with a combo edge
  • Four position pocket clip - and it comes with two pocket clips AND screws. Your choice of deep pocket clip or normal

Cons

  • A water knife without a blade coating may be prone to rust.

 

Buck Sprint Pro

BUCK - SPRINT PRO - MARBLED CARBON FIBER HANDLE - DROP POINT BLADE - S30V BLADE STEEL

Price: $99.95

Pros

  • Smooth Ball Bearing Flipper Action
  • Nice hollow ground S30V steel - great steel value
  • Deep pocket clip
  • Ergonomic Burlap Micarta Handle

Cons

  • Clip is not reversible

 

CRKT Bronze Crossbones

CRKT - CROSSBONES BRONZE - BRONZE 6061 ALUMINUM HANDLE - AUS 8 STAINLESS STEEL - SATIN BLADE

Price: $73.95

Pros

  • Great ball bearing pivot action with a subtle flipper
  • Unique looking design
  • Thin, long blade
  • Deep pocket clip
  • USA Made

Cons

  • Clip is not reversible, only one screw holding it in place.

 

Fox Core

FOX CUTLERY-CORE DESIGN BY VOX-3-1/16 INCH N690CO PE BLADE-BLUE FRN HANDLE-POCKET CLIP

Price: $99.95

Pros

  • Great, ball bearing pivot action. Nice subtle flipper
  • Big bellied flat ground N690Co blade. 
  • Subtle, nested skeletonized steel liners
  • Reversible deep wire clip
  • Very comfortable, textured handle. Very cool exploding honeycomb design by Jesper Voxnaes

Cons

  • While the handle fills the handle, it also fills the pocket. 

 

Gerber Fastball

Price: $99.95 - $104.95

Pros

  • Fast Ball Bearing Pivot Action
  • Nice, modified S30V Wharncliffe - great steel value
  • Lightweight aluminum handles reduce the weight but still give that sturdy feeling
  • USA Made

Cons

  • The Ball detent requires a bit too much pressure to deploy the knife, making the action not feel quite as smooth as it should. It will wear over time and should fall into place just right.

 

 

Kershaw Leek

Kershaw Leek-Plain Edge

Price: $49.95 - $91.95

Pros

  • Slim, sleek design. Doesn't take up much pocket room
  • Needle pointed modified Wharncliffe Sandvik 14C28N steel blade
  • Speedsafe Assisted opening with nice subtle flipper tab
  • Available in a range of steels and colors (and sizes, see the Chive and the Scallion)
  • USA Made

Cons

  • The needle point is thin and prone to breaking - though they will replace the blade for only a $10 Fee.
  • The secondary lock is not reliable long term. Keep the screw on it tight or it will slide and get cut off when closing the knife.

Kershaw Blur

KERSHAW - BLUR BLACKWASH - 3-3/8 INCH 14C28N SANDVIK BLACK BLADE - 6061-T6 ALUMINUM BLACK HANDLE - S

Price: $65 - $94.95

Pros

  • Grippy, comfortable lightweight aluminum handle. Feels sturdy
  • Slicey, recurved hollow sabre grind Sandvik 14C28N Steel Blade
  • Great Kershaw Speedsafe assisted deployment, with tilted thumbstuds
  • USA Made

Cons

  • Clip is not reversible for left-handers 

Spyderco Delica 4

SPYDERCO - DELICA 4 LIGHTWEIGHT - BLACK FRN HANDLE - PLAIN EDGE - VG-10 STAINLESS STEEL

Price: $78 - $119

Pros 

  • Very comfortable, well designed, lightweight, textured handle
  • Full Flat ground Japanese VG-10 stainless steel Leaf Shaped Blade
  • Four position pocket clip
  • Available in different colors, steels and sizes (See the Endura for larger, or the Dragonfly for smaller). 

Cons

  • Closing one-handed takes practice

 

Spyderco Para-Military 3 Lightweight

SPYDERCO - PARA 3 LIGHTWEIGHT - PLAIN EDGE - SATIN BLADE - CTS-BD1N HIGH-CARBON CHROMIUM STEEL

Price: $91 - $104

Pros

  • Lightweight, very comfortable textured handle
  • Full flat ground leaf-shaped blade with CTS-BD1N steel
  • Deep reversible wireclip
  • Compression lock is strong, and with some working it will allow a drop-shut action

Cons

  • Compression lock may be difficult for left-handers to operate

 

Written 11/3/20 by Jake Broce

 

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