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12 Solid Budget EDC Knife Picks Under $50


 

Jake's favorite under $50 budget EDC knife picks. I chose 12 solid knives from various brands. Some of these are tried and true (and widely popular with the knife community), and some are a little more obscure and haven't gotten as much attention. 

Note: All prices are subject to change. Please check the product page to see current pricing.

A.G. Russell K93

A G RUSSELL - LIGHTWEIGHT ONE HAND KNIFE - VG10 BLADE - PLASTIC HANDLE

Price: $34.95 - $49.95 

Pros

  • Super Lightweight
  • Very thin and pocketable
  • Very fidget friendly
  • Perfect for both Right & Left Handers
  • Can get budget AUS-8 steel or upgrade to VG-10

Cons

Browning Blind Spot

Browning Blind Spot Folder

Price: $27.95

Pros

  • Micarta Handle
  • Great Action
  • Deep Pocket Clip
  • Big handle, good for big hands.

Cons

  • Tip down only pocket clip. Right hand only.

 

Buck Vantage

Buck Vantage folding knives with Rosewood Dymalux

Price: $25.95 - $84.95

Pros

  • Rosewood DymaLux Handle
  • Subdued Flipper tab
  • Deep Pocket Clip
  • Can upgrade to S30V steel & G-10 Handles (above $50)

Cons

  • Flipper is so subdued the blade doesn't always flip all the way open unless you have practice.

 

CRKT Piet

CRKT - PIET - FOLDER WITH LINER LOCK - 8CR13MOV STAINLESS STEEL BLADE - GLASS REINFORCED NYLON

My favorite knife this year.

Price: $28.95

Pros

  • SUPER lightweight
  • Great size - small but big enough to do actual work.
  • Deep Pocket Clip
  • Pop of blue - backspace
  • A really handy bladeshape
  • One of the best buys of the year.

Cons

  • Not fully left hander friendly.

 

CRKT Tighe Tac Two

CRKT Tic Tac Two by Brian Tighe with stylized handles and flipper deployment

Price: $38.95

Pros

  • Pretty lightweight
  • Medium-Large size
  • Deep Pocket Clip
  • A really fun button lock. Keeps your fingers out of the blades way.
  • Great action & deployment. Looks like Phosure Bronze washers.

Cons

  • Not left hander friendly.

 

Kershaw Natrix - Carbon Fiber Overlay

Kershaw Natrix Carbon Fiber Folder flipper, frame lock, blue handle and carbon fiber handle overlay

Price: $44.95

Pros

  • Pretty lightweight
  • Medium Large size
  • Deep Reversible Pocket Clip
  • Handsome carbon fiber overlay
  • Great action & deployment. Ball bearing pivot

Cons

  • Framelock can take practice to get used to. Keep your fingers off the lock while deploying the knife.

 

Kershaw Fraxion

Kershaw Fraxion

Price: $32.95

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Small size & profile
  • Reversible Pocket Clip
  • Handsome carbon fiber overlay
  • Great action & deployment. Ball bearing pivot

Cons

  • Ball detent can be a little strong. Add in the subtle flipper and it might be a bit hard to deploy. A little lubrication & working in the detent fixes this up.

 

Maserin OneFold

Maserin Onefold folding knives with wood handle scales

Price: $49.95

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Small size & profile
  • Handsome Wood Scale
  • 440C Stainless steel

Cons

  • Sits very high in the pocket
  • Not a fast deployment

 

Ontario Rat I & II

ONTARIO - RAT FOLDER - SATIN 3-1/2 INCH AUS-8 PLAIN EDGE BLADE - BLACK G-10 NYLON HANDLE

Price: $35.95 - $39.95

Pros

  • Best Budget Work Knife
  • Handle fills the hand. Strong liners & textured handle make for a good grip that feels sturdy
  • Good action - I like the thumbstud
  • Four position pocket clip - tip up, tip down, right or left hand side.

Cons

  • ... Not a deep pocket clip. Honestly hard to say anything bad about this knife. I think the pocket clip works great for this model. 

 

Spyderco Persistence

SPYDERCO - PERSISTENCE - 2-3/4 INCH 8CR13MOV PLAIN EDGE BLADE - BLACK G-10 HANDLE

Price: $47.95

Pros

  • Solid Budget Work Knife
  • Handle fills the handle. Strong liners & textured handle. Comfortable thumb-ramp
  • Great full flat blade grind on a leaf-shaped blade
  • The Spydie Hole makes opening the knife even with gloves on very easy. 
  • Four position pocket clip - tip up, tip down, right or left hand side.

Cons

  • Starting to get a little pricey - but still reasonable.

 

SOG Aegis FLK

SOG - AEGIS FLK - FRAME-LOCK FOLDER - STAINLESS STEEL HANDLE - 8CR13MOV BLADE STEEL

Price: $29.95

Pronounced "ee-gis".

Pros

  • Good work knife with a stainless steel handle for a nice sturdy feeling.
  • Great action with a large flipper tab
  • Great full flat blade grind on a leaf-shaped blade
  • Deep pocket clip

Cons

  • Pocket clip is right hand only
  • The large flipper tab does stick out quite a bit in the pocket

 

 

War Eagle Blades Model 42

WAR EAGLE BLADES - DROP POINT FOLDER - BLACK & GREEN G10 - LINER STYLE LOCK - 8Cr13MoV BLADE

Price: $29.95

I've always liked the Model 42. I carried one for years, bought my brother one, and lost mine. Eventually I had to buy another one because I just missed it so much.

Pros

  • Very comfortable G-10 handle. I like the aesthetic too
  • Fantastic action. I've always liked the thumbstuds on this one
  • Very strong clip design, triple screws hold it in place
  • Easy to operate liner lock
  • Strong Hollow Sabre ground blade

Cons

  • Pocket clip is right hand tip down carry only

Written 11/3/20 by Jake broce 

 

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