Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

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Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby kyle429 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:10 pm

Hey guys, like the title says, I'm in the market for a new EDC knife, preferably $40 or under(I don't mind going a little over that, but I don't want/need some >$100 epic collector blade either). These are the options I am looking at so far:

-Ontario R.A.T. 1
-Spyderco Tenacious
-Kershaw Skyline
-SOG Flash II

Attributes I would like in the knife include:
-(preferably) G10 or similar handle(I don't mind aluminum/metal in general, as long as it isn't too heavy)
-Good, but affordable steel
-Assisted opening(whether it be a flipper-type like the Skyline, or spring/inertia assisted, like the other ones I listed)
-Relatively light weight(meaning I don't mind it being a little heavy, I just don't want a paperweight in my pocket :lol:).
-Selective pocket clip mount(tip up/down, left/right side)

If anyone has any opinions/comments regarding my options that I've picked out, or if you want to suggest a different knife, I'm up for it :D. Thanks guys.
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby cat61986 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:48 pm

Kershaw Leek and the other Ken Onion knives with speed-safe.

Spyderco Delica.

Weight's not going to be a big problem for a small knife like those. They don't weigh like bricks. Even if it's on the heavier side, you'd adapt to it.

I've said it a thousand times before: go to a shop of some sort that has a bunch of different quality knives and try and feel out what you like. Speed-safe/assisted opening is kind of cool, but I personally don't prefer it even though I have a few. Faden has a Zero Tolerance knife that is also assisted opening, but it's probably triple your budget.
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby faden » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:31 am

kyle429 wrote:Attributes I would like in the knife include:
-(preferably) G10 or similar handle(I don't mind aluminum/metal in general, as long as it isn't too heavy)
-Good, but affordable steel
-Assisted opening(whether it be a flipper-type like the Skyline, or spring/inertia assisted, like the other ones I listed)
-Relatively light weight(meaning I don't mind it being a little heavy, I just don't want a paperweight in my pocket :lol:).
-Selective pocket clip mount(tip up/down, left/right side)

If anyone has any opinions/comments regarding my options that I've picked out, or if you want to suggest a different knife, I'm up for it :D. Thanks guys.


As Cat said, spyderco delica.

As for your attributes, you will have to fork over more for those things. "collector" blades are in the 500 some range. 100 is normal.

My EDC blades are the Benchmade 556 (avg. ~80USD) and the Zero Tolerance 350 (avg. ~120USD).

There are some people that run around with Chris Reeve Sebenzas (avg ~400USD) as a "normal" EDC knife and not a "collector".

I suggest you look into the Kershaw speedsafe series:
http://www.knifeworks.com/kershawkenoni ... dsafe.aspx

Some individual knives from Kershaw to look at:
http://www.knifeworks.com/kershawkenoni ... oedge.aspx
http://www.knifeworks.com/kershawblural ... nedge.aspx
http://www.knifeworks.com/kershawkenoni ... nedge.aspx

^-- selected for action, steel, handle material.

Can't go wrong with a standard leek
http://www.knifeworks.com/kershawleekpa ... dedge.aspx

I have found that blades with flippers (assisted or not) are easier to carry tip down. Any folders that utilize a thumbstud for opening works better with tip up. But in the end it is how big your hands, what technique you use to pull it out and from where you pull it from.
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby kyle429 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:25 am

Thanks guys.

Yeah I've been looking at the Blur and "Oso Sweet" also. I really like them, but like Cat said, I would like to see some in person too before I make a decision. I've seen the Delica in person before, but it was the full-serrated version. I would like the plain edge If I could find it.

-Edit-: What do y'all think about the SOG Flash II and Aegis? I've seen some YouTube reviews on them, and they look like really good knives. I love the deep carry pocket clip, as well as the blade shapes, and safety lock design for the assist mechanism. I've heard AUS-8 is a good value steel also.

Again, thanks for the info and suggestions :D. Now I have some things to look for next time I'm in a store that sells knives(the only ones near here are Walmart, Gander Mtn., and Dick's Sporting Goods. :lol:)
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby faden » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:34 am

I have to look into those blades. The SOG flash has a very slow assisted opening imo. If I can flick faster then a knife does not need assisted.

You need to have a roadtrip to bluefield:
http://newgraham.com/store/

Only 160 miles. :twisted:
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby kyle429 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:39 am

faden wrote:I have to look into those blades. The SOG flash has a very slow assisted opening imo. If I can flick faster then a knife does not need assisted.

You need to have a roadtrip to bluefield:
http://newgraham.com/store/

Only 160 miles. :twisted:


151 mi. actually :P :lol:. They do look like a neat store, I'll have to see about arranging a road trip lol.
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby faden » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:54 am

They used to be our preferred store. Before we found knifeworks and gpknives.

They still do carry more of the harder to find and rare knives, not necessarily custom pieces. But they do.. carry custom pieces :P

Whenever you order online from them (they may do it for in store customers tho) you get the knife and 2-3 band-aids. I can only imagine getting a box of bandaids if you order a balisong from them :P
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby kyle429 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:03 am

faden wrote:Whenever you order online from them (they may do it for in store customers tho) you get the knife and 2-3 band-aids. I can only imagine getting a box of bandaids if you order a balisong from them :P


Hahaha. That is great. :lol:

Also, just for a frame of reference, this is my current EDC knife. Try not to laugh :P.

http://www.frostcutlery.com/productdeta ... r=15-891SS

It's actually a pretty decent little knife for the money(all of like $5 at a gun/knife show about 2-3 yrs. ago). Good lock up, little to no play in the blade, and a nice clip design and weight. The only thing I don't like about it is it can't hold an edge worth a crap. But for $5, what did you expect? :lol:
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby faden » Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:21 am

Ya frost knives do look nice but the handle and blade materials are utter crap.

What uses are you using the knife for?

There is a whole world of steels out there.

http://zknives.com/knives/steels/steelchart.php
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Re: Looking for a good EDC blade, for around $40 or less...

Postby cat61986 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:21 pm

I will go ahead and admit that my first knife was a Frost knife. The thing sucked balls. Blade couldn't hold an edge, the clip broke off after a few uses, and then it fell out of my pocket in one of the UCLA lecture rooms.

Then I got a Kershaw (the Vapor, to be exact), and was as happy as can be.

Can't say much for the SOG flash, though I have a few buddies with SOG knives in general. Not bad little pieces, and will definitely be better than Frost.
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