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Budget blade - when you need a knife and you can't spend more

Discussion in 'Knives' started by JOE68, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. JOE68

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    Your house is gone, your gear is gone, and you need to replace your EDC knife.
    Problem is you have a very restricted budget.
    Later on you may purchase other blades, but for this exercise you need a knife right now.

    Parameters:
    Must be "off the shelf" (ie really accessible internationally)
    Must be one you have used, or have direct knowledge of being used
    Must be new, not new to you
    Will be utilized as your EDC blade, so should be capable of multiple cutting tasks
    Must not exceed $60US including shipping (and try not to use sale pricing if possible)
    You may choose multiple knives, as long as you do not exceed the limit set above.
    Must be one that you would carry for at least a year or more (ie durable)

    To start this off, I'd most likely go with a SAK and Opinel, or a SAK and Buck 110

    What would you pick?
     
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  2. Moose

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    Living in the UK, I'd have to say : Spyderco Urban and SAK.

    When considering a locker, nominees would include a Ganzo (G720, G738, F7611, G704 or many others), the (Sanrenmu) Land 903+, and the Ontario Rat 1. The Buck 110 or 112 are also good choices, but imho not as convenient as the oho folders mentioned.

    The choices available are vast considering the quality budget folders being produced in the US, China, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, France... Anywhere but Sheffield in the UK it seems ;-(

    Treat any right and they'll last years..
     
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  3. Adahn

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    My choice would be the Sanrenmu Land 910+ with black or green G10 and liner lock and/or the same model as an all steel frame lock knife.
    The G10 versions offer more grip, the steel versions are more pocket friendly.

    They come with Swedish Sandvik 12C27 and they seems to be champions at heat treating it.

    I never had a budget blade with such a good edge retention. It's not S30V but much better than AUS8 or 8Cr13/14MoV and at least on par with VG10 which usually comes with knives $60+ You can find it for $17 regulary, sometimes on sale for $10.

    The only downer might be that it's a design copy of the Sebenza but it's difficult to get a better shape for a pocket knife.

    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Jabbalaugh

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    For fixed blade Mora Knife. Super sharp durable and cheap. For a folder I’d go with Kabar or SAK for multi-tool. All cheap and accessible and ultra reliable.


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  5. Gary Gross

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    Victorinox Huntsman, Fieldmaster or Ranger. Of course I'm the wrong guy to ask about sub-$60 knives. ;)
     
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  6. lnytunes

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    Victorinox Farmer for my folder and a Ka-bar BK14 for my fixed blade.
     
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    Mora, SAK or Buck.
     
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    I would probably go with a 2 blade option.... A Kershaw Leek combo blade folder and a Mora Fixed Blade.
     
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  9. Moshe ben David

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    I am a fan of SAK and Buck 110/112. BUT. I think you'll be hard pressed to stay in your own defined budget constraint to get both types! Of course if you're only going to get one then it should be a piece of cake.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  10. Moshe ben David

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    So, if I were needing to do this, especially for usual urban/suburban use: SAK. Probably a Fieldmaster -- kissing cousin to the Huntsman, but with a phillips driver instead of the corkscrew. Although -- if I were in this situation maybe the corkscrew would be handy for drowning some of my sorrow!

    I'm such a fan of also having a SE blade that I might go with a SAK SE Spartan; or perhaps one of the 'Trekker' type SAK as some of those do have SE blades.

    If I decided I needed a fixed blade? Mora. Hands down!

    For a bit tougher folder? Yup. Buck 110 or 112. 112 is a bit easier around the 'non-knife' folk due to size perhaps.

    I think the budget limit is too low for this exercise. $100 would be more realistic! Especially for this crowd! LMAO

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    That's interesting. I didn't know that Sanrenmu were using Sandvik steel at all.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
  12. Daveho

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    Spyderco ambitious would do me fine or a rat 2 would be good too
     
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    Kershaw cryo g10 + beer moneys. That knife just feels right to me for some odd reason.
     
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    Opinel no 6, good and cheap. If I have to leave it behind at the end of the trip, no great loss.
     
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  15. eugenechia1989

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    Ontario RAT Model 1. Honestly, I think if I weren't spoiled by higher-end stuff, a RAT Model 1 could get me through my whole life. Assuming I don't ever find myself needing a fixed-blade.

    Gerber Strongarm is under 60 USD also, right? But I only just bought mine and haven't used it yet besides sharpening it up, so I'll just say RAT 1 for now.

    *Edit, Strongarm is a bit over 60 USD, so yeah, forget I ever mentioned it.
     
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    Fixed - Mora Companion $13 just about everywhere.
    Folder - Kershaw Injection 3.0 ($10) or 3.5 ($14) at a specific U.S. retailer on sale.

    I have both, and for the money they can't be beat. Inexpensive, but NOT cheap.
     
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    I wouldn't bet an old sock that they are, any more than the Spyderco knock-off makers are using S30V. They will mark the blades as whatever sells, regardless of actual composition. Until I see a chemical analysis by an independent lab, I'll continue to believe they're using whatever they can get cheap.

    To the OP, seriously? If my house is gone and my gear is gone, replacing a pocketknife is so far down my list of priorities that it wouldn't be visible without a good telescope. I'd probably buy a couple of paring knives and a roll of duct tape to make a sheath.
     
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    A Opine
     
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    Rat 2.
    Nice knife does the job
     
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    If money was tight, I'd pick up a folding utility knife from the local hardware store and some replacement blades. $10 tops.

    My favorite knife in that price range, however, is the Vic Explorer.

    --flatline
     
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