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Looking for a cheap knife

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by Arr6, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. Arr6

    Arr6 .com

    Apr 20, 2009
    I'm looking for a cheap knife for travel but almost disposable. I always hear of knives going missing in luggage. So I don't want to worry about taking my more expensive blades and plan to get a few of them.

    So can I get something under $50 that is still good quality?

    I would like a liner lock with plain edge around 3 inches.

    For some reason I don't like spidercos so anything but that.
  2. JohnKSa


    Sep 8, 2000
    DFW Area, TX

  3. 22collector


    Sep 11, 2005
    Salem, VA
    You have a lot of options. But the best sub $50 I have found except it has a frame lock which I trust much more than the liner is the Kershaw OD1.

  4. TheHunt


    Nov 28, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    My choice wold be a Byrd Cara Cara or a Tenacious.

    Ziptie them inside yout luggage, so it will not get "lost"
  5. Richard Simmons

    Richard Simmons American Icon

    Jul 29, 2006
    Spyderco Tenascious, Persistance or a Buck Vanatge Pro. The Pro is particularly nice as it has S30v steel which is almost unheard of in the less than $40 price range. I'd recommend Cuttlery Shoppe dot com for both price and excellent service.
  6. farley45


    Feb 23, 2009
    I have a nice Benchmade somewhere that is exactly what you said. It even had a bottle opener on it!

    I'll try to dig around and find it. I think I paid $30 for it at a sporting goods store.
  7. sns3guppy


    Sep 4, 2006
    I travel a LOT. I've spent most of the last year in Iraq, but I also spend a lot of time in hotels, containers, and tents all over the world...sometimes 300 days a year, or more. I don't take cheap knives with me.

    I take a check-in, and carry duplicate knives in there. I'd rather risk losing a good knife than be stuck with a cheap knife on the road.

    You can buy good knives inexpensively online, especially in classified ads and auctions. Buy several good knives for a good price and carry those. That way you have a quality tool that still won't hurt if it's taken or lost.
  8. I'm not much of a knife snob, but I really like the SOG Flash II and you can find them under $50 if you look around.
  9. I'd never spend over $50 for a knife. That's ammo money, man!

    I carry one I picked up at the mall. 440 stainless spring assisted made in china. It's under the stupid 3" blade rule here in MI and clips into my watch pocket. I carry it every day and love it.

    It cost me a whopping $7 on sale 50% off.

    Is that cheap enough? :)
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  10. lwt210


    Nov 28, 2001
    Why not a Spyderco? (Spyderco Tenacious-well under 50 bones on line). The one I have is a plain edged model and it is a fine knife for the cash. I know you posted that you didn't want a Spyderco but I have tons of blades and the Tenacious is one of my favorites.

    If you still aren't convinced, I'd go with Kershaw. Fine knives for the money too.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  11. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    Kershaws at Wal-Mart. Most under $40 and good knifes.
  12. KING-PIN


    Sep 14, 2008
    I personally am a fan of the foldable blades that have the box cutter razor blade that is really simple to replace.

    Some of you know what I'm talking about. I don't know exactly what they're called, however.

    Cheap and reliable. Can't beat that.
  13. Convert

    Convert Glocks 'n Sigs

    Sep 12, 2007
    The Front Range
  14. I also vote for knives that are sold at Wal-Mart. Remember,a wonder knife is a knife that if lost,you don't wonder where you lost it:rofl:. Good luck in your quest for the right knife.
  15. kayakjax


    Nov 30, 2009
    Western Kentucky
    I have to agree with the other guys:

    I think it's hard to beat a Kershaw (from any Wal Mart).

    If you get a Scallion or Leek with the Ken Onion Speed-Safe Opening System (I got my last one for about $50), I guarantee you'll love it.
  16. well most brand name hypes WONT fall in the 'cheap knife' category but many "Inexpensive Knives" will:supergrin:

    I vote for a Kershaw Skyline, weights about 2.4oz and is awesome for around $30 amazon, or $34+ tax walmart. i have one that's my current carry and holds an edge real nice, sharpens super easy, locks tight, G10 handle and feels just right in the hand..

    I wont recommend spyderco as you mentioned you don't like (probably the hole).. but my next edc/utility will be the tenacious, full grind, cant beat the money for sure..
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010