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What is the best knife under $150?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by LarryD1130, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. LarryD1130


    Aug 31, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'm interested in buying a new knife. I keep a little pocket knife on me for everyday things but I want I knife that I could defend myself with as well. I'm looking for something with a half sererated blade. I was looking at Spyderco because I heard they were a good brand. I don't want to spend too much money on a knife but if enough people say it's a good knife I'll spend the money for it.
  2. LarryD1130


    Aug 31, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Are Gerber's decent?

  3. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    I have a Spyderco Endura with the half serrated blade. I like it a great deal. Razor sharp and well balanced. Good knives
  4. Glock2008

    Glock2008 Gun User

    Jul 16, 2008
    Up north
    Benchmade Griptillian 551s.
  5. eisman

    eisman ARGH! CLM

    Jul 28, 2002
    Moving Target
    For $150 you can get a decent custom, hand made, knife. Take a look at what's out there and decide what you need.

    And, unless you're really good at sharpening them, stay away from serrations. Most people cannot sharpen them worth a dang, and then you're just wasting half the blade length. (Or maybe you just throw your knife away when it gets dull. Or worse, you never really USE it, it just looks neat.) Serrations are a marketing tool gone wrong.

    Here's pictures of a couple of knives I've picked up for <$150:

    A WC Davis 4" drop point hunter.

    A Keith Sutherland Fighter:

    Both of these are far and away better knives than anything mass produced for anywhere near the same price. And they look better too.
  6. Man I couldn't agree more..

    OP: I'd stay away from Gerber they aren't to incline to reveal what steel they use, there are really good knives well under $100 you'd be happy with.. as mentioned above.. Heck for $30 plus shipping you could get a Spyderco Tenacious and its an outstanding knife for the money.. Myself I like Kershaw,Spyderco, Benchmade, RAT, Cold Steel. If you want a fixed I just bought a RAT Izula, most excellent neck knife.. $60
    I don't do serrations.
  7. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

    Aug 1, 2003
    In my experience, spydercos are the best bang for the buck you can find. The endura is a great buy if local laws don't impose a length limit, the delica if there is the typical 3" blade limit ordinance or law in place.
  8. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    What do you want it to do? Is any part of using it mission critical? Does fancy steel matter or is a low end disposable clone enough for what you need?

    If you say 150$ most folks will tell you about knives over 100$.

    If you'll shop LNIB to 'gently used' you can get dozens of knives every year for 20-50$ that work fine for EDC, and some of them retail for WAY more than that. They act just like the expensive versions. Is a box worth 1/3 the price? Not to me..

    So in my opinion the best 150$ knife is 3 50$ knives. And two of them will be fixed blades, and I'm lookin' for another folder..

    I have snagged real bargains, and telling you about 'em won't identify the bargains waiting on you. They exist. Look at ratings, look at recently discontinued lines, discount specials from the big guys.. and 'once fondled' on various boards. Take some time. I found some 50$ closeouts on 200$ knives I really liked and bought several. THAT is why you take your time.
  9. Hummer

    Hummer Big Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Western Colorado
    Pocket or sheathed folders are handy but fixed blades are much stronger for serious knife work. I'm not keen on serrated edge blades only because of the sharpening issue so I wouldn't buy an expensive serrated knife without the tools to restore it precisely.

    Check out the new Gerber Freeman S30V that I recently got for elk hunting and every day carry. It's a beautiful knife, very well made. It has a great grip with grooves machined in the upper and lower steel of the grip and checkering on the cocobolo wood. On the base of the blade is etched, "USA S30V", which denotes the steel used.

    I got this knife with the dark phosphate treated S30V blade, an exclusive from Cabela's for $79.95 (on sale), and it came with a bonus folding knife free from Gerber good thru March.

    So far, I'm impressed with this knife. Ask me again next fall after I field dress, skin and cut up my elk, moose, deer, antelope and black bear. :wavey:

    Last edited: Feb 9, 2010
  10. Boots45acp

    Boots45acp Harley TriGlide

    Mar 24, 2009
    High Desert
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2010
  11. Toml


    Jan 1, 2003
    That's a load of cash. Look at Emerson. You won't be disappointed.

    I have been satisfied with the serrated Commander and SARK.

    Oops, sorry, the prices have gone up considerably since I bought mine. $ 200+ now.

    Note: The OP stated he is looking for a knife for defensive purposes. A fighting knife is not a utility knife and should not be used for everyday tasks. That's what a 3-blade Stockman is for.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2010
  12. ctaggart


    Dec 4, 2007
  13. montrose1911

    montrose1911 Senior Member

    May 28, 2004
    9,200' COLORADO
  14. LarryD1130


    Aug 31, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I just said $150 to keep opinions open. I don't really want to spend that much. I rather have a folding blade rather than a fixed blade.
  15. daddysnapmuffins


    Jul 30, 2008
    Spyderco Military or Paramilitary
  16. jacques


    Sep 29, 2008
    " Glockland "
    spydey endura or delica = nice choice.

    nice and cheap!:)
  17. cmontrose1

    cmontrose1 GuN-a-HoLiC

    Jan 23, 2005
    Rio Rancho, NM USA
    Spyderco Caly 3 in either carbon fiber/ZDP or g-10 /vg10.
    I've got the carbon fiber, it cuts like a laser and looks good... Check it out on you tube, can be had for about 100 bucks on ebay....its by far my favorite!
  18. wolf19r

    wolf19r Problem Solved!

    Feb 8, 2009
    JAX, FL
    Protech for autos Benchmade auto and standard.
  19. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    I picked up a Spyderco Sage a few weeks back for <$100.
  20. dontshakepandas


    Sep 18, 2008
    I'm going to second the Zero Tolerance 0350. That thing is sturdy and it holds an edge very well. With a little practice it can be deployed really fast too. I carry it every day.

    I also carry a hideaway knife. Some people have posted bad experiences ordering from them, but I had no problems and got my knife quickly. I will say that I got an email from the owner that made him seem very arrogant, but that doesn't really change the quality of the product.
    It is very easy to carry, and deploys almost as fast as a normal fixed blade (you have to get your fingers in the holes). However, I think its main advantage is that it makes it harder for you to be disarmed and have your own knife used against you, which is a real possibility in a knife fight.

    I ordered the tiger claw version, and I wish I would have gone with the basic utility model because it is pretty difficult to sharpen.