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    Best value knives of ALL time


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    I read through this entire thread (http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...t=cheap+knives) and I LOVED every second of it. I discovered SO many extremely high value knives. Here's a summary I made for reference (All prices are approx. and w/o shipping, and I'm editing it as excellent suggestions arise):

    Folding (Traditional)
    $5 – Schrade Imperial Sodbuster
    $10 – Opinel No. 6
    $10-$15 – Rough Rider (Any)
    $10-$20 – Victorinox Classic, Solo, Cadet, Soldier, etc.
    $15 – Kershaw DWO
    $15 – Kershaw Black Colt II
    $15 – Svord Peasant
    $15-$20 – Kissing Crane knives
    $20 – Case Sodbuster Jr.
    $20 – Kershaw Black Gulch
    $20 - Douk Douk (Small)
    $25 – EKA Swede 88
    $25 – Mercator K55
    $25 – Buck 112 EcoLite
    $35 – EKA Swede 82
    $35 - Buck 55
    $35 - Buck 110

    Folding (Modern)
    $10 – Sanrenmu 710
    $15 – CRKT Pazoda 2
    $15 – Kershaw Chill
    $15 – Kershaw OD-2
    $15 – Scrimschaw-Style knives (Fred Carter & Gigand)
    $15 – Buck BuckLite Max small/medium
    $20 – CRKT Drifter
    $20 – Spyderco Byrd Meadowlark
    $20 – Spyderco Byrd Raven
    $20 – Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara
    $20 – Ka-Bar Dozier
    $20 – Kershaw Scamp
    $20 – Kershaw Oso Sweet
    $20 – CRKT M16 EDC
    $25 - Cold Steel Pocket Bushman
    $25 – Leatherman Expanse E33L
    $30 – Leathman Expanse E55
    $30 – Spyderco Tenacious
    $30 – Spyderco Persistence
    $30 – Kershaw Leek
    $30 – Kerhsaw Skyline
    $30 – Kershaw Junkyard Dog
    $30 - Kershaw Zing
    $30 - Kershaw Storm II
    $30 – Kershaw Barrage/Salvo
    $30 – Boker Hyper
    $30 – Boker M-Type
    $30 – Boker Trance
    $30 – Ontario Rat-1
    $45 – Buck Vantage Pro (Small)
    $50 - Boker AK 101
    $50 - Buck Alpha Dorado (154CM)
    $50 - Kershaw Lahar
    $50 – Spyderco Delica 4
    $50 – Spyderco Native
    $50 – Spyderco Endura 4
    $50 - Boker Jim Burke Mini Resurrection
    $60 – Cold Steel Recon I
    $70 - Benchmade Mini Griptilian
    $70 - Spyderco Manix 2
    $70 – A.G. Russell Frame Lock Spear-Point – Seconds

    Fixed
    $5 – Tramontina Machete
    $10 - Cold Steel Finn Bear
    $15 – Mora Clipper
    $15 – Cold Steel Machete
    $20 - Cold Steel Bushman
    $20 - Buck Paklite Skinner
    $20 - Condor Machete
    $25 - Condor Rodan
    $25 - Condor Bushlore
    $25 – Blackjack Grunt
    $30 – Ka-Bar Becker Necker
    $35 - Ontario SP1
    $35 – Condor Kumunga
    $45 - ESEE Izula
    $50 - Queen D2 fixed blades
    $50 – Ka-Bar USMC Fighter
    $50 - Ontario Ranger RAK
    $50 – Buck 119
    $50 – SOG Seal Pup
    $70 – Ka-Bar Becker BK9

    This list is getting super long, which isn't a bad thing I suppose

    Anyways, he put a $50 price cap on it, but so many high value knives over $50 were left out (Value doesn't always mean inexpensive). I wanna see some more folders and especially larger fixed blades that are extremely high value!

    Also, if anyone has any qualms with any of these being value knives, I'd like to know why (As I don't know everything about all of these blades)!
    Last edited by mk.ultra; 08-08-2010 at 07:58 PM.

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    Awesome! Thanks for making that summary! Here are a few additional suggestions that are within the original $50 parameters.

    I feel like I mention this knife in about 75% of my posts, but the Boker Plus Exskelibur I is an absolute steal for $50. You can also find an Endura 4 for $50 if you look around a bit. (I see the Native and Delica made the original list, but not the Endura.)

    My collection is mostly folders, but I have a few fixed blades that were under $50 and very well-made:
    Buck Nighthawk
    Ontario SP1
    Ontario SP6

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    the only knife i own that could make the list at under $50 are a couple small saks.


    so how about for under $65?

    cold steel lawman and recon 1. best bang for buck knives i own.


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    boker jim burke mini ressurection.

    the total package with this folder blew me away at just under 60.

    now i sure dont want to start anything, im fully aware of the history, opinions, BUT the cold steel pocket bushman is a ton of knife at around 20. its just not for everyone.

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    I don't own any of those knives on the list now...

    I had a few of them over the years though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakeyjake4528 View Post
    boker jim burke mini ressurection.

    the total package with this folder blew me away at just under 60.

    now i sure dont want to start anything, im fully aware of the history, opinions, BUT the cold steel pocket bushman is a ton of knife at around 20. its just not for everyone.

    the locking mechanism frightens me a bit.

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    any high value recommendations for a good medium sized survival/bushcraft fixed blade?

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    The Endura really needs to be on that list. One of the best >$100 knives, let alone $50 dollar knives. Plus you get "super-steel". If only they did FFG standard...

    Also Cold Steel has some great deals in folding knives with the Triad-Ad Lock, I believe the Recon 1 is around $55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MORIMOTOM View Post
    the locking mechanism frightens me a bit.
    i can certainly understand that.

    until its broken in, or oiled a bit, mine was a bear to close. its never going to be smooth on the close, so its a two handed closer to me, opens just fine one handed. mine seems to have an almost half stop.

    one thing is for sure, you dont have to worry about the lock failing on you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonc View Post
    The Endura really needs to be on that list. One of the best >$100 knives, let alone $50 dollar knives. Plus you get "super-steel". If only they did FFG standard...

    Also Cold Steel has some great deals in folding knives with the Triad-Ad Lock, I believe the Recon 1 is around $55.
    Added! Thanks for the remind, originally I only had folders 3" or under because it was a personal list, and 3" is my legal limit.

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    Buck Vantage Select w/420HC $20-$25
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    Quote Originally Posted by mk.ultra View Post
    $20 – Kershaw OD-1
    I'd like to know where you find OD-1's for $20. Everywhere I look sells them for around $40.

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    Kershaw Ener-G was a pleasent suprise too. For around $20 shipped it's probably the best value I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonc View Post
    The Endura really needs to be on that list. One of the best >$100 knives, let alone $50 dollar knives. Plus you get "super-steel". If only they did FFG standard...

    Also Cold Steel has some great deals in folding knives with the Triad-Ad Lock, I believe the Recon 1 is around $55.
    Endura is FFG standard....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kya View Post
    I'd like to know where you find OD-1's for $20. Everywhere I look sells them for around $40.
    I use Google shopping to estimate prices, guess I was looking at OD-2. OD-1 is around $25 (w/o shipping calculated).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mk.ultra View Post
    I use Google shopping to estimate prices, there are MANY places selling for just under $20 (without shipping calculated).
    I just checked and it showed one place, Amazon for $20, but that price is wrong. When you click the link it shows $37. You might be confused with the OD-2 which can easily be found for under $20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kya View Post
    I just checked and it showed one place, Amazon for $20, but that price is wrong. When you click the link it shows $37. You might be confused with the OD-2 which can easily be found for under $20.
    Good call, I was wrong again lol

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    great list, i really need to show it to my coworker who is always so proud of his latest S&W noname china steel knife that he got a super deal on because it was on sale at Big 5.

    He knew I carried more "expensive"(cheap knives to most of you here, though ) knives so didn't talk about his much, until I showed him my Opinel and bragged about it being about $8. Now all the stops have been pulled

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodeyesniper View Post
    great list, i really need to show it to my coworker who is always so proud of his latest S&W noname china steel knife that he got a super deal on because it was on sale at Big 5.

    He knew I carried more "expensive"(cheap knives to most of you here, though ) knives so didn't talk about his much, until I showed him my Opinel and bragged about it being about $8. Now all the stops have been pulled
    yeah this proves there is absolutely no reason to own a piece of crap gas station knife. even a $10 opinel will dominate them.

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    Buck 110 and Opinel for sure.

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