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Best EDC for under $100

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by handiman115, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. handiman115

    handiman115

    8
    Nov 21, 2012
    Hey guys, just joined the forum tonight, so I'm sorry if this has already been asked, but I'm looking to spend $60-100 on my first good knife. I have been doing a lot of reading and have read good things on the griptilian and delica and maybe the blur..?

    Any thoughts? What other ones should I consider on my budget? What's the best first knife?

    Thanks!
     
  2. KrisNZ

    KrisNZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Kershaw Skyline,
     
  3. BigBill5953

    BigBill5953

    810
    Mar 5, 2012
    Take a look at the Spyderco Native and, if you're looking for a bigger blade, the spyderco Endura.
     
  4. Bill1170

    Bill1170

    Dec 20, 2007
    There are so many good "first" knives. The Spyderco Delica, Kershaw Skyline, and Benchmade mini Griptilian are all solid contenders from the "big three" American knife companies (production folders.)

    Personally I think a folder with a blade around 3" long is ideal for a first folder. This size is legal most places, compact to carry, and gives excellent tip control for fine tasks.
     
  5. dynamicmoves

    dynamicmoves

    Jan 6, 2011
    Personally I find the kershaw leek to be a good edc.
     
  6. Oakengroves

    Oakengroves

    418
    Sep 4, 2012
    The best intro folder depends on desired size and intended use.

    For a larger knife fit for rural carry in jeans or fatigues, consider a Benchmade Grip, Spyderco Paramilitary 2, Kershaw Leek, or Spyderco Gayle Bradley. All can be found for around $100.

    For a smaller knife fit for urban carry in slacks, consider a Spyderco Sage 1 or Benchmade Minigrip.

    All things considered, the best value (and most versatile) knife is probably the Paramilitary 2. However, if I had to pick, I'd be tempted to find a Gayle Bradley around that price range. It's hard to beat the steel (CPM-M4), fit and finish, and beautiful carbon fiber scales of the Gayle Bradley!
     
  7. Styg

    Styg

    288
    Oct 3, 2012
    I'm really liking the translucent blue manix 2.
     
  8. Shorttime

    Shorttime

    Oct 16, 2011
    Well, I've made it my business to stump for Columbia River Knife & Tool, so here goes.

    The CRKT M4 series is a clean-looking knife, without a lot of bumps and notches. It's designed by Kit Carson, a well-reputed maker. There are a couple of handle material choices, but they are natural materials (wood and bone). If the design really speaks to you, I'm sure you could get it changed out for a synthetic material.

    The Ripple, by Ken Onion is also worth a look. It comes in two sizes and two different colors. The Ripple's blade runs on a pair of bearings instead of washers, making it faster to open than any assisted opener I've ever seen.

    I've also come to respect some of Cold Steel's offerings. The Micro Recon 1 kicked my Mini-Griptilian out of my pocket, and is the only no-clip knife I've ever had that I could carry comfortably. It's never going to replace a fixed blade, but it cuts like a much bigger knife.
     
  9. MrGlockJock25

    MrGlockJock25

    404
    May 14, 2012
    Spyderco Paramilitary 2
     
  10. sinsanity

    sinsanity Gold Member Gold Member

    577
    Dec 17, 2010
    So many options in that price range.... here are a few of my favorite

    Kershaw Skyline
    Kershaw Blur
    Kershaw Zing
    Spyderco Paramilitary
     
  11. 762cal

    762cal

    257
    May 15, 2010
    +1 on Kershaw Leek
    +1 on Spyderco Gayle Bradley
    +1 on Spyderco Endura/Delica

    Ontario RAT model 1,
    and if fixed blade is permitted, a Spyderco Moran.
    I haven't own it yet but I am really tempted about Coldsteel Tuff/ Mini Tuff. I started to like wharncliffe blades!
     
  12. 762cal

    762cal

    257
    May 15, 2010
    sorry, double post
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
  13. WillardCorspe

    WillardCorspe

    603
    May 3, 2012
    Oh man... so many good knives to choose from. Let us know how many you decide to get!

    Personally, I'd go with a Delica 4.
     
  14. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    Another vote for a Manix 2. Out of all my folders, the Manix series from Spyderco outshines them all.
     
  15. zippin44

    zippin44

    807
    Aug 13, 2007
  16. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Varies depending on what you want. Para 2 is probably my top all-around edc, but it can be a pain to find one right now. If you're dealing with office tasks and cutting largely manmade materials the Yojimbo 2 gives you that great wharncliffe blade. Looking for a stupidly tough knife with decent, easy to sharpen steel? Check out an American Lawman or Recon 1. Right now you can get a CPM154 Blur if A/O is your thing, very well made and a unique design. Kershaw Speedform 2 gets you Elmax, Griptilian gets you the Axis lock, if you're one of those that's very weight conscious and A.G. Russell Featherlite or Al Mar Ultralight might be good options. Any of those choices should serve you well, it just depends on what your priorities are.
     
  17. nate1714

    nate1714

    Apr 16, 2005
    I would piggy back off what others say and say look into Spyderco, Kersaw, (some) Gerbers and Ontario. Look at their websites you will find too many knives you like. The trick is to narrowing it down.
     
  18. T.L.

    T.L.

    554
    Sep 20, 2012
    Spyderco Native 5 is my new favorite EDC. It is flawless.
     
  19. TotalDbag

    TotalDbag

    Nov 3, 2012
    Get the kershaw LTD edition Blur. It has everything good the Blur has, but with CPM-154 steel
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  20. timberweasel

    timberweasel

    Jan 5, 2011
    Everyone should have a SAK of some kind, imo. The alox ones are especially nice. Pick one up, carry it, use it and you'll see just how darn handy it can be... :thumbup:

    Good luck, OP! :)
     

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