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Best value knives of ALL time

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by mk.ultra, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. mk.ultra

    mk.ultra

    701
    Jun 17, 2010
    I read through this entire thread (http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=741754&highlight=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: Aug 8, 2010
  2. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Awesome! Thanks for making that summary! :thumbup: 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
     
  3. MORIMOTOM

    MORIMOTOM

    Oct 29, 2005
    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.


    no this is not an imposter, its really me.
     
  4. jakeyjake4528

    jakeyjake4528

    525
    Jul 31, 2006
    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.
     
  5. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    I don't own any of those knives on the list now...

    I had a few of them over the years though.
     
  6. MORIMOTOM

    MORIMOTOM

    Oct 29, 2005

    the locking mechanism frightens me a bit.
     
  7. mk.ultra

    mk.ultra

    701
    Jun 17, 2010
    any high value recommendations for a good medium sized survival/bushcraft fixed blade?
     
  8. brandonc

    brandonc

    472
    Mar 16, 2008
    The Endura really needs to be on that list. :thumbup: 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.
     
  9. jakeyjake4528

    jakeyjake4528

    525
    Jul 31, 2006
    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!
     
  10. mk.ultra

    mk.ultra

    701
    Jun 17, 2010
    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.
     
  11. JTR357

    JTR357

    Sep 10, 2007
    Buck Vantage Select w/420HC $20-$25 :thumbup:
     
  12. kya

    kya

    228
    Feb 20, 2010
    I'd like to know where you find OD-1's for $20. Everywhere I look sells them for around $40.
     
  13. SteelSnob

    SteelSnob

    Sep 7, 2009
    Kershaw Ener-G was a pleasent suprise too. For around $20 shipped it's probably the best value I've seen.
     
  14. kreole

    kreole

    Jul 23, 2009
    Endura is FFG standard....
     
  15. mk.ultra

    mk.ultra

    701
    Jun 17, 2010
    I use Google shopping to estimate prices, guess I was looking at OD-2. OD-1 is around $25 (w/o shipping calculated).
     
  16. kya

    kya

    228
    Feb 20, 2010
    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.
     
  17. mk.ultra

    mk.ultra

    701
    Jun 17, 2010
    Good call, I was wrong again lol
     
  18. goodeyesniper

    goodeyesniper

    Aug 31, 2009
    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 :p ) 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 :p
     
  19. mk.ultra

    mk.ultra

    701
    Jun 17, 2010
    yeah this proves there is absolutely no reason to own a piece of crap gas station knife. even a $10 opinel will dominate them.
     
  20. SuzukiGS750EZ

    SuzukiGS750EZ

    Dec 30, 2008
    Buck 110 and Opinel for sure.
     

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