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Best knife under $500

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Hook'Em, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Hook'Em


    Nov 2, 2018
    I think most are missing the point. I'm looking for opinions hoping to "expand my horizons." Due to the holiday overtime as an electrician I decided to hit the used market and get two knives. The first was a fatty xm-18 with the harpoon tanto. The second is the production Praetorian. I already have the xm-18 and the Medford is expected tomorrow. Thanks everyone for your opinion and keep the suggestions coming because we all now these won't be my last purchases...
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  2. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    So the point was that you shock yourself for fun and profit? :D

    I still think you could do that pretty good with an Arius...
  3. Hook'Em


    Nov 2, 2018
    They're too good looking man. I wouldn't want to ruin the aesthetics
  4. Hook'Em


    Nov 2, 2018
    The arius is a really good looking knife. When I own something that looks that good I tend to not use it in hopes of keeping it pretty
  5. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    So you're saying you want a fugly knife? Doing good with the Medford. Maybe a Strider? I think Heeters are above you price range.
  6. Hook'Em


    Nov 2, 2018
    No, I get the sense that you're someone that doesn't like it when a person has a different POV than you do. I like beefier, bigger knifes that fill my hand, and that's what I bought. That's the beauty of this hobby. You have almost an unlimited amount of choices to choose from. Which ones look the best and which ones are fugly is completely subjective. the reason I started this thread was to hear about what people like in this price range and why they like it. Not to start an argument and belittle people for what they like or perfer.
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  7. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    Wanting beefy knives is a completely valid reason to avoid a Sebenza and an Arius. Could have said that in the first place instead of callin them "too nice". Good luck with the hunt.
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  8. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002

  9. Hook'Em


    Nov 2, 2018
    These knives look incredible man! The hunting line looks like they would perform incredibly good, and they also have there own unique look
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  10. TALON52


    Jan 14, 2016
    There's a lot of good knives to be had under $500 bucks. Having a ZT 0562, and a Hinderer XM-18 Gen 6 3.5 Tri Way, IMO the Hinderer is the one to buy!

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  11. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000

    Here's a full on custom handmade differentially hardened fighter that I sold for 300... Good customs don't need to cost 3k+.
  12. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    Another knife I like is the CRKT Hi Jinx made in Italy by Lion Steel. It was Blade Magazines 2014 Overall Knife of the Year. Great balance. Here is a video about it if not familiar.

  13. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    Best bang for the under 500 buck is Dpx hest 3-1/4" folder and their new urban 2.9" folder. Overbuilt and top notch construction. Italy and USA made stuff.
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  14. ggw


    Feb 13, 2018
    Emerson CQC7b - Any size will work.
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  15. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    I'd recommend the G&G Hawk MUDD auto or regular MUDD at this price point. Fill the hand nicely and can take quite a bit of punishment. You can wait for the next run from the Hawks or find one on the secondary.
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  16. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Way too many good knives that cost under even $100 to count.
  17. mordhaus


    Apr 16, 2017
    I will go with Shabazz and say the Three Rivers MFG. Neutron, although I am drooling with anticipation for the Atom.
  18. Highhawk1948


    Aug 5, 2011
    Randall Made knife
  19. JimMD


    Dec 6, 2017
    I don’t know — the Arius can take hard use and fills my XL hand better than most knives I’ve tried. Plus Koenig provides great customer service to go with the lifetime warranty.
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  20. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    It’s a god value. It’s got some quirks that kind of bring the value down. (HEST 2.0 I have no exp with the Urban) It’s got a lock that seems to creep over to the right when you cut. (Fixed this by bending lockbar in abit) it’s got an overly radiused tang lockface which means if the lock wears too much it will probably be developing lock rock.

    I seem to have mitigated the wear abit by not cleaning the black mark on the tang lockface that the lockbar leaves; which luckily doesn’t cause lockslip on this model (or atleast on mine)

    But considering I can do those two things to mitigate the quirks the DPX HEST 2.0 is an outstandinf knife that has a way lower price than it should. The reason the price is so low seems to be due to a bad stigma that has stuck around from issues with the HEST 1.0 model.

    Might as well take advantage of the artificially low price.

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