Best knife under $500

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

  1. BigKurtHaze


    Aug 2, 2015
    Hey, plenty sturdy enough for me, too. If your looking for a pocket knife shaped door breaching tool, I think there might be more appropriate choices. I just wasn't clear on what OP was after...

    Too pretty... :rolleyes:
  2. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    Those quirks are unusual I think. I have used my hest f for several years and never had any issues, as a matter of testing I have flipped mine open every night for years and it has never developed any play or rock. *disclaimer* your experiences may vary, lol.
    I turned several others on to Dpx and their input mirrors mine, no issues what so ever. I've had pretty much every major brand over the past 20 years and wouldn't trade mine for any of them. Indeed they are a great price for sure.
  3. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    The HEST F is the newer model to the 2.0 I believe so they likely resolved those issues. Its made in America rather than by Lionsteel. Does your tang lockface have a very curved engagement surface?

    If you watch youtube videos on the HEST 1.0 and HEST 2.0 you will see particularly with the 1 lockrock was a major issue. Not just youtube videos. I have read alot of stuff on people having lockrock issues. I believe the 2.0 angled the lockface on the lockbar to help prevent this but when I see the super curved tang lockface it is the hallmark of knives that develop lockrock.
  4. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    For sure mine has a slight angle in the lockface. I never had any early models but mine is made in Italy.
  5. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Yeah so it sounds like they fixed the lockface on yours.

    My version is more like the knife on the right, except even worse. The fixed geometry is more like the one on the left.


    The lock on the right will likely develop lock rock. Seems like the measures I have taken to prevent it on my HEST 2.0 have mitigated the problem. Not sure how much Lionsteel’s technique of angling the lockbar lockface will help.
  6. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    A few years in and I am confident mine won't fail me.
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  7. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    Give some examples...
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  8. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    OK :)
    GEC, Buck 110/112, and 301/303, Case, Rough Rider (Traditionals; I have no experience with their modern knives so don't know about them) Böker Tree Brand, and some of the Böker Plus and Böker Magnum Traditionals, Opinel, Svord, pretty much anything made in Solgien, Germany and Sheffield, England ...
    If you go used you have Western, Camillus, Ulster, USA made Robeson, Russell, pre- Daniels era Queen, pre- Swendon key Schrade, Imperial, Hammer Brand, NYKC, Cattaragus (spelling?) ...
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  9. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    Nice. I guess everyone has their opinions.
  10. JDRanger


    Aug 14, 2017
    I think Hardcore Hardware doesn’t get nearly enough attention. The knives definitely fit into “overbuilt” category. They have interesting designs and impeccable fit and finish.

    Maybe take some time to research this brand (also known as Australian Hardcore Hardware).

    I also love my BM Adamas and TOPS/Buck CSAR-T folders.
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  11. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    $500 is usually my cap. Anything above that and it reaches beyond my comfort zone. I was going to try bumping it up to $800. But I'm not ready for that big a leap. So $500 it remains for me.

    I like non-flipper Ti frame locks mostly. The beefier , the better. So right now , I'm favoring the Crusader Forge VIS Metro and a Large Inkosi w/red Micarta.

    I wish I could find some knives under $300 that I really liked. Maybe the S90V/CF Yo2 and 20CV/red G10 Manix2. And I've heard mixed reviews on the Adamas.
  12. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder

    Aug 12, 2005
    YOu can sell that cheaper because you don't have to figure out how to break it in the middle. :p
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  13. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder

    Aug 12, 2005
    I have seen their hawks and I am naturally a bit suspicious of a "hard use" tomahawk made from D2. Not exactly what I would consider the ideal steel for that purpose.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2019
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  14. WillB


    Feb 3, 2007
    So far, I'm very happy with my HH knife. I put it through some "hard use" (but not abuse) testing last week while camping, and couldn't be more satisfied. I expected after battoning through some hard wood to make a fire, etc it might at least need to be sharpened. It didn't even scratch the coating. I think the HH stuff comes under "they do D2 right" category. For me, the MFK-02 GEN II mid-sized is that goldilocks size, neither too large or too small for most jobs and exactly what I had been looking for.
  15. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Spyderco Native, in Maxamet. $150 or so. Nothing can beat it, for EDC.
  16. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Freedom for @Fullflat!!! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    I still think the 940-1 from Benchmade is probably the best overall knife and it comes in way under $500. It's at home almost everywhere. You can kick the snot out of it, but it's classy enough with the CF to double as a more formal carry. There are better knives for particular tasks of course, but if you're looking for one knife to do it all, I think that's it.
  17. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Best knife under $500? That's easy, the Sebenza!
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    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    The answer is Sebenza 21.
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  19. JimMD


    Dec 6, 2017
    The last time I was on this thread I was talking about the Arius. I guess that's no longer priced at >$500, so my new choice is the Evo Typhoon, my favorite knife of this year. Actually I think it compares well to this much more expensive knife.
  20. archieblue

    archieblue Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    They keep trying, but nobody can do it better than the big 3... CRK, Hinderer & Strider. If you can get a Shirogorov for under $500 I’d throw that in the ring too.
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