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Ever revert back to budget/value knives?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Hawk45, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Sometimes I like to carry my cheaper knives if I expect to be rough on them. My EmersonCqc7 seems to hit that sweet apot where it is still expensive but built like a brick sh*t house so I don't worry about hurting it or snapping the tip ect. I love my Sebenza and Inkosi and other expensive knives but I honestly worry about hurting them if I ever say needed to do light prying.
  2. Bigbluefish

    Bigbluefish Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Yup. I'm moving on a few of my upper "affordable" ($100) knives in favor of a couple $20 knives. A CRKT drifter is pretty much replacing a couple of Benchnade HK knives and a Kizer. Nothing wrong with those; I like them. But the Drifter is a bit nicer than I expected and covers the same duties for $20. Money I can put towards one or another LionSteel, ZT or that Inkosi I've become enamored with (enamored of?) ...whatever.


    Apr 4, 2007
    I guess it depends on what someone considers a budget knife. When my most expensive knife was $150 $20-50 was a budget folder. But after owning many customs, my lowest cost knife is about $100.
  4. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    I think the most expensive knife I own is a Kabar or an Endura. I've had couple Benchmades but traded them off. I've found more expensive knives go unused and my Buck, Kershaw, and Spyderco knives get the job done fine.
  5. Captain O

    Captain O Banned BANNED

    Apr 14, 2015
    Awwwww. I carry a $30.00 Victorinox Rambler, a $35.00 Case Yellow Delrin CV Peanut and a $75.00 Queen Barlow. I have been carrying a Boker Plus Strike Auto Knife AUS-8 steel (stone washed blade) $40.00 and a newly aquired Mercator K55K (gifted) at about $25. I also carry another gifted Schrade "Old Timer" 162OT Boot Knife (about $25) and a $30 pre-2007 Camillus TL-29 I bought to use as I did in the Navy 40+ years ago.

    Yes, most are "value priced" but all are good "working knives".

    I'm satisfied with the performance of each and every one... so far.
  6. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    All of my main users these days cost me less than $50. That's by choice. I enjoy the thrill of good values and, as a competent sharpener, have found no need for fancy materials or features, and even a lot of those have trickled down into the lower price points over the years. There's a lot of very good knives out there for very little money, and so I can have them in multiple places in the house, my vehicle, etc, and have a wider variety geared towards different circumstances of use.
  7. Maddogg774


    Sep 19, 2011
    I recently went to a cold steel code 4 my wife bought me for x-mas it is excellent. The cts-xhp keeps a keen edge. And at about $60 it is as budget as I have gone in many years.
  8. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    I don't call anything under $100 necessarily a "budget knife". There are a lot of factors that go into that IMO.

    I carry a Tenacious all the time and although it's only $55 ($44 respectively) I don't consider it a budget knife even though it costs less compared to other knives in its class or brand. It is a great value.
  9. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I came across a Kershaw Cryo (Hinderer design elements) that is a very nice knife.
    Not expensive compared to what I generally carry.
  10. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Heck yeah. I own several CRK, Strider, ZT, etc., but you reach a point where the charms of a $20 Kershaw seem pretty delightful. So yeah, I have more fun with an entry level Rat 1 or Kershaw than I do with the spendy stuff. Cheap knives actually cut stuff too, and you don't cry like a baby if you lose one. But the biggest upside is that you don't feel like a total sucker for spending $430 for a knife to open Amazon packages.

    $13 Kershaw Shuffle.
  11. dericdesmond

    dericdesmond Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Yes. What he said ^ + they make great gifts.
    Recently scored a cara cara 2 and emerson/kershaw collab for $25 shipped off the ex. Pound for pound the best deal of my life I think minus a mom for free of course.
  12. Sosa


    Feb 6, 2014
    I revert back to CS aus8 all the time. Too bad they "upgraded." Aus8 is good enough for me
  13. jfindon


    Dec 12, 2006
    Eh, depends on what I'm doing I guess. If I'm going to be cutting up a ton of cardboard or breaking into one of those blister packs I usually use one of my cheaper knives like the Leek or Skyline.
  14. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    One of my favorites is still an old AUS-6 CRKT. Not the best steel but the ergos are hard to beat. In some ways I like it better than my Benchmades.
  15. Popsickle


    Jul 25, 2010

    I used to only buy hinderer, strider, and Zt. Now I find myself carrying a cold steel and feeling good about it.
  16. Popsickle


    Jul 25, 2010
    Maybe for you but not most others. XHP was a massive upgrade to aus8
  17. Sosa


    Feb 6, 2014
    A beater is a beater. And beaters are better when they don't chip so easy
  18. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    this was already a thread why repost?

    and I would never go with a budget knife, I like quality and zero budget knives have quality.
  19. ThePeacent


    Sep 15, 2013
    Same for me

  20. upnorth


    Nov 25, 2006
    Ya if I got those U.S. Prices up here. Wooe sallee! The heap would be bigger lol. But you can still find a fun toy for under a c note up here. My last was a D-2 rat 1. Before that a 4 inch hold out, prior to that a couple of bd1 pocket bushmen. Look around, there is tho stuff out there that you don't have to hide from the wife, lol

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