Quality Folding EDC Knife under $40?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TripleB67, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. savage99


    Jan 3, 2014
    Byrd cara cara 2 is a poor man's delica looks like a heck of a knife for the price
  2. chchin2


    Sep 1, 2015
    They are similar in composition and performance, aus8 is japanese made while 8cr13 is chinese made. Ontario Aus8 by a nose in my book.
  3. TheOutdoorNerd


    Oct 30, 2015
    The Link would be my recommendation. I gave this one to my brother and he loves the s**t out of it. It's made a few miles away in Tualatin, OR, which makes it even better to him.

  4. rje58

    rje58 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    Like many others, I assume, I was intrigued by "assisted opening" knives like the Cryo when I first started getting into knives. Now, it is a feature that I no longer find desirable. I can open a quality thumb stud or Spydiehole knife just as fast, these days, with none of the worries about an assisted opening knife opening when I don't want it to, or popping a spring. It just takes a little practice - and be sure to practice with both hands, from either pocket, in case you ever have an injury to one hand or the other.

    There's a thread right now on this forum about "which features cause you NOT to buy a knife?" and many people have listed "assisted opening" among the features they don't want.

  5. bikerdave47


    Feb 24, 2012
  6. rje58

    rje58 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    Cara Cara 2 is an outstanding knife for the money. I prefer the G10, but the FRN is nice, too. It's bigger than a Delica - more like a "poor mans" Endura.

  7. blade dude

    blade dude

    Nov 8, 2015
    If you have large hands or bigger you'll regret the brawler just saying
  8. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Kershaw RJ Tactical 3.0;
    just <3" blade

    CRKT Carson m16
    just >3" blade

    Both 4" handles, grip friendly ergonomics, flippers and framelocks, and both less then 3oz.
  9. recon0317

    recon0317 Banned BANNED

    May 28, 2015
    Sub $40 edc folders are always improving. I really like the Kershaw Shield. Loved it enough that I ended up buying a Hinderer Eklipse, which the Shield is based on.
    Other great edc blades sub $40 (imo) are:
    Kershaw Skyline
    Ontario Rat 2
    Kershaw Leek
    Spyderco Tenacious
    Cold Steel Hold Out III
    Sometimes you can find a Spyderco Delica or a Benchmade mini Griptilian for 40 or 50 bucks used as well.
  10. ugaarguy


    Jan 24, 2016
    Similar to Recon's experience a Kershaw Thermite lead me to buying a ZT 0562CF. I own the Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara, Robin, and Meadowlark; and the Kershaw Thermite and Cryo - all in G10. They're all under $35 shipped on Amazon, but the Kershaws are much better quality. The clips are more secure, the stonewashed finish is nicer, and the blades have cleaner grinds.

    Their marketing is gimmicky, but the Cold Steel Tuff Lite and Mini Tuff Lite are actually excellent knives that even my glove size XL hands find very comfortable.
  11. Corwyn_bv


    Nov 13, 2014
    + 1 for Tenacious. Maybe a Persiatance. Or a Byrd Meadowlark.

    I like my Lansky sharpener...
  12. MemphisR32


    Nov 10, 2015
    I personally have one of these and have been very impressed. Great package for less than $30.

    Had to thread lock the pivot screw because it was walking but after that it's prefect for a low cost EDC.

  13. jasonp


    Oct 7, 2002
  14. rschuch


    Apr 18, 2014
    They're about the same thing. AUS-8 has slightly more Manganese, Chromium, Nickel, Vanadium, and Molybdenum, but 8Cr13MoV has slightly more Carbon (0.75% to 0.85% vs. 0.70% to 0.75%).

    BTW, AUS-8 is also known as 8Cr15MoV
  15. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    This! I'll also add Buck 110 and Buck Vantage lineup to the mix.
  16. Etna


    Jun 17, 2015
    If Chinese knives are a consideration, Enlan's M series and SanRenMu's 7XXX series will do the job with 8Cr13MoV steel and sub-3" blades for less than $15. Here's one of the many SRM knives (7030LUC) I currently own, and it can be gotten for about $9 - $13 depending on which online b2c or c2c (major hint) site you use:


    There's also a variant of the 7030LUC with a gold trim around the perimeter of the handle for those who prefer something a little more gaudy or flashy.
  17. average gimp

    average gimp

    Jun 5, 2009
    Many good selections here I agree with: Byrds, CS Tuff Lite and Mini Tuff, Kershaw Cryo & Thermite. Another contender is the Boker Trance. Beats the 3" limit in many jurisdictions, great design, sturdy, and fires open as fast as an auto without the legal or maintenance hassles.
  18. shogun730


    Jan 5, 2016
    If I had to pick only one of those I'd go Cryo/ Cryo 2.
  19. TheOutdoorNerd


    Oct 30, 2015
    I had a Cryo and wasn't impressed. Out of the box, it was so far off center that it wouldn't open and close. I like their budget assisted flippers but when I know someone who gets one, I always ask how far off center it came out of the box, because I had a Chill, 2 Brawlers, Cryo, Freefall, Surge and a couple others that all came off-center. Where the few USA made ones I bought were all spot on. Not a deal breaker, but just irritating. I have a $13 Ganzo assisted flipper and other straight-from-China folders that all came with perfect fit and finish, so I know it's possible on a budget folder.

    That Ganzo G728 is probably better overall than any of my budget Kershaws.

  20. jstrange


    Mar 31, 2012
    Helluva nice knife for the money!

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