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The BEST Knife For Under $20?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Crayzclown, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Crayzclown


    Jun 15, 2009
    Hey ladies and gentlemen, Iv'e been looking for a good EDC blade for under $20. Money is very tight in my household, and I am considering a good, inexpensive blade. I am a full time high school student, and money is hard to find. So any good suggestions? I am thinking about a CRKT Drifter or a Byrd Cara Cara.
    I'm a newer knife collector (2 Years to be exact). I'm also saving to get my girlfriend a pink Delica. But she'll settle for her Pika II for another few months.
    So throw them' suggestions out kiddies!

    Thank you,
    -Jack W
    (And no, I don't bring my knives to school.)
  2. sweet_hitch-hiker


    Apr 12, 2009
    i'd say something from the byrd line. the crows are dirt cheap right now
  3. Crayzclown


    Jun 15, 2009
    I think I'm going with a Drifter. I'll consider a crow.
  4. spidyman

    spidyman Banned BANNED

    Feb 6, 2008
    Buck Vantage Select ~19.00
  5. Crayzclown


    Jun 15, 2009
    Seems interesting.
  6. scotchleaf


    Oct 23, 2006
    byrd crossbill is nice, so is cara cara
  7. Crayzclown


    Jun 15, 2009
    I have the crossbill. I'm thinking cara cara.
  8. Psychopomp


    Feb 21, 2005
    I'm very pleased with this little guy:


    Cost me all of $8. Now it's not going to be as sturdy as my EDC Paramilitary, but for 99% of my cutting needs, it does just fine... and boy is it sharp!
  9. Crayzclown


    Jun 15, 2009
    It's a nice blade.
  10. Psychopomp


    Feb 21, 2005
    And an amazing slicer. The price scared me away from Opinels for years, but I've never heard a bad word said about them, so I picked one up a few weeks ago.

    I've never been one to carry a knife in my pocket while I'm at home, but that little Opinel has been in my pocket every day that I don't work and has cut everything that's needed cutting around the house.

    It holds an edge relatively well for such a thin grind.

    It's not a work horse, but it wasn't intended to be. It's just a good all around pocket knife for people who need to cut.

    I don't have any experience with the Byrds, but if they perform even half as well as a Spyderco, then I don't think you can go wrong with one.

    Have fun in your search.
  11. flip888


    Jun 8, 2006
    Ill 2nd that. I use one every day and even though it doesnt stay sharp long, it cuts like a friggen lazer beam.
  12. The Government

    The Government

    Aug 21, 2009
    +1 to the opinel
    +1 to Buck Vantage select

    ANY Victorinox knife that you like will be a great EDC -most of the best models are under or darn near $20. I suggest the basic Pioneer model which goes for just over 20$. (Look at the Victorinox "TSA" confiscations for sale on ebay -they are a steal!)

    The Case sodbuster jr is 20 bucks.
  13. Crayzclown


    Jun 15, 2009

    Thanks, man.

    I might just consider an Opinel.
  14. Psychopomp


    Feb 21, 2005
    The one in the picture is a No. 6. It's a small knife:

    In comparison with a Paramilitary for size reference.

    There's a whole world of inexpensive knives that are of top notch quality.
  15. Crayzclown


    Jun 15, 2009
  16. Charlie Mike

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

    Nov 1, 2000
    Cara Cara is the way to go. Steel liners, G10 scales... can't lose. I actually prefer it to the Endura. Easily waved too. :D


  17. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2000
    Do consider the Kabar Dozier.

    Less than $20 just about everywhere you look.


  18. matt009au

    matt009au Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    agreed on the opinels, has my #8 has turfed everything else out of my pocket. Reasonably sheeple friendly as well
  19. Azraell


    Dec 27, 2006
    Anything from Victorinox.
    For EDC, a Farmer, Pioneer/Soldier, or Cadet in alox may suit you. The cadet is the thinnest of the bunch, and comes in a variety of colors.

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