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Unexpectedly good budget blades?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Grimp2001, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Grimp2001

    Grimp2001

    23
    Jan 20, 2018
    I just wondered who else has bought a 'budget' knife (either by reading reviews or just for the hell of it) and found it exceeded their expectations? I've had [​IMG][/IMG] a few, the most recent being the Ruike P121. Solid knife, decent steel, no blade play, smooth bearings and I love the trailing blade. I'd love to hear about other good finds! [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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  2. 19-3ben

    19-3ben Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2015
    This comes up pretty frequently.

    Common favorites are:
    Mora- pretty much any model.
    Ontario Rat1/2
    Opinel
    Spydero Byrd line, as well as Tenacious
    MAM
    Mercator
    Higonokami

    Do yourself a favor... head over to Baryonyx knives... Ben Bouchard runs it and the whole website is dedicated to low cost/high performance and high value knives...

    @FortyTwoBlades
     
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  3. Grimp2001

    Grimp2001

    23
    Jan 20, 2018
    I'll check it out. Thanks
     
  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Victorinox knives always will.

    The KA-BAR Dozier is a good one as well.
     
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  5. Lapedog

    Lapedog

    Dec 7, 2016
    Cannot recommend the Ruike 801 and Steel Will D2 Cutjack enough. Both of these are great knives for a low price. There are of course the old standbys like the Rat series.

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  6. HappyDaddy

    HappyDaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    Kershaw Strobe would top that list for me.
     
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  7. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    +1 on The P801!

    Also loving my Bestech Kendo!

    Gotta mention the Squid.

    RJ Martin Volt SS.
     
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  8. Grimp2001

    Grimp2001

    23
    Jan 20, 2018
    I'm currently carrying the Boker Kwaiken fixed blade version which I really like, great for the money and the sharpest production knife I've tried.
     
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  9. Grimp2001

    Grimp2001

    23
    Jan 20, 2018
    Great to see someone else using a Ruike, they're few and far between here. The Steel Will looks decent too. I used to like my CRKT M16 tanto but its not as smooth as it used to be and has been sidelined for the moment
     
  10. Grimp2001

    Grimp2001

    23
    Jan 20, 2018
    The Kendo is a great looking knife! I've never seen it here in the UK. One to watch out for in this category. Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  11. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Cold Steel Code 4. Amazing!
    [​IMG]
     
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  12. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    810
    Dec 15, 2016
    I want to try:
    [​IMG]

    It's pretty close to a 0452 in overall shape, but I think it's different enough to consider it more inspired by/hommage than a clone, and for ~55ish dollar it seems like a pretty sweet knife.
     
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  13. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv

    Feb 7, 2005
    I've used some of the "classic" budget knives before (Opinels, SAKs, Moras and so on), but recently I got a CS Finn Wolf folder as a beater and was quite pleasently surprised by how good it is.
     
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  14. wazu013

    wazu013 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
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  15. Winch

    Winch

    74
    Jan 29, 2018
    I recently received the Ontario RAT 1 <$30. Extreme value. Just ordered the D2 version for $40.
     
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  16. ignatiousR

    ignatiousR

    33
    Sep 8, 2011
    +1 Steel Will D2 Cutjack
     
  17. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Real Steel Sea Eagle folder, Pointman fixed blade, Bushcraft plus, and the Forager. All are very good blades!
    Schrade SCHF37. Awesome for under 30 bucks!!
    Byrd knives. Spyderco's budget brand. Good knives!
     
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  18. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 7, 2016
    Helluva knife in D2. You won't be disappointed. Thing cuts like a laser!
     
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  19. Dan of Bazz Clazz

    Dan of Bazz Clazz Basic Member Basic Member

    363
    May 10, 2017
    Enzo 70 necker. Amazing for < $50.
     
  20. brandoak

    brandoak Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 1, 2015
    Ill vote for the Rat 1 as well. Can't wait to get one in D2. Ill buy 12 of them to hand out to good people who I see carrying a SOG or Gerber. (joking)
     
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