Jan 20, 2018

What is a good knife under $30

I would like to get a knife but it will have to be cheap. I'm kinda new to the knife game, so I would like some suggestions.
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Maybe I could suggest you a Tangram Amarillo? I heard a great deal about that one, really, even if I'm not much into flippers. But if you want something bigger, the Byrd Cara Cara 2 just might fit in your price range, and it's a great budget Spyderco.
The kershaw fraxion is pretty nice. I have had it for a while and its held up nicely. Its manual flipper is butter smooth and it has nice centering. Highly recommended for a beginner.
(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XR9QLH8/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER ). Goes around right under $30
Tough when you're new to make a recommendation since so much is subjective! Most USA made budget Kershaw's are nice but might not be cheap enough. Or see if you can find a better import like the Kershaw Injection.

The classic Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox is a good pick but is very traditional.

There are also a lot of nice knives in CRKT's lineup and are are relatively affordable.
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None of the budget Kershaw's are USA made, definitely not for under $30. FYI.
If no one has said it yet let me: Swiss Army Knives are top notch! I carry a Benchmade everyday at work, but that’s my work horse. When I get home I put my griptilian on the shelf and put my SAK Compact in pocket. Scissors, blade, screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, tweezers, corkscrew, toothpick, pen, and a pin all fit in my pocket. I use the scissors the most but I once used the corkscrew at my wife’s office party and I was a freakin hero. (Not really lol)
But seriously, buy a basic SAK and decide from there if a different knife would better suit your needs. I promise you probably don’t need a tactical knife at the office.
The Kershaw Entropy being dropped right now is probably a good choice too. It is a good size for edc and has a deep carry clip. 8Cr13 is easy to maintain as well.
I second the RAT. I have a RAT 1, and have only good things to say about it. AUS-8 gets super sharp and is easy to sharpen. The RAT 1 is a big knife, almost too big for EDC, the RAT 2 might be better in that regard. The only thing that I wish was different is the pocket clip; it is not deep carry.

Kershaw Cryo and Spline have deep carry clips and are good knives, both use 8Cr13 which is good steel at this price point.

If you just need fixed blade for small tasks around the house or for camping trips, I recommend a 7" Old Hickory butcher knife. It is also a OKC knife like the RAT. However, it is high carbon steel and will rust if not cared for.

Without getting into fixed vs folding, intended use, etc, etc:

Ontario Rat 1(big) or 2 (small)
Esee Avispa (big) or Zancudo (small)

All are generally well made and very functional. In my experience with the Rat 2 and the Zancudo, I liked the Rat slightly better as the frame lock on my Zancudo was very sticky.
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