Last issue we focused on pricey Damascus blades. Like a gold-digger, they’re strong, sexy, and wallet-busters. So, in this edition of Unusual Suspects we’re swinging to the other extreme: budget blades.
Owning an inexpensive folding knife is just prudent. After all, it’s painful to have a $300 model damaged, lost, or stolen. And thanks to advancing technology and great designs, some economical knives don’t trail too far behind the premium knives.
What qualifies as a “budget blade?” Everyone’s definition is gonna be different, but most can agree that 50 bucks for a knife is doable; that’s equivalent to a dinner for two at a good restaurant. We chose this price maximum because it’s the intersection where functional design, solid materials, decent construction, and affordability all meet.
The drawback is that they’re almost always made in China … which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the quality control is there. Don’t believe us? Read on to see if there’s a budget blade that makes the cut for you.
1 Browning MAKE: MODEL: Wihongi Signature Hemp - Small OAL: 6.75 inches BLADE LENGTH: 2.75 inches BLADE MATERIAL: 7Cr17MoV WEIGHT: 2.4 ounces MSRP: $20 URL: www.browning.com
2 MAKE: Bear & Son Cutlery MODEL: 61105 OAL: 7.375 inches BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches BLADE MATERIAL: 440 stainless steel WEIGHT: 3.7 ounces MSRP: $50 URL: www.bearandsoncutlery.com
3 MAKE: Tangram Series MODEL: Orion OAL: 7.375 inches BLADE LENGTH: 3.31 inches BLADE MATERIAL: Acuto 440 stainless steel WEIGHT: 3.6 ounces MSRP: $35 URL: www.amazon.com
4 MAKE: Coast Products MODEL: FDX302 OAL: 7.5 inches BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches BLADE MATERIAL: 7Cr17 stainless steel WEIGHT: 4 ounces MSRP: $23 URL: www.coastportland.com
5 MAKE: Kershaw Knives MODEL: AM-4 OAL: 7.75 inches BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV stainless steel WEIGHT: 2.8 ounces MSRP: $50 URL: kershawknives.com
6 MAKE: Gerber Gear MODEL: Haul OAL: 7.9 inches BLADE LENGTH: 3.1 inches BLADE MATERIAL: 5Cr15MoV stainless steel WEIGHT: 4.9 ounces MSRP: $41 URL: www.gerbergear.com
7 MAKE: Outdoor Edge MODEL: 3.5” Divide OAL: 8.25 inches BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV stainless steel WEIGHT: 4.2 ounces MSRP: $50 URL: www.outdooredge.com