Our Top Everyday Carry Knives for Under $50 – January 2017 Edition

We put together this list of some of our favorite everyday carry knives that won't hurt your wallet.

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Looking for an EDC knife but don’t want to spend more than $50?

We did some asking around about what everyone was looking for in their everyday carry knives. One thing we found that people were concerned with was the price. Most people were hesitant to spend any real money on a knife because they were afraid they would either break it or lose it. One of the common misconceptions we heard from people was that they couldn’t find a quality EDC knife for under $50. So we put together this list of some of our favorite everyday carry knives that won’t hurt your wallet.

In our opinion these are the best edc knives under $50:

There is a reason you may have heard of this knife before. Everyone loves it. The craftsmanship on this knife is top notch and the blade steel is strong. The Rat 2 is a budget knife that even knife aficionados are proud to carry. The design is understated and clean. This isn’t a knife that will terrify your coworkers when you pull it out.  This knife was designed for comfort and performance.

Are you looking for a clean, classic looking knife that is built to a higher standard than average? The Rat 2 could be your knife.

Features:

  • Aus-8 stainless steel with Nylon handle
  • Dependable liner lock design
  • Compact and lightweight design measuring 4.1 inch closed
  • 7 inch overall length when open
  • 3 inch satin finish, plain edge full flat taper grind blade
  • 55-56 hrc hardness rating
  • The handle features textured black nylon 6 scales with an open-built steel linerlock frame
  • Ambidextrous with dual thumb studs and a 4-way reversible pocket clip

The Spyderco Tenacious is at the higher end of our $50 knife selection. But that is for a good reason. The Tenacious is a fantastic representation of the quality behind the Spyderco name. Most Spyderco lines go for more than $100 but the Tenacious is made overseas and thus, is priced accordingly. Don’t let the overseas manufacturing scare you off. Spyderco is very particular about what they will put their name on. This knife is a great introduction to the Spyderco brand and is an inexpensive way to figure out what the fuss is all about.

Looking for a Spyderco knife, with Spyderco quality, but without the Spyderco price? Check out the Tenacious.

  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested for quality and durability
  • The most trusted name in you cutlery needs
  • Length overall: 7.76″
  • Blade length: 3.39″
  • Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Length closed: 4.45″
  • Handle material: G-10

These two are pretty similar in design, price and construction so we are going to lump them together for the sake of utility. The Cryo is built of pure stainless steel coated with matte grey titanium carbo-nitride. It has Kershaw’s Speedsafe assisted open which makes it fantastic for one handed opening. You can’t break this knife, it’s solid steel. A Rick Hinderer design that stands up to anything. The main difference between the two is the design. Take a look at each and decide what one you like the looks of better.

Worried about breaking your knife because you are a brute who uses your knife as a hammer? Try out the Kershaw Cryo 1 or 2.

  • SpeedSafe assisted opening; Frame lock, lockbar stabilizer
  • Flipper and thumbstud; Quad-carry (tip-up/tip-down; left/right) pocketclip; deep-carry
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, titanium carbo-nitride coating; Handle: 410, titanium carbo-nitride coating
  • Blade length: 2.75 in. (7 cm); Closed length: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm); Overall length: 6.5 in. (16.5 cm)
  • Weight: 4.1 oz. (116.2 g)

The CRKT squid is along the same lines of the Kershaw Cryo in terms of durability and construction but it is a little stubbier of a blade. This knife is a workhorse  built with the quality you would expect from CRKT. With a 2 1/4″ blade this knife is perfect for anyone who wants to carry a smaller sized knife without having to compromise on quality and durability. Perfect for a workplace environment where you don’t want to carry something that will make people look at you funny.

Want to carry a smaller knife but use it like a hammer? Maybe you should take a look at the Squid by CRKT.

  • Compact everyday carry folder
  • Wide blade with drop point style give balance and tip strength
  • 8Cr13MoV Steel
  • Handle is 2Cr13 steel with frame lock
  • 4.49″ Full Length Open;
  • 3.4oz Weight
  • Solid Steel Construction

The Kershaw Clash is a beefy knife. I have recommended this knife to numerous people who work outside with gloves on and were complaining of not being able to grip their knife. The Kershaw Speedsafe opening on this is lightning fast and makes one handed opening a breeze. The thwack sound it makes when it locks open is one of the most satisfying noises I have heard on any knife. Rugged and completely overbuilt, the Clash is a great knife for tough work where you don’t want to have to worry about your tools failing you.

Can you not have nice things because you like to actually use your tools? Check out the Kershaw Clash.

  • Pocket clip-Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Bead-blasted finish-Handle: Glass-filled nylon
  • Blade length: 3.1 in. (7.9 cm)-Closed length: 4.25 in. (10.7 cm)-Overall length: 7.4 in. (18.7 cm)-Weight: 4.3 oz. (122 g)
  • Folding knife designed by renowned cutlery expert Ken Onion; drop-point blade which Kershaw heat-treats to ensure strength, hardness, and ability to hold keen edge
  • Injection-molded, glass-filled polyimide handle, SpeedSafe assisted opening, locking liner, pocket clip, and flipper design
  • 8CR13MOV steel with bead-blasted finish; three-inch blade length, 4.25-inch closed length, 7.25-inch open length, and four-ounce weight

This one may get some purists upset but the Ganzo G704 bears a very close resemblance (ahem) to benchmade. They have taken Benchmade’s axis lock and kind of… borrowed it. This may make you upset on an ideological level but when it comes down to it, they make a great knife for a great price. This knife has everything that people love about Benchmade knives except they are about 1/4 of the price. The reviews don’t lie and it really is a great knife. I’m not here to make judgement calls, you need something to cut things with.

Like the look of Benchmark but are trying to keep costs down? Take a look at Ganzo’s G704.

  • Blade: 440c stainless steel (58-60HRC)(with 440c on Blade)
  • Handle: G10+Stainless steel,
  • Axis Lock
  • Size: Whole length: ~200mm(7.87″)
  • Blade’s length: ~85mm(3.35″)
  • Closed Length: ~114mm(4.49″)
  • Net Weight: ~135g

This your Daddy’s old folder. A classic look and a staple among folding knives. This is usually what people picture when they picture a pocket knife and for good reason. Beautiful wooden scales and a name that has stood the test of time. This is an iconic knife that has provided utility and function to generations. This is a knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Want to carry something tried and true? Take a look at the Buck 110.

  • 3-3/4″ 420HC Steel Clip Blade with Excellent Strength and Edge Retention.
  • Closed Length 4-7/8″
  • The crescent tip blade has a very sharp point that is good for detail work. The lockback design gives you maximum strength and safety.
  • Natural Wood Grained
  • Finger-Grooved Handle with Brass Bolsters
  • Includes Genuine Leather Sheath with a snap closure
  • An American Icon!

If we are speaking of classics, we can’t ignore Case. The Case Stockman medium has 3 blades to give you some variety. That being said, any of the Case knives can hold thier own when it comes to this price point. Take a look at the wide variety they offer and see what you need. If your grandpa didn’t have a Buck knife he probably has a Case. He probably had one of each at one time. Still a classic and still just as useful as they were the day they came out. Great knife for the price and an American classic.

Looking for an oldschool knife while keeping function in mind? Take a look at what Case has to offer.

  • Durable Folding blade knives
  • 3 Blades
  • Classic Look
  • Unintimidating
  • Multipurpose
  • Great for hunting or hiking
  • Chrome vanadium steel blades

The Kershaw Leek. This knife is so damn cute. It is also one of the most solid utilitarian knives I have ever used. It has a 3″ blade but the thin profile of the blade makes it seem way smaller than it actually is. This is a great knife for use at work if you don’t like attention being brought to your knife. Not to mention that not having a 5″ thick blade makes this knife very light. It is almost unnoticeable in your pocket. Razor sharp and solid steel, this is another Kershaw offering that you just can’t break. The speedsafe assist on this knife is responsive and makes one handed opening a non-issue. If you are looking for something with a petite blade then the Leek might be right up your alley. Not to mention, it’s made in the US and still under $50.

Looking for something on the lighter side but still can put work in? Check out the Leek.

  • Stainless steel
  • Made in USA
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening; Frame lock;
  • Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip
  • Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, bead-blasted finish
  • Handle: 410 stainless steel, bead-blasted finish
  • Blade length: 3 in. (7.6 cm);
  • Closed length: 4 in. (10.3 cm);
  • Overall Length: 7 in. (17.9 cm)
  • Weight: 3 oz. (85 g); Made in the USA
  • Blake

    Opinel #8 Garden Knife. $16 gets you a lightweight floating handle (wood) & the best stainless blade steel available under $100: https://www.opinel-usa.com/products/opinel-garden-knife-no8

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  • CruisingTroll

    I have to call “uhhh, probably not” on the Buck 110 as an EDC knife. I have two, love ’em both, but for EDC it has two flaws.
    First, no pocket clip.
    Second, it’s a fairly large and VERY heavy knife compared to others on the market. The weight is NOT a problem if you carry the knife in an EDC bag, but for pocket carry, it’s a bother.
    So it ends up sitting like a stout, albeit sharp, lump of brass and steel in your pocket. Taking up a lot of room down there. Much, much prefer to EDC my Benchmade Mini-Griptilian or Spyderco Delica, but I carry both using a pocket clip.
    Of course, YMMV.