When it comes to knives, consumers have many options to choose from depending on the style of knife they are interested in. The same can be said for OTF knives. OTF, or Out-the-Front knives, are popular knives for camping and hunting as well as for self-defense or as a backup knife to keep handy. And, as with many kinds of knives, users will want to consider blade length, handles, and blade types when making a selection.
This article will take a look at some of the best OTF knives with an affordable budget. It goes without saying that the more you pay for the knife, the higher the quality of the knife you will possess. But, in many cases, you do not need to break the bank in order to walk away with a knife that will meet all of your needs.
The most important thing you must decide when purchasing an OTF knife is what kind of blade you want to purchase. Straight blades are very easy to clean and sharpen while also being praised for making clean and precise cuts. This kind of knife would be recommended mainly for hunting and fishing purposes.
The other blade choice you will have is a fully serrated blade. This kind of blade is useful for cutting ropes and cardboard and stays sharper for a longer period of time than a straight blade. This kind of knife would be beneficial for people who do not want to deal with sharpening their knives.
Tac Force Assisted Opening Rescue Tactical Pocket Knife
It is made with a black spearheaded stainless steel blade with fast and smooth operation. What stands out more than anything with this knife is the price. It is lightweight but sturdy in its construction. Considering how cheap it is, you would think that the quality would represent the price. That is not the case with this knife, however. This is not a serrated knife and can be easily sharpened with a two-stage sharpener.
The knife is 7.75 inches long when fully opened with a blade length of 3.25 inches. Customers were shocked at the quality of the knife considering the price. Rated at an average of 4 out of 5 stars based on 489 customer reviews. Certain a knife to consider for many of your outdoor adventures.
Smith & Wesson OTF Knife
This one comes highly recommended for people who are on a budget. It comes with rapid deployment with a solid feel in the palm of your hands. It comes with an extremely rigid lockup with a finger actuator that should not scare you.
The blade is an AUS-8 spear point blade that is 3.25 inches in length. A little heavier at a weight of 6.09 ounces, but you will be able to feel the durability that comes with it. Its aluminum handle scales will make you feel safe and secure while holding the knife in your hands. A very durable knife for just the right price.
AKC F-16 OTF Knife
The double-action OTF has very clean lines and is reliable and functional. Do not be scared of the quality you may be getting based on the price tag. The fit and finish are ideal with a 440A bayonet point blade that will allow for a long period of hold up.
This knife is good for everyday use with a 3.375-inch blade length. Its aluminum handle scales help to keep this knife on the lighter side at 3.15 ounces. Many customers have commented on the fact that this is one of the best knives you can purchase at this price range. Probably not the best night for big and difficult tasks, but can certainly handle many everyday tasks that people need to complete.
Viper 3 Serrated
The Viper 3 comes with a serrated blade that is perfect for cutting products with a hard crust, but also easy to use on soft interiors. Its aluminum handle makes it very lightweight and durable. It has an easy and fast OTF assisted opening knife that won’t leave you struggling to get it open.
The stainless steel blade is 3.5 inches long with an overall width of 5.3 inches with an aluminum handle. The Viper 3 weighs 5.4 ounces and received a 3.7 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon. Many people really like the knife, but had a few concerns about how serrated it really was. They also felt the mechanics of the knife were a bit quirky, whereas the quality of the blade was praised.
Schrade SCHSA2TB Viper Assisted Side-Opening Drop-Point Folding Knife
This knife comes with an assisted side-opening mechanism with a safety lock to prevent any accidental opening. It also comes with a blade lock that will prevent any accidental closure. In addition to a matching handle, users can expect the knife to come equipped with a pocket clip.
The knife blade is 3 inches long and weighs 3.84 ounces. The blade is made of stainless steel with an aluminum handled. Customers commented on the funky design but discussed its durability. They commented on how the knife continued to remain sharp, even after many uses.
DH Benchmade Infidel OTF Knife
This knife will pass the test of time as the Infidel knife is made with razor-sharp American stainless steel blades. With solid edge retention and a coat of anti-corrosion, the knife can withstand many challenges. An anti-slip curved handle provides customers with a safe and comfortable grip for long periods of time. The handle adds a nice balance to the knife.
Benchmade is highly recognized for the quality knives they produce. This knife is built to perform and is the ideal tactical tool. It comes with a Boltaron sheath for easy access. The Infidel is extremely slim and compact in size that it makes it easy to travel with. The blade length is 4.52 inches with an overall length of 9.21 inches. It is a hearty weight at 5.1 ounces. This knife will the capability of taking care of just about every task you can imagine.
Six different kinds of knives were presented ranging from $7 to $200 in price. Each come with their own unique quirks that make them stand out. Once you decide exactly what you plan to use the knife for, you should be able to make a good decision based on the budget you have set aside.
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