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Best Pocket Knives for the Money

When making the decision to purchase a pocket knife, there are many things that you should consider.

There are many different brands, material types, and definitions of the knives that can just be confusing.

One other aspect that really comes into play when purchasing a pocket knife is the price. Knives can range in price from $10 all the way up to $400.

Which one do you pick?

This article is going to focus on quality pocket knives that are best for the money.  The last couple of knives will have a little higher price tag attached to it, just so that you can see the difference in what you get with each knife.

Ontario Rat I/II

The acronym RAT comes from the name Randall’s Adventure Training, which is where the product stems from.  With it comes excellent ergonomics that make it a very usable pocket knife. It comes with a reliable liner lock with a slick thumb stud opener.

Ontario Rat 1
Source: Olgierd Rudak @ Flickr

The blade is roughly 3.0 inches with an overall length of around 7.0 inches.  It has a weight of 2.75 ounces. It is made of AUS-8 or D2 steel and comes at a great affordable price for the quality knife you are purchasing.

Kershaw Skyline

The Kershaw Skyline pocket knife has been around for a long time and is known for its quality.  It has a very minimalistic design that still gets the job done. The show side scale and the backspacer are both just G10, which makes the knife very thin and exceptionally light.  The simple manual flipper is matched up with thumb studs that serve as stop pins. The blade’s Stonewash finish helps in hiding scratches or any fingerprints.

Kershaw Skyline
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The blade is 3.1 inches long with an overall length of 7.4 inches, so it is a little bit longer knife than the Ontario Rat I/II.  It also weighs less than the RAT coming in at 2.5 ounces. The Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel is mid-range steel, which is a reason for the price being so affordable.  It offers excellent strength, wear resistance, and corrosion.

This is the perfect pocket knife to help in opening packages, removing zip-ties, cleaning small game, slicing fruit, defense against aggressive animals, and stripping small wire.

Steel Will CutJack

This is a relatively new knife, but is already coming in with great reviews and is expected to be a force for years to come.  It comes in D2 steel and has solid ergonomic FRN handles that include nested liners. It has been crafted from the highest quality materials.  With steel liners on both sides, the Steel Will CutJack has tremendous strength and durability. It has a very smooth and quick deployment with the simple pressing of your finger.

The blade is 3.0 inches long with an overall length of 7.0 inches.  The weight is the heaviest of the three more affordable knives at 3.0 ounces.  This pocket knife is very highly recommended and is a steal at the price tag.

Spyderco Paramilitary 2

The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 pocket knife is considered to be one of the best EDC pocket knives for the price it is offered at.  It comes with G10 scales along with nested liners. An amazingly slick compression lock will leave you amazed. Made of CPM S30V steel, the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 pocket knife has a full flat ground clip point blade.

Spyderco Paramilitary 2
Source: Mr. Mega-Magpie @ Flickr

This pocket knife also comes in many special versions in all kinds of colors and ungraded steels.  The blade is 3.4 inches long and the knife is 8.3 inches long overall. The weight is more than the earlier knives, coming in at 3.7 ounces.  This knife comes with tremendous reviews and highlights the superior workmanship that was put into the knife. Spyderco has also been around for four decades, which can alert you to the fact that they produce quality products.  If you are willing to spend the money, this is the knife that comes with the highest recommendation.

Benchmade 940

This is a modern classic with its Osborne-design, unconventional folder for everyday tasks. Despite being unconventional, the folder is almost perfect for whatever it is that you need to do.  It has a unique blade shape with the reverse-tanto blade that has a quality tip for piercing that can also survive with light prying as well. It has a narrow and thin profile that is surprisingly light for what it can accomplish.

Benchmade 940
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The standard Benchmade 940 pocket knife uses aluminum handles, but there is also one with G10 scales for about ten dollars more.  Or, you can go all out and get the carbon fiber with upgraded S90V steel for around $270. The blade is 3.4 inches long with an overall length of 7.9 inches.  And, it weighs just under 3 ounces at 2.9 ounces. This is the perfect knife for any application because of its nimble and versatile blade. It is the ideal addition to any tackle box, EDC collection, backpack, or survival kit.

This buying guide provided 5 pocket knives that can’t steer you wrong.  The quality of the knives increase with the price, but if you don’t plan on using it for anything major, any of the first three knives will suffice.  The last two both costs more but come with outstanding reviews for some of the toughest tasks you might be asked to complete.

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