Everyday Carry Knives: $100 and Under

Our sister blog AllOutdoor has published an excellent round up of the best EDC (Everyday Carry) knives for under $100. Knives, like guns, have no limit on how much they can cost (and how much enthusiasts will pay for them) but not everyone cares enough about their knife to spends hundreds of dollars. For many folks as long as it opens their Amazon packages they are happy. Then there are other folk who do value premium-quality knifes cannot afford to dump a substantial part of their paycheck on a knife that is only 10% better than one costing half as much.

One under-$100 knife that is getting great reviews online is the Kershaw Skyline (Pictured Above. A quick Google search shows it selling for $32 online).Tony Sculimbrene …

There are roughly two dozen knives in the Kershaw line up that fit this price point. Many of them are brand new and I haven’t had a chance to handle them yet. The Camber looks good, being a flipper version of the Blur. The Nura, with its bearing pivot, looks great, but it’s not quite out yet. The G10 Cryo is the knife we all wanted the original Cryo to be. That said, I like the Kershaw Skyline the best of the Kershaw knives in this price range.

Click here to read the list of other under $100 knives recommended by Tony.

Steve Johnson

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  • Jonathan

    These aren’t the “best” EDC knives for under $100. Where is the Spyderco Manix 2 made in the US with S30V steel? You can get that in two different versions for under $100. Additionally, the Benchmade mini-griptillian and a bunch of knives by Cold Steel. Yes, Cold Steel is overseas made, and the ads are blah. However, an American Lawman can be had online for under $50 and built very well. An alternative option would be something like a Leatherman Skeletool CX. The blade is one hand opening with a liner lock and 154CM for just over $60 online. Plus, you get pliers and a driver. Or how about a small fixed blade like the ESEE Izula 2 in the $60-80 range? You can even go to a custom maker like Doug Stice and get a small EDC fixed blade for $100 bucks even.

    • sianmink

      It’s EDC knife+flashlight for $100. Like, combined. The S30V Leek is mentioned at the $200 level.

      • raz-0

        Even so. The article is badly written and formatted, and the choice is kind of odd.

        IMO, spoyderco native in s30v is available on amazon with prime for under $75. And maybe a fenix E12. Available on amazon with prime for under $25. Done.

        There are other possible combinations.

    • Giolli Joker

      “Yes, Cold Steel is overseas made”
      Most of the affordable knives are made in Asia, yet Cold Steel offers some of the best values for the money. Their TriAD Lock line is truly great, yet affordable.
      I didn’t know Doug Stice (http://sticecraft.com/ googled him), thanks for the info.

    • Grindstone50k

      A lot of Kershaws are made overseas, too.

  • USMC03Vet

    Pro tip: Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

    • John

      Lots of folks warming their toes in hell because they brought guns to knife fights.

    • Madcap_Magician

      Never bring JUST a knife to a gun fight. Always have a knife.

  • James

    Why doesn’t the author like VG-10 and the spyderco core models (endura/delica)? My delica is easily one of the best pieces of equipment I have ever purchased.

    • Sadler

      I’m not sure about the author, but every VG-10 spyderco knife I’ve used has rusted like crazy, unfortunately. I’ve had 5 of them. I’ve had other knives in VG-10, doing the same tasks, and they don’t rust as long as they’re wiped off. It’s possible that I just got a bad bunch, but I steer clear of Spyderco VG-10 now. Their H1 is fantastic, as well as the ZDP-189 they’ve run in a few knives.

  • Blake

    Personally I’m a big fan of Opinel knives. But don’t just take my word for it: http://www.thetruthaboutknives.com/2013/11/knife-review-opinel-no-8-carbone/

    It turns out that there’s this really nice light strong cheap corrosion-proof floating material for knife handles that looks great. It’s called “wood”.

  • sianmink

    Why carry just one? I usually have 1: a defensive knife, 2: a general utility pocket knife and 3: a multitool, which also has a little but wickedly sharp knife. No need to have a general all-around knife when you can specialize!

  • Zachary marrs

    you knife people are weird

  • Fred Johnson

    Inexpensive knives, my favorite kind. Dull it from use once a week, sharpen it once a week. If you lose it or have to give it up going through a metal detector, not too big a deal as long as you got some real use out of it.

  • matthew

    ive allways used SOG knives, my trident tanto has been the best knife ive used, it took 3 months without any care execpt some honing, a month in argentina, a month in the everglades, and a month in north carolina. all it had was a litte bit of surface rust, but it wiped of easy and hasnt come back, plus ive dropped it point down, and did minimal damage, my favorite knife company.

  • chase

    To be fair, the version of the skyline you pictured is more like a $120-150 knife (limited run of 211 in that color with the black blade). The base model (in that $30-40 price range) is silver and black (2nd from the bottom) http://m7.i.pbase.com/g2/40/473440/2/148567937.TCk02WaS.jpg

  • SSSN

    I would only add the point that ANY knife is better then NO knife. I prefer a
    decent sized lock blade myself but I never leave the house without my alox
    handled Swiss Army “pioneer”. Nothing more depressing then watching a
    guy in an expensive business suit trying to open a UPS package with car