Knives are a crucial part of (almost) every EDC. From opening boxes and food prep to heavy-duty cutting tasks and self-defense, a pocket knife is one of the most versatile tools in your proverbial belt. They can also be one of the most expensive.

That said, a fantastic knife doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Sometimes the best knives are the ones you don’t have to worry about actually using or putting it through its paces, one that can easily be resharpened or replaced without skipping a beat.

Below, you’ll find what — in my humble opinion — are the best EDC knives under $50 for gifting this holiday season or simply adding to your own collection.

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Kershaw Shuffle ($10-$24)

The Kershaw Shuffle series of knives consists of at least two widely used and adored blades, the Shuffle I and Shuffle II.

Featuring the commonly used 8Cr13MoV steel, what truly sets these knives apart are the additional tools and functions built into the handles of the knives, such as pry tools, flathead screwdrivers, interchangeable bit drivers, and bottle openers. Also, price. Starting at just $12, it’s hard to beat the Shuffle lineup, especially when they go on sale (which happens very often).

Kershaw Shuffle

  • Price: $10
  • 2.4″ 8Cr13MoVStainless Steel Drop Point Blade
  • 2.8 oz
  • Liner Lock
  • Thumb Stud
  • Glass-Filled Nylon Scales with K-Texture Grip
  • Cap Lifter
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Reversible Tip-Up Clip

Kershaw Shuffle II

  • Price: $16
  • 2.6″ 8Cr13MoVStainless Steel Tanto Blade
  • 3.0 oz
  • Liner Lock
  • Thumb Stud
  • Glass-Filled Nylon Scales
  • Two-Sided Cap Lifter
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Reversible Tip-Down Clip

Kershaw Shuffle DIY

  • Price: $23
  • 2.4″ 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Drop Point Blade
  • 3.5 oz
  • Liner Lock
  • Thumb Stud
  • Glass-Filled Nylon Scales with K-Texture Grip
  • Interchangeable 1/4″ Bit Screwdriver
  • Cap Lifter
  • Tip-Down Clip

 

CRKT Pilar ($24)

The CRKT Pilar is a crowd favorite knife. It features a unique sheepsfoot blade with a choil in the blade for extra precise cutting. The design of the Pilar comes from Jesper Voxnaes of VoxKnives.

Small as it may be, don’t count this knife out. It’s one of the most beloved budget blades for a reason.

  • Price: $22
  • 2.4″ 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Sheepsfoot Blade
  • 4.2 oz
  • Frame Lock
  • Stainless Steel Matte Scales
  • Thumb Hole
  • Tip-Up Clip

 

Gerber Flatiron

Cleaver blades are all the rage right now — and for good reason. They’re great at chopping and the choils allow for choking up for precise slicing. They’re typically robust blades made from thick stock. The Gerber Flatiron is on this list because it’s one of the few cleavers available at a reasonable price.

  • Price: $35
  • 3.6″ 7Cr13MoV Satin Cleaver Blade
  • 5.4 oz
  • Frame Lock
  • G-10 and Stainless Steel Scales
  • Thumb Hole
  • Tip-Up Deep Carry Clip

 

Spyderco Tenacious

The Spyderco Tenacious has long be regarded as one of the best budget blades. Aside from the reliable name, the outstanding feature with the Tenacious is its ergonomics. I melts into the palm of your hand and can easily be used entirely one-handed. It also features a four-way clip that can be adjusted for tip-up or tip-down carry for left- or right-handed users.

  • Price: $35
  • 3.39″ 8Cr13MoV
  • 4 oz
  • Liner Lock
  • Thumb Hole
  • G-10 Scales
  • Four-Way Pocket Clip

 

Ontario RAT

This wouldn’t be a complete list of quality budget knives without the Ontario RAT line of folders. They’re widely regarded as one of the best possible options under $50. Ergonomics are great, there’s a massive cutting surface, one-handed operation is fantastic, and there’s a four-way pocket clip.

What really pushes the RAT series over the edge is that it’s also available in a D2 steel — while still remaining under $50.

Ontario RAT-I

  • Price: $24
  • 3.6″ AUS-8 Steel Full Flat Grind Blade
  • Also Available in D2 Steel
  • 5 oz
  • Liner Lock
  • Thumb Hole
  • Glass-Filled Nylon Scales
  • Four-Way Pocket Clip

Ontario RAT-II

  • Price: $22
  • 2.75″ AUS-8 Steel Full Flat Grind Blade
  • Also Available in D2 Steel
  • 2.8 oz
  • Liner Lock
  • Thumb Hole
  • Glass-Filled Nylon Scales
  • Four-Way Pocket Clip

 

ESEE Avispa

Also designed by Jeff Randall, the ESEE Avispa looks very similar to the Ontario RAT. However, the AVISPA is almost like an improved RAT in that it has a frame lock instead of a liner lock. This also makes the knife thinner and more lightweight. It also features a drop point blade and comes in AUS-8 or D2 steel.

  • Price: $33
  • 3.5″ AUS-8 Steel Full Flat Grind Blade
  • Also Available in D2 Steel
  • 4.5 oz
  • Liner Lock
  • Thumb Hole
  • Glass-Filled Nylon Scales
  • Four-Way Pocket Clip

 

Opinel No. 8

The Opinel No. 8 is as classic as it gets when it comes to folding knives. The design hasn’t changed a bit since 1890.

The wooden handle, traditional blade, and collar lock are what truly set this knife apart. It also comes in a number of different styles. You can choose from different handles and sizes that range from 1.25″ all the way to 4.75″.

  • Price: $15
  • 3.35″ Sandvik 12C27 Blade
  • Also Available in Carbon Steel
  • 1.6 oz
  • Collar Lock
  • Nail Nick
  • Beechwood Handle

 

Case Sod Buster Jr.

WR Case & Sons is a brand your grandfather likely proudly supported. And it’d be surprising if they didn’t carry a Case Sod Buster Jr. at some point. It’s simple in design but shines in utility.

The Sod Buster and Sod Buster Jr. come in an array of different scale options, but the core knife is still a solid budget traditional knife option that has more than earned its spot on this list.

  • Price: $24
  • 2.5″ Tru-Sharp Surgical Stainless Steel Blade
  • Also Available in Chrome Vanadium
  • 3.4 oz
  • Slip Joint
  • Nail Nick
  • Synthetic Handle

 

Victorinox Pioneer X

 

The Victorinox Alox series knives are some of the most recognizable of the Swiss Army Knives. The pocked aluminum scales age beautifully and give the renowned multi-tools a more premium feel. Per usual, there is no shortage of configurations, but for the purposes of this list, two come to mind: the Pioneer X and Cadet.

Victorinox Pioneer X

  • Price: $44
  • 2.75″ 1.4110 Stainless Steel Blade
  • Other Tools: Awl, Scissors, Flathead Screwdriver, Cap Lifter, Can Opener, Philips Driver
  • 3.4 oz
  • Slip Joint
  • Nail Nick
  • Aluminum “Alox” Handle

Victorinox Cadet

  • Price: $32
  • 2.5″ 1.4110 Stainless Steel Blade
  • Other Tools: Nail File, Flathead Screwdriver, Cap Lifter, Can Opener, Philips Driver
  • 1.6 oz
  • Slip Joint
  • Nail Nick
  • Aluminum “Alox” Handle

 

Boker Plus Tech Tool

For those looking for a Swiss Army-like multi-tool to daily carry but are missing key features like a pocket clip, look no further than the Boker Plus Tech Tool. Like the Victorinox offerings, the Tech Tool comes in a bevy of different combinations of tools, but the core tools are all the same. As such, prices vary quite a bit.

  • Price: $32+
  • 2.75″ 12C27 Stainless Steel Blade
  • Other Tools Available: Corkscrew, Pliers, Scissors, Flathead Screwdriver, Cap Lifter, Can Opener, Philips Driver, Saw
  • 3.1-6.5 oz
  • Slip Joint
  • Nail Nick
  • Black G-10 or Carbon Fiber Scales

 

StatGear Slinger

The StatGear Slinger is likely the least-known knife on this list, but it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. It has all the features of a solid, premium flipper in a tiny form factor and reasnoable price point. Key features are the flipper tab, ball bearing pivot, liner lock, and D2 steel blade.

  • Price: $32+
  • 2″ D2 Steel Reverse Tanto Blade
  • 2.2 oz
  • Frame Lock
  • Flipper
  • Stainless Steel Handles
  • Tip-Down Clip

 

If none of these budget blades tickle your fancy and you’ve got a bigger budget, consider checking out Blade HQ’s best folders for 2018.

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