Contrary to popular belief, not all budget-friendly knives are made oceans away. If you’re looking to celebrate the end of the short Independence Day work week with a new knife purchase, but don’t want to go overboard, we’ve got you covered. Here are four great American-made knives, well-suited to a variety of purposes, that all cost less than $50.
Kershaw Link: Assisted-Opening EDC
In some ways, the Link is a smaller, budget-conscious rendition of the popular Zero Tolerance 0095BW. The 420HC steel is simple but serviceable, and if you like assisted-opening knives, Kershaw’s SpeedSafe mechanism is the industry leader. The Link comes in a variety of flavors and you can get one for $35.
Case Peanut: Tiny Traditional
The Peanut is a tiny, two-bladed jack knife with an avid following. A (relatively) large clip point and a smaller pen blade give you options, but the Peanut is slim enough to avoid the pocket-anchor feeling some multi-bladed traditionals are known for. There are many of variations of the knife available. This handsome red bone Peanut can be had for $40.
ESEE Candiru: Fundamental Fixed Blade
If you’re spending time outdoors this summer, you might want a functional fixed blade at your side, and the Candiru fits the bill perfectly. It is tough, lightweight, and easy to maintain. It comes in several different colors, and the skeletonized handle accepts both paracord and custom scales. The Candiru will set you back $47.
Buck 110 Folding Hunter: All-American Outdoor Classic
The 110 Folding Hunter is an American original. The 4” clip point blade is useful for all sorts of outdoor cutting tasks. Buck’s 420HC is heat treated by industry legend Paul Bos, and is a treat to use and sharpen. The 110 even comes with a sheath, so you don’t have to carry this clip-less 7.2 oz. knife in a pocket. You can pick up this American icon for $35.
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Knife featured in image: Case Peanut