Price: About $100 The Good: Built like a tank, nice blade, good value for money The Bad: A little heavy, closure may be a little stiff for some Bottom Line: When the going gets tough, it won’t let you down. Buy one.
Price: About $200 The Good: Outstanding blade performance, excellent lock-up, expertly made The Bad: Some minor design flaws, a bit heavy, not cheap Bottom Line: A front-runner in the $200 tactical category
Price: About $50 The Good: Feels solid, well made with classic styling. Bonus engraving option. The Bad: A little stiff out of the box. On the heavier side for it’s size. Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a classic-style knife to present as a gift then the Parker River Classic is a decent choice.
Price: About $65 The Good: S30V steel, solid lock up, sharp, light and excellent value The Bad: Handle quality is questionable, lock can be a bit stiff Bottom Line: A solid EDC choice for Buck fans on limited budgets
Price: About $65 The Good: Excellent as an EDC, sharp as hell, high-end VG-10 steel The Bad: Black coating scuffs easily, rides a little high in the pocket Bottom Line: Very nice little EDC without splashing out
Price: About $65 The Good: Sturdy as hell, excellent for heavy-duty applications, impressive lock-up The Bad: Recurve makes sharpening a challenge, spring a little too tight, big and heavy Bottom Line: An all round beast but EDC fans need not apply
Price: About $60 The Good: Sharp, looks great, Speedsafe opening is excellent, good value for money The Bad: Questionable locking mechanism, awkward thumb stud, over tight pocket clip Bottom Line: Not bad for the money but you can do better at this price
Price: About $60 The Good: Well built, functional, extremely sturdy. Solid, comfortable handle. Reliable lock up. The Bad: Somewhat difficult to disengage lock. Average finish. Bottom Line: Tough to pass up at this price point. A very good performer for the money.