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u/LMNOBeast · 1 pointr/BudgetBlades

A little late to the party... You are following the same trajectory as me. I'm just now expanding into fixed blades, but before you put the brakes on budget folders you should check out a few more options.

The Coast FX350 (9cr18mov, G-10, frame lock, 3-position clip) is a beauty for under $20. The BX315 (9cr18mov, rubberized handle, lock back) is great for wet work and is currently selling for just under $15—it has a sheath instead of a clip because the large rubberized grip doesn't slide in and out of pockets very well. The BX315 also has a little brother, the BX300.

If you like the Kershaw Link's profile then you should try a Flock (8cr13mov, FRN, tip-up clip) that's going for $15. It is a dealer exclusive that was poorly marketed and escaped most people's notice. Probably one of the best Kershaw deals going right now.

Spyderco's Spy-DK is currently selling for $30. It's a special non-locking model for Denmark knife laws. It's old school slip joint action but you get a N690Co blade that is a step up from their more expensive budget folders.

Back to fixed blades...

As I mentioned in another comment, Schrade is a good place to start for budget fixed blades—check out the SCHF36 Frontier for under $30. One thing to note is many fixed blades in this category are going to use 1095 steel which typically requires some maintenance, but most are powder coated to address this. Don't let 1095 scare you away from some nice options.

Now, I know you are looking for budget knives but there is a mid-range option that you may want on your wishlist. If you have an Ontario Rat folder (which you should) then you might want to compliment it with a Rat 3, 5, or 7. Like I said, I wouldn't consider Ontario fixed blades as 'budget' but they're a bargain compared to brands like Tops.

I hope this helps and have fun exploring, this rabbit hole runs DEEP.

u/hot_n_stinky_dreams · 1 pointr/BudgetBlades

Yes, carbon usually has a much more significant edge stability. However, since you're not using it often, carbon represents quite a bit of maintenance (it will rust). Even with oil, if it's in long term storage, it tends to get small spots of rust that need to be polished off. If you use it frequently, rust usually isn't a huge issue. Long-term storage is where the rust really becomes a problem. Snow could present more issues with rust, but I haven't had to deal with that in my climate setting.

If you have a honing rod, that should fix a rolled edge better than a pull-through sharpener. But a knife is no knife at all without a properly sharpened edge.

Since it seems like you're not doing heavy woodwork...maybe a folder would be best for you.

For minimal maintenance, good edge retention, and as long as you're not doing heavy wood work, try the BRK Avispa or Zancudo (links go to Amazon). Alternatively the OKC RAT and RAT II are essentially the same knives but with different styling. I believe these are all in AUS-8 Stainless Steel and have pretty hard edges. The edge should last a while with no sharpening (use your honing rod, though). The Avispa and RAT 1 are both quite large--I think the blades are about 4 inches long. The Zancudo and RAT II have ~2.5 inch blades and are much better suited for every day carry.

Opinels are great for culinary applications, but I don't personally like them for woodworking. Great for spreading cheese, and cutting summer sausages though! I also don't entirely trust the locking mechanism. But they are super cool knives. The stainless loses its edge very quickly to rolling.


Do you mind me asking: what is your version of 'flashy'?

u/Clbrosch · 1 pointr/BudgetBlades

Ruike p801 is a great knife. they are 29$ at Amazon with free shipping

I would also recommend the Ganzo Firebird FH11 or really any of the Firebird line - Great quality for the price.

Another great knife is the TANGRAM, TG3001A3 Amarillo

u/rm-minus-r · 2 pointsr/BudgetBlades

You can definitely make knives on the kitchen counter!

You'll need a way to heat it up, either to aid with forging and heat treating if you go the blacksmithing route, or as the first step in heat treating, if you're going the stock removal route.

A two-brick forge is very cheap and only requires two soft (not the hard ones) kiln bricks and a propane or MAP gas torch -

Just make sure you leave a window open for venting out any fumes, as one of the byproducts from propane or MAP gas being burned is carbon monoxide, and in an enclosed environment with no ventilation, that can kill you.

You can do stock removal very cheaply by hand with a jig like this one -

I made one based on that video when I was starting out, and while it is very time consuming and manual labor intensive to use, the results were quite good.

A small benchtop 1"x30" belt sander can speed things up a great deal, like this one for $69 -

Once you have it sanded / ground / hammered to shape, you heat it up until it glows bright orange, then you quench it in motor oil or hydraulic oil.

After it's cooled, pull it out and clean it off. Make sure to look for any cracks. If there are none, you can temper it in any standard home oven, as it will be extremely brittle at this point. It depends on the steel and the desired final hardness as to what temperature you'll set the oven to, but 300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit is common.

After that, put a handle on it, sharpen it up and you're done!

u/Stormrider001 · 16 pointsr/BudgetBlades

The Spyderco Sharpmaker is a great knife sharpener to use. I believe it has 15 and 20 degree angles.

There is an alternative(and cheaper) Lansky Turnbox That sharpens at 20 and 25 degree angles. These two systems are great to travel with.


If you want a beginner sharpening system you could get a Lansky System but if you ever get higher end steels you will need to upgrade to Diamond system. You will also need to get a Lansky mount or clamp. It also has a wide variety of accessories and stones.


You can also get Fixed angle knife shapener that is like an apex edge. If uses the same stone size so you could order upgraded plate sets at a cheap price.

The system that I have been using is the 5th Gen Sharpener. It uses the same stones and plate size as an Apex as well. The only downside is the that it takes forever to arrive from china.

u/rimpy13 · 1 pointr/BudgetBlades

Also worth considering the Sanrenmu Land 910:

Sanrenmu is the OEM of the Ruike P801, and it's a very similar knife. They're both extremely high quality and just about unbeatable value. I linked to the G10 one since I think it would be grippier than one with steel scales, but my Ruike P801 with steel scales is plenty grippy.

My thoughts on Buck are basically that they're reasonably good knives but are often overpriced.

u/turkeypants · 1 pointr/BudgetBlades

I'm still out here finding other versions.

Here's a video of the "910 Plus", a liner lock version in green G10, compared in a foreign language against the standard steel 912. Here are green and black 910 Plus on Amazon. These are liner locks and I'm not sure how they're different from the 910 in black or the 9102 in green above (which the description also lists as 911), which are also liner locks, but don't say "Plus" on the blade.

Looks like there's a titanium model in the 900 series too, not just the 800 series shown above. Here's a video of the 910 Ti. So I guess that's the large Sebenza to the 812's small Sebenza. It's no longer available on Amazon, but here's some guy selling one on eBay for $150, the cheeky bastard. Here's a German language video comparing the 910 titanium to the 9104 steel and a couple of the G10 models.

There is/was even a 710 in titanium (German language video), unlike the standard steel 7010. The 700 series is apparently even smaller than the small Sebenza if I understand correctly. Or it could be that the 700 is the size of the small, the 900 is the size of the large, and the 800 is in between? Not sure, but it's small-medium-large any way you slice it. I've never hunted down the stats to check what's what exactly. I can't find that one for sale either so it may be that this was just limited stuff in 2018 and it's all gone.

So that 812 in titanium and VG-10 may be your best bet if you're wanting one of these three models in titanium. Otherwise save more than half and go for steel or G10 with the Sandvik 12C27.

*edit - the guy selling on ebay is actually selling the newer 910 Ti 2 in M390 steel, I now notice, so the price makes more sense. I thought it was the older one.

u/lowlife9 · 1 pointr/BudgetBlades

Nite Ize Tool Holster Strech, you can find it for $10.45 on Amazon free shipping.

u/FullFrontalNoodly · 2 pointsr/BudgetBlades

I have just never understood the point for so much belly on such a small blade. IMO one of these is a far better option, particularly if the knife is going to be used for whittling:

u/unholydesires · 2 pointsr/BudgetBlades

After trying the Home Depot Husky brand, I bit the bullet and bought a Wiha set. The difference is huge.

About $25 depending on price fluctuation.

u/ARKnife · 2 pointsr/BudgetBlades

I'd suggest:

Ganzo G753M1

Cold Steel Tuff Lite

Kershaw Skyline

Or the already mentioned Ontario RAT 2.

u/ninjamike808 · 1 pointr/BudgetBlades

I have this smaller Wiha set and it’s been great!

I went through a Husky set I think and even bent a set from Benchmade. Never been more satisfied than with Wiha.