The 15 Best Pocket Knives Under $50 On The Market

best pocket knives under 50

We’re the EDC generation. We are endlessly prepared for everything life throws our way. From our wallets to our everyday carry pocket knives, we love our daily essentials. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 15 best pocket knives under $50 on the market right now so you can be prepared without blowing your life savings.

Pocket knives aren’t just for boy scouts. Sure, they are mostly owned by outdoorsmen or used on trips in the great outdoors, but they really are for everyone. How many times have you been at a party and in need of a bottle opener? If you carried a multi-tool on you at all times, you’d always be prepared to crack open drinks for your friends. Have you ever struggled with opening that overly thick plastic packaging? Having a pocket knife on you would prevent that from ever happening again.

You’ll never realize how often you need a pocket knife until you actually buy one.

Here are the 15 Best Pocket Knives Under $50

Gerber Ripstop

Best Pocket Knives Under $50One of the lightest knives on this list, weighing only 2 ounces, don’t expect the Gerber Ripstop knife to cut through the toughest material you can find. That said, it’s one of the cheapest knives on this list and you definitely get your money’s worth. It’s small enough to be easily opened with one hand if for whatever reason you need it to be. If you’re not looking for a perfect knife and want to spend as little as possible, this is the knife for you.

Blade length: 2.3 inches
Handle length: 3.4 inches
Overall: 5.75 inches
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Opinel No8

best pocket knives under 50The Opinel No8 reminds me of a personal knife from a century ago. The huge setback of this knife is that it is a pain to open and close repeatedly, and the lack of a pocket clip means you’ll have to be extra careful when you’re walking around with it. However, the knife is outstanding when used as a camping knife. You’ll feel steady as a surgeon when you’re using this knife, cutting everything precisely. And don’t even get me started on how sharp this knife will stay even when being used heavily.

Blade length: 3.25 inches
Handle length: 4.25 inches
Overall: 7.5 inches
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KA-BAR Dozier Folding Hunter

best pocket knives under 50For those of you that don’t know, KA-BAR makes the knives used by all branches of US military and service members. So, you know, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for most people. Don’t let the low price tag of this knife fool you — each knife is tested to ensure quality and durability. The blade is made from AUS 8A with a handle made from Zytel that features a nifty pocket clip. This is a highly recommended knife for anyone looking to explore the great outdoors on a budget. It doesn’t look pretty, but man, this knife kicks ass.

Blade length: 3 inches
Closed length: 4.25 inches
Overall: 7.25 inches
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Kershaw Cryo II Knife

best pocket knives under 50The Kershaw Cryo II is a folding pocket knife, with both the blade and handle made out of 8Cr13MoV and coated in titanium carbonitride. All you need to know about 8Cr13MoV is that it is high-quality stainless steel. The fact that this knife is made entirely out of that material should tell you that it is a high-quality knife built for durability. If you’re looking to have a different material for the handle, you are able to buy a Kershaw Cryo knife configured with a G-10 handle.

Blade length: 3.25 inches
Closed length: 4.4 inches
Overall: 7.75 inches
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Ontario 8848 RAT

best pocket knives under 50The Ontario 8848 is a little bit long to be carried around comfortable at a whopping 8.5 inches when fully extended, but because the knife only weighs 5 ounces, it’s understandable why people carry it around with them. The blade is made from AUS-8 steel with a satin finish and stays sharp for a respectable amount of time. Although it isn’t an assisted opening, the thumb studs open the knife seamlessly. The handle is made from nylon which is slightly worse than the G-10 handle that many of the knives on this list have. What the handle lacks in practicality, it makes up for in comfort.

Blade length: 3.5 inches
Closed length: 4.5 inches
Overall: 8.5 inches
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CRKT Ken Onion Swindle

best pocket knives under 50Not only is the CRKT Ken Onion Swindle fun to say and an effective knife to use, it works great. The blade is 8Cr14MoV stainless steel, and the blade feels smooth in your hand to hold. The knife features a pen styled clip that unfortunately, kind of sucks. That said, the quality of the knife makes up for such a small clip. If you’re looking for a quality basic hunting knife, this could be the knife for you.

Blade length: 3.2 inches
Closed length: 4.3 inches
Overall: 7.5 inches
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Victorinox Swiss Army Pioneer X Multi-Tool

best pocket knives under $50Swiss might just be the most famous knife brand around the world and it’s obvious why. The knife aspect of this multi-tool is important, and it’s decent enough for the size that it is, but what really makes this a must-buy product are the multi-tool features. The Victorinox Swiss Army Pioneer X Multi-Tool includes a blade, large scissors, reamer, punch can opener, 3mm screwdriver, 5mm screwdriver, bottle opener, wire stripper, and a key ring. It’s every tool you could need to get out of a tricky situation. But be warned: once you “enlist” in the Swiss Army, there’s no going back.

Blade length: N/a
Closed length: N/a
Overall: 3.7 inches
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Kershaw Brawler

best pocket knives under $50The Kershaw Brawler blade steel is 8Cr13MoV with black oxide coating that gives it a badass finish. However, the black coating will definitely scratch and wear off.  but don’t worry about that too much. Again, because of the quality of 8Cr13MoV, you’ll only need to sharpen this blade about once a month if you’re using this knife fairly regularly. It’s an easy to use knife with SpeedSafe assisted opening that you can keep clipped to your pocket if you feel so inclined.
Blade length: 3 inches
Closed length: 4.1 inches
Overall: 7.1 inches
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Buck Knives 110

best pocket knives under $50Every man should own a Buck knife at some point in his life because of the forever warranty. Any Buck knife that you purchase you will use for the rest of your life. This one, in particular, is an exceptional Buck knife with 420HC steel at the end of a Dymondwood handle. The knife will open with ease for as long as you have it and comes with a Genuine Leather Sheath that can be attached to your belt for easy carry.

Blade length: 3.75 inches
Closed length: 4.875 inches
Overall: 8.625 inches
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SOG Flash II

best pocket knives under $50The SOG Flash II is made from AUS-8 stainless steel with a handle made of glass-reinforced nylon and a black finish. The finish is bound to wear off eventually, but the quality of the knife won’t. The knife features an additional safety lock to prevent any accidents or injuries while using or storing the knife. Additionally, the knife is partially serrated making it more adaptable than the other knives on this list. If bought from Amazon, the knife will come with an additional limited lifetime warranty.

Blade length: 3.5 inches
Closed length: 4.5 inches
Overall: 8 inches
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Spyderco Roadie

best pocket knives under 50In response to a 2013 plan by the Transportation Security Administration to allow knives on planes again, Spyderco released the Roadie. As a result, it’s absolutely tiny. This is a great knife for someone who wants an everyday knife that doesn’t need a bigger knife to get the job done. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in the sharpness of the steel (N690Co). Essentially, the Spyderco Roadie is an evolved form of the penknife.

Blade length: 2.09 inches
Closed length: 2.99 inches
Overall:  5.08 inches
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Buck Knives 279BKS Folding Alpha Hunter

best pocket knives under 50One of the more famous brands of knives, and for good reason. The blade is 420HC and satin-finished. The material of the knife is pretty standard for Buck Knives as it has good wear and tear, corrosion resistance, and is never a pain to open. This knife is made in the USA, which might encourage a few patriots to buy it. Additionally, the knife has a forever warranty which definitely sweetens the deal.

A drawback to this knife is that it doesn’t feature a pocket clip, and at the weight that it is (8 ounces) it will weigh down your pocket. Don’t get us wrong — it’s a great knife. There are just better options on this list if you’re looking to get into buying a knife for everyday use, considering the price tag.

Blade length: 3.5 inches
Closed length: 5 inches.
Overall: 8.5 inches
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Spyderco Tenacious

best pocket knives under 50The Spyderco Tenacious is one of the best budget pocket knives on the market. The G-10 handle on the knife is easy to grip, and the texture on the knife is built to last heavy use. The blade, 8Cr13MoV,  is sharp as can be when you take it out of the box, but it requires sharpening a little more often than other knives on the list.

Blade length: 3.39 inches
Closed length: 4.45 inches
Overall: 7.76 inches
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Papagayo Skinny Folder

skinny knifeThe Papagayo Skinny Folder is a handsome skinny knife. That isn’t in doubt, but what we really love about this everyday carry skinny knife is that it doesn’t rely on flash or unnecessary add-ons. Its design is clean and simple. It let’s its titanium-coated, 420 stainless steel blade and sexy as hell Zebrine wood handle do all the talking for it. Oh, and did I mention it only weighs 1.6 oz? Well, it does. So you can slide it in your pocket or bag and barely know it’s there.

Blade length: 3.125 inches
Closed length: 4 inches
Overall: 7.245 inches
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CRKT Fulcrum 2

The CRKT Fulcrum 2 knife is “a new twist on an old classic.” It’s the second knife of its kind from CRKT, but what sets this knife apart from the competition is something that isn’t easily noticeable until you see it in action. That “something” is its easy-open fulcrum mechanism. And once you see the steel blade sling up out of the carbon fiber handle, you will see the reason why this everyday carry knife is so impossibly cool.

Blade length: 3.18 inches
Closed length: 4.45 inches
Overall: 7.56 inches
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