Your pick: ~$30 locking folder

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  1. Roamer

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    Mine has to be the Ontario Rat II in D2. Didn't think I would like this knife so much. But the quality is unbeatable for the price. There are a couple things I dislike about it, but they're outweighed by the good.

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    To me, 30 bucks is about the price point where you move out of the cheapo realm of the truck stop knife into something worth buying for keeps. What's your pick?
     
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    What don't you like about it?
     
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    I think my Kershaw OD-1 Flipper was around $30 when I bought it, so that would be my choice. I've carried it for the past 9 years, I've thought of getting something else but its a great companion to have. Sharpens up SUPER sharp, and stropping keeps it there. Made in USA even!

    If I had to get a new knife today, for EDC, it would probably be another (USA) Kershaw. I still want the Skyline, I might buy one while they are still around.
     
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    I wish the Rat II had a deep-carry clip and a flipper tab. And I wish the scales weren't so slab-sided. It's not about flaws, but improvements I would make.
     
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    Blasphemy, I know, but I've been extremely impressed with the $30 Chinese-made Ruike P801. Granted the handle is steel, not titanium and the blade steel is the modest, but functional 14C28N, fit and finish is superb. The lock up is solid, blade geometry excellent...it's a very, poor-man's Sebenza:eek:

    I'm quite impressed with the quality at that price-point from Kershaw, CRKT, and even some of the imported Spycerco-line.

    ROCK6
     
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    I have a few Ganzo folders that are really nicely made but I still prefer US made and the Buck 110 Lite is a good one.

    I wouldn't be too rigid on the cost because $30 or $50 aren't that big a difference but there are a lot more options when you go as high as $50.

    I like the 110 Lite.
    Cold Steel has a bunch in that price range.
     
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    Ontario RAT 1 folder. For the price, superb.
     
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    The Buck Vantage is pretty awesome for less than $30. I bought one for my wife and it has held up great out in the garden, sharpens back up well.
     
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    American made Kershaw blem.
     
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    No locks for me
     
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    I've got a $15 Rough Rider locking Sodbuster Jr.-style knife that'll do 95% of any cuttin' I need done. It takes a great edge, and holds it fairly well.
     
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    Definitely the Buck 110. If I had to pocket carry I would choose the 110LT. I have one of the LT versions and it's nice but doesn't have the same sturdy feel. Maybe after more woods time with it I'll change my mind. Third choice would be a Case Sodbuster Jr.
     
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    The sog fielder has the classic look I'm fond of. It's a pocket clip which is a must for me. It seems well rated. Amazon.ca sale price is $20 Canadian.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Lots of great options. I'm going to throw out an oddball since many knives I would suggest are already posted. I bought a Cold Steel Night Force overseas in 2003 and it has been a great folder. I love the handle. Just looked and it seems they are discontinued but mines been used hard and takes a nice edge.
     
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    Buck 110, or Gerber Gator 650. I also like the original Gerber E-Z Out 450, but not the newer skeleton model. If something smaller was wanted the Buck 55, or the Gerber E-Z Out 425, or the Gerber LST 400. I much prefer a lock-back to the other locking systems. I have yet to handle the Victorinox Pro Hunter, but would like to check it out someday. Of course, it will be well over the $30 mark.
     
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    That's an interesting pick. I own one of these also and frankly forgot it could be found for around $30. It's an impressive knife and really in a league all its own. I've never pocket carried mine because it's so large. But it's perfect for clipping to a canteen kit or waist pack as a heavy-duty backup blade.
     
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    Case XX Sodbuster in CV.
     
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    I just bought a Buck 110 at Wally-Mart for $27.00 so that would be my pick. Runners-up are the KaBar Dozier Spearpoint and the Buck Vantage Small.
     
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    If you clip it in the outside edge of your back pocket on your strong hand side, it is thin enough that you forget it is there until you need it . I have carried mine like this for years
     
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    Hey make that in D2 now?!??! I love mine!!!! It’s my carry knife every day for years. Gifted them more than I can count.
     
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    @GoKartz Indeed, the Rat II now comes in D2. And it's excellent quality, in my experience so far. Great edge holding, no chipping, and razor sharp out of the box.
     
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    :D:D:D:D:D Sounds like I need an upgrade...
     
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    I didn't care for the Ontario Rat, I wanted to grip the handle closer to the blade than the handle wanted me to.

    Something like the Sodbuster and Buck 110 let you grip the handle anyway you like. The weight of the sodbuster is good, but I'm not a fan of the regular 110 because its just too darn heavy.

    The 110 Lite and the newer 110 Aluminum are my favorites. I keep the Lite in my vehicle and the Aluminum is my belt carry "outdoors folder", I just love that knife!!

    It's not $30 but its such a satisfying knife that I think its worth saving up for,
    http://copperandclad.com/buck-knive...ight-folding-hunter-knife-w-sheath-110brssh2/
     
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    The RAT knife are hard to beat.
    My 16 yr old bought a Kershaw Flitch a couple months ago and has used it at work daily at his summer job on a local farm. He loves it. He bought it at Big 5 for $20. Not fancy, but one handed opening and stout.
     
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    Any of the sub 30 dollar Byrd knives would suffice. I four of them and have used them extensively. Great knives with good heat treated 8cr13mov.
     
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    I have been carrying a Buck Vantage Select, large, for about 3 years. $27 at amazon.
     
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    The lightweight version Buck 110 or an original Gerber E-Z Out. I have around here somewhere an offshore production Buck Mayo Cutback that I paid 25 bucks for in Iraq. Great knife for the price, holds an edge well but I am not the biggest fan of a framelock.
     
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    I had a Spyderco Tenacious that cost me $32 and I thought it was great. Next would probably be my Swiss Army Knife.
    I have always wanted to try one of the ones the op mentions however.
     
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    I have both the Buck 110 and the RAT1. I carry the 110 most of the time. The RAT gets carried if I don't want my knife on my belt. I much prefer the shape of the 110's handle.
     
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    SAK .If it had to be 30 a used trekkar or a tinker
     
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    Another fan of the Rat series here. I have 6 total. 5 of the Rat 1, O.D green. Orange, 2 black and a coyote in d2. Also have a rat 2 in black. I think they hard to beat for the price.
     
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    It should be arriving this afternoon...I'll give it a good workout and post a few pics. It was cheap, so I don't expect great fit and finish; if the knife holds an edge and the saw cuts, I'll be pleased.
     
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    Always been a buck 110 for me...but for a pocket knife,I have a stockman from Bass pro shops..think it's redhead brand. Got the lil duck on it. Had it for a minute now and use every day. For everything. Takes a keen edge and strops up well...maybe 20 bucks or so. Been very impressed. Chinese made but really a decent lil pocketknife.
     
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    Used SAK OHT, or a RAT I. Both are solid knives.
     
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    It's funny that when Mora uses 14C28N in their Garberg, it's a "premium" offering demanding a higher price. Ruike makes some fantastic blades. I've got two of their fixed blade knives and they are outstanding.
     
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    I typically carry a Spyderco PM2 or a Cold Steel Recon 1, both in S35Vn. However, I've had a soft spot for budget folders for years. I've got a number of Ganzo knives and picked up a brand new model last week. It's their FB763 model. It uses fully skeletonized stainless steel liners with skeletonized G10 grips. The blade is their standard 440c that rides on roller bearings. The lock is their "G-lock" (axis lock). In the past, Ganzos have always been a bit heavy. This one comes in under 5oz. Their lock springs have always been a bit stiff. This one is perfect right out of the box. The grips are well contoured, it flicks open freely and closes one handed easily.
    I took it with me on a weekend canoe trip with an overnight stay and some "bushcraft" instruction. I brought other blades but I purposely used the hell out of the Ganzo. Lockup is solid, there is no blade play, the factory edge geometry was good and it's still quite sharp. I'm seriously impressed.
    Oh yeah. It was $20 on Amazon.
    I'll post pictures in a bit.
     
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    Since my Spyderco Delica is priced out of the running I'll have to go with my RAT II.

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    I'm still a fan of the Schrade SCH104L. It's mighty strong and has a lot of nice features. The only draw-back is its weight.

    Here's a link to it on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Schrade-SCH104L-Drop-Point-Frame-Lock-Folding/dp/B00BQ0MVEQ

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    Super solid lock, open design for cleaning, (Hinderer-type) stabilizer, G10 scale, 3.7" blade

    I only gave mine up to carry a newer Mora Pro Robust for EDC (with a full flat grind mod) - My son now EDC's the Schrade. There are pro's & con's to every choice- And every form of refuge has its price.
     
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