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Best Budget Pocket Knives

Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 06/26/2020

When it comes to budget folding knives it can be quite the challenge to find one that meets all your needs. Some knives are easy on the pocketbook but lack the construction and material quality to last a long time. Others, however, don’t break the bank and are made of the stuff we look for in a generally good knife (keep in mind this is a budget knives list… you’re not going to see super-steel or crazy workmanship here). This list of Best Budget Pocket Knives breaks down seven of our favorite pocket knives under $50. Each has character, something unique to offer the user, and most importantly won’t deplete your savings. Read on to see our Top 7 Pocket Knives Under $50*.

Check out the Best Budget Pocket Knives below. Catch a review from one of our beloved customers at the end of each breakdown!

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1. CRKT Pilar

The CRKT Pilar, designed by Jesper Voxnaes and named after Hemingway’s sailboat, starts our list of Best Budget Pocket Knives. This budget friendly knife features a simple sheepsfoot blade and a stainless-steel frame lock, and can be found with an array of scale materials. The Pilar is a best budget knife thanks to its quality construction, reliability and ease of use. It’s ready for daily use and everyday carry, and is priced around $30 meaning you can use it well without worrying about replacing it down the road. If you haven’t yet added a CRKT Pilar to your EDC rotation, you’re really missing out! Check out our CRKT Pilar Review to learn more about this sweet knife!

  • Overall Length: 5.90"
  • Blade Length: 2.40”
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Handle Material: Stainless, Carbon Fiber or G-10
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
CRKT Pilar Average Star Review

Tyler K. says...

"This little knife is a tank. It fits securely in your hand and has a sturdy feel to it. This is definitely a knife that's made to be used. Our can opener broke recently and this has become its temporary replacement. Just a quick touch up on the edge and it's good to go again after opening multiple cans. This is a sweet little go-to knife if you don't know what you'll need it for but want to be sure you're ready."

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2. Opinel No.8

Opinel knives are known for being simple yet sophisticated. They come in many shapes and sizes but share a similar design and construction. The Opinel No.8 folding knife is a truly amazing little knife thanks to its lightweight, reliable construction. It features a comfortable Beech wood handle and an easily sharpened carbon steel blade. Opinel’s unique Virobloc safety ring locking mechanism provides secure lockup during use and allows for safer opening and closing than other traditional folding knives. This budget folding knife is priced around $15 making it an easy choice for anyone looking to add a unique and simple knife to their collection. P.S. if you enjoy modding your knives (or want to start), the Opinel No.8 is a great platform. Its Carbone steel blade can easily be acid and stone washed, and the wood handle can be stained, burned, painted or carved to your liking. Check out more Opinel knives by clicking below!

  • Overall Length: 7.625”
  • Blade Length: 3.25”
  • Blade Material: High Carbon Steel
  • Handle Material: Wood
  • Locking Mechanism: Virobloc (Ring) Lock
Opinel No.8 Knife Average Star Review

Tyler B. says...

"This is such a great knife for something classic and different all at the same time. I carry this knife to formal events when I want to have something on me that is classy, original and more subtle. Great look, great function, great price, great knife."

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3. Boker Strike Series

The Boker Strike is a slim and sleek automatic conversion knife with swift push-button action. It has a contoured aluminum handle with sturdy stainless steel liners and is designed with a dedicated index finger groove and thumb groove for excellent ergonomics. As noted, the push button releases the blade with a strong precision-fit coil spring for hard-hitting action. Just beside the firing button is a safety slide to prevent misfires. Everyday use is accommodated with a deep, reversible tip-up or down carry pocket clip.

  • Overall Length: 7.875”
  • Blade Length: 3.25”
  • Blade Material: D2
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Locking Mechanism: Plunge Lock
Boker Strike Average Star Review

Mike G. says...

"This is a good quality knife for the money. The automatic blade snaps out fast and secure like a automatic knife should. Safety is nice and tight so it will not move to the unlock position while in your pocket or bag. I really like these Boker knives that I will be buying my 3rd one soon. "

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4. Spyderco Tenacious

The Spyderco Tenacious is a great way to start your Spydie collection without breaking the bank. It’s a solid mid-sized knife with a beefy blade and grippy G-10 handles. Tucked inside the handle scales are skeletonized steel liners increasing the handle’s rigidity and strength without adding unnecessary weight or bulk. The 8Cr13Mov stainless blade is leaf-shaped and ground flat from spine to cutting edge for precision cutting performance. The blade’s shape coupled with the iconic “Spydie hole” and textured spine jimping allow you to open the blade and position your thumb on the spine in slip-proof confidence ready for work. A Walker Linerlock (with jimped liner) and a 4-way pocket clip lets you set your carry and draw preference: Tip-up/tip-down left-hand/right-hand. This is one solid knife for the price. The blade is easy to sharpen and maintain, and forgiving if you are learning How to Sharpen a knife. The Spyderco Tenacious is a great budget knife making it amazing for everyday use and heavy-duty work.

  • Overall Length: 7.76”
  • Blade Length: 3.39”
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
Spyderco Tenacious Average Star Review

Johnathan J. says...

"This was the first Spyderco I ever bought and it is what got me addicted. I still maintain that the majority of Spyderco knives are ugly but boy do they work! This knife handles whatever I throw at it and is really easy to sharpen. I carried this exclusively for almost 2 months and love the size, weight and cutting power it provides."

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5. Gerber FlatIron

The Gerber FlatIron is a newer design from our friends at Gerber. It features a unique cleaver blade design and an ergonomic handle. Built for general utility and everyday use, the Gerber FlatIron comes standard with a forgiving 7CrMoV blade and an aluminum handle. Upgraded models feature D2 steel and micarta or G-10 handles. It’s an amazing knife for small, precise, large, or quick tasks thanks to its plain edge cleaver blade. It provides a solid cutting edge for breaking down boxes or opening mail, eating lunch or carving your name into something. At just about $50 the Gerber FlatIron is a stylish and functional folding knife built for everyday carry and ready for action. Pick one up today!

  • Overall Length: 8.375”
  • Blade Length: 3.50”
  • Blade Material: D2 or 7Cr17MoV
  • Handle Material: G-10, Micarta or Aluminum
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
Gerber FlatIron Knife Average Star Review

Adam H. says...

Solid design and feel with great lock up. Comfortable to hold and use for a variety of tasks. I really like the wider stubby pocket clip because it's easier to access the knife when you need it, unlike a deep carry knife. And I can only assume that the reviewers who are saying it is impossible to open one handed have small and weak hands because I've had no problem opening it with my meat hook.

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6. CIVIVI Elementum

The CIVIVI Elementum has quickly gained popularity in the knife community thanks to its amazing design, action and affordability. Available with G-10, copper, brass or wood handle scales, there is a CIVIVI Elementum suited for any style or preference. This small everyday carry folding knife features a super-smooth ball bearing pivot and a razor sharp, hollow ground D2 blade. G-10 models are priced right around $50 (models featuring premium materials are slightly more expensive) and are absolutely worth every penny. You’ll have a tough time finding a more solid, well built knife with a D2 blade and ball-bearing action at a price like this. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up an Element they go quick, check back regularly or sign up for our wishlist to find out when they are available.

  • Overall Length: 6.99”
  • Blade Length: 2.96”
  • Blade Material: D2
  • Handle Material: G-10, Carbon Fiber, Wood, Micarta, Brass or Copper
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
Civivi Elementum Knife Average Star Review

Charles E. says...

"I got what I was looking for with my blue Elementum. The scales are tough and strong and an attractive medium blue. The blade is a shiny stainless steel, sharp out of the box. Lightweight, no extra stuff that would add weight to it. It flips open easily without fail, one hand. I have owned the knife for a little while now, and I have broken it in. I put a small amount of oil on the pivot, and it snaps open with ease. This is an excellent buy for 50 bucks. I would definitely recommend it."

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7. Kershaw Leek

The Kershaw Leek is one of the sleekest and most popular assisted opening knives ever produced. This model features a stylish bead blast finished 14C28N stainless blade (plain edge) and 410 stainless steel frame lock handle. The Leek features Kershaw's patented SpeedSafe technology. Give the ambidextrous thumb-stud a push and the knife takes over opening the blade the rest of the way. This is an ideal one-handed opener with a reversible pocket clip and a tip safety lock so the blade won't fire by accident. The Leek is a Ken Onion design.

  • Overall Length: 7.00”
  • Blade Length: 3.00”
  • Blade Material: 14C28N
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber or Copper
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
Kershaw Leek Knife Average Star Review

Mitchell W. says...

"This is a great lightweight knife for lightweight tasks. The flipping action is fast and easy to open. I wouldn't go chopping any wood with this but for cutting down cardboard, opening letters, even food prep, this works great."

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Buying and enjoying knives shouldn’t have to break your bank. There are tons of great knives for any budget and taste. Though this list isn’t comprehensive, it is a great place to get some ideas and something to refer to when you have a few extra bucks burning a hole in your pocket. Whether you’re into automatics, flippers, or manual folding knives, there’s bound to be something affordable and enjoyable. Check out our full list of Best Budget Pocket Knives by clicking the button down below.

If these budget pocket knives don’t catch your eye or meet your needs, browse a wider selection of pocket knives in our Best Pocket Knives article. Or check out our Best Pocket Knife Brands article for more info!

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*Customer reviews may be condensed for clarity and edited for grammatical errors. You know we have to make our high school English teacher proud. Check product listings for current pricing.