Best EDC Knife for Value

Kershaw Cryo Knife

Kershaw Cryo Knife
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Affordable, durable, lightweight, compact, easy to open, one-handed operation, blade lock offers excellent stability, well-built and well-designed, and great for EDC.

Doesn't hold its edge as long as other knives; and the thumb studs are basically useless.


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Performance: Let's get the bad out of the way first: the knife doesn't hold its edge well. Though it's razor sharp out of the box, expect to sharpen it regularly.

Now on to the good. First off, there's the simple, user-friendly design of the grip. No matter the size of your hands, the knife won't slip or shift. The titanium carbo-nitride coating on the handle reduces glare as well as increases friction, giving you a solid grip on the knife.

The blade is short (2.75 inches). Closed, the knife is less than 4 inches long, making it the best EDC knife. It's slim and lightweight, so it will fit into your pocket easily. The 410 steel blade is durable enough to handle regular use, and there's no risk of rusting or tarnishing thanks to the carbo-nitride coating.

Features: The knife feels solid and sturdy in your hand, and all the screws are properly tightened on the handle. The clip will make it easy for you to carry the blade in either pocket, tip up or down.

The flipper allows you to open the blade easily, making it a flip knife perfect for those who need to pull out their blade in a hurry. Be warned: the thumb studs are useless—they require too much pressure to open the knife, and you run the risk of slicing your thumb.

Price: At $25, this is the cheapest knife on our list. Yet don't think that affordable means low quality in this case. The knife may not be the best overall, but it's definitely a low-budget option worth considering.


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