Gear Affordable Blades – Unusual Suspects Recoil Staff March 9, 2012 0 COMMENT Let’s be real, most of us can’t afford a custom knife that costs as much as a Glock 19. At the same time, those of us who can may not want to carry one at all times in fear of losing such a costly investment. Therefore, here are eight knives that have a list price from $25-$90. With a little online detective work, they can be found for even less. Brand CRKT Model Crawford N.E.C.K OAL 6.5 inches Blade Length 2.75 inches Weight 3.4 ounces MSRP $55 URL www.crkt.com Designed by Pat and Wes Crawford, the N.E.C.K (No-nonsense Emergency Compact Knife) includes a custom Kydex sheath that features a patented, quick-release, belt-mounting system. Brand Cold Steel Model Hold Out III OAL 6.875 inches Blade Length 3 inches Weight 2.5 ounces MSRP $90 URL www.coldsteel.com This knife is incredibly lightweight for a folder with a 3-inch blade. The grip is made from G-10 laminate and has three holes machined into it so your fingers can get inside for a rock-solid grip. Brand Tool Logic Model SL3 OAL 7 inches Blade Length 3 inches Weight 2.7 ounces MSRP $36 URL www.toollogic.com Due to its plastic handle, this knife is very lightweight, but where it really shines is that it also houses a magnesium fire starter good for hundreds of strikes as well as an emergency whistle. Brand Kershaw Knives Model Needs Work – 1820 OAL 7.125 inches Blade Length 3 inches Weight 3.5 ounces MSRP $75 URL www.kershawknives.com This knife includes Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted-opening feature, which deploys the blade incredibly fast with just one hand. The grip has indentations for your fingertips for a very secure grip. Brand Camillus Model TigerSharp Skinning Knife OAL 7.56 inches Blade Length 3 inches Weight 3.2 ounces MSRP $58 URL www.camillusknives.com You won’t have to worry about having to sharpen the blade on this knife—because it’s replaceable! A four-pack of blades costs $22, but a replacement comes with the knife courtesy of Camillus as well as a nylon sheath. Brand Tec X Model Inceptra T0074.5T OAL 7.625 inches Blade Length 3.125 inches Weight 5.4 ounces MSRP $25 URL www.tecx.com The blade and handle on this knife are made from stainless steel, and the titanium coating provides a sleek, modern look. Brand Buck Knives Model Bones OAL 7.625 inches Blade Length 3 inches Weight 4.4 ounces MSRP $41 URL www.buckknives.com The stainless-steel blade and handle of this knife feature a black and grey Tiger Stripe camouflage pattern, and the handle has lightening holes throughout. Brand Byrd knife Model Cara Cara 2 G-10 Handle OAL 8.5 inches Blade Length 3.75 inches Weight 4.25 ounces MSRP $50 URL www.spyderco.com This improved, second-generation Cara Cara from byrd has G-10 grips, and the clip can be mounted four different ways for tip-up/tip-down or left- or right-handed carry.