Welcome to the Bugout Channel Budget EDC Knife Guide!

 


Before we begin, it’s important to explain how we rated each knife. 

Each knife receive a grade with 100% being an A+.

7 categories were used to rate each knife and all 7 category scores are combined to give a total overall score on each knife (ATTENTION: all prices are from date of review – 13DEC15)


Rating Categories

Price 

In the budget EDC knife range, most budget users have a desire to pay only a small amount for the EDC blade. With budget prices in mind, this score is solely based on price with a lower price equalling a higher rating.

Locking Mechanism 

The locking mechanism on a knife ensures that the knife won’t accidentally close during use. This is a very important feature on a knife and scores in this category are given based on lock strength. The stronger the lock, the higher the score.

Blade Steel 

Blade steel is the heart of your knife and directly influences blade edge retention and re-sharpen ability. Higher scores are given for blades that are easy to sharpen and maintain an edge longer.

Ergonomics 

How the knife feels is very important to knife owners that use their knives on a daily basis and may use the knife with larger amount of force and energy. Knives that do no feel comfortable in the hand or causes hot spots will receive lower scores. The more comfortable and secure of a grip the knife offers, the higher the score.

Carry-Ability 

Carry-ability is how well the knife can be carried in a pock or on a person. This category includes pocket clip retention, height of carry within the pocket, and durability of the pocket clip on the knife.

Opening/Closing 

In the EDC Knife category, the ability for the knifes user to open the blade one handed is very important. EDC knife users often have their hands full and need to open the knife with simplicity, little effort and quickly. This score is based on the knifes ability to be opened one handed and opened/closed quickly. Scores will also include the effort needed to open and close the knife.

Size 

Although everyones opinion on knife size differs, we decided that a medium sized knife offered the most function while still allowing for easy carry and pocket-ability.

 

After our testing and research here is our ranking:

  1. Cold Steel Finn Wolf 
  2. Esee Zancudo 
  3. Ontario Rat 1 
  4. Spyderco Tencious
  5. Kershaw Shuffle

See Below for the details on each knife

Cold Steel Finn Wolf

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Overall Score - A

  • Price 87%
  • Locking Mechanism 100%
  • Blade Steel 96%
  • Ergonomics 89%
  • Carry-Ability 88%
  • Opening/Closing 92%
  • Size 95%

 

 

PRO’s

  • Zero-edge ground Scandi type grind makes this knife the easiest knife in our guide to re-sharpen.
  • Fantastic Japanese AUS-8 steel that hold an edge very well.
  • Cold Steel Tri-Ad lock is one of the strongest available in the world.
  • Cold Steel has a great reputation for quality knives

CON’s

  • Not the cheapest option available
  • Durable grivory scales can loose grip when wet
  • Pocket clip does not allow the knife to sit as low in the pocket as other knife options

 

 

Esee Zancudo

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Overall Score - A

  • Price 82%
  • Locking Mechanism 94%
  • Blade Steel 88%
  • Ergonomics 85%
  • Carry-Ability 95%
  • Opening/Closing 95%
  • Size 100%

 

PRO’s

  • By far the easiest knife to open and close one handed.
  • Incredibly light and best option to carry in a pocket
  • Very durable frame lock knife
  • excellent sized EDC knife receiving 100% in our size category
  • Comes in multiple color options

CON’s

  • Not the cheapest option available
  • not the best grip option available
  • No ESEE warranty 🙁

 

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Spyderco Tenacious

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Overall Score - B

  • Price 78%
  • Locking Mechanism 83%
  • Blade Steel 86%
  • Ergonomics 90%
  • Carry-Ability 88%
  • Opening/Closing 94%
  • Size 93%

 

PRO’s

  • Easy opening with large thumb hole on blade
  • Spyderco name
  • Very light and lots of grip in the handle
  • Blade design is great for EDC use

CON’s

  • Liner lock isn’t the strongest option available
  • Our blade edge retention wasn’t very good with the 8CR13MOV steel
  • Pocket clip does not allow the knife to sit as low in the pocket as other knife options

 

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Kershaw Suffle

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Overall Score - B

  • Price 98%
  • Locking Mechanism 77%
  • Blade Steel 80%
  • Ergonomics 85%
  • Carry-Ability 94%
  • Opening/Closing 79%
  • Size 94%

 

PRO’s

  • Very Affordable
  • Compact design great for those not wanting a large knife
  • Comfortable in the hand (for small to medium sized hands)
  • Doubles as a screw driver

CON’s

  • 8CR13MOV steel isn’t great with edge retention
  • Plasticky feel
  • Not good if you have large hands
  • Small cutting surface

 

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Ontario Rat 1

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Overall Score - B

  • Price 95%
  • Locking Mechanism 80%
  • Blade Steel 85%
  • Ergonomics 87%
  • Carry-Ability 84%
  • Opening/Closing 91%
  • Size 87%

 

PRO’s

  • Very smooth and fast opening
  • Very affordable
  • Easy one Handed opening

CON’s

  • Not the strongest lock available
  • Grip could be better
  • Heavy

 

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