Top 5 Sub-$100 Knives with S30V or S35VN Steel

CPM-S30V and CPM-S35VN stainless steels were developed by Crucible Industries, an American company that produces specialty steels. They worked with famous knife makers like Chris Reeve to create new steels specifically to be used for knives. First came the well-balanced S30V with its amazing edge retention and high corrosion resistance. Then S35VN came along and upped the ante in regards to toughness and its ability to be polished. Some may argue that S30V has lost its super steel status because it has become so prevalent in the EDC knife world. At KnifeCenter, we still hold high regard for S30V and S35VN steel – their Particle Metallurgy construction adds additional toughness thanks to the very refined grain structure, and the vanadium in their composition helps these knives cut better than those that rely on a higher chromium count. In layman’s terms: these knives cut, and cut very well.

If you’re thinking, “yeah, that’s great and all, but I can’t really afford a knife with such high quality steel”, we agree – these steels come at a price. There are plenty of mid-tech knives out there sporting S35VN steel that can easily cost you four-hundred bucks. We understand the importance of having top-notch steel, though, so we’ve pulled together our top five sub-$100 knives with S30V or S35VN steel. Now you can enjoy a premium EDC knife without losing a big chunk of your paycheck.

 

Cold Steel 58PS Code 4 Spear Point Folding Knife

 

 

Cold Steel’s Code 4 folder utilizes their world-renowned Tri-Ad lock, which was designed by Andrew Demko to be one of the strongest knife locking mechanisms on the planet. Why S35VN over S30V? Cold Steel is a known purveyor of some of the toughest knives out there, and S30V does have a reputation for micro-bevel chipping during tough use. S35VN’s elemental composition improves that aspect of the steel, so it’s a better option if you’re looking to do some more serious cutting work. Also, this knife perfectly shows off S35VN’s ability to be polished compared to S30V – just look at that high satin shine. This knife gives you all the cutting power of high quality steel in a lightweight package that perfectly complements any EDC.

 

 

Buck 347 Vantage Pro Large Folding Knife

 

 

In our opinion, the Vantage is one of the best affordable everyday carry knives on the market. From the molded nylon/CNC-contoured G10 handles to the dual steel liners, this American-made folder’s built to be a knife that you actually use every day – EDC isn’t just a title with this one. Joe Talmadge, a master of blade geometry, claims the S30V steel you’ll find on this knife might be the ultimate in high-end stainless steels thanks to its superior performance and sharpenability compared to other super steels in its class.

 

 

Kizer Cutlery Sliver Folding Knife

 

 

The Kizer Sliver’s sleek design is complemented by the high end materials – S35VN steel and uniquely worked aluminum handles. This knife is precision machined and engineered to the finest tolerances. While the S35VN steel is the cherry on top of this cake, it’s the orange handle that sets this knife apart. The overall shape gives off serious trapper knife vibes, and we are into it.

 

 

White River Knives Backpacker Fixed Blade

 

 

White River Knives doesn’t get the recognition that it should. In our experience, all we’ve seen from this knife company are truly great products. In fact, this is one of our favorite skeletonized neck knives on the production market. White River rounded the finger cut out so perfectly on the Backpacker that ‘comfortable’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. S30V steel is perfect for skinning knives and neck knives because its bailiwick is precision cutting. The Kydex sheath allows you to wear the knife on your belt in two ways, or around your neck if you attach a lanyard.

 

 

Spyderco Native 5 Folding Knife

 

 

 

To round out the list, we’ve got one of Spyderco’s greatest knife designs of all time paired with S30V steel. In some knives, it’s obvious certain materials are the reason for the price – be it premium steel or Micarta scales. With the Native 5, you’re getting an all-around great knife. Compared to the standard Delica or Endura’s VG-10 steel, the S30V is a pretty big upgrade. Many say this is Spyderco’s best pocket knife option on the market, and we have to agree – this knife easily rivals the performance of knives double its value.

 

There you have it – KnifeCenter’s top 5 sub-$100 knives with S30V or S35VN steel. There are other options out there, but we honestly feel that these knives provide some of the best bang for your buck. Now that these super steels are becoming much more common in the EDC knife market, prices are just going to become more and more accessible to a wider range of people. In our opinion, that’s the best way to run the knife game – because everyone should have steel in their pocket. Why not make it some of the best?

 

The Top Five Best Buck Knives

When you think of some of the best hunting knives and camping knives in the business, Buck Knives springs to mind faster than the action on one of their folders. The Buck name is synonymous with the outdoor knife world, mostly because of Buck Knives’ century-long endeavor to produce high-quality tools that give people what they need. Back in 1902, Hoyt Buck, a blacksmith apprentice at the time, started making knives by hand with worn-out file blades – a method still used today by many knifemakers and an appropriate beginning for a company that now offers one of the best-selling folding hunters on the market.

With such a long history of making great knives, weeding through their entire knife collection to find the top five best Buck Knives was no easy feat. Luckily, when it comes to knives there’s nothing we won’t do to make sure you have the best performing tools in your arsenal. Check out KnifeCenter’s picks for the top five best Buck Knives – you won’t be disappointed!

 

Buck 110 Folding Hunter

 

 

 

Let’s start off with Buck Knives’ most iconic knife, the Buck 110 Folding Hunter. It is so widely recognized that knife enthusiasts and non-knife users alike think of this particular model when they hear the words “Buck Knife”. Just like other proprietary eponyms such as Kleenex and Xerox, the phrase “Buck Knife” has been used to describe almost any lockback of this style.

This is undoubtedly one of the best-selling knives that Buck offers, and it remains one of the most recognizable and popular knives ever created. This knife design changed the game when it was first conceived in 1963 when Buck decided to develop the ultimate folding utility and hunting knife. The Buck 110’s sturdy design gives hunters a great tool without all the bulk of a fixed blade. It’s no shock that this knife is one of the most copied knife designs out there, but nothing can stand up to the real deal. With its strong lockback mechanism and refined aesthetics, the Buck 110 has been a top pick by knife enthusiasts for years.

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BUCK Knives USA Made Fillet Knives


Buck Knives American Made Fillet Knives

Buck Knives is a great American manufacturer. So, when they bring back production on products from China to the US, we applaud their support of American workers. Their products are always first rate and the new line of Clearwater fillet knives made in the Idaho factory attest to the great design and quality control that made them world famous. This new line is available in a variety of sizes, for all kinds of fishermen. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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Buck TravelMate Kit Sandwich Knife and Fork Utility Set

Buck TravelMate Kit Sandwich Knife and Fork Utility Set
Buck TravelMate Kit Sandwich Knife and Fork Utility Set
Buck Knives is always inventive and they have released a great, new picnic-type set. The knife is a flexible sandwich knife with a serrated edge and eco-friendly handle. The sheath also holds a fork/combo tool that has a bottle opener and a can opener. It’s very cool! And, its all made by Buck Knives in the USA!
You are welcome to view them at www.knifecenter.com
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Buck 770 FlashPoint SafeSpin Folding Knives

Buck 770 FlashPoint SafeSpin Folding Knives
Buck 770 FlashPoint SafeSpin Folding Knives
Every year Buck Knives comes out with a really cool knife for the camping, hiking, outdoor set. This year it is the Flashpoint, and it may be the coolest one yet. The Flashpoint features a clip AND a carabiner for ease of carry. The blade features a side-handle lock that keeps the blade closed, as well as open. The Flashpoint also utilizes SpinSafe ridges at the top, allowing you to open and close the knife quickly while staying free of the edge.
You can see this series at www.knifecenter.com
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Buck Knives Introduces a New Classic!

Buck Fixed Blade Ranger Knife
Buck Knives Introduces a New Classic!
Buck Knives has done it again! Created in the inimitable style of the Buck Folding Hunters, this new fixed blade Ranger Knife is bound to be a hit. Using the Buck 420HC steel that made the others so famous, and featuring the same handle and bolster material, we see this knife as being a regular for many years. The look and feel is all Buck USA.
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Buck and TOPS CSAR-T Full Line of Tactical Knives!

Buck and TOPS CSAR-T Full Line of Tactical Knives
Buck and TOPS CSAR-T Full Line of Tactical Knives
The Buck and Tops collaboration has been one of the most exciting new knives we saw last year. It is all “beef” with a super strong blade and handle configuration. This year, 2011, Buck is offering an enlarged selaction for this series. Included is an economy model, a rescue model, and a fixed blade. We think these will really be big news
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New Buck 300 Series Folding Pocketknives

New Buck 300 Series Folding Pocketknives
New Buck 300 Series Folding Pocketknives
Buck knives has produce the 300 series for many years. The Buck 300 series has been the go-to knife for so many Americans for so many years. They are well made and affordable. Now, they are also really attractive. Buck just introduced these beautiful Cherry Dymondwood versions of their perennial favorites. They are still at a great price, and they are still made in the USA. These will make great stocking stuffers if you’re starting to get your shopping done early!

Buck Nighthawk Bravo 4″ Besh Wedge Blade

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Buck Nighthawk Bravo 4″ Besh Wedge Blade, Heavy Duty Rubberized Handle
Buck Knives has release another great, USA made new knife! This is the latest in the Nighthawk series of combat knives and features the innovative, Besh Wedge blade tip. This tip is part point, and part chisel and has been featured on the Buck Bravo combat folder series as well as the Boker Applegate combat fixed blade. This Nighthawk model is less than half the price of the Boker German made Applegate, however. The handle is much beefier than the Buck Nighthawks generally are and the blade is also thick. This is a hard-use type of fixed blade that would be at home in combat, out camping or in a survival mode. We like the overall quality ofthis knife and the design. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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Buck Vantage Series of US Made Folders

Buck Vantage Series of US Made Folders
Buck Vantage Series of US Made Folders
Buck Knives is a great American company. They don’t rest on their past accomplishments and they keep coming up with great products. Buck is trying to move production back to the US for new items and these are a wonderful example. Two sizes of folders with a variety of handle and blade materials. Prices start at $19.95 and for an American made folder, that’s not bad!
So far, we have just gotten in the basic models in large and small size. These have the Buck Steel (420HC) and plastic handles, but they work and feel really great. The flipper opens them smoothly and quickly, although they are not assisted. The handle material has a really solid feel and have full steel liners. The polished pocket clip is attached to allow reversible, deep pocket carry. These are well engineered folders and we are glad to have them at www.knifecenter.com.
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