The 5 Best Sub-$50 Knives with D2 Steel

D2 tool steel is widely considered to be one of the best steels for utility knives because of its affordability and edge retention, which is why so many great EDC knives rock a D2 steel blade with pride. This quality steel rides the line between a carbon steel and a stainless steel, a perk that makes it a popular choice for everyday carry knives that you’ll actually put to work on the regular.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to everyday pocket knives: any knife that you carry every day can be an EDC (no matter the cost) or it’s better to have an EDC that’s less expensive that you can abuse daily without guilt. For those out there that want to shill out less than fifty bucks for a pocket knife, but you want good performance steel – you’re in luck. KnifeCenter has pulled together the five best sub-$50 pocket knives with D2 blades.

The knife import game is changing. Imported knives are steadily improving in quality, and their affordable price points make these great designs more accessible to knife enthusiasts everywhere. Why not celebrate the fact that people of all backgrounds can enjoy the utility that comes with carrying a razor sharp knife?

 

Ontario RAT Model 2 Folding Knife

 

 

The scaled-down version of Ontario’s popular Rat 1 is an EDC folder that can withstand some serious abuse. The hunters and survivalists out there should pay extra attention to this knife – it is made for you. Jeff Randall’s knife design combines heavy-duty cutting power with a lightweight, slim build that rests comfortably in your pocket. The drop point blade profile is perfect for utility tasks, and the liner lock offers rock-solid lockup and slick deployment. While it is nylon and materials obviously play a role in the low cost, the light weight, great grip, and corrosion-resistance are perks that makes this knife worth every penny.

 

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Introducing SCAR Brand Blades

Introducing SCAR Blades

Every once in a while at the Knifecenter, we are lucky enough to add a new brand to our family. SCAR Blades, a company started by two brothers and based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, produces custom hand-built blades for the outdoors, law enforcement, and military communities.

Most SCAR knives are made from 1095 high-carbon steel, prized worldwide for its sharpness  and edge retention. Furthermore, they are heat treated only along the sharpened edge, allowing the “softer” steel of the spine to absorb impacts and reduce fatigue. Most SCAR blades offer full-tang construction and phenolic handles, and feature Kydex sheaths custom-fitted to each knife. Backed by a lifetime warranty, these are rugged knives, designed for the toughest tasks around. Made in the USA. Check out the new additions at www.knifecenter.com!

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Buck Knives Paklite Series USA Made Hunting Knives

Buck Knives Paklite Series USA Made Hunting Knives
Buck Knives Paklite Series USA Made Hunting Knives
Buck Knives has moved much of their production back to the USA and they are able to produce quality items at great prices. This Paklite series of simple, single piece of steel, hunting knives is a classic example. They are well designed and have good steel and great sheaths.
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Boker New Argentinean Models

Boker New Argentinean Models
Boker New Argentinean Models
Two new models with strong Argentinean influences arrived today from Boker. We have always prided ourselves with offering exotic knife choices from around the world. Boker has a large production plant in Argentina and we have gotten some interesting models from there through the years. These two new models are really interesting and have some real South American design influences. Check them out!