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?

 

KnifeCenter Exclusive-Chris Caine Survival Tools from Scorpion!

Just in from across the pond, we’re thrilled to announce the arrival of new Chris Caine Survival Tools from Scorpion! These incredible tools have handles sculpted from colored G-10, renowned for its toughness, light weight, and ability to resist abrasion, water, and chemicals. Available with red or orange handles, you won’t find these anywhere else-they’re exclusively at the KnifeCenter.

Designed by survival expert Chris Caine, who’s got more than two dozen years of experience surviving in the English countryside, these awesome tools are handcrafted from start to finish. Intended mainly for chopping, most of the weight is situated in the forward part of the blade, which makes quick work of processing firewood. They have a convex grind, ideal for toughness and edge retention and the entire blade is razor sharp so everything from batoning kindling to stripping off bark is easy work. Pick up a Survival Tool or the smaller Companion model today to take into the wilderness with you tomorrow-it’s the last camp knife you’ll ever need! Remember, the only place you can find these is at www.knifecenter.com!

Introducing Fox 40 Whistles, Exotac Fire Starters

Introducing Fox 40 Whistles, Exotac Fire Starters

We’re proud to welcome two new brands to Knifecenter.com-Fox 40, a top name in safety and sports whistles; and Exotac, manufacturer of fantastic firestarters and survival gear. Let’s meet the new family!

Fox 40 Whistles are designed for everything from marine safety and outdoor survival to sports refereeing. They’re engineered for reliability, ease-of-use, and most importantly, to be heard! Fox 40 whistles can generate up to 115 dB, and can be heard for miles above ambient noise such as crashing waves . Fox 40 whistles use pealess technology to improve performance, eliminate “jamming”, and ensure cleanliness (cork “peas” can harbor moisture and bacteria). Product of Canada.

Exotac fire starters and match cases are made for demanding survivalists and campers everywhere! These guys are dedicated to quality, and use small production runs to allow for constant improvement. Whether it’s their tungsten carbide fire starters or their match cases, they’ll be there for you to count on when you absolutely need to start a fire.

These new brands make exciting additions to the Knifecenter family-and oh yeah, great gifts too! Take a look at www.knifecenter.com!

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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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Queen Ranger Series Gentlemen’s Folding Knives

Queen Ranger Series Gentlemen’s Folding Knives

Queen Cutlery has introduced an exciting new line of Gentlemen’s folders with beautiful Damascus steel blades-a first for Queen! These limited-edition knives are the first folding knives from designer Justin Gingrich, and are individually serial numbered and signed by Justin. These folders also mark the first collaboration between Ranger Knives and Queen Cutlery.

Queen Ranger Gentlemen’s folders are handcrafted in the USA with gorgeous, razor-sharp Damascus steel blades, and are available with abalone, pearl, stag, or bone handles. Easily opened with a flick of the thumb stud, the blade is secured in the “open” position with a liner lock. Perfect for collectors, these knives are limited to just 500 pieces each. Includes certificate of authenticity. Queen also offers a handsome wood/glass display case, sold separately.  Check out these exciting new knives at www.knifecenter.com!

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5.11 ATAC Tactical Flashlights

5.11 ATAC Tactical Flashlights

We’ve carried 5.11 Tactical products for several years here at KnifeCenter-until this point, it’s been mostly tactical knives-but now they’ve added their new line of ATAC LED flashlights, and there’s a lot to like!

Machined from aerospace-grade aluminum, ATAC flashlights are water-resistant, drop-resistant, and all but the PLx offer 3 lighting modes: high intensity (103-222 lumens depending on model), ultra-low intensity (10-15 lumens depending on model), and disorientation/strobe mode (high intensity).

Whether you use them on the battlefield, at the campsite, or around the house, these tough lights provide outstanding functionality at a great value! Check them out at www.knifecenter.com! Information on individual models below the break.

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