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Best Knives Under $100 in 2017 – Tested & Reviewed!

In order to choose the best knife, you should make sure the blade runs from the handle to the tip of the knife. A good knife should be durable, resistant to rust and the tip should stay sharp for a long time.

There is also different types of blades and you should choose blade depending on the use of the knife. Another part of your knife that you should consider when choosing is the handle. That means the difference between a good and the best knife. A good knife should have a blade that helps the user to maintain a good grip.

10 Best Knives Under $100 - Comparisons


Product Name

Primary Material

Blade Length


Opinel N Degree9

Carbon Steel


Victorinox Swiss

Stainless Steel


Mini Griptilian 556

54CM Stainless Steel


Kershaw 1550

14C28N Stainless Steel

3 1/4"

Kershaw Ken Onion Blackout

13C26 Stainless-Steel

3 1/4"

Cold Steel Voyager Lg 29TLCC

Steel-cts Bd1 alloy


Kershaw 3880

Steel: 8Cr13MoV


Kershaw 1660 Ken

Steel: Sandvik 14C28N


Kershaw Reverb Lightweight

Steel: 8Cr13MoV


TAC Force TF-705

Stainless Steel


4005037 Cold Steel

Cold Steel

2" - 5 1/2"

Best Knives Under $100 - Reviews

1. Opinel No.9

Opinel No.9 is among the top in the best knives we are reviewing today. The blade is made of carbon steel which is strong and durable. It is feather weight which makes it very convenient for everyday carrying around.

The light blade means it is easy to sharpen with minimal effort. It is small and literally disappears in your pocket. It is foldable which makes it suitable and safe to carry around.

What we liked

  • Small and light.
  • Easy to sharpen.

What we didn't like

  • Can easily rust therefore requires maintenance.

2. Victorinox SAK Cadet Alox

This is a foldable knife which means it will be safe when carrying it in your pocket. It is silver in color which makes it unique. It is also so small which makes it stand out among the best knives.

You are provided with a compass as well as other tools necessary for everyday use making it stand out among the best knives.

What we liked

  • Small.
  • Lightweight.
  • Extra tools when you buy.

What we didn't like

  • It is too small which makes it unsuitable for doing hard tasks.

3. Benchmade Mini Griptilian Knife

You should be ready to cough up a bit more to buy this knife than the rest in this list. It is a tiny knife. It comes in a variety of colors and blades which makes it one of the best knives. It has a suitable knife that makes it suitable to maintain grip.

What we liked

  • Variety of blades and colors to choose from.
  • Portable.
  • Feather weight.

What we didn't like

  • A bit more expensive.
  • No opening technology.
  • No pocket chain.

4. Kershaw 1550 Blackout Knife

This is a light-weight knife, middle-size. It is made from good style and has one of the sharpest blades making it suitable for using every day. It's not so expensive and that is why I have included it among the best knives.

What we liked

  • Easy to carry.
  • Hard steel makes it good to use even when carrying out hard tasks.
  • The knife offers quality for your money.

What we didn't like

  • It does not have a key chain which means it could easily get lost.
  • It is a bit bulky.

5. Kershaw Ken Onion Blackout

Kershaw stand out as one of the best knife makers and it is no doubt then that the next budget knife is from their company. It is relatively small making it easy to carry around.

It has a key chain making it convenient to carry you will not even notice you are carrying a knife until you need it. It packs extra features such as bottle opener and screwdriver which means you do not have to carry a lot of tools with you whenever you are traveling.

What we liked

  • The knife is multi-functional.
  • Very cheap.
  • Has a key chain for easy carrying.
  • Portable.

What we didn't like

  • It does not have opening technology.
  • Requires regular maintenance.

6. Cold Steel Voyager Large Knife

This is a full- size knife which is rated among the best knives. It is suitable for easy as well as hard tasks. The large handle makes it possible to maintain the grip. It comes with its own pouch making it safe to carry around and make it last for a long time.

The blade is flat shaped but pointed and sharp at the point which makes it suitable to cut through even the hardest surfaces. It has a large handle thus easy to maintain grip.

What we liked

  • Full size therefore can be used for easy and hard tasks.
  • Carrying pouch makes it safe to carry.
  • Powerful blade


  • Its large size makes it hard to carry around.
  • No pocket chain.
  • No opening technology.

7. Kershaw 3880 Thermite Folding Knife

Kershaw has been featured again among the best knives. It has a unique design that makes it stand out. It has a frame lock which makes it easy to grab and lift even heavy items. It is made from high quality material which makes it durable. It can be used for easy as well as hard tasks.

What we liked

  • Durable.
  • Has a beautiful design.
  • Multi-functional.

What we didn't like

  • The jimping doesn’t really help.

8. Kershaw Kershaw Leek 1660​​​​

It has an amazing design, has a small size. The blade is cobalt-hardened for greater durability. The hardness of the material results in greater resistance to scratching. 

What we liked

  • Portable.
  • Hard therefore not easy to bend.
  • The gold finish is truly eye-catching.


  • Sharpening the knife may ruin the gold plating.

9. Kershaw Reverb

This is one of the smaller knives but it has still managed to make it to the list of the best knives. One of the reasons is because despite being tiny, it performs as is expected. It uses 8Cr13MoV stainless steel making it durable and hard.

The G10 handle comes with a carbon fiber overlay front and a steel back, which makes it easy to maintain grip. It has pocket clip making it easy to carry around. It is attractive to the eyes due to its sleek design.

What we liked

  • Small and tiny.
  • Powerful and hard blade.
  • Portable.


  • It can only be carried in the right pocket with the tip up. 

10. TAC Force Assisted Opening Tactical Knife

It is a thin knife. It has a unique design and has holes throughout the blade to make carrying of items easy. It has very sharp edges which makes it suitable to cut through things. It has a pocket clip which can be worn in three different ways to enhance carrying it.

It is coated with black oxide which slows down the process of corrosion. The blade is partly serrated to enhance cutting through hard and difficult materials. It also has a lock mechanism for lifting of heavy and light items. It is no doubt then it has made it to the list of best knives.

What we liked

  • Sleek design.
  • Lightweight.
  • Can carry heavy load.
  • Durable.

What we didn't like

  • Does not have a pocket clip.
  • Does not have assisted opening technology.

11 Cold Steel Recon 1 Tactical Knife 4005037

This is a knife which is reputable with even the military known to take oath by it and it is therefore important it closes our list on the best knives. This is a sharp, lightweight with tolerance to even the hardest of conditions.

It is made from quality materials increasing its durability. It has a suitable handle which makes it convenient to maintain a grip. It has a pocket clip for easy clip.

What we liked

  • Durable.
  • Portable.
  • Multi-functional.

What we didn't like

  • A bit bulky.


A good knife should also be multi-functional i.e. can be used for different purposes which eliminates the need to carry out too many tools around. A good knife is also be portable and be carried for everyday use wherever one goes. Another measure of a good knife is durability. It should be able to provide value for money by giving value for money.

Durability of a knife depends on the material with which the knife was made, how the knife is being used, as well as the maintenance the knife requires.  With all this dimensions in place, you also should consider the price of a knife. All this dimensions are used to categorize the best knives.

Choosing a low-cost knife that carries out its task can be a daunting task that is why I have compiled this list for you. It is an indication you can still own a cheap knife at the same time performing as well if not better than expensive knives.

David Valle

I started this blog to provide advanced material, guiding you towards a better and more comfortable fishing experience. I deliver more than fishing gear guides, and motivate people to hit the water!

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