Best EDC Under $400

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by barmandr, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. barmandr

    barmandr SHEEPLE HERDER Supporting Addict

    Oct 11, 2011
    I don't carry a knife daily but think I should start. Looking for recommendations for a good quality knife with a max blade length of 3.5 inches with a price of $400 or less. Thanks in advance.
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  2. Bluemooncricket

    Bluemooncricket Son of a be more careful!!!

    Feb 14, 2018
    The ZT0450 works well for EDC but you’re not gonna be able to cut the roof off a car with it. I use one in my daily tasks as a mechanic and haven’t found it to be lacking.
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  3. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
  4. BenchMonkey

    BenchMonkey Angry Infidel

    Nov 28, 2018
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  5. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    This is a great knife, I carry one I got from RG and it is solid, fast, light, slim, and holds a nice edge.

    I also have a few ZT0350s, another great pocket knife, fast for an assisted opener, rugged as hell with a nice thick blade that stays sharp. I carry one of these when working around the farm. They're a little heavy but the weight is comforting and gives it a very solid feel in your hand kind of like a 1911.;)

    I recently bought a Raven Tactical OTF auto that I've been trying out and so far so good. It's stout, solid and heavy, fast opening and closing, not as sharp out of the box as I would have liked but holds an edge. I like the convenience of the OTF style, you don't have to shift your grip after opening it. It's kind of large and definitely heavy so it might not be suitable for EDC for everyone.

    All three of these are well under the $400 mark. I usually carry two knives, a ZT0350 and an auto, but if I had to chose just one of these to be my everyday general use pocket knife it would be the Protech. It's a great combo of quality, size, and speed at a reasonable price that you can wear with anything. That said, if all I ever wore was jeans and wanted to carry one rugged ass knife all the time it would be the ZT0350. The size and weight makes it less forgiving in slacks or light shorts so you need a wardrobe that works with it.
  6. dgi

    dgi NRA Life Member

    Sep 10, 2011
    Shop around and find a Chris Reeve Sebenza. Smalls can be had under $400 easy, Large models may take some hunting but you'll be glad you did. Lifetime warranty, free spa treatments and three blade profiles to choose from.

    Best EDC out there is hands down a Large Sebenza with Micarta Inlays and an Insingo blade.

    Runner up: Large Benchmade Griptilian with Titanium Wilkins Scales and a Sheepsfoot Blade ;)
  7. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    This is what I carry as well great knife light and easy to carry.
    Under $200 I think mine was $140-$160 range.
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  8. barmandr

    barmandr SHEEPLE HERDER Supporting Addict

    Oct 11, 2011
    What do you guys think about the Protech TR5?
  9. shootin-blanks

    shootin-blanks Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    Kershaw Chive... let it hold your leftover 360$.
    but tighten up the safety, if using as a money clip, in your front pocket. (ask me why :()
  10. barmandr

    barmandr SHEEPLE HERDER Supporting Addict

    Oct 11, 2011
    Thanks all. I went to a local knife store today to check a few out. I couldn't decide between the Protech TR-3 and a ZT 0770CF carbon fiber spring assist. So, of course, I got both.
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