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EDC Knives on a Budget

People often approach us and ask: What is the best UK friendly knife to get on a budget? Simply there is no right or wrong answer only preference, however to help out a little we gave one of our guys 3 EDC knives for under £30 and asked him to compare them.

The three EDC knives chosen were the Lansky World Legal (https://www.heinnie.com/lansky-world-legal-knife-18134), the Rough Rider Stoneworx Stockman Medium (https://www.heinnie.com/rough-rider-stoneworx-stockman-medium), and the Spyderco Clipitool (https://www.heinnie.com/spyderco-clipitool-serrated).

To make things easier for you we broke the comparison down into 6 sections: Weight, Size, Looks, Robustness, Durability and Potential uses.

Weight

The Lansky World Legal is the heaviest of the blade weighing in at 150g, the Spyderco Clipitool is the lightest of the 3 weighing only 51g.

The Lansky is a pretty bulky knife, it feels sturdy and strong. It feels like a knife that won’t let you down. The Rough Rider knife is a 3 blade pocket knife, weighing less than the Lansky, but still feels a very strong build. It doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy, very impressed so far. The Spyderco Clipitool is tiny, but it feels very nice. It’s made all of metal, so feels really strong and secure. Light but powerful is my initial thought.

Size

The Lansky is a big strong knife. The blade itself isn’t that long (7cm) but it is quite thick. A 7cm blade is a good size, it’s not too big so that it can’t be carried in public, but big enough so that it can be used for a range of tasks. In terms of its size, it still fits really comfortably in my hand. The only real flaw I think it has is the size means it can be awkward to carry if you have small sized pockets.

The Rough Rider has a lovely long body which is just over the width of my hand, with blades extended at either end; it looks like a much bigger knife. Because this knife has 3 blades it has plenty of cutting options for a knife of its size.

The Clipitool has a blade length of just 5.1 cm, and the body fits two of my fingers on, yet its brilliantly comfortable in hand. The biggest drawback of the size is that because the blade length is much smaller than it’s counterparts, it may not be as versatile, however because it’s so neat and compact, it can go almost anywhere with you.

Looks

I’d say the Lansky World Legal looks like a heavy duty knife. It looks much better than most EDC’s, however this is more due to its blade height and thickness that it actually being much bigger. It’s not the prettiest knife you’ll ever see, but it looks like a knife that’ll do the job.

Compare this to the Rough Rider, which is a very good looking knife. Decorated in a variation of colours and styles, it definitely stands out from the crowd. It’s far from a tactical looking knife but doesn’t look like a toy knife either.

The Spyderco is also a very slick looking knife. It’s pure metal look gives it a really good finish, however after 10 minutes with it I did find myself constantly wiping fingerprints off it instead of using it.

Robustness

The Lansky is the definition of robust. It feels so strong underhand. It uses a slip joint for blade folding, which gives the blade good strength. It’s also quite a stiff jointed blade which means you don’t have to worry to much about it closing on your fingers in a hurry, but beware when actually closing the blade, as it can quite easily catch you (It caught me a few times).

Despite its pretty looks, the Rough Rider feels very strong in hand. Each blade is as strong as the next, with the added bonus of feeling secure at full extension. Easy two handed open and close. To be honest I’m pretty impressed with this knife’s robustness.

The Clipitool feels small and tough. It’s easy to open and close both blades. Having the serrated blade gives this knife great versatility, and helps it to be useful in even more environments. This knife feels like it’s made from high quality materials. You won’t be short on confidence on using this knife!

Durability

The Lansky World Legal, if you can afford the extra comes with a blade sharper, which definitely aids in the durability of this knife. It’s a strong knife that feels like it will last a lifetime.

The Rough Rider has 3 tools making it very adaptable; this also gives it the added bonus of still having two blades if one did unfortunately break. It feels really well made, but I’m not sure how it would cope being used for bigger tasks on a daily basis.

Having the serrated saw with the normal blade, greatly adds to this knifes potential uses. It’s feels like it’s made of strong stuff, and doesn’t feel flimsy underhand. I’d trust this knife in the long term.

Potential Uses

The Lansky is big but adaptable. You would have no problem using this for most everyday tasks. It’s strong a functional, however it is just a blade with no serration or additional functions, so that can hinder it’s usefulness.

Having three blades this is knife has a huge range of options. My only fault with this knife is that all the blades are pretty similar. So the additional uses from each blade may be limited.

The Spyderco is versatile, it has the blade and serrated saw which are big pluses in my book, however due to the size of the knife it may not be suitable for the bigger jobs, where you may need more power.

 

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2 thoughts on “EDC Knives on a Budget

  1. […] want a bigger, heavier knife or a small lightweight blade you can. In one of our recent blog posts http://www.heinnie.com/blog/edc-on-a-budget/ you can see a comparison between a bigger and smaller EDC knife. The goal is to find a balance that […]

  2. David G - 12:24 pm 08/08/15

    one point omitted from the comment on the Lansky, which is that the lanyard end of the knife can be used for breaking glass in an emergency.

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