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    Best folder EDC knife for around £50

    Looking for a new knife and thought I'd ask on here as I know there's a few knowledge people regarding this kind of thing🙂 Have a budget of around £50, will be used at home, in the garden and when out in the woods/lakes with my dog. Want something that's quite easy to sharpen as I'm not very skilled in this (will just be run through my sharpener). Must be folding, can lock and blade length around 3".

    Cheers all.

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    https://www.moonrakerknives.co.uk/sh...nly-black-blue

    they are made in the EU in their own workshop.

    you could probably get better value if you want to give China money

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    I was going to recommend a Spyderco Delica (owned mine for 30 years). but retail is now $190US which is far from the $35 Canadian I paid for mine back then.

    Another brand I like, but haven't bought (have enough knives) is Civivi Liner lock model



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    I find it hard to look past a simple Victorinox Swiss Army knife, especially if you get a thinner version like a waiter etc. it’s what I carry every day.
    They are not as cool but they do the job, are easy to sharpen, and will last a life time.
    Last edited by Sinnlover; 3rd July 2022 at 15:36.

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    Yeah, unless you're getting into knives, an Opinel (a No8-No10, I think) or a SAK would be the best. The Waiter is good, I prefer the Spartan, which is still small enough to fit on a keyring. Both are straightforward to sharpen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qatar-wol View Post
    Yeah, unless you're getting into knives, an Opinel (a No8-No10, I think) or a SAK would be the best.
    I have the SAK RangerGrip which is a great allrounder. I agree on the Opinel, for that price, at least one should be in every backpack. The best bacon slicer

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    This is my EDC. Itís so slim it can slide into a wallet. I believe itís the thinnest SAK.

    Iíve used it for all sorts.

    https://www.victorinox.com/uk/en/Pro...lsior/p/0.6901

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    Spyderco’s a good shout for quality and ergonomics/ease of use but with exchange rates etc, pricing is now excessive, £80 for a UK penknife via Heinnie:

    https://heinnie.com/spyderco-ukpk-frn-leaf-flat-grind

    Opinel or SAK as others have said probably your best option.
    Last edited by MattMM; 3rd July 2022 at 16:35.

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    Nice blade steel. Good size and UK EDC legal.

    https://heinnie.com/boker-plus-tech-tool-city-1/

    Started out with nothing. Still have most of it left.

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    Thanks all, should have said I already own a Victorinox Farmer which is great but wanting a folder as well. A few there to take a look at so thanks for that👍

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    Ontario RAT II (2). £46

    https://heinnie.com/ontario-rat-ii

    it's not uk legal, but I'm very very happy with it.
    The blade has stayed sharp for ages and it's an easy EDC

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Doc View Post
    Ontario RAT II (2). £46

    https://heinnie.com/ontario-rat-ii

    it's not uk legal, but I'm very very happy with it.
    The blade has stayed sharp for ages and it's an easy EDC
    Think this in the D2 version is winning so far.

    Thanks again for all the advice/suggestions.

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    Spyderco on the cheap: Byrd knives. A lot of knife for the money.
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Just jumping in, are these suggestions suitable knives for boating

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRB255 View Post
    Just jumping in, are these suggestions suitable knives for boating
    If you want boating - these would be ones to look at IMO:

    https://heinnie.com/spyderco-atlantic-salt

    https://myerchin.co.uk/product-category/all-knives/

    I've also got a Victorinox Skipper which is more multi-toolish but has done many miles at sea with me https://www.victorinox.com/uk/en/Pro...er/p/0.8593.2W

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASW1 View Post
    If you want boating - these would be ones to look at IMO:

    https://heinnie.com/spyderco-atlantic-salt

    https://myerchin.co.uk/product-category/all-knives/

    I've also got a Victorinox Skipper which is more multi-toolish but has done many miles at sea with me https://www.victorinox.com/uk/en/Pro...er/p/0.8593.2W
    Good call on the Salt - Spyderco have an entire Salt line-up too, so quite a few models to choose from (if this search result link will work... https://heinnie.com/search-result/?s...name=match_and)
    If it doesn't work, just go to Heinnie.com and type in Spyderco Salt and it'll show you 31 to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASW1 View Post
    If you want boating - these would be ones to look at IMO:

    https://heinnie.com/spyderco-atlantic-salt

    https://myerchin.co.uk/product-category/all-knives/

    I've also got a Victorinox Skipper which is more multi-toolish but has done many miles at sea with me https://www.victorinox.com/uk/en/Pro...er/p/0.8593.2W
    For sailing I carry this.

    https://www.gerber-store.co.uk/e-z-rescue-knife

    If you want to help someone with an rope entrapment a blunt nose blade is best.

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    Best folder EDC knife for around £50

    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Spyderco on the cheap: Byrd knives. A lot of knife for the money.
    I have a Byrd in my work kit. They lose their edge quite quickly but can be sharpened like a razor fairly easily.
    Another vote for a SAK. Iíve carried the same Victorinox Pioneer daily for over 20 years. Couldnít be without it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ASW1 View Post
    If you want boating - these would be ones to look at IMO:

    https://heinnie.com/spyderco-atlantic-salt

    https://myerchin.co.uk/product-category/all-knives/

    I've also got a Victorinox Skipper which is more multi-toolish but has done many miles at sea with me https://www.victorinox.com/uk/en/Pro...er/p/0.8593.2W
    Thanks guys, just ordered this one - Myerchin Black G10 Crew Folder Pro Rigging Knife (BF377P)

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    You probably know this, but worth bearing in mind that in the unlikely event you every ran into bother with it, walking the dogs is unlikely to be considered good reason for carrying a locking blade in the UK.
    HH has a great function where you can search specifically for UK legal EDC knives (then shop around for prices). Real Steel Luna is a good shout well within this price range IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post
    Must be folding, can lock and blade length around 3".
    Apologies if this has already been pointed out, but if you're in the UK a locking blade is not legal for EDC.

    I have a Victorinox Bantam for EDC. Ridiculously small and light. The blade takes a good edge and the multi-tool thing is genuinely useful.

    You could put the remainder of the £50 towards a Lansky Turn Box. Great sharpening with minimum skill and effort required.

    p.s. I see Opinel have been mentioned. Great knives, meet your requirement for a locking blade, but not legal for UK EDC.

    Last edited by Cornholio; 4th July 2022 at 09:02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    Apologies if this has already been pointed out, but if you're in the UK a locking blade is not legal for EDC.

    I have a Victorinox Bantam for EDC. Ridiculously small and light. The blade takes a good edge and the multi-tool thing is genuinely useful.

    You could put the remainder of the £50 towards a Lansky Turn Box. Great sharpening with minimum skill and effort required.

    p.s. I see Opinel have been mentioned. Great knives, meet your requirement for a locking blade, but not legal for UK EDC.

    Sharpener looks a handy tool. Maybe a silly question, but can serrated knives be sharpened with something like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRB255 View Post
    Sharpener looks a handy tool. Maybe a silly question, but can serrated knives be sharpened with something like this
    The standard Lansky rods are too thick to get into many serration designs - the Spyderco Sharpmaker with its triangle stones is better for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRB255 View Post
    Sharpener looks a handy tool. Maybe a silly question, but can serrated knives be sharpened with something like this
    Not really, but this would, depending on tooth size (the conic rod). Serrated blades are a bit of a pig to sharpen as you need to do each serration individually.
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    Thanks guys, on another note, I've just ordered a knife from Myerchin who replied this morning requesting proof of age. I understand the need for raising these type of questions however having never bought this type of item online before is it ok to send copy of license as proof of age (I'm old school so not sure if this is a trustworthy method of confirming ID)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRB255 View Post
    Thanks guys, on another note, I've just ordered a knife from Myerchin who replied this morning requesting proof of age. I understand the need for raising these type of questions however having never bought this type of item online before is it ok to send copy of license as proof of age (I'm old school so not sure if this is a trustworthy method of confirming ID)
    Normal procedure (I believe they are required by law). They probably have a list of acceptable proof, from passport scan to driving license or maybe credit card...
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    p.s. I see Opinel have been mentioned. Great knives, meet your requirement for a locking blade, but not legal for UK EDC.
    Some of the Opinels lock and others donít, but itís worth noting that the locking collar on an Opinel is easily removed in either case to make it UK EDC legal (assuming 3in or under of course)

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    Cracking knife for twice the price, and U.K. legal.


    https://heinnie.com/manly-wasp-14c28n/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr View Post
    Cracking knife for twice the price, and U.K. legal.


    https://heinnie.com/manly-wasp-14c28n/
    That looks rather nice, too many to choose from!!

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    I've had a Shrade Imperial SodBuster for years.

    Love it...

    ...Dirt cheap at: £10.95 from Heinnie Haynes




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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    Apologies if this has already been pointed out, but if you're in the UK a locking blade is not legal for EDC.

    I have a Victorinox Bantam for EDC. Ridiculously small and light. The blade takes a good edge and the multi-tool thing is genuinely useful.
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    I've had one for two years and I'm really happy with it. Very lightweight and useful. It's mainly been used to open Amazon parcels, but has also helped for bike repairs, putting a new picture in a picture frame, basic maintenance and electrical work, removing a bandage and putting a wing on an aircraft! I carry it almost everywhere.

    Only downside is given it's small size it is easy to mislay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRB255 View Post
    Thanks guys, on another note, I've just ordered a knife from Myerchin who replied this morning requesting proof of age. I understand the need for raising these type of questions however having never bought this type of item online before is it ok to send copy of license as proof of age (I'm old school so not sure if this is a trustworthy method of confirming ID)
    A good friend runs the UK arm of Myerchin Iíd have no problems sending my details across, they are based just down the road from me in sunny Dorset.

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    What did you buy, Toddy?

    How are you getting on with it?
    Have you found a million uses for an EDC knife. Its difficult to live without one in any sort of rural/countryside life.

    Where are you in the Lakes, I'm only 20 mins from Ullswater most days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samlack99 View Post
    I've had a Shrade Imperial SodBuster for years.

    Love it...

    ...Dirt cheap at: £10.95 from Heinnie Haynes



    I have one of those. Great value for money.
    Started out with nothing. Still have most of it left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloater View Post
    A good friend runs the UK arm of Myerchin Iíd have no problems sending my details across, they are based just down the road from me in sunny Dorset.
    Just bought 2nd knife, 1st was folding knife (very handy for general carry) and just added fixed blade for boat. Both extremely good quality and customer service was good :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Doc View Post
    What did you buy, Toddy?

    How are you getting on with it?
    Have you found a million uses for an EDC knife. Its difficult to live without one in any sort of rural/countryside life.

    Where are you in the Lakes, I'm only 20 mins from Ullswater most days.
    Decided to up the budget a bit (don't we always!) and go for a Real Steel Luna Stripe. I've always carried a knife, had an Opinel No8, Kershaw, Leatherman etc but recently have just been using my SAK Farmer. I live in Brigham (just outside of Cockermouth and about 20mins from Keswick) so normally can be found at Crummock, Loweswater, Ennerdale, Cogra Moss etc with the dog traipsing through the trees. It's being delivered tomorrow, hopefully it will live up to the hype👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr View Post
    Cracking knife for twice the price, and U.K. legal.


    https://heinnie.com/manly-wasp-14c28n/
    it certainly is...i have the camo one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post
    Decided to up the budget a bit (don't we always!) and go for a Real Steel Luna Stripe. I've always carried a knife, had an Opinel No8, Kershaw, Leatherman etc but recently have just been using my SAK Farmer. I live in Brigham (just outside of Cockermouth and about 20mins from Keswick) so normally can be found at Crummock, Loweswater, Ennerdale, Cogra Moss etc with the dog traipsing through the trees. It's being delivered tomorrow, hopefully it will live up to the hype

    Great. I drove over the Papcastle bridge at 07:30 this morning, on my way to the hospital in Whitehaven. Hooray for the Lakes outside of the school hols !

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Doc View Post
    Great. I drove over the Papcastle bridge at 07:30 this morning, on my way to the hospital in Whitehaven. Hooray for the Lakes outside of the school hols !
    You're not wrong there mate😁 You were only a stones throw from me, Papcastle is one of my regular cycling routes.

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    Just arrived and I love it. Not the cheapest (and not the most expensive by far) but a great UK legal carry.

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