Best EDC knife under $25?
Several months ago I was walking through my local Walmart and decided to stop and take a look at a few new knives they had out in the display case.Â I had been carrying a Benchmade auto for the past year and while it is an excellent knife it was just a little too large (and expensive to abuse) to carry every day.Â I had been looking for a small knife for every day carry (EDC) that was decent quality, had some kind of assisted opening feature, andÂ wasn’tÂ too expensive.Â IÂ wasn’tÂ having much luck finding something that had everything I was looking for until I noticed the Kershaw Kuro in the back of the case.
The Kershaw Kuro (kuro is the Japanese word for black) is a liner lock design and features Kershaw’s â€œspeedsafeâ€ assisted opening mechanism.Â It has a small pocket clip that can be reversed for tip down or tip up carry and can be opened with one hand.Â When compared to some of my push button automatic knives, I have found the â€œspeedsafeâ€ mechanism to be just as fast to deploy as my automatics.
The Kuro weighs in at 4.2 ounces and is the lightest knife that I own.Â Itâ€™s easy to forget itâ€™s in your pocket and mine has almost made it into the washing machine a few times.Â The handles are made from glass filled nylon and features a lanyard hole at the rear.
Blade material for the Kuro is 8Cr13MoV which I understand to be the Chinese version of AUS8 steel.Â The blade is partially serrated and is carbo-nitride coated black.Â It holds an edge well and is not very hard to sharpen or maintain.
From my testing, this is the best EDC knife I have found so far under $25 before tax, making the blade’s high value its best feature.Â I picked mine up for $19.95 plus tax at Walmart and most online stores sell them for less than $25.
The Kuro has been my primary EDC knife since I bought it a few months ago.Â On occasion I will carry one of my larger knives just so they donâ€™t feel neglected but the Kuro is usually in my pocket too.Â I donâ€™t think you will find a knife close to the quality of the Kuro for the price.