Top 8 outdoor knives under $50

If there is one thing any outdoorsman loves, it's knives. What's even better than a knife? An affordable quality knife. We have gathered 8 of our favorite all purpose outdoor knives under $50 so you can get a great knife without breaking the bank. All 8 knives on this list have proven their-selves time and time again in the field. Without further ado here is the list!

Folding Knives

Buck 110 

This is your classic outdoorsman knife. The Buck 110 was invented in 1964 and set the precedent for future pocket knives. This fantastic knife features a clip point blade and a lock black lock. 

You can watch our full review of the Buck 110 here

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
Clip point blade No pocket clip
Bucks forever warranty No open assist
420HC Steel Fairly heavy at 7.2 oz.

Kershaw Blur

The Kershaw Blur is a fantastic EDC knife. However, it is also a great outdoors knife. It features a hollow grind with a slight re-curve. The knife features a thumb screw for easy assist open. It is also very light weight and has a reversible pocket clip making a great candidate to carry with you anywhere.

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
Drop Point Blade Thumb studs are pretty sharp
Reversible Pocket clip Liner lock is prone to failure
Sandvik 14C28N

Ka-Bar Dozier

Ka-bar is a knife company I don't have a whole lot of experience with. For the most part I know they make some awesome fixed blade knives but most of them are priced out of the scope of this article. However even though the Dozier is a folder, it it still a solid knife. It features a drop point blade, a classic lock back style lock - similar to the Buck 110 - a reversible pocket clip, and a reversible thumbscrew for easy open. It is a perfect hunting style knife. 

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
Drop Point Blade Teflon coating chips after light use
Reversible Pocket clip Thumbscrew barely extends beyond handle scales
Reversible Thumb Screws Made in Taiwan

Fixed Blade Knives

Mora Companion

The mora companion is synonymous with bushcraft. The Mora Companion features a 4 inch blade paired with a scandi grind. It comes in 1095 carbon steel or stainless steel depending on your preference. The only thing I don't like about this knife is it is not full tang - Meaning it is one piece of metal from the tip of the knife to the end of the knife- it is a 3/4 tang that tapers. Other than that this knife is solid and great addition to your collection. It is also a great first knife for any boy scout.  

You can see the full review of the Mora Companion here

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
1095 Carbon Steel Not full tang
Scandi Grind
Excellent handle with rubberized grip

Condor Bushlore

The Condor Bushlore is a classic feeling bushcraft style knife. It has a wide belly and a scandi grind. One of the great key features of this knife is the handle. Typically when manufactures go for a smaller knife they make a small handle. Not so with the Bushlore, it is a full sized handle with a  4.5 inch blade. It feels awesome in the hand, and  is easy to choke up on the blade for finer carving work. This knife will not do everything perfect but it will perform any outdoors task you throw at it well enough. To be honest this knife is hard to complain about. 

You can find the our full review of the Condor Bushlore here

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
Full tang Wooden handles feel very budgety.
Full size handle Laynard hole feels like an odd choice.
sharp 90 degree spine

Gerber Strongarm

The Gerber Strongarm is what I would call a workhorse knife. Much like the Condor Bushlore this knife does not excel at any one task but it will do all tasks well enough. It features a 5 inch blade, a thick 90 degree spine, a rubberized polymer handle, and a full tang. This is by far one of Gerber's best knives. The knife also features a full Molly Compatible sheath as well as support for horizontal attachment. 

You can find the full review of the Gerber Strongarm here

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
Thick 90 degree spine Handle is on the smaller side.
Sheath is Molly Compatible
420HC Steel

Mora Bushcraft Black

Mora continues to show its strength with the Bushcraft Black. This is beefier more robust version of the companion. It features a 90 degree spine, is an 1/8 of an inch thick, has a large rubberized handle, and a scandi grind. Something else the Bushcraft Black has over the companion is the diamond coating on the blade. This helps to protect the 1095 steel against rust and corrosion. This knife pretty much excels at all bushcraft tasks even though it isn't full tang. It's really hard to fault this knife on any one thing and would make an excellent primary or secondary knife. 

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
90 Degree Spine Not full tang
Diamond coating blade protection
Large rubberized handle

Schrade SCHF36

If there was a competition for beefy knives, the Schrade SCHF36 would definitely be a contender. It's a got a super thick spine, a fat blade, and a decent handle. This knife weighs about a pound and you can definitely feel it on your hip. But for 26 bucks this knife is a steal. It also comes with a diamond sharpener and a ferro rod. While this knife may not win a beauty competition it will last a very long time and is excellent for performing most tasks. One of the best things about this knife is the finger choil, which allows you to really choke up on the blade.

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
Thick 90 degree spine Powder coating is very thick
Comes with Sharpener and Ferro Rod Sheath could be better quality
Finger choil for finer tasks Made in China
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All of my life has been focused on the outdoors. From the days of fishing with my father when I was young, to learning more advanced outdoor skills through the Boy Scouts of America; you could say the outdoors is pretty much my life blood. I enjoy a wide range of activities including camping, survival, fishing, hunting, and bushcraft. I have spent most of my life learning these skills and now I want to pass on my knowledge and hopefully learn even more in return.

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