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 9 of our favorite all-purpose outdoor knives under $60 so you can get a great knife without breaking the bank.

All 9 knives on this list have proven their-selves time and time again in the field. 

Quick Comparison 

Knife Quality Our Rating
Buck 110 A+
Kershaw Blur A-
Ka-Bar Dozier B
Spyderco Tenacious A
Mora Companion B+
Condor Bushlore A-
Gerber Strongarm A+
Mora Bushcraft Black A
Schrade SCHF36 B

What makes a great outdoor knife?

A great outdoor knife should be multipurpose. Meaning it should be capable of doing multiple tasks, fairly well. It doesn't have to excel at all tasks, but you should be able to get buy with it.

Keep in mind just because you have an outdoors knife, doesn't mean it is a survival knife.

There are folders on this list, and in a survival situation, I would not rely on one to save me. If it was all I had I could make it work, but it wouldn't be great.

With that out of the way, I'm going to list some things I think a great outdoor knife should be able to accomplish.

  • scaling and cleaning fish
  • cutting cordage
  • able to slice and cut for food preparation
  • cleaning and processing game

A multipurpose knife should be easy to carry and hold an edge through multiple tasks.

Below I have selected 9 knives, that are all under 60 dollars that have a proven track record of being excellent knives, for both myself and the multiple people who have owned them.

Folding Knife Reviews

Folding Knife Quality Our Rating
Buck 110 A+
Kershaw Blur A-
Ka-Bar Dozier B
Spyderco Tenacious A

Buck 110 Review

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.

The buck 110 is an American classic with its classic walnut handle and brass bolsters that provide a perfect combination of beauty and balance. 

This knife has set the standard for folding knives for generations. You honestly don't get more classic outdoorsman than the Buck 110. 

PROS

  • Clip Point Blade
  • Bucks "Forever" Warranty
  • 420HC

CONS

  • No Pocket Clip
  • No Open Assist

Kershaw Blur Review

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.

PROS

  • Drop point blade
  • Reversible Pocket Clip
  • Sandvik 14C28N

CONS

  • Thumb studs are pretty sharp, and can catch on fabric
  • Line Lock is prone to failure

Ka-Bar Dozier Review

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 is 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.

PROS

  • Drop point blade
  • Reversible pocket clip
  • Reversible thumb screws

CONS

  • Teflon coating chips after light use
  • Thumbscrew barely extends beyond handle scales

Spyderco Tenacious Review

The Tenacious from Spyderco is a surprisingly affordable EDC carry knife. This knife features a wide belly blade made from 8Cr13MOV stainless steel with a full flat grind. Making it great for slicing and cutting.

This knife is well priced for what it is. You get a surprising amount of knife for a decent price. The knife is well designed with its pillar construction handle and G10 scales, and 4-way pocket carry.

The clip is mountable in all 4 corners of the knife making it possible to carry in your left or right pocket and tip up or tip down, whichever you prefer. While it's not the absolute best pocket knife on the market, it is one of the best pocket knives you can find for under the 50 dollar mark.

PROS

  • Excellent blade design for slicing, food prep, cutting cordage and most other cutting tasks
  • Liner lock is pretty strong and has ample gimping
  • 4 way carry pocket clip
  • Flat Grind

CONS

  • Ergonomics could use some work, hot spot on the side of handle near liner lock
  • Softer stainless steel requires sharpening more frequently

Fixed Blade Knife Reviews

Fixed Blade Knife Quality Our Rating
Mora Companion B+
Condor Bushlore A-
Gerber Strongarm A+
Mora Bushcraft Black A
Schrade SCHF36 B

Mora Companion

The Mora companion is synonymous with bushcraft. This knife features a 4-inch blade paired with a scandi grind and comes in both 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.

PROS

  • 1095 Carbon Steel
  • Scandi Grind
  • Excellent handle with rubberized grip

CONS

  • Not full tang - the tang is only 3/4 of tang

Condor Bushlore Review

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 manufacturers 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 fine carving work. This knife will not do everything perfectly but it will perform any outdoors task you throw at it well enough. To be honest this knife is hard to complain about.

PROS

  • Full tang, with a full-size handle
  • Drop point blade and scandi grind
  • Sharp 90 degree spine

CONS

  • Laynard hold seems like an odd choice
  • Very difficult to get razer sharp

Gerber StrongArm Review

The Gerber Strongarm is what I would call a workhorse knife and definitely one of Gerber's best knives aside from The LMF II. 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.

PROS

  • Thick 90-degree spine
  • 3 way carry sheath including hip, MOLLE, and horizontal carry
  • 420HC stainless steel
  • Full tang with rubberized polymer handle

CONS

  • Handle is on the smaller side

Mora Bushcraft Black Review

Mora continues to show its strength with the Bushcraft Black. This is a beefier more robust version of the companion. It features a 90-degree spine, is a 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.

PROS

  • 90-degree spine
  • 1095 carbon steel
  • diamond coating on the blade helps with rust and corrosion resistance 
  • Thick rubberized handle

CONS

  • Not full tang

Schrade SCHF36 Review

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 under 30 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.

PROS

  • Thick 90-degree spine
  • Comes with sharpener and Ferro rod
  • Decently sized finger choil for fine carving tasks
  • 1095 carbon steel 

CONS

  • Fairly heavy knife at just over 1 pound
  • Powder coating is thick 
  • Sheath is flimsy and pretty low quality

Wrapping Up 

There are many knives, made for many different purposes. Most knives will do a lot of tasks, but not all knives will do a plethora of tasks and do them well. 

Try skinning and gutting an animal with a Kukri. You could probably do it, but a simpler knife like buck 119 will do it, a whole lot easier. 

If you are looking for a knife that will be multipurpose. The knife should be small enough to do fine tasks, but large enough to do other tasks. Finding that happy middle ground can be difficult and also subjective. 

You have to find what works for you. 

Consider what you do when you are out in the woods, at work, or around the house. For some people folding knives will be just fine, while for others a fixed blade may be better suited to their needs. We're all different and that is why I chose to include a mix of folders and fixed blades. 

If you found this article helpful, be sure to share it on social media so others can find it too. 

Thanks for reading and remember adventure is waiting. 

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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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