For the first EDC knife under $50, we have the Flat Out from CRKT. This model is new for 2019 and features a sleek all steel design. While that adds a little to the weight (3.6 oz) it adds a lot to the durability of this locking folder. The Flat Out comes with the Outburst spring assisted opening system, perfect for one-handed opening. I think this knife would go great with an all-stainless or silver-themed EDC collection.
The next knife comes from Civivi, a subsidiary of WE Knife that is focused on budget-minded everyday carry knives. The Baklash comes with a respectable 9Cr18MoV steel blade and G10 scales. It has a flipper and stainles steel ball bearing for quick opening. I really like the green scales contrasted with the blue stainless steel liner. If you’re looking for a classy EDC knife, check out the Civivi Baklash.
The Ruike P108 is another nice EDC knife that clocks in under $50. This knife has a flipper opening system, a liner lock, and a “Beta Plus” lock that adds extra stability to the lockup when the blade is deployed. The stainless steel frame is both elegant and durable. The 3.4” (8.8 cm) blade is made of 14C28N steel and comes with a traditional spear point.
Although Spyderco prices can range up over $300, the Spyderco Efficient holds true to its name with its efficient pricing. For less than half a Benji, you get a quality blade from a big brand with a lot of knife for the price. The Efficient comes with a 8cr13MoV blade featuring Spyderco’s signature opening hole. It has nice jimping on both the spine and ricasso under the blade that provides for a sure grip on top of the G10 scales.