Is the person you’re shopping for a bit more of a tactical gearhead than a collector of nostalgia? Perhaps a little more of a John Wick fan than a John Wayne fan?
Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. It just so happens that one of the most popular pocket knives among your gear heads does, surprisingly, fall within our $50 budget. The Kershaw Skyline 1760 is one of the highest rated EDC folding knives with a great deep ride pocket clip, slim G-10 handle, and barely noticeable carry weight of 2.3 oz.
Kershaw’s US-made knives typically come with scary sharp blades, and the 1760 somehow seems even sharper. The Skyline packs an impressive 3.1 inch drop point Sandvik steel blade, ideal for all kinds of everyday uses. How they managed to design a knife with a 3+ inch blade that weighs 2.3 oz., we really don’t know.
We could go over all the stats one by one, but it really wouldn’t do this knife justice overall. This model just has nice ergonomics and weight that thousands of fans can attest to. It has a very stout liner lock mechanism, and it rides really comfortably in your pocket. At $40, this knife really makes you wonder why anyone who has done their research would pay over $100 for a competitor’s knife.
If you want a slightly more economical model, say for a young’un that you suspect may not be great at keeping up with their tools, check out the Chinese made Kershaw Chill. It’s a very similar design to the Skyline, with similarly excellent specs at only $18.