Ok so I'm 16 and I am looking for a good EDC knife. I would prefer a folding knife but I can manage with a fixed blade. My budget is below 200$ . I live in TN so no more knife laws and I would prefer the brands Cold Steel or Ka-Bar.
**** man, for 200 you could snag up just about anything.
My current favorite EDCs are all less than 50 bucks and will do anything any higher priced blades will.
For me Spyderco's Tenacious and Resilience are the top of the heap there. I scored both for less than 80 bucks combined.
Kershaw's Leek and Skyline are also great high value knives, as are the Tremor, Free Fall, Clash, and Chill. And at around $15 the Chill is an unbeatable value.
I forgot to mention the Kershaw Emerson collaborations, they are awesome, built like tanks, have the wave, great fit, finish and all of the 8 different ones can be had for under 40 bucks.
CS, SOG, Boker, Benchmade, and CRKT also make awesome blades.
If you want a fixed blade, most of those companies have them, Im not keen on EDCing a fixed so I cant help much there.
Also, (if you'll allow a shameless plug) I make small to medium fixed blades. If you cant find what you are looking for PM me and I may be able to help you there.(check link in sig for more info.)
This has been my EDC since I got it for myself for my birthday this past February.
It's the CRKT Crawford Kasper and it can lock into a fixed blade which I put to the test a few weeks ago cutting some webbing. Even without the extra lock the knife has a very strong lock up without any wiggle.
There it is next to my Gerber FAST which was my EDC for more than 4 years before I got the CRKT.