What are your recommendations for the best $50-60 plain edge, manual folding EDC knives?
And also since I'm such an edc noob...your favorite small flashlight too, at a reasonable price.
The tricky thing about recommendations, especially knife recommendations, is that there are many, many factors to consider before making a purchase. This kind of leads to sleepless nights and hours on various forums, a myriad of open tabs and new bookmarks on different online stores… But I digress…
I would say look into Spyderco — at around $50-60 and under they have a big selection (Endura, Delica, Cricket etc come to mind). Benchmade also has the Griptilian and Mini Griptilian which are pretty popular knives. Just keep in mind your state’s knife laws when considering length. Keeping it a manual folding knife is on the safer side, as automatics and assisted open knives aren’t legal everywhere.
As for the small flashlight, that depends on a lot of things too. To keep on your keychain, the Maratac AAA or ITP EOS A3 come to mind. They have 3 modes of brightness for different tasks and to conserve battery. For a little bit more cash you might want to check out the 4sevens Quark MiNi AA — it uses cutting edge technology, it’s probably the smallest and brightest in its class. If you do decide to purchase from 4sevens, you can use the coupon code CPF8 for 8% off and free shipping on your purchase.. and don’t forget to put down “flæshaholic” as your CPF referrer. :)
These recommendations are under the assumption that you’d rather stick to AAA and AA lights first, rather than more “specialized” batteries like CR123a or lithium-ion cells.
Good luck with your purchase, and feel free to comment this post with any followup questions and I’ll do my best.
EDIT: If any more knowledgable EDCers wanna chime in on this one, please leave a comment with a recommendation using the Disqus feature. Thanks!
What are the differences between the Leatherman Wave and Blast?
Which would you recommend?
The Wave is the most popular full-size Leatherman for a reason. It’s got more tools, an interchangeable bit driver, and more blades. The main blade at least (not sure about the others) can be opened one handed (it has a thumbhole) as opposed to the smaller knife on the Blast that requires 2 handed opening (it has a nail nick). With those things considered, I’d go with the Wave.
As a disclaimer, though, I haven’t handled either of them as I prefer a smaller multitool (Leatherman Juice S2) and a dedicated folding knife. Those are the biggest differences to me — you can check some sites for reviews… multitool.org and multi-tool.org are probably good places to start.
Hope that helps, and good luck with your purchase.