From the M390 blade and Titanium frame to swappable overlays and great build quality, Vero Engineering’s Synapse has got a ton of things going right for it. I highly recommend picking one of these up if you’re looking to get a knife that features a unique design in a medium-sized package.
CRKT has some of the most affordable folding knives on the market. The Offbeat™ II is the nylon handled version of its all stainless steel cousin (aptly named just: Offbeat™). The Offbeat™ II follows CRKT’s bread and butter by delivering a well-made tactical knife in a budget package. This is just what I expect from CRKT – nothing more, nothing less. A good knife for a beginning collector.
The Impulse is a beast of a folder – it’s not made for someone looking for a knife that’ll sit quietly in their pocket. In fact, with all the customization options available at purchase you’ll be eager to pull this knife out to show all your friends. The knife is made well, has a fantastic Tanto blade shape, and is made of premium materials throughout. A solid purchase option for any blade enthusiast looking for a large folder.
The Barrage® family of knives is one of Benchmade’s long-time best sellers and it’s for good reason. The knife feels great in the hand and comes in high-grade steel that will keep an edge for a while even under heavy use. It’s on the larger side for everyday carry purposes, but is a good option for anyone looking for a beefy folder with speedy blade action.
Benchmade’s Bugout™ family of knives is among my first recommendations when someone asks me options for their first “nice” folder. From the size, weight, shape, and materials… everything about the Bugout™ is ‘just right’. Though, don’t expect this knife to be pocket jewelry straight out of the box – there are mods to fix that.