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20 Knife Gift Ideas Under $100

Our suggestions for gift ideas at certain price ranges continues with 20 knife gift ideas under $100.

This list only features knives in the $50 to $100 price range. If you’re interested in the $20 to $50 range, check out our 20 knife gift ideas under $50 post. For prices under that, check out our 20 knife gift ideas under $20.

These recommendations cover the full gamut of styles, designs, and functions, so if you can’t find something to your satisfaction, you’re trying too hard.

1) Benchmade Mini Griptilian

We’ll start with one of the most beloved knives under $100 by knife enthusiasts — the Benchmade Mini Griptilian. The Mini Grip is the go-to knife for anyone looking for a solid and reliable American-made EDC (it’s currently my personal EDC too). It’s hard to top this knife.

The Mini has a 2.91-inch blade made from 154CM steel. You can get it in a sheepsfoot blade with Round Hole, drop point with thumb stud, or tanto with thumb stud. Another great aspect of the knife is that the grippy (hence the name) nylon handle comes in several different colors, from pink to blue.

2) Spyderco Delica 4

Spyderco makes a ton of great knives at a budget cost, but for a true representation of the quality and design elements of the brand, there’s the Delica. This is another truly beloved knife from the knife community because of its versatile size, excellent construction, and interesting design.

Like the Mini Griip, the Delica comes in several different colorations. This means you can perfectly match the personality of the recipient.

3) Boker Plus Trigonaut

The Trigonaut has quickly grown into a favorite here at Knife Depot. Most people don’t consider a fixed blade when they look for an EDC, but designer David Mosier shows just how it would work. The knife has a 3.25-inch modified wharncliffe blade that’s insanely useful. The Micarta handle is comfortable and durable.

If you know someone who’s looking for a new knife to EDC, open their eyes to the joys and versatility of a fixed blade with the Trigonaut from Boker Plus.

4) Kershaw Leek D2 Composite

What else is there to say about the Kershaw Leek? This Ken Onion design has been pontificated about, ruminated on, and carefully analyzed for years. Still, the knife holds up under scrutiny and belongs in every collection.

I was just going to put the standard Leek, but in honor of H. Clay Aalders over at The Truth About Knives, I decided to pick the Leek with the D2 composite blade. He was effusive about the composite version of the Leek (which features a D2 edge attached to a Sandvik 14C28N blade)

It’s available in a Composite BlackWash or Composite Satin. Or you can just get the standard Leek in almost any color you want.

5) Victorinox Soldier

The Swiss Army Knife is a truly classic gift for any holiday. But instead of getting the same old models, check out the Victorinox Soldier.

This model has roots that date back to the very first Swiss Army Knife, but it has some of the conveniences of modern technology, including a liner locking blade and ergonomic handles. I know I say this a lot, but the Soldier is not your grandfather’s Swiss Army Knife.

6) KA-BAR USMC Tactical (Engraved)

Keeping with the military theme, next we go to the KA-BAR USMC Fixed Blade. This is one of the most iconic knives ever made, and we have it available with laser-engraving. We’ve had people tell us they’ve gotten this gift for their kids with resounding success.

The best part about this knife is that you don’t even have to use it to appreciate or showcase the gift.

7) Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker

Back before Spyderco became the company we know and love today, it was just a humble operation run by Sal and Gail Glesser. The two started the company with the Portable Hand, a device useful to jewelers and other hobbyists, but what came next helped propel the company even further — a sharpener.

That sharpener evolved into the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker, one of the best sharpeners around. While enthusiasts will insist you only freehand sharpen your knives, this is a good kit for anyone. Not only does it have a great backstory but it will keep your knives sharp and safe.

8) Condor Primitive Bush Knife

When it comes to bushcrafting knives, it’s hard to beat the Primitive Bush Knife from Condor Tool & Knife.

The knife has a cool backstory in that it was designed by survivalist Matt Graham and used on his adventures on Discovery Channel’s Dual Survivor reality show. The blade is 8 inches and comes in either a stainless steel or carbon steel version.

This is one of the top-sellers of 2017 and would make an excellent gift for that outdoorsman in your life.

9) Ontario Carter Prime

The RAT Model 2 made our 20 under $50 list, but for those who want a little more heft in their knife, there’s the Carter Prime. It was made by knife designer Robert Carter — grandson of Mel Pardue and son of Joe Pardue.

It has a 3.37-inch blade made of D2 steel and a titanium frame lock blade. This robust knife springs to life with a reliable flipper. It recently joined our list of best-sellers.

10) United Cutlery Highlander

There can be only one! Ah, I never get tired of making that Highlander joke when talking about this knife. So, the United Cutlery Highlander Bowie may not be the most practical thing ever but it’s darn gorgeous.

This Gil Hibben bowie was inspired by the ancient Scottish Highlanders and features a massive 8.75-inch clip point blade and a stainless steel wire wrapped handle. The Highlander Bowie is also among our best-sellers.

11) Boker Plus Cop Tool

Both the Highlander and Cop Tool are at the lower end of this price range but easily show how they’re pricier gifts than those in the cheaper price ranges.

The Boker Plus Cop Tool is not a typical everyday carry knife. It’s a versatile tool that’s designed to pry, scrape, cut, chisel, hammer, and more. It’s called the Cop Tool because it’s an officer’s best friend (well, one of their best friend’s) because it does everything.

This is a great gift for someone who is tired of carrying a flipper knife or someone who wants to supplement their knife with something more durable.

12) Kershaw Blur S30V

Another Kershaw? Yes, indeed. Just like the Leek, the Blur is an iconic knife made by the great Ken Onion. And just like the Leek, I’m going to forgo the classic version of the Blur for the version with premium S30V steel.

This takes the already reliable and sexy Blur to a whole new level. S30V steel boasts superior edge retention and excellent toughness. Even someone who already has a standard Blur in their collection will appreciate the S30V blade.

13) ESEE Izula

The Izula is yet another option for fixed blade EDC. The knife has a 2.875-inch blade made from 1095 carbon steel and a bare skeletonize handle waiting for customization.

You can pick up the Izula with just a sheath or with a full survival kit. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the ESEE Izula.

14) Parker River Classic

I really like the folks over at Parker River Knives. The company started about 100 years ago along the banks of the Parker River in Newbury, Mass. It’s run by Jim Bowes and his wife who take great care of the old family business.

The Classic is one of their most popular models and comes with engraving on the wood handle. That engraving makes it the perfect gift. The knife is available in a rosewood, red grain, or ebony wood handle.

15) Spyderco Dragonfly 2

I take the word of Everyday Commentary’s Anthony Sculimbrene very seriously and for years he’s been saying the Spyderco Dragonfly 2 is the best everyday carry knife ever (this year the Dragonfly got a new companion for that honors in the ultra premium Benchmade 555-1 Mini Grip).

Here is an except from his 2011 review:

The Dragonfly 2 in ZDP-189 (DF2 ZDP-189) is perfect. It does everything not just well, but with ease. I have been using and carrying this knife almost exclusively since I got it in May and it is awesome. Light, laser sharp, and made to fit your hand, there is nothing that I would do differently in designing this knife. Spyderco and Sal Glesser outdid themselves.

That sentiment still resonates all these years later. While the standard with a VG-10 blade and black FRN handles is a solid choice, I still say go for the ZDP-189 version. Whoever gets it will be thanking Santa above.

16) Gerber LMF II

Gerber has done a few things wrong over the past few years but they’ve hit the sweet spot on more than a few knives, including the Gerber LMF II Infantry. This made-in-America fixed blade is popular for military personnel and survivalists for its robust design. It has a 4.84-inch 420HC stainless steel blade and a glass-filled nylon handle.

There’s an all-black version, a coyote version, and a green version.

17) Boker Plus Anti-MC

Does your gift recipient have all types of knives? Consider getting them something a bit more unique in the Boker Plus Anti-MC. This folder is a sexy titanium frame lock (nothing really special) but the real magic is in the blade. It’s made of ceramic.

OK, get your preconceived notions of ceramic out of the way because ceramic knives are getting better and better. Not only is the non-magnetic blade sharp as a whistle but you almost never need to sharpen it. While you wouldn’t want to use this knife while backpacking through the Alps, it’s more than capable of handling its own during basic everyday tasks.

18) Victorinox SwissChamp

The Soldier is not a typical Swiss Army Knife, but if you’re interested in getting a classic model, I recommend the SwissChamp. This is the flagship model of Victorinox and for good reason. This guy has everything — 33 tools to be exact.

Here’s just a small selection: a large and small blade, can opener and bottle opener with screwdrivers, scissors, wood saw, ruler, magnifying glass, hook, wood chisel, ball point pen, straight pin, and more.

Few other tools can stand up to the might and versatility of the SwissChamp. You can even get it in black, ruby, sapphire, or hardwood (if you’re willing to go above the $100 limit).

19) CRKT M4-02W (Engraved)

The CRKT version of the legendary Kit Caron’s M4 is a go-to present for me. It combines the modern with the past in a folder you can use for work or take to a formal event. The blade is 3.25 inches and boasts the Outburst assisted opening mechanism for a smooth and reliable opening. The handle is a throwback with handsome burled wood scales and stainless steel bolsters.

Knife Depot carries this knife with laser-engraving on the blade included, making this a no-brainer gift for that special person in your life.

20) Buck 119 Special Cocobolo

If there’s a fixed blade sexier than the Buck 119 Special in Cocobolo, I’ve yet to see it. This thing is a beauty. It has a 6-inch clip point blade made from Buck’s solid 420HC stainless steel.

Instead of the sleek black phenolic handle, this model has handsome dymondwood cocobolo handles with a brass guard and pommel. Along with the Burgundy sheath, this knife is the perfect gift for anyone.

2 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, TTAK is ended, but is still available on the web. No idea how long it will remain; there’s no info on the site. Last post was July 29, Thanks to H. Clay for all he’s done there.

    • Tim

      November 21, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Yup. It was a shame the site is no longer updated. Fortunately, Clay is with Knife Magazine now (follow them on social!) and working to bring the magazine into the modern era.

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