Chances are, if you found yourself here, it is because you are like us and cannot help but marvel at a custom knife that just gets the job done, every time. Who can blame you? A one of a kind knife from a custom knife maker is a thing of beauty; and sometimes the cost can reflect that. Given these tumultuous times (this thing is almost over, I swear…), living on a tight budget is becoming more common than usual. That certainly doesn’t mean you can’t get that badass, custom knife you have been eyeing, however. Below is a list the Certified Cutters of Things (CCT, real qualification) at BladesWork Unlimited have identified as high quality custom knives for a more affordable price.
We utilized our patented 5-Featured approach to judging these budget custom knives, which you can find explained in here.
1095 EDC w/ Paracord wrap
The 1095 EDC from Norse Dragon Fire & Forge does not need a fancy name, or any of the fanfare that comes with fancy steel. This knife is about as blue collar and tough as it gets, while still letting you choose the paracord color custom knife handle you desire. For $135 you can’t ask for much more in the way of edge retention, duration of hard use, and appropriateness for just about any task you can imagine. We highly recommend you add this cord-slinging EDC to your rotation as soon as possible!
The Lil Havocs is a top seller at BWU, and for good reason. At an affordable price point of $150 and extremely customizable, this lightweight, 6″ blade length custom EDC knife has yet to meet a job it can’t cut through with ease. Coming complete with a custom sheath made from kydex and multiple handle/finish options, this budget custom knife from the custom knife maker at Dunn’s Forge can fit anywhere from the purse to the waist belt. Perfect for all aspects outdoors and hunting due to extraordinary hard use duration and hand feel. Grab yours as soon as possible!
Red Oak Skinner Stabilized Red Oak Handle #125
If there is a custom knife maker here that can create a reliable EDC knife, its Santini Knives. The Red Oak Skinner with stabilized handle is made from 1084 high carbon steel and sports a 3.5″ blade, making it one of the easier custom knives to conceal on this list. If you are looking for a every day wear, this custom EDC needs to be in your collection. At $155, the Red Oak Skinner is guaranteed to be a return on investment due to its natural longevity; we have few knives that receive such high marks in blade edge retention and duration of hard use. Plus, this custom knife comes with a handmade leather sheath designed to your specifications included in the cost! Who said style and practicality can’t go hand in hand…
Recognize the name? If not, go watch Braveheart*, immediately. Then come back and take a look at this hearty Scotland Highlands-inspired custom hunting knife with a Blue Ridge Mountains EDC style twist. Thomas Cannon has taken years of tried and true Scottish hunting practices and fashioned a blade that is as comfortable in the woods as it is on your hip in the local Home Depot (or Lowe’s, we’re equal opportunity at BWU). Made from 80CrV2 steel, a 4″ cutting edge, and comes complete with a kydex sheath, this $195 must-have is on sale for $156 and is ready to join you on your next outing.
*BWU also highly endorses Braveheart.
Not necessarily and EDC knife, per se. But who doesn’t think carrying a custom tomahawk is cool? We do. Plus, at priced at $150, this made-to-order custom tomahawk is a tough bladed hand tool to beat.
Buying a custom knife or custom knife set should not break your bank. Our custom knife makers here at BladeWork Unlimited have a ton of great custom knives for any budget and taste. These are just a few of the tried and true custom knives our team recommends. If nothing here caught your eye, the good news is this list certainly is not comprehensive, and is just a starting point if you have a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket. If you are looking for something a bit more fixed, or specialized, be sure to check out our full shop here, or really treat yourself and use our one-of-a-kind Build A Blade system to create a custom knife made specifically for you by our top custom knife makers. Why not? After all, it is tax return season.
Check back soon for more lists, and as always, cut safe!
Bo is the co-founder and Vice-President of Bladeswork.com. Most importantly, he is head of cutting things at BWU. Besides that, he does hunt, fish, watch Bruce lee movies, and a number of other activities that require large amounts of blade usage. Primarily, he handles numbers and tries to keep the Bladeswork.com staff from getting overexcited and attempt to cook lunch in the nearest company furnace.