Sometimes you just want a good, reasonably priced knife. Here are four modern folders you can get for under $40.

four modern foldersThe Spyderco Ambitious is a small, ambidextrous modern folder with a four-position pocket clip and Spyderco’s trademarked Round Hole. The 2.25” drop point has a thumb ridge so you can comfortably and easily change your grip. The G-10 handles are textured for slip resistance. Spyderco tells us, “Feature-for-feature, dollar-for-dollar, performance-for performance, Spyderco Value Folders represent a best buy in the knife industry and the answer to acquiring Spyderco innovation and quality on a budget.”

four modern foldersSpyderco Ambitious Linerlock Details

  • 8Cr13MoV, Satin Finish
  • 2.25” Drop Point
  • G-10 Handles
  • Linerlock
  • Fully Reversible Pocket Clip
  • 3.563” Closed
  • 6” Overall

The Black Fox line of knives from Fox Knives has an excellent price to performance ratio. The Black Fox Tactical 705B is a reasonably priced knife with a 3.625” black coated 440 clip point blade. The G-10 handles are contoured for a comfortable grip. It opens with thumbstuds and locks with a liner lock.

four modern foldersBlack Fox Tactical 705B Details

  • 440 Stainless Steel, Black Coated
  • 3.625” Clip Point
  • G-10 Handles
  • Thumbstuds
  • Tip-Down Pocket Cip
  • 5.25” Closed
  • 8.938” Overall
  • Made in Italy

Designed by Jasper Voxnaes, the CRKT Vizzle is a minimalist design with just a hint of puukko hiding in its slim, sleek lines. The 3” clip point swiftly opens with IKBS ball bearings. Once open, it securely locks with a framelock. CRKT tells us the “stonewashed [stainless steel] handle is punctuated with a radar-looking circular pocket for both aesthetics and to help your grip.

four modern foldersCRKT Vizzle Details

  • 8Cr13MoV, Stonewash Finish
  • 3.313” Clip Point
  • Hollow Grind
  • Stainless Steel Handle
  • Flipper with IKBS Ball Bearing Pivot
  • Framelock
  • Tip-Up Pocket Clip
  • Lanyard Hole
  • 4.625” Closed
  • 8” Overall

The Cold Steel Bush Ranger Lite is a budget version of their Bush Ranger. It has the same 3.5” Sheffield clip point that’s made from 8Cr13MoV instead of S35Vn. Contoured for comfort, the GFN handles host an ambidextrous, tip-up pocket clip. The blade opens with thumb studs and stays locked with Cold Steel’s notoriously sturdy back lock. It also has a secondary Rocker Lock for additional security.

four modern foldersCold Steel Bush Ranger Lite

  • 8Cr13MoV, Satin Finish
  • 3.5” Sheffield Clip Point
  • Thumb Studs
  • GFN Handles
  • Lock Back
  • Secondary Rocker Lock
  • Ambidextrous Tip-Up Pocket Clip
  • 4.8 Ounces
  • 4.875” Closed
  • 8.375” Overall

Whether you’re a knife collector or a knife user, these four modern folders are all good knives you can get for less than $40.  If you’re interested in these knives, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.

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