I first wrote about the Spyderco Tenacious folding pocket knife 2-1/2 years ago, calling it cheap but superb. Now, the Tenacious is still one of my favorite folding knives. The Spyderco Southard is also on that list of favorites, but it’s a remarkable knife with a matching price tag. The Tenacious, however, is under $50 and leaves enough money left over for lunch.
The Tenacious is not a spectacular knife by any means, but it has proven itself to be durable, handy, and reliable. It’s not a part of my daily EDC rotation, but it does bounce between my work area and the front door where I open up and break down packages.
It used to be $30 or so, but is now $40-42, which is still an incredible bargain for what you get.
There are other Spyderco knives in the Tenacious’s product family, such as the smaller Persistence ($38 via Amazon), the even smaller Ambitious ($30 via Amazon), and the larger Resilience ($44 via Amazon), but I still think the Tenacious, with its 3-3/8″ blade, offers the best balance between size and value as a general purpose all-arounder knife.
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On the fixed blade side of the coin, the Mora Companion knife is also a leader in the cheap knives that don’t suck category. But today I found myself thinking hard about inexpensive but exceptionally good folding knives.
Do you have a favorite cheap folding knife of your own that could recommend? Please tell us about it in a comment!