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Try a Kershah Skyline. I'm sure you will like it, but if not you are only out $35 or so.
Besides online they are often sold at Walmart.
My opinion is that $100 is too much for an EDC unless it's a knife you feel you must have. For most tasks a $10 POS is going to work just as well as a $100 Benchmade or Spyderco. Also there is a good chance you will somehow lose it.
My EDC is my hunting knife, a Kershaw Skyline. I've never felt the need for a huge knife for hunting. The most I'm going to do is cut a couple green branches to touch up a turkey blind or skin something.
Nope, doesn't sound rude. I totally get budget constraints (I can't buy knives right now, just went back to school-all my purchases are future purchases).
But-I picked up a Skyline from Woot.com for $25. They have run that sale three times in the last two months. And you can get one for about 40 on Amazon, maybe less if you looked a bit harder than I just did (I didn't look hard). If you are looking at MSRP for prices, know that most knives can be found for much less.
As far as advantages, it depends. The tactical comes with speedsafe. If you like that, maybe keep looking at the tactical or other Kershaw models that have it. The Skyline is manual, which I tend to prefer in an EDC.
The tactical has a nylon handle, where the Skyline has G-10. G-10 is grippier and feels nicer.
I like the Skyline's drop point blade better. This is, obviously, my personal preference.
In addition, I own several Kershaws, some in the range of the tactical, as well as the Skyline. The Skyline feels sturdier to me.
About the steels, my impression is that the Sandvik is better, but I might be wrong on that. And frankly, for most people differences in steel are not going to matter beyond how long the blade keeps an edge.
I mean, ultimately, what you buy to carry everyday is entirely up to the preferences you have. For me, I collect knives, so I like carrying something nice. I'm picky about handle materials. I need to be able to move the clip so that I can wear it left-handed. Right now, it needs to fit a certain length so I can carry it at school (less than 3.5"). And I tend to prefer a manual action. But that is what I have learned over time, for me.
Look at the Kershaw Skyline as well, it is around $40, and I really have not heard a bad thing about it at all. I am huge Kershaw fan, and this will be the next one I go after.
Kershaw 1760 Skyline Knife [link]
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I picked up a Kershaw Skyline when I was in college and it's a great knife. I have gotten some better knives since then but it's still probably my favorite for simplicity and pocketability.
The Kershaw Skyline is currently on sale for $30 from Amazon; it's usually a bit over $40.
The Skyline is an excellent knife at its regular price and even better for $30. 14C28N is easy to sharpen and holds its edge longer than other budget steels. The knife is extremely light, barely over 2 ounces. The blade geometry is excellent for cutting things (it's surprising how many knives are not), and Kershaw's warranty is one of the best in the industry.
Possibly relevant to you: its pocket clip holds it in place quite securely.
Kershaw Skyline (Amazon)
It's a few dollars over your budget but it's worth every penny. Lightweight, won't weigh your pocket down, great blade shape. Can't recommend it enough.
Would you mind letting me know if this is the stonewashed or the bead blast? I'm not sure how to tell.
this was what i was referring to, damascus requires regular care though that is definitely a pretty knife.