Readers are always writing in asking about what’s the best knife for the money. Well, there are plenty of good options out there but one of my favorites right now is the Byrd Robin ($28; byrdknife.com ). It’s a lock-back folder with a 2.5-inch stainless steel long blade (serrated or plain edge) and weighs just 2.2 ounces. The lock-back function is solid. You can open it one-handed and, once locked out, the blade is solid. No wobbling back and forth at all. The handle is made of molded FRN plastic that’s strong and grippy. It also comes with a pocket clip and a hole for a lanyard so—hopefully— you won’t lose your new knife. Most importantly, the Robin just feels good in your hand. Here’s another little factoid: Byrd knives are actually manufactured by Spyderco, which makes super high-quality, durable—and sometimes funky-looking—knives. Byrd is just their entry-level line, and perfect for Scouts like you.
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