I am looking for a reliable, reasonable quality spring-assisted knife on a budget.
I just lost my favorite knife and I'm in the market to replace it. I've been looking at spring-assisted knives, and I think I'd like to go with one. The catch is that I only have a budget of around $50 at the most.
I have been looking around at several websites that sell knives, and have found many budget options. Most of the sites, though, seem to be selling the same knives with different names. This gives me the impression that these sites are buying these wholesale from China or somewhere and selling them at a huge markup. As you can imagine, this makes me wary about the quality. Most of the knives I've seen that I like look like they're made by a company called Echo, but I can't find much information on this manufacturer/distributor.
So what is a good, reliable spring-assisted knife for $50 or less? I'm specifically looking for something that's very pocketable. I would like a blade that is 3" or less, but there is a little room to play with in that department. This eBay auction
is an example of a knife I am strongly considering buying (it's one of the Echo ones). So, throw out your suggestions!
(Also, in case you're not aware, please do not confuse a spring-assisted knife with a switchblade. Switchblades are illegal in most areas and interstate sales of switchblades is federally restricted; however, spring-assisted knives do not carry any of these restrictions. So I don't need any legal advice, just purchase recommendations, thanks.)