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Folding Knives

The best folding knives, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 21, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Benchmade Mini Griptilian Family
$110 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife
$10 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Griptilian Family
$120 - $127
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Endura
$100 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion
$50 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Mini Covert FAST
$65 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Spatha
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Tenacious
$56
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Buck 110 Folding Hunter
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Kershaw Leek
$73
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Spyderco Delica 4
$84
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Mini Bugout
$119 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade 530/531 Family
$119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Barrage Family
$150 - $153
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Bug
$21 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cold Steel Recon 1 Clip Point
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Gerber EVO Jr.
$22
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Gerber Paraframe I
$13 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Brawler
$35 - $43
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Benchmade 940 Osborne
$191 - $285
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Opinel No. 12 Explore
$49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Opinel No.12 Stainless Steel Folding Saw Folding Knife / Camp Saw
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Opinel No. 7 Folding Knife
$13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Paraframe Mini
$10 - $17
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber FAST Draw
$40 - $45
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Gerber Ripstop I
$20
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Gerber Remix
$25 - $44
Benchmade Bugout
$132 - $255
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Columbia River Drifter
$37 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Gerber Profile Fixed Drop Point
$25 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
SOG Revolver - Seal
$42 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Obsidian
$38 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ontario Knife Company RAT I
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Lone Wolf Mini-Landslide
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Manix 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck Mini Buck
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco UK Penknife
$70 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Emerson Knives Mini-Commander
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Hinderer Rescue
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Freefall
$40 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOG Flash II
$75 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Camp Knife
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Vallotton Sub-Hilt Folder
$330 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EKA Swede 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Olfa Touch Knife
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Outrigger Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck CSAR-T Knife
$192 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Gator Serrater
$44 MSRP

Recent Folding Knife Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Lansky Small Lockback Pocket Knife

A low cost EDC folding pocket knife of outstanding quality for the price. This wee gem replaced a knife confiscated by airport security last year and though very cheap proved to be a very good buy. Having had it for a year it has done all the things one would use a pocket knife for both on and off trail: cutting cordage, tape, opening packets and meal bags, sharpening tent pegs, making tinder, general camp chores etc. and so far it has not had to be sharpened. The blade is 2.25 inches, overall 5.5… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Benchmade Mini Bugout

Sweet little purpose-built knife with a remarkably sharp blade. Great for day-to-day activities as well as the quick use when you don't want to pull your bigger blade from your pack. I'll admit, I am a bit of a mid-level knife collector. I've always believed that you should have a knife that is strong enough to meet your needs, but not so expensive that you ruin your trip when you nick the blade. I'm hard pressed to let a cool blade sit on the shelves for very long. Well, this time, it was my wife. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Benchmade Barrage Family

The best pocketknife I've ever owned...drops mic, walks away. My Old and New Barrage knives I received my Benchmade Barrage knife as a Christmas gift from my wife 8 or 9 years ago and loved it. I carried it in my pocket every day and used it at least once on most of those days... seriously. When traveling I'd have to pack it in my checked bags and I always felt naked without it. So why the past tense you ask? Because it managed to find its way across a bank of batteries and was destroyed by the… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Opinel No.12 Stainless Steel Folding Saw

A handy, no-fuss pruning saw ideal for small arboreal tasks at a very reasonable price. The classic and simple design has remained unchanged. Functional, affordable with a lovely feel compared to saws with a plastic handle. I have used a Bahco Laplander and an Opinel folding pruning saw and I was interested to compare the two. For me, the Opinel is the superior saw. Unlike the Laplander which failed after a short amount of time, the Opinel has proven to be dependable and durable in cutting through… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Opinel No. 9 Folding Knife

The Opinel No. 9 is a highly utilitarian, customizable knife that is perfect for the camper, hiker, hunter, backwoods cook, and farmer alike. Opinel has been making the same pocket knives with very few changes since 1890. It is a testament to the design that it has not only been around that long, but is one of the most popular knives in the world. The No. 8 is the most popular, but I am a fan of the No. 9 because that extra centimeter in the blade and the handle make it ideal for a man's hands. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Buck 110 Folding Hunter

For a knife you depend on in the woods, this is your go-to blade. Solid, sharp, and rugged, this knife will help you notch for a shelter, skin for food, or start a fire. This knife works well in all regards. The lock is solid, blade is sharp, and the entire mechanism works flawlessly. Construction is very good. I have used this knife for over 20 years, and compared to my Case, Gerber, and Schrade, it outdoes them all. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Gerber 06 FAST

Ideal for general purpose work. Described by Gerber as a large and solid tactical knife and I'm not going to disagree. I use a variety of knives for Forest School and bush-craft as well as general tasks around the house. I struck lucky at a car boot (swap meet) and paid a fiver for a £80 knife! Folding knives have their pros and cons. They are never going to be a strong or robust as a knife with a full tang. The hinge is its weakest point. Furthermore, the metal handle, whilst it is ergonomically… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Buck CSAR-T Knife

It's a folding knife with fixed blade rigidity. Modified tanto blade shape for maximum penetration / cutting ability. Made with high quality materials (154CM blade, G10 Rocky Mountain scales). Holds an edge very well. Comes with nylon case and pocket clip. Several different varieties (EMS, folding, neck knife, fixed blade). Nearly indestructible... Ask anyone who spends any appreciable time in the outdoors, "What is the single most important tool you need on your person in an survival/emergency… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Columbia River Bear Claw

This thing cuts like nobody's business... For EMS, it's priceless. For "lefties", it makes a great "right handed" fixed blade cutting tool. The blunt tip lets you cut w/o fear of cutting the patient. It makes a great 'boot knife', but is equally at home on my duty belt. Locks into sheath and is secure. The orange handle makes it very visible. It seems to me odd that a lefty is reviewing a tool made only for right-handed people, but that is precisely why it is the perfect EMS tool for lefties. Ask… Full review