Knives and Tools

The best knives and tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 15, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Knife/Tool Reviews

Columbia River Bear Claw

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Multi Function With LED Light Folding Tool

rated 3 of 5 stars This multitool has its ups and downs, but makes for a good cheap tool to carry in your pocket or in your backpack outdoors. With 14 tools in all, its got a lot of uses. This multitool is okay. It has its ups and downs. This is the multitool I’ve owned the longest and that I’ve used the most outdoors. Half of the tools do not open fully; they only go halfway. I can see the benefits of this, but I’d prefer if they opened all the way (third picture). All tools do not lock. It’s a slip joint… Full review

Leatherman Kick

rated 4 of 5 stars A multi-tool that does exactly what it should! Impossible to break, straightforward, and great to use. Great tool. I have been using this thing daily for about five or six years on and off. It's a simple design so pretty hard to mess it up. It's super convenient to use the pliers; everything else is a bit harder to get out. My only real complaint is trying to get the knife blade out with short nails and larger fingers. Other than that, this thing is pretty great.  Full review

Leatherman Rebar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Leatherman Rebar is a great, high quality multitool. With 17 tools, it’s a great option for the outdoors. The Leatherman Rebar is another high quality product from Leatherman. The multitool is great for the outdoors! It has an awl, a saw, and a serrated blade, which are the tools I use the most when I take it outside. All of the tools lock, which is an awesome feature. The only downside I found was that it can be tricky getting some tools out just because of how tight everything is inside… Full review

Ozark Trail 14-in-1 Multi-Tool

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Ozark Trail Multitool is a super cheap option for a multitool. It has 12 inside-accessible tools. For the price I’d actually consided this a good steal. For $4.85 (at the time of this review) the Ozark Trail Multitool is a steal. Is it the best quality multitool around? No. Is it the best performing tool there is? Not a chance. But for the price, you get 12 fully functioning tools and a high quality sheath. I’d say it’s most comparable to the Leatherman Rebar. This tool has an awl, plain… Full review

Kershaw Responder

rated 5 of 5 stars Great knife that you can attach to a PFD or backpack to have ready when needed. I was looking for a rescue knife to attach to my PFD when kayaking and sailing. An internet search turned up this knife which has unfortunately been discontinued. I found the yellow-handled version on eBay and bought it, been using it for several years, always performs well. I came across the black handled version shortly there after. Did not need another, but could not pass it up.  Now I have one hanging off my day… Full review

Gerber Curve

rated 2.5 of 5 stars This is a small, lightweight multitool that you can clip onto your keychain. If you’re looking for something low-budget and okay quality, this might be for you. The Gerber Curve is a small, lightweight multitool that you can plop onto your keychain using its carabiner. It has a plain edge blade along with three different sized screwdrivers. The tool also features a file. I have tested the two larger screwdrivers and they both do the job well. There are no quality issues with the steel on either… Full review

Spyderco Bug

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great little backup blade for the trail or the city. It can go everywhere with you because it easily fit onto your keychain. The Spyderco Bug is a great option whether you’re on the trail or in the city. Although small, it is robust. You get such amazing quality for such a small product. It does not come with an attachment for your keychain, but I highly recommend getting one or you might lose this little guy haha. I put it on my keychain, and I take my key everywhere I go. I love always… Full review

Morakniv Mora Pro S

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Morakniv Mora Pro S is a low budget, high quality cutting tool. It is perfect for doing all sorts of camp chores, and is extremely lightweight, making it perfect to take backpacking. The Morakniv Mora Pro S is a brilliant piece of camping gear. It’s very lightweight and offers so much for its price. Its quality is extraordinary. I take this with me whenever I go camping. The Mora Pro S helps me do tasks such as cutting cordage, feathering sticks for fires, cutting food, and so many more small… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (18)
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #2 Shovel/Trowel
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Benchmade Mini Griptilian Family Folding Knife
$93 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool
$90 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Victorinox Swiss Army One Hand Trekker Multi-Tool
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
$120 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife Folding Knife
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Shovel/Trowel
$2 - $3
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Griptilian Family Folding Knife
$110 - $177
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife Fixed-Blade Knife
$28 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Morakniv Companion Fixed-Blade Knife
$15 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Endura Folding Knife
$81 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Benchmade Mini-Barrage Family Folding Knife
$128 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Multi-Tool
$19 - $36
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Fixed-Blade Knife
$125 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Helle Symfoni Fixed-Blade Knife
$114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe Axe/Hatchet
$155
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Hand Hatchet Axe/Hatchet
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife
$42 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Mini Covert FAST Folding Knife
$45 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Spatha Folding Knife
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet Axe/Hatchet
$125 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife
$56 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife Fixed-Blade Knife
$37
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Kershaw Leek Folding Knife
$48 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
$60 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Buck 110 Folding Hunter Folding Knife
$45 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Morakniv Bushcraft Black Fixed-Blade Knife
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Spyderco Delica 4 Folding Knife
$78 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed-Blade Knife
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier's Knife Multi-Tool
$30 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gerber Compact Sport Multi-Plier Multi-Tool
$42
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leatherman OHT Multitool Multi-Tool
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber E-Z Out Skeleton Folding Knife
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Air Ranger Folding Knife
$10 - $26
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Chive Folding Knife
$43 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool X Multi-Tool
$116
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Dragonfly Folding Knife
$111
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Hinderer Rescue Folding Knife
$75
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade 530/531 Family Folding Knife
$125 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Wave+ Multi-Tool
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOG Flash II Folding Knife
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Charge+ Multi-Tool
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Estwing Camper's Axe Axe/Hatchet
$68 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Signature Multi-Tool
$22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck PakLite Caper Knife Fixed-Blade Knife
$15 - $25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Freestyle Multi-Tool
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Multi-Tool
$14 - $600
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