Knives and Tools

The best knives and tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 29, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Knife/Tool Reviews

Gerber Epic Knife

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent as a backup fixed blade when camping, or as an EMS boot knife. I like it because it's a "small-ish" fixed blade (better/stronger than folder) and it doesn't have a pronounced pointed tip to poke yourself/others with. Sharpens up nicely and has serrations for added oomph when cutting thicker things. What sold it for me was the sheath. I'm a volunteer EMS Medic and the fact I can securely carry it in my boot w/o being conspicuous is a huge deal. The extra long clip can be carried upright… Full review

TOPS Knives Steel Eagle 107C Delta

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Solid 7-inch full tang knife, with a functional saw on the back edge of the blade. Best used in the processing of firewood and as an all around knife for use in the backcountry. It has a super sturdy design, and can handle serious use and abuse. Highly recommend. This knife is an all around beast. I absolutely love it, works like a charm, holds its edge, is super sturdy, and can be used in a wide variety of ways from splitting logs by "batoning" through them, to sawing through small sticks or branches,… Full review

Fiskars Chopping Axe 28"

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Fiskars Chopping Axe (WALMART $34.47) is basically just a longer handled version of the Fiskars X15 axe (Amazon $33.98) with a new paint job. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two axes. (New black longer Fiskars Chopping Axe on the left, and the Fiskars X15 on the right) If you like winter camping using either a hot tent with a wood stove or bush craft with tarps and a long fire, you shall process a lot of wood. In the winter, you need to find standing dead trees because the downed or… Full review

Estwing Leather Sportsman's Axe

rated 4 of 5 stars I used to only take a saw along on my outdoor adventures, but recently I've added a small hatchet to my backcountry tool kit. I was gifted with the Estwing Sportsman's Axe, a medium-sized hatchet constructed from a single piece of forged steel. This axe has a nice balance and weight to it, although it would be easier to trek around if it weighed a few ounces less, but it seems to get the job done. I've put together a short video review of this handy little axe. Please check it out. Here is my video… Full review

Estwing Camper's Axe

rated 5 of 5 stars Not a backpacking item, but it is a great Camper's Axe and for around the house for the firepit. It's a great item when camping and holds its edge well. I picked it up at the local big box hardware store for under $50 plus tax.  Full review

Gerber Freescape Camp Saw

rated 2 of 5 stars Looks great, and the folding mechanism is clever, but it's too small, and I was disappointed in the quality... Ease of Use (4/10): I'll talk about the folding mechanism later, the actual use of this saw is fundamentally the saw as any other bow saw. You'd think there isn't anything that Gerber could screw up, but there are a few impediments inherent in this particular design which make it difficult to use. The blade length is very short, which means the logs you can cut cannot be more than about… Full review

TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The #1 item for when I need to go #2. The Deuce of Spades is a great little trowel that works like a charm. I wrap a bandana around the handle to make it a little easier to use. I received this as a prize from Trailspace for being a Reviewer of the Month. A quick note: I was initially hesitant to write this review, since this product is already well covered here on Trailspace (at the time of writing, there are six reviews, all 5-stars), but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that… Full review

Cold Steel Master Hunter in San Mai

rated 5 of 5 stars This trail companion is a keeper for life. Full review

Morakniv Companion

rated 4 of 5 stars This lightweight knife will be the only one needed. Having a extensive collection of knives and katanas I've come to find that high carbon steel knives are my favorite. When compared to stainless steels, carbon is softer, but tougher. That means that it's easier to sharpen and less likely to chip, as it's not as brittle. It will rust if left wet, but that's not necessarily bad, as long as it's not kept wet to the point it eats away steel. The Companion comes very sharp and highly polished and all… Full review

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
$73 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Victorinox Swiss Army One Hand Trekker Multi-Tool
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife Folding Knife
$15 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Shovel/Trowel
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Spyderco Delica Folding Knife
$85 - $107
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife Fixed-Blade Knife
$24 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Morakniv Companion Fixed-Blade Knife
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Endura Folding Knife
$78 - $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
$21 - $36
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Leatherman Juice S2 Multi-Tool
$62
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Fixed-Blade Knife
$196 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Helle Symfoni Fixed-Blade Knife
$90 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Hand Hatchet Axe/Hatchet
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife
$40 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Mini Covert FAST Folding Knife
$55 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Spatha Folding Knife
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Buck 110 Folding Hunter Folding Knife
$48 - $94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kershaw Leek Folding Knife
$47 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Morakniv Bushcraft Black Fixed-Blade Knife
$75
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
$25 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Juice C2 Multi-Tool
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Juice Cs4 Multi-Tool
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Air Ranger Folding Knife
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool X Multi-Tool
$116
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Dragonfly Folding Knife
$107
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Crater c33/c33x Folding Knife
$35 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Griptilian Family Folding Knife
$100 - $185
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade 530/531 Family Folding Knife
$136 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOG Flash II Folding Knife
$51 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Estwing Camper's Axe Axe/Hatchet
$68 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck PakLite Caper Knife Fixed-Blade Knife
$17 - $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
$15 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Pioneer Knife Multi-Tool
$35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Sliding Saw Camp Saw
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet Axe/Hatchet
$125 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Emmissary 470 Folding Knife
$191 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Hiker Multi-Tool
$26
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOG Super SOG Bowie Fixed-Blade Knife
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Spartan Multi-Tool
$22 - $25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army WorkChamp Multi-Tool
$98 - $214
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Griptilian Tanto Folding Knife
$102
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