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Knives and Tools

The best knives and tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 26, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (19)
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #2 Shovel/Trowel
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Victorinox Swiss Army One Hand Trekker Multi-Tool
$68 - $73
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife Folding Knife
$10 - $27
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed-Blade Knife
$36
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Silky BigBoy Camp Saw
$77 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sven -Saw 21UL-2 Folding Saw Camp Saw
$41 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Victorinox Swiss Army Farmer Alox Multi-Tool
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Fixed-Blade Knife
$270
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
SOG Seal Pup Fixed-Blade Knife
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Shovel/Trowel
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Recruit Multi-Tool
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Endura Folding Knife
$96 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sven -Saw 15UL-3 Folding Saw Camp Saw
$42
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Multi-Tool
$43 - $50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lansky Blademedic Knife Sharpener Multi-Tool
$16 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hults Bruk Jonaker Axe/Hatchet
$165
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife
$50 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Mini Covert FAST Folding Knife
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Spatha Folding Knife
$30 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife
$58 - $67
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
$65 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Buck 110 Folding Hunter Folding Knife
$35 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw Camp Saw
$22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Spyderco Delica 4 Folding Knife
$88 - $213
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Opinel No. 9 Folding Knife Folding Knife
$19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Estwing Camper's Axe Axe/Hatchet
$50 - $75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier's Knife 08 Multi-Tool
$78
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
ESEE Knives Junglas Fixed-Blade Knife
$195
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gerber Compact Sport Multi-Plier Multi-Tool
$85 - $93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Opinel No. 6 Folding Knife Folding Knife
$14 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Gerber LMF II Survival Fixed-Blade Knife
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Multi-Tool
$20 - $31
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
$120 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hults Bruk Akka Axe/Hatchet
$184
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Mini Bugout Folding Knife
$153 - $162
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ontario Knife Company SP-1 Combat Knife Fixed-Blade Knife
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Free P4 Multi-Tool
$70 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade 530/531 Family Folding Knife
$144
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silky Pocketboy Camp Saw
$43 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Point 50/50 Fixed-Blade Knife
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Wave+ Multi-Tool
$100 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Charge+ Multi-Tool
$150 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Barrage Family Folding Knife
$199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silky Katanaboy 500 Camp Saw
$1,000
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Recent Knife/Tool Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife

Pretty hard to beat for backpacking. These are famous for a reason. Sharp, cheap, very light, locks well, long enough to get to the bottom of a peanut butter jar. Just let it darken but scrape off any obvious rust.  Note: this is not some Finnish survival fixed blade. It's a lightweight backpacker's knife. Doesn't mean you can't skin a deer with it, but be realistic. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #1

Pages could be written about an ultralight backpacking trowel...I believe the Official Moto is "They help you doo-doo the right thing." But enough has already been said about TheTentLab's Deuce #2 and #3, so I'm here to finish the Trilogy with my few inputs on this wonderfully functional and compact tool: It helps me dig tiny holes in the backcountry and has been a reliable companion for a long time. Mostly I just forget it's there...until I desperately need it. First off, I wanted to use this opportunity… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Council Tool Forest Service Axe

Decent axe for the price, but it came with a bad handle and worthless plastic handle wedge. I'd recommend buying the Council Standard boys axe instead due to the price difference. After suffering humiliation attempting to use the Gransfors small forrest toy, I went ahead and bought this. Well, the first time out it didn't go much better lol.  After about three wacks the blade sunk very deep in the tree, but with the handle no longer attached. I found out the hard way that the plastic wedge they… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe

Not for any serious work at all. I stumbled across another glowing review of this axe and I figured someone should know the truth. You're paying for a fancy piece of equipment that's not built for hard or real work. This was the absolute worst camping axe my family ever owned. I had one gifted to me many years ago when these were much less expensive. Now they go for around 250 bucks on amazon which I find amazing.  This Gucci axe was sharp and cool looking, but then we actually tried to use it… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hults Bruk Jonaker

Handy trail companion. Bombproof craftsmanship and ergonomically excellent!                   This handy hatchet has been used on a multitude of adventures and it has really performed flawlessly. Knowing from the outset that it is a hatchet, NOT an axe, is beneficial in helping keep expectations realistic. If you are looking to fell some trees or split some large logs, don’t expect the Jonaker to be your tool. However, if you need an alternative tool to help split some smaller pieces,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Gerber Curve

Wonderful product, well-made. Worked reliably for many years. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Estwing Leather Sportsman's Axe

Well-built little hatchet.             OK, so first off I must say that this review is from Australia, so pricing and types of wood encountered are very different to a USA-based review. Firstly, as it is fully imported from the US the little Estwing here sells for just over AUD$100.   The second thing to bear in mind is a thing called the janka hardness scale, an international scale that determines the hardness of any timber globally.  Interestingly the number one spot is held by a native… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Opinel No. 6 Folding Knife

Lightweight with a well designed blade shape for camp kitchen preparing food. My first Opinel knife I acquired I think was a number 7 from from REI in 1975. It had a pear wood handle and was a great tool. I lost it some 10 years later...  Last year my wife signed me up with Bespoke and in one of the boxes showed up a number 8. A good knife too for the same uses. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Opinel No. 6 Folding Knife

I was introduced to Opinel knives in 1991, and I have been using them ever since—on three continents. Great addition to the pack—alongside my Swiss Army knife of course. Great addition to a well-equipped backpack. Full review