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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 September 13, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

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
$105 - $180
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool
$90 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed-Blade Knife
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Silky BigBoy Camp Saw
$70 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sven -Saw 21UL-2 Folding Saw Camp Saw
$42
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife Folding Knife
$10 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Fixed-Blade Knife
$213 - $215
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
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Griptilian Family Folding Knife
$115 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe Axe/Hatchet
$173
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Recruit Multi-Tool
$19
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Endura Folding Knife
$88 - $105
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sven -Saw 15UL-3 Folding Saw Camp Saw
$39
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Multi-Tool
$33 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lansky Blademedic Knife Sharpener Multi-Tool
$16 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife
$46 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Mini Covert FAST Folding Knife
$60 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Spatha Folding Knife
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet Axe/Hatchet
$153
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife Fixed-Blade Knife
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Buck 110 Folding Hunter Folding Knife
$45 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Kershaw Leek Folding Knife
$67 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw Camp Saw
$22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
$65 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-Tool
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Spyderco Delica 4 Folding Knife
$84 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Estwing Camper's Axe Axe/Hatchet
$40 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier's Knife Multi-Tool
$56
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gerber Compact Sport Multi-Plier Multi-Tool
$40 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leatherman OHT Multitool Multi-Tool
$90 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Obsidian Folding Knife
$38
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Free P4 Multi-Tool
$60 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade 530/531 Family Folding Knife
$111 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Freefall Folding Knife
$28
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silky Pocketboy Camp Saw
$39 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Point 50/50 Fixed-Blade Knife
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Wave+ Multi-Tool
$100 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOG Flash II Folding Knife
$62
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Charge+ Multi-Tool
$140 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck PakLite Caper Knife Fixed-Blade Knife
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Barrage Family Folding Knife
$140 - $185
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Bug Folding Knife
$15 - $21
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Recent Knife/Tool Reviews

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 4.5 of 5 stars
Silky BigBoy

The most versatile of the Silky lineup, the Bigboy can do just about any job a backpacker could ask of a saw. After using Silky's Katanaboy on a trail maintenance gig, I knew I needed one of my own. I mean, the hatchet is useful and all, and a solid piece of trail maintenance kit; but those things are heavy, not really backpacking material. So I treated myself to an early birthday present—right before the pandemic hit. D'oh! Fast forward six months, and I finally got to put my saw to use. And… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Banner & Oak Firebiner

Love this product. I love that it clips right to my bag or belt loop. Love this product. I love that is clips right to my bag or belt loop and is good for multiple things as it is a 5-1 multi-tool. It is lightweight and easy to use. I did remove one star because the way to replace the flint stick is difficult. The screw is tiny and the spring will send it flying into the great unknown. Lucky, I checked it out in my kitchen and was able to locate the screw about 5 minutes after it flew through the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Trail Designs Ultralight Knife

Bought as an emergency backup in case I lost my pocket knife, the Ultralight Knife has turned into my everyday blade for simple chores. Lighter than a feather (2 grams!), easy to keep at hand, and one-hand operation make it worth the low cost ($2.50). It won't do more sophisticated camp chores, probably won't last forever, and certainly no camp chefs or bush-crafters will want to use this on a regular basis. The replacement policy gives me pause as to its intention, but I am using it legally and… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw

This little saw works when both pushing and pulling, which requires less effort, in my opinion, and was the main reason I chose this saw. It is affordable for most budgets, and has held up well in the two months I've been using it. This folding saw does just what I needed it to do, which is to cut up some downed limbs or very small dead trees for campfire purposes. It won't take down anything that big, but I would be leaving those for cavity-nesting birds anyway. I think it's more efficient than… 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 5 of 5 stars
Gransfors Bruk Outdoor Axe

Lightweight, a fantastic chopper and splitter...much better and lighter than a large Bowie-style knife for bushcrafting and camping chores. A joy to use. This is a beautifully designed and balanced lightweight hand axe for the hiker, back country camper, and bushcrafter. You can certainly build an expedient shelter, you can fell, limb, buck, split, and carve trees that are 5-inches in diameter or less fairly readily. You can use it to skin, clean, and butcher small game. Carrying this and a small… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Estwing Camper's Axe

A decent light axe for minor felling, chopping, and splitting...but doesn't compare to a good HB or GB. I bought one of these a few years ago, and have used it mostly around the house. I've found it's best for light limbing and felling, but the design of the blade is such that it really is a chopper, not a splitter. I'm surprised at how much better a smaller, lighter Granfors Bruk axe is at both felling and splitting.  Buy it if you want a fairly inexpensive and durable decent axe for occasional… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Leatherman Squirt PS4

The Leatherman Squirt PS4 is my go-to backpacking knife and multi-tool. It has everything you need and nothing you don't. The Leatherman PS4 Squirt is a key-chain sized multitool that comes in at 55g. It took me a few tries to find a multitool that has the perfect balance of utility and size for backpacking. The big sell was having both scissors and pliers. I have used all the tools on this Leatherman out on the trail, whereas I have only used half the tools on my Victorinox Tinkerer Deluxe after… Full review