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Top Folding Knife

Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife

user rating: 5 of 5 (5 reviews)

In the 1980s, Opinel folding knives were a camping store fad in North America, and I fell for them hook line and sinker. Since then, I've always had at least one. While Opinel's U.S. distribution has been spotty through the years, Coghlan's, the Canadian supplier of small camping gear has offered them, blister packed on their familiar green cardboard. Opinels, whether sold by Opinel or Coghlan's, are inexpensive workhorses and because they don't cost a mint, if your knife gets lost or beat up, it's not the end of the world.

Read more: Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife reviews (5)

Top Fixed-Blade Knife

Benchmade Bushcrafter Family

user rating: 5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Fantastic knife with excellent ergonomics and a simple, stout, and sharp blade.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quality design
  • High quality steel
  • Excellent balance and ergonomics
  • Lifetime FREE sharpening
  • Made in the USA

Reasons to Avoid

  • Sheath seems to be basic, and falls a little short of being up to par with the knife it is designed to house and protect

With all the buzz around the word “Bushcraft“ in the past 5-10 years, it has almost become like “tactical“ (aka “tacticool”) with regard to items being marketed towards the Urban Lumberjack crowd that spends more bank on products for their beards per month than most families spend on groceries. I’m not sure which direction things like that are heading. Quite frankly, I don’t care. I needed a knife that would be used in the woods, not one that would sit on a shelf to be admired.

Read more: Benchmade Bushcrafter Family reviews (3)

Top Multi-Tool

Leatherman Super Tool 300

user rating: 5 of 5 (6 reviews)

This is my EDC tool. I take this with me everywhere. It is very handy and not heavy at all, in fact, this is the best Leatherman you could possibly own. The package says 19 tools, but I found 21 uses for this handy tool and recently I had 'No Fear' engraved on it. That's how much I love this tool. It's my favorite Leatherman and I own a few. You can't go wrong with this one.

Reasons to Buy

  • Stainless steel
  • All tools lock
  • Not too heavy
  • Very tough and durable
  • Phillips fits any bit adapter to use any bits!!
  • No proprietary bits needed
  • Long screwdrivers
  • Replaceable wire cutters

Reasons to Avoid

  • No pocket clip
  • No scissors
  • Expensive
  • Tools are on the inside
  • Cheap sheath

This is a tough tool indeed. This is not a medium-duty tool like the Wave, Rebar, or Charge. It is not a budget tool like a Wingman or Sidekick. This is a heavy duty MT like the Surge, but the Super Tool 300 is lighter and has 21 uses, even though the package says 19 tools. I never leave home without my Super Tool. I have owned this tool for a few months and I was able to fix my mountain bike, my mother's car, a friend's light switch, a bathroom rack. I just fix and replace many things with my Super Tool, it's very handy and easily eliminates the need for a lot of other tools.

Read more: Leatherman Super Tool 300 reviews (6)

Top Camp Shovel/Trowel

TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #2

user rating: 5 of 5 (7 reviews)

This is a very light, durable, and functional camp shovel with the added benefit of being very useful for a number of other applications around camp that might not be so obvious.

Reasons to Buy

  • Very lightweight
  • Great for digging holes
  • Has a number of other useful applications
  • Takes up zero space in your pack

I want to first knowledge that I received my Deuce of Spades as a gift for being a past Reviewer of the Month here on Trailspace and I also want to confess (and I hate to admit...) that I was really excited to be receiving this "potty" shovel as a gift. I have always been interested in gear and equipment and when I first saw the Deuce of Spades I thought it looked like a really cool shovel, but more importantly also thought that it could be very useful for a number of other applications which would make it a great addition to my pack.

Read more: TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #2 reviews (7)

Top Camp Saw

Silky BigBoy

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)

The most versatile of the Silky lineup, the Bigboy can do just about any job a backpacker could ask of a saw.

Reasons to Buy

  • Sharp
  • Lightweight
  • *Fast*

Reasons to Avoid

  • It's not idiot-proof

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 it's good. It's very good. The Katanaboy I was let to use by the trail boss last year was amazing—with that half-meter blade and handle, it made short work of several twelve-inch diameter logs, as detailed in my previous review.

Read more: Silky BigBoy reviews (4)


Leatherman Sidekick

user rating: 5 of 5 (5 reviews)

The Leatherman Sidekick is an awesome multi tool with sharp knives/saws. It is great for camping since you can saw wood for fires, screw things in, and lots more.

Reasons to Buy

  • Strong
  • Easy to use
  • Stainless steel
  • Sharp knives
  • Lots of tools

The Leatherman Sidekick is a great heavy duty multi tool. It is constantly easy to use. All you have to do is open it and pull out the tool you need. One great thing about this particular tool it that the saw is very sharp. It is very well made having thick tools. It really hasn't changed that much only the knives and saws getting a little duller, but they are still sharp. I've used this on many campouts in all seasons. I've had this for 3-4 years and it has still stayed nice. This would be a great knife if you like to camp a lot since it lasts a long time, stays sharp, and works great.

Read more: Leatherman Sidekick reviews (5)

Fixed-Blade Knife

Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)

Best camping knife I have ever owned.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy construction
  • Holds an edge well
  • Easy-to-grip rubberized handle
  • Hard plastic sheath can be worn on belt

Reasons to Avoid

  • No finger-guard
  • Doesn't work well with firesteel

I was given this knife about two years ago as a groomsman's gift.  It quickly replaced my old Gerber fixed blade as my favorite hiking knife. CONSTRUCTION The construction of this knife is fantastic. It has taken a serious beating from me and still looks and feels good-as-new. The blade itself holds a razor edge easily while I'm out in the woods (I usually realign it once every few months with a carbide sharpener).   While the knife does not use a full tang, the tang is well attached to the handle.

Read more: Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty reviews (4)

Fixed-Blade Knife

Morakniv Companion

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9 reviews)

Can’t beat the price for what you get! Very sharp right from the start, it’s a great multi-purpose carbon steel knife, very functional drop point blade. From prepping camp food to cutting rope, I’d recommend for anyone’s pack.

Reasons to Buy

  • Inexpensive
  • Sharp, very sharp!
  • Sheath secures knife tightly
  • Multi-functional
  • Handle grips well when wet

Reasons to Avoid

  • Carbon steel prone to rust/tarnish

I've had this knife for a little over three months and it has become my go-to knife both on and off the trail. From opening and breaking down cardboard boxes, to cutting lengths of rope, and even cutting some pepperoni while car camping it has performed awesome! Costing just a little over $13 from Amazon the following is what is included and its attributes: Carbon steel knife (see "Maintenance") - Made in Sweden Rubberized handle Plastic sheath 8.5 inches from handle end to blade tip Knife is 4 ounces (I do not have a digital scale, unconfirmed) You can see the comparison of its total 8.5" length and the blade height when next to a steak knife.

Read more: Morakniv Companion reviews (9)

Camp Saw

Sven -Saw 21UL-2 Folding Saw

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)

Great tool for the money and weight.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light
  • SHARP!
  • Compact
  • Easy to assemble/use

Reasons to Avoid

  • No sheath (limited aftermarket options)
  • Sharp corners
  • Easy to lose wingnut

Bought this to replace a foldable saw that was really not much more than a toy. The Sven saw, OTOH is a viable tool for anyone who needs light weight and a self stowing package (saw collapses into the red handle you see in the picture). At 21" you won't be lumberjacking, but cutting up limbs and trees up to about 8 inches in diameter is very realistic. The blade is SHARP, goes through pine like butter, and harder wood very effectively. We use this saw during our yearly BWCA excursions to avoid carrying a hatchet (the most dangerous tool in the woods next to a dull knife).

Read more: Sven Sven-Saw 21UL-2 Folding Saw reviews (4)

Camp Saw

Bahco Laplander Folding Saw

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5 reviews)

A great, lightweight handsaw to toss in your pack. It works well at cutting wood for a fire as well as clearing smaller sized blowdown from across trails.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Agressive peg toothed blade
  • Comfortable handle

Reasons to Avoid

  • Limited to smaller sized timber
  • Powder coating on blade wears over time

 This saw has some terrific features that make it great for backpacking: It is lightweight at 6.4 ounces. The saw is a peg toothed design at 7 teeth per inch (TPI) which works well on seasoned or dry timber. It also cuts in both push and pull directions, reducing fatigue. The blade is powder coated to reduce friction. The blade locks in place with a simple push button release. The handle is made of Santoprene which grips well in wet and dry conditions. It folds down to 9 inches, that easily stows in pack side pocket.

Read more: Bahco Laplander Folding Saw reviews (5)

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