Knives and Tools

The best knives and tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 18, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Knife/Tool Reviews

Fiskars Chopping Axe

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, 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 leaning… 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

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

Leatherman Super Tool 300

rated 5 of 5 stars Does just about anything that needs doing on trail, except cook dinner and tuck you in bed. So useful that I have three; one for each bag I own. Only a lack of insight could bring me to pay twice as much for a half-pint sized multi-tool with one quarter of the utility the Leatherman 300 has. Just remember to get more than one, because as the saying goes, "Two is one as one is none"; meaning small stuff will be the first things lost and if you've only got one, when it's lost or dropped to the bottom… Full review

Leatherman Super Tool 300

rated 5 of 5 stars 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. 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… Full review

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Benchmade Mini Griptilian Family Folding Knife
$94 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Super Tool 300 Multi-Tool
$64 - $79
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
$123 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber Multi-Tool
$32 - $36
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Leatherman Juice S2 Multi-Tool
$62 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Fixed-Blade Knife
$195 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Helle Symfoni Fixed-Blade Knife
$114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Hand Hatchet Axe/Hatchet
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife
$44 - $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
$22 - $29
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
$40 - $99
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
$27 - $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
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool X Multi-Tool
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Dragonfly Folding Knife
$107
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Crater c33/c33x Folding Knife
$30 - $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
$62 - $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
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Emmissary 470 Folding Knife
$183 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army Hiker Multi-Tool
$26
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
$68 - $102
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Gerber EVO Jr. Folding Knife
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife Fixed-Blade Knife
$60
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