Knives and Tools

The best knives and tools, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 1, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Knife/Tool Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Opinel No. 9 Folding Knife

The Opinel No. 9 is a highly utilitarian, customizable knife that is perfect for the camper, hiker, hunter, backwoods cook, and farmer alike. Opinel has been making the same pocket knives with very few changes since 1890. It is a testament to the design that it has not only been around that long, but is one of the most popular knives in the world. The No. 8 is the most popular, but I am a fan of the No. 9 because that extra centimeter in the blade and the handle make it ideal for a man's hands. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Silky BigBoy

I've found nothing more effective for clearing trail. Every hiker should carry one. I stumbled onto one of these at REI a couple of years ago. I had been trying to use a Sven Saw off and on with marginal results, and could saw nothing larger than about 8" in diameter. When I discovered the "Big Boy", and learned it utilized the Japanese cutting orientation of the teeth, I went for it. It seemed expensive at the time but now after two years, it's clearly a bargain. I've likely cut well over 100 trees… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Silky Katanaboy 500

In the family of folding saws, Silky plays the role of the teched-up young prodigal son—and the Katanaboy is his hulking, gym-rat persona. After seeing a few recent reviews of other Silky blades, I thought I should toss in my experience with something a little more sizable. I was working on a trail crew in the PNW and the crew leader brought along his personal blade, along with all the tools supplied by the volunteer organization. I was tasked with building some new steps in a particularly eroded… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Agawa Canyon Boreal 21

Compact cutter. I picked one up having tried one on a bushcraft course. Cuts through soft and hardwood very efficiently. Safe and easy to carry around camp. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Agawa Canyon Boreal 21

This is a really cleverly designed saw. It is compact, efficient, cuts well, and sets up easily. This is a really cleverly designed saw. It folds up to far more compact (if a little long) than other bucksaws/bowsaws, and the way it folds protects the teeth and other gear in my pack. The best part, however, is the way it tensions: as the saw unfolds, the one part of the handle hinges onto itself, creating a lever which keeps the blade tensions really high (and can be adjusted). I have found this… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Silky Pocketboy

I feel compelled to do trail work whenever I am out for a hike. If I don't do it, when will be the next time a trail crew gets to it? I needed a handsaw to replace another I had lost. Grabbed this SILKY at a local gear store. So happy with how it performs. It's small yet big. I do a lot of different types of trail work for mountain bikes, ski glades, hiking trails. It's a must-have in my pack.  Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Helle Gaupe

Beautiful knife, very sharp out of the box. Fits like a glove. Good craftsmanship. Feels really good in my hand. Like the notched finger grip behind the blade. This thing is very sharp. I haven’t used it in the field yet, so thus the conservative 4 stars. Cuts my hard salami paper thin though!!  The wood grain on mine wasn’t quite as nice as the demo picture. It comes with not much or no conditioning at all. I have been rubbing some teak oil on it and it's looking really nice now though. This… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic

Best-of-breed ultralight hiking "medkit" knife. Overview: Victorinox are the company who have been producing offiziersmessers (officer knives) since the late 19th century; the original 1890 Model had a blade, can opener, reamer, and a screwdriver (required to disassemble and service the Swiss Schmidt–Rubin rifle). Over the decades Victorinox "Swiss Army Knives" (SAK) have gained a reputation of being some of the most reliable, best-made, useful knives in production. They are a Swiss icon and unlike… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Estwing Camper's Axe

Lifesaver on a long hike. A while back when I was with a Scout Troop hiking the JMT in the High Sierras we were caught in a severe summer storm near Gem Lake. Lightning, hail, low temps and high winds. We found ourselves in an old hunting camp that had been dismantled and discovered our tube tents were no match for the storm, so with a little ingenuity and freezing desperation we set about building a storm haven. With the hatchet we pulled dozens of six inch nails from timbers and with just the… 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
$80 - $175
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 (5)
Victorinox Swiss Army One Hand Trekker Multi-Tool
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed-Blade Knife
$23 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
$120 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sven -Saw 21UL-2 Folding Saw Camp Saw
$40 - $41
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife Folding Knife
$10 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Silky BigBoy Camp Saw
$55 - $70
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Fixed-Blade Knife
$200 - $234
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Shovel/Trowel
$2 - $3
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Griptilian Family Folding Knife
$100 - $151
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife Fixed-Blade Knife
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Morakniv Companion Fixed-Blade Knife
$15 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Fixed-Blade Knife
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Victorinox Swiss Army Recruit Multi-Tool
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Endura Folding Knife
$81 - $104
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sven -Saw 15UL-3 Folding Saw Camp Saw
$34 - $38
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
$32 - $36
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Helle Symfoni Fixed-Blade Knife
$114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Multi-Tool
$33
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Estwing Camper's Axe Axe/Hatchet
$68 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion Folding Knife
$44 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Mini Covert FAST Folding Knife
$46 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Spatha Folding Knife
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet Axe/Hatchet
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Camp Saw
$69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife
$56 - $59
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
$40 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Kershaw Leek Folding Knife
$46 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
$60 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Morakniv Bushcraft Black Fixed-Blade Knife
$48
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Spyderco Delica 4 Folding Knife
$78 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier's Knife Multi-Tool
$30 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gerber Compact Sport Multi-Plier Multi-Tool
$43 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Leatherman OHT Multitool Multi-Tool
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Legend Multi-Tool
$116
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Obsidian Folding Knife
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hults Bruk Akka Axe/Hatchet
$169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber E-Z Out Skeleton Folding Knife
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hults Bruk Aneby Axe/Hatchet
$144
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Air Ranger Folding Knife
$34 - $36
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Chive Folding Knife
$42 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool X Multi-Tool
$116
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Dragonfly Folding Knife
$111
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck Nano Bantam Folding Knife
$16
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