Knives

The best knives, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 19, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Knife Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Belay Knife

Good knife for the price—if you can find it. Bought this knife new, while Christmas shopping. The colors attracted me :). I like this knife. It has a few quirks: bottle opener is hard to open. Noticed one of the rivets loosening after about a year of use.  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 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 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
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
TOPS Knives Brakimo

Tops quality: great steel, holds an edge, micarta handles, and fits my hand like a glove. Kydex sheath with metal belt loop that rotates. The only thing I did differently was to add a 'D' ring and leather dangler. I recommend this product. This is my go-to knife for hiking and camping. It has great blade, steel that holds an edge no matter what I put it through. It was extremely sharp out of the box. The only thing I have done is run it over a strop after several uses. Scandi grind. Micarta handles… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Buck 110 Folding Hunter

For a knife you depend on in the woods, this is your go-to blade. Solid, sharp, and rugged, this knife will help you notch for a shelter, skin for food, or start a fire. This knife works well in all regards. The lock is solid, blade is sharp, and the entire mechanism works flawlessly. Construction is very good. I have used this knife for over 20 years, and compared to my Case, Gerber, and Schrade, it outdoes them all. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Morakniv Bushcraft Survival

Great quality-to-price ratio. Attached firestriker makes it not only knife but survival kit. Nice design, sturdy construction. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty

Great value and surprised how well it has performed. Excellent utility and camp knife. Picked this up as a camp knife and ended up buying two more. Knife fits well in the scabbard and stays put. Perfect sized handle. Very durable, I use one as a utility knife, a second as a kitchen knife (holds an edge well, very sharp) and the third in my emergency kit. Again, I have own cheap knives and this just does not feel or act like a $20 Amazon knife. The Heavy Duty has a slightly thicker blade than the… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Benchmade Mini Griptilian Family Folding
$100 - $180
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed-Blade
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife Folding
$10 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Fixed-Blade
$213 - $215
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Benchmade Griptilian Family Folding
$115 - $124
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Morakniv Companion Fixed-Blade
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Endura Folding
$88 - $105
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Benchmade Mini-Barrage Family Folding
$128 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Helle Symfoni Fixed-Blade
$114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Scallion Folding
$42 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Mini Covert FAST Folding
$49 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Spatha Folding
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Spyderco Tenacious Folding
$55 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife Fixed-Blade
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Buck 110 Folding Hunter Folding
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Kershaw Leek Folding
$43 - $66
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Spyderco Delica 4 Folding
$84 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Gerber Obsidian Folding
$43
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber E-Z Out Skeleton Folding
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Air Ranger Folding
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Chive Folding
$38 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Dragonfly Folding
$112
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck Nano Bantam Folding
$14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Hinderer Rescue Folding
$84
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade 530/531 Family Folding
$111 - $165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Freefall Folding
$31
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Point 50/50 Fixed-Blade
$93
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOG Flash II Folding
$47
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Buck PakLite Caper Knife Fixed-Blade
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Spyderco Bug Folding
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Benchmade Emmissary 470 Folding
$191 - $194
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOG Super SOG Bowie Fixed-Blade
$199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cold Steel Recon 1 Clip Point Folding
$84 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TOPS Knives Brakimo Fixed-Blade
$135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Chill Folding
$27
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife Fixed-Blade
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Gerber EVO Jr. Folding
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Gerber Paraframe I Folding
$13 - $27
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Gerber Epic Knife Fixed-Blade
$33 - $37
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Helle GT Fixed-Blade
$159 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Helle Trofé Fixed-Blade
$164
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia River Halfachance Parang Fixed-Blade
$46
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Brawler Folding
$33 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kershaw Blur Folding
$57 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Buck Bantam BLW Folding
$17
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kershaw Zing Folding
$33 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
NRS Pilot Knife Fixed-Blade
$60 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Benchmade 940 Osborne Folding
$187 - $285
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Helle Mandra Fixed-Blade
$199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia River Bear Claw Folding
$38
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