Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Survival Knives

Zero Tolerance 0560

85

2014

Zero Tolerance 0560

Based solely on materials used, Zero Tolerance 0560 could be considered one of the best folding knives tested. However, the issues I had with the Frame Lock concern me.

DPx Gear HEST 2.0

93

2014

DPx Gear HEST 2.0

The compact design of the DPx Gear HEST 2 folding knife, which can be transformed into a fixed blade knife, proves how confident DPx is with their products. 

Vulture Equipment Works Cholera Mk1

100

2014

Vulture Equipment Works Cholera Mk1

The Vulture Equipment Works Cholera was designed for experienced users who understand and respect their knives. The Cholera is durable, dependable and highly functional. I felt like a warrior on the hunt with it strapped to my side.

Ka-Bar Becker BK 2 Campanion

94

2014

Ka-Bar Becker BK 2 Campanion

The Ka-Bar Becker Campanion Bk-2 is a heavy beast, but that’s the trade-off when you get into a “chopper” or a camp knife. It’s still lighter and less bulky than having to carry a hatchet and possibly a machete along with you as well. 

Esee Izula-II

98

2014

Esee Izula-II

I have carried the Esee Izula-II on me for the past five years and it has become a reliable friend in many situations–around the house, in the office, and especially out in the woods. For the fast-packing and light weight gear fans, this little bastard fits right in.

Gerber Moment

92

2014

Gerber Moment

The Gerber Moment is a bare-bones knife at a rock-bottom price. 

Camillus “Les Stroud Signature Series” S.K Mountain Knife

94

2013

Camillus “Les Stroud Signature Series” S.K Mountain Knife

The Camillus “Les Stroud Signature Series” S.K Mountain is being marketed as a Survival Knife, but it’s really much more than that—a multi-tool of sorts.