The Boker Plus Coye Ridgeback is a compact fixed blade knife designed for inconspicuous belt carry. It’s made from 440C and features a drop-point style blade and contoured G10 handle scales which makes the Ridgeback easy to use for almost any application.
The Camillus Soar is a full-tang fixed blade knife designed to see you through to your next adventure. Featuring a drop-point 440C stainless blade with a Titanium Bonded cutting edge, spine, and belly; the Soar is an affordable production knife that performs like an expensive custom one.
The Helle Utvaer is the first full-tang construction knife offered by Helle of Norway. A modern take on the classic puukko style of bushcraft knife, the Utvaer has a modern and aggressive look, features a curly birch handle and comes with a leather sheath.
The Gerber Gator Premium Folder is based off of a fixed blade model converted to a folder for easier carry. It features Gerber’s “Gator Grip” which is great dry but poor when wet. This particular model features a clip point style blade making it shoe-in for hunting, fishing, and the like.
The Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight is an ergonomically superior, lightweight folding knife. This full-sized blade is designed to be ambidextrous and features Carpenter CTS BD1 Specialty Alloy Stainless Steel. It is almost impossible to find a knife that feels and functions like the Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight, for under $150.
In a market saturated with synthetic handle and complex blade materials, Helle harkens back to days gone by with their Eggen. A traditional Norse hunting knife by design, the Eggen relies on Helle’s “triple laminated blade steel” and a Curly Birch handle to deliver a lightweight, blade-balanced tool that excels in both function and form.
The Camillus CK-9 is a battle-ready centurion-type of fixed blade knife. Complete with a multi-faceted sheath and survival whistle, the CK-9 is made from black traction coated 1095 high-carbon steel and features high-grip Micarta handles. This knife was built to last but it might be a little too rich for your wallet.
The Spyderco Slysz Folding Bowie is a fine example of what happens when you take premium materials, a classic design and excellent craftsmanship: you get a knife, which you seek out and keep for a lifetime.
The Victorinox Junior 09 is the knife that you could get into a Cub Scout’s hands and they could use for the rest of their lives, or it could serve as a capable adult daily-carry pocketknife for light duty tasks.
The Victorinox Swiss Army RangerWood 55 is a full-sized knife, so I wouldn’t recommend you choosing it as your everyday carry in your pocket. Pop this tool into your backpack and have the warm feeling inside your soul that you will be able to rely on it for anything you need in the wild.
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.
The Para-Military 2 is made of high-end materials, right in our backyard, and I know I can rely on it for anything. After more than 3 weeks of it in my pocket, I am still intimidated by the viciousness of the blade, but am welcomed by the sleek style lines and ultra-thin frame.
I really like that companies like Gerber–known for multi-tools, pocket-knives and Bear Grylls—are venturing into the kitchen knife sector and the Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife represents that sector well.
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.
Rugged individuals who puts a lot of demand on their knives and tools will benefit greatly from the Emerson EDC-2. Someone looking to just put a nice knife in their pocket to open mail from time to time should keep moving—nothing for them to see here.
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.