The Best Knives of 2016

Ever backpacker needs a reliable knife. These three are a good bet, no matter your preferences.
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Ever backpacker needs a reliable knife. These three are a good bet, no matter your preferences.

It can help you prep food, start a fire, fix a broken piece of equipment, open a bottle, even start a fire: If there's one thing you should never leave home without, it's your knife. We tested 2016's crop to pick the best knives of the year in three categories: fixed blade, multitool, and folder.

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