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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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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.

White River Knife and Tool Knucklehead

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Leatherman Signal

Leatherman Signal
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Spyderco Native 5

Spyderco Native 5
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How to Choose a Survival Knife

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Trying to decide what kind of knife is right for you? There’s no one right answer—it depends on how and where you’re going to use it. Consider your options with our guide to choosing a knife.