This nonfolding, no-nonsense tool comes with a plastic sheath designed to be worn around the neck, for fast access. The 2.88-inch carbon-steel blade (harder, with better edge retention than stainless, but more prone to rust) has a sharp, flat-ground edge that sails through tinder and rope, as well as trout and salami. The design is all function.
“The indent in the middle of the handle let me maintain a firm grip, but also kept my fingers away from the blade,” says one tester. And jimping (cross hatches on the spine) provides good thumb control when extra pressure is needed. Bummer: price. $81; 2.7 oz.; eseeknives.com.