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The Best Knives and Multitools

Whether it’s for cutting up vegetables for dinner, tending to a wound, or repairing gear, we all need a good knife or multitool in the outdoors. These small but mighty tools are indispensable both for mundane tasks and for getting us out of the tricky situations that we hope to never find ourselves in. When choosing the right one for you, you’ll want to consider the intended use, weight, size, packability, and price. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find a good option among these three picks.

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Best Fixed Blade

Gear Aid Kotu Tanto Fixed 3” Blade Knife 

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Affordable Fixed Blade. With a three-inch stainless steel blade, the Gear Aid Kotu Tanto Fixed 3” Blade stands out as a sturdy knife at a reasonable price.

What We Liked: 

If you prefer the power and durability of a fixed blade knife over a folding knife, this Gear Aid knife is the perfect choice. Weighing just 5.6 oz. and featuring a quick-release sheath with removable belt clip attachments, this fixed blade offers reliable strength while being easy to carry. Get it here.

Best Multitool

SOG Multitool Pliers Pocket Knife

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18 Tools in One. Boasting 18 different tools in one compact design, the SOG Multitool Pliers Pocket Knife is the most multi-functional tool on this list. 

What We Liked: 

With two screwdrivers, two knife blades, scissors, mini pliers, and a range of other tools, this SOG multitool brings the peace of mind of having many tools at your fingertips. At about three inches when closed and just over four ounces, this multitool is great for weight-conscious backpackers who want to be prepared for any situation. Buy it now.

Best Pocketknife

Kershaw Atmos Folding Pocketknife

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Packable and Easy-to-Use. Folding down to four inches, the Kershaw Atmos Folding Pocketknife is a solid choice for those looking for a reliable, compact pocketknife that’s easy to lock and unlock.

What We Liked: 

Featuring an inset liner lock and an opening system that uses ball bearings, the Kershaw Atmos Folding Pocketknife offers strength and easy use, all in a packable design. With a reversible pocketclip and a wide lanyard hole, the Kershaw Atmos is the ideal pocketknife for campers on the move. Buy it today.