Want a pocket knife that stands out from the wood- or stag-handled blades of your father, yet has a more traditional look that modern multi-tools? This CXXVI Scrimshaw Knife ($95) should do nicely. Hand etched in a small workshop in Maine, this seascape scrimshaw is laid into the bone with black india ink and sealed with a double dose of wax to protect the design and handle. Way nicer than the so-called scrimshaw junk being peddled at the beachside trinket store this summer.
Whether you're a handyman, a soldier, or a crazy, bomb-defusing badass, you're sure to find at least one of the Leatherman MUT Multi-Tools ($150) works for you. These multi-tools were built with the military in mind, containing specialized components for handling maintenance on the M16/AR15 family of rifles, but still contains the common tools — like screwdrivers, hammer, saw, knife, wire cutters, pliers, and, of course, a bottle opener — that regular joes care about. Opt for the EOD model and you'll get bomb-defusing tools like fuse-wire cutters and a cap crimper, so you won't be running around looking for tools, MacGruber-style.
Not content to just let a knife be a knife, the Gerber AO F.A.S.T. 3.0 Knife ($75) has a few tricks up its sleeve. Its Forward Action Spring Technology ensures the serrated edge blade is open quickly when you need it, and it also packs a bottle opener, carabiner clip, and a modified drop point that eases use when your mission is spreading, not slicing.
Need to carry a pocket knife but don't want to look like you're getting ready to field dress a wildebeest when you whip it out of your pocket? The Delegate Pocket Knife ($60) is a good choice. With black anodized aluminum bolsters, inlaid cocobolo wood scales, and a black oxide-coated stainless steel blade, the Delegate looks fittingly civilized, while the Fire Safe release mechanism and OutBurst opening assist makes sure the blade opens quickly when you need it and stays shut when you don't. If the black-on-black look just isn't for you, check out your fellow readers' suggestions for suitable alternatives.
Only the fourth model in the blade's 120-year history, the new Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier Knife ($45) is the best soldier-issue yet. The stylish olive green and black dual density handle holds a Phillips screwdriver, can opener, small screwdriver, bottle opener with locking screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, seatbelt cutter, key ring, and wood saw, along with a large lock blade for one-hand opening.