This double-action camping/serial killer tool combines a compact axe and a lightweight knife with 3-inch blade that stores inside the axe handle. The Gerber Gator Combo Axe ($40) features "virtually indestructible" Polyamide construction with textured rubber for grip. There's also the Gerber Gator Combo Axe II ($50), which trades the knife for a small hand saw that's better for cutting fire wood/dismembering bodies.
Now Available. Originally posted 09/07. Whether you're a professional heli-skier or a geek stuck down in the IT department, you should always have a good multi-tool in your pocket. But if the thought of said tool weighing down your pants all day doesn't appeal, maybe it's time to get yourself something a little less bulky. The Leatherman Skeletool is an ultra-light pocket-survival-tool that includes just the essentials — a super sharp knife, full-size pliers with wire cutters, an interchangeable screwdriver, and a carabiner clip/bottle opener. The Skeletool keeps weight and volume to a minimum without sacrificing quality or functionality. Two versions will be available — the Skeletool ($58) and Skeletool CX ($80; shown), which switches out some of the stainless steel components for carbon fiber.
Yes, they come in more than just red. The Swisschamp Rosewood ($145) is a classic Swiss Army knife — with all of the gadgets — in a terrific wood finish. This beauty packs in more than 20 tools, from a corkscrew to a ball point pen.
Designed by fireman Rick Hinderer, this knife has all of the features you'll need in case of an emergency. The Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife ($90) has a window punch, seatbelt cutter and oxygen tank wrench to go along with its 3.5-inch serrated blade made of high carbon stainless steel. It's got a notched thumb rest, and dual thumb studs for ambidextrous one hand opening. A 9-piece tool kit and a heavy duty pocket clip are also included.
Swiss Army Knives are great, but it always seems like the one tool you need doesn't happen to be on the one you're carrying. Not so with this one. The Giant Swiss Army Knife ($1,000) is not the most portable knife around — it weighs nearly three pounds — but it contains all 85 tools currently available in the Swiss Army catalog, meaning you'll probably be able to find the tool you're looking for.