Never be forced to use crappy plastic silverware again with the Case Hobo Knife. Featuring an amber bone handle and made in the USA from surgical steel, this handy pocketable tool features a sharp blade, a fork, and a spoon, all built into a foldable body that allows the utensils to detach for eating/cleaning. Just don't equate it's humble purpose with cheapness or lack of quality — while it might be designed for a hobo, it's definitely not priced for one.
Throwing knives, whether it be at playing cards, tree trunks, animals, or (especially) people, is serious business. Show your commitment to the craft with this set of BCX Furies Throwing Knives. The pack includes two frontier-inspired knives and one Pro X Thrower, all made from forged high carbon steel and giving you enough variety to become quite the hurler. They all arrive in a handsome, handcrafted heavy canvas roll with leather scales, point pockets, flaps, and straps — a fittingly rugged yet refined accessory for a wilderness-friendly skill.
When every single second counts, you need a knife that opens fast, really fast — the SOG Flashback Knife. The fastest-opening assisted knife available, it features high tension coil springs that power it open almost instantly, and a piston lock keeps the knife safely open. It features a 3.5-inch blade made from AUS 8 stainless steel with a black tini-coated finish and an ergonomic handle made from glass-reinforced nylon and stainless steel. Durable construction, quick opening, and a comfortable grip make this the ideal knife to carry every day, while making it reliable and consistent.
Some days call for a slimmer carry than your everyday load out — forcing you to leave behind the junk that typically bulks up your pockets — but that doesn't mean you should leave the house completely unprepared. With the Gerber Blade Money Clip you get a portable alternative for carrying a few cards and some cash with a small built-in knife that would make a boy scout proud. Made from a titanium-nitride-coated steel body with a G10 front plate, this money clip is capable of holding up to five cards at a time. The blade slips into the money clip, disguised by its less than four-inch length, and it still manages to weigh less than a quarter of a pound.
With a design that originated in north-central France in the 1950s, the Baladeo Le Retro Knife offers a great mix of style and utility. Two blades, a saw, a can opener, a punch, a corkscrew, a piercing tool, and, of course, a bottle opener are all available inside its stainless steel body, which is finished off with a true blonde horn handle. It's not the most versatile multifunction knife we've ever seen, but it also won't leave you looking like you're geared up for an adventure when all you're doing is heading to the local coffee shop.
Make your next pocket folder truly your own with the Scrimshaw Knife Kit. Based on the early American art form perfected by whalers out at sea who carved into the bones and teeth of whales, this kit comes with everything you need to scrimshaw an image into the handle of your knife. The kit comes with either a lock-back or trapper style knife, each with a bone handle ready for your artwork. It includes a steel point scribe, india ink, a bamboo tracing tool, carbon paper, steel wool, and sample pictures with instructions for carving. Whether you choose a classic aquatic-inspired sketch or your own initials, no other knife will be quite like yours.
No one likes losing their favorite gear at the bottom of a river, lake, or ocean when they set out on the water — there are few things more depressing than watching something slowly sink beyond your reach. But with the Baladeo Float Knife ($26) you won't have to worry about that, thanks to its buoyant cork construction. Perfect for fishermen, canoeists, or for any guy who finds himself near the water more often than not, this knife just won't sink. With a single folding blade and an integrated key-ring, this minimal knife is exactly what you need the next time you're on a boat.
Forget packing a whole slew of silverware when you head out into the wilderness — all you really need is this Ka-Bar Hobo Knife ($19). Like any quality transient tool, it packs multiple uses into a single punch, as it contains a fork, knife, and spoon all into a single stainless steel package, sliding apart for when you
find some excellent dumpster fare are ready to eat, and transforming back into a pocket-friendly shape when you're on the move. It even comes with a nylon carrying case to keep it safe when it's in your bag/bindle.
You never know when a situation will call for more than just your average pocket folding knife, and it's always better to come prepared than wish you had. The Emerson Multitasker EDC Multi-Tool ($185) is built with your every day carry in mind, so you'll never be caught wishing you'd packed something more substantial. It features a three-inch blade, phillips and standard screwdrivers, a punch, and more, all packed into an under seven-inch handle that weighs less than a half pound. An additional clip-on tool includes wrenches of various sizes, pry bars, scrapers, and a bottle opener.
When you're looking for a simple folder to carry in your pocket every day — something with a no-frills design, a sharp, well-made blade, and a mechanism that opens easily — you need a Svord Peasant Knife ($19). An extended tang means you can open the three-inch New Zealand tool-grade carbon steel blade easily with just one hand, while also functioning to keep the knife open while you hold it. Each one is hand made and, while we prefer the classic look of the wooden handle, is available in a range of colored polypropylene handles. Use it as your go-to carry piece, or for fine and rough work around the shop or your home.
Stainless steel is great and all — easy to clean, sharpens to a razor edge — but there's nothing quite like ceramic if you really want the edge to last. The Kyocera LTD Ceramic Chef's Knife ($120) keeps its Zirconia 206 ceramic edge ten times longer than steel, so you don't have to sharpen it nearly as often as the typical chef's knife. It has an ergonomic pakkawood handle with a stainless steel bolster and rivet that makes it easier to handle, and more comfortable to use. Hand-crafted by experts in Seki, Japan, this knife won't brown foods with use, and resists corrosion.
A good quality knife is about the most useful tool we can think of, and the SOG Gunny Fixed Blade Knife ($400) is built to the highest standards, making it as reliable as any knife available. These limited edition knives are built from materials made to last, like a high-end Japanese steel blade and a Cocobolo hardwood handle inlayed with stingray hide. Limited to just 1,000 pieces, these knives are carefully crafted down to the last detail, including the clip point blade shape, stainless steel guard, and pommel. Each knife includes a handmade leather sheath, and comes in a beautiful walnut box perfect for storage or display.