Skid Wooden Chef Knife

Wood wouldn’t quite keep a razor-sharp edge, so the Skid Wooden Chef Knife isn’t technically 100% made of wood. Instead this remarkable knife’s composition is closer to 97% wood and 3% alloyed carbon steel, the latter very hard and used just for the blade’s edge. The Robinia wood used itself is harder than oak and boasts a high percentage of tannin which has antibacterial properties so that nothing but warm water is needed to clean the blade. Wood and metal come together seamlessly and durably, and the knife handles nicely due to its low weight. Also available in other woods including mahogany, smoked mood oak coupled to Damascus steel, and ebony.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $180

GET IT: ~$180


Shinola x Benchmade Titanium 765 Pocket Knife

Without William Gregor and to a lesser extent Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Shinola’s second collaboration with Benchmade wouldn’t have been possible. If you don’t know the aforementioned men, you don’t know your sixteenth century metallurgy. Here’s a hint, atomic number 22. Shinola started with Benchmade’s 765 Mini Ti Monolock Titanium pocket knife and upgraded the sh*t (no pun intended) out of it. The base Ti of the stock knife gives way to an exclusive colorway in a black diamond-like carbon coating with extreme abrasion resistance. Maintaining the slim 765 design, the super strong, corrosion resistance knife features orange anodized spacers and thumb stud. Its drop point M390 steel blade is discreetly labeled Shinola and has the Shinola Detroit logo on the reversible clip and their signature lightning bolt on the butt of the knife. With a blade length of 3.24-inches and closed length of 4.22-inches, and weighing in at a touch over 3 ounces, this opener’s bearing washers make the action crisp, clean and all Benchmade.

Find it at Shinola – $400

GET IT: $400


Opinel N°09 DIY Yellow Pocket Knife

Opinel’s N°09 DIY Yellow Pocket Knife is the tool you didn’t know you needed in your utility belt. With a yellow handle made of fiberglass reinforce polyamide, it’s humidity proof and better at absorbing shocks and drops than plastic or metal for longevity in harsh conditions. Small slits on either side of the handle hold two bits — both a flat head and a Phillips — with a magnetized bit driver on the tail end of its handle that lets the knife double as a screwdriver. Its 3.15-inch Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade comes equipped with a wire cutter and stripper for emergency electrical work. And to make sure you don’t accidentally slice a finger off, the tool comes equipped with Opinel’s classic Virobloc safety ring, which allows you to lock the blade open while performing on the fly surgery, or lock it shut to make sure it doesn’t cut a hole right through your pocket or bag.

Learn more at Opinel or grab one at Amazon – $26

GET IT: $26


Kootek K1 Survival Flashlight

Most flashlights have long tubes filled with batteries. You might expect the water resistant Kootek K1 Survival Flashlight, measuring at just a touch over 12-inches, to have batteries for days, but it’s instead hiding a 3.5-inch serrated survival knife on the back that you can bust out in an emergency or for self defense. It’s also got a window breaker and of course a flashlight, the latter based on a Cree T6 LED that outputs a blinding 800 lumens and cycles through several brightness and strobe settings. And if you don’t need the knife just remove the furthest segment and attach the window breaker straight to the flashlight module, creating a more compact (6.5-inch long) torch.

Grab one at Amazon – $20

GET IT: $20


Discommon x James Brand Swell Pocket Knife

You may recall The James Brand’s Country Knife or any one of Discommon’s unique creations. The Swell Pocket Knife is the result of both design houses putting their heads together and creating a simultaneously minimal and beautifully surfaced folding knife. Its titanium and aluminum handle scales are milled to result in a texture that draws inspirations from an ocean’s swell and that conveniently doubles as a rock solid grip. The 2.33-inch D2 steel drop point blade doesn’t look (or perform) half bad, either, with a uniform hand-rubbed satin finish that contrasts well with the almost organic flow of the handle.

Learn more at Discommon or grab one at The James Brand – $380

GET IT: $380


Tops Knives M4X Punisher

In any action movie the hero’s bound to carry one of a select group of guns. John McClane, Beretta 92. Dirty Harry, Smith and Wesson Model 29. Jason Borne, Sig 225 or 229. And while the list may go on for shootists, what of the hero that wants to carry a blade? Selected as Frank Castle’s go to slicer from 30 other knives for its performance in the movie Punisher War Zone, the M4X Punisher from Tops Knives offers more than just a pretty face, though the M4X Punisher has a pretty badass façade to boot. The razor sharp blade is only the “hello, how are you” of the M4X. This 13.5-inch 1095 RC 56-58 steel beast can break down doors, chop down trees, hack through brush, snap a couple of collar bones and still be ready to notch logs or quarter game. Finished in tactical grey with black linen micarta handles, it’s ready for years of serious use.

Grab one at Amazon ($185) or Tops Knives ($280)

GET IT: $185


Spartan Blades Ares

A few years back, Zeus hooked up with Hera. This resulted in the birth of Ares. Ares was a good kid. He got decent grades but never really applied himself. After just one semester of college he dropped out and moved back to Mt. Olympus. That didn’t sit well with his old man and in exchange for room and board he had to work. As is the case in so many families, this could have resulted in a relational schism between father and son. Fortunately, Ares loved his new job. So much so that after just one day he dedicated his life’s work to his new calling. Ares the dropout became Ares, god of savage war, bloodlust and slaughter. Had he a knife, the Spartan Blades Ares would be it. Crafted from CPM S35VN steel with a beefy 3/16″ thickness, the 10.5-inch knife and 5 & 3/8” fixed drop point blade allows for strength of the blade tip by placing it in line with the users hand while keeping the upward curve of the cutting edge. The 59-60 HRC blade comes finished in flat black or flat dark earth with black or green canvas micarta handles.

Learn more at Spartan Blades – $330

GET IT: $330


Crusader Forge Apex Folding Knife

If your EDC is comprised of cable ties, tiny pens, and cute little notebooks, it’s unlikely that Crusader Forge’s 3D Apex Tactical Folder will be among them. But if you are in need of a razor sharp knife that’s built like a tank and almost as dangerous, the Apex is for you. This American made knife features a 5mm thick, stainless S-30V blade with a KG Mil-Spec 2401F 3D camo (read: badass) finish. Its titanium handle is forged and contoured from 5mm thick slabs and coated in a matching 3D camo. Even the pocket clip is titanium and mounted for tip up carry. All pins and pivots are stainless steel, and there’s a cut out in the blade for easy opening. This solid frame lock knife comes with a thumb groove on the blade’s spine for a more secure grip, which is utilitarian considering the size of the knife. Total open length on this folder is 8¾-inches with a 3½-inch blade size, making for a 4-inch closed package. Despite this impressive size, it weighs in at only 9.8oz.

Find it at Knife Art – $1,050

GET IT: $1,050


Urban Husky Pocket Knife

Take a century old design, refine it for modern carry, and the result is the Urban Husky Pocket Knife. This slim folding knife comfortably fits in a pocket and opens easily thanks to an extension of the blade that acts as a lever and phosphor bronze washers that ensure a smooth swivel. It’s available with brass, steel, and copper handles, none of which lock — but, as a result, it’s completely legal in more places. A sheepsfoot-shaped high carbon steel blade maintains its edge and handles a variety of everyday tasks from slicing veggies for lunch to opening boxes. Also available in an even more gorgeous Damascus steel edition that’s hand forged and limited to 50 pieces.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $125

GET IT: ~$125


The Nug

Large knives may be more functional overall but chances are you’re more likely to carry a micro knife around on a daily basis for reasons of practicality. That said, most are too small to use safely, and that’s where JHO Knives’ The Nug stands out. At just two inches long and with unassuming looks it’s perfect to slip into a pocket alongside keys or a wallet. It’s solidly built of G5 titanium, fitted with a heat treated S35VN 0.71-inch steel blade, and features a hole to slide a finger through for solidifying your grip so it won’t slip and slice you. The short blade sits on a ball bearing pivot and can be discreetly opened in a pocket, though the closed Nug works to protect your knuckles if used for protection un-deployed. Available in black, satin (shown), stone washed, and two tone.

Learn more at JHO Knives – $150+


Benchmade Grizzly Creek Knife

If you don’t know what a gut hook is this isn’t the knife for you. If you do know, but normally associate the device with the equivalent of a tumor on the back of your otherwise svelte hunting knife, Benchmade has you covered. Sporting a 3.5-inch premium S30V plain edge, satin finish, and a modified drop point blade with the AXIS lock, the Grizzly Creek is already a nearly perfect hunting folder. But what of the gut hook? The Grizzly Creek still gives hunters the tool, but in a more convenient, streamlined package. Stabilized wood handle scales protect not only your folded blade, but a fold-out gut hook opposite the primary blade as well. No more pulling a sharpened bladed toward your face when cleaning game. Like your mother always said, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

Find it at Amazon – $165


Strand & West Titanium EDC Knives

Search for an EDC knife on Archie and you’ll get upwards of a dozen hits (Google produces slightly more). There’s a knife for every situation with focuses on blade shape, locking systems, materials, weight, and even color. QuietCarry’s Strand and West knives employ a minimalist approach to knife design with clean, strong lines, and some of the best materials available. Though each has subtle differences, they’re both designed for discrete, comfortable carry in a package that should last a lifetime. The Strand has a frame lock (locking) and is machined of Grade 5 Titanium with a D2 steel blade. The blade’s length is 2.8-inches while the closed length of the knife is 3.9-inches, making Strand a solid choice when function is as crucial as form. The West option differs in that the blade uses a slip joint design (non-locking) and is slightly smaller at 2.5-inches. The same quality materials found in the Strand make it a light, comfortable blade. Either or compliments an EDC cache regardless of whether you’re going minimalist, light, or utilitarian.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $70+


Civilware Pointer Field Knife

When senseless bureaucrats — you know the type — deem the centerpiece of many EDCer’s aggregation to be too pointy, sharp, long, or easy to access what’s a modern day boy scout to do? Enter Civilware’s Pointer Folding Knife. This friction folder cedes thumb studs and serrated edges for smooth simple lines that carry possible almost anywhere. Instead of a traditional lock or a liner-locker, the Pointer utilizes an extended tang to keep the knife open in your hand. Though small in size the 2.5-inch heat-treated 416 stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant, and exhibits excellent edge retention and sharpening properties. Titanium and G10 handles make for an ergonomic and elegant piece. The Pointer even comes with a leather pouch that disappears in your pocket, keeping your investment protected until it’s time to do some cutting.

Learn more at Civilware – $125