The Best Outdoor Knives in the World!
What Makes a Great Knife
I don’t mess around with, or even consider field testing, reviewing, and using a knife unless it meets some vitally important, essential criteria. The knives that I use and promote are ones that are extremely rugged, reliable, and meant for punishing, heavy-duty use. They must be made from materials that can take a severe beating and continue to function perfectly. They are knives that your life can depend on…literally! Ever seen the movie 127 Hours? If Aron Ralston would have had a better knife he probably would have gotten out of his horrifying predicament much sooner! Here is what I look for in a knife of impeccable quality and uncompromising dependability…
● Blade: High carbon steel or superior stainless-steel alloys. Blade material must be suitably hard, easy to sharpen, and possess long-term edge retention.
● Handle Material: Non-slip synthetic materials such as micarta and zytel. While wood and bone are great for around-town knives, they can swell, deteriorate and crack in harsh environments over time…much like the wooden stock on a hunting rifle.
● Edge Profile: I prefer classic designs such as the drop point, clip point, spear point, and tanto. I do not like crazy looking, gimmicky blades with serrated edges. A straight edged blade is easier to control, slices much smoother (when properly sharpened) and can quickly and easily be re-sharpened in the field with minimal tools or fuss.
● Design: On fixed blade knives, I look primarily for full tang construction. For folding/pocket knives, I like models with fast, one-handed opening and closing mechanisms, as well as a trustworthy locking feature.
● Feel: Naturally, a superior knife must be well balanced, and of reasonable weight. For fixed blades, I also look for a well-crafted sheath, and for folders, either a knife that is of comfortable pocket-carry weight, or includes a belt clip or belt looped case.
Below you will find a list of what I believe are truly some of the best outdoor knives in the world. Click on the knife images or captions to read reviews and order your new blades.