If you had just one knife that you had to make due with for the next ten years, what would it be? Something scary looking? Something tough? Something with lots of useful add-ons or something that can cut through a shoe and a caribou on the same day? When it comes down to it, the best knife in the world is the knife you have on you when you need it. Some of our favorite knives of 2016 are cheap and reliable, others are not so cheap and will impress your socks off. That is if you can stomach the price. Well, if you only had the following selection of ten knives to choose from, you’d be off the a good start because these are ten of the finest knives available in 2016.
Editors Note: Following feedback, we thought it best to mention that these knives should never be used for violence. We’re promoting these knives merely for cutting cordage, camping, survival, adventure and opening packages mostly. Carrying a knife in public isn’t legal in all countries or jurisdictions. Make sure you know what’s legal and always act in the interest of safety.
SOGAC77 Access Card 2.0
Looking for a lightweight, no nonsense folding knife with a safe locking mechanism? Then you want the Access Card by SOG. This minimalistic knife is practical and unassuming. It fits nicely into a pocket and is good for just about any occasion.
Rendered in a handsome silver finish, this practical folder is as inexpensive as it is tough. It comes with titanium coating over steel and a carbo-nitride handle. It is as durable as it is sharp, that is to say- very.
Gerber gives you world class quality at a very low price. The Ripstop is an eminently useful folding knife with a very strong locking mechanism and a beautiful streamline body design.
Al Mar Mini SERE 2000
You can’t go wrong with black, and you can’t go wrong with this simple 4 inch folder from Al Mar. These knives are fully tested for reliability and are made with only the finest components available.
Gerber GDC Tech Skin
It’s hard to get through any best knives list without at least two appearances from Gerber. The GDC Tech Skin an another extremely low-priced folder with everything you expect from this great knife making company. This rugged and reliable knife has a rubberized handle for excellent grip and a fine edged stainless steel blade. If you’re looking for a great all around cutter for cheap, this is the one for you.
Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Spear Point
A slightly more aggressive looking little poker, the Cold Steel Micro is tough as hell, and it’s not going to take it anymore. Specially designed ergonomic grip makes it especially useful for hard cutting. The blade is rendered in AUS 8A Japanese Steel. It’s not Japanium- but still, if its strong enough for them- it’s strong enough for you.
CRKT K.I.S.S. In The Dark
This tanto style tipped knife is guaranteed to puncture what you apply it to. It’s made from 420J2 stainless and features a money clip belt attachment for quick use- when you need to cut something a new one in a real timely fashion.
Kershaw 8700BLK Shuffle
Supremely ergonomic, this nylon gripped and strikingly curved number is just begging to be held. It comes with a reversible pocket clip, a bottle opener, lanyard hole, and screwdriver… because nothing says ‘job done’ like a beer and a knife.
If you’re looking for a high quality knife with a beautiful design for peanuts, look no further. This folding stunner is made with a beechwood handle and a carbon steel blade. What else did you expect from the France-based Opinel corporation?
Kershaw Ken Onion Blur
This speed safe assist open equipped knife is excellent for quick use. It’s light, made from anodized aluminum and a steel/tungsten blade. It’s got a reversible pocket clip, which is great for you south-paws, and DLC black coating gives it that no nonsense look that is always appreciated in a good pocket knife.
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