10 Knife Types: Outdoor Blades

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From the humble pocketknife to serious “survival” blades, this tutorial breaks down 10 common (and some not so common) types of outdoor blades. Daggers, throwing knives, and the classic Bowie knife are just a few included in the mix.

#1 — Assist-Opening
Requires manual initiation of blade before spring or other mechanism takes over to flip open the blade.

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#2 — Bowie
Large sheath knife popularized by 19th-century American pioneer Jim Bowie.

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#3 — Clip Folder
A folding knife with a clip mounted to the handle that enables user to attach to a pocket or belt for easy access.

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#4 — Dagger
Double-edged knife with central spine, full-length, sharpened edges.


#5 — Machete
Long, heavy blade used to cut a path through thick vegetation.


#6 — Multitool
Self-contained folding tool including blade(s), pliers, drivers, files, etc.

#7 — Pocketknife
Also known as jackknife. May include several folding blades and other implements.


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Posted by Brian Toth - 07/16/2012 01:32 PM

I prefer the assist-opening knife yet it is only available to Military and Law Enforcement. I own the Emerson Design 154cm being military myself I love it. It has been used on 2 deployments now. It is still sharp. Great design. Thanks

Posted by Alex - 07/16/2012 03:19 PM

I prefer the clip folder for general EDC. I feel naked without my Benchmade 530 in my pocket to use should I need it.

Posted by Brandon Burm - 07/16/2012 03:20 PM

Assited opening knives, because of the easy way to open it one handed when it is needed quickly.

Posted by Val Kowalewich - 07/16/2012 03:20 PM

Machete: love it due to it versatility and shear path clearing capabilities!

Posted by Rick - 07/16/2012 03:21 PM

I prefer a good assist-opening blade myself. Easy to open when you only have one hand available, small enough to stash in a pocket yet functional when needed.

Posted by Richard Jensen - 07/16/2012 03:21 PM

I prefer the multitool. I work with computers and besides often needing screwdrivers/torx bits I need to (occasionally) strip wires, cut things and use pliers. (Needlenose to pick up that little nut that scampered away). Plus, it looks like a tool (i.e. non-threatening).

Posted by Steve Hoffman - 07/16/2012 03:21 PM

The Bowie..cuz “that’s a knife” Crocodile Dundee.

Posted by Wes - 07/16/2012 03:21 PM

The swiss army, a classic, with a little more than just a jackknife, but not crazy like a multi tool. a happy medium.

Posted by Doug - 07/16/2012 03:21 PM

I prefer the bowie knifes because their the biggest and strongest and i can trust them to do any job that needs doing

Posted by will - 07/16/2012 03:21 PM

Survival.. i carry a full tang straight edge everywhere with me.

Posted by Jack Clark - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

I like the machete, as you never know when the zombies will show up.

Posted by Sam - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

My all around go-to favorite is the clip folder. It’s easy to carry as an “everyday” knife and it’s a breeze to open for quick access to the blade. I never leave home without one.

Posted by Dawn - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

It’s so hard to choose just one, but I prefer the clip folder over any if I must choose. It’s the most useful for EDC.

Posted by Charles Taylor - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

the assist opening model, very convenient, and handy!

Posted by robert - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

I prefer the survival knife because i do a lot of hunting and fishing and it just comes in handy.

Posted by Matt Trexler - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

As a firefighter I am a big fan of the assist-opening knife. It keeps the sharp edge covered while in my gear and allows for very easy blade deployment while on scene with gloved hands. It is very useful for many things from vehicle stabilization to patient extrication.

Posted by Connor Wade - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

Clip Folder – Easy to carry, it can clip on any pocket of any pant, and allows me to have my knife on me at all times

Posted by Derek - 07/16/2012 03:22 PM

My favorite type is the assist-open because it provides quick access to the blade.

Posted by Thomas Jones - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

The assist opening comes with me everywhere I go. Just got my wife a clip folder so she can easily find it in her bag.

Posted by John - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

I love all my knives, but a clip folder is the one that sees the most use from me. I carry it all the time and keep the blade sharp and it never lets me down.

Posted by Jesse B - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

to Brian: Actually the assist opening blades are not only available to military and LE, I have one (the same as the one in the article actually, the Gerber Instant, which I love). It’s the automatic ones that are limited to LE, like the Gerber Covert, et. al.

Posted by Todd Volante - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

I prefer the multitool, it covers the gamut of what I could possibly need in a convenient, always there package!

Posted by Stephen Stephenson - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

Survival. I like fixed blades. Sheath protection is all that is needed. With a folding blade, the lock can fail, resulting in severe injury.

Posted by Jason Rowan - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

Although I find usefulness in all of the different types of knives showcased here I would say my favorite would have to be the survival knife. Due to its versatility, this type of knife can be employed in such a numerous amount of ways that its potential seems limitless. The sturdy construction lends itself even more to this versatility as it can survive the most grueling torture that we can put it through in any situation. (no pun intended.) If I am forced to choose one knife to get me through almost any situation the survival knife would always have to be my go to.

Posted by Charles Seltenright - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

Bowie sheath knives.
You never know when you need some power, chop down some small trees, defend yourself from an animal, or pry something open. My ka-bar has been on my side for the last 7 years, folding knives lock mechanisms aren’t strong enough for me, with a nice stocky sheath knife, you never have to worry about breaking or tweaking.

Posted by John M hazlett - 07/16/2012 03:23 PM

Survival, because it’s the only way to get out of this alive

Posted by Brian - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

My favorite is the clip folder, as it is always being used. I clip it on when I wake up, and don’t take it off until I am getting ready for bed. It’s great for many tasks, whether large or small.

Posted by Rodolpho Floeter - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

Clip Folder – easy and practical to have on the pocket all the time, i just can’t go out of home without mine GERBER PARAFRAME.

Posted by scott - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

i prefer the survival knife. It is a better knife for the zombie apoc. You can use it for skinning, cutting, among carving flesh lol

Posted by jamon - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

Clip folder. So many everyday uses.

Posted by jamie storrs - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

Clip Folder for sure. you can take it just about anywhere…well, except planes.

Posted by John Blanchard - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

old school Bowie for me

Posted by Blake Erickson - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

I like multitools personally. They can be of use in multiple situations, whether its everyday use, or surviving the elements.

Posted by Dylan - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

I prefer the survival. I carry a clip folder every where with me. I go into the woods and camp every weekend. I had a survival knife until i broke it cutting a limb for my fire.

Posted by john - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

Survival knife because it can be used for damn near everything.

Posted by Douglas Piper - 07/16/2012 03:24 PM

I love the pocketknife! Its the perfect knife to carry around, especially when you go fishing or just trying to put stuff on your car and you need to cut that rope. It carries well and is super handy!

Posted by Bob Arnold - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

I like the multitool because of its versatility when I’m in the backcountry.

Posted by matt - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

I love a good survival knife because they area good all around knife for work outdoors or camping or hiking. They can take abuse and hold up to the weather and different task.

Posted by Tim MPLS - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

I prefer clip folders, blades for everyday practical use. I’ve owned 3 paraframes and definitely gotten my moneys worth

Posted by david l spencer - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

my favorite would be the assisted opening

Posted by Jim Gauthier - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

I would go with number 5 the Machete mainly because i already own 3 of them and they have many uses in survival depending on how the blade is made but also give good reach in combat. All in all i think it is the be made blade weapon in the list

Posted by Deke - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

It’s hard to pick just one favorite, though the assist-opening or the multitool would get the most everyday use in the field. If I had to pick just one it would be the multi, but I’d rather have both on me!

Posted by Keith reau - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

ill take machete due to the advantages of having a long blade to get through dense brush and its a multipurpose tool

Posted by Dave Maloney - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

Survival This is my Favorite type of knife Because of it’s versatility in Survival situations.

Posted by Brent Coleman - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

The Machete, of course! Good for clearing out the yard, cutting my way through the dense jungles of Burma, and of course choppin’ off the heads of flesh eating Zombies!

Posted by Dave - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

The assisted opening folder with a pocket/belt clip is my usual preference. Although, the one I have is an auto from Benchmade. I do like a good fixed blade knife though…

Posted by Andrew - 07/16/2012 03:25 PM

Assisted opening, with a clip. I carry it off hand in case my strong hand is tied up. And it just comes in handy on a daily basis.

Posted by Shane Ravitz - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

The Multitool rocks! It’s the all in one for what you need! Gerber is all I use!

Posted by Joe Van Cristobal - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

I prefer the clip folder since its simple, convenient, and easy.

Posted by Benjamin Schippers - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Multitool, everything and then some that you might need for a backpacking adventure. These tools will not only make repairs a breeze, but will save you about 20lbs worth of gear.

Posted by Eric - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Swiss Army Knife def! Never have had to sharpen, lightweight, compact, and robust.

Posted by Tracy Conant - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Survival #8 I like all of Gerbers servival knives due to the light weight.

Posted by Benjamin Blatt - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Swiss Army, because it’s the solution to almost every mechanical need I might have in the palm of my hand.

Posted by Mike Deger - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

I like 6

Posted by Paul Davidson - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Assisted opening because of the effortless opening of the blade and the quickness.Even a person with an amputee can have a knife and open it.

Posted by Calvin Tait - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

#5 Machete – for Zombies of course!

Posted by James Straight - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Machete. Could have used one out in the woods this weekend.

Everyone: We need to stop and get a machete.
Me: Are you crazy? We don’t need a machete.
Me (an hour later): Damn. We should have stopped and picked up a machete!

Posted by Gabriel Ortega - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

I like the assisted open the best but have become more of a fan of the survival as well. Great knives.

Posted by Dawn Seeman - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

The “Bowie”, such a beautiful piece! Perfect for my at home protection along with being my sidekick while on my great outdoor adventures.

Posted by Alex Forness - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Absolutely love the assist opening for carrying on in at all times when not out in the wild. The need for it comes up more than you would think and is a life saver in emergencies or for simple things. I’ve used it for breaking down boxes, vehicle repairs, and even cleaning the dirt under my finger nails when my lady is nagging at me about them. Love the type of knife, Gerber and showing off multiple uses of my knives. Just wish I could afford all the other ones by Gerber as well right now.

Posted by ron young - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

the assist opening is my favorite. most of the time you need a knife you only have one hand to open it.

Posted by Jason Lee - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

Going by the article, survival knives for me — just not the cheesy kind with crap in the handle, thanks.

Posted by Chris mccoy - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

I prefer the survival knife . When I’m out in the bush backpacking or camping I always depend on a survival knife to get the task done whether its an emergency or weather it’s building shelter or cutting / battoning fire wood for camp . That’s why I always like to keep a good survival knife available to any kind of task when in need .

Posted by Cheyenne Rinehart - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

A survival, or fixed blade knife is my favorite becuase it serves multiple purposes. You can carry a smaller fixed blade on your belt for daily carry, but also have enough knife to get most jobs done in the field!

Posted by Kevin R - 07/16/2012 03:26 PM

I am a dagger man myself

Posted by Chris Jennings - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

My favorite type is the multi-tool. I’ve got all kinds from loaded Swiss Army knives to basic pliers, a blade and a screwdriver. These give me all the tinkering options i need in just about any situation. Next up would be survival, which I don’t really have any of, hint, hint. :)

Posted by Kathryn - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I prefer the survival knife as it comes in handy should anything ever go wrong when you are out and about.

Posted by Jason Niswander - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

Survival type fixed blades come in very handy in the woods where I spend time hunting and hiking. Can be used as many different tools to save your butt if you need it too.

Posted by Alejandro Luis La Regina (Alejandro Luis Regina on facebook, don't know why) - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

The survival, because they are made for using it like a tool for many uses in the wild, and in the house.-

Posted by carl meekins - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

Dagger… simple, efficient,deadly.

Posted by andy beloit - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I love number 4. It would make an excellent partner for my jungle issue boots.

Posted by scott - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

Clip for EDC and weight, like the folding blade

Posted by Bill A. - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

If I had to choose one it would be the multitool. The reason is right in the name. It’s too useful for so many different, daily, practical tasks to choose anything else.

Posted by Andre Mendez - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I love the Dagger #4 because whatever you need cut you can from both sides, and can still pierce through whatever it is you need to pierce! An all around great knife!!

Posted by Spencer Noble - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

With no doubt about it the machete is my favorite knife. Easy to hang from your belt as you go for a stroll through a thick old growth forest hacking your path through vines and thorned vegetation as well as easy enough to make the perfect slice from a block of sharp cheddar for that grilled cheese your about to make (on top of that the length of the blade makes it easier to flip the sandwich). And perhaps its most useful aspect is that in the event of a zombie apocalypse (inevitable at this point) it is the trustworthy sidekick you have always wanted; keeping a safer distance than a standard bowie or survival knife and quieter that the bang of rifle so you can efficiently hack your way through a horde of zombies without attracting any more unwanted attention to yourself. That is why I love the machete…and it looks badass!

Posted by Jonathan Thomas - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I love a good thrower, only because I’ve gotten pretty good at making them stick over the years and it’s therapeutic to throw ‘em!

Posted by James Randle - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

My first choice would be Survival #8! The reason being that I need a sturdy knife that is going to take a fair amount of abuse due to the many improvised uses I am able to come up with when I am “getting my nature on”! Secret compartments never hurt either!

Posted by Jesse B - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I own two of those types, an assist type (Gerber Instant with belt clip and drop point blade) and an older multitool that I’ve had for about 15 years, also a Gerber. Love them both, use them often and can’t wait to collect more, can’t have too many ya know :D

Posted by Tyler Rowe - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I love the machete because it makes chopping through underbrush near my house feel so much cooler.

Posted by Mark Jones - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I like assist-opening blades. Small enough to stash in a pocket yet functional when needed.

Posted by Eddie H - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

You can’t beat a good survival knife. It’s all around purpose just makes it too important in the bladed tool genre.

Posted by Stacy M - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

I’m going with the clip folder or the assist opening…easy to carry and and they do what I need a knife to do…cut, cut, cut!

Posted by michael nguyen - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

my favorite is the clip folder. I love the authoritative sound made when the blade is whipped out and locks into place!

Posted by Ari - 07/16/2012 03:27 PM

When it comes down to it, it’s all about SURVIVAL. I want a knife that packs at least 5 purposes, otherwise it stays at home. Survival blades carry enough tang to support repeated chopping of fire or shelter wood, the length to catch and prepare small game, and the emergency features like a whistle and fire stick to help you out in a tough situation. For me, a survival knife is a must-have, and the more I experiment with my survival blade, the more uses I find for it in the bush. Oh, and it just looks bad-ass on your belt, too.

Posted by Kane - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

SURVIVAL… Great knife. Multi-functional strong and durable, works well with slightly heavier cutting and this particular design is just ace!

Posted by ben bocock - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

The clip folder.It is vesitile and easy to carry. It does not clutter up your pockets and is easy to retrive and reset in easy one handed motion. I have many but a favorite of mine has muliti functions with a rod that folds out and 4 interchangeable screw heads. I dont leave home with out it. I love Gerber knifes but I always wind up “gifting” them to some one.

Posted by Matthew Bloom - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

My favorite has to be the multitool. It gives you the most survival options, in the smallest package. For example, if you’re car breaks down: you need to unscrew battery terminals AND files off some corrosion. Or if you need to strip and hold the wire while you solder it; you can’t exactly do those tasks with a machete or a throwing knife, now can you?

Posted by Steven F - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

My favorite type of knife from this article is the clip folder. They are easiest for me to carry and it’s always in a convenient spot for every-day-carry.

Posted by C Isbell - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

#3-Clip Folder is style of knife that I own. Its great for my job which is in Shipping and Receiving. I have to open lots of boxes. With a quick grab and a flip of the wrist its just an easy enjoyable part of the job.

I’ve had collections of knives in the past.

Posted by Andre - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

Assist-Opening. It’s often enough that I only have 1 hand available to open a knife for cutting rope or cord. They make life easier. Machete would be #2… highly versatile tool.

Posted by Joe - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

It’s almost a tossup between multi-tools and Swiss Army knives. Swiss Army edges out the win here, because my Cyber Tool has all the necessary bits to work on computers.

Posted by Chandra Pestilence - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

I can’t seem to choose between the survival knife, the machete or the clip folder. I own a machete and it’s pretty awesome :) would love to try the other 2 for comparison purposes.

Hrmm based on the fact that the survival knife can cut wood and some of them come with survival items in the hollowed out handle… i think this one would be my favorite :)

Posted by justin bailey - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

i love the #8 survival knife because im an outdoorsman and this knife is an awesome tool for almost every application in the outdoors requiring a blade. excellent quality and craftsmanship guarantees a reliable tool and sharp edge.

Posted by Martin - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

I have more clip knives than anything else, theyre my favorite style of knife, that being said I own all the styles gone over in this article, actually I have a pocket clip knife that is also an assisted opener, I’d say that one is my overall favorite.

Posted by Cole Beck - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

I like clip-folders. They are versatile, yet can be compact and carried more easily then a fixed blade of the same length. I particularly enjoy my Gerber combat folder; it is strong, super sharp, and my go-to for around the camp.

Posted by John Waugh - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

I love the assisted opening knives, they are the best tool to have around especially if its cold, you don’t have to get your thumbs chewed up to open your knife.

Posted by Rick Rodriguez - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

The throwing knife for sure. Because not only do you have to be precise in guiding the throw when the knife is in your hand, you have to make sure you have control of it after it leaves your hand.

Posted by Ken - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

The survival knife. They are small enough to carry anywhere and big enough to do nearly any job. And fixed blade means the blade will not close up on you while prying something and nearly cut your pinkie finger off. Fixed blades only :D

Posted by Curtis - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

Survival, I own assisted and clip folding but LOVE a good survival knife!!!!!! I never leave home without some type of knife!!!!!!

Posted by Joshua Reiss - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

My favorite type of knife, mentioned in this article would have to be #4 “the dagger.” The dagger style is my favorite because of double sided, fixed blade. A boot knife was my first knife and I have always loved the functionality of a double sided, fixed blade with a good sheath. A
set up like this is practical for many situations.

Posted by Dan Heddle - 07/16/2012 03:28 PM

Clip Folder- I have a Gerber(unknown model)that is used everyday in my construction job. My kids even ask to use it.It’s the only knife I haven’t lost yet.

Posted by blaine - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

i would like the survival knife and the bowie knife because the survival knife is everything you need in a survival situation and the bowie knife because who wouldn’t want one ?

Posted by Mike - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I spend a lot of time in the woods and prefer the fixed blade survival due to its versatility and durability.

Posted by Michael Brauner - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

My favorite knife type is the survival, since it is the toughest for harder work, and also serves more functions than an average knife. Also, it’s got a nice hollow grind for deep slicing ability.

Posted by NIck - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

My favorite knife out here is the multi tool, i carry one every where i go. weather i am at work or out on a hike, or in a kitchen i have never had a need that could not be filled by my multi tool. its the best sidekick a guy could have.

Posted by Dee - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I love the survival type…so many uses!

Posted by bryan hapner - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

Really like auto open and my k bar d2 extreme theres always a need for a knife from opening my mail to cutting my sandwiches to skinng a deer! !!always have your knife on you its no good in a drawer ;)

Posted by Jonathan Raines - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I have most of these…I will have to say the dagger is my favorite, because I lost mine.

Posted by darren - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I like the survival knife for versatility!

Posted by Joshua Glass - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

My favorite type of knife from the list is the survival knife. I like to spend a lot of time outdoors and a good sturdy knife for versatile cutting is always a tremendous amount of help.

Posted by Gary - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I prefer the fixed blade knives for survival. They will take more abuse.

Posted by Jason Bailey - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

Survival…………coz its from bear.

Posted by Ian Beskow - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

#3 — Clip Folder

I like to be able to use my knife, and attach it to my pants pocket or shirt. I feel it helps me require the knife in a timely manor. I’m young but I have a horrible memory.

Posted by Geoffrey Kennedy - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I’m a big fan of the basic clip-folder. I have 2 that are my EDC knives. They are very reliable and useful a wide-variety of situations I may find myself in, whether I am rocking the Cubicle at work, working back stage at a show, or if I am out in the wilds. While many of the other types are as useful, they have issues with reliability, legality, or portability.

Posted by Trvr Blnchrd - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

Ive gotta go with Survival. Nothing like a good solid blade made for work but small enough to take anywhere. Something specific about the Bear Grylls knife I like is the knurling on the handle for striking. Very solid knife. Love mine.

Posted by Brandon - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

#2 — Bowie I prefer a rugged and well rounded capability. The bowie is heavy enough for chopping, it can be sharp enough for skinning, the handle is easily replaceable, and i have enough flat blade that i can use it as a draw knife or even a digging tool. Plus there is something to say about the “intimidation” of bowie knives..it catches the eye fast.

Posted by Larry Falkenberg - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I prefer the survival knife because I love to camp and hunt and this baby is just what you need to take care of any situation that might arise.Even the occasional bigfoot encounters.

Posted by Joe - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I carry a simple pocket knife everywhere I go. The knife I carry was given to me by my dad 20 years ago. On the farm I carry a Multitool along with it.

Posted by Artur S. - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

Clip folder! Always in my pocket ready for action. Light & sharp – great for EDC. And what’s the best about it ? You can open it slowly without any attention and also lightning fast when you need it or sometimes.. just for fun :)

Posted by Ben - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I’ve gotta go with the dagger. Maybe not the most “useful” in many scenarios, but how cool is it to own a dagger!?

Posted by Jordan - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

Swiss Army – convenience and relative size of a pocket knife with many more features and much more versatile.

Posted by Terry - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I prefer the dagger. Allows for quiet termination of target. Double edged allows for minimal effort penetration. The best weapon for the hand of man, woman or child.

Posted by Adam Butler - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I like the survival. I really like the look of that one and really needing a new fixed blade for my hunting and camping trips.

Posted by David Haggard - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I love the multi-tool just because I am a tool nerd lol.

Posted by Timothy Martin - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I prefer the #3 clip holder knife. I like to have a knife that is always with me because you just never know when you might need one. I am deployed right now and I carry one all the time and i use it alot!

Posted by Kevin McDermott - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

my favorite knife is the dagger. I like it the because i’m a avid martial arts enthusiasts and that the type of blade we train with most often so its what im most comfortable with

Posted by Maurice Whitley - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

The pocket knife. There’s nothing too special about one All there is to it is a few folding blades. I grew up on a farm, and on the farm there are plenty of uses and convenience that comes with having a pocket knife.

Posted by Jenny Flame - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I love the #1 — Assist-Opening. It would be great for taking along on hiking and camping trips, and still good for everyday use in the field.

Posted by tracy talley - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

i love the #2 the bowie i have all was like these knifes there are a great knife you can do many things with it .

Posted by Johnny Mac - 07/16/2012 03:29 PM

I prefer the Bowie knife mainly due to it’s often misunderstood history.
When Daniel Boone was running wild in the wooden mist of Kentucky and slaying “Bears” they were actually Zombies. It was lost in translation over the nature of verbal history things got confused. The Bowie knife is the original Zombie no more metal master weapon. The width and stoutness of the blade lend itself well in the methods of dispatching Zombies.

Posted by Alexis - 07/16/2012 03:30 PM

Clip Folder. Easy to have it in the pocket at all times and great to use for really anything.

Posted by Eric Walker - 07/16/2012 03:30 PM

It’s the multi-tool for me. I work as an electrician and occassionally find myself in very tight spots and often the only tool that I can take is a multi-tool to get the job done.

Posted by Camden Jeffrey - 07/16/2012 03:30 PM

I prefer survival knifes do to the many applications they have, i even carry one on me at all times possible because they have tremendous cutting and chopping power for any task i need.

Posted by Cade - 07/16/2012 03:30 PM

I prefer the survival because its reliable & you can use it for pretty much anything you’d need a knife for!

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Posted by Caleb H. - 07/16/2012 03:30 PM

I’m a big fan of number 5. multipurpose and durable. not to mention way cool.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau - 07/16/2012 03:30 PM

I’ve carried the same Gerber Gator (folding “Pocket” knife) since 1991. It’s still my go to carry blade, even though I also have a Leatherman Wave (Multitool).

Posted by Michelle Boyero - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I like the Survival knife simply because it can handle an multitude of things. It makes for a readily available weapon if needed while in the outdoors or a great utility knife for anything else that would be needed while camping, hiking or stranded somewhere.

Posted by Michael - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I like the assist opening knife. Easily concealed and easily opened.

Posted by Travis Boots - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

Dagger. All the way. What it lacks in style or versatility, it makes up in sheer wrecking ability. Need to put a bunch of holes in something or someone really quickly? The dagger has your back.

Posted by Cristy Rice - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I love #5 — Machete to bushwhack my way through the woods!

Posted by Charles Askins - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

Survival Knives because you never know what situation you are going to get in to. They come in handy in all situations from doing simple yard work to cutting down saplings for survival.

Posted by ryan mason - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I would have to go with the survival knife with the inept abilities from setting up base camp to skining dinner.

Posted by Mac - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I have always been fond of the Swiss Army pocketknife. When I was in the service there wasn’t anything I couldn’t fix with a Swiss Army and Leatherman. Now I’ve switched to the Swiss Tool. In face I named my daughter after the company that makes Swiss Army (one of them anyway), Victoria. Every year for Christmas she gets a new, different Swiss Army knife. She said one time “I love how you get me something dangerous for Christmas every year.”

Posted by Mike Richard - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

My favorite is the classic bowie knife. It’s so versatile and if I had one on my hip I would feel like a mountain man.

Posted by Yockey - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I love survival knifes, they are more useful than almost any other item when you are in a sticky situation. With a little creativity, they can help you get out of ANY bad situation you could possibly put yourself in.

Posted by Brian Bachna - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I like #8 Survival… you can do a lot of things with this knife you can’t do with a regular old pocket knife. Knowing you have this in you back pocket, whether it’s in the snowy mountains, the rocky cliffs, or the dry desert, When it comes to survival and protection this is the knife for me, and if you’re smart it’s the one for you.

Posted by Nick - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

My favorite knife type is Swiss Army because my first knife from my dad was a Swiss Army knife that he had when he was a kid. And every time we went up to Jackson Hole we would by a new one to make a collection! :)

Posted by milwanke - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

Multitool all the way. For outdoor use, it must have a knife and a saw, though.

Posted by Shawn Crusan - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

my favorite would have to be the clip folder i dont know what i would do with out mine!

Posted by Clemente Oriciaga - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I prefer the bowie knife because it is awesome, it is big, and heavy duty. I would take it on hiking trips and do manly stuff with it!!

Posted by craig sommerville - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

survival bear grylls ultimate knife by gerber. does it all its my favourite as its the only knife you need. a superb all in one.

Posted by Sebastian - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I love the survival knife because I love nature and how small we are compared to it. I like the whole survival topic and I also admire Bear Grylls because he is really into that topic ;)

Posted by Amy Perkins - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

My favorite would have to be the survival knife. My dad was an outdoors-man, and was even a videographer for an outdoors show here in KY. So, I was raised in the woods. He taught me to be prepared for anything, and I try to be. This knife is a staple when heading outside for anything… And NO ONE makes knives like Gerber!

Posted by Jake Darland - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

My overall favorite knife is my leatherman multitool. It’s handy in almost every situation within the backcoutry and is quite reliable.

Posted by Jon - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

Dagger. If it’s a sheathed one like a boot-knife, it stays out of the way but I can access it quicker than pulling out a clip-knife and folding it open. Plus, the double side of it makes it more versatile in an outdoor situation than with a single sided pocket knife.

Posted by Kyle Williams - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

Clip Folder is my favorite. I am able to make a quick move if need be. I have the ability to get it out and take care of the job with the ease of one hand. I have had to use if for first aid before and have always known to have one on hand since then.

Posted by Nick Micos - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

I like the multitool as it has a good design, and if you have one of those, you can complete any job.

Posted by James F - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

The Bowie. Why? Because of Crocodile Dundee. Enough said.

Posted by Corissa D - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

Throwing Knives, I have a huge collection I love learning how to use / throw diffreant types correctly there just fun.

Posted by robert worley - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

hands down love a good Bowie knife, strong rugged, timeless. the more blade the better.

Posted by Ian Crocker - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

The Assist opening is better, but you have to be either LEO or military to own one. I love my resuce knife from benchmade, its so lightweight, and performs very well under stress and combat.

Posted by gareth saxby - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

i prefer the assist-opening knife there much easier to carry an a great looking knife an can be used for multi tasking, i find these much more useful as a knife than the others for on site use

Posted by Marcus Hammond - 07/16/2012 03:31 PM

My faveorite is the Survival knife, It nice to have one knife with you that can standup to just about anything.

Posted by Shane - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I like the Assist-Opening, for all those unexpected situations you need to get out of.

Posted by Mike Borton - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I prefer a folding knife with a clip. I like to get to my knife fast when I need it. Really I like all knives but the knife with the belt clip has to be my favorite.

Posted by Ryan - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

Definitely the bowie knife! It’s a great survival/hunting all purpose knife! One of the best tools to have on you incase of a zombie apocalypse!

Posted by Jared Yokley - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

My personal favorite from this list is the throwing knife. It is an art form that has been lost since guns came into play. However, in combat, once mastered it was extremely lethal and game changing. A good stealthy way to take someone out and an excellent distraction.

Posted by Rudy Fimbres - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

The clip folder is my choice because it is easy to carry anywhere and still works for just about any job I would need it for.

Posted by Jeff Williams - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I would have to say that Survival knives are my favorite. The variety of options they provide and the elegance and versatility of the different designs is great. It is just hard to argue with a knife that is an all around “work-horse” but also looks beautiful.

Posted by Tony Wells - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I would love to get that machete. I do alot of river fishing and i need a good blade to cut through alot of uncharted grounds..if it aint unfished i dont wanna waste my time

Posted by Matthew - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

Survival, because it can stand up agaisnt anything to keep you alive.

Posted by Aleks - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I am a huge fan of the auto’s but i would have to go with #3 clip folder.

Its a very practical for what is needed. I have no use for an auto, when a simple thumb and a flip of the wrist, will pop open it up. Easy to open with one hand. Can clip it on the inside of the pocket. Usually smaller and lighter.

Posted by Jeremy Eldridge - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

From most liked to least.
1. Survival because it looks bad ass and is one of the few types I don’t own.
2.Throwing cause I own no well-made Gerber throwing knives.
and finally 3. Dagger cause I own an older model Gerber Dagger and It would be awesome to up-grade.

Posted by Chris - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I prefer the assist opening first for ease of use when working and being able to simply flick the blade open with a finger and get the job done.

Posted by Calen Liverance - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I like the multi-tool best: I am a techie for my college’s theatre department. There’s nothing like having just the right tool on you when you’re up on a 30’ extension ladder working on a light on the grid.

Posted by Jarad - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

Survival. Cause ya never know what might happen.

Posted by NC - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

#2 — Bowie —-> just to look like a bad ass!

Posted by David Frash - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

My favorite knife is the multitool knife. It is practical for a sportsmen to carry one and can not think of a better knife. It works for everything from hunting to fishing to camping.

Posted by Joanne Johnson - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

My pocket knife. (In fact, it’s my Gerber LST that I have had since 1984.) I never leave home without it. Handy for doing an assortment of minor things and even in a self-defense scenario. A knife is a weapon of surprise. ;-)

Posted by Dominik Wagner - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

My favourite is the Bowie.

I think its very good for surviving in the wilderness. :)

Posted by Clyde Fogh - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

Ideally I like an assist open, pocket clip knife for EDC, but I would like to try thr BG Survival knife for my outdoor/camping knife.

Posted by Samantha - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I’m going to have to go with #4, the basic dagger. It’s small enough that I feel like I have better control over it.

Also, since it doesn’t fold up to sheath itself, I don’t have to worry that I’m going to cut myself sheathing back into the handle!

Posted by Andrew G - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

The clip folder with an assisted blade, when I start my day I clip It on my back pocket an dont have to worry about losing it

Posted by Joseph Albert - 07/16/2012 03:32 PM

I like the pocket knife. small enough to carry without that bulge in your pocket, but strong enough to handle most everyday jobs.

Posted by Florian - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

My favourite is the #8 — Survival.
I love it, because of the multiple options of use. Especially the serrated edge part of the knive makes it very usefull. The Hammerhead on the back is also very good in the wood.

Posted by michele malone - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I like #1 the assist opening best. my first pocket knife was a gerber 400. :)

Posted by Jennifer Garnick - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

#8. Looks perfect. Strong and durable.

Posted by Pocketgecko - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I am an assisted opener sort of guy. Quick to get open and being able to do it with just one had is a huge plus for me.

Posted by Ken Goldman - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

The Clip Folder is sweet as it fits nicely in my pocket protector which allows me to be a geek and bad ass at the same time.

Posted by AtleeA - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I carried a Swiss Army knife in my pocket every day for about 10 years. Then I was gifted a pocket sized multi-tool & have carried it every day since, I use it as an Army Reservist & as a civilian tech, both for professional use & when working on projects for friends…….

I also have a 24 yr old Schrade Uncle Henry lock blade….

Posted by Elliot W - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I’d have to go with Clip Folder. Small and easy to carry, pretty much guaranteed never to get lost. I do a lot of work outdoors and having a knife that you wont lose and can use with one hand is a must. Mine has a half serrated edge for cutting through that extra tough stuff.

Posted by Nicholas michnevitz - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I like the bear grills knife because it is great for camping and all sorts of outdoor use .

Posted by James - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

Clip folder with thumb post. Opens nearly as quickly as an assisted-opening and I can carry it daily with easy access.

Posted by candice fusilli - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

Bowie because we do not have a knife like it. It looks large but not to large.

Posted by Jesse Stoneburner - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I’m a fan of the Survival knife, they are good for pretty much every need that could arise.

Posted by Doug B - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I prefer a Swiss army knife. I like the small carry and the number of options available. When I am out for a walk I have the tools I need to do any job I come across. I usually have one with me at all times + the small one on my keyring.

Posted by Brody - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

I love the clip knife. It is so easy to take with you anywhere you go, yet versatile enough to be used in countless situations everyday. I can’t think of a day in the last 2 years, where I haven’t carried, or used mine!

Posted by Daniel Huggins - 07/16/2012 03:33 PM

Survival as I do a lot of camping and its good to know that if I get lost it will help me out.

Posted by Steve Dahlen - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

I like the Survival Knife…..I already have about $300.00 invested in my first aid kit and am in the process of putting together a survival kit and I don’t want to skimp on Quality. I’m also currently looking for a Machete to go with my bug-out bag!
No compromise on quality!!

Posted by Steve Lupton - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

I like the Dagger best, it makes a great backup knife and can be worn in the boot.

Posted by Michael Allen - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

Ultimately survival knives are my favorite. You don’t have to worry about it breaking or folding closed on you. And if you break the tip off, you grind it down and resharpen it.

Posted by Eric Waller - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

I prefer the Survival because it is a perfect all around knife for being out in the wild.

Posted by Brad Mansell - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

I prefer the assist-opening knife for my everyday carry, because my job often requires using my blade one handed and this makes it so much easier!

Posted by R. Cook - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

My favorite is the multi-tool and the survival. With these two tools I’m ready for just about any situation at home at work or in the bush.

Posted by Shawn Kaltenberg - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

Survival knife…the go anywhere and do anything knife.

Posted by Roger H - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

A Good multi-tool. Various reasons, but mainly it can be carried anywhere and you never know what you can get into without it. Survival, doors, windows, make additional tools, whatever…just too handy.

Posted by Kevin - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

i prefer the bowie knife for its multiple uses

Posted by Michael Grimaldi - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

Survival knives are my favorite because they are essential when I am out in the wild for days at a time with limited access to other kinds of tools.

Posted by Trevor Weller - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

I prefer the assisted opening for my daily knife, keep a Gerber Answer FAST in my pocket at the moment. I also use multi tools for work, the Gerber Freehand is in my tool pouch at the moment.

Posted by Connor D - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

My favorite is the Swiss army knife. It’s the ultimate iconic knife that gets the job done. Although not as tough as a fixed blade survival knife or as destructive as a machete it’s great for those little jobs whether it be at home or in the field.

Posted by Abe Ott - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

Clip folder. It usually ends up being the knife that i have on me when I need it…

Posted by scott flick - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

i would have to say the machete or the survival knife. both very good for when the zombies come.

Posted by Andrew - 07/16/2012 03:34 PM

I like ‘em all but my favorite is the Bowie. It’s classic history meets top of the line quality & technology. To me it has to be the knofe with the most History and when fashioned bty a top of the line company like so… you can;t go wrong!

Posted by bucky - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

i prefer the assist-opening, just need a basic knife while camping

Posted by tyler hetland - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

survival knife. Fixed blade is strong and safe, yet small enough to not get in the way. They can have hallow handles so you can add additional items important to survival. Multifunctional with only one blade to worry about.

Posted by T Yockey - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

The survival knife is one of the best to have at hand. They can be used in many different situations. They have an almost unumerable uses, and with a little creativity can get you out of any bad situation you find yourself in.

Posted by Paul O - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

My choice would have to be without doubt #2Bowie Knife. Who couldnt use a good old fashioned Bowie? It is a great all around knife, you can use it for just about anything! From whittling wood, killing/gutting dinner, filleting your fish or even to use to pry open items (Cans, doors, windows, etc…) It has the ability to cut through those tough items like rubber and you never have to worry about ruining it for any of these uses! Great knife for all needs!

Posted by john crull - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I like the dagger.Its always my favorite.Its as good as a throwing knife and easier to use.

Posted by Eadwine - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I just love the Dagger, its very functional and has an old fashioned shape, perfect for camping

Posted by Rich Brown - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I like #4 the dagger it has a scare factor if needed and is also handy for a lot of other tasks

Posted by Anthony - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

Multitool because it offers a all in one option with Self-contained folding tool including blades, pliers, drivers, files, openers etc. you can’t go wrong. I work for the Fire department and I would not even think about going to work without my Multitool.

Posted by Jayson Ballantine - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

It depends on what I need the knife for. I typically carry a clip folder or an assist-opening. That being said, nothing beats a good fixed-blade survival with a full tang for REAL grunt work, so let’s go with that.

Posted by Don - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I like the classic Bowie knife because I was born and raised in San Antonio, Tx. Trips to the Alamo were the norm and now I live in San Diego, CA. The Bowie knife is a beautiful keepsake from my home country.

Posted by Jason Grant - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

My first choice is always a survival knife. It can handle so many different things in the survival situation. My second choice has always been the multi-tool. I keep one in my car glove compartment and one at my desk.

Posted by Omri Blit - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I prefer the multi tool. It still contains a blade, if not more than one. Plus a saw and specified tools to match different everyday situations in your life. Some examples are a bottle opener, scissors, and a ruler.

Posted by Doug Richardson - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I prefer #1 assist-opening. I like the quickness and effectiveness.

Posted by tim evans - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I love my clip folder . Wouldn’t think of leaving home without it.

Posted by Nathan - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

My personal choice would be a clip folder that is spring assisted. It’s great for Every Day Carry (EDC), and it quickly springs into action when needed (no pun intended)

Posted by Karl Erickson - 07/16/2012 03:35 PM

I prefer the Clip Folder, conveniently located and accessible when you need it most. In most applications it can be opened one handed, with or with out a spring assist.

Posted by andy w. - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

I like the survival, they can be used in multiple situations and stand up to a lot more punishment than a folder. Also more of a balanced feel which in my opinion is a major factor in purchasing a good knife.

Posted by Ian D. - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

My favorite is #5, the Machete. Not only is the machete a versatile survival tool capable of thick bush navigation, chopping wood, and disposing of zombies, but it screams “i’m a man of action, and I need a really big knife!”

Posted by Alex - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

Assist opening for everyday use and the multi tool for the boat!

Posted by Samuel Odle - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

I like the machete. My brother just started a plantation in the Dominican Republic and it would be perfect. A heavy sharp blade can only get you so far if it is not ergonomic and weighted. With a legendary blade his workers can start his legend.

Posted by PaddlingOtaku - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

Clip Folder. by far. It is thin and flat, and goes with me literally everywhere. I use it for everything, opening a box, slicing an envelope, shiving a jackalope.

Posted by David Albert Desrosiers - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

My favorite is the multitool. I have a Gerber Suspension tool that I use every day.

Posted by Rob - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

# 8 – Survival knife! I’m a fan of surviving. I’d “Like” it on Facebook if I could… wait, maybe I can.

Posted by Gaylord Hinshaw - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

Swiss Army knives. The range of options in the Swiss Army line is excellent. From simple pocket knives to a compact multiple tool suitable for a wide range of outdoor, and indoor, uses. I have bought many over the years for personal use and gifts. I have never had one break under us. They hold and edge well. I have bought them as gifts as well, partly because many have mysteriously disapeared from tables and counters when “friends” visited.

Posted by Jason - 07/16/2012 03:36 PM

i like the bowie knife for the potential survival situation advantages.

Posted by robert bourgoine - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

#10 the throwing knife is my favorite. I like a knife that takes skill to use and is also fun to use. The throwing knife covers all bases.

Posted by Kathy West - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

Swiss army knife is a must have.

Posted by Lost Mountain - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I would say the survival knife multi uses and ease of carry, other then that the pocket folder

Posted by Cristy Rice - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I love #5 — Machete to bushwhack my way through the back country!

Posted by Dan Binkley - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I like to carry a plain old pocket knife. Nothing fancy, but it gets done what I need done.

Posted by Terry Turnbaugh - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

i have to say its a toss up between the assist opening, throwing, bowie, and the clip folder. I have a large love for all knives. I use the clip folder more because its always on me. I use the bowie for hunting and when im in the woods camping or trail blazing. I love the throwing knife because like every good knife a nice balance of blade and handle allows for optimal comfort and handleing. The assist opening is always fun because its good to show off and are always good for fishing when you only have one hand to open your knife… So my top two are the throwing and bowie knife just because they are more closely related to my lifestyle.

Posted by Michael Soliz - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

Assist opening, or folding clip. Concealment is key..

Posted by Craig Olmsted - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I carry a Blackhawk CQD Mark 1 Type E daily. I’ve decided that all my new knives will have a glass breaker and a seatbelt cutter. The safety blade of the cutter has come in handier than I expected when I started carrying it.

I do carry a fixed blade when hunting and tend to prefer the K-bar because the way it fits in my hand.

When trail riding I strap a SOG Seal Pup to my vest or pack.

Posted by Derek Pacuk - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I like the survival knives simply because they’re used to survive. If you’re in the elements and need to survive, a folding knife or assisted opening knife can only do so much…you really need the knife that has it all. Furthermore, they do look pretty bad a$$!

Posted by Brandon - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I want to say the Survival because of it’s durability and compact size but I still have to go with the Machete because you can do all of the same things you can with the Survival and sever heads with one swoop when the Zombie Apocalypse occurs.

Posted by Scott Stringer - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I’ve got to go with #2, The Bowie. It’s a hacker, it’s a slasher, it’s a chopper, it’s a thrower, you can skin with it, you can shave with it..and most of all you can survive with it..(Pretty sure that’s been shown throughout it’s age)

Posted by Greg L. - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

This is easy for me, the classic Pocketknife. Its like having a close friend. I use mine for everything and take it with me everywhere. My current knife is need of replacement. But choosing a new one is a decision I treat like buying a car. It has to be tough enough to do the NON knife things that I might use it for as well as the classic knife uses.

Posted by Marc - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

I would prefer the survival knife. Has a nice look to it and it can be pretty much be used to accomplish any tasks that you may face. But to be honest all Gerber stuff is pretty darn cool!

Posted by J. Brown - 07/16/2012 03:37 PM

throwing knife! i own a few others but this item takes skill and time to master!

Posted by John - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

Survival all the way… When I was 12, I was lost in the woods of Western Massachusetts for a whole weekend, the only reason I survived was due to the fact that I had found an old Rambo survival knife with matches still in the handle in an old abandoned campsite deep in the woods. I was able to build a fire which was spotted by a rescue helicopter and was home safe and sound hours later… I love any type of survival knife and wish I still had the knife that had saved my life. Most importantly, I’m glad that someone was careless enough to forget it because without knowing, they saved my life.

Posted by John Pavlik - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

Absolutely the bowie. Few knives are as do-all as a properly made bowie. A survival knife can be good, but most are gimmicks. You should have the basics when you’re out there, anyway!

Posted by JC Maldonado - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

My favorite type of knife is the clip folder. I love being able to pocket carry my knife in a comfortable way. I once read, “every man should carry a good knife” and it’s true!

Posted by Dan Halliday - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

Throwing knives= FUN. I could sit there and toss em all day

Posted by Matt - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

So I love assist opening knives but if I have to pick the one I use the most that woudl be a multitool… just too many good things to do with that one. Have one in every car, at work, and several around the house

Posted by Victor Maida - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

I like survival knife, I already have a Gerber LMF II. It is a knife for all kinds of work.

Posted by Sam D - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

I like the dagger, easy to get to, cannot break malfunction or break like any tool with a hinge can.

Posted by Dan McCallum - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

I, like many other knife fans appreciate and love all knives for the inherent beauty, I actually like a combo of 2 knives, the Assisted open with a pocket clip. I have owned a couple of these but my current edc knife is a gerber fast. I use it every day and the quick open is vital in getting a knife open with little fuss when i need it, but the clip makes sure it is always in the same spot i put it.

Posted by Valerie Goodness - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

I like the #3 — Clip Folder. As a field biologists this knife would be very handy and would clip nicely on my field belt.

Posted by Patrick - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

#4 Dagger- It reminds me of the Mk I which is my favorite knife of all time.

Posted by Dan Marsac - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

My Knife type is definitely the assist open. I love the fact that the blade is ready for you in the flash of a second!

Posted by frank see - 07/16/2012 03:38 PM

I like all knives. But I do prefer to carry a folding clip or an assisted blade. Easy access with simple one hand deployment. Great for all around use.

Posted by vince - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

i would prefer to have the survival beause i am a big time hunter and this knife would be great for after the harvest gutting and skinning i could aslo use this knife to trim branches out of my way to clear for shooting lanes as well as make a blind with limbs if needed for turkey and ground hunting

Posted by Darren Cripps - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

Tough call but has to be a survival knife (folding or fixed blade) – simply because I will always find a use for one, often on my hiking trips.

Posted by Sebastian Cook - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

Survival #8 because it’s so versatile and comes into
It’s element in nearly every situation, similar to how I try to be!

Posted by genebean - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

I’m a fan of the throwing knife. It does 3 things for me: 1) keeps predators/attackers at a safe distance, 2) provides hours of friendly competition with a dart board and 3) makes you appear to be (and feel) extremely dangerous and sexy when you know how to throw one.

Posted by Ben - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

I really enjoy my Gerber Evo clip folder. It stays right in my pocket and is right there when I need it in the woods. Plus the folding manner keeps the blade sharper and out of harms way.

Posted by Troy Nichols - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

I’ll keep it short and. Sweet
I perfer the the “Throwing knife”
In a well trained hand it quiet, lethal and useful in
a utility type a way

Posted by Dan Granger - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

Survival for me, gotta be a knife with multiple uses and can save yo ass in the needed situation wither its construction, hunting, rescue etc..I prefer a knife that can do as much for me as possible but still be a strong knife

Posted by Bryan L. - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

I love the Clip Folder. It’s always sitting at the top of my pocket ready for action.

Posted by Paul Dionne - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

My grandpa always carried his trusty pocket knife. For me its my favorite. Its a classic.

Posted by Sean Beliveau - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

Survival or Bowie becuase fixed blade full tang knives can never let you down. They are not to big (well maybe the bowie is undersome circumstances) and not too small and they always get the job done.

Posted by Jeffrey Jones - 07/16/2012 03:39 PM

The multitool, Its probrolly the most universal of all of them. I am an outdoor guy and work in the oilfield,my last gerber multitool lasted for ever.

Posted by Larry - 07/16/2012 03:40 PM

I am looking to get a good “survival” style knife. It is the only one I have never really owned before and would be very beneficial to me now, more than in the past.

Posted by kc mitchell - 07/16/2012 03:40 PM

i like the survival knife the best. it can deffinately save the owners life in any sort of disaster scenario. i have a tac-force speedster model it has assisted opening with seatbelt cutter and window breaker, its already helped me out.

Posted by Roger Finney - 07/16/2012 03:40 PM

#8 — Survival is my favotite because I’m an avid hunter/outdoorsman & it is a multi- purpose knife…numerous uses other than skinning…would come in real handy in the woods.

Posted by Lee Cross - 07/16/2012 03:40 PM

The Bowie knife by far has been my favorite knife because of its versatility. It’s bigger than your average pocket knife but snaller than a machete which makes it great for the outdoors. Also the history behind it with Jim Bowie and his last stand at the Alamo makes it one of history’s most notable knife in history.

Posted by Anthony Gerardi - 07/16/2012 03:40 PM

Survival knife for me. Lots of uses to get through most any situation it has.

Posted by Tim Brown - 07/16/2012 03:40 PM

spring assisted its there when you need it most

Posted by David Pillow - 07/16/2012 03:40 PM

Survival because I want to be like BG

Posted by Gilberto - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

My favorite would be the survival knife, having spent time outdoors camping and such, a good knife goes a long way into making those tedious tasks much easier. Plus its useful in those tight situations since the blade isnt overly long nor too short.

Posted by Jay - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

I love both the survival and assist opening knives but in the end I own far more of the assist opening knives so that is what wins in my book.

Posted by M E Penzien - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

I typically like clip folders and have had a string of them over the last 15 years, but I just got my first assist-opening and I’m starting to get the feel for it! Would like to learn and come to love throwing blades!

Posted by Jason Hernandez - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

I like the dagger. Being in the military having a dagger can be very useful. I can use it to slice and stab easily. And I like not having to open the knife and being able to just unsheath it.

Posted by Paul Chappell - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

Favorite type is probably the multi-tool… Almost always something you can use there, and one tool you can guarantee always having in the field…

Posted by Kelly - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

I like the clip folder because I can clip it to the inside of my pocket and have easy acccess with out diggin around the bottom of my pocket for it!

Posted by andy mac - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

I love my assist opening knife.

Posted by Allen Bishop - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

My problem is there are so many uses for knives. That may be why I have so many varied styles. Dpending on my mood or what I know I have to do that day, depends on what I carry. But since I must make an ultimate decision here I would opt for the asist opening, big enough to handle some of the heavier jobs and small enough for the pocket.

Posted by Pat P - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

Favorite blade has to be the survival knife for its versatility. There are so many uses. Although, the clip folder is my EDC

Posted by Crystal LoManto - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

My fav is the dagger……classic & sexy

Posted by Brennan - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

Clip folder is my favorite. It’s always right at hand when you need it and a flick of the wrist and it’s open. No need for a fancy assisted opening or anything.

Posted by Chris Schuller - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

I prefer the clip folder, I have carried several brands over the years but I almost always have one with me. I firmly believe it is one of the most versatile tools to have with you.

Posted by Jesse Myers - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

Id say the survival knife is my absolute favorite

Posted by Rick - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

The dagger looks bad ass! and because it is double sided

Posted by Holly Folkerts - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

Assist opening, easy & quick to use

Posted by Taylor S - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

I prefer the Clip Folder. I love it because it is very convenient to have clipped to my pocket at all times. It provides quick and easy access. Love Gerber!!

Posted by Charles Stevens - 07/16/2012 03:41 PM

My favorite “knife”…or tool, as I would call it, is the multitool. Its what I carry around with me at all times, and what I use the most. It does the most tasks out of all the things I carry, so its my favorite.

Posted by Matt Fernandez - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

i am an outdoors type person, whether its fishing, hunting or hiking i will find a use for it.

Posted by Russ Elster - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

Survival knife; overall a verstile knife if I could only have one.

Posted by Tony - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

I’ve always liked large knives like the Bowie, but as far as edc I will go with an auto or assisted opening.

Posted by Brian - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

i prefer the assited opening because its a knife i can use everyday

Posted by Mark Graves - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

I would go with the survival knife. It is capable of doing jobs of almost all the other knives. It is small enough that you don’t have to worry about hiding it during casual encounters and strong enough to tak care of business.

Posted by Joe Chauby - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

My favorite knife for everyday use is a simple single blade clip folder. Easy to carry and most of the time I don’t get dirty looks when I take it out to cut something.

Posted by Anthony Portanova - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

I would prefer the Throwing knife. I feel like it is the most versatile of the knives listed. With the right training and practice it could be used for hunting small game while providing the fuction of any other knife. As well as being double edged they are generally light weight.

Posted by Pete Correa Jr. - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

I like the #3 Clip folder knife, or #1 Assist-open knife. These are great everyday use knives, or when need be can be used to get you out of certain situations depending on when you carry them. Great for my profession which is Fire and EMS.

Posted by majic man - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

i like the clip folder #3 cuz it has a sleek design and appears that it has the liner lock. i like the black finish. but i cannot tell if it is serrated

Posted by Daniel Sanchez - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

The Bowie knife wins by a long shot. It does everything I need a knife to do, nice weight and no excessive length like the machete, so it’s good for close encounters AND swinging. It may not have a screw driver or a can opener but that’s because it’s neither of those things. When I need a knife, I NEED a KNIFE!

Posted by Nick millar - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

I love the clip folding knife because you can always carry it with you and I carry one everyday and it has come through for me in every situation I have ever needed it.

Posted by Jamie Burke - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

#3 — Clip Folder.

I have a good gerber multi-tool, but this clipped version of a blade would really come in handy as a “more used” knife instead of the time consuming multi. I like the dagger as well. Very sleek.

Posted by Mike Smith - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

Multitool I can use it to make alot of diffrent things for survival and repair other gear.

Posted by Darren Pepple - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

I like the Survival type knives you have to get a good one, but they are always built for work. I carry a clip stlye or high quality pocket every day, and I wish I could carry my Bear Grylls Survival Knife every day. Love this site!!!

Posted by dan - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

Survival … it can only be truly used when pushing yourself and it to the limits.

Posted by Dan Irvine - 07/16/2012 03:42 PM

It may not be the most useful knife, but I’m gonna go with the throwing knife. Almost anybody can use any of the others. A throwing knife takes practice to get right and gives you a feeling of accomplishment when you hear that solid thud when it sticks. They’re just all around fun when used right.

Posted by Yann Conings - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

The survival knife is the best!
I love the BG ultimate knife becaus it is designed by and for Bear Grylls.
The ultimate knife is the best knife from Gerber!
This knife is very handy if you are in danger and for many other things.
There are many more reasons why I love The Gerber Ultimate knife.

Posted by Eric Alba - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

I prefer the Assist-Opening knife, alot easier to use especially when your in a one handed situation.

Posted by Rob Juker - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

I am a fan of the survival knife. Probably because I watched rambo as a kid…

Posted by Alex T - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

I prefer the multitool simply because it is quite versatile and can be used for many different jobs, yet is still small enough to easily carry around!

Posted by Rob G - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

The Multi-tool, I bought my first one as a US Army private, and for 21 years it stood up to rigorous everyday use in the motorpool, the armory, the field, and even enabled me to open a beer when all the hard work was done.

Posted by Zeke - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

I like the fixed blade. Nice and sturdy and comes in handy when you need it.

Posted by Lawrence - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

My definite favorite is the survival knife. For versatility and sturdiness it can’t be beat. One knife that does several jobs but in one compact tool. I love these whether its opening the mail or skinning an animal for food.

Posted by Jonathan Amon - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

I like the bowie its just a good general knife you can fight with it skin with it and its handy in other situations.

Posted by benjamin fedje - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

i like the dagger. easy to conceal and useful in tactical and self defense situations

Posted by Dave - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

Easy – A decent multitool – far more uses daily, the knife being just one part of that

Posted by Jack Williamson - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

I have to go with the multi tool. It can be carried every day, at all times, and can be used for just about anything. My Gerber T3 edition multi tool hasn’t left my hip for years, has been through hell and back with me, and still functions like it was new. With a quality multi tool, you’re always prepared, and don’t have to worry about much!

Posted by Chris K - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

In the forest of jungle, a machete or parange style. None of those who think a pocket knife is the best for survival are crazy. I’ve been through some thick stuff in Korea and panama. A swiss army knife would have been useless. After that choice would be a large fixed blade

Posted by Justin - 07/16/2012 03:43 PM

I prefer the Multitool because, seriously, who couldn’t use a multitool in their life!

Posted by Anthony - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

I love my clip folding knife. It has been with me for several years and have it on me almost all the time. It is great when hunting and fishing! I also love being able to clip it to my pocket to ensure I don’t lose it. My knife has gotten tons of use and anytime I’m around friends or family and the need for a knife comes up, I simply grab it from my pocket flick it open and it is ready to go!

Posted by Lewis - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

The Bear Grylls knife just because of the name.

Posted by jonathan - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

Survival- i love good survival tools.

Posted by Bill Warner - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

I would have to go with the machete. Needed for the zombies that are coming in the apocalypse

Posted by Joshua Sandoval - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

#8 survival knife I love them because its a do it all kind of tool for any adventure. hunting small game, cutting wood, building shelter and all with one knife! what else do you need? nothing! because its a the perfect tool for any wilderness man.

Posted by Ben Henson - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

#8 Fixed Blade Knife for me. I have a benchmade 680 in my pocket everyday but I’ve been in the market for a more substantial camping knife that has the advantage of the serrated blade and a sizable grip for working on larger projects around camp.

Posted by M.Irizarry - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

The survival knife. The name says it all – for “survival”

Posted by Bob Gillespie - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

Bowie!!!!! With the combined use as a machete, survival and throwing (thats right, I said throwing!) this large knife is ideal! Only drawback: does not go through airport security well!

Posted by Michael Martin - 07/16/2012 03:44 PM

The Multitool has to be the best the 8 years i was in the army as a mechanic i always had a use for it no matter what i was doing we were issued one when i first joined still have it and still use it knife is still nice and sharp never had to sharpen it.

Posted by John Steele - 07/16/2012 03:45 PM

one can never have enough Multi Tools in their possession. The Multi Tool is my favorite Gerber Knife

Posted by Christina Nelson - 07/16/2012 03:45 PM

I prefer the survival/fixed blade knife. Even more when the handle is hollow with additional implements within. I get more use out of this type when camping or hiking.

Posted by Troy B.Siefer - 07/16/2012 03:45 PM

Clip folder cause im kinda lazy, one clip and there it is for whatever needs to be done. I like a half serratted blade to enhance the cutting ability of the knife.

Posted by Nick - 07/16/2012 03:45 PM

My survival knife has helped me through many jams when hiking here in Hawaii. That said the multi-tool is unbeatable for daily work tasks. I’d go with the survival knife if I had to chose though…

Posted by Andrea C - 07/16/2012 03:45 PM

I love the machete, I have always wanted one and it will come in handy in many of the end of the world situations especially zombies and be put to good use now. It was a tough pick between that one and the survival one.

Posted by Chris barry - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

The machete because I can use it to clear paths to fishing holes on the banks. Also, used for protection from snakes along the banks.

Posted by Shamus - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

I would have to say the survival knife is the knife i prefer. I like a fixed blade because sometimes under extreme conditions a folding knife can bust and close up on you. The extras this knife comes with can also come in handy in such extreme conditions, such as the whistle or fire starter. Its small for travel unlike the machete its a good knife to have for unknown situations. Prepare for the worst and you’ll be ok.

Posted by JD - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

My favorite is the multi tool because it has a bit of everything and is built to last.

Posted by jathan - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

Assisted opening becaause of the quick access and an ease to open. But since iv’e not been able to find one anywhere i have stuck with fixed blades, multi’s, and my Mtech usa marine military ops folder. But yes i’d love to win an assisted open

Posted by Martin Netherton - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

I prefer the assisted opening style of knife. It fits in the pocket like a standard knife, but you can get the blade out quickly when you’re already holding what you need to cut.

Posted by Roddy - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

I’m all about the bowies, they are big, sturdy and sharp enough for delicate job and perfect for killing zombies.

Posted by Scott - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

Cliip folder and multi tool are the BEST. As a Fisherman and hunter, these are superior.

Posted by K. P. Howell - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

#8 The Gerber. I am an outdoors person who does alot of hunting, fishing and camping. The best part of these versitile knives is the fact that they have a heavier/thicker blade that holds up alot longer than any of the other knives shown. This one has a lanyard to keep from loosing it which makes it even more useful and the grip on the handle does not slip in your hands if they are wet or sweaty. This makes this knife very easy to hold and keep control of and that is why this is the top ranked knife here for all around use.

Posted by rob haaa - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

I prefer the assist opening so you don’t have a delay in getting your bbbblade out and ready for use.

Posted by Andy Benkert - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

Swiss Army Knife – compact and functional.

Posted by Danielle Nettles - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

To be honest I could never choose one over another.I <3 knives! I carry a clip folded at all times and a machete is a must when I am hiking or just dicking off in the woods. A fixed blade, though, is problably my favorite. For one you can use it for about anything and and when i carry them all together I get a slight “badass” complex…I just love knives, like gun fanatics love guns. It has been a love affair since I was a child.

Posted by Exsleepyink - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

Survival…but it’s a toss up! Usually I’m a fan of a Clip Folder because I’m an avid hiker. Having it right on my pocket ready for anything gives me a sense of ease. I’ve had more than my fair share of scary animal encounters and know from being on the AT that some people can be pretty darn creepy. Nice to have a safety “totem”. But that Survival jobby looks BAD @$$!! Might have to convert for my next trek!!

Posted by William Gunsalus - 07/16/2012 03:46 PM

I’m a survival knife guy. For me it’s the best all around knife. It’s well built, made to handle any situation. It’s got multiple uses from being reliable for survival or combat, as well as being useful and dependable for camping and hunting. The fixed blade is sturdy, a folding blade might not always be. It’s blade size makes it easy to handle and is still useful for small tasks, unlike a bowie. But since it built for the situations you hope you’re never in it’s tough enough to handle things like splitting wood. In my mind, the survival knife is the best knife to have, because if you know how to use it, it will do what you need it to do.

Posted by Jake R - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

Bowie . Its smaller then the Machete but can still do the work of the machete and you can skin a deer or open a tin can with it. Plus its a Bowie knife… hello sweet.

Posted by David - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

#8 The survival knife… Any knife with a full tang always gets my vote

Posted by John Sneathen - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

assisted opening knife is my favorite , it’s fast opening, easy to use and all around great knife

Posted by Jason - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

Clip folder. Perfect for EDC (Every Day Carry)!

Posted by Nate Stearns - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

I like the assisted opening and survival. I actually have the Bear Grylls survival knife and it is a great knife. They thought of everything when they designed it from knife to sheath. I like the built in sharpener in the sheath. Favorite part of the knife besides the blade is the hammer built into the handle and the stainless back for chopping

Posted by Corey Bolger - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

I prefer the assist open because it’s quick and easy to use. You can open it easily with one hand so you can still be working with your other hand

Posted by Mario Nunez - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

#5 Machete
All purpose Zombie hacking!! Great for clearing areas fast.

Posted by Celeste Kautz - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

I am a huge fan of multitools. I find myself using the wire cutter on the pliers all the time, removing cable ties and stuff like that, I just really like the versatility of having a lot of basic tools in one pocket sized package.

Posted by Trey Lord - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

I’ve done some hiking in the Amazon and Congo, and a sharp and well-balanced machete (or panga, parang) can make all the difference.

Posted by Carl - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

I prefer the dagger. I carried one whenever possible while in the Army. It is an excellent last ditch defense, and can still be used for misc camping tasks.

Posted by David Terry - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

I actually prefer more then 1 knife. I’m almost always in the woods, so I carry several with me. I have a clip folder knife that I carry everyday. I have a field knife with gut hook, that I wear around my neck. Then I carry a machete on my belt, as well as my survival knife. I try to have a knife for any situation I may find myself in. Just because in the woods, you never know what situation you will encounter.

Posted by Paul Bee - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

#8 Survival – When my ass is on the line, the survival is my best friend. Jungle or urban, this is the knife you want if you have to choose. Durable and rugged, there’s no need to fumble just pull and its free. Bring it on!

Posted by Mike S - 07/16/2012 03:47 PM

I carry various folding knifes on my gear while on duty, and I love them all. But really, a big ol’ Bowie knife in a drop leg sheath just looks badass.

Posted by josh g - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

I’m a huge fan of a reliable survival knife because if SHTF your life can depend on the knife your carrying.

Posted by Ellen B - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

#6 multitool – looks like it has everything you need – just throw in your backpack when hiking!

Posted by Joey Contreras - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

I like the clip folder for everyday normal use. I carry one everywhere. The convenience is awesome.

Posted by Rolf Dengler - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

My eyes lit up when I saw the throwing knife as it brought back memories from days of teaching ninjutsu. But I love testing my metal in nature and seeing how I can survive in extreme conditions. I am currently planning a 500 mile hike through some amazing deserts and would love to test that survival knife. What a great selection. Very nice.

Posted by Abel - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

I like tge machete it would be perfect for clearing brush and when the zombies come it will take care of them 2.

Posted by Tim Lewallen - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

My favorite would be the multitool. I carry a small one that has a flashlight built into it and it does the job for most of the jobs I have.

Posted by William Kuntzman - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

I use several types but folding clip is probably my favorite

Posted by Jesse S - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

I dig the Bowie knife, it allows you to say things like “ You call that a knife…. This is a knife.”

Posted by Sherri Pettit - 07/16/2012 03:48 PM

1. Assist Opening knife is my all time favorite. I’m a stage hand and we use knives everyday. Gerber makes the best knives and multi tools.

Posted by Brenton Kaiser - 07/16/2012 03:49 PM

#8 Survival- Why use your Bare Hands when you can use a Bear Grylls!?! Its gotta BE a BG!!!

Posted by Pedro Gonçalves - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

Absolutely Survivel, full tang, convex edge, 200mm long. 6mm thickness blade, can do almost every thing and walk lighter.

Posted by Braydon - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

I prefer the Bowie, because it is very tough and a very hardy knife.
I collect them and have never had one fail through multiple situations.
From skinning and field dressing game, to cutting down brush for a camp fire.Bowie knives are the most versatile knife hands down!

Posted by Adam - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

I prefer the Assisted-Opening (with a pocket clip) I carry the Gerber 06 FAST as my every day carry.

Posted by kacey smith - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

well im a hunter and fisherman so i use almost all these knives for something plus im all about self deffence so to me i love the daggers and throwing knives cuz they are sometimes light and a nice thing to protect ur self right or just throw around cuz they hold up really well but to use both right u must have plenty of throwing skills and deffence skills but i just have to say i love the throwing knives and daggers the most

Posted by Ryan Baldwin - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

I like the Bear Grylls Knife, Cause I work in a 80+ acres Camp year around. I would loose my knife from time to time. Plus the blades would be sturder than the Knife I have due to Snaped tip. Now on my 4th Knife with a Screw loose.

Posted by Douglas G - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

Multitool because it can do damn near anything.

Posted by Katie - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

My favorite is the clip folder as it makes access easy but safe however I’m in EMS so the multi tool actually gets used more often due to the essential tools all in one.

Posted by Alex - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

#8- Survival: As a frequent camper/hiker, I find it very useful, It is excellent for cutting small limbs and sticks, paracord, striking a fire with a flint, and other things. I love The survival knife.

Posted by Jason Woodruff - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

The survival knife, because its an all around knife, and with all the crap thats going on we need all the survival gear we can get.

Posted by Steve B - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

The survival knife is the knife I love, because It keeps me not under but the ground, above!

Posted by Maggie - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

#6 – multi-tool, hands-down. Never carry a piece of gear that can’t serve more than 3 purposes.

Posted by Mike Kopf - 07/16/2012 03:50 PM

assist opening because it is always there when I need it the most!!!

Posted by Caitlin - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

Personally, I’d have to go with the throwing knives. There used to be an older lady down the street, she was a little anti social, but once you got her started, her stories were incredible! She was actually a professional knife thrower who had eventually passed on her skill set to a young woman, which was my Mother at the time, who has passed it down to me. They always say don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, but when you can accurately throw a deadly shot with the knife, then I think that the phrase should be thrown out.

Posted by thaen watkins - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

My favorite knife is the bowie knife! It uses the best of the survival, machete, and could even be used better than the dagger, and hell, if I was Jim Bowie, I would be using it as a throwing knife too. That is one of the best knifes ever. It is a true American icon and can be used so many different ways and has proven its worth for almost the past 200 years. Plus it is one hell of a zombie slicer ;)

Posted by Joel B. - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

My favorite knife is the Assist Opening knife. I enjoy being able to flip it open while out on expeditions, it has really came in handy for me on many occasions including fighting off a mountain lion. It would be great to upgrade to a newer one.

Posted by T. Duarte - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

I always carry a swiss knife with me (and a butterfly one two but its rather dull, i only play with it) and I’m looking forward to buy a survival knife but i have to say the multi tool, simply because it can be used in any possible situation.

Posted by Steve G - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

I love to carry my Clip Folder. It’s always accessible and easy to open with one hand. I can keep my eyes on what I’m doing and have my blade ready without looking. My Clip Folder is everything a tool should be.

Posted by Daniel - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

The Swiss Army knife gets my vote. The uses of that knife are endless. I own the Victorinox Champ knife and completely love it. It is a vital asset to every trip. I really can’t live without it. It has everything from a wrench to a ball point pen.

Posted by Scott T - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

I am partial to the assisted open. It is small and compact enough that it can be worn with my work slacks or jeans on a normal day. It is also a quick open to be available if needed in a flash.

Posted by Malik Shahzaib Qaiser - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

The Bowie Knife for me! Why?
In addition to just being SUPREMELY BAD@$$, it’s a simple, versatile, and effective tool!

Posted by Darrel Watson - 07/16/2012 03:51 PM

My favorite type of knife is the multi tool. I can’t tell you how many times it has come in handy in everyday life. It has also come in handy when I’m fightin’ zombies in my backyard…which is where I keep them.

Posted by John Schmitt - 07/16/2012 03:52 PM

I like #3 — Clip Folder, I use mine just about everyday.

Posted by chris - 07/16/2012 03:52 PM

Survival its the most versatile when your life is on the line.

Posted by Michael Everette - 07/16/2012 03:52 PM

I love them all but if I had to choose one it would be the Bowie. That knife is what I remember as a kid. There was something about how someone with it looked so bad ass that stuck with me and started my obsession with blades.

Posted by jayson - 07/16/2012 03:52 PM

assisted opening. i find myself often holding something while i need my knife. making for an easy one handed opening.

Posted by Timothy T - 07/16/2012 03:52 PM

Working as a Park Ranger in CO, I constantly need a knife for various jobs throughout the day, having a Clip Folder allows for quick and easy one handed access to a very important tool.

Posted by Bob Olson - 07/16/2012 03:53 PM

Machette – perfect for preparing for the looming zombie apocalypse

Posted by ben - 07/16/2012 03:53 PM

i like the clip folder light easy goes every where

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Posted by Dave - 07/16/2012 03:53 PM

A clip folder. I always carry one, and love it.

Posted by Rob Peterson - 07/16/2012 03:53 PM

A clip folder is my every day carry knife, but lacks the heft and strength I desire when field dressing large game, for which I use my Gerber Gator pocket knife. I also carry a survival knife in my hunting pack, as well as a multi tool. In my Tactical vest, a dagger rests until needed. My favorite? Depends on the task at hand!

Posted by David B. - 07/16/2012 03:53 PM

The assisted blade. Ease of use. Quick. Great for work.

Posted by Jake Ditzel - 07/16/2012 03:53 PM

Definitely clip folder.I find them to be far sturdier than an assisted opening knife. and far more reliable.

Posted by Drew Pierce - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

Definitively the multitool, I use mine fishing, at work, when I need screwdrivers, and mainly now because last year when my car decided it was time to run out of coolant and over heat I couldn’t open my hood, thankfully the pliers on a multitool can do the job.

Posted by Karen M - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

I like the Clip Folder knife.I like the clip,the color and the style.

Posted by Brian Power - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

My favorite type of knife would be #8 Survival. With all of the camping my friends and family do we never leave without at least one of these guys. It makes setting up camp so much easier, rather than carrying some more heavy equipment.

Posted by Joe - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

assist-opening. Perfect for the times when you only have one hand available to open the knife, small enough to fit into your pocket without discomfort and will cut almost anything you need.

Posted by Brad Wilson - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

I prefer the Survival Fixed Blade Knife because I have more uses for it being I am in the woods/wilderness alot! And I own a Bear Grylls folding Survival knife and love it!

Posted by Sherri Pettit - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

1. Assist opening knife is my favorite. Easy access

Posted by peter d avellone - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

I’ve always carried a Buck 110 lockback for work and play. BUT, if I was offered only one of the above knives for personal use for the rest of my life, I’d pick the Bear Gryll’s survival knife without hesitation, and not because I’m a fan, but because it would satisfy all the needs and uses I would require from a knife.

Posted by Etienne Tremblay Thomas - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

#5 — Machete

I prefer the machete for one simple reason, I like going forward !

Posted by Joe Kane - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

I prefer the survival knife, it has gotten me through so many tough situations….my favorite survival knife is the BearGrylls.

Posted by Lukus Albin - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

I prefer a good stout bowie knife carried on as far back as I can remember and they always done good by me.

Posted by Josh - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

My favorite is the survival knife. I love it because it’s great for camping trips.

Posted by Carissa C - 07/16/2012 03:54 PM

The assisted-opening or survival top my list for the same reason— ease of use when your hands are full. Utilizing a heavy, stable blade that has the ability to cut through a tree branch, rope or wire when in a tree, on the ground, or in a river really makes for the most use. Most survival blades come in sheaths making the blade readily available but compact and assisted opening allows one handed utility. My ‘My Tighe’ is one of the most reliable and sturdy knives I have owned to this day, and its a-symmetrical blade backkeeps a hand sturdy.

Posted by Chris Allen - 07/16/2012 03:55 PM

I like # 8
The Bear Grills Survival Knife
Its size is perfect, Not to big or to small
And with the hollow handle, it make its handy for carrying survival tools you may need
And reminds me of when i was a kid and had one of those huge dull survivor knives like RAMBO

Posted by JHJaime - 07/16/2012 03:55 PM

My favorite is the Assist Opening knife. It’s my everyday carry knife and is readily accessible on a moments notice.

Posted by Rebecca - 07/16/2012 03:55 PM

My husband buys me a knife for every birthday…just what this girl wants (and needs). I’m all about the folding clip knife because I don’t necessarily want to look too dangerous, I just want to something small and functional, and cute. My favorite clip knife was pink, but now sadly it rests in the bottom of an outhouse.

Posted by Michael - 07/16/2012 03:55 PM

My favourite type of knife is a fixed blade knife. It should have a thick strong durable blade and serrations. This makes in my opinion the perfect survival knife

Posted by Rusty Dusty - 07/16/2012 03:55 PM

SURVIVAL KNIFE! The versatility of a multi-tool is nice, but a survival knife is something that you can count on. I would rather have a solid blade than a can opener or leather punch any day.

Posted by Doug McCulloch - 07/16/2012 03:56 PM

I like the clip folder, I always have at lest one on me at all times. I just bought my 10 year old daughter her first knife.

Posted by Elizabeth Stephenson - 07/16/2012 03:56 PM

The bowie is my favorite..my dad got me into knives a long time ago ..I am deadly when it comes to throwing knives..look out zombies !

Posted by Jennifer Reed - 07/16/2012 03:56 PM

Multi tool, because you never know what tool you might need and what’s more convenient than having like 10 already in your pocket?

Posted by Frank Labbe - 07/16/2012 03:56 PM

Clip folder as an edc… Always within reach…

Posted by Tes_Brown - 07/16/2012 03:56 PM

#3 — Clip Folder
with this knife on your belt any thing can be accomplished. A good choice for all kinds of situations from fishing to hunting to working.

Posted by Mike Breadner - 07/16/2012 03:56 PM

Love my BG Survival! Super handy and the fire starter is so easy to use!

Posted by Kris - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

The survival because the blade is like the LMF and that is one hell of a blade for most situations.

Posted by jeff cozzy - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

I would have to say the multi-tool as this is all I need for a day of fishing out on the boat.

Posted by Myk - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

A clip folder is an everyday accessory. Keys, wallet, knife, phone. Although the survivial series is pretty badass as well.

Posted by Brianne Breniser - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

BOWIE hands down. I am a Soldier and never am without this American Clasic.

Posted by Gabe Lucian - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

The Dagger because is real as a weapon, has the all counting features of a cutting weapon (not a tool)Double-edged, fighting knife with a sharp point with full-length, sharpened edges. All parts of the blade are real and make it worthy of the title : FIGHTING KNIFE.

Posted by Tony Butz - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

I’m a big fan of the multi-tool. I use it at work, fishing, hunting and my boys think I’m some kind of macGuyver.

Posted by chris weis - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

Survival. I do a lot of camping and would rather be prepared for anything!

Posted by marvin walker - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

i think the assist opening knife would bet great for working people when you only have one hand free and need your knife,,.

Posted by Alec Wilkas - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

I love the throwing knives. They can be sharpened up real nice and have that long spade blade, they a=have a bit of weight to them and can be used chop down small branches/trees, and can also be used to pass time and have fun :)

Posted by Zach Brannaman - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

I prefer the assisted opening knife because it not only is an all purpose knife but it is compact. When hiking the back country you need more compact items that still have the capability of getting you out of tough situations.

Posted by John Magistro - 07/16/2012 03:57 PM

As hard as it was to choose, I’d have to say the survival knife. When push comes to shove you need something that is practical with the most versatility and I feel this knife meets those requirements. Building shelter is key, and firewood is definitely a plus. It could also be fixed to a long stick or other pole or shaft to create a spear for catching food as well as serving as a defensive weapon. You can carve clear marks in trees to keep yourself from moving in circles. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Posted by Dan - 07/16/2012 03:58 PM

I prefer the hybrid multi-tool clip folder, I carry the Gerber Crucial everywhere.

Posted by The Kman - 07/16/2012 03:58 PM

The folding clip is my favorite blade though I also own fixed blades, multi-tools, and pocket knives.

The folding clip is “legal” here in Hawaii to carry as having the clip exposed prevents it from being considered “concealed”. I love my EDC (every day carry).

Posted by Brandon - 07/16/2012 03:58 PM

I like the #2 Bowie due to the history of it

Posted by Matthew MacDonald - 07/16/2012 03:58 PM

Machete has got to be my favorite by far. Id love it because it would be perfect for a zombie apocalypse

Posted by Trey - 07/16/2012 03:58 PM

Survival: Its tethered feature makes it easier to manage while in the field especially when I’m wearing my shooting gloves/cold weather gloves. Plus having a serrated and straight edge blade is always a good call.

Posted by David - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

Survival or Bowie.

Posted by j ahrens - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

folding knife easy to carry in my turnout gear for the fire dept

Posted by chris herron - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

I prefer the survival knife…first of al it is good to have a positive attitude, so with survival as a knife type how can you go wrong? Second, i hate the way the knife assist blades seem to chip my fingernails, and third if you polish the blade up nice and shiney they are great to use as a mirror to apply lip gloss. Oh. Yes they are great for all my backcountry needs…but also useful in the urnan jungle!.

Posted by Misty Keyoth - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

The survival is my choice as we backpack.

Posted by clinton nassar - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

I love the Bowie Knife! it is an amazing knife.

Posted by Dwayne Sykes - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

I prefer the fixed blade survival knife. It is incomparable for field dressing wild game. Also, it is very practical for personal defense… Small enough to carry, large enough to intimidate.

Posted by Sean Patrick Thompson - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

My type is #1, the Assist-Opening Knife. I prefer this to the traditional folder for its swift ease-of-opening and yet compactness when folded closed. Traditional folders can often prove to be difficult when I only have one hand available; the assist-open blade is perfect and has yet to let me down.

Posted by chris - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

So many knives and only two hands. my knife type is assist-opening Just love the quick openeing and the sound.

Posted by chris lambson - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

When it comes to knives i am a freak. I collect whenever and wherever i can. In using knives i realized different types serve different purloses and excel at different tasks. For this reason i choose the multitool as my favorite. Each one is stuffed full of items that each serve a purlose therefore allowing nearly every task to be completed. Strengh mobility, versatility. Thats what a knife should be.

Posted by M.A.Crilley - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

I prefer the clip for weight,ease of opening, and accessibility
With the clip design, and the inside blade lock.

Posted by Mike - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

It’s a toss up but if we’re talking an end all be all, I would go with fixed blade survival. I carried a fixed blade mounted upside down on my vest in Iraq and A-Stan. Perfect for cutting through anything, “searching” any bags that needed to be opened, and something strong enough to get the job done if all else fails.

Posted by Sean Deem - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

My favorite type of knife from the ones listed, is actually two. The Multi-Tool and the Survival style knives. With the Multi-Tool I can use it in firefighting applications to help save lives, with the survival knife I can use it out in the field when doing things with all my friends, such as cutting rope, starting bon fires (if it includes a piece of flint), etc.

Posted by Bruce - 07/16/2012 03:59 PM

Assist-Opening small but i can catch it anywhere and can do pretty much anything with it.

Posted by ANDI - 07/16/2012 04:00 PM

Clip folder. Perfect for EDC.

Posted by Keith H. - 07/16/2012 04:00 PM

#8. It’s a Gerber, enough said.

Posted by Kevin - 07/16/2012 04:00 PM

Definitely the multi tool, no matter what comes up there is usually a tool on there to get it fixed.

Posted by Mark Berglund - 07/16/2012 04:00 PM

There are just so many to choose from, I love the thought of using a throwing knife, however a clip pocket knife is always great to have in random situations, but the Bowie is just amazing to have… I want them all

Posted by Derek Glantz - 07/16/2012 04:00 PM

I think I like the. #8 — Survival knife style best. It can be used for anything. I mean you never know when you need to cut a log and then skin an animal, right?

Posted by Rylan SEAL - 07/16/2012 04:00 PM

Since I’m going to BUD/s in a couple months I believe the Bowie knife would be the best for me once I become a SEAL. Plus it is strong, durable, and a real man’s knife. And I feel that I can trust my life with it. Hooyah!

Posted by HANK - 07/16/2012 04:01 PM

The fast assist is my favorite knife of all time. It is versatile great to carry to my office or out hunting. I wear mine everyday when I dont have it I feel like im missing something for sure. I use it everyday and I keep it very sharp.

Posted by Noel Vargas - 07/16/2012 04:01 PM

I am a big fan of the spring assisted blade#1, the design and function of it is outstanding in my opinion. I’m in the military, and when you are in the field rather than trying to unfold a standard pocket knife. One flick from your thumb and you are ready to do work.

Posted by Chrysknife - 07/16/2012 04:01 PM

While I own all of the knives listed, and while they’re all very useful, my favorite knife that I own is a antler-handled drop point Bowie knife. It beautiful and rugged at the same time. The blade is thick and sturdy but takes a good clean edge. Getting it razor sharp is a chore due to the length, but one I don’t mind doing. I’ve even learned to throw her (accurately up to 15 feet) using a no-spin technique.

Posted by jon brooks - 07/16/2012 04:02 PM

survival is my choice of knife so i can get it done when it needs to get done

Posted by Craig O - 07/16/2012 04:02 PM

I’m a fan of the survival. I like to camp a lot summer and winter and there is always a use for it and it’ll never let you down

Posted by Trina Lawson - 07/16/2012 04:02 PM

I love the multi-tool. Whatever you need it for, you got it—its in there!!

Posted by Art B - 07/16/2012 04:02 PM

For everyday use you can’t beat something that attaches to belt or pocket and that’s why I would pick #3.

Posted by Tim - 07/16/2012 04:02 PM

Normally, I would choose the clip folder. Its perfect for an EDC and has a really nice style to it. I just picked up a SS Spyderco Enduro 4 so I have that covered. I’d really like the throwing knife. Excellent quality and a great grip. I’ve lost all of my cheap throwers, but I would love to get a nice one and really hone my throws in with this one!

Posted by Patrick Floyd - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

My favorite knife in this article is the throwing knife. Normally I would pick the Bowie or Dagger, due to the fact that I prefer fixed blades. However I find that the art/tradition of throwing knives is quickly fading, which is why I am deciding that the Gerber Throwing Knife is my choice from this article.

Posted by Rob - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

Bowie all the way it’s what America was built on you can skin an animal or signal for help or even have a shave with the long shiny beautiful blade. Plus it’s the most badass looking hands down

Posted by Edward Metzler - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

I own the bear grylls survival knife and love it. For the low price of the knife it is definitely a great choice.

Posted by Don - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

I’m a huge fan of the idea of the assisted opening blades. I’ve never actually used one, I mostly use clip folders, but working in many different trades from construction to firefighting I’ve been in a number of situations that would have been made that much easier with an assisted opening blade.

Posted by MIKE - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

Clip folder

Posted by Robert Eld - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

I prefer the Bowie blade style of the ones listed in the article for outdoor use. It’s heavy and sturdy enough for chopping and heavier cutting needs while still being great for the more delicate and everyday needs.

Posted by Matthew Johnson - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

#3 Clip Folder, ease of carry and concealment.

Posted by Josh - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

Assist opening. As a sailor (and as many have already stated), you need to have a knife handy and more often than not, when you really need a knife you only have one hand free.

Posted by Adam - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

A tough call, but I happen to like the assisted opening myself. It’s compact, all-purpose, and you can take it anywhere- and you can use it one-handed if you need to. What’s not to like?

Posted by Bryan - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

I prefer the clip folding knife. I constantly am working on things either heavy or over my head and use mine to cut or navigate parts while my other hand is either holding the item or myself up. It is the type of knife I recommend to co workers and family. I also use them in conjunction with my Gerber needle nose and regular multi-tool!

Posted by Stefan - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

machete ! no comment just the best !

Posted by Stephen - 07/16/2012 04:03 PM

It has to be a pocketknife or a penknife as I knew it growing up. It is probably the first knife anyone commenting on here owned and it is still the most practical on this list.
A dagger or a throwing knife? Yeah those are great but most of us don’t live in an action movie. A bowie, I don’t live in a western either. A machete, next time I go roaming into the south american jungle I’ll pick one up. Assisted opening, when I’m in an assisted living facility I’ll give you a call. Clip folder, sounds like something I used to keep my notes in at school. Survival, if I had the forethought to bring one with me, I should’ve been able to see the trouble coming and avoided it. Multi-tool, yes you are an awesome tool-box in my pocket, but you also weigh as much as a tool box and are only slightly smaller than one. Swiss Army I could almost fall for your Alpine charms, but you need to lay off the hot coco and lose some weight too.
Pocket knife, it has to be you, it’s always been you.

Posted by S. Copeland - 07/16/2012 04:04 PM

the Assist-Opening is my knife of choice. It small and compact and is very versitile. I take mine everywhere and use it all the time. Great for camping or even just around the house. Anytime I need a knife it is right there.

Posted by Ryan - 07/16/2012 04:04 PM

For an outdoor knife I would go for a Bowie, very versatile for many situations, quick to get out (don’t need to open like a folding knife) and its sturdy. A folding knife is nice and I carry one all the time but for outdoors I also have my Bowie!

Posted by Brandon - 07/16/2012 04:04 PM

Personally I like the Bowie, because it has a big blade and it is intimidating and has multiple uses, and would make a swell hunting knife. Also I just like the way it looks.

Posted by Aaron Abbott - 07/16/2012 04:04 PM

I prefer the clip folder. That’s the kind of knife I use most of the time. It’s convenient, it’s always right there when I need it and it opens almost as fast as an assisted opening.

Posted by Matt - 07/16/2012 04:04 PM

Bowie: The bowie has always served as a great multi-purpose knife for me in the outdoors. I enjoy the weight,fixed blade and large size and use it for almost everything around camp. Skinning, Gutting fish, cutting up veggies for dinner!

Posted by Stephen Grothe - 07/16/2012 04:04 PM

The Bowie knife is definitely my favorite out of the 10. The history behind the Bowie knife itself makes it a great knife especially since it was originally designed by such a great man. The other great thing I love about the Bowie is its look, from the first time I saw one I have wanted one, and plus its 100% an American knife. You CANT beat this knife!

Posted by Joshua Dobos - 07/16/2012 04:04 PM

I’m a multi-tool kind of guy. I’ve had a Gerber on my belt for decades. The sheer versatility is invaluable for any situation. My current Gerber has a nice little melted spot on the plyer arm from where it absorbed a partial lightening strike (hit the building I was working in and traveled down the aisle grounding to the equipment making a small jump to my tool). The plyers made out better than I did but it’s a nice showpiece for my story.

Posted by Matt Green - 07/16/2012 04:05 PM

My go to knife is the clip/folding knife. I have owned and always will own one (made by Gerber of course). I recently purchased the BG survival knife, this is a great piece, I just wish it wasn’t stamped with the BG logo

Posted by Bob Cruz - 07/16/2012 04:05 PM

Definitely the Swiss Knife. Endless combinations for any situation, whether it be in an urban or wild environment. They even have different sizes! What’s not to like?

Posted by Aaron - 07/16/2012 04:05 PM

Assist-opening. Many of the newer setups are 50-state legal, but so much more useful for utility tasks – what 99% of us use our EDC’s for.

Posted by Mark - 07/16/2012 04:05 PM

Swiss army blade. Very practical for camping and when outdoors.

Posted by Jeroen Sormani - 07/16/2012 04:05 PM

I really like the the #3 Clip Folder, It’s easy to put it in your pocket or on your belt and easy to open. I will always go for easy to carry knives.

Posted by Sara McDonald - 07/16/2012 04:05 PM

My husband think the machete is the best because it’s the baddest. I personally think the multi-tool is the best because there’s always a need to saw, cut, open, puncture, and/or generally disassemble something. Thanks!

Posted by ryan - 07/16/2012 04:06 PM

i like the bowie the best because to the right user it can handle the large cutting jobs, medium, and even the small jobs. Its that simple. cheers!

Posted by Connor R - 07/16/2012 04:06 PM

Mine has to be the fixed blade big but yes very use full from fileing fish to other camping tasks. i have found my self usinf my fixed blade knife for more than cutting rope and has taken me throught thick and thin.

Posted by William Taylor - 07/16/2012 04:06 PM

I prefer the survival knife. Its an all around tool to help you in the wilderness. Definitely something I would prefer to carry on me in case I come into contact with any situation.

Posted by Hannes - 07/16/2012 04:06 PM

I would like to feel the shape of the nature in my hand! I love #4 —The Dagger!

Posted by joshua - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

I like the bowie knife because the design has been around and its proven to be a jack of all trades. I would rather have weapons or gear that is jack of all trades instead of one specialty since I can do many things and know more than what people think.

Posted by Lenny - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

I’d pick the survival knife. It’s like a Bowie, which is a great all-around design, but with a bit more functionality added.

Posted by HikerLWT - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

I prefer the clip-folder for EDC, mine being the Gerber Hinderer CLS. For bushcraft, camping, backpacking and heavy-duty survival, the fixed blade (Survival knife) is my choice — Gerber LMF-II or Prodigy.

Posted by Ollie - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

I prefer survival because it can be used for a lot of different things like cutting firewood, building shelter, some have a firesteel in the sheath, which is very useful for fire lighting and could be fixed to a pole for a spear. So Survival is the only knife for me, because i like a good sturdy knife.

Posted by John Hipsher - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

Assist opening. For me it is the most practical. It can be used in any situation. I use is rafting, backpacking, and fishing. It can be used in a survival situation or even every day use.

Posted by Brian McAllister - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

I really like the #1 assisted opening. I could really use a new knife for work!

Posted by robert - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

i like the surivial knife with the sered blade easy am a merchant marine it makes it easy to cut threw ropes the handle has a good grip on it havent bought one yet but soon

Posted by Brian w - 07/16/2012 04:07 PM

Dagger. Besides it being a great weapon to defend off anything that might come at you, also if you find a sturdy stick it could become part of a great spear. There are thousands of possibilities that it could be used for. What else would you expect from great knives.

Posted by Brian Miller - 07/16/2012 04:08 PM

I prefer the Bowie type, just for its “Bad Assitude!” But the multi-tool is very functional… Make mine a BOWIE!

Posted by Stephanie - 07/16/2012 04:08 PM

I love the dagger because of its double edge and it’s a fixed blade. I don’t like to rely on a locking knife I want it ready to go.

Posted by Dewayne - 07/16/2012 04:08 PM

I tend to prefer the multitool. I work for a local Farmers Market and I like having a tool that can handle what the situation calls for;pulling,slicing,minor repairs,etc.

Posted by A. Sobiesczyk - 07/16/2012 04:08 PM

Survival – It’s a versatile, multi-use knife. Most importantly to me, they are usually fixed blades. Fixed blades are ready the moment you draw them out of their sheathes. This is not only useful in self defense, but in other situations where the small motor skills necessary to unfold your knife might not be effective. I was a paratrooper and always carried a fixed blade in the event I needed to cut my lines if I got hung up. Only gross motor skills necessary, survival skills.

Posted by Ben - 07/16/2012 04:08 PM

Personally, I love the dagger. I’m an avid fantasy fan and history buff. As a kid I loved to play at swordsmanship and archery. I still do sometimes now that I’m older. However as much as I love swords a dagger is a much more practical weapon and tool. Light-weight and easy to carry it has numerous uses. Everything from manual labour to self defence. Not to mention it ads that ounce of cavalier attitude to the experience and brings back magical memories.

Posted by Nate Stump - 07/16/2012 04:09 PM

in my oppinon the clip fold is the best because it is small pratical and wtih the belt clip its hard to forget it

Posted by joshua gingery - 07/16/2012 04:09 PM

I prefer the Machete for the simple reason that it is the only knife listed here that i can protect myself against bear. It isn’t that I am often attacked by bear, I just always like to be prepared. If I were to whip out a multi-tool during a bear attack, I think that the bear would just laugh. Everybody knows that it is an anthropomorphic misinterpretation that when a bear smiles that he is happy. That really means he is about to eat your pants. A throwing knife would only further anger the bear. A dagger would most likely just incur a glancing blow as bear are phenomenal at making you miss with a dagger at the last second. a Swiss Army knife would just be ridiculous as everybody knows that bear do not have political or governmental affiliations. The only thing that would maybe come in useful as a backup knife would be the Bowie knife.

Posted by Gregg - 07/16/2012 04:09 PM

Tough to say which I prefer. Definitely narrowed down to machete or throwing knife. Guess it depends on skill level and scenario.

Posted by Mike L - 07/16/2012 04:09 PM

I love a good assisted opening Knife. I landscape and alot of times only have one free hand when i need a knife…. Its an essential tool for me. Not a day goes by im not using it

Posted by Nicole - 07/16/2012 04:10 PM

It’s a tough choice, either the throwing knife or the machete. Whether lopping off heads of the undead or trying to clear out my back yard the machete is always a good go-to!

Posted by Jake - 07/16/2012 04:10 PM

Survival Knife is what I am in to. I don’t want to fight with one. I love to be outside and find my self naked with out one. I mean you all must have seen 127 hours. How much better off would he have been with a good knife

Posted by Robert B. - 07/16/2012 04:10 PM

The survival knife is great! Provides a sharp blade to help clean the kill on a hunting trip, and the ability to store extra items within the handle helps to not have to carry clutter out into the field, where every inch of the pack matters.

Posted by Scott Knoll - 07/16/2012 04:10 PM

Clip Folder because I can take it practically anywhere and it will meet most of my needs.

Posted by JT Jones - 07/16/2012 04:10 PM

My go to knife is the survival knife for all of the fishing and hunting needs that require its use.

Posted by Corey Allen - 07/16/2012 04:10 PM

I mainly use a multi tool for day to day life. It easily folds up and slides into a convenient case. You never have to go looking for a tool. But on depending on the situation, i.e. Jungle, Austrailian bush, Zombie attack or camping trip a machete is always handy!

Posted by Kalyqx Leino - 07/16/2012 04:11 PM

Although i love all many of the blades in this article and own acouple of them such as the assist opening knives, multitool, pocketknives and a swiss army knife my favorite on this list is the machete. I love the machete most because it is a long blade that helps me cut through paths when im trying out different fishing spots. Also it can be used as a weapon for defense. Out of all the blades on here it has the longest reach so for example if you were being attacked by an animal, with a machete you are at a safer spot then with the other blades.

Posted by Bradley - 07/16/2012 04:11 PM

You cannot go wrong with a clip folder. It’s handy when you need it, but unobtrusive when you don’t. It does not get lost amongst the clutter at the bottom of you pocket, or snagged on objects you brush up against (I keep mine clipped on the inside of my front pocket). Do not underestimate these little blades.

Posted by Aaron L. - 07/16/2012 04:11 PM

I personally like the basic belt clip folding knife. Easily fits in your hand and your pocket, can take it around just about anywhere without it being a hindrance or uncomfortable. It’s there in your pocket ready to be grabbed at a moments notice when needed. Most of them can be flicked open with one hand and closed similarly. Every knife has it’s uses, but this one is the most versatile in my opinion ( except for the multi-tool, but you don’t buy those for the blade, so I don’t really consider it a knife per se )

Posted by Joe Valverde - 07/16/2012 04:11 PM

I would have to choose the survival knife as my favorite. It’s versatile for many different scenarios. I own the Gerber Prodigy, and for the price its best in category bar none. And yeah, the serrated edge is useful too.

Posted by Hueyav8r - 07/16/2012 04:11 PM

I always loved a fine Bowie knife. The Gerber Bowie is impressive.

Posted by Andrea - 07/16/2012 04:11 PM

For it’s portability I like the clip folder knife but I’m planning on getting a survival knife soon.

Posted by Martin Lopez - 07/16/2012 04:12 PM

My favorite style of knife is the Clip Folder because I can always carry in my pocket, not falls, is always at hand and allows me to have a robust and simple I know I always will be faithful. Perfect for concealed carry!

Posted by Rick - 07/16/2012 04:13 PM

I like a survival knife. they are strong enough to handle pretty much anything.

Posted by Vernon Johnson - 07/16/2012 04:13 PM

#3 the clip folder. I always carry one in my back pocket, so not only when I need it but when someone else does to. Me and some classmates was in a reunion parade and was given ice pops along the route and the first thing that came out of my classmates mouths was wheres your knife Vernon. even classmates I havent seen in 20 years knew I aways cared one on me

Posted by David Lopez - 07/16/2012 04:13 PM

This is hard I like three knives. The assist knife, folding knife and pocket knife. I like them cause they got a nice clean look to them. I’ll pick the folding knife cause it’s hooks to your pants. I need a knife all the time on my side for work.

Posted by Liosvart - 07/16/2012 04:13 PM

I prefer the Bowie knife, it can easily substitute the survival knife in the wilderness, if used correctly it can be a good enough substitue for a machete withouth the need of being so big. I prefer its fixed blade over a folding one for obvious reasons, and it can also be used as a self defense weapon in combat situations.

Posted by Bryan Finney - 07/16/2012 04:13 PM

My favorite knife from the article is definitely the survival knife! I am all about the outdoors and love to keep on my toes with the latest and greatest survival techniques. A knife like this would definitely help me in many different situations!

Posted by Dylan Kunkel - 07/16/2012 04:13 PM

Assist opening. I have had the same gerber assist opening knife in my pocket for 12 years. (obivously needed replacing every once and a while, but always the same knife!) Never fails.

Posted by Clay Bonham - 07/16/2012 04:13 PM

Survival, the zombies are getting closer!!!

Posted by Jason - 07/16/2012 04:14 PM

I never leave the house without one of my many trusty clip folders resting nicely in my front right pocket within reach for whatever the day may bring. For instance, a few months ago I was the best man in a wedding, my wife being the maid of honor. Even though I was fully decked out in a 3 piece suit, she knew to come find me in the middle of all the mayhem because she also knew that clipped in the pocket on the inside of my jacket was my clip folder, ready to take care of a pesky string hanging from her dress.

Posted by Joel G - 07/16/2012 04:14 PM

The good ol’ fashioned pocket knife is the best tool for the job, sturdy and reliable. Plus it has that classic look to it. People get a little nervous when you pull out a bowie knife. Just ask Mick Dundee. (Now THAT’S a knife)

Posted by rooban - 07/16/2012 04:14 PM

My all time favourite will surely be the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Fixed Blade Knife. It has everything you should have when you’re in a survival situation ie. A good sheath, firesteel, knife sharpener And a pocket survival guide. The knife itself is a sturdy one. It also has good looks.

Posted by Martin - 07/16/2012 04:15 PM

For an every day knife I like the clip folder. Not to bulky, doesn’t get lost in my pocket and you always know where it is. For fun a throwing knife…

Posted by DAVID W - 07/16/2012 04:15 PM

I love the Assist-Opening knife, as a military tech it is great when you are up a ladder or climbing on a vehicle and need to cut something. The ease of opening the blade with one hand is a must have for all techs, next to a good multitool on your belt should be your first choice a super sharp Assist-Opening folder. I used mine overseas constantly , also as a avid filipino martial artist these blades offer you the most bang for you buck, be it the phycological impact on a mugger when they think they have found an easy mark and in seconds and a quick flick you are armed and ready for combat

Posted by gary hammel - 07/16/2012 04:15 PM

Wow picking out a favorite knife would be tough…but…ever since the days of Rambo I’ve been a sucker for the survival knife…bring it nature.

Posted by Mike - 07/16/2012 04:16 PM

Clip folder definitely! Great everyday knife to use for anything and its the perfect size. Send one my way please

Posted by Maury - 07/16/2012 04:16 PM

I prefer the survival style of knife. Its great when I need to cut thick items such as rope and plastic as well as for outdoor use.

Posted by Sean D - 07/16/2012 04:17 PM

I prefer the clip folder. Easy to carry all day every day, inconspicuous and useful in most day to day situations.

Posted by Cody Behrend - 07/16/2012 04:17 PM

The Bowie knife because as a Texan I take great pride in the name Bowie because Jim Bowie was one of the defenders of the Alamo, and owning a Bowie Knife always reminds me of the Texas hero.
Whether I’m skinning a deer or chopping wood, I always know my trusty Bowie will get the job done.

Posted by Alex - 07/16/2012 04:17 PM

I am going to choose the multi tool because you never know when your going to need more than a knife on an expedition length race or multiple day adventure race. A secret weapon in your pack when all else fails during a bike leg with mechanical failures. This is why I choose the multi tool, not the coolest on the list but most useful.

Posted by jeremy coleman - 07/16/2012 04:18 PM

The dagger looks so awesome. Ninjas and Rambo approve.

Posted by Brothermay - 07/16/2012 04:18 PM

I like the assited open knife BC if your in a tight spot and need your knife opened with ease it helps out alot

Posted by Joel W. - 07/16/2012 04:18 PM

If I had to kill a lion or a face eating zombie to protect myself and the little birds that rely on me to feed them, I’d want the dagger. I mean who wouldn’t – it’s the apocalypse you know ~@:)!

Posted by Dave - 07/16/2012 04:18 PM

I prefer a swiss army knife. I EDC a Victorinox manager, because it is full of useful tools, while not being too large.

Posted by Justin - 07/16/2012 04:18 PM

I like #8 the survival knife. The ability to cut, saw, chop and start a fire cannot be understated!

Posted by Nate - 07/16/2012 04:19 PM

My pocketknife that my father in law goes everywhere with me. It’s fun to relive the memories each time I pull it out for use. Whether it’s opening a letter from a special someone, to an improvised filet knife, my pocketknife has seen it all.

Posted by Mike Althoff - 07/16/2012 04:19 PM

The clip folder would be my preferred knife. This looks like a good all around everyday use knife. I could especially use this for many applications on my job at the fire department.

Posted by Brandon Hutchens - 07/16/2012 04:19 PM

I prefer the survival blade. Im outdoors most of the time and I don’t go anywhere without some type of knife. I had a gerber survival knife once before, until it fell off of a cliff. Never found it. Great blade though. Did everything I ever needed it to and more.

Posted by jer-bear - 07/16/2012 04:19 PM

assist-opening. gotta love the sound and the look!

Posted by William Bainbridge - 07/16/2012 04:20 PM

My Grandfather taught me years ago when it comes to knives choose the right knife for the situation. There is no pat answer to which knife is the best they’re. all great and built for one purpose or another.However if I had a choice it would be the one built to take abuse I would go with the survival knife for it’s functionality in hunting, hiking,camping and fishing.

Posted by Bruce - 07/16/2012 04:20 PM

I prefer the survival knife. Being outdoors a lot, there is not much you cant do with the right knife.

Posted by Shai Unfiltered - 07/16/2012 04:20 PM

Who can choose between the Swiss Army and the multi- tool? I like feeling I have the right tool for the right occasion. Either is the best fit for me.

Posted by Maurice Gauthier - 07/16/2012 04:20 PM

#9 Swiss Army type.
Versatility and gadgets in a compact form.

Posted by Neil Strawder - 07/16/2012 04:20 PM

I prefer the survival type knife. I like the hard use blades because I use my knife in lots of different situations.

Posted by Tony - 07/16/2012 04:21 PM

If I have to be restricted to just one I’d have to go with the survival knife due to greater overall usefulness. That said, I have a Swiss Army knife on my belt every day as well as an assisted opening knife.

Posted by Sapper_Ron - 07/16/2012 04:21 PM

Love the assisted open for day to day carry quick and convient when you have something in your hands already. I use mine on a daily basis, at home and on the job.

Posted by Sean K - 07/16/2012 04:22 PM

Love the dagger. Weighted well double bladed and throwable. This particular on is a good color as well. I do like the throwing knife a lot too.

Posted by Drew - 07/16/2012 04:22 PM

For an everyday carry knife I prefer a folder with at least a 3 inch blade that can easily be handled with one hand (open & Close) for a survival situation I would prefer the bowie which in my opinion is the most versatile knife!

Posted by RLYHYPERGUY - 07/16/2012 04:22 PM

I like throwing knives very much. It’s just fun! It’s also very rewarding when you actually get one to stick also!

Posted by Andrew H - 07/16/2012 04:23 PM

I carry a clip folder every day, but my favorite is still the machete.
Nothing more satisfying than hacking through some dense brush with two feet of steel and crushing the outcome under your boots.

Posted by Kiki - 07/16/2012 04:24 PM

I love the multitool cuz I never have pliers or a screwdriver handy!

Posted by Chad Januskiewicz - 07/16/2012 04:24 PM

My favorite type of knife from this article would have to be the Clip Folder. It offers the fast opening features of the Assist – but minus the serrated blade which is hard to clean and impossible to sharpen.

Posted by Camper Josh - 07/16/2012 04:24 PM

I prefer survival knives, i do a lot of camping. You never know when you might go from just camping to surviving!

Posted by randy richardson - 07/16/2012 04:24 PM

i like a good survival knife as well as a spring asistone can help me stay alive and the other can asist me in making sure the other does its job

Posted by dave jung - 07/16/2012 04:24 PM

the Clip Folder would be my knife of choice, the clean looks and straight forward blade.

Posted by Chris Eugster - 07/16/2012 04:24 PM

I prefer the survival knife, generally much stronger than hunting knives or folding knives and when designed right they can be used as a machete, an axe, a kitchen knife or even a weapon. I designed my own and had it made by Jens Anso of denmark. It’s a beast to be sure but I’d take it anywhere and come out smiling. A picture of it.

Posted by jamie gilliam - 07/16/2012 04:24 PM

survival knife because i use it every hunting season.

Posted by Chuck Norris - 07/16/2012 04:25 PM

i prefer the dagger it is a close n personal kind of tool. you can throw them if you have the correct balance.and you get two blades for the price of one.

Posted by Dan McIntire - 07/16/2012 04:25 PM

I like the survival knife…because that’s the name of the game!

Posted by Brian Sheppard - 07/16/2012 04:25 PM

My favorite knife is the survival knife from Gerber. I’ve had to use it to start a fire after falling into a river a filling up my waders with ice-cold water. I’ve used the whistle to scare off bears and the super sturdy blade for everything from opening cans to cleaning fish. Next test? Hitting zombies at 15 yards!! :-)

Posted by Mamun Hassan - 07/16/2012 04:26 PM

Personally, I have always been a fan of bowie knives, simply because they look beautiful and they are good for fighting.

Posted by Hakim - 07/16/2012 04:26 PM

Survival knife the name says it all 1 its versatile 2. Functionality its is very straightforward in its usr 3. Solid it has the strengths of an axe

Posted by kiley D - 07/16/2012 04:26 PM

survival knife guy very strong multi use knife

Posted by Jonathan G - 07/16/2012 04:27 PM

I love the assist-opening knifes, but being a communications/computer technician in the US Air Force I use the multi-tool on a daily basis. I have a gerber multi-tool and when opening computers and working in them, there are certain things that you just can’t get out with your hands. While out on jobs it is easier to carry it than a tool bag. The pliers and screw drivers on the multi-tool are used almost everyday.

Posted by Justin - 07/16/2012 04:27 PM

#3 Clip folder. Great for everyday uses.

Posted by Joseph A - 07/16/2012 04:27 PM

I prefer the Clip Folder. It has the versatility of the Assist-opening knife, while being conveniently accessible. The style of the blades of Clip Folders can mimic almost any type of knife, while stylistically meeting different personality preferences.

Posted by Stephen Carter - 07/16/2012 04:28 PM

My favorite type of knife is assisted opening because of its quick one hand opening and the click of the blade opening is just intimidating overall and also the blade can come in various types from tanto to clip point letting each one of them be different and there own style and with easy one hand opening it can be hidden to one side of the body (in case your an assassin ya know)overall their just great knifes

Posted by Ben soto - 07/16/2012 04:28 PM

Clip folder…..easy to use and easy to carry.

Posted by Kyle - 07/16/2012 04:29 PM

Ok I’d like to say my fave is one not on your list and that is the Tactical/Fighter both fixed blade or folder. As someone that can apprechiate a stong durable defensive/offensive type blade and what it can do. Also I find that many can be used for multipurpose.

Posted by Mihai Mishu - 07/16/2012 04:29 PM

the survival knife – it’s my guardian angel

Posted by Erick Quiroga - 07/16/2012 04:29 PM

Always liked the Knife not only because of its historical significance in the Alamo, and many other wars and battles, but because its the perfect knife for any scenario including Survival.

Posted by Mason Lopez - 07/16/2012 04:29 PM

For me it would be the Bowie knife. I love the traditional design, and also the effectiveness. It’s big enough to cut things such as fire wood, but also small enough to manuver easily in the matter of protecting myself. Not to mention its easy to carry around not slowing you down like a machete might.

Posted by Mike - 07/16/2012 04:29 PM

I prefer the multitool. I use one at work every day. I always have one with me while hunting and fishing.

Posted by Zach S. - 07/16/2012 04:30 PM

I prefer a good “survival” knife, they are usually the most versatile and i prefer them over a folding blade because of the strength and integrity of the tang

Posted by Dave DeJabet - 07/16/2012 04:30 PM

I prefer the clip folder. it has the convenience of being able to carry a knife almost anywhere, without having to dig into a pocket for it. And, it is able to do what most heavier knives can do.

Posted by Tyson B - 07/16/2012 04:31 PM

I prefer the survival knife because it is useful for more than just survival situations.

Posted by HoneySMHowell - 07/16/2012 04:31 PM

I forget to say why .. Well of my tops the Survival because I want to be able to survive in and situation and have the tools with too much to carry .. The Machete because I do alot of venturing but I have kids and have to clear a path for them .. The Multitool because I am the fixer in my home and everywhere and not having to lug around a toolbox comes in handy .. the Swiss Army because it’s usually equiped with all the survial tools and the multitools which means one less item to lug around .. I like the throwing knife because I’ve always wanted to learn .. the Bowie knife because I would like to hunt and from experience I know it’s the best when hunting .. the pocket knife and clip folder are great for personal protection .. and last but not least the assist-opening knife is great for when you have your hands full and need a knife that you can open quickly and easily. I love knives and swords. <3 Best Wishes n Honey Kisses <3 Be Wise and Safe!

Posted by David herb - 07/16/2012 04:31 PM

The bowie knife does it for me, the lore of the blade is almost as powerful as the blade itself! With the realty it offers iit really its my favorite

Posted by Rob Jordon - 07/16/2012 04:32 PM

I love the assist open type for everyday use, however if i were to go camping you wouldn’t find me without the machette and survival knife. don’t leave home without it.

Posted by Scott L - 07/16/2012 04:32 PM

Itis a hard choice the clip folder is the knife you see but the daggar in my boot is the one to worry about.

Posted by Jason Frederickson - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

I would pick the Survival. Gotta survive this zombie apocalypse somehow right? Lol. It would be an all around awesome knife to have for deer season or at the farm. And Bear Grylls is boss.

Posted by Christopher Sorel - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

Love me a Assist-Opening knife as works well with fishing or just cutting up a apple for the kids. Carry one all the time.

Posted by Lawrence Snyder - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

If I only have one, I carry the straight blade, full tang (SRK) type. I’m a full time gold prospector/miner and spend a great deal of time in the outdoors. I carry a clipon folder (Gerber) a Mini Pocket (Gerber), SRK on pack straps, Machete (Gerber) Lashed to the pack and probably a couple others “just because.”

Posted by rod ilgenfritz - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

#10 throwing throwing knives are my thing and this thing looks like its ready for stickin

Posted by Jason Baker - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

#3 Clip Folder because of it’s everyday versatility. Keep it clipped on your pocket, only takes one hand to open and the uses are endless.

Posted by Samantha - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

I would pick a Bowie knife because of the different things you can use it for. The one I have right now is junk. It would be nice to have a good brand!

Posted by Jason - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

I like the Dagger simply for the looks and because I’ve never owned a knife like it. The Assist Opening would be the useful to me for work.

Posted by David Hulst - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

My favorite is the survival knife, because of its rugged style and its reliability. I am an avid outdoorsmen and go into the woods and on the water every weekend, this knive would be a big asset to my gear.

Posted by Justin Jennings - 07/16/2012 04:33 PM

I prefer the assisted opening knives. the reason i love this kind of knife is simple. I love the “thhhaWHACK!” sound it makes when I open one!

Posted by Steven P - 07/16/2012 04:34 PM

My favorite knife type would have to be the Clip folder. I bring a knife with me where ever I go because I use it for just about everything, so having a knife that doesn’t make a huge lump in my pocket is a big plus. The clip also provides quick and easy accesses, I don’t have to pull it out of a case and then go through all my tools to find the knife or whatever other tool i happen to need at that time.

Posted by Nick Crowell - 07/16/2012 04:34 PM

I personally like the clip fold because it’s something I can use daily or on a hike that I can get to easily open & close one handed & all around a nice knife & can’t get better then a trusty Gerber.

Posted by Kevin Khuu - 07/16/2012 04:35 PM

Clip Folder, why? Because it clips to my pocket or belt and will always be exactly right where I left it. Because zombies don’t have enough fine muscle movements to grab it off of my belt, or pocket. Because it won’t stab me if I try to put it in my pocket like a fixed blade would. Because many make a cool clicking sound when you deploy the bade. Because they come in many useful sizes and types that you can choose to bring with you depending on your activity. Because I simply cannot carry a fixed blade due to my state law.

Posted by Ian Reister - 07/16/2012 04:35 PM

I love my clip folder I carry a gerber tactical tanto bought it about 9 months ago and haven’t carried another one of my knives on a daily basis since I use it for everything from cutting rope and tape to opening boxes , taking the guard off of lighters and when I go into the woods to hunt great fishing knife I spend alot of time on the water and it doesn’t have a spot of rust on it and it fits conveniently anywhere I truly feel naked if I leave my house without my knife and I own all the knife types on this list and it’s still my favorite

Posted by doug s. - 07/16/2012 04:36 PM

My favorite is the assist open. It’s most convenient to be able to retrieve and open the knife with one hand. Mine rarely leaves my side.

Posted by Jon - 07/16/2012 04:36 PM

“What is your favorite type of knife from the article, and why do you love it?”

My favorite is the bear grylls fixed blade survival knife. I am an avid hiker and I like the multi-uses that this knife provides. I can make tinder with it. I can split wood with it. I can protect myself from wild animals. also, with the included flint stick, it sparks a fire in no time.

Posted by Tommy Gentry - 07/16/2012 04:36 PM

I prefer #3 the clip folder. I love my E-Z-OUT skeleton. I have both fine edge and the serrated blade knives I carry at least one on me any time I am out of my house.

Posted by TJ - 07/16/2012 04:36 PM

I like number 3. The clip folder is great for conceal type carry, with the deep pocket clip, it makes it my favorite. I know the knife is there but it’s out of the way and ready for defense or for a quick tool to open stuff our just slice things into pieces. Easy to wear in uniform. Go Air Force!

Posted by Bradley Kramer - 07/16/2012 04:36 PM

my favorite knife is a fixed blade survival knife. preferably by sog

Posted by Mike M - 07/16/2012 04:37 PM

I love my assisted! Too often I’ve only got one hand open and need a blade, its nice to know that I can get my blade out with a mere flick, using either hand!

Posted by Timothy Domel - 07/16/2012 04:37 PM

I like the dagger. Small and versatile. It can get those small places a normal flip knife can’t reach.

Posted by Mike - 07/16/2012 04:37 PM

The multi tool may be the most practical because honestly, most of us are not going to be out in the wild very often like BG if at all. However, “multi tool” isn’t my vision of a true “knife”. On that note I say the survival knife is the my choice simply because it CAN be used in the wild and is versatile (the dagger is a very close second on looks alone!).

Posted by Joe Fehr - 07/16/2012 04:37 PM

Clip folder would be my favorite, compact and easy to access while being sturdy enough to be functional.

Posted by Adam H. - 07/16/2012 04:39 PM

Survival Knife, I like these knifes both folding and fixed they are great for many situations. I use a folding survival at work and at home, it pretty much never leaves my belt.

Posted by Shyree - 07/16/2012 04:40 PM

Love the assisted opening knife. Takes little effort to use which gives maximum control when opening or closing withe one hand. Keeps you blade hid and sharp. You don’t have to worry about it opening itself or already being open. It also looks sleek. A major must have knife!

Posted by Mike Kennedy - 07/16/2012 04:40 PM

I prefer the Mora Clipper for outside work, but I find the Gerber clutch to be a great multi tool to have on me at all times.

Posted by Brad - 07/16/2012 04:40 PM

i like the thrower… always had a thing for throwing blades…its relaxing to do.

Posted by Asg - 07/16/2012 04:40 PM

clip fold – functional easy to transport and slightly larger than pocket knife

Posted by matt moore - 07/16/2012 04:40 PM

clip folder, i dont leave my house most days without mine (gerber of course) use it all the time for many applications

Posted by Marcos - 07/16/2012 04:41 PM

My favorite is the machete for its versatility, you can use it to cut trails one minute, and then use it against a poisonous Texas snake the next

Posted by Richard - 07/16/2012 04:41 PM

My favorite knife style is #3 clip folder. It’s a very practical style of knife and suitable for everyday use. I carry one every time I leave my house!

Posted by Jason - 07/16/2012 04:41 PM

I like the assisted opening for fast one handed openings.

Posted by Dan Franklin - 07/16/2012 04:42 PM

survival knives are my ideal knife. I am a leather craftsman and these knives are fun to make sheaths for. I am also an assistant scout master for the boy scouts of america and the boys seem to favor these knives.

Posted by Brad Barkulis - 07/16/2012 04:42 PM

I really like the Survival, When you need a tool to get the job done that is your man!! dagger looks cool though, but nothing beats that survival.

Posted by eric ross - 07/16/2012 04:42 PM

# 8. You just never know if your hiking of camping trip is going to leave you with just that trusty knife, it does happen, and if its not Gerber, well just feed me to the wolves then!

Posted by Kenny - 07/16/2012 04:42 PM

The clip-folder is by far my favorite. Easily accessible for when I need it. I had one similar to it years until until the clip broke and it fell off my pocket Learned to start putting it on the inside of my pocket instead of out. Miss it so much.

Posted by peter blatherwick - 07/16/2012 04:43 PM

i personally prefer survival knifes because i spend a lot of time in woodland and in the wild so the survival knife is a key part of my back pack and it has endless amount of uses such as starting fires and making traps. the survival knife also has a sheath witch makes it easy to carry on your belt or over your shoulder.

Posted by rappy - 07/16/2012 04:43 PM

the aurvival knife is very useful in the outdoors. it is fitted to use in all situations while camping, hiking, fishing and all other types of outdoor activity. its design is very suited to handle most of our needs.

Posted by David Rosensteel - 07/16/2012 04:43 PM

i participate in geocaching and sometimes a hand in an unseen hole is dangerous so I prefer my survival knife to lead the way

Posted by Joshua Allmaras - 07/16/2012 04:43 PM

My favorite knife, well all of them but I was told to pick one, is the clip folder. I am completely naked without it. I carry mine everywhere I go and have for about 10 years. It was all because I didn’t have one on me one day while we were underway and was told to never let it happen again. It hasn’t as I always have a clip folder wherever I go.

Posted by Ryan Rowe - 07/16/2012 04:44 PM

I prefer an assisted open. I use my knife all day for various purposes, and the ability to have it out and open in one fluid motion increases productivity.

Posted by Scott - 07/16/2012 04:45 PM

I like the survival knife, I do a lot of hiking in NH and a good all around knife is a great tool to have when you need it.

Posted by Walter G - 07/16/2012 04:45 PM

I like miltitools because there so versital so much in a little package

Posted by Tim - 07/16/2012 04:45 PM

Pocket folder. I carry one with me almost everywhere I go. Many uses, easy to carry, easy to sharpen.

Posted by Keith - 07/16/2012 04:45 PM

I never go anywhere with out my multitool. Use the knife, pliers, and at least one other tool from it multiple times a day.

Posted by Eric Z. - 07/16/2012 04:46 PM

Pocketknife, because a man is not a man without it.

Posted by Paréj József - 07/16/2012 04:46 PM

The Bowie, because it’s not just useful, but stylish as well… gotta love it.

Posted by Alexander - 07/16/2012 04:46 PM

I prefer the clip-folder for every day use because I constantly come across situations where my knife is a blessing to have with me. Not to mention that when I dont have it I literally feel incomplete, like I have this constant nagging feeling in me telling me I’m missing something. I love all of my Gerber knives.

Posted by Matt Grossmayer - 07/16/2012 04:47 PM

My favorite type of knife is the assist-opening. I love the way the blade flicks open with ease allowing for use even when you are weak, cold, or injured.

Posted by Frank Palmer - 07/16/2012 04:47 PM

I prefer the Survival knife because it has many functions. The one tool that can mean the difference between life or death in the wild.

Posted by Harold Sargeant (contest) - 07/16/2012 04:48 PM

#1 — Assist-Opening is my favorite. its the same type of blade i have now, i use it often, tho i think its illegal in a few states (maybe not) i really enjoy the speed and reliability of it. its also known as “speed assist” from friends. the only problem i have with knives is, im left handed, and the clip is always on the wrong side for my left hand :(

Posted by Austin rennie - 07/16/2012 04:48 PM

My favorite is absolutely the multi-tool. Not only does it have a knife and pliers, but it also can have the tools needed for nearly any job. Like my father used to tell me, if it can’t be fixed with duct tape, lubricant,or a multi-tool…..buy a new one.That saying has never failed me.

Posted by Dennis - 07/16/2012 04:48 PM

I like a clip folder, I carry one with my all the time just in case. I the fact that a clip folder knife is alway where you left it. I would carry something with a sheath but I can’t at work wearing a tool pouch.

Posted by Stephen - 07/16/2012 04:48 PM

I prefer the clip-folder along with the assist open. I carry a gerber mini covert wherever I go be it work or just normal everyday activity. It’s ideal for opening boxes to pealing an apple which I’ve done multiple times. It’s small and compact but big enough to any job. I feel naked without my clip folder. I will drive back home if I forget my knife. It’s an extension to my arm.

Posted by Dan Spencer - 07/16/2012 04:48 PM

Multi-tool is the perfect go to! You start with all the goodies of a swiss army knife and then they add a pair of pliers! It doesn’t get any better.

Posted by Christopher G. - 07/16/2012 04:49 PM

I’d say the survival, it’s the most useful, at least for me. Thanks for the chance at winning one!

Posted by Sean - 07/16/2012 04:49 PM

The clip-folder has never been more than an arm’s reach away since I was old enough to have one (except in the shower…sometimes). I’ve been collecting knives since I was about 10 years old and I’ve found that the best knife is always the one you have with you ready to use.

Posted by Liviu - 07/16/2012 04:49 PM

I prefer a Multitool, as a daily use tool. It has all the tools needed and it got me out of trouble many times.Not leaving the house without him!
For trips, I prefer a fixed blade (survival). Is a “good accessory for the multitool”;) It’s got bigger blade, serrated blade and the “Bear Grylls Ultimate” even has flint, which can be crucial in a survival situation.

Posted by Jeremy Lewis - 07/16/2012 04:51 PM

I carry a Clip Folder, Gerber EZ-out, I’ve had it for about 15 years. I also carry a Swiss army knife, have had one in my pocket for over 30 years.

Posted by leon Lloyd - 07/16/2012 04:51 PM

I prefer the multitool,I use one while working as a Paramedic and I always go fishing and hunting with one it is a very versitile and usefull tool.

Posted by Josh Kaufman - 07/16/2012 04:52 PM

My favorite knife? The right one for the job and situation. Clearing brush? The weight and length of the machete is near unbeatable. A day of tinkering, my multi tool comes in damn handy. Hiking, I always have a clip knife within easy reach. And every day between adventures, in a shirt and tie, I have my Swiss army on my pocket. I never get the “oh sweet lord, he has a knnnnnnife!” comments that even a 2inch locking folder seems to encourage on today’s business world. It cuts what needs to be cut, is handy and light, has a screwdriver or two, and hell, it’s got a toothpick. So, yeah, I have, and use, a ton of different knives when they are called for. They are all my favorite, but what can I say, I’m a gear junkie too.

Posted by Kyle K - 07/16/2012 04:54 PM

Auto assist. I carry one every single day. It’s great for everything, I use it at work and its easy to open with one hand when in a pinch. It’s also great for protection when every second counts if attacked. Everybody should carry at least one knife, why not carry one that will open the fastest.

Posted by mg - 07/16/2012 04:54 PM

bowie knife…pure american history

Posted by Jacob Smith - 07/16/2012 04:55 PM

Assist-Opening is my favorite, good for one handed quick deploy. I have one that is my go to knife for everything, from everyday use to field dressing game.

Posted by Brandon Webb - 07/16/2012 04:55 PM

i like the bowie knife. id like to see how much better it is than the winchester bowie. looks like it would come in handy around deer season!

Posted by Kevin Sturmer - 07/16/2012 04:55 PM

My favorite type of knife is the multitool – every single day I need to use at least 1/2 of the functions from it at a minimum… at work, at home, and at play the Multitool allows my to keep going without delays!

Posted by Zac - 07/16/2012 04:55 PM

Favorite knife has to be assisted opening, I am always looking for a cool EDC assisted knife because they are easy to use.

Posted by RMH - 07/16/2012 04:55 PM

My favorite would be the survival knife. It’s an important tool in the wilderness. Helpful for building a shelter or cooking a meal.

Posted by Cooper - 07/16/2012 04:56 PM

The multitool makes my life so much easier. I am an ET in the Navy. We are always needing tools.

Posted by Jarrod Newsome - 07/16/2012 04:57 PM

I prefer the assist-opening knife. You can keep it in your pocket, it stays sharp, good for alomost any practical use, and it is safe when closed. I carry one around everywhere.

Posted by Mara - 07/16/2012 04:57 PM

I like the Survival knife. Large enough to use in defense, yet able to cut would for fire and shelter. The storage of in the handle is a plus as well.

Posted by obie rose - 07/16/2012 04:59 PM

not fair! i cannot pick just one favorite- i feel naked without my bowie, clip folder, and multi-tool during the day and the assist-opening clipped on my pajamas at night. i live on a farm with horses, llamas, goats, pigs, cows, game birds, etc., and a koi business. we have bears, cougars, bobcats, foxes, nutria, raptors and even speedfreaks all interested in our place. i use each knife probably 20 times a day and i used to go through knives more than i went through boots until i started using gerber knives! i haven’t had a gerber knife or tool that i haven’t absolutely loved. the 3.5” paraframe folding knife actually saved me and my brother’s life once- no joke!

Posted by Jody Reece - 07/16/2012 04:59 PM

Machete. I’ve used them clearing line of sight in the surveying industry, to clear trail, take down large trees, and they would be the bomb diggity in a Zombie Apocalypse. Also handy for carving watermelons or butchering water buffalo..

Posted by kayla burgos - 07/16/2012 04:59 PM

The machete is my favorite. It stays Sharp, the design is sleek, and in any survival situation would prove worthy.

Posted by Chad Macomber - 07/16/2012 05:00 PM

Of all the knives listed my favorite is hands down the multi tool. Whether your a Bomb tech engineer in the Middle East or if you kill a deer and forgot your gut-hook knife, then this one tool will be able to assist you in making your task much easier. It is truly a knife that can be carried by anyone, because the tools available apply to everyone. My Father once had a Gerber Multi tool which he gave to my brother when he joined with the USMC, which then got lost(NOT BROKEN) in a foreign Country.

Posted by BMorgan - 07/16/2012 05:00 PM

I’m going to choose the dagger, the reasoning is simple design used for thousands of years easy and fast to sharpen, double edge so you x2 your cuttings before a sharpen, and Gerber makes em’ bad ass looking

Posted by brent - 07/16/2012 05:00 PM

I like multi tools best, since I tend to work on many projects that require more than a blade.

Posted by Ted Beckley - 07/16/2012 05:00 PM

My favorite knife is the multi tool. I carry one on my duty belt every day. It has helped me out of little situations that a typical knife might not have been correct for. I also have one on my tac vest when I get deployed out. Its by far one of the best knife/tools you can carry with you

Posted by Jeff Reyers - 07/16/2012 05:00 PM

The Bowie knife, because it is all American!
Born in the USA!

Posted by Jerry Lindholme - 07/16/2012 05:01 PM

I own sereval from each group, however my daily carry is assist-opening. Working on cellular / radio towers, there are MANY times when you may only have one hand to open your knife.

Posted by D2theAVID - 07/16/2012 05:01 PM

My favorite type of knife from the article is the multitool because of the incredible amount of functionality that fits into such a small and compact unit. Although most of the tools generally go unused (I’m looking at you corkscrew), they’re all awesome to have for that minuscule chance you will need them.

Posted by Clint Radford - 07/16/2012 05:01 PM

Once the clip folder style knives came out my standard pocket knife became my back-up. I like the accessibility of the clip fold…when you need it you can easily get it out of your pocket and not have to waste much time. I always hated digging into my pocket (usually at odd angles while seated) and trying to get to my pocket knife. With the clip fold…the problem is solved!

Posted by andrew cruz - 07/16/2012 05:01 PM

I really like the machete its a really awesome blade,,you can do a lot with a machete pretty anything you can think of. But the one thing that it well be your best friend for is during a zombie apocalypse you can take out a lot of zombie’s with it…… awesome

Posted by Tom - 07/16/2012 05:02 PM

I like the survival knife, because it is so handy when camping, I have the same one that’s in the picture, and you can dig holes with it, cut food, split kindling and everything, it’s the most well rounded and sturdy knife i have ever used

Posted by Kenn - 07/16/2012 05:02 PM

Clip Folder.
East access, very diverse and just can’t be beaten. Not to mention there is just such a large line of different styles as well, to me a folder can define your style as well. Fixed blades can be irritating while carrying where the folder is always just in the pocket out of the way.

Great designs and endless uses.
I’ll stick with the clip folder.

Posted by Sam Badger - 07/16/2012 05:03 PM

Multi tool – covers all your needs. Perfect for around the house or in the bush.

Posted by Logan Atzhorn - 07/16/2012 05:03 PM

My favorite option is the clip folder. It is practical and has a multitude of uses. Compared to all the other options, I believe that the clip folder has the largest repertoire, so to speak. Great for everyday carry. I never go anywhere without one!

Posted by Amy - 07/16/2012 05:04 PM

My favorite is the machete because not only is it good for camping and gardening but I’d the zombies ever arrive I can watch head fly!!! Yee haa!!!!!!

Posted by Pat - 07/16/2012 05:04 PM

I prefer the Assisted Opening type. I carry a Kershaw Needs Work. American Made, priced right, and just awesome. Made in U.S.A is very important to me. The action of the assisted opening makes it easy to use the knife under a variety of circumstances

Posted by Mike - 07/16/2012 05:04 PM

I like the clip folder because it is easier for me to use because of the easy access when I clip one to my belt.

Posted by John Robinson - 07/16/2012 05:04 PM

I like the assisted opening. Working for the local sheriffs department I wear a lot of things on my belt. I is small to fit in my pocket nd I can open it fast n with one hand

Posted by steve - 07/16/2012 05:04 PM

I love the #3 clip folder because it clips tightly to my jeans or cargo pants so I don’t lose it. I always know its there when I need it. Which is often.

Posted by Shawn - 07/16/2012 05:04 PM

The dagger, It would look good for sticking a note on someones door.

Posted by ken kaminski - 07/16/2012 05:05 PM

i like the look of the survior it looks pretty stury for gutting

Posted by Richard M. - 07/16/2012 05:05 PM

My preferred knife is the Swiss Army Knife. It’s not as heavy as a multi-tool but it still can offer a multitude of tools and still be light enough to fit into a pocket. The Swiss Army design is also recognized worldwide which gives people a little bit more comfort when they see you pull out a Swiss knife rather than the scared look they give when you bust out a tactical folder. The non-combatant look of the Swiss Knife is the main reason why I prefer it. I’m not much of a fighter and I don’t want people to get the impression that I am one but still have a trusty knife that can do everything I need it to and more. In addition, since very few of the Swiss Army Knife models have locking blades I wouldn’t be able to practically use my knife in combat anyways. The Swiss Army Knife can fill a multitude of uses with the different tools that are available. The Bottle Opener/Screwdriver can be used as is, as a light pry bar, and as a small scoop; the Parcel hook can be used to carry packages, help re chain a bicycle instead of having to grease up your hands, and can be used to fish your glasses out of a toilet if they fall in; etc etc. And of course ever Swiss Army Knife comes with a razor sharp blade that is easy to resharpen and is shaped for good piercing and cutting. The typical Swiss Army Knives are also very well priced around the $15-$25 range and come in various models that are built for different preferences and implements. Models that can vary from Hunting to Camping all the way to Office work and Search and Rescue work. It can be used for food preparation and cooking and can help the local explorer like me get out of situations that I wouldn’t be able to do without my pocket toolkit. It’s the kind of knife a nine year old Boy Scout uses to start a camp and it’s the very knife that can be passed down from generation to generation and still work as well as it did on it’s first day. Anyways I could go on hours about this but I’m gonna stop because my comment is HUGE xD. Have a great day people.

Posted by Kmccall - 07/16/2012 05:05 PM

I’ve got to go with the multi tool, I’ve carried the same Leatherman Wave on my belt for ten years of construction and working in a scrap yard. The other knives are neat considering actual usefulness, nothing beats a multi tool.

Posted by Anthony Howard - 07/16/2012 05:06 PM

I love all my Gerber folders but the multitool ranks as the choice..you just can’t beat a good multitool for edc. can’t count how many times I’ve used every implement in mine.

Posted by Patrick Hudd - 07/16/2012 05:06 PM

Machete: useful for clearing brush, splitting small branches, hammering things and flipping items on the grill. Plus can use as small flat surface for some tasks.

Posted by Bryan - 07/16/2012 05:06 PM

I prefer the assist opening variety. It’s compact and can be used in many different situations, from around the house to full on outdoors use.

Posted by Dusty Hovis - 07/16/2012 05:07 PM

I love my assisted open knives because my job is mostly a one handed job and is very important to have a knife that will open one handed! But recently I have started throwing tomahawks and knives so the thrower is definitely in my interest category right now!

Posted by Andrew Cuevas - 07/16/2012 05:07 PM

Survival – when the sh** hits the fan it’s your all in one survival tool

Posted by John Karoyannis - 07/16/2012 05:08 PM

My favorite type of knife from the article is #4, the Dagger. I like it because it is an
all-purpose knife, made for everyday use both indoors as well as outdoors. I like that it is not too big to carry on me on a daily basis as a self-defense precaution. I like the tiny little dots on its handle, providing this reliable blade with a firm grip. I like that both its edges are sharpened, making swift use of the blade even more ergonomical. But what I really love about the Dagger is its invaluable use on the excursions I like to go on when the weather permits it:)

Posted by Shane - 07/16/2012 05:08 PM

The multi-tool. As “cool” as many of the other types are (who doesn’t carry a throwing knife nowadays?) I don’t leave home without a multi-tool of some kind. It always seems to have the right tool to get most every small job done, including much of what the other knife types are limited to.

Posted by Scott Smith - 07/16/2012 05:08 PM

I like the assist opening knife. I work on a ranch and allot of times one of my hands is busy holding something so I need a “one” handed knife. Thanks

Posted by C.Ray McCurley - 07/16/2012 05:08 PM

I like the assist opener because I wourk in ems and fire, some time I can only use one hand. It would be good for seat belts!

Posted by Jeff Robinson - 07/16/2012 05:08 PM

My Favorite Knife is the Pocket or “JACK” knife. I love ALL edged weapons but I have carried a jack knife since I was 8 years old (Some 40 years) when my Dad gave me my first one. And I have carried at least one (usually 2 or 3)everyday since then. They are the most versatile in my option.

Posted by Allison - 07/16/2012 05:09 PM

My favorite is the assisted opening knife.
As a folding knife, it is a great every day carry. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to suit every need. And, you feel pretty intense as you flip it open:)

Posted by Dylan Swift - 07/16/2012 05:09 PM

Pocketknives, or Jackknives, are my favorite. I have one passed down 3 generations from my great grandfather that he owned as a child. It is a family heirloom and an excellent every day carry. The stories this knife could tell! It has been through two world wars and countless outdoor adventures. One day I will give it to my son and continue the tradition!

Posted by Sean Miller - 07/16/2012 05:09 PM

My favorite would have to be the clip folder. It’s my favorite everyday carry too; you’d be hard-pressed to find me without one. I value this knife because, out of all of the knives on the list, it’s one of the most accessible. Whenever you need it, it is right where you left it, clipped to your pocket or your belt. I’ve used clip folders at construction sites, warehouses, offices, hunting, hiking, and canoeing. Because I can always have it with me, it is my go-to tool in nearly any situation.

Posted by Kyle - 07/16/2012 05:09 PM

I like the multi tool because its all the different tools you will need in one.

Posted by Chris Gardner - 07/16/2012 05:10 PM

Bowie: I love it for the dependability of a fixed blade.

Posted by chili_pep - 07/16/2012 05:13 PM

I prefer Assisted Opening Clip Folders. They stay right by your side and are always ready when needed.

Posted by Andrew - 07/16/2012 05:13 PM

#1, Love a spring open knife.

Posted by Allen - 07/16/2012 05:13 PM

If I were allowed, I’d pick the assisted opening knife. It’s small enough to carry every day, and is versatile enough to handle most situations. I don’t live and work in an environment where it’s appropriate to carry a survival knife or any other fixed blade really, so having something like the assisted opening knife (or the clip folder that I have on me most of the time) is a nice “just in case” blade for everyone who was once a Boy Scout and knows the importance of preparedness.

Posted by Colin Beesley - 07/16/2012 05:13 PM

The survival knife – there are some very good, very affordable ones out there (Mora type), that whilst will only give a year or two of use, are ideal to use on Scout bushcraft/back to basics camps when teaching Scouts how to use them properly, and not worry about them causing too much damage. They also show parents what sort of knife is an ideal starter knife for their Scout. It would have to be a straight edge, I am not a lover of semi-serrated knives, I don’t see the need in Britain.

Posted by Stephanie - 07/16/2012 05:13 PM

I love the machete! I want one to keep for the inevitable hour when the Government has truly failed in hiding its lies and the zombies come to light. Yep. I even have a contingency plan in place for friends and family and strays. Machete me, yo! bwaha …

Posted by Mike Barnett - 07/16/2012 05:14 PM

Although most of the knives I own for daily carry are folders, for the ultimate in strength and safety, I prefer a fixed blade, single edged, about 1/4 thick, and anywhere from 3 to 7 inches long. In other words, a survival knife, but not a ‘Rambo’ knife. I can put more trust in a fully tanged fixed blade than any other knife. As for liner locks? Not for me… I don’t wan’t my appendages intentionally traversing the swing of the blade. In the woods, a Buck Nighthawk is my common companion, but when kayaking or sailing, it’s a River Shortie and a machete. Having said that, my absolute favorite blade would have to be one of my Al Mar Warriors… NOTHING ismore sinister than a Warrior!

Posted by Shawn McEntire - 07/16/2012 05:15 PM

I would have to go with the assist opening knife. It would be the most beneficial one to have with you no matter what you are doing. With gerber its hard to go wrong with any of there knives!

Posted by Corey - 07/16/2012 05:15 PM

My favorite type of blade here is the multitool. While it probably doesn’t have the best blade, the multitool is ridiculously handy and versatile. It is especially useful outdoors.

Posted by Juan Perez - 07/16/2012 05:16 PM

The Multitool is really good, like it because it is compact and you know you can get small jobs done with it. Helpful in stripping wire, getting hold of small parts and tighten small bolts and screws.Carry it with me all the time.For a beginning electrical engineer I never leave the house without it.

Posted by Mike Dodd - 07/16/2012 05:16 PM

I prefer the #8 survival knife, the versatility of this knife is great, from storage of needed items to ability to cut wood and stay alive from cleaning game to many other functions possible.

Posted by Larry McFayden - 07/16/2012 05:16 PM

I like the dagger because it is more aesthetically pleasing.

Posted by Dan - 07/16/2012 05:16 PM

I like the clip folder. It is easily stored in your pocket and easy to get at if needed.

Posted by Michael Cullen - 07/16/2012 05:17 PM

I really like the Dagger it just looks so sleek and sturdy.

Posted by Ashley Moss - 07/16/2012 05:17 PM

#8 Survival Knife. I would prefer this knife due to the fact I love to camp, I’m always out in the wilderness, and this knife would be perfect for the outdoors. It would also come quite in handy if I was to ever get lost!

Posted by Dave Martin - 07/16/2012 05:19 PM

My favorite style from the article is the “clip folder.” It is versitle and can be carried no matter what attire I’m wearing.

Posted by Sipos Máté - 07/16/2012 05:19 PM

Survival :)I think it’s the most useful for a zombie apocalipse.

Posted by Ryan B - 07/16/2012 05:21 PM

assist opening knife. best knife overall for military use.

Posted by Thomas Fiddler - 07/16/2012 05:21 PM

“What is your favorite type of knife from the article, and why do you love it?”

#8 – Survival

I do a lot of outdoor activities (hiking, camping, fishing, etc). This would be an ideal blade for me.

Posted by Paul Medoff - 07/16/2012 05:21 PM

The Swiss Army knife—the little one. The lightweight one.

Posted by Tom Vallone - 07/16/2012 05:21 PM

I would have to say that my Gerber Suspension Multitool is by far one of my favorite knives. I am a strong believer that there is a time and place for every type of knife, but a multitool is definitely the most versatile type of knife in my opinion, as it probably has the most uses. there is almost never a time when a multitool would not come in handy.

Posted by Shango - 07/16/2012 05:21 PM

The Bowie knife is know on some areas of the American southwest as a capable path clearing tool. Also if it is of good enough quality they are capable of being used for splitting wood etc. The versatility of this formidable blade is unmatched.

Posted by Matt Bennentt - 07/16/2012 05:21 PM

I prefer the clip folder, even though i do love a good survival knife. I like a knife I can use everyday and carry with me anywhere.

Posted by Jonathan Smith - 07/16/2012 05:21 PM

I prefer an Assisted Folder with a clip on it. I’m kinda torn on Straight edged blade or half serrated, So I’ll say one side half, Serrate One side straight Edge.

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Posted by Holly Borton - 07/16/2012 05:22 PM

I choose #5 the machete. I will be honest, I will kill zombies with it when they come. LOL I would use it in a survival kit.

Posted by Glen Underwood - 07/16/2012 05:22 PM

I`ve always preferred a shorter fixed blade `survival` knife with a 4-6 inch drop-point blade. In my experience, it has been best for me for general bushcraft use, light fire prep, food prep, cleaning wild game, just plain old whittling. Im just as much of an ounce-counter as many here, but have always found the minimal extra weight to be beneficial during outdoor recreation.

Posted by Jason Ferguson - 07/16/2012 05:23 PM

I prefer the Clip-Folder. I love the aerated edge and the fact that it is so sharp. The pocket clip allows you to keep it where it is readily accessible.

Posted by Wes - 07/16/2012 05:23 PM

I prefer the survival knife cause it is built to last andmost knifes now days are not capable of the punishment that people dish outon them

Posted by Chad Mortensen - 07/16/2012 05:24 PM

I love the assisted opening knife because you only need one hand to open it. I also love the sound it makes after it locks up. It is fast, easy, and a lot of fun!

Posted by Nathan Amyx - 07/16/2012 05:25 PM

The survival knife, because of its wide range of functionalities its versatility. And its got Bear Grylls name on it to boot!

Posted by Spencer Gall - 07/16/2012 05:25 PM

Hands down my favourite knife is a Fixed blade such as the BG Survival Knife. Personally own one and have never looked back since. I use every feature this knife has to offer. Survival (Fixed Blades) feel ultra secure in your hands and a good quality blade made by Gerber will never fail. Any backpacker should always have this knife attached to them. I even turned it into a spear… Works like a charm. Can’t beat it for its price too.

Posted by Greg Taylor - 07/16/2012 05:27 PM

I like the #1 — Assist-Opening, cause it reminds me of the dual lock blade I lost in Operation Desert Storm back in the day. Great Knife! Owned and used many Gerber’s since.
BTW, is you’re company any way linked to Gerber plumbing fixtures? Logo looks the same.

Posted by Bob Lang - 07/16/2012 05:27 PM

i like the pocket knife. got several of them. the smaller ones i carry everyday in dress pants.

Posted by Devan Jones - 07/16/2012 05:27 PM

I like the throwing knives, because I have or had bowie’s, survivals, clips, assissted, swisses, jacks, clips, you name it but throwing knives are the fun ones to (safely) play with.

Posted by Jason Kendall - 07/16/2012 05:27 PM

I prefer the double edged dagger, while the other knives have their own functions I believe that this one is the most versatile. The assited opener is nice but under heavy use they end up folding backward or loosening up. The Bowie knife is a great piece but too big to carry and not very functional. The clip folder is good for small jobs like cutting rope or plastic or tape but goes the way of the assited opener when used heavily. The machete is only good for chopping and too bulky to carry. The multitool is amazing to have if you need to tighten a bolt or cut some wires but shit for hunting. The pocket knife again good for small jobs. The survival would be my second pick in that it is a very versatile knife but not practical in an urban setting, unless you’re talking urban Iraq. The swiss army knife is a great knife for the average beer drinking meat eating man who needs a can or borrle opener and toothpick. The throwing knife can’t be used to cut wood without damaging it and if you throw it too far it’s hard to find when you might need it. Thus bringing me back to the double edged dagger, it is great in urban settings because it is easy to hide and easy to defend yourself with and come on it just looks intimidating. In the woods it makes a great spear head, you can gut an animal with it, start a fire with it, magnetised on a lilly pad in water it’s a compass, and it’s just the best all around knife.

Posted by Marc Parry - 07/16/2012 05:28 PM

ill take machete due to the advantages of having a long blade to get through dense brush and its a multipurpose tool

Posted by Jake Barney - 07/16/2012 05:28 PM

I love the survival knives. I keep one with me when hunting or just hiking in the woods. Having that bit of important goodies in the handle gives me peace of mind.

Posted by Sam Malesky - 07/16/2012 05:29 PM

I prefer the Bowie because it is a part of history and let’s face it, “That’s a KNIFE”!!!

Posted by Nick - 07/16/2012 05:29 PM

Once the clip folder style knives came out my standard pocket knife became my back-up. I like the accessibility of the clip fold when you need it you can easily get it out of your pocket. I always hated digging into my pocket. I currently carry a Gerber assisted folder clip knife daily. I also carry a multitool for use at work.

Posted by Nat - 07/16/2012 05:31 PM

Favorite: The Pocketknife: people often overlook the value of such a knife and opt for a larger/“cool” looking one. For most everyday experiences all that is required is a simple folding classic. I use a pocket knife everyday to harvest yucca, whittle, cut rope, etc…

Posted by adam wills - 07/16/2012 05:31 PM

My favorite knife would have to be #8 the survival knife. I actually own the knife pictured, it’s the Gerber Bear Grylls Fixed Blade Knife. I have used it for everything from chopping wood, starting fires, and prepairing food. The hammer on the handle works well when trying to drive tent stakes in hard soil. The diamond sharpener is nice although the knife stays pretty sharp. In fact, I can still shave with it. All around a great camping/survival knife.

Posted by Michael Hoop - 07/16/2012 05:31 PM

The Bowie is excellent. A classic for outdoors. This one’s in for the long haul.

Posted by Jeff Carter - 07/16/2012 05:31 PM

I prefer the survival, buddy has one he uses when we camp/ fish. Fits the hand perfectly and has withheld through some rough stuff! Love it

Posted by raymond heery jr - 07/16/2012 05:32 PM

#8 survival / fixed blade , a tuff knife that will take some abuse , not as likely to take fingers with it if it broke unlike pocket knives or lock blades

Posted by Alan M - 07/16/2012 05:32 PM

I love assist opening knives. One hand is usually all you have available when you need a knife. Next to that, I use survival knives the most because when you’re in the woods, you need a fixed blade.

Posted by Alexis Légère - 07/16/2012 05:33 PM

I like the number 8, because it a tough knife, built to do almost everything in the wood and very usefull in the outdoors.

Posted by Jason Nicholauson - 07/16/2012 05:33 PM

I enjoy most styles of knives with few exceptions. I never had a use for a Swiss Army style knife, I find them gimicky. I also have no use for a throwing knife or a dagger. My favorite knives are probably clip folding knives for my day to day use. I always have a pair on me. I used to wear a large fixed blade daily but it is just akward getting in and out of a vehicle. I own large survival type knives, (Buck Nighthawk, Gerber LMF II)and wear one when I head into the forest. But for my EDC, I almost always have a couple of well made folders, or a folder and a multi-tool. However my multi-tools aren’t full of useless crap you’ll never use. I buy practical tools.

Posted by Travis - 07/16/2012 05:33 PM

I prefer the clip folder. The are great for EDC. They don’t get lost in pockets or bags thanks to the clip. I was carrying a CRKT M16 Titanium and just switched after a gift from my son to a SOG Trident.

Posted by gtoady - 07/16/2012 05:33 PM

I prefer the assist open knife. How sweet do you feel when you can whip it out with one hand and get to work…

Posted by Bill Traw - 07/16/2012 05:33 PM

Jack knife- always in my pocket

Posted by Josh - 07/16/2012 05:35 PM

Although I love a solid benchmade assist-opening, I have to go with the multitool. It is great just for general preparedness and having the ability to accomplish multiple tasks or help some one out in a pinch!

Posted by Victor - 07/16/2012 05:37 PM

The Survival knife, by the simple fact that it helps you to survive. And also by the versatility of the survival knife, it can be used in so many more ways than a regular knife can.

Posted by daniel - 07/16/2012 05:38 PM

the #4 survival knife from bear grylls collection is my favorite, because of the many useful functions; very light weight and perfect for spearing or outdoor construction on the fly, it’s got most everything you need for the wilderness or at home use. i don’t travel without it!

Posted by Ron Hair - 07/16/2012 05:38 PM

They’re all good & each serves a purpose. However I’d have to pick the Machete, it’s a great all around camp tool, plus you have a much longer reach for zombies!

Posted by Daryll Tate - 07/16/2012 05:39 PM

I prefer a simi drop point with a three to four and a half blade. This is a good blade for daily carry. I use it to prepare food,cut cord,and it is always ready for self defense. I carry a swiss army knife as well as a larger blade sometime s a Chris Reeves,a fighter or a machete depending on where I am.

Posted by Mark A Sandoval - 07/16/2012 05:40 PM

Tough to pick just 1 favorite. However, as an everyday carry, especially when I’m on the ambulance, it’s got to be the clip/folder!

Posted by John Smith - 07/16/2012 05:40 PM

#3 The Clip Folder.

Clips onto anything … pants pockets, cargo pants pockets, molles on your bag, car visor …. everywhere you need one you can safely secure it.

And if you get the right one you’d think it was one of the assisted open kind. I can whip mine out one handed like it’s nobody’s business! :)

Posted by Cam - 07/16/2012 05:40 PM

The bowie/sheath for raw power and strength for all jobs. big enough to cut down small trees and stronger than flip blades. good for everyday use against everything. and its just pure badassness

Posted by Alexie Agosto - 07/16/2012 05:41 PM

I’d have to say my multitool. I have to say I use it all the time. At work, at home, and for the occasional emergency at a BBQ…to open my beer bottle! Haha

Posted by Christian Ringer - 07/16/2012 05:42 PM

machete- becuse it’s a axe and a knife i have done everything from chopping down trees and batoning to carving feather sticks and snares with my gerber gator (small version)… its always in my get home bag wich i take vertouly every where in the car and when i go camping.

Posted by Scooter Engelhaupt - 07/16/2012 05:44 PM

My preference would be #4, the Dagger. I had one years ago and.always liked having a double edged blade for a boot knife and you can cut either way. Always handy when ya need to cut something quickly!

Posted by Sam - 07/16/2012 05:45 PM

I like the bowie knife best. Not only does it look badass but if it has a full tang and sharp back it is perfect for almost anything, cutting, hacking away at foliage, cleaning an animal, etc.

Posted by Brian Mason - 07/16/2012 05:45 PM

My type of knife is the multi tool i do a little bit of everything i’m a mechanic plus have a hobby farm so that type of knife is very handy.

Posted by Terry Seeton - 07/16/2012 05:45 PM

I have to go with the great basic “pocket knive” its the one knife you can use no matter what the occasion. My 4 year old son says he can’t wait to learn the history of a pocket knife, he loves the outdoors already and always ask me to ge mine out to widdle with. A true outdoors man!

Posted by Lewis - 07/16/2012 05:46 PM

Machete is my fav because of the multiple uses in the outdoors.

Posted by Will - 07/16/2012 05:46 PM

#3 the clip knife:
I like the clip knife, you can use it everyday at work and it can take a beating. easy to use, can handle everyday use and still be sharp when I hang my hat for the day. At least mine can.

Posted by Coby - 07/16/2012 05:46 PM

Its got to be #4 the dagger. I carry one of these on me daily and it comes in especially useful in law enforcement. Whether it is cutting someone’s seatbelt to get them out of a wreck or using it as a last resort defense weapon, they have never let me down yet.

Posted by miles long - 07/16/2012 05:46 PM

Clip-folder. Good looking, easily accessible. Never ends up at the bottom of your pocket or gets confused with other items. Looks as if it has a catch as well so it can be deployed as just as easily by taking it out of your pocket.
Is it serrated in any spot?

Stay sharp, mLong

Posted by Paul Buikema - 07/16/2012 05:47 PM

My favorite is the survival type, I carry a Gerber Prodigy every time I go to the woods. Good for many tasks, durable and well sized for carrying on a belt or in a PALS system like a pack or thigh rig.

Posted by Heather Malesky - 07/16/2012 05:48 PM

Definitely the Machete….only thing that will cut through some of the wild brush growing around our ranch.

Posted by Dominic valloni - 07/16/2012 05:48 PM

Pocket knife is my all time favorite, because its always in my pocket ready for use.

Posted by Josh Przybelinski - 07/16/2012 05:49 PM

While I would say the machete is the most utilized blade in the world, I rather like the medieval feel of a dagger. I had a nice once and planned on using it to cut my wedding cake, but it was stolen from my wedding before we could, and I haven’t been able to find it. Even though it is impractical I also enjoy throwing knives as a hobby.

Posted by Nick - 07/16/2012 05:50 PM

the assist-opening. it always good to have one on you, and the assist lets you get it open quicker, and is ready for use. i have used one and wish i could of kept it

Posted by sterling miller - 07/16/2012 05:51 PM

my favirote knives are survival knifes because u can use them in any situation and can be used to do any thing and they are built to last through almost any thing

Posted by Roger - 07/16/2012 05:52 PM

I’m going with the Survival knife… not for everyday carry but no emergency kit is complete without one.

Posted by CJ - 07/16/2012 05:53 PM

Assist open. Because it is sturdy enough for most any situation and easy to carry.

Posted by Mendez - 07/16/2012 05:54 PM

Survival. Its always has been and always will be my go to knife for that un-expected road trip/hiking trip.

Posted by Moises Leon - 07/16/2012 05:54 PM

depende de la ocasion, pero el mejor seria el Survival! debido a que tiene todo para sobrevivir, desde la sierra hasta el pedernal, un martillo y sobre todo protección, sin mencionar q el agarre q tiene es hermoso, siempre q salgo de campamento es mi copiloto!

Posted by Justin Sabatino - 07/16/2012 05:56 PM

since there is yet to be a zombie apocalypse,and i don’t go hunting with Rambo…………..for MY every day life i love the #6 — Multitool!!!! it has what you could need for when you might need it!! it’s a multi purpose happy ending to whatever the situation calls for!!

Posted by shawn lewis - 07/16/2012 05:56 PM

i like the clip folder for the easy access but i always have a small swiss army knife in my pocket i use it daily at work i work construction and it always gets a laugh when i get it out but when they get splinters they always want my tweezers lol

Posted by Patrick Pecoraro - 07/16/2012 05:57 PM

I love the assist opening. you need to get a job done with speed. I also like the feel of that particular knife. AND it is very cool to open!

Posted by Shawna Crowley - 07/16/2012 05:57 PM

1 — Assist-Opening I have one similar to this from Gerber and it is awesome I do so much with it

Posted by Sean - 07/16/2012 05:58 PM

I have to go with the Machete. It’s easier to have at the ready than the folded knives and it’s superior in combat to the shorter survival and bowie knives. It’s more versatile and far more intimidating.

Posted by Garret Ross - 07/16/2012 06:01 PM

I like the Bear Grylls survival knife because it has a nice blade and a good grip. I also like it because it has a whistle so if you are lost you can get rescue. Another great thing is at the back it has a another blade at the rear. IT also may have a hollow inside for survival essentials. This blade is good for survival, hiking, camping, etc it is a great knife for all users.

Posted by Lane - 07/16/2012 06:03 PM

Survival for me. Tough all-around great tool.

Posted by D Montague - 07/16/2012 06:04 PM

My favorite type of knife from this article is #6 the Multitool. The reason why I love this knife is because it fits all aspects of my lifestyle and would always be in my possession. I purchased a similar one for my husband a few years ago (it’s about 2” in length folded) and he loves it. He’s found it imminently useful. I should get myself one too. Thanks for designing such a useful and attractive knife!!

Posted by Josh - 07/16/2012 06:06 PM

Mine would have to be throwing knives. My multi-tool gets me out of a pinch. My belt-clip folder goes everywhere. Despite the unusefullness of the throwing, there is few things better than getting your knife to stick in a target 15+ feet away. Makes me feel skillful.

Posted by Kristen - 07/16/2012 06:07 PM

I would love to have a survival knife. The sheer number of things you can do with it is impressive. My friend has the Gerber BG survival knife and it even comes with it’s own fire starter. He even lit a cigarette with it once.

Posted by tiffany - 07/16/2012 06:07 PM

I like the throwing knife- it takes skill to throw accurate and it’s a fun way to get some arm exercise. I go to medieval fares and there are often knife throwing areas that test your skill. I would love to have my own to practice the whole year long.

Posted by Nicolas Sisterna - 07/16/2012 06:07 PM

My favorite type would have to be the survival knife. the great majority of survival knives have a fixed blade which give it strength, resistance, durability and longetivity. I’ve had my gerber LMF II survival knife for a long time it has proven to be the best knife I own.

Posted by I Miller - 07/16/2012 06:10 PM

The Multitool is my preference. As a tradesman I have one with me at all times. From bottle opening to repairing computers, its the handiest item I can carry.

Posted by Will Pomes - 07/16/2012 06:11 PM

I prefer clip folding knives, they are just so useful! But as for the knives I WANT? Survival knives, fixed blades all the way!

Posted by Dan Human - 07/16/2012 06:11 PM

I like a clip folder as my everyday carry knife. From my jeans to my hiking pants, I can depend on it being handy when I need it. I’m a huge fan of the Gerber EVO, it’s slim cut, thumb stud, and relatively light weight is the perfect pocket companion.

Posted by Aaron Gibbs - 07/16/2012 06:14 PM

I would have to go with the bowie knife just because its amazing to look at. Its intimidating and can do anything. Whether slicing some cheese to go with your wine, or skinning a deer that you just killed with the bowie knife itself it will accomplish your task with pure style. Jim Bowie style.

Posted by Jim B - 07/16/2012 06:15 PM

The folding pocketknife, I love it because there is not much you cannot do with a pocketknife, also reminds me of my grandfather and learning to hunt.

Posted by Michael Murray - 07/16/2012 06:15 PM

Daily, I love a clip. However, for sheer utility it is difficult to beat a Swiss Army Style knife. I’ve had the same one for 20+ years and the number of times it’s “saved” me in “non-tactical” situations is countless.

Posted by Scott - 07/16/2012 06:16 PM

Assist opening are the best here in Kalifornia great tool to have all the time!

Posted by Zach Martinez - 07/16/2012 06:17 PM

Favorite knife is the multitool because its small, lite and practical.

Posted by Adam Byess - 07/16/2012 06:17 PM

Survival knife. Practical and dependable for a variety of situations from camping, hunting, fishing, workshop, yard work and self defense.

Posted by marco f - 07/16/2012 06:17 PM

My preferred type is a fixed survival knife imop my Gerber lmf2 is one extremely versitile blade .weather your batoning wood to cutting cord even slicing your sandwich in half at lunch to hammering my lmf2 if my favorite blade . Plus the sharpener in the sheath is a major plus .

Posted by Kevin Boutelle - 07/16/2012 06:18 PM

A Clip Folder

I carried a pocket folder (Buck 110) for years until I found my first Gerber clip folder with a dual (straight/serrated) edge. I was carrying that knife the day that my semi-loose shirt got caught up in my descender while repelling. I was about 75’ from the ground under a bridge, there was no way back up as I was the last to descend. I used that knife to cut my shirt away so I could continue down. I’ve never been without a clip folder since. I carry one of several Spyderco’s now but that Gerber will always be my favorite.

Posted by Tim Moll - 07/16/2012 06:18 PM

I prefer throwing knives. They’re weighted for precision and accuracy and are graceful during their flight through the air.

Posted by Caitlin Barker - 07/16/2012 06:19 PM

As a wildland firefighter and EMT I use my SOG multitool often. Being able to carry 14 tools on my belt while on fires is incredibly helpful and I can’t count how many times I’ve had to use the pliers to open an oxygen bottle when the key failed. If I’m on shift without that tool on my belt I feel naked.

Posted by Dastardly - 07/16/2012 06:19 PM

I go with the clip-folder. Before I leave the house I check for: wallet, keys, knife. The clip keeps it nestled in my pocket out of the way, but easy to grab.

Posted by nick - 07/16/2012 06:19 PM

I would have to say the survivle knife is the best because I am big into outdoors and hunting and having something like that is so usefull could save my life if needed on day.

Posted by Tyler G - 07/16/2012 06:20 PM

I prefer the assisted opening knife. I purchased my first one several years ago, and loved it. its just so much easier and faster, plus i love the gerber slide safety which makes it so easy to close and safe too. i have not bought a non assisted opening knife since and i never will.

Posted by Todd Pearson - 07/16/2012 06:21 PM

I’d have to go with the #4 double-edged dagger. It’s quick, smart, efficient and clean.

Posted by Roberto C. Fuentes - 07/16/2012 06:22 PM

I prefer the multi use. I work in the medical field and there are alot of uses for it.It can be used to calibrate equipment plus many other things.

Posted by John - 07/16/2012 06:23 PM

I prefer the Assist-Opening knife. When backpacking, I like this type of knife because of the fold-up capability. I’m looking to save space everywhere I can. The Assist-Opening knife provides all the blade I need while on the trail.

Posted by Adam Potrzebowski - 07/16/2012 06:23 PM

I’d have to go with the standard pocket knife. I’ve got a Buck folder that was given to me by my grandfather that has yet to let me down.

Posted by Chris - 07/16/2012 06:24 PM

Clip fold – Practical for General carrying.

Posted by jeremy thome - 07/16/2012 06:25 PM

clip folder!Im always using mine for something!

Posted by El Kay - 07/16/2012 06:27 PM

I prefer the clip folder for most applications and daily carry.

Posted by Joshua Bryant - 07/16/2012 06:28 PM

I am knotted between the fixed blade and the multitool, both are great. I will go with my gut and say the fixed blade is my final choice.

Posted by josh burton - 07/16/2012 06:28 PM

My favorite is the survival. All of the knives are tools with a purpose. Survival to me is the greatest purpose one could have.

Posted by AndrewAK'sclimber - 07/16/2012 06:29 PM

The machete …. It would be great for trail blazing through the thick devils club filled valleys of Alaskas mountain ranges

Posted by Alex Sanchez - 07/16/2012 06:29 PM

I prefer the Fixed Blade/Survival knife.

Fixed blades tend to be the most sturdy and reliable knives in terms of overall usefulness.

A fixed blade/survival knife is more of a tool than a weapon. With it, you can fashion most items needed in a survival situation.

A good fixed blade/survival knife is like having a good friend.

Posted by Roland - 07/16/2012 06:31 PM

I like the Assist-Opening as it’s small enough to carry conveniently. Easy enough to open and practical enough for everyday open or concealed carry.

Posted by Ryan - 07/16/2012 06:31 PM

Asking what your favorite type of knife is like asking what your favorite type of woman is… if I HAD to choose, I guess I would go with a multitool. It’s unmatched in versatility, but might be kind of cheating because it not just a knife, but a collection of useful tools.

Posted by Jack - 07/16/2012 06:32 PM

Made by Gerber.

Posted by corey - 07/16/2012 06:32 PM

Clip folder knife, I always carry a Gerber folded blade, comes in handy at work and good for cutting the straw for my 3 year olds drinks lol

Posted by Jessica Cataldi - 07/16/2012 06:33 PM

I like the Bowie knife the best as someone who likes to go walking in the woods, its good for the hacking and slashing as well as defense should something happen. The tip is also good for cleaning the dirt out from under your fingernails afterwards :)

Posted by STARK - 07/16/2012 06:34 PM

The multi tool is by far my favorite I carry one with me everyone I leave the house. No matter the situation the tool I need is right there on my hip. I use my multi tool everyday at work while fixing generators, humvees, hemits, and even my own truck. Ive carried one for years and they never have let me down, even when my truck breaks down in the middle of the boonys, its always with me to save the day

Posted by ccrescentc - 07/16/2012 06:36 PM

I prefer #8 — Survival or fixed blade. tough knife that can handle all camping/survival/outdoor tasks that you can still easily carry.

Posted by Patrick - 07/16/2012 06:36 PM

Pocketknife. Always know where it is and never go anywhere without it…

Posted by Zach the Ninja - 07/16/2012 06:37 PM

I grew to love the clip folder. It is always ready in your pocket being small enough to not be obtrusive, but big enough to make the necessary cuts. Honestly, I like all the knives featured, but I would always keep a folderon me.

Posted by jason - 07/16/2012 06:37 PM

I like the dagger. they just look hella bad ass, plus they make zombie killing smooth and easy(not too big and no serations to snag you up on the skull)

Posted by brad beneke - 07/16/2012 06:37 PM

I like an assist opening knife. Ease of use, always ready, and stows in pocket so its always there for ya.

Posted by wally Held - 07/16/2012 06:37 PM

I love a good tactical clip folder. I hate having to dig in my pocket for a pocket knife, and as much as I love a survival knife,it’s not practical to carry on a regular basis for me

Posted by VIM ECO YUMANG - 07/16/2012 06:39 PM

im gonna die if idont have the SURVIVAL!

Posted by Matt - 07/16/2012 06:40 PM

I’m not sure i’m eligible because I live in Australia, but i just wanted to say that my favourite knife is the #8 — Survival.

I don’t want to use the common stereotypes about Aus, but where I live, I’m a short drive to the snow, and the south coast, both of which can be wild, unpredictable and beautiful but sometimes dangerous places. This knife would be PERFECT for these conditions – my life; from my Snowy Mountains back-country ski trips, and the firewood collection (and starting), gear repairs, and multiple campsite uses, to the treks I take along the wild coast, with the seafood collection, trail and campsite clearing, and reassurance of having a sturdy fixed blade to use for both everyday tasks and dependable on in an emergency. the survival knife is the winner in my books, hands down!!

(I don’t even need to mention the dangerous snakes, dingoes, brumbies, birds, spiders, sharks…yes sharks, and other creatures which would think twice about approaching me knowing i held such a fantastic survival tool… )

Posted by manuel vela - 07/16/2012 06:40 PM

i’m going to have to go with the throwing knife. it’s useful if you master it and well i don’t have much use for the other ones, i live in a town with not much around but i do have a big back yard and would love to set up a target and learn how to throw

Posted by Hannah Lee - 07/16/2012 06:41 PM

I like a Clip Folder so that it is always accessible to me. I can take it with me everyday it is my EDC.

Posted by Kelli - 07/16/2012 06:42 PM

Of the knives Ive used, I miss my multi-tool the most for general chores and small repairs- love the functionality and having a good pair of pliers . I had one for a while and lost it.

Posted by Keith - 07/16/2012 06:42 PM

Clip folder. I can have it in my pocket and it doesn’t get lost with keys and cell phones and it always ready when I need it. As a biologist, I always have one with me in the field.

Posted by Ben Hopton - 07/16/2012 06:43 PM

I would definitely prefer the throwing knife, because they are so much more than just a knife. They are a sport, a hobby, and some would even say an art. They are a part of history as well as they were frequently used by cowboys in the American wild west. Throwing knives combine the efficiency, dependability, and versatility of normal knives with the range only limited by the thrower.

Posted by zaki - 07/16/2012 06:44 PM

I love survival knife because it will be my life during my survival time.

Posted by Shawn - 07/16/2012 06:45 PM

#8 — Survival … I like to feel secure when I am out in the woods

Posted by Dave Glisson - 07/16/2012 06:45 PM

Love the BG survival knife! Tough enough to perform most jobs plus personal defense, as well as built in fire starter & whistle. I have purchased several as gifts for my outdoors friends.

Posted by Ben H - 07/16/2012 06:47 PM

Im going to go with pocket knife (my trusty Gerber Freeman Guide) as my number one, because i litteraly do not ever leave the house without it, although survival knife (my also trusty Gerber Bear Grylis Ultimate Knife) as a very close second!

Posted by Steven Fowler - 07/16/2012 06:47 PM

I love camping and hiking and the Survival would be a great tool to have in those cases where it will come in handy.

Posted by Wes - 07/16/2012 06:48 PM

I like the clip folder because you can always carry it with you and it can do what you need on an everyday basis.

Posted by Blue - 07/16/2012 06:49 PM

“What is your favorite type of knife from the article, and why do you love it?”

Survival. They tend to offer a good trade-off between size and portability, and perform the most common tasks a multitool is often used for, thanks to their straight and serrated edges, sturdy builds, and common attachments, such as flints that stow in the pommel. They also, in a pinch, function as fighting knives and even throwing knives, after a fashion; many survival knives have spear lashing points.

A survival knife is the great all-rounder. A good one will look after you in any situation.

Posted by MICHAEL SHACKELFORD - 07/16/2012 06:52 PM

Machete……They named a movie after it! ‘nuff said.

Posted by Scott - 07/16/2012 06:52 PM

I use clip folders the most but i prefer double edged knifes, “daggers”, best because one side can be used while still having the other be razor sharp, they are great for hunting and personal protection.

Posted by Will - 07/16/2012 06:55 PM

I prefer the machete for the woods, because I can put a nice fine edge at the bottom 2-4 inches to use for fine tasks, but I can use the rest for shelter building and bushwacking, and I can use it for many other things, but I prefer an 18 inch to a 33 inch.

Posted by Jon R - 07/16/2012 06:56 PM

Survival, built to handle anything you would need a knife for in the wild.

Posted by DR Call - 07/16/2012 06:58 PM

EVO, Ti Coated – Serrated. Everyday wear with the pocket clip. Lightweight. Quick and smooth one handed opening. Durable clip point blade with serrations. I never leave home without it.

Posted by Curt Suda - 07/16/2012 06:58 PM

I like the Clip Folder, seems to have the best of both worlds of being easy to open and you have easy access to it on your hip. You always got to be ready with your knife so this fits that bill!!

Posted by Phillip Cassell - 07/16/2012 06:59 PM

I prefer the Bowie knife, personally, as I am a sucker for anything that harkens back to the days of the Wild Western frontier. Also as a general survival knife/tool capable of assuming many different tasks, how can you go wrong by a blade invented by a legendary American frontiersman like Jim Bowie?

Posted by logan tanner - 07/16/2012 06:59 PM

I prefer the clip folding knife. It’s the most practical option for every day use and carry. It’s what I’ve owned and carried my whole life. It’s never “too little” knife and the only time it’s “too much” knife is when I forget it’s in my pocket and try to go through airport security.

Posted by Louis-Philippe Loncke - 07/16/2012 07:01 PM

Multitool. Just got mine stolen during expedition. It’s so handy to have more than just a knife and plyers are extremely handy.

Posted by mitch lavigne - 07/16/2012 07:02 PM

i think the assist folder is #1. it can be used for almost everything. it also serves at a great carry-on knife. they can be opened easily with one hand if your on the job site or just simply opening a package. concealment is another thing i look for in all knives as well as conveinience and durability and the spring assist folder has all of those things with a few perks on the side.

Posted by Steven Noel - 07/16/2012 07:02 PM

In my experience, I find the versatility of the multi-tool has always best suited me. I have used mine for so many purposes I couldn’t even come close to listing them. Mountain biking I have reassembled or rigged friends bikes that just couldn’t handle the trail, removed hooks from wild mountain trout and cut more things then you could find in an average house.

Posted by Matt Deyoung - 07/16/2012 07:03 PM

I’m all about the assisted opening. Love the look on people’s faces when you flip the blade open and hear that crisp snap as it clicks into place.

Posted by Doug - 07/16/2012 07:03 PM

I like #3 the clip makes it really easy to use at work

Posted by Michael Stcyr - 07/16/2012 07:03 PM

I prefer the assisted opening knife. when only 1 hand is available it is nice to flip them open.

Posted by Shaun Nicomedes - 07/16/2012 07:04 PM

I prefer the clip folder, small enough to carry but big enouogh for everyday tasks and more

Posted by Melissa Fetzer - 07/16/2012 07:05 PM

Dagger all the way. Look at it like this — an awesome close fighting tool, you can cut your steak with it, if you hunt – you could skin out your game with it – just a great all purpose tool and besides it speaks to the romantic in my soul!!!!

Posted by Jimi - 07/16/2012 07:06 PM

For EDC I prefer the clip knife, some assisted openers after a week to a months worth of daily use start to bind up and need the washers looked at. When going out on the bike or a hike I prefer the bowie over a survival knife. In the great state of communefornia you have to be careful with daggers and throwing knives are all but verboten.

Posted by Jake Foster - 07/16/2012 07:10 PM

Survival. Amazing blade and super versatile. I have the one with the sheath, so its got the fire starter and sharpener. Most definitely my go-to blade outside of the house.

Posted by Paul Sullivan - 07/16/2012 07:11 PM

Fixed Blade, I work in the woods for a living cruising timber. Hands down this is one of my most valuable tools in my vest. You can machete things with them, cut, fine tune. I never leave the truck without it.

Posted by Dean S - 07/16/2012 07:12 PM

To tell the truth, I like them all. Each one has its uses, but when I go camping I always have a pocket knife on one side, and a heavy bladed knife like a parang, Bowie, or machete on the other side. When I’m in street clothes, I always have my multitool on my belt.

Posted by Kyle W. - 07/16/2012 07:12 PM

#8 — Survival
I prefer the survival knifes for the ruggedness of the blades and many uses. I travel out with my son into our woods frequently and use a survival type knife to carve a unfilled learning adventure every time we go out.

Posted by kdom - 07/16/2012 07:15 PM

#1 — Assist-Opening
Quick one handed access when needed!

Posted by Nathan Welch - 07/16/2012 07:15 PM

Although I prefer the assisted opening, I have several Bowie knifes that very useful.

Posted by Dave O'Leary - 07/16/2012 07:15 PM

Pocket folder. Solid, dependable.

Posted by Thomas Hinderman - 07/16/2012 07:16 PM

Personally I like the assisted opener the best. A pocket style knife is one that you are most likely to have on you should an emergency arise. A survival knife is great, but it does you no good if it’s stuffed in a backpack sitting in the garage. If you only think you’ll be going out for an hour in the woods, you’re not likely to strap on a large fixed blade before you hit the trail. But you would likely have a good stout folder in your pocket. And one that opens quickly one-handed is obviously a great advantage. Nevermind the woods, what if you come upon a car crash and need to cut a seatbelt? Would you whip out a machete to do the job or fumble with a miltitool? No. Just reach into your pocket, flick the knife open, and you’re in business. They also excel as a defense tool. The sight of a knife flicking open can be very intimidating. A throwing knife..? Not so much. “Excuse me while I walk back to 15 feet..” The assisted opener is extremely versatile and excels in almost every aspect of what a knife is supposed to do. Cut.

Posted by TomB - 07/16/2012 07:16 PM

I prefer the Swiss army style of knife. The small form factor combined with.the utility functions work well for EDC.

Posted by Harvey Buffkin - 07/16/2012 07:18 PM

I really like the survival knife for the versatility and durability. You can give it a beating and it keeps going. However, I also appreciate a good Bowie knife for the big blade and the historical tie to Jim Bowie and the history of that knife.

Posted by Mick Flanigan - 07/16/2012 07:19 PM

Throwing knife, because you never know when there will be a casting call for the next Kill Bill movie, and no way in hell do I want to get in close and personal with any of those crazies. No thanks, I will just pick them off from the distance! Unless of course Tarantino ups my contract, then I can get in the mix with a Bowie or machete!

Posted by Greenneck Dirt - 07/16/2012 07:20 PM

Multi tool,Gerber Mechanic its been with me daily for over 10 years. I use it at least 3 time a day.

Posted by gaston - 07/16/2012 07:23 PM

If i got to choose, i take the survival, ive always liked that size of blade, it very usefull and multiporpuse.
Personaly i carry a pilot survival knife
The old school one

Posted by Justin - 07/16/2012 07:24 PM

I like the machete because it gets the job done quickly in a survival or back of the woods situation. I’d rather carry a bit more weight than try to hack things out with a smaller knife.

Posted by Greg - 07/16/2012 07:25 PM

I am fascinated by the machete. I’ve seen use to hack through vegetation, butcher a pig, and cut the grass!

Posted by Mike Scherrer - 07/16/2012 07:25 PM

I love the dagger. I love to have the sheathed dagger on my hip or in a boot. The thowing dagger is a close second. Love to throws knives with my friends. Just a friendly competition of course.

Posted by Chris Lenz - 07/16/2012 07:26 PM

I’d have to go with the Dagger. I know it’s not the ideal knife in a lot of survival situations, and pretty much out of the question for an EDC, but the history, aesthetic, and feel of one in the hand just speaks to a deep part of me.

Posted by dan - 07/16/2012 07:27 PM

Machete… from zombies to saw grass if you’re in it’s way you will be removed.

Posted by Bobby Creel - 07/16/2012 07:28 PM

I love the assisted opening knife. I can easily carry it anytime, but it is quick into action.

Posted by Jeremy Stein - 07/16/2012 07:28 PM

Without a doubt #8 survival knife, not only is it good for survival but because of its solid structure its uses are endless, I have one with me at all times.

Posted by Spencer - 07/16/2012 07:31 PM

My EDC is anEvo Jr serrated. It is always on me or in short reach. So, my favorite knife/blade is the one that is in my hand for the given purpose or job… Grew up with a lot of high carbon steel blade hunting, fishing, etc. only good knife is a razor sharp one….

Posted by Joey - 07/16/2012 07:32 PM

the clip folder is my EDC…but i really love all of them, and would carry them all if it wouldn’t freak people out.

Posted by RL Samford - 07/16/2012 07:33 PM

A bowie knife is my preferred knife of choice. A bowie knife is one of the most versatile tool I can think to carry at all time. A while being some what large is still manageable, and easily carried, or stored.

A bowie knife has a lengthy list of versatile uses; clean fresh game, chop small limbs for building a fire when camping, it makes a great general purpose tool, can be use as a self defense weapon when in a bind, and the list goes on.

As well as the list of uses the bowie knife has, it is still small enough to carry on the hip in a sheath, or to store away in a backpack for when going camping, or fishing.

Then there is one more plus to a bowie knife, “durability”, no moving parts that will loosen from use, as well as full tang construction giving unbeatable durability, and sturdiness.

So when I have to choose my preferred knife, I will simply answer “pass me a bowie knife, and leave me to my own device.”

Posted by Todd - 07/16/2012 07:36 PM

My favorite type of knife from the article is #4 the dagger, but only if it is a Gerber. Gerber sets the standards when it comes to all knives but their daggers are pure excellence. Plus, the dagger is great to eat fruit with!

Posted by Crystal Metzler - 07/16/2012 07:39 PM

I LOVE my Gerber Ripstop 2 serrated and use it all the time. But i’m not gonna lie, the Assist-Opening blade sounds like it would be amazing! Easily carried and easier to open with one hand. There have been quite a few times when it would of come in handy. :)

Posted by Brent - 07/16/2012 07:40 PM

Survival, always useful across multiple scenarios.

Posted by Zachary Stewart - 07/16/2012 07:40 PM

I perfer the clip folder. When fishing, camping, or at a boy scout function the short reach to the pocket edge, less time, and energy to have the knife in my hand is a must have. I wouldn’t be caught without my Evo.

Posted by David Hollingsworth - 07/16/2012 07:40 PM

I like the assist-opening knife because it have the folder feel with the added assist of course.

Posted by Angel Velez - 07/16/2012 07:43 PM

#8 Survival – fixed blade & full tang has to the my top choice. Multifunctional and effective.
Cutting, slicing, sawing, batoning, fishing (spear), hunting (spear), firestarter, whistle,& the bright orange makes it easy to find if you drop it. My Jeep Wrangler is that exact same orange :)I own 2 of the BG Survival full tang Survival knife. I LOVE Gerber. Almost got a tattoo with their new logo! Still thinking about it. Peace!

Posted by Logan Myers - 07/16/2012 07:48 PM

Machete and survival! My reasoning is due to the reliability of either while outdoors camping, kayaking, and fishing. I’ve even been known to bring along either while geocaching!

Posted by Sp33dwagon - 07/16/2012 07:52 PM

My favorite is the multitool, i can pack a veritable toolbox in the palm of my hand for almost any situation.

Posted by ian waight - 07/16/2012 07:54 PM

the bowie knife. because if i was alone in the woods and came face to face with a bear i wouldnt be afraid!

Posted by Zach Smith - 07/16/2012 08:00 PM

I prefer clip folder I like not having to dig in my pocket trying to find my knife! Also clip folders are better for an EDC in my opinion. But I have a Multitool, Swiss Army, or a Pocket knife just for beating up or back up, or things that don’t need a bigger folder.

Posted by mputman83 - 07/16/2012 08:00 PM

For me its the fixed blade survival due to me being in the woods and fishing all the time.I use my gerber asek 2 for everything work and play would rather have it then any of the more expensive knives i have owned it has held up to abuses of all kinds i use it as a hammer pry bar and a knife on occasion.

Posted by Chris Lingerfeldt - 07/16/2012 08:03 PM

Throwing knife – who says you have to get close enough to zombies to chop off their heads. You just have to reach white brain matter!

Posted by David Bryant - 07/16/2012 08:03 PM

While I love all of the knives mentioned and I carry 3 of the ones mentioned everyday, my favorite would have to be the survival. On a good survival every inch has been planned out. Not only for cutting but also as a blunt instrument to hammer, a saw, a screw driver, prybar, etc etc. A good survival knife is like having a pocket tool but looks cooler.

Posted by Marlana Harrison - 07/16/2012 08:05 PM

My every day carry is an old AR 3 that an ex-boyfriend gave me. Blade is strong, serrations for those few times you need it and it folds away discretely.

Depending on what I’d doing that day, I have multiple knives for the situation. If I’m hunting, I want a fixed blade w/ a drop point. I may also carry a machete to do trail maintenance. When I go backpacking, skiing & snow-shoeing, I carry a multi-tool and a survival knife. I have the River Shorty lashed to my PFD for kayaking.

Posted by Bill Koonce - 07/16/2012 08:11 PM

I like the assist knife because of the versatility for my job. It would be a comforting feeling knowing if I was in major trouble I could use it and not worry about it trying to get it fully opened manually.

Posted by Mike White - 07/16/2012 08:18 PM

I have always preferred the assisted opening knife, the one I have now has gotten me in and out of a bunch of sticky situations.

Posted by Boat - 07/16/2012 08:18 PM

I’m a big fan of the fixed knives myself and I have a Gerber fixed blade I’ve hardly needed to sharpen for going on 5 years now.

I even purchased the Bear Grylls edition (above) fixed blade for my son on his outdoor excursions too.

Posted by samuel groves - 07/16/2012 08:22 PM

Pocketknives are my favorites because the are easy to carry and therefore i usually have it with me when i need a knife.

Posted by jesse - 07/16/2012 08:25 PM

i like the bowie because it a good reliable knife,excellent knife when hog hunting,and comes in hand when skining a deer or hog to break the chest cavity.

Posted by David Finney - 07/16/2012 08:27 PM

I like the Clip Folder one; its not to small and not to big. It is great for ever day use. You cound also you it for if you are out camping for cut up food and cutting up small pieces of wood for a fire for cooking. Also great for selfdefense.

Posted by Richard Cherico - 07/16/2012 08:27 PM

I prefer the assisted opening knife because it is simple to use and easily carried and concealed and razor sharp blade.

Posted by Matthew Ike - 07/16/2012 08:28 PM

Clip Folder knife would be my choice because it’s meant to travel with me at all times. My folder knife has proven its usefulness over and over.

Posted by Trajan - 07/16/2012 08:28 PM

Love the survival knife. When I am off with the cub/boy scouts it has come very handy during the hiking we have done.

Posted by Steven Rich - 07/16/2012 08:30 PM

i like the survival knives. Im in the military and my line of work has a need for survival knives. I need to know that my knife, my past line of defense won’t fail me.

Posted by Ronald Metz - 07/16/2012 08:31 PM

For day-in day-out use overall I’ll carry a pocketknife.

Posted by Eric Seberg - 07/16/2012 08:38 PM

Well, my favorite type is the dagger, like my Guardian, as it is all knife. In reality, I’ve never been in a knife fight, and don’t plan to, so the the assisted opening is best for EDC, easy to carry and open.

Posted by Dan States - 07/16/2012 08:42 PM

I’m equally torn between clip folder (my current everyday) and Multi-tool (my constant companion on Active Duty). They both are multi purpose and they both fit my needs at my current job. The Multi-tool would be over kill.

Posted by David wickstrom - 07/16/2012 08:46 PM

Honestly I have all of them but partial to my clip folder.

Posted by Patrick Kurtz - 07/16/2012 08:46 PM

Personally, I like the clip folder because they are the easiest choice for EDC; they are lightweight, have multiple carry options, easy to open, and are especially well-suited to one-handed operation.

Posted by levi good - 07/16/2012 08:48 PM

i like the versatility of the multitool.

Posted by Colin Dupreay - 07/16/2012 08:48 PM

I prefer a dagger because i also prefer double-edged swords, and a dagger is just a mini double-edge sword; it cuts on both sides of the blade, super dangerous. Practically though, the assisted opening is the best if you ever have an encounter with someone or something; quick to unsheathe so you don’t have to worry about not being able to fight back, so while a dagger is awesome, an assisted opening is the best.

Posted by Alex Legg - 07/16/2012 08:50 PM

I go for number 8 the survival knife. It is the only tool I take into the backcountry! They are strong and capable of multiple uses

Posted by Rudy Hovey - 07/16/2012 08:54 PM

My EDC and all time favorite knife is a clip folder from Leatherman with a bit driver built in, making it a mini-multitool. If I’m wearing shorts, I tend to swap it with my Swiss Army knife, to lower the weight, but I do feel there is a trade-off in usability.

Posted by Patrick Womble - 07/16/2012 09:03 PM

I love the convenience of a clip folder. I have I’ve on me everyday. Howevere, My favorite knife is a Gerber LME (older version). It feels great in the hand, is extremely robust, holds an edge very well, and the serations on the spine can be used for sawing. It inspires confidence and security.

Posted by Joshua Luria - 07/16/2012 09:04 PM

Tough call on my favorite. I love the simple pocket knife because it reminds me of the one my grandfather used to carry around with him. I still have it on my shelf at home after he passed away, but it is too valuable to me to take around town.

Posted by Jack - 07/16/2012 09:06 PM

A clip folder knife is extremely versatile. It is strong, sharp and extremely accessible. Can be whipped out and used quickly. Personally i like it because, it is sleek and dangerous. and has a flip button at the back. Its an awesome knife! especially the Evo

Posted by Michael D. McHann - 07/16/2012 09:06 PM

Survival without a doubt! Nothing like a nearly indestructible solid fixed blade like the LMF. Don’t leave home without it!

Posted by Eric Magnussen - 07/16/2012 09:07 PM

I love the assisted opening because when I want my blade out, I want it out now, not in 5 seconds.

Posted by Felipe Arredondo - 07/16/2012 09:08 PM

simply because I find the most suitable for all types of situations, particularly emergencies, fulfills the function of most of the other knives, (except for the multi-tool, that of the Swiss army and the machete) with patience and training could throw up (according to my discretion).

Posted by John Shepard - 07/16/2012 09:15 PM

I prefere the pocket/jackknife. I spent many a good summer with my grandfather on his farm in ohio. There he taught me many a life lesson for a young boy like how to drive a tractor, how to shoot a rifle, and how to handle a pocket knife. I would beg my parents to let me go to “the farm” every summer where I would actually want to get up at dawn and go work on the farm with grandpa stacking bails of hay or tending to his horses. For lunch we would always go to the front corner of his yard and pick a peach and lean against the fence and eat it. He first taught my how to use a knife by carving his peach. He is still alive but I am not married and live in florida and dont get to see him much. Awhile back, I bought a simple Stockman knife. Nothing fancy, but just to carry around in remembrance of a simple time with a simple man Patrick Trimble, my Grandfather.

Posted by greg - 07/16/2012 09:17 PM

clip folder, # 3. It’s there when I need it, quickly not there when I don’t.

Posted by Kent Good - 07/16/2012 09:19 PM

I actually like all the types of knives listed here, but my daily used/carried would be the #3 clip knife. Depending on the situation though, the rest will come into play.

Posted by Clay Tyler - 07/16/2012 09:25 PM

Hard to make a decision on just one favorite in that group, so many good and versitle knives. Choosing one would be the multitool as its a tool I can carry to work everyday and use. I dont have to make so many trips to a tool box a day just to tighten a screw or something on my truck. A great overall everyday tool is something everyone should carry and have.

Posted by Chris McGraw - 07/16/2012 09:31 PM

Multitool over all has been the most useful over the years

Posted by George Dickenson - 07/16/2012 09:33 PM

I prefer the assisted opening knife for ease of use one handed. Also is a fairly handy blade good for many different situations.

Posted by Bryan Schoolcraft - 07/16/2012 09:33 PM

Dagger is my favorite knife. It has been around for a long time and is highly durable when in the right hands. The dagger is also a very good self-defense weapon thanks to its double blading.

Posted by Jon Thompson - 07/16/2012 09:35 PM

I definitely prefer the multi-tool. Ive had mine for a few years now and use it everyday on board the submarine I work and live on. Many of my fellow sailors use them as well with no issues at all about them.

Posted by Kerry Shepherd - 07/16/2012 09:36 PM

The Clip Folder because it is easily accessible and doesn’t get in the way and has so many uses!

Posted by Eddie Emerson - 07/16/2012 09:40 PM

The survival knife because it is a general purpose knife…I like multi-taskers….and Gerbers

Posted by Giles - 07/16/2012 09:42 PM

i prefer the survival knfe. It has multiple uses as a knife and often has other uses like fire starting, hammering etc. I love the Bear Grylls Ultimate survival knife

Posted by Josh Dowell - 07/16/2012 09:44 PM

Hard to pick just one when you’ve grown up collecting knives, but if I have to its the survival knife simply for two reasons. John Rambo, need I say more.

Posted by Wade Arenberg - 07/16/2012 09:48 PM

I prefer the assist opening knife. Being able to quickly deploy the blade when needed is nice.

Posted by Tommy kenyon - 07/16/2012 09:53 PM

Out of all of them, i prefer the survival knife, mostly because they are usually small yet strong and very sharp, it also can be used in almost any situation that you get into

Posted by Bryan Clements - 07/16/2012 09:55 PM

#8 Survival . The knife ya need when ya really need a knife.

Posted by Brian McCabe - 07/16/2012 09:55 PM

I prefer the machete, whether it be camping or the unfortunate. Zonbie apocalypse its multi talented. My favorite use would be to put the fear of god in any boy that wanted to date my daughter …. :)

Posted by Texican - 07/16/2012 09:57 PM

I never leave the house, without a multifunction tool on my belt. One reason why I’ve not flown since 911 is you have to disarm… as if people are regularly attacked with multitools….

Posted by Anna Thompson - 07/16/2012 10:03 PM

#1 – The Assist-Opening. I can keep this wonder in my pocket or my bag. It opens quickly and is ready to use on anything, plus I love the “clicky” noise when I pop it open.

Posted by LEW - 07/16/2012 10:06 PM

I prefer the assisted open knife…compact and out of the way when carrying…open and ready for action when you need it.

Posted by michael - 07/16/2012 10:10 PM

i truly think that the survival fixed blade is the best. why its back to basics simple with simplicity being what makes its a universal tool that can do many things. having a partial serration is just a nice perk! Gerber gear forever

Posted by Nathon Gaudreau - 07/16/2012 10:11 PM

Assisted quick and easy. Just a touch and the blade is there.

Posted by Mike - 07/16/2012 10:12 PM

The survival knife is the best overall tool, and what I prefer to carry.

Posted by Jon Donham - 07/16/2012 10:15 PM

“I like the throwing knife ,close to my heart but closer to the target’s” U.R.O. unidentified razorsharp object heh heh heh .PIRATE !!

Posted by Mark Greenwell - 07/16/2012 10:16 PM

#1 assist-opening love the feel and ease of use when needed thanks.

Posted by Darryl - 07/16/2012 10:17 PM

The Swiis Army knife, I’ve been carrying one for almost 30 years now. It fits my pocket nicely and I use it almost daily

Posted by OMT - 07/16/2012 10:21 PM

The clip folder (or manual folders as I like to call them) is my favourite as it is the most used type of knife in my collection as they are so easy to carry and deploy. From EDC to camping and hunting I’ll always be carrying one (or more) in my pocket at all times. I have no need for ‘assisted opening’ cause my thumb or finger can flick open any of my knives in the blink on an eye.

Posted by Dakota K - 07/16/2012 10:22 PM

I prefer the survival knife because where I live in Hawaii we are so much prone to natural disasters ,so I always feel safe throwing my Gerber LMF II survival with personal mods to it in my backpack just in case.

Posted by Jon Donham - 07/16/2012 10:24 PM

The dagger “ is this a dagger I see before me” the dagger is an amazing tool for hunting quickly accessible for a clean kill if game is hurting ,strong and reliable without fail.

Posted by Joshua Hicks - 07/16/2012 10:24 PM

I like assist opening knives. They make great tactical knives for both emergency scenarios and defense. When time is of the essence and every second counts, assist openers are the best knives to have. Plus these knives only require one hand to open. Lastly the textured handles make gripping the knife easier.

Posted by Corey Chaykoski - 07/16/2012 10:28 PM

My go to EDC is always a Tanto Blade “Clip Folder”, preferably one with “Assisted Opening”. The Tanto tip gives a sacrificial hard working surface off of the main cutting blade… As a mechanic it’s the perfect knife!

Posted by Karen - 07/16/2012 10:33 PM

I like the Multitool knife. You never know what you may need and this knife has plenty of choices. Compact and easy to find a place to put it even in your purse!

Posted by Ed Guy - 07/16/2012 10:33 PM

I love the feel of the survival knife. You can never go wrong with a good sturdy knife that is ready for anything. But I never leave the house without a Clip Folder in my pocket, so that is my best EDC knife. I also like the throwing knife, but it is only good for certain situations!!

Posted by nathan - 07/16/2012 10:35 PM

The survival knife #8 is my favorite with a thick blade, full tang, rubberized grip, blade length around 5.00 in, pommel that can be used for striking and hammering, sheath with good drainage and many carry options, and a stainless blade, overall the firepower and mobility my survival knife brings to the table Rocks!!! I love it!!

Posted by Kenn G - 07/16/2012 10:37 PM

My favorite is the trusty old pocket knife. My grandpa carried one for ever and so does my dad. Every couple of years as a child, and even as an adult, there would be a new one in my Christmas stocking. I can’t look at any pocket knife without those fond memories coming back to life!

Posted by nate - 07/16/2012 10:41 PM

The survival knife #8 is my favorite where i live in the dessert it is very useful. With a thick blade, full tang, rubberized grip, blade length around 5.00 in, pommel that can be used for striking and hammering, sheath with good drainage and many carry options, and a stainless blade, overall the firepower and mobility of my Gerber LMFII survival knife brings to the table Rocks!!! I love it!!

Posted by brendan - 07/16/2012 10:41 PM

i’m a big fan of the ‘swiss army knife’(vic or wenger) as i have actually used them on many occasions(no..not fighting bears or climbing the eiger) but for ‘day to day’ things like fixing a car door or cutting plastic or cutting stray threads..boring, normal stuff..the stuff we do every day.

Posted by Alex Potvin - 07/16/2012 10:42 PM

The throwing knife is my favorite one because tis awesome when your hobby become your favorite sport. (practice in a safe area please)

Posted by Eric Gower - 07/16/2012 10:47 PM

Definitely the assisted open, preferably w/ a clip. I love its versatility, speed, and ease of deployment in stressful situations. Never leave home w/o it!

Posted by Deane - 07/16/2012 10:52 PM

i like daggers and survival knives and assisted opening. Now the reason i listed 3 of them is i was in the military and i use practical knives. and the reason i did not add throwing to this list is i do not want to throw a line of defence.

Posted by Slavisa Stojic - 07/16/2012 10:52 PM

my Favorite knife would have to be Gerber clip folders, because with the stylish of Gerbers folding clips may vary, the everyday general purpose knife features exciting designs,sitting firmly deep in the pocket, while offering easy access!

Posted by Daniel The Captain - 07/16/2012 10:55 PM

“What is your favorite type of knife from the article, and why do you love it?”
I carry different knives for the job at hand, survival, pocket tool, etc.
Over all, I like folders; Pocket Knife/jackknife types that can be a cross from a Survival to Pocket knife. For example, the RAT-1 knife. Its my EDC at home and I own another just for work.
Basic design yet strong! Opens quickly but with no assistance. Old school, like what I grew up with and I’m not worried about being to rough with the blade… Its here to work or fight.

Posted by james - 07/16/2012 10:58 PM

multitool is my EDC, still love my gerber suspension .. trully urban survival gear

Posted by Steve Miller - 07/16/2012 10:58 PM

Probably the multi-tool. I use one at work every day. Or maybe the survival….I like them all!

Posted by Woody Smith - 07/16/2012 10:59 PM

I prefer the dagger type blade. Extremely versatile as it can be wielded as personal protection, thrown fairly accurately, strong for cutting vine and small branches, carried covertly or openly, those made by Gerber can hold a very sharp edge, and just feels good in the hand.

Posted by Jones Foxx Jr. - 07/16/2012 11:04 PM

For me it’s the dagger. A very good strong point. How ever you grip it you have an edge ready and under heavy use , you don’t have to stop and sharpen the blade if it goes dull you can just flip over to the other side like you do with a double headed axe.It’s very versatile.

Posted by William - 07/16/2012 11:07 PM

The clip knife wins it. I have quite a staggering collection of all the varied categories listed, and I find myself time and time again reaching for my pocket clip knives.

Posted by Chad Mclain - 07/16/2012 11:09 PM

There are two types the spring assist and clip folder. I use knives a lot and most of the time it is one handed so I go for easy opening and easy to get to.

Posted by Triston Giesie - 07/16/2012 11:09 PM

8, definatly, a strong sharp blade that can take a beating is what i always look for

Posted by Chris Cordes - 07/16/2012 11:13 PM

I love the survival knife because it is versatile and built to handle so many environments. And fact that it’s such a durable piece of equipment compared to any other tools you would take with you.

Posted by Renee Jones - 07/16/2012 11:14 PM

I like the survival knife myself. Being an outdoors girl I like having a knife I can do many things with.

Posted by George Zhaygarov - 07/16/2012 11:18 PM

I already have two and want them all :) Unique Knives, great Survival

Posted by Robert - 07/16/2012 11:26 PM

I love the assisted opening. It just makes getting to my knife very easy.

Posted by Paymaan Jafari Taayemeh - 07/16/2012 11:31 PM

My first is always a full tang #8 Survival but without serration in blade side. Second choice I like is a thick but light #2 Bowie for chopping woods in jungle and building shelter etc also protection against animals. And last but not least, who doesn’t fancy a SAS type #4 Dagger?! or even a few #10 throwing knives?! :) I want them all!

Posted by Felipe Cardoso - 07/16/2012 11:31 PM

8 — Survival. I like this, definitely I will put in my “Survival World End Kit” at december 21th!

Posted by Jason King - 07/16/2012 11:32 PM

I like the multitool. It has a little bit of the best of everything I need. Just like my wife! Honey, are you reading this too?

Posted by Savica Vijatov - 07/16/2012 11:35 PM

I love survival knife, for being a camper and a mountaineer I need a good strong blade that can be useful for me in any given moment, for chopping wood, making fire, hunting…

Posted by Sam Newton II - 07/16/2012 11:45 PM

#6. As an Airbrush artist / builder, the #6 multitool is my 1st 2nd and last choice. The Multitool is compact as well as versatile and at best the all around tool. With 1 of my older multi tools, I once cleared a path on the street by cutting up most of a large broken tree branch, to ensure people with strollers had a clear path to walk after our micro burst storm in Brooklyn.

Posted by Jason Gould - 07/16/2012 11:45 PM

The multitool goes with me whether I am in dress pants, shorts or jeans. The survival knife is the bonus. Without my Gerber multitool, I have this strange, empty indention in my right cheek that just doesn’t feel right.

Posted by Jan - 07/16/2012 11:52 PM

Swiss Army

Posted by Chris Rammouz - 07/16/2012 11:58 PM

I would personally choose the survival knife, simply because im a frequent camper, im in scouts, and need such a tool for it has everything i need in camp and in my adventures. Im also a big fan of Bear !!

Posted by Marwin Hebdon - 07/17/2012 12:10 AM

I own at least one knife in every category listed here. They all have a purpose. I carry an assisted open that has a pocket clip on it with me all the times. There is a machete, a multi tool and a survival knife in my hunting pack and all of those combined with some throwing knives, a tomahawk and a Spear tip in my Bug out Bag. Though I own many knives, my absolute favorite is my Bowie. There is nothing that it can’t do. I carry it with me when I am hiking, camping and hunting and have used it for cutting meat, skinning game, chopping down saplings and through brush. Plus there is nothing like seeing the look on your friends faces when you whip that thing out and bury it into a log or table top. I hope to use it for some hog hunting soon too!

Posted by Bradley Skinner - 07/17/2012 12:11 AM

Lucky number 7 would be my choice. Simple design pocketknife without all the fireworks.

Posted by Aiden Tan - 07/17/2012 12:26 AM

I like the number one assist-opening blade. Nothing is cooler than the blade flip-opening on its own.
Not to mention most assist-opening blade has a nice handle for easy grip and part of the blade is serrated.
LOVE it!

Posted by Per Morten Hustvedt - 07/17/2012 12:34 AM

The multitool goes with me whether I am in dress pants, shorts or jeans. I love all types of knives. I have quite a staggering collection of all the varied categories listed.

Posted by Bayley Tippins - 07/17/2012 12:38 AM

The Multi tool is the most useful, and therefore my favourite.

Posted by Marin Nikolov - 07/17/2012 01:00 AM

I like number 1 — Assist-Opening. I think is multiknife and I like because has a nice grip and it look owsome. Great Knife.

Posted by salih - 07/17/2012 01:15 AM

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Posted by Valtteri Salakari - 07/17/2012 01:17 AM

I love bowie blades those are big you can use it like a machete or survival knife or even throwing knife. I have down under knives The outback and it has served me well I were 14 days out in wildernes only with that and my light my fire.

Posted by Steve W - 07/17/2012 01:19 AM

#8 – The Survival Knife. It’s versatile, and I think it would be most useful either camping or out in the field.

Posted by oscar - 07/17/2012 01:28 AM

yo prefiero el cuchillo de supervivencia, ya que cuenta con herramientas muy utiles cuando me encuentro de excursion

Posted by Fre M. - 07/17/2012 01:32 AM

The Bowie knife. It has by far proven itself numerous times. It’s there for the fine work, and it is absolutely there for heavy duty tasks. It’s sheer no-nonsense and your perfect companion on missions or trips. Would never want to leave home without it.

Posted by Dan Lees - 07/17/2012 01:32 AM

As a mountain biker, gotta love a multitool!

Posted by Tim M. - 07/17/2012 01:48 AM

I like the dagger. Easy to store on gear and makes for quicker use without having to unfold. The double edge can always be useful and the size is just right.

Posted by HerbalThom - 07/17/2012 01:49 AM

I love my gator junior machete,
But my favorite has got to be the multitool.
It has it all!

Posted by Jan - 07/17/2012 01:55 AM

Throwing – because the fun of it

Posted by Ilko Germanov - 07/17/2012 02:15 AM

I like the survival type. A reliable blade big enough for all camping,fishing,hunting and survival tasks. A good, comfortable handle keeps your hands in a good condition. (ever tried skinning a badger with a skeletal-handle pocket knife?)Not too big, not too small.

Posted by whitewolfbushcrafter - 07/17/2012 02:22 AM

Diffucult to choose, but I think the most usefull out of those options would be the assisted opening, useable one handed, small and normally pocket size so easy to carry, usefull for when out walking or fishing.

Posted by Brycen Janzen - 07/17/2012 02:32 AM

I love the clip folder because you can bring it basically everywhere. It is all purpose.

Posted by Conrad - 07/17/2012 02:45 AM

My favorite kind of knife is the “assist opening” knife. I love the assist opening knife it can be used in many situations, for example, while at work you can use it to open boxes and cut rope or while camping to gut your fish. The assist opening knife is small enough to fit in your pocket and have quick access in any situation. It’s a great universal knife everyone should own.

Thank you for the opportunity to win a good quality knife, its a great way to get us “fans” to check out the rest of your website.

Posted by Ben Harvey - 07/17/2012 02:57 AM

Survival knife, easily the best knife because it is a solid all rounder, can be used to hack a tree down, or carve out a spear.

Posted by Robin Nelmark - 07/17/2012 02:58 AM

My favorite knife is the assist-opening as it’s easy to open and quickly in use.

Posted by tasos - 07/17/2012 03:02 AM

Survival knife because you can execute multiple tasks…

Posted by Jeff Darcy - 07/17/2012 03:02 AM

Machete – Lots more moving mass ensuring an instant finish to any zombie hordes.

Posted by Ratnadeep Bhattacharjee - 07/17/2012 04:43 AM

I love #1 — Assist-Opening, as it comes very handy in everyday life in urban areas. We can carry it in our pocket and use it for lot of small thing like cutting tags, opening boxes and above all use it for survival in urban areas like cutting through the cars seat belt, etc.

Posted by alex - 07/17/2012 05:10 AM

I love the Assist-Opening knife because it is very practical, easy to use, small thus you can carry it were ever you go and it is very nice looking.

Posted by Matthew Roberts - 07/17/2012 05:20 AM

I am a Swiss Army guy. Ever since watching McGuiver and all the ways he got out of trouble with a Swiss Army knife I carry one just in case. I have also need most of hte tools in hte general knife most everyday.

Posted by David - 07/17/2012 05:29 AM

I prefer an assisted opening pocket knife (my go-to is a Gerber covert mini F.A.S.T.) because when I need it I can open the blade, use it and then close it in a matter of seconds, all with one hand. I use it at work all the time, and the time it saves is well spent elsewhere. The other knives are great too, but an assisted-opening knife is by far the most useful to me in my day-to-day.

Posted by Jason M - 07/17/2012 05:34 AM

survival knife, wouldn’t go camping with out it, always ready to do what it is designed for in a flash

Posted by Pascal Geutjes - 07/17/2012 05:35 AM

Well, for me it would have to be the Machete,
Since i do like the Übercool looks of how its made.
I also like the fact that a machete is really all you need, when going on a survival trip. It’s basically a ‘ classic’, that hasn’t been improved to much over the last centuries. That it is a Gerber, is extra cool, because i really like what they do create!
I would like to win this, because i would definetely be able to use this in case of a zombie apocalypse, since here in europe, offcourse, firearms are not really available for most people!!!

Posted by Skeeter Snell - 07/17/2012 05:44 AM

I would lean toward the fixed blade. Fast acess strong and ready to use for multiple jobs.

Posted by Tyler m - 07/17/2012 06:17 AM

I like the survival knife it’s good for everyday use and on the off chance I get in that situation i would have it handy

Posted by Stephen M - 07/17/2012 06:19 AM

How can you choose just one knife to fancy. When you look at the design and engineering time it took to create a throwing knife or a multi tool it’s amazing to start thinking of history. One is not an option it is only a tool for a specific job. Your choice is based on the job at hand. Besides who can’t like the history of a Bowie knife.

Posted by dan chesla - 07/17/2012 06:23 AM

Favorite type of knife : all of them
Reason : Zombies are coming

Posted by Dave - 07/17/2012 06:26 AM

I like my clip folder. It is always there, always sharp and always ready. My EDC is a 4” Cold Steel Voyager. It’s about 16 years old, has the clip molded in as part of the grip. Thought I lost it once, almost cried.

Posted by Ricky R - 07/17/2012 06:32 AM

As with many others, I like the assisted opening pocket knife for an everyday knife. But, I must say, My favorite type of knife is a machete, preferably of the parang variety. The looks are one of “I can take care of that” whether it is a bush, vine, limb, or zombie. It can be used in survival situations for many situations.

Posted by Daniel Orchard - 07/17/2012 06:34 AM

I like the survival knife because it can be hollow and you can store tools and thing you may need to survive

Posted by Cory Christie - 07/17/2012 06:36 AM

I prefer my benchmade presidio auto axis, extremely sharp and durable!

Posted by Danny - 07/17/2012 06:40 AM

Assist opening is one of my favs. Actually… I like ‘em all!!

Posted by Douglas Brown - 07/17/2012 06:44 AM

The survival knife has a place in my current kit. It’s functionality makes it universally handy and rugged enough for many uses.

Posted by Erik Day - 07/17/2012 06:46 AM

I like the clip folder because I can carry it with me and it’s easy to use.

Posted by Al Vince Laguidao - 07/17/2012 06:58 AM

I would prefer the #2 — Bowie. Because of its sturdiness, durability and it can be used as a survival knife.

Posted by Ben Rush - 07/17/2012 07:02 AM

I prefer the survival knife for it’s durability, utility, and versatility.

Posted by Steven Popp - 07/17/2012 07:08 AM

Something about the Bowie appeals to me. Maybe it’s the size or the fact that you can use it as an ultimate survival knife. It also makes me feel like Indiana Jones for some reason.

Posted by Brett Sanger - 07/17/2012 07:11 AM

Although I carry a mini multi-tool with me pretty much all the time, and have experience with every type of knife mentioned in this article, I have to say my “favourite” would be survival. A well made, well maintained survival knife will not only last you forever but could save your life. The compact nature means you probably already have it strapped to you when you find yourself in a survival situation and with a well thought out design it can be in your in a second to: cut the rope your tangled in that will drown you, the vine or small limb you’ll use to stabilize your broken leg, feather some wood to make a quick survival fire (maybe even with help from the matches or fire stick housed within), or even just to cut up an apple for your kid on a hike from the campsite. A well made survival knife is a jack of all trades that I make sure I have handy any time I head out to the wild.

Posted by Adam Marx - 07/17/2012 07:17 AM

Machete. I already have a K-bar, pocket knife, and multi-tool. The Machete would even out my survival kit!!!!

Posted by Pat Perkins - 07/17/2012 07:28 AM

Although I like all of these, I’m going to go with the machete. In a survival situation, it’s the most useful tool because you can still do small, dextrous work with it, but it also works well on larger jobs. You can use it for digging holes as well as defense against wildlife, zombies, etc. ;) Some machetes have extra things like a saw on the back, or a crushing tool on the handle. etc. etc.

Posted by Michael Wedel - 07/17/2012 07:34 AM

I like the Survival knife, I think it would come in handy in most situations, if your camping, hunting, or just doing chores at home.

Posted by Zak - 07/17/2012 07:49 AM

I like the #7 pocket knife. My grandfather, GREAT grandfather and Great Great Grandfather all carried them into combat from the Civil War to Korea and back home. Versatile, quick to use and durable. Whether it was slicing saltpork around Petersburg, VA or opening C-Rations in the Pacific, whittling prisoner art in a German prison camp during WW1 or trimming marshmallow stakes for us grandkids back home it was ALWAYS there…ALWAYS! w. my grandfather it was kept in his front left pants pocket; the body, a brown cris-cross- wood w/ a dark patina of long use and an extremely sharp blade. I’ve seen deer, squirrel, fish, bologna and bread and a host of others put to the blade. Kills “dressed” in the field or meals sliced around camp table. Today I still have all 3 heirlooms that I hope to pass down to MY kids and I hope they remember what those little knives did and accomplished in those long days and lonely nights passed.
It’s the pocket knife for me good old #7.

Posted by Warren Britton - 07/17/2012 07:53 AM

I love the survival knife as I feel that it has the best application for me. It also looks really nice (I know, I know!) I’ve been thinking about getting this knife for awhile!

Posted by james - 07/17/2012 07:58 AM

I carry the pocket folder and the swiss army knife the most, but my favorite would probably be the survival. good for all around jobs and pretty much anything you need. No serrated blades though….i don’t like serrated.

Posted by Will Hopkins - 07/17/2012 08:48 AM

I favor daggers. They are small and easily manipulated for quick access and concealment, and versatile enough to be used for throwing or dexterity tricks.

Posted by Dwayne Sykes - 07/17/2012 08:56 AM

The machete! I would wrap my entire body in duct tape armor while wielding the machete… Why? So I could decapitate hoards of zombies.

Posted by Nathan Irigoyen - 07/17/2012 09:05 AM

I prefer the military style folding knife with the pocket clip. This allows for a broder range of use and transportation.

Posted by John Wold - 07/17/2012 09:05 AM

My favorite is the survival knife. I especially love it when the blade is heavy enough for chopping wood, yet slim enough for fine work. You can never go wrong with it in the wild, and you dont have to bring so many extra knifes for different situations.

Posted by rob - 07/17/2012 09:06 AM

Bowie! who would need anything else?

Posted by Jesus - 07/17/2012 09:15 AM

This is a hard decision, because there is a different knife for every scenerio. But there is one that wins in my eyes, the MACHETE. Aside from clearing vegetation, is can also be used to; cut fire wood, a means of protection from big game looking to hurt you, a “hook” if attached to a rope for climbing, and for those zombie fanatics, a means to chop off heads of the undead.

Posted by Reagan - 07/17/2012 09:20 AM

My favorite everyday knife is a Gerber EZ-Out with the combined serrated & smooth edge blade, which is both a folding clip but also has a tab for easy opening with one hand. I’ve drilled out a hole at the back of the handle to allow for a small lanyard to be attached. By looping some parachute cord through the hole, I can keep the knife close by — either looping the lanyard around my wrist or clipping it to a gear loop.

Posted by Adam - 07/17/2012 09:50 AM

I like the bowie knife because I prefer a knife with a sheath.

Posted by Tim Van Woeart - 07/17/2012 09:52 AM

It’s all about the Multi-tool! Being prepared for any situation and having the right tool at your finger tips.

Posted by Chris - 07/17/2012 09:54 AM

I prefer the “pocket” or “Jack” Knife. It reminds of the days of camping with my grandpa. Traditions I hope to soon pass along to my son.

Posted by orlando gomez - 07/17/2012 10:05 AM

survival knife is my prefered carry, nothing to break, easy access, can do most jobs the others can to

Posted by batnip - 07/17/2012 10:18 AM

I love all blades, my favorite here would be the Bowie. I like that I can gut a deer, skin it, deflesh it, scrape the hide for tanning, wash the knife, and cut the veggies to cook with the meat.

Posted by Garrett Smith - 07/17/2012 10:21 AM

Clip Folder, light and accessable

Posted by Raymond - 07/17/2012 10:25 AM

Clip Folder, light compact and functional

Posted by Chris - 07/17/2012 10:26 AM

I like the Clip Folder. It’s easy to carry and easy to reach when needed.

Posted by Erick Sandoval - 07/17/2012 10:29 AM

I love them all… but always have to have a survival knife on me, well besides the handy pocket knife… but Survival would have to be my one choice!

Posted by Ste Gough - 07/17/2012 10:30 AM

I’d go with the multi-tool as its the most practical for me personally being a desk jockey and being out in the field (shooting) regularly its good to have versatility, however, by looks I’d take a Bowie knife or an assisted opening! Very cool, if a little overkill for my needs!

Posted by Tara Molle - 07/17/2012 10:31 AM

I can honestly say I like all of the knives described above but if I had to pick one, I would choose the original pocket knife. Why you may ask? I remember always admiring my dad’s ‘pocket dump’ when I was growing up. You know, the usual items…wallet, keys (no cell phones back then), and he always had a small buck/pocket knife. He carried that thing everywhere and I swear used it for anything and everything! When I was old enough, he bought me my own and I felt like the coolest kid on the planet. Any time a dad passes down or buys something special for their son or daughter, it’s a pretty big deal. No matter how big or small that gift may be. There was nothing fancy about the knife…silver with no design but I loved feeling just like my dad carrying it in my pocket. Still have it to this day. Thanks dad!

Posted by Justin Davis - 07/17/2012 10:31 AM

Survival hands down. From chopping wood to starting a fire, this knife will keep you alive.

Posted by Mike - 07/17/2012 10:32 AM

Of those mentioned, I would take the large double-edged thrower. Heavy, solid construction is important to me. I want my knives to be built as indestructible as possible. I throw knives as a hobby as well, so it’s quite a bonus for my knives to be throwable. Hollywood aside, you shouldn’t throw just whatever is handy. I’ve seen what can happen when you throw a knife that wasn’t built for it.

Posted by kirsten - 07/17/2012 10:40 AM

it has to be the multitool for me…because i can never predict what kind of trouble i might find myself in and it’s got everything i’ll need!

Posted by Scott Breck - 07/17/2012 10:40 AM

I prefer the clip folder since it’s easy to attached and quick to access while backpacking and at camp. Being it attaches so easily I can transition it from my gear to my person as soon as i enter camp and it’s always with me.

Posted by Josh - 07/17/2012 10:48 AM

Assist opening. There are many situations where accessibility to your blade is key. A knife that helps open itself can often make a difficult situation that much better.

Posted by Riley Kostrzewa - 07/17/2012 10:49 AM

The mutitool because of the awesome things you can do with it

Posted by Daniel - 07/17/2012 10:51 AM

Either #1 assist-opening or #8 survival! But I like them all! I don’t actually own anything Gerber, but the quality-price looks great!

Posted by Bob Kane - 07/17/2012 10:52 AM

I prefer the Multitool. I had one once before but lost it. It’s the best tool to have when camping and hiking in Colorado where I live.

Posted by Josh - 07/17/2012 10:55 AM

I perfer a Multitool, they have everything I need during the day.

Posted by Dan Stronge - 07/17/2012 11:07 AM

Survival, mainly because this is what I have most of, and assist opening comes a close second mainly because I have none!

Posted by trevor saucedo - 07/17/2012 11:10 AM

i prefer #1 Assist-Opening because i like folding knife`s and eazy opening blade

Posted by Brett - 07/17/2012 11:16 AM

Because Chuck Norris uses it

Posted by Dan Oliver - 07/17/2012 11:26 AM

I would pick the machete, for one it’s my favorite because of the pure size of the blade, and two, it’s the most useful because it does what all the other knives can do as well out in the wilderness, but has the size to not be limited to anything.

Posted by Arnaud St-Yves - 07/17/2012 11:33 AM

I prefer the clip folder, always by your side, versatile, not too flashy, perfect EDC.

Posted by Thomas - 07/17/2012 11:33 AM

i am a boy scout in oklahoma and i prefer #3 the clip knife i carry the BEAR GRYLLS scout on every campout and i have never had to sharpen it, it has worked perfectly for every thing i have needed it to.

Posted by Shawn - 07/17/2012 11:37 AM

The survival the name says it all

Posted by Jordan - 07/17/2012 11:43 AM

I like the survival knife the best because a boy scout will alwaysbe prepared for the worst conditions.

Posted by Patrick Honny - 07/17/2012 11:58 AM

Multi-tool. Multi-mission capable even though my missions are on a horse ranch. Let’s me carry around a tool that takes care of many basic issues.

Posted by Michael Humphreys - 07/17/2012 12:00 PM

I love survival knives, especially when you’re an Explorer Scout. Explorer Scouts are very demanding when out in the wild, and need a tool that suits the job in hand. Survival knives are the most efficient when in the wild, their light, easily equip able, and have the specifications to get the most out of your trip. Personally I’m used to creating shelters and bivvies’, so I need a knife that I can rely on to do the best job. A survival knife is a explorers best possession, and I would never go anywhere without it!

Posted by Chad - 07/17/2012 12:03 PM

I like the assist open knives. After 7 years in the military and a year as a public safety officer when I need my knife I usually need it right away. The speed I can pull my knife usually impresses people!

Posted by phaedrus - 07/17/2012 12:04 PM

I keep and use a number of the styles for certain jobs (swiss army, machete, assist, bowie-esque, and multi-tool), but in terms of pure utility as a knife, I find the clip folder to be my regular go-to blade.

Because they fit so easily along the back edge of the pocket and cause no appreciable bulk or discomfort, its always there. Since its always in the same position, I can remove it and open it without thought. These factors mean it is almost as easily available as my hands.

Posted by Eric Dunlap - 07/17/2012 12:05 PM

I like all things pointy! If I had the extra money I would definitely get their Zombie Apocalypse Kit. Practically though, the Assist-Opening would be my favorite and used daily. My daughter just bought one and it is really nice.

Posted by Turi Becker - 07/17/2012 12:06 PM

#1 and #3 – Assist-opening clipped to my pocket. Always there, a flick of the wrist away.

Posted by Hugo Sepulveda - 07/17/2012 12:08 PM

I prefer the multitool because of the versality to use it in differents occasions

Posted by Jim - 07/17/2012 12:09 PM

My favorite type of knife is the Bowie.

I carry an extra big and shiny knife on my person at all times, just in case someone should pull a smaller knife, thus setting me up perfectly to say “You call that a knife?”

I also shave with it when girls are looking, which is, so far, sadly, never.

Posted by Scott - 07/17/2012 12:09 PM

The machete is my pick. A good machete can go a long way in getting you out of just about any bad situation one could think of, or it can just make everyday tasks simpler. It’s perfect for building shelters and chopping firewood. I’m the sort that likes to always be prepared for anything, and to me this fits the bill. The survival knife was considered, but the one shown isn’t really the best for the job. The machete might be a bit large, but it’ll get things done. Plus, there’s always zombies to keep in mind.

Posted by Todd Hepburn - 07/17/2012 12:11 PM

I definitely prefer multi-tools. And assist-opening.
I’d take one of any of them, though.

Posted by Brian - 07/17/2012 12:12 PM

I prefer Survival Knives. Sturdy – lots of variety in size and weight and very flexible to perform lots of different jobs. I especially appreciate that they’re easier to clean and can be more durable than a folder.

Posted by nick - 07/17/2012 12:12 PM

i prefer the multi-tool as i currently live with my grandmother and mother who i often help with things around the house. i currently have an old cheapo multi-tool that is difficult to open and even that is very helpful at times. i also like to go camping a lot and a multi-tool is a must have when you go camping! few things are more convenient than having pliers, knife, awl, file, several types of screwdrivers and sometimes a saw or a serrated blade all folded up in a nice little package in your pocket!

Posted by Eric Gagnon - 07/17/2012 12:13 PM

Easy one… i love “Multi-tools” for my adventure races. And since i’m also a photographer, I sure could use the Gerber Steady Tripod Multi-Tool! I could make some great Bear pictures and if my furry “model” intimidate me, I could intimidate him back too by showing the Blade of the Gerber! :)

Posted by Matthew Heaney - 07/17/2012 12:14 PM

I really like the dagger it looks like the one that “Royal Marine Commandos” carrys its just that amazing and eventually I’m getting a tattoo of it than the rabbon by the handle saying
“Do More Be more”

Posted by Rich W - 07/17/2012 12:16 PM

My favorite type is #6 – Multi-tool.

I’ve carried a Gerber Urban Legend for about ten years now. I literally use it daily. I’m not a forest ranger or anything. I am the internet manager and IT director at a car dealership. I can’t begin to tell you how useful it is. The screwdrivers are handy and the spring loaded pliers for grip or even things I can’t reach make it indispensable. It’s to the point where my fellow employees and managers look for me because they know I have it and know I’ll be happy to help them with it. It’s to the point where if I EVER don’t have it, I regret it. That’s why all my pants and shorts have belt loops, ha ha.

Posted by Matthew - 07/17/2012 12:17 PM

Survival! It’s pretty much universal, and is lightweight/easy to carry. Basically, the perfect survival tool.

Posted by Steven - 07/17/2012 12:20 PM

My favorite would be the clip folder. It is a good all around knife to have at all times.

Posted by Jennifer Trimble - 07/17/2012 12:21 PM

I love all types of knives. I could never pick a favorite. I believe in Semper Paratus- always prepared. I keep a seal survival knife in my bug out bag, a machete in my trunk, a folder in my pocket, a fixed blade Gerber in my purse, a Remmington fixed blade in my glove box, a multi-tool in my tool box, a bowie beside the seat, and an assortment of different throwing knives for fun. I am definitely a knife enthusiast and would appreciate any knife. I truly fear no evil while I am in my battle wagon!

Posted by Carissa - 07/17/2012 12:22 PM

My preferred style is a fixed blade survival knife. I love how durable they are and how multipurpose it is out in the wilderness. I keep one on me whenever I am out exploring or camping. But, all in all, I really love all knives. =)!

Posted by corbin seale - 07/17/2012 12:25 PM

my favorite knife would be the survival because of its helpful use. if you were to get lost in the wilderness, it would be useful for sharpening spears for hunting or protection. it could also be used for cutting down tree limbs to use as shelter. also it can be used as a defense weapon while battleing the wilderness and as said in the article sometimes the survival knife will come with other helpful survival equipment.

Posted by Bryan Sarauer - 07/17/2012 12:28 PM

Hard to choose just one, but if I have to pick it’s the multitool (a good multitool). I have a small clip folder in my pocket most of the time, and I like a good large pocketknife (mine is really too big to be considered a pocketknife) on my belt while camping. I would happily change that out if I had a good beltknife (not so large as the bowie shown, but a good utility blade).

Posted by Chris mills - 07/17/2012 12:28 PM

I would have to say any knife made by gerber, but since i have to pick i would go with the clip-folder cause it is quick to get to and i carry one on me at all times

Posted by Matthew Austin - 07/17/2012 12:29 PM

Throwing knife is my favorite, it’s a fun skill to learn and a cool parlor trick to show off with. Plus they’re small and easy to carry, as well as sharp tipped in case you need to use them for practical reasons. Not to mention their weight just feels good in the hand.

Posted by Jess - 07/17/2012 12:38 PM

The Clip Folder.. Just behold her! Comes compact and with it’s own holder! Such a beauty blade even looks hand made! In the sun or nightshade, my love for it will never fade!

Posted by John Blake Arnold - 07/17/2012 12:39 PM

My favorite is the multitool as it is perfect for the traveling musician with umpteen repairs and string changes. But I also want a throwing knife!

Posted by Vadim Olshansky - 07/17/2012 12:41 PM

I love my wooden-handled folding pocket clip. I like aesthetics matched with function. It makes EDC seem less creepy to people who don’t.

Posted by Karen Phillips - 07/17/2012 12:44 PM

Multi tool would be my choice, I have not been able to find one that will stand up to everyone around me using mine in an emergency! I use it too but need a good one!

Posted by Brendan Curtin - 07/17/2012 12:45 PM

Practical men carry knives. But then Knives themselves are practical things, so it’s no surprise the two find their way to each other. Nothing, though, is more practical than survival. Basic, necessary survival. That is why the survival blade is the knife of all knives. The most practical of the practical. That is why the survival blade would be the only one for me.

Posted by Nonfictionguy - 07/17/2012 12:45 PM

I love assist-opening knives best, when in trouble and in need of a knife, you cannot assume the use of both hands! Aron Ralston may have managed with a dull multi-tool, but a sharp knife would have been better!

Posted by Greg Hussey - 07/17/2012 12:51 PM

Swiss Army, I have had one for all my years in Scouting and love them they are packed with so many different tools in one small package. I even preformed first aid with the knife with the built in tweezers.

Posted by Richard Banks - 07/17/2012 12:51 PM

My favourite has to be the Bowie knife. It is a great all purpose knife that stays sharp a long time. And very handy when out in the woods.

Posted by Matthew Exley - 07/17/2012 12:54 PM

The Multi-Tool is my favorite. It’s versatile and able to handle any situation from cutting out a person from a seatbelt to cutting wires from a downed firefighter.

Posted by Evan Fitz - 07/17/2012 01:00 PM

The survival, because a good one is useful for really any task, from chopping wood to hunting.

Posted by Joe - 07/17/2012 01:08 PM

The jackknife. Its pure classic simplicity never goes out of style and will forever be the most useful of the bunch. You can’t always carry a large knife or a multi-tool, but the jackknife goes with you anywhere, so you can always rely on it. Simple, classic, perfect.

Posted by Juan Castro - 07/17/2012 01:14 PM

My favorite is #8 Survival. I love it because it has so many features. The flint, the whistle, the spear holes… and also the color that won’t let you loose it in the bushes. Strong as the LMF or Prodigy knives :)

Posted by maarten van dyck - 07/17/2012 01:19 PM

survival knife, because I’m fishing en camping a lot en this type of knives always come in handy for all kind of use!!

Posted by Adam - 07/17/2012 01:40 PM

Two of my favourite knives are there. The Bowie knife which will be easily accessible and is good if you want it out quick. It is also a good all-rounder knife. For example: preparing food in the wild or making useful items such as spears. It would also be very useful for Explorer scouts when we go out and make our own bivvies. This knife would be very useful for doing that. And then sleep in them… The Bowie knife is also light and easy to carry around as you can easily attach it to your belt. Its also very strong and doesn’t go blunt. I also really like the machete. We go on wild walks at Explorers and this would be very useful for cutting through branches in thick woods. It would also be good to make a clearing in the tree’s quickly and the set up camp. It can also be used for cutting down branches to make good Bivvies. You can always rely on these two knives. They are light, easy to carry, don’t get blunt easily and lastly great, classic knives.

Posted by Martin Papac - 07/17/2012 01:40 PM

my favorite type of knife is the Survival and the reason why in 2 words is “Bear Fight”

Posted by Greg - 07/17/2012 01:45 PM

I have come to prefer the ‘survival’ knife. I used to like the Swiss Army type. However, over time, I’d rather have the strength of the survival’s fixed blade.

Posted by Paul Weathers - 07/17/2012 01:49 PM

I really prefer the Gerber Suspension multi-tool as you can do so much with it.

Posted by C.T. Oakes - 07/17/2012 01:49 PM

#6 — Multitool
Self-contained folding tool including blade(s), pliers, drivers, files, etc. Because you have a tool box on your belt.

Posted by Larry Eissler - 07/17/2012 01:50 PM

During my deployment, our supply sgt was able to get us a box of Gerber unassisted opening tanto flip blades. The company I was with used that knife for EVERYTHING and still remained sharp by the end of our tour. I still use the knife now, though I don’t carry it with me because its an unassisted flip. I do however carry my assisted flip and trust me, there is no love lost between the two.

Posted by doug tidball - 07/17/2012 01:50 PM

i prefer the survival….i take one in the woods and on my boat always come in handy

Posted by Alec - 07/17/2012 01:50 PM

a clip folder for sure, every day carry and always by your side when you need it

Posted by Jeannie D - 07/17/2012 01:51 PM

#6 The Multi tool!! As a mom of two growing, outdoorsy boys, I need to be ready for anything!!!

Posted by Colin Suchland - 07/17/2012 01:51 PM

I love my Gerber clip-folder. It goes with me just about everywhere these days, although for sheer practicality the best all around knife is definitely the multi-tool.

Posted by Mike Scansaroli - 07/17/2012 01:51 PM

I am a Bowie fan. Greatest multipurpose knife out there.

Posted by Aaron Lynch - 07/17/2012 01:51 PM

Multitool – Repair replace or adjust things on the fly,

Posted by Charles Jones - 07/17/2012 01:51 PM

Definately the Survival type. . . . A must have for the up coming Zombie Apocalypse and it looks great!

Posted by Jess - 07/17/2012 01:52 PM

My favorite is definitely the dagger….because who doesn’t want to sit around holding a superbly made dagger while quoting Shakespeare “Is this a dagger I see before me?” or if you prefer another “O, happy dagger!”

Posted by Paul Kendall - 07/17/2012 01:53 PM

I prefer the Survival knife type for the strength of the fixed blade and the ability to store small items (such as matches) in the handle.

Posted by Barbara Miller - 07/17/2012 01:53 PM

Multi-tool knife is my pick. That would be so handy to keep in my purse for those little emergencies that always seem to crop up when you are nowhere near your tool box. Does it come in pink?

Posted by Ryan - 07/17/2012 01:53 PM

# 7 Pocket knife is my fav. I never go anywhere without it. Never know when you are going to need it, you cant beat a good knife.

Posted by Richard - 07/17/2012 01:53 PM

An Assist opening covers my needs!

Posted by Dave Lipka - 07/17/2012 01:53 PM

Multi tool. Why? cuz im a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none. I am ALWAYS in need of basic tools, no matter where i go, and not always on purpose, especially when on the boat, fishing, on the spot repairs, and even survival situations.

Posted by Matt Oh - 07/17/2012 01:53 PM

I would have to say #8 because they come in handy in many situations, especially if you’re outdoors a lot.

Posted by Jim Bellmore - 07/17/2012 01:54 PM

I carry a Clip Folder everywhere I go, but I am rarely far from a survival, a dagger, or a Bowie…

Posted by Gabe Pedroza - 07/17/2012 01:54 PM

#6 — Multitool – Has everything I need at the drop of a hat.

Posted by Diego - 07/17/2012 01:54 PM

Multi tool is my fav! It looks really useful.

Posted by Augustin Mireles - 07/17/2012 01:54 PM

The guardian daggers are my favorite. They are much more durable then flip knives, and I like the dual edge and size.

Posted by Matthew Frye - 07/17/2012 01:54 PM

I don’t go anywhere without my Gerber Diesel multi-plier

Posted by Ron - 07/17/2012 01:54 PM

The multi tools, their are very useful.

Posted by brittany - 07/17/2012 01:55 PM

#8 survival…looks like that would come in handy.

Posted by Amanda McCoy - 07/17/2012 01:55 PM

I prefer the Multitool. Why? Because I am not only a woman but a mother! I can whip out a knife on the spot when I need to open a new toy we spoil our three little boys with, or a screw driver at the same time when I need to put new batteries in it. It is a handy little gadget with all the tools possibly needed for around the house or wherever else we may be venturing. Plus its something small enough I can keep in my purse! I need me one of these.

Posted by vincent anderson - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

i preferred the survival knife cause i go hunting alot and it easy to see it if u drop and it would be real help full to get into some brush to sit down and hunt to cut the branches out of the way and to help field dress the dear and the turkey with the fixed blade and all

Posted by Tim Dull - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

I prefer a larger knife, survival-type in this case. I have a tendency to cut myself with smaller blades, but a good sharp and stout blade has never done me wrong.

Posted by Joseph J. - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

Definitely the Clip Folder.It’s great as an everyday knife and once you get it worn in then you can easily open it with one hand.

Posted by Tammy W. - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

I prefer the assist opening knife. They are small enough to carry around in your purse or pocket these are the types of knives I grew up around and I’m used to them.

Posted by kevin - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

i prefer the survival knife. because it is strong and durable. and sharp blade that is thick.

Posted by David - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

I love the survival knife. It is the most useful and practical knife out of all of them.

Posted by s O'Brien - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

Survival knife all the way. I carry a clip knife while working, but my throw down bag would be incomplete without a survival blade. You never know when that day is going to come that you’re out of ammo and I’d rather not have to count on a 3 inch blade haha

Posted by Isaac Blanco - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

I like machetes, particularly the bolo type. I like them because they are multipurpose in their own right. Plus, most Americans find someone running around with a machete a bit more disturbing than a pocket knife haha

Posted by Duane Scott - 07/17/2012 01:57 PM

My fav is #5-the machete. One glance and ALL requests are granted lol makes quick work of hard jobs

Posted by Mik Jacobs - 07/17/2012 01:58 PM

Survival knives are handy & Bowie Knives are very nice. But my Dad carried a simple folding single blade pocket knife all his life. He seems to be able to cut or fix anything with it. When I see one, when I hold one, I remember him. That’s what I love them.

Posted by Jason - 07/17/2012 01:58 PM

Although I like, and own, each type of these knives (a guy can never have too many…), my favorite type would have to be the Assist Opening – because it’s what I carry every day. It’s versatile for everything; from every day tasks, self-defense,to fishing, and hiking/camping.

Posted by Pat - 07/17/2012 01:59 PM

My favorite would have to be the clip folder. This is mainly because my line of work requires a blade from time to time. Having a good one right on my belt that is easily deployed and used with one hand is great. My old clip folder from the Marines finally bit the dust, so you guys should pick me. :D

Posted by adam - 07/17/2012 01:59 PM

I like and carry the clip folder (currently the bench made onslaught) I would call this my favorite out of these catagories due to its adaptive capabilities, but its strong main function as a cutting tool. The particular model I carry has a good squared spine and thows great sparks of a ferro rod has a lanyard hole sits deep in my pocket and is still big enough for anything I need it for

Posted by Lisa Nuckols - 07/17/2012 02:00 PM

Survival – aside from every day carry, it can do anything I need it for. The survival knife is a staple for my camping gear, to keep in my Jeep, and for our bug out bags.

Posted by Eric Novak - 07/17/2012 02:01 PM

I’m fond of the clip folder because it’s a small but robust lock-blade and provides easy access for use in so many situations. It’s small, strong, and ever so useful.

Posted by Bert Palagi - 07/17/2012 02:03 PM

I would prefer the throwing knife! I’ve always wanted to learn to throw knives, and having a solidly built throwing knife would be a great way to get started.

Posted by Figas - 07/17/2012 02:03 PM

Ahhh… the “Survival Knife”… Ever so beautiful, always ready for any type of scenario. Paired with a good user, it becomes an essencial tool to outdoors living. With it, I’ll never be caught off-guard while in the woods, and I’ll be ready for whatever this world throws at me. Gotta love this great knife!

Posted by Jacob Whitehead - 07/17/2012 02:03 PM

I would personally prefer a Bowie Knife,they are large and great for a wide range of uses, mainly because they fall right in between the categories of a machete and survival knife. On one hand the Bowie can be used to cut down vegitation and small trees, the main use of a machete, while on the other hand it can be used in making fire, skinning animals, self defense, and many other common uses of a survival knife. For these reasons i love the Bowie Knife for its versatility and overall performance.

Posted by Melanie Gunningham - 07/17/2012 02:03 PM

I prefer the multi-tool. Seems like when I need pliers or a screw driver, I can never find them due to the hubby leaving it god knows where!

Posted by Zachary Piercy - 07/17/2012 02:04 PM

Assisted opening. No sheath, no snaps and straps, ready to use and quickly. Favorite part is the sound of the knife snapping open before someone can even finish asking to borrow it.

Posted by Tonipix - 07/17/2012 02:05 PM

I like the survival knife, it is one of my favorites,it can be used for so many different things, unlike a folding knife or a multi tool, a survival knife can do most anything either one of these can. You can also use for breaking small branches for fire starting.

Posted by Bryan McGowan - 07/17/2012 02:05 PM

Survival knife, great for everything. Keep it in my pack for fishing, hiking, and teaching my daughter how to use various knives, this one makes a good base.

Posted by Kevin Klostermann - 07/17/2012 02:07 PM

I prefer a multi-tool. You never know when one of it’s many functions will come in handy.

Posted by Chris - 07/17/2012 02:08 PM

I prefer the pocket folder. It is something to keep on me at all times. my Gerber ez-out skeleton has been in constant use for years. I keep a swiss army knife in my backpack if I need something other than a blade.

Posted by Troy M. - 07/17/2012 02:08 PM

Multitool for sure. I have watched and read up on the skill of survival and the multitool is almost always mentioned or shown for it’s versatility and effectiveness in a variety if situations. Easily offers the most function for the smallest size and really should be the one named ‘Survival Knife’ because when compared to the one that has that name, your survival chances would be a lot better with something this useful rather than just a strengthened blade and hollow handle. 100% essential for everyone who leaves the house or apartment.

Posted by Ben Weisenberger - 07/17/2012 02:09 PM

Assited opening knives. Easily opened with one hand when it is needed quickly.

Posted by Geoffrey Bolen - 07/17/2012 02:09 PM

I love Multi-Tools, I had a Gerber multi-tool until several years ago when a friend “borrowed” mine. He loved it so much that it was never returned to me, and since then I have lost contact with him due to being on opposite sides of the country now. I would love to own another of Gerber’s multi-tools. As a tech-junkie I am constantly faced with the need to have an assortment of tools, screwdrivers, wire cutters, pliers, etc., within arms reach and the Gerber Multi-tool would give me most of what I need in a single place. With one of these tools I would be able to utilize more space on my desk for tech-gear & parts instead of keeping multiple tools easily accessible. I have also found that having a multi-tool on me at all times is extremely convenient, especially when on a road trip – you never know when you will need to “fix” something under the hood or cut new ends to electrical wires to create a new connection…I would be honored & extremely pleased to sport a new Gerber multi-tool.

Posted by Charles Loveless - 07/17/2012 02:10 PM

I would have to go with the assisted-opening, it is a great everyday use knife. I carry at least two on me at all times. The most important thing to remember about knives is that you can never have enough.

Posted by David Bailey - 07/17/2012 02:11 PM

I prefer the Assist-Opening. Quick one-handed opening for easy access. Perfect when hunting, fishing, opening boxes…anything you need, and it does it FAST. Plus, nothing beats the sound of the “click” when you spring it open. Love these knives.

Posted by Joe Shipley - 07/17/2012 02:11 PM

Dagger: Classic, sexy, useful for only one thing.

Posted by john kirtley - 07/17/2012 02:11 PM

i love the fixed blades like the tanto.. but a assisted opening is nice for a good second

Posted by Eric - 07/17/2012 02:11 PM

I like the clip folder. Simple, compact and practical with easy access.

Posted by Roy Daniel - 07/17/2012 02:12 PM

My favorite knife type is the multi-tool. While serving in the US Army. I made a MacGyver-esque roadside repair on a HUMVEE, replacing a broken fuel line with the radiator overflow tuboing and 2 zip-strips. We finished the convoy from NTC Ft. Irwin, CA to SCIA/Edwards AFB. Would not have been possible without my Getber multi-tool with the hacksaw blade.

Posted by Kevin Sears - 07/17/2012 02:13 PM

I prefer the clip folder. The user friendly design makes it easy for me to access and deploy the blade with one hand under all circumstances.

Posted by Jon - 07/17/2012 02:13 PM

I believe that there is a knife for every job. That is why in my camping pack/bugout bag (it stays packed 24/7) I have several redundancies of each. If I were to pick just one, however, I would have to go with a fixed blade survival knife. Why? you might ask would I pass up on the seemingly endless options associated with a multi-tool? I would rather have that big blade.

Posted by Trevor Newcomb - 07/17/2012 02:15 PM

I like the multi tool. Never know when your going to run into a problem and the multi tool comes in handy. Need a knife? Got it, need a screw driver or bottle opener got them to.

Posted by Dayton - 07/17/2012 02:17 PM

Pocket knives are good whenever you have pockets – Pap always had a pocket knife; I have a dagger/clip (case-clip) Gerber that was strapped to my boot on nearly every jump I ever made; I live in the mountains of WV, so a machete comes in handy as well; I’m an IT guy, so the multi-tool knife has come in handy also; a swiss army knife was given to me as a Christmas gift by a co-worker when I was 16 – of course I still have it…I could go on and on, but it’d be easier to figure out what type of knife I’m not…I’ve probably never used a throwing knife, but if they’re anything like darts, then they’re up my alley too…so, I’m just your average “every type of knife” guy :)

Posted by Deb - 07/17/2012 02:17 PM

I like the clip folder, it is the perfect knife to carry. Clip it on you and you are ready to go. Also great knife to pass on for generations. I have inherited my dad’s.

Posted by Andy Michael Kvien - 07/17/2012 02:17 PM

Quite partial to the Survival Knife myself. I just like fixed blade that is not a behemoth.

Posted by Alan R. Petersen - 07/17/2012 02:20 PM

Give me a straight up POCKETKNIFE, if you have a good one you don’t need all of the other types, has treated me good for many years.

Posted by Tracy N - 07/17/2012 02:21 PM

Survival: Could do almost anything conceivable with this knife…short of taking on Bear Grylls.

Posted by Michael Allen - 07/17/2012 02:22 PM

After my clip pocket knife bit me again this morning a fixed blade survival knife.

Posted by David Massing - 07/17/2012 02:23 PM

I carry multitool knife. They have endless uses and are always handy when a tool is needed

Posted by Jerry Berkheimer - 07/17/2012 02:23 PM

Assisted opening. It’s compact, great for every-day-carry, good for a basic tool, and of course always has that tactical component.

Posted by Charles Taylor - 07/17/2012 02:24 PM

bowie knife, I’m From TEXAS :)

Posted by Brett - 07/17/2012 02:25 PM

I carry the clip folder and the multi-tool daily, one on my belt and the other in a pocket, both Gerbers. I really like an assisted opening knife, but the one I had was lost while I was doing some emergency repairs in the middle of a rainstorm.

Posted by jeff - 07/17/2012 02:25 PM

I like the survival knife seems to me to be one of the most useful knifes ever invented

Posted by Ralf W - 07/17/2012 02:25 PM

The Survival knife..I like to use my Bear Grylls Knife,when I was outdoor…It is great!

Posted by Chuck Lane - 07/17/2012 02:26 PM

As a fishing guide the multitool would be my absolute favorite. You have the pliers for removing hooks from fish and or people, the bottle opener to open sodas, saw for cutting down trees that fall over the river, screwdriver to repair the swivel seats, and a knife to clean your fish, what more can you ask for?

Posted by George Kourkoulis - 07/17/2012 02:26 PM

Love the swiss-army knife. Was the first knife I ever owned (read: was allowed to have). My dad actually bought it for me. It was the fisherman version, with the hookout/descaler, and all the bells and whistles. I think I used every accessory on that thing too. Reminds me I should go and sharpen that sucker. Haven’t in about 10 years.

Posted by Andrew - 07/17/2012 02:28 PM

I prefer an assisted opening knife.

Posted by Jed Duffield - 07/17/2012 02:30 PM

I am a Bowie guy. I spent 10 months in Botswana Africa with a very standard pocket knife and a Bowie. Rarely opened the pocket knife but the Bowie was perfect for multiple needs. Hacking branches, cutting rope… or just looking straight up awesome, the Bowie was my favorite.

Posted by Russell M Irving III - 07/17/2012 02:30 PM

I prefer the utility of the multi-tool. There is no such thing as being too prepared, so having a little of everything is always a good way to be.

Posted by Warren - 07/17/2012 02:31 PM

#8 — Survival is the best what other knife can start fires?

Posted by Mark Curley - 07/17/2012 02:32 PM

The clip folder – because it’s always handy. I find the multitool blades wanting, and the assist not really necessary. A larger blade might be useful to skin an animal, but how often does that happen (and you can do the same with the smaller blade).

Posted by Brendon Riekert - 07/17/2012 02:34 PM

I like the survival knife…why? Because nature, is despite it’s beauty is not your play mate and when your life’s on the line fouled moving parts shouldn’t be an option.Everything out there’s been armed from tooth and claw to survive,so why wouldn’t I be.

Posted by Andrew - 07/17/2012 02:35 PM

Clip Folder….. Have had one for 5 years….. always on hand and you can’t lose this puppy even hanging upside down…….

Posted by Jared Schreher - 07/17/2012 02:39 PM

Dagger: I like this type of knife because zombies don’t!

Posted by Matthew Beaty - 07/17/2012 02:40 PM

While its a hard choice, I would have to say spring-assist. From hunting terrorists, to wilderness survival, to cutting seatbelts as an emt, sometimes every split second counts, and the ability to have a weapon or tool ready to use one-handed and in a split second is very important. As a military individual I’ve had a spring assist knife for years and wouldn’t live without it! When the zombie apocalypse comes around I might switch to a machete, but aside from zombie decapatation the spring load knives are the best!

Posted by Tyler Kelly - 07/17/2012 02:41 PM

My favorite type of knife is the “Survival.” I have the Bear Grylls survival knife and I love it. Heavy duty, sharp, and sturdy.

Posted by Nachiket Aradhye - 07/17/2012 02:42 PM

I will prefer Survival Knife as it’s most multipurpose tool i ever found .Protection,cooking ,Hunting,Signal.So it’s very useful knife .

Posted by william cherry - 07/17/2012 02:44 PM

i love the multitool has all I need when I need it

Posted by Christian Sanderson - 07/17/2012 02:47 PM

SWISS ARMY! Just cant live without that bottle opener! Tooth pick come in handy at times too!

Posted by Andrew Fill - 07/17/2012 02:51 PM

#6 is My favorite “Knife Type”. You will never be stuck in a bind with a multitool. You’ll have everything you need for survival and Macgyver engineering. The Perfect tool to be your everyday everything tool

Posted by Kevin - 07/17/2012 02:51 PM

I use to love clip folders for everyday use until one day it broke when I was out back packing. Now I almost only carry higher quality survival knives. The fix blade has yet to let me down, and I don’t see that ever happening. I still use carry a clip folder, but now it’s only for live outside of the woods.

Posted by will ziegler - 07/17/2012 02:52 PM

Any knife! Too many time I have been stuck needing a tool, and while a knife may not have been the right tool, more times than not it WORKED!!!! However I prefer fixed blade knives

Posted by John Torvik - 07/17/2012 02:52 PM

My favorite is the multi-tool.

Posted by josh koch - 07/17/2012 02:54 PM

Clip folder, small and fits in your pocket nicely, but is easily accessible

Posted by Cory McLean - 07/17/2012 02:57 PM

I love the Clip-folder. Always handy when you need it and you don’t really have to worry about it falling out while walking.

Posted by valerie - 07/17/2012 02:58 PM

I prefer the assist-opening I don’t leave the house without my Camillus in my pocket.

Posted by Nicholas James Curtis - 07/17/2012 03:04 PM

I was going to say the assisted opening but they are illegal in australia (or until I join the army and get a FULL auto) so winner would be the Survival knife with a big enough blade but not to heavy, serration for quick rope cutting, reverse hammer for binding things together and general handiness when needed.

Posted by Rob Stallings - 07/17/2012 03:06 PM

I prefer the Swiss assist-throwing-multi-survival-pocket-machete!

Posted by Anthony Sfak - 07/17/2012 03:07 PM

i prefer knives with the index finger loop, they have fixed blades and are most likely in the dagger catagory.

Posted by Ashley - 07/17/2012 03:10 PM

My favorite is the assist-opening knife. It’s portable while safe and above all it’s handy. It’s practical.

Posted by Martin Mumper - 07/17/2012 03:13 PM

Assited opening. I am a volunteer EMT with my local fd, and I used an assisted opening knife all the time. It gets used quite a bit at my normal job as well. When a life is on the line, the quicker you can get your knife available, the quicker you can get to saving someone. Mine also has a pocket clip on it, so it is always secure in my pocket.

Posted by George White - 07/17/2012 03:14 PM

Survival- overall I would have to say survival due to its overall functionality. Every time I have been deployed to Iraq I would take a similar blades and a few folding, over all the survival style always got way more use and in a few it helped in my actual survival.

Posted by Dawn DeVinney - 07/17/2012 03:16 PM

Survival Knife – I do not have this type of knife yet… But I think everyone should have a good assortment of knives :)

Posted by Brett - 07/17/2012 03:17 PM

I like the Bowie knife, aka Arkansas Toothpick, because of its historical significance and the man that made it popular. Not to mention its stunning lines and intimidating look.

Posted by johnatha - 07/17/2012 03:18 PM

i prefer assisted opening because i am a volunteer firefighter and when i need quick access its there in the assisted style

Posted by Hunter Haney - 07/17/2012 03:18 PM

i really like daggers and assisted opening. i carry an assisted knife everywhere i go. i use them as tools like they are suppose to be used, and protection if need be.

Posted by Brady Helms - 07/17/2012 03:25 PM

I prefer the assisted opening for quick use, but the multi-tool is great because it has most anything you need in a compact design.

Posted by juan davila - 07/17/2012 03:30 PM

a throwing knife… So throw one over here!

Posted by Lightbody - 07/17/2012 03:58 PM

My choice… a good quality knife. Doesn’t matter what style or which brand. A solidly built, quality knife is worth its weight in gold if you need to depend on it. Whether you’re in the backcountry, on the battlefield, or at the office: quality counts.

Posted by Jeremy Kester - 07/17/2012 04:02 PM

I prefer Assisted opening knives simply because if one hand is busy with what ever you are working on then your blade can be sprung with your free hand easily ! I also like the fact that if needed for self defense the spring action just sounds intimidating in itself . I carry a Gerber fast Tanto style n love it !

Posted by Dustin shelton - 07/17/2012 04:04 PM

Survival hands down, cause without that knife in Iraq I wouldn’t be here today!! And neither would some of my buddies. It’s never an easy subject to talk about but I’m disabled since my last tour and can’t turn down the chance for a free knife. We were 12 man thick in a house in the middle of Baghdad in west Rasheed. We were in a fire fight that had last so long we were almost out of ammo and couldn’t make it back to our trucks. We called for backup way before our ammo was about to give out but they were ambushed on there way to us and never made it before our ammo ran out. When we started running low on ammo we ha to make it look like we weren’t so we spread are shots farther apart allowing the enemy to get closer eventually some got close enough to make it in the house and instead of using the little ammo we had we used what ever knives we had and mine was a survival knife made by gerber. There’s still dry blood on that knife to this day. And it’s setting in my truck proudly. I love that knife and will never part with it!! Thanks for saving me more then just that moment.

Posted by Frank Keyes - 07/17/2012 04:05 PM

Depends on the day and the play.
Assisted openers are sexy, the clip folder and the pocket knife alternate as EDC. Dagger is my fixed blade of predilection, but you can never replace the functionality, and durability of the Survival/Fixed blade. Get it big enough and hefty enough and you don’t need a machete. Get lost in the outdoors, and this is the multi-tool.

Posted by Dustin shelton - 07/17/2012 04:19 PM

I would also have to say I love the multi tool knife. If it wasn’t for that tool my rifle would have failed me many times in Iraq. I had a special sleeve on my bullet proof vest for it where I could always reach it. There was many times we would be in fire fights and my rifle would’ve either jam or I would have to take it apart and put it back together extremely fast and with my gerber that wouldn’t have been possible. I thank you once again for saving me in life and death moments in Iraq with a gerber product! I still have that multi tool in the same army green case I bought for it. Thanks!!

Posted by Ryan Stott - 07/17/2012 04:23 PM

My favorite knife is the multi-tool. This is the pinnacle of all knives since it can perform in the widest range of scenarios. With this knife, I can fix my car, take apart a computer my computer, fillet my fish, and defend myself against ninja attacks.

Posted by CRW - 07/17/2012 04:29 PM

Um, the butter knife, duh. Since that didn’t make the list, the pocket knife – don’t go anywhere that my husband doesn’t have one handy.

Posted by Felipe Cuellar Avalos - 07/17/2012 04:30 PM

I prefer the multi-tool. Because it’s the perfect tool-for-all kind of moments and situations, it has all I need and more, is even functional for indoors and outdoors. I can even built an entire house with that, because I’m an Architect …

Posted by Brayden Smith - 07/17/2012 04:41 PM

I’m going to have to go with the survival knife as my favorite. I like almost all kinds of knives but if I had to pick one it would be the survival. I do a lot of hiking and I use mine for numerous things. From starting a fire that practically keeps me alive to carving on a stick just to pass time. Overall survival knives are just stright up amazing!

Posted by Ethan Trowbridge - 07/17/2012 04:47 PM

Assist Opening – Because it’s like the folding knife but it’s easier to open. It’s also usualy a good sized knife blade.

Posted by Jack Woolverton - 07/17/2012 04:50 PM

A group of ten people are forced to fight each other in the middle of a bamboo forest. Each one has a different type of knife as listed in this article. Which knife wins? Whichever one Bear Grylls is wielding bitch! Ok, but in all seriousness, I like the usefulness of the survival knife, especially fixed blades which are safer for hard utility work. The machete is nice for brush work, but geez does carrying it in your pants leave a lot to be desired. Throwing knives? Well, as a geek I can only love them for their epic martial use, but considering I can’t often legally use them in that manner, I’m still going with the survival knife.

Posted by Emily Granoff - 07/17/2012 04:54 PM

I like the Machete, because I like to do off trail hiking and sometimes have to make my own trail.

Posted by todd - 07/17/2012 05:02 PM

my favorite is the assisted opening because its safely folded away in your pocket so you can go about your normal activities without the worry of hurting yourself with it,but when need strikes it can be opened in a flash

Posted by the lone zombie hunter - 07/17/2012 05:28 PM

I feel the multi-tool is the all around best it has everything one needs to make it through the day or any survival situation. You have pliers for breaking off zombie fingers and a hole punch to help make them into a necklace. There is a saw and file for carving trinkets out of zombie bones. And a can opener to help you get that canned pasta fix. Only thing I would add is a spork so you’re never worried about loosing your eating utinsles.:(

Posted by Jeff - 07/17/2012 05:31 PM

I like the survival knife for all the different uses with it.

Posted by Caleb - 07/17/2012 05:44 PM

My favorite is the survival, it can handle a lot, has a fire starter built in to it, a knife sharpener,and an emergency whistle. I like those features because you never know when you will need to rely on it to survive

Posted by Dan - 07/17/2012 05:52 PM

I like the Clip folder. Socially more acceptable I carry every day, it5’s always handy for use and I can pull and open with my off hand while I hold what needs cutting with the other.
The survival knife I only carry in a camping/hiking situation.

Posted by AWDPete - 07/17/2012 05:58 PM

A knife, like any other tool is useless if not taken care of and it MUST hold an edge! I have many types of knifes and each has a purpose and was chosen for it’s particular job, but the knife I carry EVERY day is a clip folder. It’s always within reach, easy to operate with one hand and has never let me down!

Posted by Wesley Nash - 07/17/2012 06:05 PM

My favorite type of knife is the Clip Folder, because when I carry mine it always stays right where I need it to be. And I don’t worry too much about loosing it when I am doing activities that might cause lesser knives to escape my pocket and be lost forever!

Posted by Dan @ ShareThisAdventure - 07/17/2012 06:06 PM

Survival is the best! Loved the fixed blade feature, no fears of the knife blade folding back onto or close to my hand.

Posted by Blue Falconer - 07/17/2012 06:14 PM

well that’s alot of comments! if you actually read this, my favorite type of knife is the knife that is with you. in other words, what knife would i have the best chance of carrying when i find myself “needing” a knife? For me, the clip folder has the best chance of being on me when i need it.

Posted by Aaron Payne - 07/17/2012 06:16 PM

#1 — Assist-Opening. I have worked in law enforcement and private security. Assist opening knives are always ready for what ever task is at hand and have always been there when I needed it. Easy to carry and usefull in situations where hands are limited by task. great blade for all.

Posted by alexguy - 07/17/2012 06:31 PM

im all about beastly gear gerber bear grylls is my very favorite blade i’d treasure that beauty

Posted by Brandon - 07/17/2012 07:00 PM

Assist-opening is what I carry. It comes in handy for everything I can throw at it and I prefer using it to cut paper over scissors. I love the tanto blade straight edge because it cuts great and looks awesome when you open it.

Posted by Joshua Montgomery - 07/17/2012 07:09 PM

survival. other than a multi-tool it is a must have for all facets of life

Posted by Chad - 07/17/2012 07:31 PM

I like the swiss army at my work it has come in hand for many quick use or just to have a knife to cut something open . Not to mention its nice to have a tooth pick on you without carrying the wood ones haha

Posted by Jim C. - 07/17/2012 07:58 PM

I think there’s no other answer besides Bowie knife. How else can you say, “That’s not a knife. This, is a knife.”

Posted by Dan Decker - 07/17/2012 08:20 PM

While I like all types of knives, I use the multi tool the most, carried one the last 10 years in the US Navy, came in handy for anything from line handling to maintenace on the electronic equipment.

Posted by Jeff Coleman - 07/17/2012 09:01 PM

Machete! Living in the country there is always a use for one. Especially after Hurricane Ike it came is handy!

Posted by Daniel - 07/17/2012 09:04 PM

Long time love for assist opening, most recently I have been turned onto the Dagger though, easy draw and extremely useful while hunting, clean smooth blade to finish the job with.

Posted by Ned - 07/17/2012 09:31 PM

Swiss Army, everything i need in a little package, carry one with me all the time.

Posted by Dan - 07/17/2012 09:38 PM

Swiss Army. Best tweezers around. Never need a corkscrew on my trips, though. Second best is a thin fixed blade sheath knife about 8 1/2” long. Split kindling, spread peanut butter.

Posted by Ken - 07/17/2012 09:59 PM

I have a clip folder I carry clipped to PFD when kayaking & clipped to my pocket when camping. I carry a pocket knife at work & this has to be my favorite because I use it so much. I usually get strange looks when I take it out to use (I work in healthcare), but those are the same folks who ask to borrow it later on. I would like to get a multi-tool & a survival knife, just because…

Posted by Fletcher - 07/17/2012 10:11 PM

I love Bear Grylls…I mean Survival knives! Nothing says emergency like orange.

Posted by Mark - 07/17/2012 10:11 PM

It seems a knife is always in my pocket or on my side, I have several preferences, for day to day a open assist, clip open sytle or general pocket knife are prefered, safe easy to use to open boxes, cut down items even picking your teeth! Then when on the trail hiking the multi-tool blade is very accomodating, covering many situations with just one tool. Lastly out hunting I carry a bowie style, has never let me down and has assisted in many animal cleanings and cut ups. Thanks Mark

Posted by Ryan Morgan - 07/17/2012 10:19 PM

My favorite would have to be the machete. Given the natural inclination for plants to run rampant, I see the most utility for a machete given you’re in the wild or in an apocalyptic zombie infested land. I’m not going to personally try and clear a path in a forest or through zombies with a pocket knife. So the machete it is.

Posted by Quentin - 07/17/2012 10:25 PM

I would usually say machete or throwing knife to kill zombie bitches, but giving that there are no actual zombies at the moment. Beside’s those bathsalt fags I’d go with the assist blade for sure! They are fast open for when you need em especially if you’re in a mob gang

Posted by Jim Stewart - 07/17/2012 11:36 PM

The pocket knife – I’d feel naked without it. Anything from cleaning fingernails to cleaning wild game and all activities needing an “edge” in-between’ I’m always reaching for it…

Posted by Bryan Hook - 07/18/2012 12:16 AM

I like them all, but I would have to go with the multi-tool. I’ve been a mechanic in the Army for over 10 years, and the Gerber multi-tools have saved me on several occations.

Posted by Joseph Moon - 07/18/2012 01:29 AM

my favorite type of knife is #8 — Survival because i live in the woods and I could use it quite alot.

Posted by arif khalid - 07/18/2012 02:22 AM

of course its the survival knife! i can go into the forest for days and nights only with the survival knife. as i live in Malaysia,tropical rain forest would be no problem to me. i could build shelter, traps, and many more with survival knife! thats why i love it.

Posted by jorge da silva - 07/18/2012 02:50 AM

i like survival knives because they incorporate multiple life saving features into one knife.

Posted by Ken Phillips - 07/18/2012 03:28 AM

#8 would be the only one you would need.!!!

Posted by Jason Prall - 07/18/2012 04:21 AM

#3 clip folder knife. It is handy, and you can carry it in your pocket, shirt, just about anywhere

Posted by Greg Dunn - 07/18/2012 06:06 AM

MultiTools. Getcha outa a bind everytime. VERSATILITY.

Posted by Jeremy Foster - 07/18/2012 09:05 AM

Clip Folder – great every day knife. Versatile, light but sturdy, small but reliable, easy to carry, always close by.

Posted by Cooper McFreybie - 07/18/2012 09:21 AM

Bowie – Old School!

Posted by Jeanne Garland - 07/18/2012 10:06 AM

Multitool, I have a little one I carry at all times, thinking a larger one would be even better. I love that no matter what the need i most likely have something in my purse that will help. Most girls carry a makeup bag. I carry a tool bag (hammer, knife, drivers, nails, etc).
Survival knife would be number two for me, again many uses and a very good tool to have. I am all about a knifes usefulness.

Posted by Jeremy W. Bennett - 07/18/2012 10:20 AM

I prefer a survival knife. not to bulky or heavy, yet big enough to do whatever is necessary.

Posted by Jeff Preston - 07/18/2012 10:22 AM

A light weight clip folder. I use this while backpacking and the clip keeps it in it’s place.

Posted by Adrian Lankford - 07/18/2012 10:41 AM

Clip Folder – This is because the best knife is the one you have with you when you need it. Clip folders are small enough to carry in your pants pocket while being big enough to handle modest emergencies. In a pinch I’ve used the lower serreted blade to cut away plastic car parts that have been damaged on a dirt road then a while later I used it to slice bread to make a sandwich.

Posted by Emily Tritabaugh - 07/18/2012 10:46 AM

Definitely the multitool for multitasking. Need a bottle opener? Check. File? Yep. Saw? Sure.

Posted by Jimmy Higgins - 07/18/2012 11:33 AM

Wow this a hard question…What is my favorite type of knife? I carry a clipfolder with me every day, but some times I carry a clipfolder and small multitool with me. All have there advantages and dis-advantages, but I would say a multi-tool because you never know when you might need to tighten a screw (softball face mask) or a nut (remove training wheels) during my busy day. You may even need to peel on orange or slice an apple.

Posted by michael cueva - 07/18/2012 01:12 PM

i like clip folders. very low profile and it doubles as a money clip.

Posted by Steve Bennett - 07/18/2012 01:13 PM

“What is your favorite type of knife from the article, and why do you love it?”

#3 is my favorite knife type because of its convenience and durable materials

Posted by Keegan Larson - 07/18/2012 01:14 PM

The knife for me would be the clip folder. It comes in handy for me if i am at work in the kitchen as a cook, gotta open some boxes of food to prep or to break down boxes. But also love having a clip knife in my pocket when i ride my bike long distance,wether its my road or mountain bike, having a knife hand is great for using as a hammer, or using the blade to pry or screw things. It’s with my when i take my RC truck out “Crawling” on the trails and rocks, you never know when you need to cut a zip tie, or if garbage or plastic bag gets wrapped in your wheel after mobbin through a creek or ditch, i can whip it out and cut whats needed. SO the clip knife for sure, discreet but always handy and right there for me.

Posted by Todd - 07/18/2012 01:14 PM

Survival or fixed blade. Must more sturdy and dependable than any other blade.

Posted by Savannah Hughes - 07/18/2012 01:14 PM

Multi-tool because no one I’ve ever met can figure out the locking system on my Suspension. As a girl, it makes me feel just a little bit awesome to share knife info with a dude who doesn’t know about my gear.

Posted by William - 07/18/2012 01:16 PM

I prefer the bowie knife. Rugged, durable, and has multiple purposes. I have skinned game, cut up fruit and vegetables, chopped down limbs in the way of trails, used it in self defense, both human and animal, and it has never failed me. They usually retain sharpness well.

Posted by David 420 - 07/18/2012 01:16 PM

I like the survival knife…cause I do a lot of camping and fishing….and you never know when your gonna need it

Posted by Shyloh Tapley - 07/18/2012 01:17 PM

I’ll go with the “survival” knife for its sheer versatility. Since, in most cases, the makers dunno what you may need to do with it, they make them to be used for just about everything.

Posted by dan - 07/18/2012 01:18 PM

Multitool… for all the adventures I have waiting for me I hope there’s a Gerber multitool to help me through them.

Posted by Tim Worl - 07/18/2012 01:18 PM

I like the assist opening or the survival knives.

Posted by Sharlihe - 07/18/2012 01:18 PM

I prefere the survival knife or the military knife LMF2 . It’s the best knife ever !
Hard like the rock :-)

Posted by Billy Roberts - 07/18/2012 01:19 PM

The machete, never know when you will need a big blade to trail blaze or kill some zombies.

Posted by Rudy Alvarez - 07/18/2012 01:19 PM

I always carry a Swiss Army Knife in my pocket. It’s part of my EDC. But I have one of almost everything on this list.

Posted by Dylan - 07/18/2012 01:19 PM

Survival. The Zombie Apocalypse has to start sometime!

Posted by Mark - 07/18/2012 01:20 PM

I prefer the clip folder type. My favorite is my assist open/clip folder with a multi-tool as close second.

Posted by Eric O'Brien - 07/18/2012 01:20 PM

The Machete is cool but the survival knife is the one I dig because it is ready when you are. Life throws a lot of curves and this seems like a knife that is ready when you need it

Posted by Arthur Nickerson - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

I like the survival type knives. I am a hunter and these type of knives are better suited for use as a hunting knife.

Posted by claysheffield - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

#6 — Multitool is my fav. always need something from it. Be Prepared I always say!

Posted by kenneth hughes - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

Survival And multi tool assisted opening can use all three For all outdoor activites

Posted by Carl - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

I prefer the Bowie, because anything else is not a knife!

Posted by Kyle Parkkila - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

I think the Survival knife suites me best. I do a lot of Hunting, Fishing, Camping, ect… Where i deer hunt is very rural. I could walk miles and miles without ever running into anyone or thing. I like to have a few survival items in case anything happens out there. This knife would be great for me considering I only carry a knife that’s made for gutting when im out in the woods.

Posted by chris davis - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

The multitool. It comes in handy as im on the road alot and i cant carry too many tools.

Posted by Amy T - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

#6 multitool. I like a little of everything for any situation.

Posted by Justin B - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

I prefer a clip folder for general edc tasks. However, I do like a fix blade for more rugged task like the outdoors. Multitools is one thing i don’t own, but I would like to have in my car for those emergency tasks that knife can’t do.

Posted by Brandon B. - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

Survival for those times you just need more options than a standard knife.

Posted by Erik Jensen - 07/18/2012 01:21 PM

I really enjoy the clip style knives, because they’re easy to add to any pocket, and that way the blade is always with you. Super convenient.

Posted by david kashdin - 07/18/2012 01:22 PM

I am chef and i use the multitool everyday in the kitchen, usuall im not killing or breaking down anything with my gerber knives, i leave that to my chefs knives, but i do carry two all the time in the kitchen, a multitool and a gator, have a great day

Posted by Nathan - 07/18/2012 01:22 PM

I like the dagger type. The Gerber Silver Trident I still consider essential tactical gear.

Posted by Steve - 07/18/2012 01:22 PM

I prefer the Clip folders. I work in Law Enforcement but have decided to stay away from the assisted openers and auto knives for preference reasons. My current daily carry is the Gerber DMF Tanto Half Serrated. I love this knife. The knife opens very easily with one hand and is SUPER sharp.

Posted by Ian - 07/18/2012 01:22 PM

My Gerber multi-tool never let me down, I used it daily for over 6 years until I left it in my backpack by mistake and the TSA confiscated it… Since then I feel like there’s a void in my life! I’ll be replacing it soon with a shiny new Gerber, one of several Gerber products I own now, but it all started with that multi-tool. Keep making great stuff, I’ll keep buying it!

Posted by Tom W. - 07/18/2012 01:22 PM

My favorite knife is #8 survival. I personally own this and it rocks! Love the sheath it comes in too.

Posted by Jordan Hinckley - 07/18/2012 01:22 PM

I am and always have been a huge fan of the 2 edged dagger type, though they are not always legal everywhere. Part of it has to do with its versatility as a weapon, and the part has to do with the history of the weapon, they were used all over europe for a long time and a man would be foolish to go anywhere without one. Even if he had a sword, it was not always allowed all places but a dagger you could keep concealed if you wanted to until you had to use it for any number of reasons.

Posted by Ken Lunde - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

#3, because I can legally conceal-carry this knife type in my home state (gun-lovin’ California).

Posted by Peter Ward - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

I like the (no.8) survival knife as I can take it away with me when I am off hiking / camping in the UK’s mountains. Bear Grylls is my hero, so even better!!!

Posted by Jason - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

The machete; Excellent all around tool. Brush clearing, trailblazing, and if needed an excellent weapon.

Posted by John Cochran - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

I need a multi-tool on my PFD to keep me out of trouble and help me with my fishing in my kayak.

Posted by Ron Olsen - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

#3 Clip Folder- I carry this Type of Knife every day. Keep one on your Side for a few day’s, and you’ll soon wonder what you ever did without one.

Posted by curtis yoakum - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

id have to say #8 — Survival knife im big on havin the tool for the job and love getting lost in the woods. i also love the multi tool.

Posted by Jim Nobles - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

Clip folder is my preference. There when I need it and it is more ‘concealable’ than larger straight bladed, sheathed or non-folding knives.

Posted by Patty kasiewicz - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

I like a Bowie , its a good heavy survival knife

Posted by Kirk - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

I love my old swiss army knife. Even though a fized blade might be more rugged, it is hard to beat all the functions built into my old Swiss army knife. I have a saw(which it is hard to get thru large branches with a regular knife no matter how durable it is), a knife which although not the most rugged on the planet is sufficient for detail work on some sticks, an attachment for cleaning fish and removing hooks, a place to attach a fishing line, and several other items which I would probably never use but the fact is that it is compact and would handle most of my outdoor needs without adding too much weight to carry around or the risk of accidentally stabbing myself with it.

Posted by Brecht Lambrechts - 07/18/2012 01:23 PM

Personally, an assist-opening knife is the tool that has proven it’s use to me on many occasions… As an archaeologist working in different environments, the sturdiness and reliability of a good knife like this cannot be over valued. I used to carry the Gerber answer fast knife where-ever I went and losing it in the Aegean Sea left an uncomfortable emptiness in my pocket.

Posted by Iain M - 07/18/2012 01:24 PM

My favorite knife is the one that does everything I need it to. A multi tool that allows me to pack all the tools in a single case for my ultra light backwoods trips, adjust or fine tune any thing on my downhill bike, AND most importantly for any situation I haven’t thought of and I need a sharp blade.

Posted by Shawn - 07/18/2012 01:24 PM

I like #8 Survival. Like the strength of the fixed blade with the option for storage in the handle. Tough!

Posted by Doug Hawkins - 07/18/2012 01:24 PM

The Machete because those zombies are not going to fall to pieces by themselves!

Posted by Ryan McClain - 07/18/2012 01:24 PM

I like the Assist-Opening knife!

Posted by Derek Boucher - 07/18/2012 01:24 PM

Due to being in the military and law enforcement my type is clip style for easy access.

Posted by John Granados - 07/18/2012 01:24 PM

Definately the assisted opener. As an E.M.T I might not always be able to fumble around opening a regular knife, a quick flick of the wrist and it’s open and ready to go.

Posted by Gianna - 07/18/2012 01:24 PM

I prefer the survival knife because I like to camp and go on trips that require me to only use what is in my backpack. That particular survival knife (Gerber/Bear Grylls Ultimate) works well with scenarios faced when practicing survival because of the half serrated part and the half smooth, as well as the whistle that is attached and the bottom is good for hammering.

Posted by Dustin - 07/18/2012 01:25 PM

The multi tool because it has everything I need.

Posted by Sara - 07/18/2012 01:25 PM

My knife type is the machete because I can hack my way through anything with it!

Posted by Paula Lavender - 07/18/2012 01:25 PM

I carry the clip folder and will use it daily. I have had at least 3 Gerbers and only lost one so it’d be great to replace it!

Posted by Alexis F - 07/18/2012 01:25 PM

I love the Machete Type… i own the Bear Grylls Parang… can’t wait to see it on THE WALKING DEAD next season!!!!

Posted by Charles Newman - 07/18/2012 01:25 PM

My knife type would be tactical folder.
I take my Gerber Armor everywhere.

Posted by Joseph Wilson - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

Fixed blade “survival” for the versatility and strength. They tend to be a thicker blade that can stand up to heavier use, with a good working blade length.

Posted by Timothy Dean - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

I like the clip folder because I carry one with me everywhere I go. It stays in my back pocket, right next to my wallet so either one is easy to pull out when needed.

I have also practiced and learned knife throwing and have a Gerber thrower very similar to the one in the picture.

Posted by Phillip Nelsen - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

Survival knife!

Posted by Tony Rines - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

Multi-tool. Gotta love the functionality

Posted by Amanda - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

multitool- im always using my husbands

Posted by Omar Torres - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

I like the asssist opening blade. Easy to open using one hand and can keep in my pocket.

Posted by David Hogeland - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

Old School Bowie. It has worked for 200 years… Why chance now. Clean, simple, and scary!

Posted by Angela Busch - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

I really like the assist-opening knives. They are great as a multipurpose knife and the spring assist makes it quicker and easier to get open, especially in situations where you only have one free hand.

Posted by Chris Hackett - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

I prefer clip folders as I use them the most! my EDC is actually a Gerber. and of the last 10 EDC’s I’ve had, 6 were Made in the USA Gerber blades!
Second would be survival as my second most common use is on my camping/survival races, where a knife can mean life or death so quality is everything, and for that it’s a fixed blade gerber and a gerber multi-tool! Unbeatable combo!

Posted by Zach Patrick - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

I prefer the survival knife, I am outdoors a lot, hunting, camping, working, etc. and its nice to have the durability of the fixed blade and at the same time its similar to a multi-tool because it has many uses, but without all the annoying foldouts.

Posted by Lucien Picard - 07/18/2012 01:26 PM

#8 — Survival

Posted by Mike L - 07/18/2012 01:27 PM

I prefer the survival knife. They serve so many purposes!

Posted by Anne Feeney - 07/18/2012 01:27 PM

The multi tool because if you are “bugging out” whatever the reason u need to travel light. This would take the place of many heavy tools. :)

Posted by Wesley Marcincavage - 07/18/2012 01:27 PM

Deffinatly the Swiss Army knife. With all the little tools on it, plus the blade, its perfect to always keep in your pocket just in case. I got one as a present 4 years ago and I have had it in my pocket every day since.

Posted by Matt B - 07/18/2012 01:27 PM

The multi-tool by far. So many different uses. I’ve used mine this week for: Tightening bolts, cutting wire, cutting rope, Unscrewing the battery cover on one of my son’s toys, stripping wire, pulling a hot pizza pan out of the oven, carving a notch in a piece of wood and probably many others I’m forgetting!

Posted by Kevin K Dean - 07/18/2012 01:27 PM

I like the assist opening knife because I can hold the baby and still get the knife open to cut his morning bannana into pieces after cleaning the fish guts off it of course.

Posted by Dustin jessepe - 07/18/2012 01:27 PM

My favorite would have to be the survival knife becaue of all the different types of scenarios it can be used in.

Posted by Jesse - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

The mashetti would b perfect for me bcus im allways in the woods rideing dirtbike trails and makeing new ones i usualy break most mashedis iv had and gerber has allways mad a great knife! Never dull

Posted by Landon Paulson - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

My favorite style of knife would have to be the one that gets the job done when you need it most. Whether thats opening a can of beans with a multi tool or loping a zombies head off with a machete a good sharp knife is always there for you. If I had to choose just one I would go for the machete because as I said you never know when you may need to clear some “vegetation”

Posted by Tyler Pruett - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

I prefer the survival knife. It’s the most versatile of all the knife types for someone like me. You can use it to field dress game, cut down saplings, ward of attackers/wild animals, and just about anything else. I especially like the hollow handle style to keep matches and string in.

Posted by Jean Thompson - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

I like #4 – The Dagger. It would be good to attach to a wooden handle to kill zombies from a distance.

Posted by SSgt White - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

Assist-Opening – I always love a quick and smooth cut and assit opening just glide with whatever I am working with.

Posted by DAVE - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

Survival. Great for cutting wood for the fire to cook the fish you caught using the line,hook and sinker you stored in the hollow handle

Posted by PetersonC. - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

Multitool. Perfect for work, whatever I need when I need it!

Posted by Aleks Skardal - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

#1 Assisted-opening, because it’s small and can go anywhere. It’s quick to open when it’s needed. And when out hiking, camping, or backcountry skiing it can be used in all sorts of situations.

Posted by Brian - 07/18/2012 01:28 PM

Most of these are handy, but my “outdoor” knife of choice would have to be the survival knife. A fixed blade knife with a good weight to it can handle a fair amount of abuse that would do in most of my quality folders.

Posted by Jon Harvey - 07/18/2012 01:29 PM

My Knife type would be throwing. Kills zombies at a distance, quiet and reusable.

Posted by Rusty Ellis - 07/18/2012 01:29 PM

I prefer the assisted opening, as my other hand is usually preoccupied with my Glock!

Posted by Josh Gregg - 07/18/2012 01:30 PM

I like the multitool, I do irrigation work and it makes my job easier every day!!!

Posted by Rohan - 07/18/2012 01:30 PM

I am a big fan of Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife with a Serrated Edge. Its got the perfect ergonomic design, fire starter, Diamond sharpener, whistle and survival instructions. Another good thing is that you can easily make this knife a spear with the 2 holes right below the blade. Cost effective and super useful in the wild.

Posted by Kris - 07/18/2012 01:30 PM

Bowie knife, for that feeling of comfort both when swimming near alligators or sitting in a forest.

Posted by Jim Sberna - 07/18/2012 01:30 PM

I prefer the pocket clip on, that way I never have to leave home without it

Posted by Jared L - 07/18/2012 01:30 PM

I prefer a good survival knife because of the versatility and durability of the blade.

Posted by Adam - 07/18/2012 01:31 PM

Assist-opening: when holding the baby while swinging on the jungle vine, its one-handed operation is perfect for opening that bottle of Merlot 2010 to go with the cheese balanced on my elbow.

Posted by E Miller - 07/18/2012 01:31 PM

Survival knives all the way! Tactical, tacticool, multi-purpose, built to withstand most anything!

Posted by Chris Williams - 07/18/2012 01:31 PM

A spring-assisted folder with straight tanto blade is my favorite, with a tanto survival and good multi-tool being close runner ups.

Posted by shrockp - 07/18/2012 01:31 PM

I prefer the assisted opening Folder, they have some distinct advantages when needing a knife in a hurry or if for some reason your other hand is not able to be used.

Posted by Cletus T. Bussard - 07/18/2012 01:32 PM

I like the clip folder the best. It hangs out in my slash pocket of my tactical pants when I’m on duty and never falls out. Great knives, easy open, even without assist. When I’m not on duty, it stays clipped inside my pants or shorts pocket. I never have to worry that it is going to fall out or get lost.

Posted by Michael - 07/18/2012 01:32 PM

Multitool – because a multitool would be the most useful during my daily activities. I don’t regularly encounter hand-to-hand combat, self-defense situations, tall underbrush, dinosaurs, or ninjas; some of the other knife types would be more suitable if I did. Instead, the multitool might help me attack a computer case with ease.

Posted by Sean Musgrove - 07/18/2012 01:32 PM

My favorite would be the Clip Folder, you can make it an auto operner
by catching the thumb stud on your pocket lip or presnt it closed if the need arises that you need to hand it to someone closed.

Posted by Chapin Fowler - 07/18/2012 01:32 PM

I like the iphone feature because i like to listen to country when im by the fire on my backpacking and camping trips. I also like the usefulness of the the different features as I hunt and fish all the time. I own 3 gerber knives and will never buy anything else

Posted by James Martin - 07/18/2012 01:32 PM

It has to be the machete. I’m planning a trip to Florida and with the recent “zombie” attacks and impending apocalypse you just never know. Now that I think of it the survival knife might work just as well!!!

Posted by Robert Bright - 07/18/2012 01:32 PM

I would have to say mine is the Multitool. Because when something needs to get done it will have the tool needed to do it! Like a Boy Scout! Be Prepared! And the multitool is just that. Fully Prepared!

Posted by Mike Kourmoulakis - 07/18/2012 01:33 PM

I prefer the survival/fixed blade because it’s always ready to go and, with it, you’re always ready.

Posted by Robert I - 07/18/2012 01:33 PM

I like the multi-tool best. You never know when you need pliers, a screwdriver, or a can-opener, and all you need is this multi-tool and you’re covered!

Posted by Sam Hanneman - 07/18/2012 01:33 PM

My favorite type of knife from the article would be the Multitool. As an operator in the oilfield, I have a limited number of tools I can carry, and that I’m allowed to carry. The multitool meets all my requirements, both at work and at home. I have one in both vehicles, one in my shop, and one in my tool vest, because I feel very lost without one.

Posted by Roy Marshall - 07/18/2012 01:33 PM

Just love my A/O Clash i EDC,it`s fast small and cheap so if i ever loose it i don`t cry my eyes out. :-)

Posted by Loren - 07/18/2012 01:33 PM

I’m a fan of the assisted opening. It is incredibly practical, since my other hand is often busy with things like holding the MRE bag.

Posted by Robert Wallis - 07/18/2012 01:33 PM

I like #8 — Survival knife becuase is a an all around good knife. it is a strong knife and very dirable.

Posted by Levi Wiggins - 07/18/2012 01:34 PM

I carried a multi-tool for years back when it was cool to steal ‘trophies’ from rival high schools. Once, I removed every available thermostat from the havoc controllers. It was wicked, but an absolute triumph, made possible by the right kind of knife in my pocket. Nowadays I’m much less inclined to use my multi-tool for acts of theft & vandalism, but I still find that ‘packing heat’ of the souped-up Swiss Army variety is often the difference between stuck & unstuck.

I love my little folding pocket knife, I’ve enjoyed the Swiss Armies, but there really is no substitute for a pocketful of toolbox condensed into a tiny package of concentrated awesom. Having a knife isn’t the same as being prepared.

Posted by Josh - 07/18/2012 01:34 PM

I prefer the Machete, It’s perfect for clearing vegetation and the occasional zombie :D

Posted by Cortes - 07/18/2012 01:34 PM

I prefer the Multi-tool. It’s helpful in a tight bind when in need of those minor tools. Used mine when i was deployed all the time. Until it was begrudgingly confiscated on my flight home from said deployment. I wore it religiously when in uniform.

Posted by Kayla - 07/18/2012 01:34 PM

My favorite knife is probably the machete, (though all of them are very useful,) because to me it’s the ultimate survival tool. You can use it for anything and everything and not have to worry about opening up the knife or having too many choices in a multiple-use type knife.

Posted by Rob Salberg - 07/18/2012 01:34 PM

I’d have to say the multi-tool. I had a swiss army “champ” and I used it to gut and skin several elk, numerous deer and a bear. but the only thing lacking was a decent pliers. Some people think you need a big fixed blade for field dressing large game, but a multi tool works fine, plus you can repair things

Posted by alex lodermeier - 07/18/2012 01:34 PM

My favorite knife would be the Bowie. I always wanted to use the famous Crocodile Dundee quote on a mugger, “That’s not a knife. (pull out my Bowie) THAT’S a knife!”

Posted by jeremy bird - 07/18/2012 01:35 PM

tough call between the multi tool, the survival knife, and the swiss army. They all serve more than one purpose. For me though, I take the survival knife because of the larger blade size and the durability. Larger blade has more defensive possibilities, and with less moving parts, there is less chance of equipment failure.

Posted by Tyler - 07/18/2012 01:35 PM

II would choose the dagger. I was introduced to this knife by a friend of mine, Steve. He is an Iraq veteran, and told me the story on how he got the dagger and why he loves it. He said a friend gave it to him once his two deployments were over. Steve took the dagger with him on three deployments to Iraq,, and the dagger ended up in live combat and saved his. life. He now carries it with him wherever he goes, and after 5 tours of Iraq, that knife is still like brand new.

Posted by James Dickey - 07/18/2012 01:35 PM

Clip folder- always there and ready for use. Assist-opening nice, but always a chance of something braking.

Posted by Diana - 07/18/2012 01:35 PM

I prefer #3-the Clip Folder because I carry it at work and home. I’ve used it a hundred times.

Posted by dan howard - 07/18/2012 01:36 PM

i like them all. but if i had to decide it would be the multi tool. i use mine on everything.

Posted by Pat McCann - 07/18/2012 01:37 PM

I love the assist opening knives. I’ve owned several. In my opinion you can’t get a better knife.

Posted by Nick Crowell - 07/18/2012 01:37 PM

#3- clip fold I personally like this one because nice design something I can carry around easily everyday of while I’m out on a hike with friends it’s easy to grab & open or close with one hand & all around a good knif either way any of theses knive would be nice to have simply because they are GERBER brand!!

Posted by Robert Leo Sorjonen - 07/18/2012 01:37 PM

I like the clip folding knife as in my industry of longshore it is handy to have a blade readily accessible and this one looks excellent as well as strong. No need for a seperate belt clip and construction looks bullet proof. Wish I had one.

Posted by Mike Wecker - 07/18/2012 01:37 PM

Clip folder, simple, reliable, always there.

Posted by Jon - 07/18/2012 01:37 PM

I like them all, but prefer the dagger!!

Posted by Jamie McCormick - 07/18/2012 01:38 PM

I normally carry a custom, home made Bowie type knife made of a plow disk that is forged and heat treated. It also has an Oak handle, and it is roughly 8 in. in length. But, why would I be so ignorant for that to be my only carry knife? I also have an assist folder, and a multi-tool for those “unforeseen” scenarios. Always be prepared!

Posted by Jonathan Wood - 07/18/2012 01:38 PM

I prefer the assisted opening. Specifically the Gerber Gator. I’ve been carrying one every day for ten years or so. The no slip handle is great in the outdoors. Gives me peace of mind in wet conditions. I prefer the original handle, but the newer models do the trick as well. It’s also easy to open with one hand which comes in handy when using it on a cliff, ladder, or any other place where you only have one hand free. I also keep a Gerber Machette in my Blazer. Comes in handy for clearing trails on the way to climbing crags in NW Arkansas that don’t see much traffic. The forest gets thick there, especially in these summer months. I’m interested in todays model, the steady. Never seen it before. Looks like it could help capture some great shots of the outdoors on my next adventure.

Posted by joe meyers - 07/18/2012 01:38 PM

I love the auto Assist knife because they are more practical and tend to last longer Imo ive always had them and they hold blades longer then normal knives

Posted by Robert Wallis - 07/18/2012 01:38 PM

I like the Survival knife becuase is a an all around good knife. it is a strong knife.

Posted by Tommy Myklebost - 07/18/2012 01:39 PM

The throwing knife, because I’ve always fancied throwing knifes and it would be awesome to know the technique of throwing a knife. And that looks like one hell of a throwing knife.

Posted by Nathan - 07/18/2012 01:39 PM

Assisted-open is the way to go, quick flick open gives you manueverablitily, dexterity, and everyday practicality in use. Especially with a beak styled blade.

Posted by CJ L - 07/18/2012 01:39 PM

I carry a clip folder with me every day and have multitools in each of my cars but nothing says ‘bring it!’ like a machete. Unless you are talking the zombie apocalypse, then I will be sporting my M1917 trench knife.

Posted by Dylan Douglas - 07/18/2012 01:39 PM

My favorite knife would be the bowie knife, not only is it the most bad ass of them all it is also strong. You can use it for hunting, cutting down trees or just any task pretty much. Its can be used as a machete or if your good you can throw it . And it will never let you down do to the ruggedness of the knife. This is why the bowie is my favorite.

Posted by David - 07/18/2012 01:39 PM

I love a simple pocketknife. I have carried some sort of knife since I was six, and though I have often had an assist-opening or clip-folder in my pocket, the straight forward pocketknife is what I am always reaching for unless I am camping.

Posted by Jason Porter - 07/18/2012 01:39 PM

I am partial to survival knives. (#8) A good fixed blade survival knife is extremely versatile. Chop, cut, shave. They can be made into spears, used to start fires, build shelters and even procure water. And being fixed blade they can handle the abuse and are very reliable. And they’re not to heavy or bulky for EDC. (most aren’t anyway) While there is no one blade that is perfect for every task. A good survival blade (such as the Bear Grylls) is a good compromise for performing many tasks quite well.

Posted by Josh - 07/18/2012 01:39 PM

I prefer a survival type knife, as it has the muti-purpose efficiency of a multi-tool or swiss army knife without loosing the durability or effectiveness of the blade itself due to multi part construction.

Posted by Corey Smith - 07/18/2012 01:40 PM

I like assist-open. I carry a Benchmade 585 every day. Its easy and quick to open.

Posted by ron tungol - 07/18/2012 01:40 PM

the assist opening model, very convenient, and handy!

Posted by mario amador - 07/18/2012 01:40 PM

I like them all, but would prefer a clip folder or an assisted opener!! I like something I can carry around

Posted by Paul McKINNON - 07/18/2012 01:40 PM

I love, and use the survival on a daily basis. My work requires me to use a knife that can endure a harsh environment and this knife fits the bill to a T!

Posted by leon price - 07/18/2012 01:41 PM

i would have to say the throwing knife…first of all it looks badass second it can do just about anything the others can do,and lastly it is one piece so you dont have to worry about breaking it.

Posted by Matthew Long - 07/18/2012 01:42 PM

I like the survival type knives. MANY useds!

Posted by Tom - 07/18/2012 01:42 PM

I am a multi-tool guy, though the BG Survival knife looks pretty awesome! mutli-tools can be used for everything! from skinning squirrels to sighting in a scope to cutting fishing line to tightening a nut, bolt, screw, you name it.

Posted by Andrew - 07/18/2012 01:42 PM

I love the ease of use and durability of the Assist Open knives.

Posted by Brian Hall - 07/18/2012 01:43 PM

My favorite knife type is whatever I happen to have with me at the moment. whether it be the gerber 06 fast serrated tanto that is in my pocket now or the freeman guide on my side when I go into the woods or the gerber gator machete pro which rides on my four wheeler with me. Or maybe the gerber diesel in my B.O.B. So,my favorite type of knife depends on where I happen to be at the moment.

Posted by Sam Byrd - 07/18/2012 01:43 PM

My knife type is the multi-tool, I can keep it in my pocket for a quick tool for any job. fishing, fixing a small part on my car or bike. multitools are universal.

Posted by Jason Powell - 07/18/2012 01:43 PM

Picking just one is very difficult, however I would have to pick the multitool. As a kindergarten teacher a multitool comes in very handy to raise and lower desks, get zippers unstuck and many other classroom uses.

Posted by Nick - 07/18/2012 01:44 PM

Gotta go with the multitool. It is a very handy option, good in various situations. Having one around has saved me on a number of occasions. Perhaps Jack of all trades, master of none, but in a pinch I could make it work for just about any need.

Posted by John Lord - 07/18/2012 01:44 PM

Pocket (or clip fold – pretty much all pocket knives I’ve seen come with the clip)….because it fits in… your pocket. I always have one on me, and use it for everything from opening boxes, cutting fruit on the go, finishing a shave if I missed a spot, etc.

I’d say that you should also add rescue/sailing knives.

Posted by Kimberly OConnell - 07/18/2012 01:45 PM

What is your favorite type of knife from the article, and why do you love it? My fav is the survival knife because it’s got the fire starter and the lanyard cord.

Posted by Mike - 07/18/2012 01:45 PM

Multitool, its just so handy to have. From working on my AR, to fishing or just around the house. And cutting out those annoying labels in the back of shirts my kids hate..

Posted by Ron Locke - 07/18/2012 01:46 PM

I prefer the multi-tool. Call it OCD if you will, but when I see something that needs fixed… I have to fix it!

Posted by Jason Danielson - 07/18/2012 01:46 PM

I LOVE the #8 Survival. Its totally geared for my outdoor needs!!

Posted by Simon - 07/18/2012 01:46 PM

I like my BG Scout knife but the most useful to me is the multitool as i can use it to open beer and cut cheese.

Posted by B.G. - 07/18/2012 01:46 PM

I’m all about the clip folder! It is versatile and handy, clipping on to stick with me no matter what I’m up to. Plus, a thicker blade and assisted open makes for a “multi-tool” use; I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve held a screw in place while opening the knife with the other hand to use it as a screwdriver. I put my knives through a lot, I expect a lot!

Posted by Mike Way - 07/18/2012 01:47 PM

Multi tool. You have your standard knoves as well as a small saw and pliers and scissors. the knofe may not be as strong as a survival knofe but then you have the saw. as it says in the name it is a multi tool as opposed to the others which have a single fixed use. so for compactability it trumps all others and i don’t go anywhere with out my multi tool

Posted by Charles - 07/18/2012 01:47 PM

M U L T I T O O L ! ! Because some things need tightened, and others loosened, some things need to be straight, and others need to be bent, some things need to be sharp, while others need to be dull, some things need holes in them…and well, while the multitool doesn’t fill holes so well, I still love them

Posted by Megan - 07/18/2012 01:47 PM

Machete by far! Versatile and perfect for a survival post apocalypse type scenario!

Posted by Greg Nelson - 07/18/2012 01:47 PM

The multitool… If you have ever had to change an alternator belt on an 82 subaru hatchback in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere you would want this tool.

Posted by Evan D'Orazio - 07/18/2012 01:48 PM

One of my favorite knife types has always been the dagger. With the stability of the central spine and sharpness on both sides, I utilize various knives in the carving/gouging of my ceramic sculpture. The dagger carves out the best!

Posted by Zsombor - 07/18/2012 01:48 PM

My favorite type of knife from the article would be the Throwing, because I like to aim, and throw a knife in a target. I would really love a special designed, and a purpose fit throwing knife!

Posted by jose - 07/18/2012 01:49 PM

My favorite is the pocket knife. Its easy to carry and is versatile enough to be useful in almost all situations.

Posted by m.j. - 07/18/2012 01:49 PM

Clip folder, it goes everywhere I do.

Posted by Bobby - 07/18/2012 01:49 PM

Picking a type of knife is a hard task but when it comes down to it if it’s fast easy to carry and retains an edge well I can get anything done with it from hookin and jabbin to carvin a bat so we can play ball in our down time

Posted by Jtuttle2 - 07/18/2012 01:50 PM

I prefer a nice survival knife. They are well rounded and suited for nearly every tough job you may encounter in the wilderness. They’re also helpful when skinning and cleaning game.

Posted by Ross Patterson - 07/18/2012 01:51 PM

The ease and quick opening of the knife provides the fast access to the knife in all events.

Posted by Chris - 07/18/2012 01:52 PM

#9 – Swiss Army: I’ve carried a Swiss Army knife (tinker) for nearly 30 years. One thing my father told when I was a kid, “Son, never leave home without a knife.” I’ve done everything from rescue a dog to tune-up a 65 Mustang with Swiss Army knife!!

Posted by Greg - 07/18/2012 01:52 PM

From what’s above, it would have to be the survival knife – a long enough and tough enough blade to be useful for a variety of tasks.

Posted by Clint W. - 07/18/2012 01:52 PM

My favorite knife from the article is the assisted openers. My daily carry knife is a Kershaw Leek. Love that thing!

Posted by Marlon Garcia - 07/18/2012 01:53 PM

My favite knife is the Multitool, because i could make many things with it, rason why i would love to have one.

Posted by Fred McClelland - 07/18/2012 01:53 PM

I would have to choose the Multi-tool. Only because there isnt much that it cant do, you can butter your toast, fillet a fish(depending on size of fish that is), pull a splinter from your finger, cut small saplings, cook marshmellows,cut fishing lines, open a beer bottle, tie a fishing line to it and cast it, just open everything and be amazed by its spider like wonder.

Posted by Cotter - 07/18/2012 01:54 PM

I like the clip folder. It is accessible in almost anyoutfit, versitile and conveinent.

Posted by Callie Thornton - 07/18/2012 01:54 PM

I like the swiss army. not too much but just enough to keep you going in the woods.

Posted by Heather Gysler Dailey - 07/18/2012 01:55 PM

I LIKE and NEED the pocketknife/jackknife!

Posted by Stew Neibert - 07/18/2012 01:56 PM

For me, it’s the machete. Truly the original “multitool”, this knife has been a mainstay for dozens of cultures around the world for centuries. For myself, my machete (and parang) can do pretty much what the rest of the other blades types can combined. Granted, it doesn’t have a wire stripper and some of the other features of a multitool, but that’s all just superfluous when I’m trying to clear my path. Try to chop a tree down for firewood or shelter with an assisted opening knife. Possible? Yes. Efficient? Definitely not. I concede that the machete is certainly unwieldy and useless in the everyday setting, but we’re talking about OUTDOOR blades. And NOTHING is truly more outdoors than a machete!

Posted by Josh Stubblefield - 07/18/2012 01:56 PM


It is small and efficient, and can be used for just about any situation from housework to survival.

Posted by Steven - 07/18/2012 01:56 PM

I prefer the Bowie myself. Great classic design and all-around usage. From camping to hiking and true survival, the Bowie has been a personal preference for quite some time now.

Posted by John Buffington - 07/18/2012 01:56 PM

I’m a fan of the machette. short enough to carry (not concealed obviously) but still long enough to do some damage

Posted by Darren Peck - 07/18/2012 01:58 PM

I would prefer the survival. There is NOTHING like being prepared and this would do it :)

Posted by Michael - 07/18/2012 01:58 PM

This is an easy one for me, Multitool! I bicycle to the french quarter for work and on my bicycle the multitool is always in demand for everything from changing tire tubes to adjusting brakes. When downtown its nice to know that I have everything from a knife for self defense, to a bottle opener to aid in a good time, tucked neatly away in my pocket. I use it for my model airplanes too, always finding a new good use!

Posted by Cole Devitt - 07/18/2012 01:58 PM

THe survival knife! as someone who hikes for weeks at a time, you never know when a strong, durable blade is gonna be needed, and most of time you find alot of situations when it comes in handy! Whether it’s gutting out a fish for supper or carving out poles for a raft, i know I can depend on this knife

Posted by John Parente - 07/18/2012 01:59 PM

I think a good survival knife is important to have handy in case of emergency. I do like a multi tool that can be used for all sorts of situations that come up.

Posted by Chris Barber - 07/18/2012 01:59 PM

I’m going with the clip folder. Certainly the easiest for all applications

Posted by Jim Enlow - 07/18/2012 02:00 PM

For years I have carried the same clip folder almost everywhere I go whether camping, hiking, chores around the house, or at work in the machine shop I’ve found a use for it almost every day!

Posted by Michael Minetti - 07/18/2012 02:00 PM

When my pet ball python and I are killing zombies with Abe Lincoln for kicks we prefer an assisted opener! Very light weight and durable for fast striking and easily stored away incase we have to make a break for it!

Posted by Austin Haire - 07/18/2012 02:00 PM

I prefer an assisted opening tanto blade with a belt clip. I currently carry a Gerber Tanto blade with assisted opening for a backup to my CHL. I prefer the blade because for the time it takes to get the knife out from the clip I prefer the extra seconds it saves to have the spring put the knife into action.

Posted by Chris Yager - 07/18/2012 02:01 PM

I like the assist opening you canhide hide it ande open in a hurry

Posted by Laura sturgill - 07/18/2012 02:01 PM

Assit open is my go to knife. Light,quick, and easy to grab in a hurry. Great for anyone that’s on the go.

Posted by Bill Oliver - 07/18/2012 02:03 PM

Assist opening knife is my favorite. It’s just reall useful when you have your hands full.

Posted by Robert Hardman - 07/18/2012 02:04 PM

Assist-Opening is my favorite. These can have a drop point, tanto, or other style blade and may have serrations. Very versatile type of knife that I would recommend everyone own at least one. Very handy to have around for most uses.

Posted by Tom Gibson - 07/18/2012 02:04 PM

Machete. It’s a versatile knife that can be used for working outdoors clearing brush, defending yourself against sword-wielding villans or the undead, cutting meat or fruit. It’s indispensable if you are ever in a jungle, and it’s the weapon of choice for Jason Vorhees (that alone should really be all the reason to have one).

Posted by Richard Garcia - 07/18/2012 02:06 PM

I have to go with the very first knife I owned which was the pocket knife, nothin real big, my father gave it to me when I was 9 and I have it still today. I hope if i’m ever blessed to have a son I can pass it on to him.

Posted by Ernesto Marcial - 07/18/2012 02:06 PM

The Survival knife, because its usefulness.

Posted by Brian - 07/18/2012 02:06 PM

The assist-open knives are my favorite. I feel naked without one. I love them because they open so quickly.

Posted by James D Seago - 07/18/2012 02:06 PM

my favorite is the Bowie cuz i can cut oranges and kill zombies

Posted by JaMel McCaine - 07/18/2012 02:08 PM

The Dagger. Because it’s a dagger and it’s awesome!

Posted by Troy Krumwiede - 07/18/2012 02:09 PM

I’m not exactly sure why I only have to pick one… because I would care one of each type, they all serve a different purpose. However, if I could only have one favorite it would be a clip folding pocket knife… small enough for a pocket but has as clip for easy retrieval. Great for everyday tasks like letter opening, finger nail cutting, or ant hole exploration.

Posted by Marvin Lazaro - 07/18/2012 02:09 PM

#5 – the machete. Because in the event of a zombie apocalypse the machete is long enough that I can take off a zombie’s head and keep it at arm’s length, but short enough that, if I really need to, I can get in in do some dirty work like hacking and slashing.

Posted by jamesanelson - 07/18/2012 02:10 PM

I personally couldn’t go a day without my multitool. I use it everyday. The thing I use most is the knifes. But I have one where the knifes are easily available on the outside of the frame. Before I used to always carry a pocket clip. And always have bowie or survival stashed somewhere. In case of emergency or hunting.

Posted by Mark Howard - 07/18/2012 02:10 PM

I prefer an assisted-opener with a FLIPPER and a pocket clip model that can be converted to left-handed “pivot-down” use. I have had much difficulty finding a quality knife that meets those criteria.

Posted by Sidra - 07/18/2012 02:11 PM

I’d say the Survival knife is my pregfered type. Though appropriately named as it is excellenti n survival situations it is so much more versatile than that! Without fail, each time I return from any backcountry trip(both big and small) I find myself reaching for the knife I’d grown so accustomed to using – easily my most used tool whether I’m backpacking w/my dog or opening…anything…also w/my dog haha and I just happen to be in serious need of a new one =]

Posted by Neil Hunt - 07/18/2012 02:11 PM

I like the pocket knife. I find myself using it all the time. It is handy and readily available when needed.

Posted by STW - 07/18/2012 02:12 PM

I carry an assisted opening knife and a multi-tool everyday. I feel lost without either one. However, neither ideal for outdoors. Then, again, neither are any on your list. Ideal would be a full tang knife with a drop point blade 3-4” long. It’d heavy enough to last yet small enough to be handy, sort of a cross between the bowie and survival knives in your list.

Posted by tj johnson - 07/18/2012 02:12 PM

#1 the spring assisted is my favorite for the quick ease of use.

Posted by JPC - 07/18/2012 02:14 PM

# Assist opening – fits my style …

Posted by mike - 07/18/2012 02:15 PM

the open assist… I would use it more.

Posted by Jon Solorza - 07/18/2012 02:15 PM

I am a fan of all knife types. I don’t believe that you can have too many knives. The multitool is very cool though.

Posted by Tim Bevers - 07/18/2012 02:16 PM

You know, I do so many things, wether it be for work or home or play its hard to pick. If I am opening a retail store and need a multi-tool type, doing engineering work at my desk I’d need one too. If I am out in the woods camping and need a general but strong type, usually a fixed blade that has secure grip and keeps its utility edge. If I am working in the woods doing up-keep on the farm I’d need an axe or machete. Lastly if I am headed downtown but don’t want to carry my Sig I carry an assist opening blade that sits tight into my pocket, unobtrusive but useful, dependable and concealable. I don’t just have one, but many uses and needs. I can see the new one being good, especially in the tech field. A tripod for an iPhone? Awesome. Now, just put some sort of a magnifier with it that can be used for macro/zoom photos.

Posted by Abby Ewing - 07/18/2012 02:16 PM

I like the dagger. It would be perfect for me since I already have every other knife on the list… and c’mon, what lady wouldn’t want a knife as sexy as that one?

Posted by kevin jenks - 07/18/2012 02:16 PM

Like the dagger for personal protection.

Posted by Chris S - 07/18/2012 02:20 PM

The assist opening would come in handy. Looks really durable

Posted by darby lutz - 07/18/2012 02:20 PM

multitool, that way i have what i need when i’m away from my tool box

Posted by Jason Grigely - 07/18/2012 02:22 PM

The survival knife. Because it can do everything you need in a pinch.

Posted by NestoD - 07/18/2012 02:23 PM

As with any tool, each has a specific use and will excel when used properly. I have multiple knives for multiple purposes. But being forced to choose one I would say the clip folder since it is versatile, small, easily accessible and with me everyday.

Posted by Tyler - 07/18/2012 02:23 PM

I would prefer the Dagger. My friend Steve Chadduck showed me this knife a while ago and told me a great story about the knife. He told me that a friend of his gave it to him after completing 3 tours in Iraq. Steve said that he used the knife during his 2 tours in Iraq, and that it actually saved his life during combat. The knife has been through 5 tours in Iraq, seen live combat, and to this day he carries it on him and the knife is still in great shape.

Posted by George Orton - 07/18/2012 02:23 PM

I prefer the survival knife because we all know that at some point, some time, and some place in our lives, we are going to need a tool like this to help us in a critical, life-saving situation. I pray that those are small moments for all of you!

Posted by frank b - 07/18/2012 02:23 PM

the bowie is an iconic American knife, always liked it.

Posted by Vallejo - 07/18/2012 02:25 PM

I love the pocket clip it is always there when you need it and more dependable then a fatman when looking for a good place to eat. It’s small enough to fit anywhere from your pocket to your car visor even your girlfriends bra, its always ready and there when you need it.

Posted by Brian - 07/18/2012 02:27 PM

I tend to carry a multi-tool most days. Not only does it bring more utility by it’s very nature, it also seems to be less “threatening” to security guards. Case in point: Earlier this summer I forgot I was carrying my Skeletool and was still able to pass through the gates at Six Flags. The guards didn’t view it as a weapon. YMMV!!

Posted by gabe - 07/18/2012 02:32 PM

the survival knife as for the reason its bear grylls for crying out loud who knows more about survival

Posted by Angie K - 07/18/2012 02:33 PM

multitool for day-to-day but really want a survival in my arsenal…

Posted by Johnny P. - 07/18/2012 02:33 PM

Clip Folder, if my pants are own I have my knife.

Posted by Steve D - 07/18/2012 02:34 PM

I would have to say my favorite is the multi-tool. I carry mine everywhere with me. And it gets used on most days just because it is so handy for everyday chores around the house. If I could find a way to use it with my power drill, I would, just because the screwdrivers are so good.

Posted by Michael Vineyard - 07/18/2012 02:34 PM

I love my bear grylls life but lost my last one. The knife can do anything. I’ve used it for cooking cutting down tree limbs and to bug my friends with the super loud whistle.

Posted by Wes - 07/18/2012 02:36 PM

I like my multi-tool, because sometimes you need more than a blade!

Posted by constable tom dallas - 07/18/2012 02:38 PM

multi tool cause they cover all the bases…

Posted by Eric McBride - 07/18/2012 02:41 PM

I love the “Assist-Opening” styles. Having been a firefighter for 10 1/2 years, I found that sometimes, only one had is all you have to work with. In dealing with an auto accident, having 1 hand to grab a knife and open it worked well with getting seat belts cut.

Posted by Klark Brown - 07/18/2012 02:41 PM

I prefer the Survival type. I made an incredible secure kydex sheath for mine that fits perfectly on my kit. I’ve NEVER had an issue with a Gerber myself

Posted by Kyle Legnon - 07/18/2012 02:41 PM

I really like the Bowie style blades, I’ve got a few of them and just love the heft of them. they make for great outdoor tools and if needed it for self-defense…well it’s proven itself over the years. Also like sharpening that false edge to get a wicked back cut! Also really love the Ka-Bar which the Bowie is obviously related to

Posted by James King - 07/18/2012 02:42 PM

Multitool because I always need some kind of tool handy at work.

Posted by BRUCE - 07/18/2012 02:44 PM

I prefer a bowie knife its the best blade for survival training and hunting. i love the edge that they hold and its over all a well made knife. along with the wight of the knife will let it cut through anything

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Posted by Kevin James - 07/18/2012 02:50 PM

Multitool! I’m ready for anything with it!

Posted by Mark Beall - 07/18/2012 02:52 PM

I carry a pocket knife with me everywhere, have been since I was a small boy. I cannot imagine getting dressed without it, check myself when I leave the house, Knife, wallet, watch and keys. It’s a thing I have passed onto my son, the love and care of fine knifes.

Posted by Greg Gifford - 07/18/2012 02:56 PM

Definitely the Machete… cause we all know the zombie apocalypse is coming… i wanna be able to chop zombie heads off AND look badass to all the other survivors i’m protecting, and that’s just gotta be a machete…

Posted by Stephy - 07/18/2012 02:56 PM

Sucker for the multi tool, its the asian in me. Always like things that have more than one purpose

Posted by Jason - 07/18/2012 02:59 PM

I am a fan of fixed blades, so survival would be my choice.

Posted by Bob - 07/18/2012 03:04 PM

I like them all but am involved in more outdoor activities and will have to say the Survival Knife has to be the go to for me!

Posted by BA - 07/18/2012 03:10 PM

Swiss army, gotta love a tool that can help in many situations!

Posted by Jamie bisgrove - 07/18/2012 03:12 PM

It’s got to be the clipped folder! Iv had many in my fishing bag over the last few years and I use it every time I fish without (most weekends) and Im also bit of a “tackle tart” so good looking kit such as your knifes always take my fancy!

Posted by Scott B - 07/18/2012 03:17 PM

Big fan of assist opening, always had one of those around back in the day during Boy Scouts, always seemed to misplace my heavy multi-tool. Assist opening is now handy and safe for at home and outdoor uses

Posted by Todd - 07/18/2012 03:18 PM

I prefer the Clip Folder since it is a simple, light and accessible tool.

Posted by Bob Ferretti - 07/18/2012 03:24 PM

I’m going to have to go with the clip folder. I’m a Firefighter/EMT and a clip folder is always a good thing to have in my pocket. I’ve used my clip folder style knives for anything from cutting a seat belt to trimming fishing line after tying on a lure. The size, convenience and ease of access of a clip folder makes it an all around practical knife perfect for almost any situation.

Posted by Kyle Hill - 07/18/2012 03:25 PM

I would prefer the Bowie knife! I am down in Fort Worth Texas this week asking my girlfriend’s father for permission to marry her. I am a country boy from Kentucky and nothing would say ‘Welcome to the family’ like me wearing giving him a Bowie knife to honor Texas, his blessing, and show that I respect his daughter.

Posted by Kerry - 07/18/2012 03:28 PM

Multitool, as it is more useful if I were lost or stranded. Plus all the computer work, gardening and random things to dis/reassemble.

Posted by Benny Lewis - 07/18/2012 03:33 PM

My favorite was the clip folder. The fact that it is small and easy to carry it very ware and it’s always in reach. With a good knife you don’t really need all the bells and whistles.

Posted by Mark Pettersen - 07/18/2012 03:40 PM

Throwing: Because my father who just passed away in February from cancer taught me to throw knives before anything else to do with knives.

Posted by cung anh vu - 07/18/2012 04:03 PM

I prefer the Survival Knife, Firstly it got a really nice shape, with the stainless steel even make it look more bad-ass. Secondly, the handle of the knife was designed with many diagonals to make it easier to hold ,It will become very handy when you in the wild, your hand will sweat,so the handle make it would not slip out of your hand.

Posted by Arsen Kadoian - 07/18/2012 04:18 PM

My type is #8 — Survival, because i’m allways a surviver!

Posted by Tracer - 07/18/2012 04:23 PM

I like the assist opening!

Posted by Anthony Panella - 07/18/2012 04:30 PM

Long, heavy blade used to cut a path through thick vegetation, and zombie skulls! Perfect for the Zombie Apocalypse!

Posted by Kevin Anderson - 07/18/2012 04:59 PM

#9 The swiss army knife appeals to me the most, it’s simple, pocket size, and my swiss army knife was the first blade i acquired in the cub scouts. I still have it to this day.

Posted by Jon - 07/18/2012 05:05 PM

My favorite kind of knife is the #1 assisted opening. Easy to open and use one handed.

Posted by Harps - 07/18/2012 05:13 PM

My favourite is the dagger… that is the geek in me recalling D&D type books.
Really though, I love the multi-tool for it’s use but I tend to leave mine at home for a simple clip folder in my pocket.
The clip folder always ends up being the blade I use.

Posted by Rebecca - 07/18/2012 05:16 PM

Survival, hands down. It goes everywhere with me.

Posted by Thomas Seamans - 07/18/2012 05:18 PM

I really like the assisted blade folder, a lot of times my hands are full and I need just a little pressure with one thumb and I’m ready for my task. Great knife!

Posted by Jcc - 07/18/2012 05:25 PM

i carry a clip folder if i dont have it with me i just dont feel comfortable I have many but only carry a few and some for special ocasions especially at work for me a knife is a very important tool use it several times a day

Posted by daveb - 07/18/2012 05:51 PM

I prefer the folding clip only because the zombies get anxious when I walk around with my machete.

Posted by George Polyak - 07/18/2012 06:12 PM

#8 is by far the best knife I own. Got it as Christmas present and still sharp as a tack.

Posted by Eric B - 07/18/2012 06:12 PM

Always liked large fixed blade knives. Not necessarily a Bowie, but any of the large, single edged, thick spined knives will do the trick.

Posted by carehearthecarebear - 07/18/2012 06:15 PM

I prefer the machete. I love it because it is extremely versatile. You can do pretty much any thing with it. Anything from cutting something to protecting your own life.

Posted by Steve Dahlen - 07/18/2012 06:43 PM

I like/need the survival knife for my bug-out bag……I actually just bought the Gerber Machete JR.

Posted by George Goers - 07/18/2012 06:50 PM

I love the Assist-Opening Knifes personalty I feel they are the best over all knife for any situation

Posted by Shao Wei Goh - 07/18/2012 07:43 PM

I’m a filmmaker and the multitool’s my knife of choice because it has saved me countless amount of times on set, be it to get something cut or pried open, hell yea, it works!

Posted by JB - 07/18/2012 08:03 PM

I carry the pocket clip knife pictured in this article daily. I prefer assisted open knives due to their ease of use in tough situations.

Posted by Spencer McIntyre - 07/18/2012 08:32 PM

I prefer the Survival knife because I like to do alot of hunting and the fixed blade is superior to a folding blade because you dont have to spend time unfolding it you just pull it out, also it is nice to know that you have a fire starter out on a hunting trip just incase you run out of matches or your lighters run out of fuel, and a sharpening stone is nice to have when yyou have to skin and gut your game

Posted by John Massey - 07/18/2012 09:04 PM

I like a good fixed blade knife, but my favorite for all around general use is a Gerber needle nose multitool. It is in itself the ultimate survival tool. Ready available to handle almost any small task which might arise. And is a handy instrument to have on your person in a pinch. I love mine and would be lost without it.

Posted by M Schlesinger - 07/18/2012 10:42 PM

I <3 Multi Tools.
The first time I saw the gerber slide-y open multi-tool I fell in love. It was so sleek! That was my freshman year of high school, it was a senior techie that had one, he was so dreamy. I made sure to get one myself. I graduated college two years ago and I still have it, though it’s pouch has worn through and the blade snapped off a few months ago, it’s seen so much theatre! It’s take fish hooks out of fish and stripped wires for lighting and sound instruments, it’s taken apart and put together more props and gadgets than I can recount. Multi-Tools are Multi-Awesome.

Posted by Chandan mehta - 07/18/2012 11:28 PM

I like the survival knife the most as it help bear in his survival expedition.Bear also prefer it.

Posted by Richard Cancel - 07/18/2012 11:35 PM

my fav would be survival knife and why would be because live is truly a test of ur survival skill plus I love to do camping with a knife that could do damage

Posted by David Yap - 07/19/2012 12:52 AM

Multi tool or assist- opening like the gerber instant.

From head to toe, each blade does it job. From sparking fire till building shelter. Easy to carry and does things a bare hand can’t do. Own protection from rapist or robber cause it’s quick to release. This blade will surely make them remember not to mess with gerber knife. Certainly a men new best friend after a dog. Cut trees, and cut hair. Such a wondrous thing to have. Multi tool also make you a good husband by fixing the kitchen for the wives. A good father to jungle trek with son or to chase away hipster that wanted to take my daughter away. And some fast food restaurant don’t offer fork and knife. I’m done.

Posted by O-G Jackson - 07/19/2012 06:53 AM

Machete – Works good for those that live out in the country in the wooded areas. Helps clear paths.

Posted by Walker Elliott - 07/19/2012 07:07 AM

multi tool- I can never leave my house or go any campout with out it-I love it because because now my boys have no excuse for fixing there tent or doing any of there survial merit badges.

Posted by Jeremy Dickens - 07/19/2012 10:23 AM

Swiss Army – Have had mine since I was about 10 years old ( thats over 20 years ) and it’s still sharp and I have used it on everything. Still can;t manage to break the thing either.

Posted by shane sonday - 07/19/2012 11:43 AM

I like the throwing knife because of the fact it gives you better aim at throwing well any thing and shooting it gives you a steadier hand

Posted by Justin - 07/21/2012 03:53 PM

Survival. It can do just about anything.

Posted by Grant - 07/23/2012 11:59 AM

I prefer the assisted opening knifes because it opens quickly and easily for you when you need for an emergency, or just for every day use.

Posted by Richard Jackson - 07/23/2012 03:07 PM

Assisted Opening doth do it’s job with a flick of thine finger yet the Bowie is cool but a whole lot bigger. The clip folder fits thy pocket while the dagger is double edged yet spotless. Yon machete is bold while ye multi-tool in fold. Ye pocketknife is best yet survival is for thy test. Swiss army is thy classic, for throwing is more fantastic.

I love all of them. And now I bid you adieu.

Posted by jerry martin - 07/23/2012 03:27 PM

The Assist Opening

Posted by Caleb - 07/23/2012 03:34 PM

The survival, because it has what you need and can stand up anything

Posted by Darren - 07/23/2012 04:12 PM

Well, im in Search and Rescue and for are final we had to live in the wood for the 24hrs. My bear grylls knife made my fire, whacked some branches and cut some para cord to make my shelter. So my answer would have to be the great gerber bear grylls knife. :)

Posted by Lane - 07/23/2012 04:53 PM

While I don’t believe any one knife is perfect for everything, I am a fan of Assist-Opening knife. I have been in several situations where trying to open a knife one handed has been challenging. especially with gloved hands because my other hand is busy.

Posted by Michael - 07/24/2012 11:47 AM

The Gerber survival knife is a really nice knife would almost be perfect for diving.

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Posted by Todd Shank - 07/25/2012 08:33 AM

I like the clip folding style. Easy to put in your pocket an well as the clip come in handy so you don’t need to be taking gloves off to grab it.

Posted by Praveen - 04/10/2013 09:40 AM

Survival, Practically suits me.

Posted by Marcelo Ganchinho - 09/06/2013 08:01 AM

I live in Brazil and here we love practices it of the Bushcraft

Posted by Matt - 01/21/2014 12:32 AM

As far as outdoor blades, I almost exclusively carry survival knives If I’m going to bet my life on it, it’s gotta have as few ways to fail as possible.

Posted by Peo - 03/29/2014 04:04 AM

Can’t have just one knife. My favorite EDC must be Chris Reeve 21, out in the bush always Fallkniven A1 and a wilderness axe by Hults Bruk. I’m from Sweden so a bit love for our gear is a must. Thou even the A1 is made in Japan and the design is Loveless or Lyle or Scagel. Lol

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