Need a gift for the knife knut on your list? Here are some on-point suggestions of the best knives that we’ve personally used and recommend.
Whether you’re shopping for a hardcore gear geek, hunter, thru-hiker, or general outdoorsperson — everyone needs a great blade. Here are the best knife gifts for the different people in your life.
Made in the USA, this fixed-blade knife can handle nearly every outdoor task. The S30V stainless steel blade offers up excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance. Whether using it to baton wood, carve notches, or start a fire, the Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter excels.
Purchase of this knife includes a buckskin leather sheath with a D-ring, a flint rod loop, and a retention strap.
The Wicked Edge GO is small enough to take with you in the car for hunting trips but large enough to leave set up on your workbench to keep every knife in your house razor-sharp. The system removes the guesswork of finding and maintaining the proper edge angles while sharpening. In our testing, we turned out razor-sharp blades time and again. It works on everything from kitchen knives to burly hunting blades.
The GO Knife Sharpener (full review here) is a pricey investment. But for the knife aficionado, it will keep the collection fine-tuned and ready for use. And if you’re gifting this to a knife knut who shares your house, the bonus is your kitchen knives should stay in perfect working order year-round!
The Elite Knife Sharpener delivers sharp results quickly on all steels. This sharpener is built on the base of the award-winning Ken Onion Edition Knife and Tool Sharpener and the pro-upgraded Work Sharp Blade Grinding Attachment.
It has variable speeds, customized angles, and professionally engineered 1 x 18-inch belts to ensure clean and consistent grinds when touching up or re-profiling any blade in your collection.
Topped off with the inclusion of high-density cotton belts and aluminum-oxide compound for the extra edge by stropping to a mirror finish, you’ll be ready to create show-quality edges in minutes.Sponsored by Work Sharp Outdoor
The Benchmade Bugout is one of our favorite everyday-carry knives. But we particularly love how well it transitions into the outdoors. Superlight at just 1.8 ounces yet extremely capable with a 3.24-inch, drop-point S30V steel blade, the Bugout is very hard to beat.
We love the premium carbon fiber CF-Elite version, which you can buy for about $145. But the standard Bugout is also a solid choice and will save you about $30. For hikers and general outdoorspeople who want a knife they can use everywhere, this one is a top choice.
Does the knife-lover in your life have an extensive collection? Then they’ll love this brand-new knife from Gerber. Made for everyday carry (EDC), this American-made knife hits all the marks. It weighs in at just 2.7 ounces, and the 20CV cleaver blade has great edge retention.
And Gerber’s B.O.S.S. (Balls of Stainless Steel) technology delivers smooth, reliable deployment. Grab one now and wow your favorite blade junkie with this newly released knife.
James Brand has developed a reputation for making highly refined pocket knives and tools at a reasonable price. The Ellis is the brand’s answer to a minimalist, knife-based tool.
At its core is a drop-point, partially serrated blade of Sandvik 12C27 steel. Add a multitool-esque screwdriver/scraper/bottle opener and lanyard bail, and you have a slick everyday-carry pocket knife. It’s quickly become one of our favorite pocket knives.
Ounce-counters will love this knife. It clocks in at 1.2 ounces, has a wonderfully small form factor, and hardly ever needs sharpening. The ultra-high-carbon (though still stainless) ZDP-189 is 10% harder than most steel on the market and, as a result, almost never needs to be sharpened.
If the person on your list skips packing toothbrush handles to save weight, they’ll love the ultralight Dragonfly 2.
The ESEE Candiru fixed blade is small and thin enough to be carried in a pocket. With the excellent Rowen-treated 1095 and a sheath or pouch, the Candiru will never close on your fingers, no matter how much you thump on it.
This is ironic given that the knife is named for one of the most painful-to-humans fish in existence.
If you want to give someone state-of-the-art cutlery steel, LC 200N is the absolute best of the best. It’s hard, tough, and corrosion-resistant. This might be the first steel that makes no real compromise in terms of performance.
And the best design with this steel is the Spydiechef. With a titanium framelock and LC 200N, the knife is essentially waterproof. Originally intended as a folding kitchen knife, the Spydiechef is a great all-around blade.
The Sebenza is a modern classic, but its classier brother, the Mnandi, is a real showstopper.
It’s available (but hard to find) in several configurations such as those with beautifully selected wood inlays, carbon fiber scales, or marvelously sculpted titanium clips, and fit and finish that compares well to Rolex. The Mnandi is the perfect knife to drop in a pair of slacks or carry in a suit breast pocket. It’s a jewel of a blade and has a price to match.
Note: Check availability and shipping. These are tough to acquire!
Whether whittling a stick by the campfire or completing camp chores, this knife is a winner. Unique to Helle knives, the triple-laminated steel blade protects against breakage while maintaining a sharp edge. The handle is made from layers of darkened oak, leather, staghorn, and curly birch.
Handmade in Norway and complete with a leather sheath, this is a gift that will stand the test of time. It’s beautiful, functional, and built to last.
This budget-friendly folding knife is a fan favorite. The Sandvik 14C28N steel keeps an edge well and sharpens easily. The SpeedAssist opener makes for quick, ambidextrous deployment. And it has a reversible pocket clip, so it can be carried in either pocket.
The Kershaw Leek is a basic knife worthy of everyday carry. And with a 4.8-star rating and more than 8,900 Amazon reviews, it’s obvious we’re not the only ones who like this knife.
The original Buck 110 is among the most famous and influential folders of all time. It rocks very well, has Buck-hardened 440HC steel, and features an iconic clip-point blade.
Weighing in at nearly half a pound, it’s not for ultralight hikers. But for those who love tradition in a proven, wonderfully reliable tool, this is a win. And it will still be just as cool when handed down to the next generation in 50 years as it is today.
If the person you’re buying for clicks a pen while talking on the phone, the Gerber Fastball is the perfect blade for them. Thanks to the B.O.S.S. (Balls of Stainless Steel) technology, the Fastball flips as smooth and fast as a modern steel roller coaster. The knife has an enticingly still flipper, but once you put enough pressure on it, it flicks open with a satisfying thunk.
But it’s not just a fidget toy. The Fastball is one of the best knives on the market today, sporting S30V blade steel and excellent lines on the Wharncliffe blade. It costs $105, and Gerber will customize it with text or images for an additional charge. One pro tip — add a little Loctite to the pocket clip screws when you receive this knife, as they tend to work loose.
Thin, light, quick-opening, and unique, the CRKT Crossbones Bronze just hit the market this fall and is sure to turn heads. The flipper uses a ball-bearing pivot for quick, smooth action. The AUS8 steel blade provides versatile performance in a knife that weighs just 2.4 ounces.
If you’re looking for a knife that stands out from the crowd, this one delivers.
A good choice for a friend who loves adventure and is always on the go, this useful and sleek little multitool is a great price. The Gerber Curve has six functions (including a few screwdrivers and a blade) and weighs just one ounce. And for a blade this small, it holds an edge well. Plus, it fits on your keychain!
OK, OK, this isn’t technically a knife. It’s so much more. But if the person you’re shopping for does a bit of everything, the Leatherman Wave+ is the tool for them.
And really, no outdoors kit is complete without a good multitool. In our years of use, the Wave+ just might be the perfect multitool.
Based on a pair of needlenose pliers, it has everything you need to do just about any small mechanical job. It’s gotten us out of so many pinches, we lost count years ago. With a robust design and one-handed operation, your loved one will remember you every time it saves their behind.