Two Victorinox Folding Paring Knives sitting on a table with crackers, peanut butter, and a banana

This week, David is out so I’ve got big shoes to fill! Read on to see our picks for new and outstanding bushcraft knives, survival knives, outdoor gear and more.

TOPS Mini Tanimboca Puukko

TOPS Mini Tanimboca Puukko sitting on wet rocks surrounded by sheath and survival whistle

Combining the sturdiness of a traditional puukko with the precision of a whittling knife, the new TOPS Mini Tanimboca Puukko is perfect for the carvers, crafters, and campers out there who like to make things with their hands. Made in the USA from 1095 carbon steel, the 1.6” blade is short enough to deftly navigate around the smallest detail work, with a keen Scandi-ground edge for chisel-like cutting power and Micarta handle for a sure grip.

TOPS Mini Tanimboca Puukko Specs:

  • Blade Length: 1.63″
  • Cutting Edge: 1.63″
  • Closed Length: 2.37″
  • Overall Length: 4.00″
  • Blade Material: 1095
  • Blade Thickness: 0.09″
  • Blade Hardness: 56-58 HRC
  • Blade Style: Puukko
  • Blade Finish: Tumble
  • Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta
  • Sheath Material: Brown Leather
  • Weight: 1.4 oz.
  • Designer: Goran Mihajlovic
  • Made in the USA

Spyderco Caribbean LC200N Folders 

Spyderco Caribbean folding knife sitting on wooden table

Spyderco’s Salt Series has a well-deserved reputation for reliability: rust-proof, tough, and grippy enough to handle work in and around water, day-in and day-out. Traditionally, that incredible rust-proof performance has come at the cost of edge retention, but the Caribbean’s space-age LC200N steel does it all. With a strong compression lock, titanium pocket clip, and high-viz milled G10 handles, the Caribbean is designed from the ground up to withstand the harshest environments out there.

Spyderco Caribbean Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.70″
  • Closed Length: 4.84″
  • Overall Length: 8.54″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.67″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.141″
  • Blade Material: LC200N Rustproof Steel
  • Blade Style: Leaf Shape
  • Blade Grind: Full-Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: G10 
  • Handle Color: Black and Yellow
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Left/Right Carry)
  • Model Number: C217GPSF
  • Weight: 4.2 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

KA-BAR R. Lee Ermy “Gunny” Chopper

KA-BAR R. Lee Ermy fixed blade sitting on world map

Inspired in part by Military-issued Bolo knives, this capable chopper is the last knife designed by R. Lee Ermey—also known as “The Gunny”—before his passing in 2018. Even though the blade measures almost 10 inches long, the dramatic swedge at the tip helps balance that reach, giving it a quick and agile feel in use. Make no mistake, though, this is no mere machete: made from robust 1095 Cro-Van steel, it’s got enough gravity to do some serious chopping, and a comfortable stabilized wood handle to help absorb heavy impacts.

KA-BAR R. Lee Ermey 5300 Gunny Specs:

  • Blade Length: 9.75″
  • Overall Length: 15.31″
  • Blade Material: 1095 Cro-Van Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.187″
  • Blade Hardness: 56-58
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Handle Material: Webb Wood
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 15.02 oz.
  • Made in the USA

Real Steel Bushcraft Fixed Blades

Real Steel Bushcraft fixed blade knife sitting on a log

Whether you’re looking for a convex, flat, or Scandi-ground bushcraft knife, Real Steel has a high-value option that will exceed your expectations. Fully contoured handles make it easy to bear down into a cut no matter what grip you’re using, and quality materials (14C28N or D2 blade steel, G10 or Micarta handle scales) make these knives an excellent choice whether you’re new to the hobby or just want an affordable outdoors knife that doesn’t skip the important details.

Real Steel Bushcraft Specs:

  • Blade Length: 4.53″
  • Cutting Edge: 4.41″
  • Handle Length: 4.84″
  • Overall Length: 9.41″
  • Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.17″
  • Blade Style: Satin
  • Blade Grind: Convex
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Handle Thickness: 0.80″
  • Sheath Material: Nylon & Kydex
  • Weight: 6.8 oz.
  • Made in China

CRKT Vox HVAS Fieldstrip Folder

CRKT HVAS folding knife sitting on a burlap bag

Designed by Jesper Voxnaes to take on the wild Scandanavian forest outside his home in Loegstrup, Denmark, the HVAS folder is beautiful in its simplicity. Its comfortable GFN handle should accommodate any hand, and its straightforward 3.3-inch drop point blade is well-suited for virtually any cutting task. Best of all, since this knife features CRKT’s Fieldstrip tech, you can treat this knife with impunity: no matter how dirty the job, you can take it apart, clean it, and put it back together in a flash, no tools required. 

CRKT HVAS Specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.339″
  • Closed Length: 4.525″
  • Overall Length: 7.875″
  • Blade Steel: 1.4116 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.126″
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Glass Filled Nylon
  • Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Pocket Clip: Deep Carry Stainless Steel (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 3.7 oz.
  • Designer: Jesper Voxnaes
  • Made in Taiwan

Victorinox Swiss Army Folding Paring Knives

Two Victorinox Folding Paring Knives sitting on a table with crackers, peanut butter, and a banana

Victorinox paring knives are something of a cult classic—everyone from professional chefs to everyday cooks swears by them! These all-new folding versions take the ultra-thin, ultra-affordable design of the original and make it easy to take anywhere. Perfect for a picnic, or as an ultralight kitchen knife for a backpacking trip, the Folding Paring knife features a 4.3-inch blade—available in fully serrated or plain edge—a synthetic handle, and a sturdy liner lock.

Victorinox Swiss Army Folding Paring Knives Specs:

  • Blade Length: 109 mm | 4.3 inches
  • Handle Material: Red Polypropylene
  • Weight: 1.5 ounces
  • Made in Switzerland

JRE Industries Universal Multi-Tool Sheaths

JRE Industries Multitool sheath on fur background

When it comes to making sheaths that are both beautiful and highly functional, JRE Industries is one of the best in the business. These multitool sheaths are handsome enough to want to show off, with a number of thoughtful features that set them apart. An adjustable elastic cord on the front allows the sheath to expand and contract for a truly perfect fit, the leather construction is reinforced with a Kydex strip that is sized to fit your MOLLE gear, and the belt loop snaps in place so you don’t have to take your belt off to mount the sheath.

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