December 08, 2019

In the spirit of you can never have too many knives, here are 10 cool tools—each with a unique purpose—to add to your collection

Chances are, you already have a favorite hunting knife (or two or three), but there’s no reason to stop there, because there’s no such thing as having too many blades. With that in mind, here are 10 great “bonus blades” to add to your collection—unique knives and blades designed for foraging mushrooms, filleting fish, bashing windows, everyday carry, hacking through the bush, splitting wood, and more. Bonus points if you collect all 10.

Spyderco Salt 2

It’s not just the rustproof nitrogen-infused H-1 steel that keeps this marine-worthy blade shining. All of the metal hardware is built of nonrusting alloys, and the bidirectional grip pattern stays sure when slimed with fish guts. ­

Gränsfors Bruk Hunter’s Axe

Gransfors Bruks Hunters Axe Gransfors Bruks

With an 18.5-inch handle, this is really a large hatchet made for whacking through not only wood but meat, and with a flat poll so you can use it to flay the hide from large game animals.

Ka-Bar Cutlass Machete

Kabar cutlass machete Ka-Bar

This pint-size machete works as hard as any full-size blade, thanks to its thoughtful design and build. The weight-forward cutlass-style blade helps you swing with authority, and the SK5 steel—a Japanese variant of 1080 tool steel—is juiced with vanadium for toughness.

Bubba Blade Fillet Knife

Bubba Blade Fillet Knife Bubba Blade

These fillet knives are as subtle as bloody shark jaws painted on a boat bow. The flexible blade is coated to glide through meat, and thumb and finger pads in the handle give a sure grip no matter how many crappies you have to clean.

Benchmade Triage

Benchmade triage knife Benchmade

A sharp blade of superb CPM‑S30V steel plus a glass breaker plus a web cutter equals one serious rescue knife that can double as an EDC blade.

Fällkniven A1

Fallkniven A1 Fällkniven

Whopper camp knives like this one are all the rage these days because they can handle all the varied tasks required of setting up a bush camp—slashing brush, splitting wood, digging trenches, drilling fireboards, skinning elk, and slicing cheese.

Böker Plus DW-2

Böker Plus DW-2 Böker Plus

As folding knives became more technical, it was only a matter of time before knife makers began stuffing all those goodies into smaller packages. Thus was born the “mouse knife” (aka runt knife), a beefy blade that performs far above its weight class. Case in point: This studly folder with a 1.6-inch Wharncliffe blade, made of stonewashed AUS-8 steel.

Ontario Knife Company ASEK

Ontario Knife Company ASEK Ontario Knife Co.

This is a next-level survival knife. A glass breaker/Plexiglas scorer rides on the pommel, and the saw teeth on the spine are made to slice open a plane’s aluminum skin. The handle is molded over the guard in case you cut a live wire.

SOG Access Card 2.0

SOG Access Card 2.0 SOG Knives

This is no gimmick but a credit-card-size knife built for hard use. Remove the clip and it’s only 3⁄16 inch thick. But even with the clip, this knife will slip into a wallet or purse.

Opinel No. 8 Mushroom Knife

Opinel No. 8 Mushroom Knife Opinel

Here’s your nifty foraging knife, designed for harvesting mushrooms but capable of far more. The curved blade loops around to the back of the mushroom stalk so you can snip it cleanly without disturbing the fragile mycelium, and the boar-bristle brush is just firm enough to sweep dirt from mushroom caps so it doesn’t lodge in the gills.

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