A good outdoor knife is essential if you want to be able to survive the wild or, you know, kill zombies. Hey, no judgments here about why you need a good knife. You just do, and not only can I accept that, I’m gonna help you out with the 15 best outdoor knives.
Whatever your needs, whether it’s sawing through downed tree limbs, gutting your latest kill (animals only… please?) or the aforementioned zombie bashing, below you will find the best outdoor knives and the one that works for you. I promise. If not, please don’t stab me. Thank you.
Listen, not only is this a great outdoor knife, it’s the ultimate knife. It says so right there in the name. And with a 4.75” carbon stainless steel drop point blade, a textured rubber grip for both comfort and, well, grip, it might actually be the ultimate knife. The attached Firestarter is just a bonus.
A good folding knife is invaluable, especially when you don’t want to have to carry a knife in a sheath at your side like Crocodile Dundee. And this knife is a damn good folding knife. The stainless-steel blade opens with the push of a button, and the handle itself is made from the same aluminum used to make airplanes, so it’s built to be durable. The all black finish is just a badass bonus.
A high carbon steel 6.4” blade will handle a lot of life’s problems for you. (That’s what she said?) This knife is not something you hide away to deal with the little things. No, this knife is a badass designed to let others know you’re prepared for the big things. It’s 12.1” total and the textured handle means that you can deal with those big things all day long.
This folding knife opens with the push of a button, and its 3.25” stainless steel blade will let you do all the things you need a pocket knife to do. The real allure of this knife is two-fold: one, the rainbow flame design, and two, it’s a quality knife for a low price.
This 3.5” stainless steel blade makes for a quality knife, but what really sets it apart is that the blade is designed to be replaceable. That’s right, no more worrying about your knife getting dull. You just pop it off and replace it with one of the six blades this knife comes with. Really, it’s like getting six knives for one.
Morakniv makes good, affordable knives and this is one of their best offerings. The stainless-steel blade, at just over 4”, is perfect for outdoor use. The rugged yet comfortable handle ensures that it won’t fall apart on you, and the black powder coat finish provides extra protection against corrosion.
This isn’t just a great fixed blade knife, it’s Buck Knives’ 75th Anniversary Edition, which means you know they put all the love and care they could muster into this knife. The 6” blade ensures that you can handle pretty much anything the world throws at you, and at 7.5 oz., it has the weight and heft to be a true heavy duty knife. This knife, dear friends, is a badass.
This 3.6” blade folds deeply into the handle for a unique design that makes it even easier to carry than most folding knives. Perfect for hunting, the fine edge blade also features a gut hook so you can really get in there. And the special “TacHide Onlay” grip ensures that you’ll be able to hold onto it no matter where you’re sticking it.
Some knives are great all-purpose knives, but sometimes you just want – or need – a knife that’s designed for one killer specific purpose, and that’s exactly what this knife gives you. It’s lockable 5” blade is designed to fillet your catch, and is great for deboning all manner of game. Put this in your tackle box and you’re good to go.
I couldn’t do this without including a killer Swiss Army knife, and this one is the best of the bunch, designed especially for field use, with fifteen different functions – including a sturdy 2.45” blade – to keep you alive. Or at least comfortable. Often overlooked by people awed by huge blades, this is a must have for anyone in the knife game.
The appeal here should be obvious: it’s a knife that folds into the shape of a credit card so you can just slide it in your wallet and go. And there’s ten of them. And in case you’re worried about quality, they are made with “surgical blade technology,” which means they’re designed to be razor sharp. Did I mention that there’s ten of them? And that they fit in your goddamn wallet?
This 3.75” blade is perfect for detail work, with a specially designed sharp point crescent tip that really lets you dig in there. The Dymondwood handle is set in brass bolsters for that little extra bit of quality Buck Knives is known for. Oh, and the knife is covered by a lifetime warranty.
This knife is a lot like the Morakniv discussed earlier, only even more badass. It’s a military style fixed knife, only instead of stainless steel, the blade is made with high carbon steel. This is why it’s called a heavy-duty knife. You won’t find a better knife for the price.
Now we’re talking! Look, there are some that say a machete isn’t a true knife, but none of that will matter when you’re using this to chop their heads off after they turn into zombies. Or when they look on jealously while you effortlessly clear brush. Either way. Anyway, this is a great machete, almost two feet long, with a curved, serrated edge designed for fast, effortless cutting. And, of course, for killing zombies.
Look, I know this is what you came for. This black, steel 7” knife is designed for all manner of badassery and general havoc. Still, you gotta love that they slipped that “Utility” in the name there. They want you to know that you can use this for lots of great things besides urban warfare. But… yeah, this is the sort of knife you buy because you want to do things that I need to add a disclaimer to. So, please don’t use this to kill people. There. I did my job. Now you do yours and buy this knife.