Victorinox Heritage
Victorinox Heritage

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Victorinox Heritage
Jeremy Spencer

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You don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate Victorinox’s elegant, limited-edition Heritage. It faithfully replicates the familiar folding knife distributed to Swiss army troops in 1891—just a blade, punch, screwdriver, and can opener—in a slick ebony handle. Yet it’s as functional as the company’s modern knives. $495;

Soft Touch

Gerber Balance
Gerber Balance (Courtesy of Gerber)

Gerber’s seven-ounce Balance has the features you expect in a basic multitool—locking blade, scissors, slide-out pliers—and some you don’t, like tweezers and dual long-arm screwdrivers with interchangeable (if easy to lose) bits. The rounded edges make for a refreshingly comfortable grip, but the pliers occasionally jammed. $75;

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Spyderco Bushcraft

Spyderco Bushcraft Spyderco Bushcraft
Think you can make it in the woods with only a knife? We hope you bring one as dependable as Spyderco’s 8.75-inch Bushcraft. Designed by British survivalists, this beast has a four-inch blade made of durable tool steel—extra thick for prying, twisting, and hacking—and excels at wilderness chores like shelter building and game processing. Yes, it also cuts salami like a dream. $280;

Climbing Partner

Wegner Ueli Steck

Wegner Ueli Steck Wenger Ueli Steck Climbing Knife
An alpinist’s gear should be freakishly light and super reliable—like Wenger’s Ueli Steck Climbing Knife. Encased in gram-saving titanium, it features climbing-specific bolt wrenches in its double-thick blunt-tip combo (half-serrated) blade, a driver adapter (with three bits included), and a metal file for sharpening ice tools and crampons. $200;

Super Spork

CRKT Eat'N Tool

CRKT Eat'N Tool CRKT Eat'N Tool
Eat, wrench, screw: CRKT’s four-inch Eat’N Tool upgrades the titanium spork (a staple of the fast-and-light set) with a bottle opener, a screwdriver, and three bolt wrenches. And at just seven bucks and 1.5 ounces, it’s light on every­thing but utility. $7;

Action Hero

Benchmade 915 Triage Knife

Benchmade 915 Triage Knife Benchmade 915 Triage Knife
We loved Benchmade’s 915 Triage for everyday use: it’s slim and pocket-friendly, with a grippy ergonomic handle and a powerful 3.5-inch combo blade that can be opened with one hand, even gloved. It also comes with life insurance: a carbide-tipped windshield breaker on the butt and a seat-belt cutter. $165;

Trailside Mechanic

Blackburn Toolmanator 3 Multitool

Blackburn Toolmanator 3 Multitool Blackburn Toolmanator 3 Multitool
It’s hard to believe you can fit this many bike tools in your jersey and forget they’re even there. The 17 in Blackburn’s Toolmanator 3 include a chain breaker, spoke wrenches, every driver head you could ever need, and a minipump for midride shock tweakage. It’s also tough as hell and weighs just 4.8 ounces. $40;

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