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The Only Backcountry Knives You Should Own

Wes Siler walks you through his three favorite knives and helps explain what knives you need to carry in the backcountry.

What’s the best knife for you? With countless options out there, it’s hard to know. Here, Wes Siler walks you through his favorite fixed blade (the ESEE-3HM), folder (the DPx Aculus Decade, designed by Robert Young Pelton), and multitool (the Leatherman Style PS). He explains in detail what he likes about each, giving you the tools you need to find your next favorite knife.

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