Best Knife Companies

The Top Ten

1 Becker Knife and Tool

Becker Knife and Tool... Not just a knife brand, but one of the more involved producers out there. Mr. Ethan has been GREAT to speak with at shows and events. Really down to earth and listens to the consumers and their needs/wants. I own numerous Becker knives, and will continue until I run out of knives to buy. Certainly not the most expensive knife on the market, but dollar for dollar, in my opinion the single best knife you can find.

Becker knives are an amazing value for the money. Fantastic, well thought out designs make them exceedingly useful in the field, on a hike, at the campsite, or around the house. The blades come razor sharp out of the box, hold up under ridiculous abuse and are easy to sharpen. The handles are some of the most comfortable I've ever held. Awesome awesome knives.

A a guy who makes handmade knives for a living, I heartily recommend Becker knives to any outdoorsman who demands high quality, comfortable and durable knives, but doesn't want to pay custom prices. By far the bet "bang-for-the-buck" on the market today.

Becker knifes are hands down the best value for your money but above and beyond the best design for your money. Easy to customize, simple to maintain and overall great utilitarian knives. No case queens in the whole line! You won't be disappointed with any of the models/designs.

2 Benchmade

I love Benchmade knives. The blades hold up and I barley ever sharpen it. I used it on a farm so it is always out of my pocket and cutting something. I would recommend this knife company to anybody who uses knives all the time. The hand grips are by far fill the best in your hand and they are lightweight. I would encourage anybody in the market for a Benchmade to go ahead and spend the money on the last knife they will ever have to buy!
Nathan Ford

Benchmade knives are a staple in my gear; whether around the city or in the mountains. The feel, quality and designs are second to none. I once lost a benchmade knife and it was a sad day. I have tried a lot of other brands, but once I got my first Benchmade...I've never felt the need to look elsewhere. My personal favorite is my Barrage featuring the AXIS Assist open system. One hand and your are ready to go. Brilliant!

The knives are somewhat show but said to be completely useful and from what I have herd theres nothing bad about them, some of thier knives wow factor far exceeds that of cold steel and quality but affordability isn't so great in most cases so that downs them the most for average people so they would be great looking and work great but may be hard on the wallet.

I've had experience with a decent number of knife companies (Kershaw, Spyderco, Microtech, etc. ) and I always end up coming back to Benchmade. I've only ever had a problem with one of their knives, a 580S Barrage that threw the assist spring. Not a particularly difficult fix, but it was only the second day I had it so I was a bit surprised. No trouble with it after though, I carried it everyday for 2 years and it served me well. I currently carry a 556 Mini Griptilian

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3 ESEE Knives

These are some of the best knives in the $50-$150 dollar price range that money can buy. They have one of the best warranties in the business and the knives are nearly indestructible. The knives are made from 1095 steel and come with an excellent heat treatment. The different models come in a range of powder coated colors to help combat corrosion. The owners run an excellent discussion forum and offer training that covers many different out door activities.

You can train a monkey to put an edge on a piece of metal and sell it, but ESEE is much more than a company selling sharpened pieces of steel. There is a culture behind ESEE that drives individuals into the outdoors to explore the unknown and thrive in adverse environments.

ESEE knives are great. Also, Mike looks great in a white leather jumpsuit.

No nonsense company with stellar customer service and a product that is tough and affordable.

4 Spyderco

Worst customer service I've ever experienced from a knife company and I own just over 200 knives, so that should say a lot! Needless to say, I will never be purchasing their knives again. It also seems as though Spyderco's prices have gotten more and more absurd almost as quickly as their knives grow more and more ugly... Not quite sure what they are doing, but I hope it involves them going out of business.

Best production knife company for quality and variety. Spyderco, in my opinion, has the widest variety of style, design, and materials at prices for any budget without sacrificing quality. I have owned models of various prices and each one has been a reflection of the highest of quality standards regardless of where the model was manufactured.

Spyderco knives are the best looking, best quality knives by far. I know this based on my experience with my collection of over 100 various brands of knives and multi-tools. Their signature round hole on the blades are very unique as well as usable. All of their knives are of high quality steel whether made in USA, Japan, China, or Taiwan. And they are the best when it comes to new and exotic designs. Their new carbonless nitrogen based H-1 salt series blades are rust and corrosion free. No other steel compares. If you live or work on/near salt water you would be more than satisfied with the quality and workmanship of this Spyderco salt series knife. Dare to compare with any other!

The H1 Salt range of knives are the best that I have owned, living at the coast I have had opportunity to test the stain resistance. This knife is with me wherever I go, even in the sea. In 5 years so far not a bit of discoloration, this is extremely impressive. I really get the best use from the excellent serrated blade which is in my opinion one of the best designs available. The range is comprehensive and there is a knife for all uses.

5 TOPS Knives

Calling a Benchmade knife a child's toy has to be one of the funniest things I have read in a while. Especially when comparing it to a Tops. 1095 is great steel but there are literally a hundred companies that can make just a good (and usually better) knife with it than Tops (although all of them will be a great deal lighter). Of course they do usually come with that pry bar... So you can tactically open a can of paint when you need it to survive.

Superior knives, both survival and tactical. Comparing a Top's knife to a Gerber, Cold Steel or a benchmade is like comparing a really professional tool to a child' toy.

Heavy knife, made in US, holds an edge well. Great for batoning which makes it a perfect survival knife in my book. You can get a heavy knife to do other tasks with more care, but you can never ask a lighter knife to do a heavier duty chore.

Fantastic quality and durability. Built like a tank but much sharper than one.


I've tried a lot of knives in my time, but the Ka Bar USMC Knife does everything I need it to do an more. After I bought this knife it sold me, and almost every Ka Bar product I have handled is superb in every aspect

KA-BAR is one of the best knife companies ever forged. They have been and American classic since World War II and you will still see knifes from world war two on veteran's belts because the were made to last. While not as flashy as a Coldsteel or as beautifully crafted as a Benchmade KA-BAR's simple yet amazingly reliable designs have done the job since 1898. Which is 82 years older than Coldsteel and 90 more than Benchmade. That's why I would trust the 7 inch Combat/utility (As would many U.S. veterans) on my belt than any other knife.

KA-BAR is awesome! I absolutely love their Zombie Knives! So much thought is put into the knife and even the sheaths are well thought out and amazing!

KA-BAR Becker line is the best bang for your buck outdoor knives on the market.

7 Victorinox

Top quality knife and superb handle to work around the meat and fishes.! hats off

There is no better value in the knife industry. Their knives perform far better than people would expect. See the rope cutting test by jdavis882 for proof of exactly how good and versatile their steel is. Their factory is also one of the most refined in the world. Each knife produced has an extremely low carbon footprint. The heat produced by their factory is actually used to heat the homes surrounding their factory at no cost to the people. I love all of the knife companies currently in this list, but Victorinox is doing something that nobody else is. High quality product, great fit and finish, low price point, low carbon footprint, giving back to their community, lifetime warranty, and excellent performance.

The good old Swiss army knives, without a doubt the best multi tool in the world. Admitted, the actual knife may not preform as well as some other Scandinavian brands, but it is still a superb blade that will defiantly out preform the lesser brands. However it is not the blade that has made these classic tools so famous, it is the sheer versatility and quality of the numerous tools and attachments on this wonderful knife. This fantastic company deserves every bit of fame it's earned, and their classic knives are a true must have for any knife enthusiast.

I always have a Victorinox pocket knife on me or near to me they have. Blades that can be kept very sharp with a little honing, and the tools are so useful, I have carried one with for 38 years and taken one on my travels all over the world. AVGG

8 Mora

Haven't tried them yet but they look like nice knives and there made in Sweden which is the best place to buy knives from

Tremendous knife. Exceptionally sharp. Wears well. Cost can't be beat. Easy to maintain. Thinner blade thickness means less metal to push through your material (generally wood for my uses). I love my Moras.

I'm surprised at many of these reviews. I'm an avid outdoorsman and a knife collector myself. I own and used nearly every knife in these reviews, and my favorite... Is still the mora. Do your research. Nearly every survival class teacher or guide I've met in the last 40+ yrs. , carries a mora. Razor sharp, easy to resharpen, and inexpensive. ( unless you loose it, you wont need to replace it. ) A knife is a tool, and only as good as the hands operating it. I'm amazed how many so called "Woodsman" throw their knife, baton with it, or (as some reviewers refer to it) call it a weapon! Your going to the woods dudes! Your not fighting zombies or Isis terrorists! Try gutting a trout or pan fish with your 8" Ka-bar or Cold Steel. I have them, but alwways carry my mora. Can't beat the price or quality. I still have my first of many...33 yrs. And going strong.

If the point of a knife is to cut things with... Rather than chopping cinder blocks and all that "destructive test" stuff--Mora's cut as well as most things out there.

9 Ontario Knife Company

Ontario/RAT produce some very fine knives. Their high end knives are on par with Cold Steel, and even their low end folders produced out of Taiwan are of remarkably high quality and value priced. They do not make a bad product, they price competitively, and they deliver high quality at all price points.

Simply put. I owned many knives and I also love Mora but Ontario is hands down the best.

Hands down best bang for your buck.

I've had an Ontario sp 24 for about 2 years now only sharpened it once and I use it regularly of course I've touched up the edge but never have I had to reset the edge

10 Buck Knives

Buck makes good knives can cut a bolt and hold the edge only thing is it's made like a chisel

1. Buck Knives are made in the USA.
2. Buck Knives come with a "Forever Warranty".
3. Buck Knives hold an edge like no other knife.
4. Buck Knives are a steal for the price you pay.
5. Buck Knives are beautiful.
6. Buck will sharpen a knife for you for $7. You pay for shipping to their factory but they pay for the way back.
7. If you need a new blade on your knife Buck will put a new one on the knife for $10.
8. Buck will do cosmetic work in your knife for free all you pay for is shipping to their factory.

Have been around for quite a while and is what you usually think of when you think of a woodsmens knife. the the coolest knives around and the materials are said to be mediocre. But don't rule out the affordability in these knives is great so practicality would be great with these knives but use your own opinion please.

I have many buck knives and have carried the 3 bladed folder for five years but absolutely love my buck 110 it's been carried for almost 10 years now and and still solid no wiggle in the lock up and am demanding of it I love buck knives

The Contenders

11 Fallkniven

Family owned... Awesome quality get what you pay for...

I like family owned and run knife companies that take pride and. Produce a knives that says in your hand this is a real knife.. The relationship you develope with a Falkniven is one of respect and trust...

Truly superior knives for the money.

I think owning a classic, like my F-1, is a privilige and an honor. It is "the knife" to have when you only have one. The A-1 if often classed as one of the best in the world.

12 DPX Gear

High quality, no BS knives designed by a real person for people who work in harm's way.

13 Bark River

Make some incredible knives... Good steel and handle choices.4

Hundreds of Styles, Steels and Handle Materials. If your looking for a one of a kind semi custom, this is the place. Lifetime unconditional warranty. No matter what you do to your knife, they will make it right.

Excellent company. Tons of style choices, steel choices and sheath choices. Unconditional lifetime warranty. You can't beat that.

Best semi-custom knives for the price around, made in USA, and awesome steel choices.

14 Cold Steel

Cold steel, the knives they make have a wow factor to them, but arent all talk they are some of the best knives around. The do make some high quality stuff but the not the highest quality of all the competitors.

Check out their torture tests! They're insane and the durability of their products is even more insane!

Cold Steel are the best knifes I have ever had. You get the best steel very sharp. Highest quality and durability. Just look up Cold Steel knifes on the Website and see. Five Stars

Their customer service has not always been stellar and the advent of making nearly all of their folding knives with unequally sized thumb studs has really become the bane of existence for lefties out there... Sorry I'm not into having to swap thumb studs around requiring me to wrap my nice pliers with duct tape!

15 Condor

Solid, no frills carbon steel knife that will hold up to the demands of outdoorsman and warriors alike. Great price.

Handcrafted blades with excellent sheaths

Super nice CARBON STEEL knives,don't get why they are so pricey or high, must wait on really good sale to afford them

DAMN good knife for the price try out their Kempler blade

16 Kershaw

A great variety, versatile and razor sharp out of the box. Cheap and affordable knife for a good premium steel, worth it for anyone that has tight budget but looking for a good knife. Just remember the fundamentals how to use knife and Kershaw will never fail you

Dollar for dollar and feature for feature, their USA made knives are the best value in a folder out there.

Great knives, super sharp, good prices.

Very sharp and very good steel selection that money can by

17 Hardcore Hardware
18 Grohmann

My 1957 model 1 carbon steel, is still going strong. My father made a great buy when he walked into that store on Spadina ave. Toronto, in the spring of 1958. My friends marvel at the wonderful gift he left me. God rest his soul.

Own 2 of these knives. Great steel, very sharp blade that keeps the edge. Canadian made, enough said.

Tough knives built to work, got one that's over 27 years old and still a great worker. When taken good care of, it will never let you down.

Recently ordered a boat knife (model #3) and was pleasantly surprised at the craftsmanship and quality of the blade. It's unique handle and angle are unlike anything I own and I find balances well in the hand. Also great customer service over the phone and they shipped quickly from Canada to the U.S.

19 Bastinelli Creations

Amazing hand made French high quality knife which are not too expensive.

Tremendous knives ever made

20 Combative Edge
21 SOG

what do tier 1 operator's use, what is standard issue to DEVGRU ? SOG.

Have used SOG knives on my many trips to the 'sand box'. Have to say that these knives handled everything I needed them to and did not have to be re-sharpened the entire trip. Have many knives to choose from, my SOG is firmly attached to my '3-day bag' for a reason.

I have owned many knives here on this website and I will always choose SOG over any other knife. They have never let me down, but many other brands have. Rugged, reliable, stay sharp, tactical, and good for almost everything out there. SOG for the win. Kjwalden211

I have the Trident Elite and it is so great it is: super strong, super sharp, super cool, and AMAZINGLY tactical. (BEST KNIFE EVER

22 Brous Blades

Expensive knives but awesome. I own five Benchmades and I do love their knives but the Brous Blades Division is by far the best quality knife I have. There really is no comparison between my Division and my Benchmades. For the price I think Benchmade is tough to beat but Brous knives are the best knives I've come across.

Outstanding knives. I only have one...a karambit.

23 Columbia River Knife & Tool

They have some great designers, but more importantly they produce quality products that are available from their retailers at very reasonable prices.

My favorites so far... No complaints

Innovative, functional, and stylish there is nothing lacking in their offering.

They have really cool knives

24 Dogwood Custom Knives

I've had a chance to meet and talk to Dan, and I can tell you first hand he is my favorite knife maker to date. Dogwood knives are top shelf. Dan understands the physics, geometry and history of knives. Dogwood knives are made of the highest quality products by a true master knife maker. Dan understands how physics and blade geometry lends itself to a knife's designated tasks. Dogwood knives are classic designs proves through out history and improved with modern materials and Dan's phenominal skill and eye for detail. All at a great price. Just try to take my Dogwood away from me.

I have owned more knives than I care to admit and My Echo5 from Dogwood is my "go to" knife. I am getting more of his as soon as possible. Not to mention Dan is a great guy and really cares if his customers are happy. I can assure you, you will not be unhappy with his product.

Skylar - Able2Survive

I met Dan last year (2014) at Blade show. Very nice man, very knowledgeable and friendly. Blades are incredibly durable, and comfortable to the hand.

High Quality knives and a high quality owner. Highly recommend Dogwood because of the lifetime guarantee on the knives.

25 Mcusta Knives

I own MC-1, so simple yet so beautiful...

I own a knife from every company listed here (except for Brous but that is only because they aren't worth the money). I carry a Mcusta. Sure, my Benchmade is great as is my Spyderco and Emerson but my favorite is still the Mcusta. But if you get one, get the Damascus and don't waste your money with anything above that. Easy to clean, easy to sharpen, easy to carry.

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