Blades & Multitools

Ultimate Blades for the Ultralight Hunter:

Throw the lightweight P.D.K. (Precision Disposable Kit) into your hunting pack and forget about it—until you drop that 8 pointer. This set of disposable utility hunting razor blades features four (#60) blades with protective plastic sleeves like scabbards (See video below). Each has an ABS plastic handle with an ergonomic and comfortable grip. If one …

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Leatherman Juice B2

Leatherman just keep coming up with entrancing products to separate us from our hard-earned. Here’s a nice example, the Leatherman Juice B2: ‘Sometimes, all you need is a knife. The Juice B2 has one serrated and one straight-edge knife made from high quality steel and backed by our 25 year warranty. Closed Length 3.2 in …

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Ultralight Ultra-Sharp Knives 3 Grams:

Ceramic knives are sharper than metal ones and their edge can last 10 times longer. They can also be lighter. I have been thinking that this ‘ceramic escape knife’ would fit well in an ultralight fishing kit such as this: This little guy weighs only 3 grams, has a blade 1.25” (3.175cm) and is …

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My Top Five Knives

1. Gerber: ‘LST Ultralight’ 2. Outdoor Edge:  ‘Razor Blaze’ 3. Deejo: ’27g Minimalist 3in’ 4. Leatherman:  ‘Micra’ 5. Spyderco ‘Honeybee’ I’ve purchased and tested numerous pocket knives over the years. This is my current top five that I use day to day (as you can see from the photo these aren’t brand new and have …

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Deejo Minimalist 3in Folder 27grams

This is the Deejo Minimalist 3 inch Folder weighing 27 grams (as configured). You could probably shave 3-5 grams off that by deleting the pocket clip, but you might also just ruin the knife, so don’t. The pocket clip comes in handy anyway as it allows the knife to be worn on the outside of …

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Vargo Titanium Knives:

Vargo now have a 2.7” (68mm) fixed blade knife which weighs 28 grams (inc sheath) and a 2 ¼” (57mm) folder at 30 grams. The RRP on these beauties is US$59.95 (though they are available on Massdrop for US$44.99). These knives would be hard to beat for the ultralight hiker. & PS: I …

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Miniature Pens:

Some of these would make an interesting stocking filler. Whilst nowhere near as Ultralight as my own some of them are quite interesting. Being able to have a pen handy on your keychain is a good idea, as is the pen which expands to full size when needed; Beta Inkless Keychain …

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Ultralight Knife Sharpener:

OK, so you have your ultralight knife (eg the Kabar Johnson Adventure Piggyback I have recommended so often ( which you have used so many times for cutting up your lunch on the trail ( or splitting twigs to make a fire in the wet ( , whittling a spoon to replace a lost one …

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The Perfect Keychain Knife:

Spyderco Honey Bee: This may be the perfect keychain knife. It is just a bit shorter than a Yale ‘C’ door key, so it fits in your fob pocket on your key ring perfectly. Yet it is an ever handy useful tool with its razor sharp blade, just right to open a bag or parcel, …

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Quest for the Ultimate Ultralight Knife Never Ends:

This offering (The Ti Minimalist’ with 2 5/8” – 67 mm blade) from Kestrel Knives gazumps my chosen Kabar Johnson River Piggyback ( It weighs 14 grams including the sheath, compared to the Piggyback’s 36.5 grams. Of course it is also 10 times the price, so I probably won’t be making the switch soon. Still, …

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Leatherman ‘Squirt’:

I have long carried the Leatherman ‘Micra’ (still do). This is the very best tool for cutting toenails on the trail. Also handy for a million and one other things: cutting up fish, splinters, opening bottles (you can use the bottle opener backwards as a can opener, repairing your glasses, etc. The ‘Squirt’ with …

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Canoe clearing:

When clearing trails or small rivers such as the Tanjil and Latrobe, Fiskars Xtract Pruning Saw (available Bunnings: 120 grams & Fiskars/Gerber Brush Thinner Machete are excellent tools. The carabiner clip on the saw makes for very convenient stowage. The Gerber model of the machete has a cordura sheath which may be more convenient …

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Kershaw Ken Onion Speedsafe Folders:

  If you need to get your knife open with one hand quickly, this range of knives may be right for you. The smallest (The Chive) weighs only 1.9 ounces (54 grams) , so may even fit with your ultralight hiking kit:

Escape Ring:

I am not much into jewellery, but I might make an exception for this piece: this one contains a saw and handcuff shim pick combination tool which is completely hidden from view when worn.

Phone case multi-tools:

Various people are making these, eg:

Improvised Bow Saw:

You can make an improvised bow saw from a bent branch and a couple of large key rings (or similar) I noticed Erin & Hig used small carabiners in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild Episode 2: Since a bow saw blade itself only weighs 30-100 grams (depending on length), this could be …

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Roman Swiss Army Knife:

Category: tool/implement. Name: compound utensil. Date: 201 — 300 AD. Period: Middle Roman. Description: eating implement, folding, with three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife. Production Place (legacy): Mediterranean, production, region. Material(s): iron; knife, silver. Dimension(s): height, 88, mm, max width, 155, mm, max

The Secret of Domestic Bliss:

Two products which will ensure you always have sharp kitchen knives and a happy marriage: First: ‘Smith’s 2-Step Knife Sharpener features two tungsten carbide blades with pre-set angles to ensure the perfect edge every time. Three or four strokes through the carbide sharpening slots will restore the edge on a very dull knife. The two …

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Ultralight Knives

Can Knives get any lighter than this 3 Gram Knife: It makes the ‘Dermasafe’ I posted about here ( positively cumbersome, as is the Gerber zip-Blade mini knife: by comparison.   I really like this new one which weighs 16 rams including the sheath:  This is a beauty too:

Aldi Crofton Ceramic 15 cm Knives:

These are a very good buy at $5.99. You never know when you will need an undetectable weapon. I bought several. Hard to resharpen though. A good beheading size too, I thought. They come extremely sharp (You CAN shave with them) and they will not rust or deteriorate if you leave them in a drum …

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