Our 6 Favorite New Knives of 2018

New knives from Benchmade, CRKT, Zero Tolerance and more.


Last week, outdoors enthusiasts of all kinds gathered in Las Vegas for SHOT Show, the annual trade show for the shooting, hunting and outdoors equipment. The massive gathering is a showcase for all kinds of gear, from hunting rifles to tents, and it’s also the best place to see what knife manufacturers have in store for 2018. Knives of every type were shown by makers big and small; here are six of our favorites.

Maven by CRKT $70
A simple, EDC-style folder designed and tested on a working cattle ranch.

Altitude by Benchmade $230
An ultralight fixed-blade designed with a minimal carbon fiber grip for practical blade control.

Kwaiken Compact by Böker $359
A high-end version of one of Böker’s most popular folders, the Kwaiken Compact features a straight-back blade and a titanium handle.

0609 by Zero Tolerance $275
Zero Tolerance is always on the cutting edge of knife design. The 0609 is built with a 3D-machined titanium handle, a CPM 20CV stainless steel blade and ZT’s ball bearing opening mechanism.

Small Game Knife by White River Knife and Tool $150
A dexterous fixed-blade that’s ideal for fishing and hunting small game, among other things.

Powerlitre by SOG $67
Among SOG’s lineup for the year is this pocketable multitool, which features a corkscrew — a first for the Washington-based knifemaker.

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