Variety is the spice of knife. There, I said it. Is that sentence a terribly cheesy pun? Yes. Is it inarguably true? Also, yes. You just have to take a look at the panoply of selections below to see what I mean.
After all, with our very broad definition of what constitutes a knife or an EDC item, a vast array of options continue to roll out on the reg. This month we have four different knives and multitools most notable for the how their handles — and in some cases, their blades — are adorned.
At the same time, we have three tools that pack loads of function into compact forms. Whether you're looking to pop a bottle, tackle some detailed engineered or change a mountain bike tire by the side of the trail, this stuff has you covered — no groan-inducing wordplay required.
Opinel Limited Edition No.08 Escapade Folding Knives
For its latest collection, Opinel teamed up with Jérémy Groshens, a young French tattoo artist who travels and works from a 1972 Digue camper called the Outdoor Tattoo Truck. Not surprisingly, the three eye-catching knives he designed — including the Élévation shown here — are inspired by nature and tattoos. Bad news: the collection is sold out. Good news: a restock is coming mid-month, and you can sign up to be notified when it happens.
Gerber x Fender Giveaway
If there's anything cooler than a knife, it's an axe — particularly one used for shredding. Gerber's new giveaway features both. One lucky winner will score the eye-popping results of a team-up between tattoo artist and designer Luke Wessman and country music star Tim Montana: a custom Fender American Professional II Telecaster Deluxe, as well as three American-made knives from the Gerber Custom program (two Fastballs and a Sedulo), plus a Pelican 1150 Protector Case. Two runners-up get everything but the axe. It's free to enter and the deadline is November 12th.
Victorinox Classic Precious Alox Collection
This holiday season brings new wrapping for a beloved mini multitool. This streamlined beauty features a blade, nail file, screwdriver, scissors and key ring, adorned with a tactile woven pattern in five metallic colors — Brass Gold, Gentle Rose, Infinite Gray, Hazel Brown and Iconic Red. Pro tip: it makes a great little stocking stuffer.
Victorinox Climber Lite Winter Magic Special Edition 2021
Speaking of new wrapping, here's another Victorinox getting a seasonal treatment. The relatively loaded Climber Lite boasts 17 practical functions, including large and small blades, corkscrew, scissors, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a multi-purpose hook and an LED flashlight. But this particular edition, limited to 10,000 pieces, also features a removable moon-shaped charm and scales festooned with stars, snowflakes and summits.
WESN The MT
At a glance, you'd be forgiven for mistaking WESN's latest drop for a mutated paperclip. But this minimalistic 2.75-inch creation offers more than meets the eye. As you might guess, it has a bottle opener. This tool also packs a flathead screwdriver/scraper (lower right corner above) and a pry bar top. Pretty dang handy for something you can attach to your keychain and forget all about, until you need it.
Wolf Tooth Components 8-Bit Kit One
Meanwhile, Wolf Tooth's latest offering is a veritable wonderland of indispensable bike tools. What you see above all condenses into one compact rectangle that's about the size of a small candy bar. But when needed, it separates into three multi-tools. The far left one features pliers, all kinds of screwdrivers, a spoke wrench, valve core wrench and more. The center one is a tire lever and rim dent remover. The one on the right boasts a chainbreaker, a utility knife and a tire plug inserter, plus space for tire plug inserts, a valve core and a spare blade. What else do ya need?
Creation Space EDC E-Screwdriver
With more than two weeks of Kickstarter crowdfunding time left, this high-tech e-screwdriver has already raised more than 57 times its goal. For working on computers, gadgets, watches and frankly, other tools, it appears pretty handy and versatile. Highlights include four different modes, 28 multifunctional bits, the ability to magnetize and demagnetize depending on the project and a streamlined, ergonomic form factor — about the size of a smartphone — that easily fits in your pocket.