Top 10 blades everyone should own

Billy The Hungry

Basic Member
Aug 11, 2020
Got any insight on the topic?

I've already said why I'm not listing my top 10 knives I think people should own, seems like it would just be a list of my favorite 10 knives and the reasoning, which could get quite in depth! Do you want to read a novel!

I did say that I think the Endura line of FRN folders from Spyderco is something every person should experience though. What say you Bill?

I say I agree. VG10 should be an easier steel to learn on, for newbies. Perhaps throw the Native 5 series in that mix?

Have a great day, enjoy the weekend
Jan 26, 2012
I say I agree. VG10 should be an easier steel to learn on, for newbies. Perhaps throw the Native 5 series in that mix?

Have a great day, enjoy the weekend
Great! I will say though, for non-knife people (99% of the lads and lasses out there), VG10 will likely be quite acceptable in day to day uses.
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Gold Member
Mar 11, 2016
Buck (110) or 112
Buck (119) or 120
Buck (103) or Randall model 20 skinner
KA-BAR or (Randall model 1)
Becker (BK62) Kephart
Pairing knife.
Chef knife
Leatherman or SAK. (Wave)
Buck 102 or Randall model (21),26,27 or similar small hunting knife
Buck (124) or other functional Bowie-ish knife

I gave options in each category but put parentheses around my choices.

No choppers on my list because I’d go with an Estwing hatchet.
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Feb 16, 2005
#1 Buck-110/112/301-303
#2 Benchmade-any
#3 Spyderco- any
#4 Chris Reeve Sebenza-21
#5 Michael Morris-any as all are bad ass
#6 Tops any
#7 Tony Bose-any
#8 Bill Ruple-any
#9 Tom Mayo-any
#10 Bob Lum
A lot out there, too many to mention.
And please people, more knife talk and less politically correct BULLSHIT.


Apple slicing rocking chair dweller
Mar 11, 2013
I think anybody interested in buying a knife should start with one knife that appeals, seduces, attracts. For whatever reason. From there on, it will be easily feeled, ascertained, experienced what works or doesn't work for that person. Number two, three and so on will follow and soon said lad or lass will own more than 10. And of those 10, the last one will be the most "must own" ! Worked for me, at least.
Jan 27, 2019
- A SAK with features / tools that meets your regular uses

- A BK-14, Esee CR2.5 or Izula as a daily carry fixed blade

- A serrated H1 Spyderco Salt 2 IWB

- Kershaw Camp 10 (chopper / small machete / kukuri)

- Mora Companion as a pack / backup blade or even primary woods knife

- Leatherman Squirt PS4 on keychain

For a first knife / daily user for a kid, I might get a Lightweight Buck 112.
Aug 23, 2020
If I would lose all my knives, I would buy a:
Mini Duku, chopper
Chaparral, EDC
Native, summer WEDC
Military S110V, winter WEDC
SE sheepfoot Caribbean (I live in a swamp :rolleyes: )
Vic Explorer Plus, and a Spirit.

Then a simple Victorinox Chefs knife, a serrated steak knife and a paring knife for the kitchen. Let a butter knife be the 11th.
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Gold Member
Nov 26, 2005
Emerson with Wave
CRK Sebenza
Benchmade 940
Spyderco Para 2
Spyderco Salt
Victorinox folder (SAK)
Victorinox multitool
GEC/Northwoods tradition folder
Protech, Guardian Tactical or Benchmade Automatic knife


Gold Member
Jan 26, 2012
I see a lot of great lists so far, mine may be a little different/ more newer models.

1. Spyderco Delica
2. Spyderco Paramilitary 2
3. Crkt m16
4. Benchmade 940
5. Chris Reeve sebenza 21
6. Xm18 or Zt 0562
7. Microtech Socom elite
8. Microtech ultratech
9. Buck 110
10. Kershaw leek

Ron Sabbagh

Platinum Member
Sep 15, 1999

I suspect OP was just making a general statement - and it devolved into political BS

I come to these forums to escape that type of crap

anyway...more to the intent of the thread..

1. a good slipjoint
Buck 110, Case trapper, GEC
2. Folding locking pocketknife
Spyderco, Benchmade, CRK etc
3. Multiblade
Swiss Army, Leatherman
4. Fixed blade 4-5”
5. A good hatchet
6. Kitchen - 8” chef’s knife and a 4” parer will do
Jan 29, 2016
I never could "pick just one " and probably not just 10 either ! :rolleyes:

From only Cold Steel , easily 10 folders and another 10 fixed .

That's without machetes , kukri , swords , etc . ...or throwing knives .

I'd still have to add a few outside Cold Steel : a SAK or other multitool , and a Spyderco serrated H1 (Orange Spyderhawk for me) .

Heck ...barely scratching the surface, even so ! :p


Apple slicing rocking chair dweller
Mar 11, 2013
Guess you're another one that will have more than 10 knives. To begin with...


Gold Member
Dec 30, 2005
Benchmade Griptilian
Spyderco Pacific salt
Esee 4 or BM Bushcrafter
Carothers FK or FK2
Spyderco Gayle Bradley 2
Victorinox Alox Cadet in your favorite color
CRK large Sebenza, Inkosi or Zaan
Buck 110 or stockman
Victorinox Fieldmaster
Hogue Ritter

Since the subject came up, my wife has a Swiss Army knife (I forget which model), an Esee 3 and a Spyderco Pacific Salt.
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senex morosus moderator
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Super Mod
Jul 30, 2006
I think everyone should try a bit of everything. None of these are terribly expensive. Expensive should come later once you figure out what you really like or need.
  • Buck 110 Because it's an icon. It changed the knife world. Folding knives with locking blades were uncommon before its introduction.
  • Spyderco Delica Because it pretty much started the modern knife biz of one hand openers.
  • Benchmade with Axis lock - pick one. Another thing that changed the territory.
  • Kershaw Blur - Because Ken Onion designs an amazing knife, and assisted openers are fun.
  • Swiss Army Knife - pick one. I often carry a Tinker, because it fits well in my pocket, yet has lots of stuff on it.
    Also a good intro to Traditional knives.
  • A flipper - pick one. I don't often carry one, but they are really fun to play with.
  • An Opinel - Because everyone should experience how good a minimalist knife can be.
  • Mora - Same reason as the Opinel, but a fixed blade.
  • Cold Steel Bushman. Same as the Opinel and Mora, but bigger.
  • Buck 303 Stockman. Because every budding knife knut should own a smallish stockman. They just should. Disappears in the pocket, but can do so much.


Titanium Bladesmith
Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
Dec 27, 2013
1. Smatchet
2. Swiss Army Knife
3. Opinel
4. Spyderco of some kind
5. Titanium sword
6. Basic machete
7. Rambo knife
8. Big rusty meat cleaver found in the woods
9. Traditional slipjoint
10. Fishin' knife