American Made Knives for Everyday Use

Buy once, buy for life

Knives are one item you absolutely don't want to cheap out on. The difference between a well made blade and a cheap knockoff is huge, not just in terms of blade sharpness and durability, but also in terms of length of service and reliability in the field.

To help you find your "knife partner" (get it?), we've put together this list of made in USA blades constructed of high quality materials by manufacturers that have been doing it for decades. You really can't go wrong here.

1. SOG Pillar Fixed Blade

SOG's high end knives are made in Michigan of CPM S35VN steel, which offers better toughness, edge retention, and high resistance to chipping. A great all purpose blade.

2. Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife with Genuine Leather Sheath

Buck knives have been made in America since 1945, beginning in Kansas with father son duo Hoyt and Al Buck. This particular model, the Folding Hunter, has been in production for 50 years and is one of the best selling knives in the country. Its sharp point makes it excellent for detail work and its size makes it a great everyday carry option.

3. Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Folding Knife

With a grip like a vise, a recurved blade ideal for multitasking, and a assisted open mechanism, the Blur is an extremely functional knife. Add the DLC (diamond like carbon) coating and an all black construction, and it's sexy too.

4. Bear & Son Damascus Steel Lockback

If you are in the market for a simple knife for small, everday tasks, look no further. Bear & Sons has been making these lockbacks forever, to last forever.

5. Chris Reeve Sebenza 21

A step up in price from most of the knives on this list, the Sebenza 21 is a study in minimalist perfection. Sporting S35VN blade and a titanium handle, this knife is light, sharp, and will literally last a lifetime (and if it doesn't, it comes with a lifetime warranty). Though founder Chris Reeve started the company in South Africa in 1984, they moved to Boise, Idaho in 1989 and have been making knives in the good ole US of A ever since.

6. TOPS x Buck Knives CSAR-T Tactical Folding Knife

Heavy duty and virtually indestructable, the CSAR-T knife is perfect for when you're out in the field and need something you can rely on. Named Best of the Best by Field & Stream magazine, this knife won't let you down.

7. Gerber Gator

With a sticky rubber grip and short blade, this knife is perfect for wet, oily, or bloody conditions. Made in Portland, Oregon.

8. Spyderco C81GPBK ParaMilitary 2 G-10 Plain Edge Knife (Black/Bla

Hands down, the best "do it all" blade on the list. The proprietary Spyderco lock makes it feel sturdier than just about any folder blade on the market, and it can be used equally well as a high end kitchen knife and an all purpose field tool. Great, great knife.