Seven pocket knives for outdoor survival when camping, trekking or climbing

Whether tackling the great outdoors or just heading for an urban adventure, these multi-tools are the ultimate in useful travel gadgets

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 5:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 5:02pm

Gerber Bear Grylls Pocket Tool

With an easy-to-grip rubberised handle, this affordable outdoor knife (HK$180) prioritises a large blade. It also includes a Phillips head driver, small and medium flat drivers, and a bottle opener, and weighs 82g. Available at

Victorinox Midnite Manager

This 31g knife (HK$380) is a modern take on the genre, covering all the basics (small blade, scissors, two screwdrivers and a wire stripper), and adding an LED light and a ballpoint pen. Available at

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Leatherman Crater C33LX

Featuring a stainless steel combo straight/serrated 2.6-inch blade, this 136g knife (HK$405) attaches to a belt or backpack using a carabiner that’s also a bottle opener. Available at

Edelrid Rope Tooth knife

Aimed at climbers, this sharp, serrated, stainless steel knife (HK$159) can be opened and used easily with just one hand. It pivots around a swivel hole that’s ideal for attaching the knife to the harness of a backpack. Available at

Leatherman Charge ALX

A heavyweight in more ways than one, this 313g multi-tool (HK$1,505) has a serrated blade designed to rip through tough materials. It’s also got every tool you could ever need, from pliers, wire cutters and a saw to large and small screwdrivers and, of course, a bottle/can opener. Available at

Victorinox SwissCard Lite with LED light

Weighing just 26g, this credit-card-sized device (HK$370) contains myriad mini essentials. The small blade is not much good for anything but opening letters, but a tiny pen, tweezers, a pin and a small square of steel that acts as four different screwdrivers is handy indeed. Available at

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Sea to Summit Alpha Light knife

When you’re on an expedition, every gram counts. Somehow the makers of this camping knife (HK$55) have used just 7g of aluminium, but it’s guaranteed to be strong – it uses the same alloys found in aircraft. It also comes with a mini carabiner. Available at