Sometimes having the right tool for the job makes all the difference.
That’s a truth we understand at Petersen’s Hunting, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best knives and multitools for 2012. Whether it’s the right hatchet for your back country adventure or the perfect knife to help cut your arm free from a fallen boulder, we’ve got you covered. The other nice thing about our list? You can equip your outdoor toolbox with any one of these tools for right at or under $100. If you do have to cut a limb off to save your life, we figure you’ll need that extra change to cover your hospital bills.
<h2>Benchmade</h2>OK, it does look tactical at first glance. But trust me, <a href="http://www.benchmade.com" target="_blank">Benchmade’s 530</a> is anything but. Designed from the onset as the lightest “real” knife the legendary Oregon-based company could make, they used every trick to build this sub two-ounce folder (1.88 ounces true weight). With a finely ground, 3.25-inch 154 CM blade tucked into a svelte synthetic handle and secured by the fabulous Axis lock, this knife is UFC fighter tough yet supermodel thin. The 530 is that rare knife that slides weightlessly into pockets, packs, or gut cavities with ease. <p> <strong>Price: $110</strong>