Plenty of great knives are being made overseas these days, but the bladesmith scene in the U.S. is thriving. From big companies and small shops, you can pick from a wide variety of stellar cutting tools, all crafted with care and precision in America. We selected a few folders and fixed-blade knives that will make any outdoor slicing, carving, or chopping task this summer easier and more enjoyable. Pick any of these born-in-the-USA knives to confidently carry on your warm-weather adventures.
BEST FOR: Slicing and Dicing in the Woods
Made at its Portland, OR, factory, Gerber’s Fastball Cleaver offers a rectangular blade that’s especially useful for taking on any general utility tasks in the outdoors. The 3-inch blade is crafted from 20CV, a stainless steel with good corrosion resistance and high edge retention, and the handles are crafted from light and strong aircraft aluminum. The stout blade easily deploys with a finger flipper and rotates open on Gerber’s smooth B.O.S.S. Tech ball-bearing system, which securely clicks into place with the liner lock.
BEST FOR: Gutting a