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tools of the trade

1. MOST DURABLE KNIFE

Buck Selkirk

OUR TAKE If you want a knife that can do a lot more than just whittle, pick up the fixed-blade Selkirk. Its 4.6-inch, full-tang steel blade with a thicker-than-average point excels at heavier tasks. One wild-land firefighter praised its weight-to-function ratio after he used it to tear through thickets of alders and thorn bushes. The Selkirk’s plastic-composite handle proved equally durable when we pounded in tent stakes with the butt end, and the grippy material kept our sweaty hands from slipping. Bonus: It includes a tucked-away survival whistle

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