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Gerber | Freeman Fixed Hunter

A throwback to a simpler era, the Freeman Hunter is the most comfortable and perfectly balanced fixed-blade sheath knife to come around lately. The handle is the right length, and the 31/4-inch drop-point blade works well for both skinning and gutting. Finger grooves and serrations along the full-length steel tang make for sure handling, and the pearwood grip gives a classy touch to a basic but very good working design. This is a superb woodsman's knife worth taking anywhere. $51; 800-950-6161; www.gerberblades.com

Why it wins: A finely crafted knife for a very affordable price