Ruger makes great guns, and I own several, so when they announced a new line of knives, I quickly ordered the Cordite Compact. As expected, this smallish survival knife represents well the two names emblazoned upon it, Ruger and CRKT (the latter makes the knives for Ruger). The Cordite’s thick, one-piece construction means there’s nothing to break, and the paracord-wrapped handle offers both a solid grip and an essential survival item, should you need it. The sheath can be worn on the belt or hung around your neck. The thing looks cool, too, with its black stonewashed blade and camo handle. All in all, as a minimalist backpacking blade, backup hunting knife, or fieldcraft tool, the Cordite delivers. $50; ruger-firearms.com.