This past July I attended the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, and when I was not running an errand or manning our booth, I was searching for the most impressive gear I could find. After running across what seemed like a hundred clothing brands, I saw the Gear Aid Booth. There was orange everywhere, and prominently featured was the Buri Knife.
Unfortunately, they would not let me buy the knife—I asked three times—but they told me it would release in September, and finally, it is in my hands. See that beautiful orange tang? That is how you do branding. The knife also comes in black, but I prefer that high-vis orange because of the way the color pops when inside the sheath. The three-inch drop point blade is highly versatile and comes with a partially serrated edge as well, for cutting rope or sawing down some thin branches. And, probably the most important thing, is that it has a bottle opener. I open my bottles with my CRKT knife all the time, but it scratches the paint off, and it makes the cap fly off something fierce. The bottle opener doubles as a glass breaker because you never know when you will need to switch to emergency mode.
This knife is a practical, no-nonsense camping tool for only $30, and it comes with a full sheath that is compatible with webbing mounts—basically, you can fix it to a strap on a backpack. The sheath comes with a removable clip for placing it on belts or pants pockets, as well as backpacks and anywhere else a knife is allowed—within reason. This is great too for when setting up camp, just place it on a lanyard around your neck for easy access and feel like a badass as you hack through branches and slice through fruit. With stainless steel blade this thing is wicked sharp; right out of the packaging I was able to shave my arm with no sharpening.
Besides the Buri, Gear Aid also debuted the Akua—a diving knife with tons of useful features. The Akua comes with the same sheath as the Buri, but the similarities stop there. The Akua has a blunted point to prevent it from puncturing inflatable vessels or for prying something open. The double-edged blade makes up for the lack of a point, with one of the edges being serrated and the other more traditional. The glass-breaker and bottle-opener combo is still in full effect, but in addition, they also added a line cutter to the mix. Just in case. This a great knife for any water sports, you may not use it often, but there will come a day.
This is a no-brainer buy for anyone looking for an affordable knife with the right amount of features. It’s not too flashy, has a good edge and it even opens bottles. Personally, I wish the blade was a bit longer, but that is just a nitpick. I’m looking forward to using this on the trail and seeing just how far a $30 knife can take me.