Best Camping Knife
Everyone who camps knows a knife is an essential tool to have with you. It has multiple uses in the woods and one may actually save your life, although hopefully you will never be in such a situation! I will be reviewing several knives used for camping. You can find all of them on Amazon.com and I will include price range and ratings.
About Camping Knives
There are many different types of knives out there and not everybody is looking for the same thing in a knife. More expensive isn’t necessarily the best quality. Camping knives can have a single or double sided blade and some even have a serrated edge to use as a saw.
These are knives with a hinge where the blade meets the handle and the blade can fold back into the handle. Also known as an army knife, these knives are good if you plan on keeping it in your pocket, bag, or don’t have a sheath to cover the blade.
Sometimes these knives also have other tools included such as a corkscrew, screwdriver, flashlight and/or file. This is good if you have need of multiple tools but can’t have the bulk of carrying that much. It will also decrease the size of the knife blade to make room for the other tools.
Sheath/Fixed Blade knives
These are knives in a fixed position and they have a sheath (case) covering the blade to protect it. This sheath is usually soft and made of canvas, nylon or leather but can be hard and made of plastic or metal. They are usually worn on the belt with a clip. These knives more commonly have a part of the blade serrated or the spine partially serrated.
Camping Knife Sets
You can purchase a knife set as well if you need different sizes. These could come in handy to get into small spaces or to save time when cutting larger items. You can also buy folding knives that have a cutlery set in it, so you have a fork, spoon and knife in one piece.
Camping Knife Uses
Common uses for a knife when camping will be cutting rope to tie down your tent or food up and out of reach of animals. Cutting sticks for kindling or sharpening them for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows (yum!). Cleaning and filleting fish. Possible defense from wild animals that you may come across. Don’t worry animals are more afraid of you!
Choosing a Camping Knife
The knife you pick will depend on what you need it for the most. You could go for the simple sheath knife which would be best if you don't have many uses for it. If you are the kind of camper who likes to go for hikes you might consider a folding knife so you can keep it in your pocket.
Caring for your Camping Knife
It is best to have a way of sharpening your knife be it a whetstone or a handheld knife sharpener. These tend to have two angled stones forming a "V" that you pull the blade in between multiple times. It is very important to keep your camping knife sharp, it could save your life. Most knife blades are rust proof but it is best to keep the knife dry and in a safe place.
Taking the time to correctly care for your knives will prolong their lifespan.
The Top Five Camping Knives Reviewed
Good quality knife, solid but lightweight and well balanced. Very sharp right out of the packaging. Multiple tools include a can opener and a glass breaker, also the blade is half serrated. Has a removable pocket clip to keep it on your belt or pocket but also fits nicely inside your pocket.
Folding mechanism can be stiff but will loosen with time. Paint has a tendency to chip. The screws tend to loosen with time, the best solution is to add a few drops of Locktite to keep your knife from falling apart. Multiple colors available for the handle if you prefer a brighter knife.
Will need to be sharpened as it comes a little bit dull but holds an edge once sharpened. Grip can be uncomfortable suggestion of re-wrapping it in some cord. Lightweight, very sturdy and of good quality steel so once sharp it will hold its edge.
Comes with an unlined nylon sheath means the blade tends to cut through the bottom. Included fire starter is a great bonus and works well. Solid knife made with one piece of steel means it can’t fall apart and is lightweight.
Gerber - Solid yet lightweight knife with no play in the blade. Folding mechanism is very easy to use even one handed. Has a rubber grip that works great if hands are wet. Very sharp blade and keeps its edge. Has bright orange highlights on the handle, which makes it easy to find. Includes a nylon sheath thats mildew resistant.
Has a serrated section on half of the blade for sawing. Compact and fits nicely in included belt holder. not suitable for pockets, it’s just a little too bulky. Overall a good multipurpose knife.
Smith and Wesson CKSUR1 Bullseye Search and Rescue Fixed Blade Knife
Good size knife, not too bulky. It comes very sharp and holds its edge. Scratches tend to show easily on the dark finish. Has a comfortable, rubber non-slip grip. Includes a lined nylon sheath to cover and protect the blade as well as a small whetstone for sharpening. Sheath is of high quality with an extra pocket for the whetstone and a removable clip to attach it to your belt. Knife and sheath have a limited lifetime warranty separately. The pommel is flat and can even be used as a hammer.
Full Tang Hunting Camping Knife, Flint Fire Starter, Sheath
Has a sharp, fixed blade with the spine serrated. The handle is wrapped to give it grip. Includes a fire starter and sheath to cover when not in use. Good price and overall a sturdy looking knife. Scratches and nicks from dropping shouldn’t show on the bare metal finish. Would be nice if the handle wrappings were in a brighter color to make the knife easy to see in an emergency.