Best Camping Knives
With all the styles, sizes, brands, blades and colors of knife out there, it can be hard to make a decision on which camping knife to buy for a wilderness expedition. Before buying your knife, try to decide exactly what your needs will be.
Size does matter, particularly when backpacking, and you’ll want to take into consideration how easy it will be to carry. You don’t want to buy the cheapest knife either, as you’ll want something to stand up to the wilderness. Don’t be fooled by fancy extras. A strong, simple knife may be your best bet. Remember that a knife should feel good in your hand, and the comfort and ease of use provided by the handle can make a difference.
Basic Knife Types
Survival/camping knives fall into two basic categories: folding and fixed blade. Folding knives are convenient in that they don’t need a sheath, pack a lot of functions into a small unit and can be easily tucked away in a pocket. Swiss Army style knives are popular for their versatility; most pack two blades, a screwdriver and any of a number of different options into one tiny package. Stronger and more useful in actual survival situations, fixed blade knives are also heavier and don’t fit in a pocket. They come in a variety of sizes, may have a serrated or non-serrated blade and usually require a sheath for attaching to a belt.
Survivor Outdoor Fixed Blade Knife with Fire Starter
This high-quality fixed-blade knife is seven inches long overall and sturdily constructed of black full-tang stainless steel with a thick black cord-wrap handle, perfect for everything from splitting kindling to opening a bag of chips. A nylon sheath is included and better yet, the knife comes with a magnesium-alloy fire starter; you’ll never worry about wet matches again.
Victorinox Swiss Army Spartan II Folding Camping Knife
This top-selling 12-function Swiss Army Knife boasts precision Swiss engineering and a lifetime warranty. Just 3-1/2 inches long, this little powerhouse has everything from a large blade to two screwdrivers, a bottle opener, corkscrew, key ring and more, all made of high quality stainless steel. Part of the EcoLine, the Spartan II is made with the same precision as all Swiss Army knives, but has a matte finished handle.
Yes4All Black Folding Pocket Liner Lock Knife for Camping and Hunting
Boasting a liner lock safety system, this folding knife is ideal for camping and hunting. Sturdy and lightweight, the Yes4 measures seven inches overall and weighs approximately six ounces. A three-inch titanium-coated stainless steel blade is ready to meet all your wilderness needs, while the four-inch titanium coated handle provides a very comfortable grip.
Maxam Survival Knife
A superior 12-piece survival knife set, the Maxam features a wide array of tools and measures 14-1/8 inches overall with a 7-3/4 inch blade. Tools include a 3/16-inch blade and a storage compartment with an assortment of essentials including tweezers, razor blade, compass and fishing line. A seven-inch skeletal frame knife fits in the molded sheath with the larger knife.
Atziloose 5 Folding Credit Card Knife
If you need a handy little knife/utility tool to tuck into your wallet, this Atziloose credit card knife is just the ticket. Light, sharp and easily transforming in three folding moves from a card into a highly-functional pocket knife utility tool, the knife boasts a stainless steel blade and plastic case with a safety feature preventing accidental opening in your pocket.