Now that you know everything there is to know about camping knives, it’s time to pick yours. What kind of camping will you be doing? More than likely you will be in a tent, but some of us are rugged and go “roughin’ it” on the ground. Will you be skinning a moose at base camp or making shavings for your fire? All these things are important when choosing your knife.
Why you need a camping knife
Camping knives are useful for a variety of tasks. They can be used to cut rope, wood, and food like steak or vegetables. Camping knives are also great self-defense weapons. If your camping trip gets hairy and you need to defend yourself against a wild animal or other people then having a good camping knife will come in handy! Finally, camping knives are excellent tools for first aid as well. If someone is injured on your trip then having a sharp blade will help clean wounds and start treating them before you get back home.
How much should you spend on a camping knife?
If you’re looking to spend as little money as possible, a general-use knife can be had for under $50. For example, the Morakniv Craftline Pro S is a great knife that’ll get the job done without breaking your budget. It’s lightweight, extremely sharp, and has a comfortable ergonomic handle with thumb rest that makes it easy to use for long periods of time.
If you specifically want to hunt or fish with your knife (or both), we recommend investing between $50-$150 on a blade that is designed specifically for those activities. The Kershaw Shallot Knife with SpeedSafe assisted opening technology is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something versatile but still affordable—and it comes in different sizes too!
For survival purposes, we recommend spending at least $150 on your camping knife; anything less will probably not last long enough to save your life if things go south while camping or hiking outdoors.
What should you look for in a camping knife?
A camping knife should be lightweight, have a blade that’s strong enough to cut through wood and string, and preferably have a safety lock. The best camping knives are made of stainless steel or carbon steel (but not the cheap kind).
A good camping knife will also be able to be sharpened easily with minimal effort—so it’ll last you longer than a couple of trips. The ideal length for such a blade is between 4″ and 8″. This will give you enough reach when cutting branches, ropes and more important things like food!
And now we come to perhaps the most important part: how sharp is it? Because if your knife isn’t sharp enough then all of this extra legwork won’t matter much at all… A blunt blade will just make things take longer without accomplishing anything useful at the end of those extra minutes spent sawing away fruitlessly at something instead of enjoying yourself outdoors instead!
Should you get a fixed or foldable blade?
- Foldable blades are more compact and easy to clean, but fixed blades are more durable.
- Fixed blades can be sharpened using whetstones, while foldable knives require you to send them back to the manufacturer for sharpening.
- Foldable knives are easier to clean because they allow you to rinse them off without disassembling the blade.
What are the best camping knives for different activities?
As you consider purchasing a knife, you must choose one that is appropriate to the task at hand. To help you make this choice, here’s a list of knives used for different activities.
- For cutting rope: A Swiss Army Knife with scissors or a multi-tool with pliers works well.
- For slicing fruit: A paring knife will do the job just fine (though if you want something larger than an apple or orange, it might be time to upgrade).
- When preparing fish for cooking: You’ll want something long enough to fillet an entire fish without much trouble—a fillet knife will work nicely here. This method also works well if you need to peel potatoes or carrots as part of your meal prep! These tasks are easier when using a sharp blade; be sure yours is clean and free from rust before trying any cutting motions on food items like these! Be aware that some blades may bend on contact with harder materials like shells so read reviews online before making purchases in order avoid disappointment later down the line!
How do I take care of my camping knife?
The most important thing to keep in mind when caring for your camping knife is that it should be washed with soap and water after every use. After washing, dry the blade thoroughly before storing. Make sure that your knife does not get rusted or dulled by storing it in a safe place where other objects won’t scrape against it, such as on top of a cabinet or inside a drawer.
Additionally, you should never store your camping knife with other knives or sharp objects like scissors, because they could scratch each other’s blades—which is bad news if you think about all those times I’ve dropped my keys on my own kitchen countertop! Finally: just don’t store anything else with your camping knife unless absolutely necessary; even if you’re going through some tough times during an expedition (and who hasn’t?), remember this one simple rule:
“When in doubt, leave it out!”
Camping knives can come in handy in many situations, so it’s important to know what kind of blade to get.
Camping knives can come in handy in many situations, so it’s important to know the type of blade you want and how you plan to use it before buying a camping knife. The most common types of blades are:
- Clip point – this is ideal for cutting rope and other materials that need a sharp edge without being too pointy or dangerous.
- Drop point – this works well when chopping wood because of its sturdy shape that makes it easy to grip and control while cutting through logs or branches.
- Spear point – this is great if you plan on skinning game or cutting steak with your camping knife because it has very little chance at slipping off target (so long as you use proper technique).
Now that you know everything there is to know about camping knives, it’s time to pick yours. Which knife will you choose? We hope that these tips have helped you in your search for the perfect one!