The 10 Best Camping Knives
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in May of 2018. When you're out in the wilderness, whether hunting, fishing, or camping, you'll want to have a trusty blade at your side. The knives on our list offer a litany of different capabilities for many different applications, and may prove to be lifesavers should conditions prove treacherous. We've ranked them by their durability, versatility, quality of their components, and how they feel in the hand. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
September 11, 2019:
Removed the Wicked Hand Saw because it is not really a knife. Added the Leatherman Sidekick because it is very well-built, has two blades and features many things that will help you while out in the wilderness.
The ranking is mostly a mix of fixed and folding knives. Folding knives like the Benchmade Bugout 535 and the Kershaw Blur Black are great if space is an issue and you only need a blade for light use. For heavy use during camping and hunting, a fixed blade knife like the Buck Knives 192 or the Fallkniven A1 is preferable. They are almost always full-tang which means that you can't break the handle by pivoting on the blade and you can transfer a lot more force through the blade before it breaks. They are normally larger and have a thicker profile so they can handle tasks like chopping through wood and brush.
Knives are extremely dangerous and should only be used when observing all appropriate safety precautions.