Updated September 28, 2019 by Rafael Perez

The 10 Best Camping Knives

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This wiki has been updated 6 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 selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best camping knife on Amazon.

10. Gerber Blades Big Rock

9. Morakniv Companion

8. Spyderco Endura 4

7. Kershaw Blur Black

6. Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp

5. Benchmade Bugout 535

4. Leatherman Sidekick

3. Fallkniven A1

2. Tops Tahoma TAHO-01U

1. Buck Knives 192

Editor's Notes

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.


Rafael Perez
Last updated on September 28, 2019 by Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.


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