Our Top 5

Camping Knives

 

The best camping knife kind of comes down to preference.  That's why we made list of the best camping knives - because we don't know what you need it for.  Maybe you want to be able to dissemble the knife, other people might not want that other point of failure for their camping knife. We hope you find a knife here that you like.  All knives on this list our team either owns or would personally buy, so you can trust you will really find the best camping knife.

Spyderco Bushcraft

 

 

This definitely deserves a spot on this list.  It comes out of the box sharper than you will ever get it.  It passes the paper test with flying colors after awhile of use!  It's made from 0-1 tool steel (one of my favorite steels) meaning it will keep an edge and last a lifetime if treated properly.  It comes in a leather sheath with a plastic insert glued inside so the leather shouldn't get cut.  Sadly the sheath can only be mounted to your belt, but why would you want to put such a beautiful knife on the bottom of your bag anyway!

 

Pros:

  • Incredibly sharp out of the box
  • Can hold an edge very well
  • High quality construction
  • Ergonomic handle
  • High quality 0-1 tool steel
  • Can strike flint on blade

Cons:

  • Cheap feeling sheath
  • Will rust if not taken care of
  • Price

SOG SEAL pup elite

This one is really interesting.  The SOG SEAL pup elite is used by many branches of the US government, like the military and law enforcement. If it's good enough for the US military it's good enough for me.  The handle is made out of glass-reinforced nylon so it is lightweight yet very strong.  They also come with a limited lifetime warranty.  The blade is made from AUS-8 Stainless steel which hold an edge fairly well. It comes with a nylon sheath that can either be mounted under your bag or on your belt.  The sheath also has a extra pocket for small items like a flint, a small sharpening stone or a map.  For about 60$ you can't beat it.

Pros:

  • Made from stainless steel
  • Durable
  • Price
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Lightweight
  • Will hold an edge very well

Cons:

  • The handle is too small for some people
  • The sheath could be improved
  • Can not strike flint on blade

Ontario RAT-3

The RAT-3 is defiantly a camping knife.  It's made from 1095 steel, so it will rust if you don't take care of it. If you take good care of it it will keep a very sharp edge though.  The handle is a greenish-beige colored micarta that should reduce sliding in your hand when wet.  It comes in a high quality kydex sheath, the sheath also has a belt clip built in.  It's a very simple, yet high quality knife.

Pros:

  • Great ability to keep an edge
  • Kydex sheath
  • Painted blade to prevent rust
  • Price
  • Can strike flint on blade
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Will rust if not treated properly

Ka-Bar BK2

The BK2 is made from 1095 steel, so the unpainted part of the blade will rust if not taken care of.  If you take good care of it though it will keep an edge very well.  The handle is made of Givory, which is the plastic Ka-Bar uses.  This brand is also used by the US military, again if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me.  The sheath is made from a glass reinforced nylon material, like the handle of the SOG SEAL pup.  This knife also only can be mounted on your belt, but not on the bottom of your bag.  The knife is also completely made in the US which is a plus.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Keeps an edge
  • Price
  • Painted blade to prevent rust
  • Can strike flint on blade

Cons:

  • Will rust if not taken care of
  • Non user-friendly sheath
  • Heavy

ESEE 4P

The ESEE 4P is made from 1095 steel, again that kind of steel will rust but you can use a flint on it.  Since it is 1095 it will keep a good edge though.  The handle is a light grey micarta.  The sheath is made from light brown kydex and can be mounted in your pocket or on your belt with its belt clip.  The blade seems to be coated in a truck bed liner material except for on the cutting edge. A decent amout of people prefer it over the Ka-Bar for the weight and size, this knife weighs 8 oz, the Ka-Bar weighs about twice that.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Painted blade to prevent rust
  • Will keep a sharp edge
  • Can strike flint on it
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Will rust if not taken care of
  • Too small for some people's hands

That concludes this top 5 list. We hope we helped you decide on which knife is right for you, if you have any questions about any of these knives feel free to contact us on our contact page, or click here to be re-directed to our contact page.