How to choose the best camping knife for you needs?
When you’re out camping, it’s usually a very good idea to bring along a good knife with you.
A knife is essential if you are going to cut rope. You can build a shelter and chop firewood, and you can even use it to prepare food or open a can of food. You can even use it to build a fire.
So if you are getting just a single knife to take with you for camping, be mindful of the following factors:
Get a fixed blade
A knife you can fold can be very useful out in the city because you can carry it easily in your pocket. But because it has more parts, there are greater chances that it will break. That’s not a risk you should take when you’re camping. Also, knives that fold tend to have thin, short blades, which can make it, again, much more likely to break.
A full tang is best
This means the blade of the knife goes all the way through the handle. This makes it much more durable, and the balance is better.
Find a knife with a butt cap
This is also called the pommel cap, and it’s found at the end of the handle (away from the blade). You can then use that as a makeshift hammer when needed.
Get a no-slip grip
What you want is a handle that fits your hand and feels comfortable. And, of course, it shouldn’t slip in your hands either—you have a sharp-edged metal in your hand, and that makes any kind of slip inherently dangerous. This kind of grip may make a knife not much to look at, but a knife isn’t supposed to be ornamental. It’s supposed to be functional.
It should be thick and long enough
The thickness should be about a quarter of an inch, which should prevent it from being a broken knife. The weight is also good for prying and chopping stuff. It should also be about 4 to 6 inches long, which makes it useful without being too unwieldy.
It should be very easy to sharpen
A knife isn’t really a disposable tool. The best knives can be used for years, as long as you sharpen them regularly. This means you need good steel for your knife, but you don’t want it too hard because it can be difficult to sharpen and make it too brittle.
Where are you going to camp? Location is really important in order to choose the best camping knife. Camping in a jungle environment will require different blades perhaps if you are camping in a dry arid area or a forest or mountainous regions. Camping near the coast camping will also dictate the type of knife steel you could use for long periods near the saltwater. How comfortable is the knife in wet or dry hands? How far are you going to walk to your site or walk each day? Weight and of course size will be important here.
Once you consider all these things, you should be able to get the best camping knife on the market.