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10 Best Camping Knives

Every good camper needs a dependable knife, one that can handle a wide range of tasks. Here are some of the best available options to buy online.

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Why You Need a Camping Knife

A camping knife is a great accessory to help you and your family enjoy the outdoor season. Whether you’re looking to split kindling, prep food, hunt or something else, these knives are versatile and invaluable.

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Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade

There aren’t many downsides to the Gerber StrongArm, which makes it such a popular option for campers and outdoorsmen.  Its comfortable rubberized diamond texture grip and light weight make it easy to handle, and the blade comes with a ceramic coating. Durability is another plus.

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Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade

With a price tag of less than $20, you won’t find many options of this quality selling for less than the Morakniv Companion. It boasts a 4.1-in. hardened Sandvik stainless steel blade that can be used for carving, food prep and cutting tinder.

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Kershaw Clash Pocket Knife

This Kershaw Clash Pocket Knife offers a 3.1-in. stainless steel blade and a black-oxide finish. While a great option for campers, this knife can be used for lots of tasks at home, including cutting cardboard and rope and stripping wire.

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Spyderco Endura 4

Weighing less than five ounces, the Spyderco Endura 4 is a light and durable option to consider. The knife also has Sypderco’s patented non-slip grip for easy use. At $91, it is one of the more expensive knives on this list.

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Benchmade Bushcrafter 162

The Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 is one of the more versatile knives available with its first-rate edge retention and corrosion resistance. It has a two-inch stainless steel blade and weighs a little less than eight ounces.

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Benchmade – 200 Puukko

The Benchmade – 200 Puukko weighs less than five ounces and features a comfortable, easy-to-grip handle. The alloy steel blade is designed to hold up against extreme outdoor use.

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KA-BAR Becker BK2 Campanion

The KA-BAR Becker BK2 Campanion‘s compound bevel blade is one of the best heavy-duty blades on this list. It is well built to handle any camping chores, without the major price tag of some of other high-end knives.

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Ontario Rat-3 Plain Edge

The Rat-3 Plain Edge from Ontario Knife Company has a durable carbon steel blade with a straight back. It is a good knife option for the work site or campground.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Trekker Large Pocket Knife

Versatility. Versatility. Versatility. Swiss Army knives are one of the most versatile knife options available, and the large pocket knife by Victorinox is a great choice. The durable three-inch stainless steel blade and all the other options make it a great survival tool for anyone in the outdoors.

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Cold Steel Recon 1

The Recon 1 by Cold Steel is a light knife with a thin, ultra sharp steel blade. Its fiberglass handle is easy to grip and the reliable locking mechanism is great for safety.

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Alex Shoemaker
Alex Shoemaker is the Digital Newsletter Editor of Family Handyman.